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Canon has updated and upgraded its top compact digital cameras: The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS has the world’s first 50x optical zoom lens, with a 24-1200mm (35mm equivalent range); the Canon PowerShot G15 boasts a new 5x optical zoom with an f/1.8-2.8 wide aperture, a 12.1MP CMOS Sensor and a familiar DSLR-like feel; and the Canon PowerShot S110 is the first pocket-sized Canon with built-in Wi-Fi, and also has a top ISO of 12,800.
All three new Canon cameras, as well as the just-announced Canon EOS 6D, will be available in October, but can be pre-ordered now from Adorama.
The Canon PowerShot SX50HS can, for the moment, stake the claim as the worlds longest-range superzoom compact camera, with a 50x optical zoom lens. The camera is built around a 12.1MP CMOS sensor, which they say will produce high-quality images up to ISO 6400. The camera can record 1080p HD video with stereo sound and high-speed autofocus. Canon claims AF time is minimal for reduced shutter lag time.
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Key Features
- 50x Optical zoom lens with 24-1200mm range (35mm equivalent)
- Optical image stabilizer
- 12MP CMOS sensor
- 1080p HD Video
- 10fps Burst Rate
- Intelligent ISO chooses from six modes for best image based on shooting situation
- 2.8-inch 461k dot resolution flip-out LCD monitor
- Electronic Viewfinder
- Smart Auto selects camera settings based on 58 predefined shooting situations
- Face ID
- Built-in hot shoe; compatible with Canon Spedlite flashes
The Canon PowerShot SX50 is expected to be available from Adorama in October for $479.99 and can be pre-ordered now. For more details about this camera, scroll down to the press releases at the bottom of this page.
The Canon PowerShot G15 skipped over the G13 and G14 (we hardly knew ‘em!), offering a faster 5x optical zoom lens with an f/1.8 wide aperture at the wide-angle setting. A compact camera, its control layout and many of its features are borrowed from the Canon EOS DSLR series. Built around a 12.1MP CMOS sensor, the camera can capture full HD video with stereo sound, RAW+JPEG images, and souped up autofocus, which Canon says reduces lag time. In fact, they claim a 53% reduction in lag time compared to the G12, down to 0.22 second. A six-way image stabilization accommodates for normal use, panning, shift-type camera shake (typical for macro photography), powered (good for telephoto shots), dynamic for video, and tripod detection.
Canon PowerShot G15 Key Features
- 12.1MP CMOS sensor
- ISO range 100-12,800
- 28-140mm (35mm equivalent) f/1.8-2.8 lens
- 1080p HD Video with stereo sound
- High-Speed AF
- 10fps burst mode
- Intelligent IS
- Full shooting & recording modes include 12-bit multi aspect RAW+JPEG
- 3-inch LCD with 922k dot resolution
- Optical zooming viewfinder
- Compatible with Canon Speedlite flash series, Tele converters, waterproof case.
The Canon PowerShot G15 is expected to be available from Adorama in October for $499.99. It can be pre-ordered now. For more details about this camera, scroll down to the press releases at the bottom of this page.
Finally, Canon announced the new version of its popular flagship pocket camera, the Canon PowerShot S110. Its predecessors have been voted as favorite pocket camera for many professional photographers. It is built around a 12MP CMOS sensor, shoots 12-bit multi aspect RAW+JPEG, and has a new 5x optical zoom lens that starts at 24mm and f/2, and a top ISO of 12,800. Canon claims a 38% reduction in lag time, down to 0.25 sec. The camera sports a touch-panel LCD monitor and is the first of the Canon S line with built-in Wi-Fi.
Canon PowerShot S110 Key Features
- 12.1MP CMOS Sensor
- ISO range 100-12,800
- Built-in Wi-Fi, connects with iOS or Android device via Canon CameraWindow app
- 24-120mm (35mm equivalent) f/2-5.9 zoom lens
- 3-inch touch screen LCD with touch shutter
- Up to 10fps burst rate
- Intelligent image stabilization uses six different modes
- Shoots 12-bit multi aspect RAW+JPEG
- Shoots 1080p full HD video with Stereo sound
- Control ring around lens controls focus, aperture, shutter speed, ISO , etc., works with back-of-camera controls.
The Canon PowerShot S110 is expected to be available from Adorama in October for $449.99, and can be pre-ordered now. For more details about this camera, see the press releases, below.
Unedited press releases provided by Canon USA:
EXCEPTIONAL OPTICS AND Wi-Fi CONNECTIVITY HELP PHOTOGRAPHERS GET CREATIVE WITH THREE NEW POWERSHOT MODELS FROM CANON U.S.A.
New Lineup Includes the PowerShot G15 With Bright f/1.8-f.2.8 5x Optical Zoom Lens,
the Wi-Fi Enabled PowerShot S110 to Stay Connected With Great Image Quality, and the Powerful PowerShot SX50 HS, the World’s First 50x Optical Zoom Digital Camera[i]
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., September 17, 2012 - Designed for photographers of all levels, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announces the addition of three feature-packed digital cameras – the PowerShot G15, PowerShot S110, and PowerShot SX50 HS digital cameras – providing advanced features, greater focusing speed and multiple-shot speed in sophisticated, compact camera bodies. All three models include advancements in auto focus (AF) technology for high-speed responsive AF systems that capture the moment as it happens, with significantly reduced lag time[ii]. Both the PowerShot G15 and PowerShot S110 models include a newly designed 12.1-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor for exceptional light gathering and image quality. In addition to improvements to focusing speed and shooting speeds over their predecessors, each camera offers unique high-end features, such as an f/1.8-2.8 5x optical zoom lens on the PowerShot G15. The PowerShot S110 includes Wi-Fi connectivity for the ultimate in image quality and on-the-spot sharing, while the PowerShot SX50 HS boasts the world’s first 50x optical zoom in a digital camera to date.
“Art is the by-product of creativity and inspiration. With the introduction of the advanced features in these three new PowerShot models, our customers will have the right tools to put their creativity into action and produce images that they will share for a lifetime,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.
PowerShot G15 Digital Camera
The powerful new PowerShot G15 builds upon the success of the G-series providing some of the most advanced features in Canon’s PowerShot lineup. The PowerShot G15 continues this tradition with a new 28mm wide-angle f/1.8 – f/2.8 lens with 5x optical zoom, great for low-light shooting or dramatic shallow depth of field. The PowerShot G15 includes Canon’s HS SYSTEM where the camera’s DIGIC 5 image processor and newly designed Canon 1/1.7-inch 12.1-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor work in tandem to enhance low-light image quality at a maximum ISO speed of 12800. Enabling creative video capture, the PowerShot G15 shoots 1080p Full HD video with a built-in stereo microphone for great sound and zooming is enabled for optimal framing while recording.
The PowerShot G15 also features advancements in Canon’s AF system with improved AF times and reduced lag over previous G-series models. These AF improvements also enhance the High-Speed Burst HQ mode allowing for continuous capture of up to 10 frames at 12.1-megapixels. While shooting still images or recording video the camera also utilizes Canon’s Intelligent IS to stabilize the image and provide crisp photos and steady video.
The PowerShot G15 retains an accessory shoe for Speedlites and an optical viewfinder as an option to the bright 3.0-inch 922,000-dot LCD display. For even more creative options, the PowerShot G15 can accommodate additional optional accessories such as the Tele Converter Lens, a Conversion Lens Adapter to allow the attachment of a Macro Ring Lite or Macro Twin Lite to the camera, and a threaded Filter Adapter for 58mm lens filters. For the wet and wild underwater adventurer the new PowerShot G15 also has an optional WP-DC48 Waterproof Case, capable of diving to depths of up to 130 feet.
PowerShot S110 Digital Camera
Style, performance and wireless connectivity fit into your pocket with the new PowerShot S110 digital camera. Built-in Wi-Fi features allow the camera to share images and video to social networking sites through the Canon iMAGE GATEWAY[iii] or to Wi-Fi enabled devices such as iOS or Android smartphones and tablets[iv] with the free download of the Canon CameraWindow app[v], or to other select PowerShot cameras, or to a PC. The advanced wireless features let the camera act as a wireless network and record GPS data[vi] acquired from a smartphone using the free download of the Canon CameraWindow app[vii], or send images directly to a Wi-Fi compatible printer[viii].
The PowerShot S110 includes a 24mm wide-angle lens with 5x optical zoom and bright f/2.0 aperture ideal for low-light photography or soft backgrounds with shallow depth of field. Featuring Canon’s HS SYSTEM, the PowerShot S110 camera’s DIGIC 5 image processor and newly designed Canon 1/1.7-inch 12.1-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor work together to enhance low-light image quality at a maximum ISO speed of 12800. As with the PowerShot G15, the PowerShot S110 also features advancements in Canon’s AF system with improved AF times and reduced lag over previous S-series models. These AF improvements also enhance the High-Speed Burst HQ mode allowing for continuous capture of up to 10 frames at 12.1-megapixels. The video capabilities of the PowerShot S110 are equally impressive with 1080p Full HD video, built-in stereo microphone, optical zoom while shooting, and convenient playback via HDMI output. Camera menu navigation, image playback and viewing has been made simple and intuitive with a 3.0-inch wide capacitive touch panel LCD screen, along with Canon’s Touch Shutter feature, which makes shooting easy and interactive .
The camera’s Intelligent IS system matches the shooting conditions with one of six stabilization modes for smooth video and sharp images. Diving and underwater enthusiasts will enjoy the new optional PowerShot S110 waterproof case, the WP-DC47, capable of diving to depths of up to 130 feet.
PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera
The new PowerShot SX50 HS includes a high-powered 50x optical zoom (24-1200mm) and 24mm wide-angle lens with Optical Image Stabilization for clear steady images even at full telephoto. To help maximize the potential of the 50x zoom lens, are incredible 1080p Full HD video capabilities of the PowerShot SX50 HS with stereo sound and optical zoom while recording. The PowerShot SX50 HS includes Canon’s HS SYSTEM where the camera’s image processor and CMOS image sensor work together to enhance low-light image quality at a maximum ISO speed of 6400.
The PowerShot SX50 HS also features advancements in Canon’s AF system with improved AF times and reduced lag over previous SX-series models. These AF improvements also enhance the High-Speed Burst HQ mode allowing for continuous capture of up to 10 frames at 12.1-megapixels. For those tricky overhead or low-angle shots, the camera features a new 2.8-inch vari-angle LCD screen (461,000 dots) and Zoom Framing Assist to help users locate, track and capture subjects while using the extreme telephoto on the PowerShot SX50 HS. By pressing a button, the Zoom Framing Assist Seek function remembers your previous zoom position, zooms out to let you locate your subject, and zooms right back into the saved position when the button is released. A second Zoom Framing Assist Lock button allows the camera to lock the Image Stabilization onto the center of the frame for additional compensation of camera movement, making it much easier to keep the intended subject in frame. The camera also features an electronic viewfinder, ideal for shooting in bright outdoor conditions. To help make photography simple, Canon’s Smart AUTO mode intelligently selects optimal camera settings from 58 pre-defined shooting situations.
The PowerShot SX50 HS can be set to capture 12-bit RAW + JPEG image files for instant file back-ups and great latitude with post-processing and image modification. A hot shoe allows for optional accessories such as Canon Speedlites or additional lighting options.
Pricing and Availability
The new PowerShot G15, PowerShot S110 and PowerShot SX50 HS digital cameras are expected to be available in October 2012 for an estimated retail price of $499.99, $449.99 and $479.99, respectively.