For those keen to get into digital SLR photography but who don't need the infinite control or incredible detail of the 21Mp EOS-1DS Mark III, Canon has the PowerShot G9.
The PowerShot G9 is a 12.1Mp digital SLR camera with a 6x optical zoom lens and built-in image stabiliser. It also boasts the increasingly popular face-detection and red-eye correction features that enable even the most snatched of snapshots to come out looking half-decent.
As with other digital SLRs in Canon's stable, the PowerShot G9 has a 3in LCD viewfinder to preview shots and to view menus. There are some 25 shooting modes to choose from as well as manual ISO settings. As well as the anti-shake functions it's included, Canon says it has used the same SR coating developed for its camcorder range to cut ghosting and flare effects that can be introduced when taking snaps in low or artificial light.
The Canon PowerShot G9 goes on sale in September with an RRP of £429 inc VAT.