SAN FRANCISCO (07/05/2000) - If big things come in small packages, then Canon Inc. (800/652-2666, http://www.powershot.com) must be hoping for a hit of Lilliputian proportions with its PowerShot S100 Digital Elph camera. Modeled after the company's popular Elph line of traditional film cameras, this digital version packs 2.1 megapixels into a tiny device that fits in the palm of your hand. The digital Elph sports a 2x optical zoom lens, a 4x digital zoom, and a 1.5-inch LCD monitor. But one sizable problem for the 3.4-inch-long camera could be its small CCD, which even Canon's 2.1-megapixel PowerShot S10 dwarfs.
That could give the US$599 Elph difficulty in producing sharp images. Still, Canon expects big things from its latest Elph, especially among consumers who earlier gave digital cameras short shrift.