Canon unveils new PowerShot cameras


9 Jan 2012

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Canon PowerShot G1 X

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Canon has unveiled the next flagship PowerShot camera, the G1 X, along with the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS and PowerShot ELPH 110 HS.

All three models include the DIGIC 5 image processor, which aims to enable the cameras to produce high quality images in difficult lighting conditions. It also allows the PowerShot G1 X to operate the High-Speed Burst HQ feature, which lets users shoot images at high speeds at full resolution.

The PowerShot ELPH 520 HS and ELPH 110 HS both have Advanced Smart Auto, which can detect up to 58 scenes, including moving subjects, people, vehicles and landscapes. It includes a new Face ID feature which can recognise up to 12 people in the shot.

Users can also register people on the camera to allow it to distinguish the age range of the subject. The ranges include babies (newborn to one year old), children (two to 12 years old) and adults (13 and up.) This will prioritise the focus to the youngest recognised in group photos, as well as making images searchable for each person.

Along with this, Advanced Smart Auto has Smile Recognition, which takes three shots of a scene to let users select the best one and Sleeping Face Recognition, which turns off the flash, assist beam and sound so that the sleeping subject is not disturbed.

Canon PowerShot G1 X

The PowerShot G1 X features a 1.5-inch, 14.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, the largest one to date on the PowerShot range. This will offer nine times more light sensitivity than previous models, according to Canon.

The camera has an ISO range of up to 12,800 and a 4x optical zoom lens, which can shoot wide-angle images starting at 28mm.

It can shoot Full HD 1080p video and it has a 3-inch vari-angle LCD screen.

The Canon PowerShot G1 X will be available in the US in February priced at US$799.99.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Canon claims the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS is the “world’s thinnest” camera with a 12x optical zoom lens.

It includes a 10.1-megapixel HS CMOS sensor and an ISO range of up to 3200. It can also shoot Full HD 1080p video and its high-speed burst mode can shoot images at 6.8 frames per second.

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS will be available in the US from March, costing US$299.99.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

The PowerShot ELPH 110 HS is aimed at new photographers and features a 5x optical zoom lens with wide-angle capabilities starting at 24mm.

It includes a 16-megapixel HS CMOS sensor with an ISO range of up to 3200 and can also shoot Full HD 1080p video.

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS will be available in the US from February, costing US$249.99.