Canon Unveils New Line of PowerShot Cameras, Including the PowerShot N Facebook
August 22, 2013 8:06 AM
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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.
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why would anyone use point and shoot today?
8/22/2013 1:36:33 PM
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.
RE: why would anyone use point and shoot today?
8/22/2013 2:58:46 PM
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...
RE: why would anyone use point and shoot today?
8/23/2013 6:21:25 PM
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.
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