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alton krenslok Feb 26, 2007 8:57 AM

I currently have an A550 that has DIGIC II ("Image Processor with iSAPS technology for beautiful pictures and great performance" - Canon). I've only had the A550 for a couple of days but I am thinking about exchanging it for the A560 which has DIGIC III ("Image Processor with Face Detection Technology and Red-eye Correction for sharper images and improved functionality" - Canon).

Can someone tell me, in simple terms, what the differences/improvements are with DIGIC III? Thanks!

alton krenslok Feb 26, 2007 9:10 AM

I just found Canon's page for DIGIC III. Here are some quotes from that page:

With DIGIC III, you get images of superior quality, the camera functions at top efficiency and battery life is significantly enhanced. What's more, DIGIC III enables Canon's newly improved Face Detection Technology and Red-eye Correction to give you better, more true-to-life people shots. Simply press the Shutter Button halfway down, and the PowerShot A560 automatically pinpoints the faces in the scene and chooses the ideal focus point. To keep every face looking bright and natural - without scary red eyes - the camera controls exposure settings and flash, so every shot is just what you were shooting for.

DIGIC III features Face Detection AF/AE, which finds multiple faces in the frame and sets the most suitable focus point, when the shutter button is pressed halfway. And an additional new feature, Face Detection FE adjusts the flash, based on a person's face on the screen. Exposure and flash are controlled to ensure proper illumination of both the faces and the overall scene, eliminating the common problem of darkened or overexposed faces.

Red-Eye Correction detects and automatically corrects red-eye during playback for both regular and flash photography. In unusual cases where red-eye is not automatically detected, it can easily be corrected manually during playback mode from the LCD screen.

iSAPS Technology is an entirely original scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the fast DIGIC III Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

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