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Canon G16

Canon S120

Canon S170 IS

Canon SX510 HS

Canon Powershot N Facebook
New cameras launch in September and October

Canon has pulled the wraps off five new digital cameras falling into its PowerShot line. The new range of cameras include the PowerShot G16, S120, SX170 IS, SX510 HS, and Powershot N Facebook.
The first of the new cameras is the G16, which is a follow-up to the G15. The G16 has integrated Wi-Fi technology, a 28-140 mm wide-angle lens, and aperture range of F/1.8-F/2.8. The camera also uses the Canon HS System featuring a DIGIC 6 image processor and 12.1-megapixel high sensitivity CMOS image sensor. The G16 is set to launch in October $549.99.

The next camera is the PowerShot S120 featuring built-in Wi-Fi in a pocket-sized digital camera. It can upload images to social networks on the go using available Apple and Android applications. The S120 has a 24-120 mm extra wide-angle lens with an aperture range of f/1.8-f/5.7. The camera also uses the Canon DIGIC 6 image processor and has a 12.1-megapixel CMOS image sensor. It's also able to record full HD resolution video and has a built-in stereo microphone. The S120 is set to launch in October for $449.99.

The third of the new digital cameras unveiled by Canon is the SX510 HS featuring a 30x optical zoom lens with the 24 mm wide-angle setting. It features intelligent image stabilization and a 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor. That CMOS sensor is paired with the Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor. The camera is also compatible with Canon applications for uploading photos on the go. The SX510 HS will be available on September for $249.99.

Next on the list of newly unveiled cameras is the SX170 IS featuring a 16 times optical zoom and 28 mm wide-angle lens with optical image stabilization. It also features a high-speed autofocus system in a 16-megapixel image sensor. The cameras able to record 720p resolution HD video and has a special Smart AUTO system that chooses the optimal settings based on 32 predefined shooting situations. The camera will be available in September for $179.99.

The final the camera is the Powershot N Facebook designed to make sharing images and video on Facebook a snap. The camera has a special Facebook Connect Button allowing you to instantly share images and video to your Facebook account. The camera also features a special Creative Shot mode that automatically creates a series of five artistic photos along with the original giving options for uploading.

The camera [obviously] has integrated Wi-Fi and a 2.8-inch capacitive tilting-touch LCD screen on the back. The camera also features a shutter and zoom ring located around the lens and the 12.1-megapixel image sensor. The camera can also record full HD resolution video with a dedicated movie button. Other features include a Face ID system allowing the camera to automatically recognize and focus on familiar faces. The camera also has intelligent image stabilization and more. The camera will be available in September for $299.99.

Sources: Canon, Canon

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oh god it's happening
By Nortel on 8/22/2013 10:10:30 AM , Rating: 2
More point and shoot cameras and a dedicated facebook camera. A dark day for photography.

RE: oh god it's happening
By bug77 on 8/22/2013 10:19:24 AM , Rating: 2
Probably more meaningless updates, but that's ok. Not everybody can afford to blow $1k+ of photo equipment.

I wonder if that Facebook camera runs your "works" through Instagram first. Cause there would be a legion of drooling customers for that.

RE: oh god it's happening
By Mitch101 on 8/22/2013 2:33:14 PM , Rating: 2
But we all need higher resolution photos of what someone we knew from high school ate that day.

RE: oh god it's happening
By SPOOFE on 8/22/2013 5:19:47 PM , Rating: 2
A dark day for photography.

Huh? It's a GREAT day for photography. The image quality, options, and convenience available for just a few hundred bucks is unparalleled.

why would anyone use point and shoot today?
By mik123 on 8/22/2013 1:36:33 PM , Rating: 2
I bought Sony NEX-5 camera a few years ago. I've probably used it 3-4 times since. Even though I take pictures almost every week - with my phone.

When I have a decent camera on my phone, which I carry in my pocket, I'm not really tempted to lug around a significantly larger device which produces just a slightly better image quality. Especially for Facebook, there's absolutely no difference what camera did you take that 100KB picture with.

Maybe if you're a photo enthusiast, I can see the wish for a better camera, but in that case, you would probably want an SLR with decent sensor/lenses, not this point and shoot crap.

By bug77 on 8/22/2013 2:58:46 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, there's a war between compact cameras and smartphones and smartphones are currently winning. A compact camera is way better, but like you said, when all you do is Instagram and post to FB, there's no difference. And since one can't leave home without a phone...

By Sivar on 8/23/2013 6:21:25 PM , Rating: 2
I bought a NEX-5N and use it all the time. It's compact like a P&S but takes photos with SLR quality.
Even for Facebook posts, Facebook allows storage of high-res photos, but the difference in color quality, detail-per-pixel, and certainly of video quality make me more apt to go indoors to grab my real camera than to use my cell phone's camera. Perhaps that would be different with Nokia's new line of phones, and perhaps many people do not notice the difference, but I do. Then again, I always use x264 for my video transcoding instead of Intel Quicksync for similar reasons.

I even transfer photos from my real camera to the phone so that I can use the phone as a photo viewer. When working on a recent pool plumbing project, I liked how I could zoom into the plumbing hardware with such detail that I could read the serial and model number.

Software likely needs improvement
By typicalGeek on 8/22/2013 12:51:21 PM , Rating: 2
Canon has made some amazing digital cameras over the years, but it seems with each new generation the software they include with the cameras seems to get worse. For example, a camera we got in 2007 (SX 100-IS) came with software that automatically uploads all new pictures to folders by date as soon as you connect the USB cable. Simple, quick, and effective. The software that came with the pocket camera (A2300) we bought last year is TERRIBLE. So far as I can figure out it only lets you download new images one at a time. Don't know how this is "easier to use" than the prior software but it certainly looks like a step backward to me.

By purerice on 8/26/2013 2:47:07 AM , Rating: 2
A quick search of "A2300 transfer photos" came up with instructions for how to download all photos or all non-transferred photos... Perhaps you had a PICNIC Error?

I generally just remove the SD card and transfer files that way, using 1 card per major event (vacation/wedding).

The whole "upload to Facebook before you have time to use better judgment" crowd has left me in the dust so I guess I am a dinosaur.

What is max length of HD recording ?
By jmunjr on 8/22/2013 3:45:33 PM , Rating: 2
Canon's HD recording capability has been hampered by limits on recording time, anywhere from 10-20 minutes. I hope they have fixed this and supports formats that can limit file sizes to accommodate this.

By SPOOFE on 8/22/2013 5:24:35 PM , Rating: 2
Some areas of the world have different taxes on "video recording devices" as opposed to "still image recording device", with the defined definitions being determined by video clip recording times.

I'm sure this isn't the only reason they do it (product segmentation also plays a role), but it certain does influence decisions.

Facebook Cam? XD
By foxalopex on 8/22/2013 12:39:15 PM , Rating: 2
I agree a camera marketed for Facebook feels like a dark day in photography as I own a Canon 40D and a +$1000 lens to go with it. There's some amazing things you can do with a pair like that.

BUT I'd be stupid to think that there are not inexperienced photographers out there that just want a point and shoot and not the complicated set of controls an all out SLR brings. In fact if you don't know what you're doing with a high end SLR, it's quite possible to shoot worse photos. I know because I did that initially with my new SLR!

So there's a market from everything is the reality now and what seems to be a piece of junk for me may be actually a gem for others. :)

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