Canon has today announced the addition of five new models to its PowerShot range, updating its flagship and ultra-zoom models.
The new PowerShot G16. (Source: Canon.)
Sitting at the top of Canon’s compact range, the PowerShot G16 introduces Canon’s new DIGIC 6 Image Processor, which promises enhanced speed and performance. The G16 features a 12.1-megapixel 1/1.7 type (7.6 x 5.7 mm) high-sensitivity CMOS sensor, which delivers images with wide dynamic range, low noise and high levels of detail plus a top sensitivity of ISO 12800. A new f/1.8-2.8 Canon lens covers a 5x optical zoom range, equivalent to 28-140mm in 35mm format. Like its predecessor, the G15 offers a range of manual controls and excellent handling for everyday use and its lightweight, robust aluminium body makes it an ideal complement to a DSLR camera. It is also the first PowerShot G-series model to feature wireless connectivity. The PowerShot G16 is scheduled to go on sale from mid-October.
The PowerShot S120. (Source: Canon.)
Sister model, the PowerShot S120 is the first S-series model to feature an f/1.8 lens. Covering a focal length range equivalent to 24-120mm in 35mm format, the lens on the S120 provides a flexible aperture range and delivers sharp results even in dark conditions. Equipped with the same sensor and image processor as the PowerShot G16, the PowerShot S120 packs an array of manual controls into its slim and compact body. Features include a 3-inch touch screen and Wi-Fi functionality.
Both cameras come with Canon’s Optical Image Stabiliser technology, plus an ‘Intelligent’ IS mode that automatically detects the shooting situation and applies the most suitable Image Stabiliser mode from seven preset variables. Both models also feature a five-axis Enhanced Dynamic IS mode for recording stable movie clips. The cameras also support GPS tagging via mobile, enabling location data to be added to shots using Canon’s dedicated app for smart-phones or tablets.
The PowerShot G16 and PowerShot S120 support Full HD (1920 x 1080) 60p movie recording with stereo sound ““ ideal for capturing creative, high-quality videos. Both cameras’ optical zooms can be used during recording, while Tracking AF in movies ensures subjects remain crisp, clear and in focus. The PowerShot G16 features Fine Detail Movie processing and advanced noise reduction at 60p, for shooting movies in difficult lighting. Manual focusing is also available, with Manual Focus Peaking to highlight an area of highest contrast.
The new PowerShot S200 combines a 10.1 MP CCD sensor with Canon’s HS (High Sensitivity) System, DIGIC 5 Image Processor and f/2.0 lens. The Smart Auto shooting mode detects the best settings for 36 scenes, while a number of Creative Filters are available for creative adjustments. A manual control wheel is provided for greater camera control. HD movie recording is supported. The PowerShot S120 and PowerShot S200 are expected to be available from late September.
The new PowerShot SX510 HS. (Source: Canon.)
New additions to Canon’s Super Zoom line-up are the PowerShot SX510 HSand PowerShot SX170 IS. The PowerShot SX510 HS features a 30x optical zoom, and the PowerShot SX170 IS has a 16x optical zoom. The SX510 HS uses the HS System, which combines a 12.1-megapixel, high-sensitivity CMOS sensor with a DIGIC 4 processor. It includes built-in Wi-Fi for sharing images and movies on social media sites as well as sending them to smart-phones and tablets using the free Canon CameraWindow app. GPS via mobile is also available by using the app to add location information from a GPS-enabled smart-phone or tablet to images. Full HD Movie recording is available, complete with stereo sound and a special Super Slow Motion Movie mode.
The PowerShot SX170 IS. (Source: Canon.)
Compact and easy-to-use, the PowerShot SX170 IS boasts a versatile lens, with a 28mm wide-angle and 16x optical zoom. It comes with a 16-megapixel sensor and can record movies in HD video quality. A range of creative filters is available for use with stills and movie clips. Both models feature Eco mode, which helps users continue shooting for longer by conserving battery life. Up to 46% more photos can be captured on the PowerShot SX170 IS and 32% more on the PowerShot SX510 HS.
Both cameras include Canon’s optical Image Stabiliser with Intelligent IS technology that makes it easy to capture sharp shots at longer focal lengths and in low light. They also include Canon’s ZoomPlus technology, which digitally extends the reach of both models to 60x on the PowerShot SX510 HS and 32x on the PowerShot SX170 IS. The PowerShot SX510 HS also includes an enhanced Zoom Framing Assist function with a new Auto mode, which ensures subjects are always in focus.The PowerShot SX510 HS and PowerShot SX170 IS will be available in local retail outlets in the coming weeks.