New Canon Compacts – G16, S120, SX510 HS and SX170

Canon have announced four new compact cameras to update existing models in their range. A fifth camera announcement is included if you want to count the existing PowerShot N with a dedicated Facebook button option. Here is a run through the other new cameras.

PowerShot G16

PowerShot G16

The replacement for the G15 brings Wi-Fi connectivity to the party and a new DIGIC 6 image processor. The lens remains unchanged in the shape of the 28-140mm equivalent zoom lens with an f/1.8 – 2.8 aperture. Canon are claiming 50% improvement in autofocus speed and shutter lag. The new image processor also helps the G16 shoot at 12.2 frames per second for the first six frames, thereafter the frame rate drops to an impressive 9.3fps for an even more impressive 522 shots, so long as you are using an UHS-1 speed SD card. Full 1080p HD video is now available at both 60 frames and the 30 frames from it’s predecessor. Some simple refinement which is sure to keep the G-range of PowerShot cameras a favourite for many professionals looking for a capable compact.

PowerShot S120

PowerShot S120

It is hard to believe that the S110 needs replacing yet but Canon have felt the need to tweak this popular camera as well. The new model has been improved largely with a lens that covers the same 5x optical zoom range but ups the maximum aperture from f/2.0-5.9 to f/1.8-5.7.

As with the G16 the autofocus and shutter lag has been reduced by up to 50% and while the S110 had Wi-Fi, Canon claims that the S120 will be easier to pair and is improved as well. Frame rate is fractionally behind the G16 at 12.1fps for the first six frames and the dropping to 9.4fps for 635 frames. Video gains the same improvements as the G16 too.

PowerShot SX510 HS

PowerShot SX510 HS

The SX510HS replaces the SX500. The big change is that the new camera uses the same 12MP backlit CMOS sensor as the G15/16, S110/120 and so on, opposed to the 16MP CCD used previously. The 30x optical zoom stays the same.

PowerShot SX170

PowerShot SX170

Replacing the SX160, the SX170 does away with AA batteries and keeps the same 16x optical zoom lens and 16MP CCD type sensor.

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