It gets a bigger screen with Live View, an additional two megapixels to take it to 12.1 and Canon's dust-shaking Integrated Cleaning System. Add in a new nine-point auto focusing system and the speedy DIGIC III image processor ripped straight from the EOS-1 pro series, and you have a potentially killer combination.
To emphasise its amateur-friendly credentials, it's also swapped Compact Flash for the same SD cards used by smaller cameras, and had a menu overhaul to make it easier to use.
Not that non-DSLR users have been forgotten. They're being treated to a new Ixus – the 8mp 80 – in four subtle shades. Motion detection is on board to cope with fast-moving subjects.
At the entry level end there are three new A-series Powershots, starting with the cheap as chips 7.1mp A470 with face detection and DIGIC III, and moving up to the 4x zoom, 8mp A580 and A590 IS, which add trusty optical image stabilisation.
Catch them all around March, just in time for the Easter hols.
Canon EOS 450 body, kit, Ixus 80, Powershot A470, A580, A590
Price: £600, £680, £220, £110, £140, £160
On sale: March