Canon G16, S120 unveiled in updates to top-end ‘PowerShot’ compact range

Canon G16, S120 unveiled in updates to top-end 'PowerShot' range

Canon has refreshed its range of premium compact cameras, including the G and S series, featuring advanced new specifications and all Wi-Fi connectable. Key among these updates are the new Canon G16 and Canon PowerShot S120 top of the line compact cameras.

Canon G16, S120 unveiled in updates to top-end 'PowerShot' range

Canon has refreshed its range of premium compact cameras, including G series and S series, along with new additions to the SX line-up of ultra zoom compacts.

First up, the G series, Canon’s long established “back up” camera sees the G16 replacing last year’s G16. It features the same megapixel count (12.1), but Canon says that the sensor is newly designed.

The key feature Canon really wants to push is the new Digic 6 processor which allows the G15 to shoot at 9.3fps (JPEG only, no continuous autofocus) with no buffer – it will last as long as there’s memory on the card. You can also stop shooting and restart again without having to wait.

That processor should also allow for improved performance when shooting in low light. Shooting at up to ISO 12,800 is available.

As is starting to become standard for compact cameras, the G16, like all of the new compacts announced today features Wi-Fi connectivity. That allows you to do such things as back up images to your computer via the Canon Image Gateway and share images to tablets and smartphones.

The Canon G16 features a 28mm 5x optical zoom lens with a maxiimum aperture of f/1.8. Canon has kept the same optical viewfinder as found on previous G series cameras.

Canon PowerShot S120

Next up, as is traditionally replaced alongside the G16, is the newest addition to the S family, the S120. This camera also features that ultra fast Digic 6 processor allowing for fast shooting speeds (marginally faster than the G16 at 9.4fps).

In many respects, the S120 is designed to be a miniature version of the G16 and so shares quite a few specs with its larger sibling. It also has a 5x optical zoom lens, which now features an f/1.8 maximum aperture – a first for the S series. It starts at slightly wider than the G16, at 24mm.

Unlike the G16, the S120 has a touchscreen, while a control ring around the lens can be used to change customisable settings.

Both of these cameras also have a “Star” mode, for use when photographing stars. Different, fully automatic, modes produce the optimum settings for photographing night skies, star trials or a time lapse movie. Both star trail and time-lapse movies can be created within the camera itself without the need for post-production.

PowerShot SX510 and the PowerShot SX170PowerShot SX510 and the PowerShot SX170

Also announced today are the PowerShot SX510 and the PowerShot SX170.

The 510 is a miniature bridge camera which features a 30x optical zoom, starting at 24mm at the widest point. It also features a 12.1 million pixel sensor along with a Digic 4 processor.

Meanwhile, the SX170 is an advanced compact which features full manual control and a 16x optical zoom.

The Canon G16 price tag will be £529.99, while the Canon PowerShot S120 price will be £449.99. The PowerShot SX510 price will be £289.99, while the PowerShot SX170 will be £169.99.

The G16 and S120 release dates are slated for mid October, while the SX510 and SX170 will be available from the end of the month (August).


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