Canon has introduced five PowerShot models, ranging from budget ELPHs to midrange superzooms. The first of the superzooms is the SX610 HS, which has an F3.8-6.9, 25-450mm equiv. lens with 'intelligent' image stabilization, 20.2MP BSI-CMOS sensor, and DIGIC 4+ processor. Photos and 1080/30p videos can be composed on a fixed 3" LCD and shared via the built-in Wi-Fi (with 'active' NFC) system. The SX610 will be available in February at an MSRP of $249 in black, white, and red.

For more horsepower and zoom power you can step up to the PowerShot SX710 HS, which uses the faster DIGIC 6 processor along with a 20MP BSI-CMOS sensor. The lens range is bumped up as well, to 25-750mm equiv., with a maximum aperture range of F3.2-6.9. Other features include a 3" LCD, 1080/60p video, numerous special effects (for stills and movies), and Wi-Fi w/NFC. The SX710 HS also ships in February for $349. Sorry color fans, this one only comes in black.

If maximum zoom is the priority, there's the PowerShot SX530 HS. This F3.4-6.5, 50X optical zoom is equivalent to a whopping 24-1200mm. As you'd hope, the lens is stabilized via Canon's "Intelligent IS" system and offers a Zoom Framing Assist to quickly zoom out so you can recompose and then zoom back in. The SX530 features a 16MP BSI-CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 4+ processor (only the SX710 has the DIGIC 6). Video can be recorded at 30p and reviewed on a 3" LCD. Like the two models above, the SX530 supports Wi-Fi with NFC. It will be available in black at a price of $429.

The compact ELPH cameras (known as IXUS outside of the US) is now Canon's budget line. The first of the two new models is the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS, which has a 20MP CCD, F3.6-7.0 (ouch) 25-300mm lens, and optical image stabilization. It also sports a Smart Auto mode with scene selection, 2.7" LCD, and 720p video. It will come in blue, silver, and black at a price of $149. If you really want to save money there's the ELPH 160, which has an F3.2-6.9, 28-224mm lens but no optical image stabilization. This model comes in black, white, silver, and red for just $119.


Press Release:

FIVE NEW POWERSHOT DIGITAL CAMERAS FROM CANON U.S.A. OFFER FUNCTIONALITY, PORTABILITY AND PRECISION FOR CLEAR, BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS AND HD VIDEO

Three New PowerShot SX Series Digital Cameras Feature Super-Zoom Lenses for High-Impact Imaging and Two New PowerShot ELPH Series Digital Cameras Offer Easy-to-Use Features in Sleek,
Compact Bodies

MELVILLE, N.Y., January 5, 2015 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the addition of three new super-zoom cameras to its PowerShot SX line-up: the PowerShot SX530 HS, the PowerShot SX710 HS and the PowerShot SX610 HS digital cameras. The company also added two new stylish and compact cameras to its PowerShot ELPH series: the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS and PowerShot ELPH 160 cameras. The PowerShot SX models provide users with high-quality imaging, advanced features and fast focusing, while the PowerShot ELPH models have improved operability to help produce beautiful images and video housed within stylish, slim bodies that can easily fit in a pocket or purse.

"As our customers' desire for superb imaging devices to help them create amazing images and video grows, Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to providing digital cameras that have the features and functions to easily capture their most important moments," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "With these five new PowerShot digital cameras, Canon hopes that users will capture and share their favorite moments, without compromising image quality."

The three new PowerShot SX series cameras (the PowerShot SX530 HS, the PowerShot SX710 HS and the PowerShot SX610 HS) feature optical zoom ranges of 50x, 30x and 18x, respectively - making them powerful enough to capture images close-up as well as from a distance. The built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity options in the new PowerShot SX cameras allow users to easily share beautiful images online with family and friends by connecting to a compatible smartphonei, tablet or Wi-Fi enabled computer. Experiencing the power of a printed image is also easy when users connect and print to a Canon wireless PictBridge certified printer, like the Canon PIXMA MG7520. And for even more convenience, the cameras are compatible with the new Canon Connect Station CS100 – a dedicated device for easy and safe image and video viewing, sharing and storage.

The new PowerShot ELPH 170 IS and PowerShot ELPH 160 digital cameras are easy to take along almost anywhere. Providing users with great imaging quality, the new PowerShot ELPH cameras feature 12x and 8x Optical Zoom lenses, respectively, and 720p HD video – making them perfect for busy parents or an on-the-go college student.

The PowerShot SX530 HS
The PowerShot SX530 HS digital camera builds on the features included in the PowerShot SX520 HS digital camera. With a 50x Optical Zoom lens (equivalent to 24-1200mm) and Canon's Optical Image Stabilization, the camera is ideal for those with active lifestyles who want to take high-quality close-up shots of their travel adventures or weekend getaways. And with Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities, users can easily share and print their special images wirelessly. In addition to featuring a powerful optical zoom range and wireless options, the SX530 HS digital camera combines a 16 Megapixelii  High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and Canon's DIGIC 4+ Image Processor to create the Canon HS System allowing for excellent low-light performance. 

Giving users the ability to capture life in motion, the camera features a dedicated movie button so users can easily record 1080p Full HD video utilizing the camera's full 50x Optical Zoom capability. In addition, Intelligent IS enables the camera to automatically choose the best settings to help optimize image stabilization for virtually shake-free images and video in various shooting conditions. The camera's high speed AF allows users to autofocus quickly to help capture every shot with ease. The PowerShot SX530 HS digital camera's advanced Zoom Framing Assist feature intelligently controls the lens, making it easy to identify the main subject of the shot, even when the subject is moving.

The PowerShot SX530 HS also features Canon's Creative Shot mode, Smart AUTO technology and Hybrid AUTO.  The PowerShot SX530 HS digital camera is scheduled to be available in February 2015 for an estimated retail price of $429.99 and comes in black.

The PowerShot SX710 HS
Based on the successful PowerShot SX700 HS model, the PowerShot SX710 HS digital camera features Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity with an impressive 30x Optical Zoom lens (equivalent to 25-750mm). The 20.3-Megapixelii High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and Canon's DIGIC 6 Image Processor work together to create the Canon HS System allowing for excellent low-light performance. In addition, the camera's Intelligent IS helps optimize image stabilization in a variety of shooting conditions whether shooting stills or video.

Zoom Framing Assist helps make it easier to keep distant subjects in the field of view, even if the subject is in motion. The camera also records high-quality 1080p Full HD video at up to 60 frames per second through a dedicated movie button. Hybrid AUTO automatically recognizes the scene and optimizes camera settings to capture the high image quality for still photos while simultaneously creating a great looking highlight reel in 720p HD video.

The PowerShot SX710 HS digital camera also features Creative Shot mode and Short Clip mode for artistic and creative photos and videos. Using Story Highlights mode, the camera creates a highlight reel of selected images using a range of optional special effects such as Fast Motion and Slow Speed, creating a unique imaging experience perfect for sharing with family and friends. The images can be selected automatically based on events, date, Face ID, or the selection can be customized based on photos hand-picked by the user. The result is an exciting highlight reel that can be accompanied by music options provided with the camera, without the use of external editing software.

The PowerShot SX710 HS digital camera is scheduled to be available in February 2015 for an estimated retail price of $349.99 and comes in black.

The PowerShot SX610 HS
The PowerShot SX610 HS digital camera features Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity options as well as an impressive long-zoom range in a compact point-and-shoot body. The Power Shot SX610 HS camera's powerful 18x Optical Zoom lens (equivalent to 25-450mm) provides users with high-quality optics in a pocket-sized camera body. The PowerShot SX610 HS camera combines a 20.2-Megapixelii CMOS sensor and Canon's DIGIC 4+ Image Processor to create the Canon HS System allowing for excellent low-light performance.  With Auto Zoom mode enabled, the camera will automatically frame the subject of a shot by zooming in and out to produce a crisp, clear image with pin-sharp focus.

The PowerShot SX610 HS digital camera is scheduled to be available in February 2015 in red, white or black for an estimated retail price of $249.99.

The PowerShot ELPH 170 IS and PowerShot ELPH 160
The PowerShot ELPH 170 IS digital camera is slim and stylish boasting a 12x Optical Zoom lens (equivalent to 25-300mm) and 20-Megapixelii CCD sensor, enabling users to take photos and video that deliver a powerful and share-worthy story.  With Intelligent IS, users have the ability to capture images that are virtually shake-free in a variety of shooting situations. The PowerShot ELPH 170 IS digital camera also captures crisp, smooth 720p HD video footage quickly and simply by pressing the dedicated movie button.

With Smart AUTO mode, the camera automatically chooses the optimal settings to help ensure the best possible image is taken, and with creative effects like Fisheye, Toy Camera and Monochrome users can take images to a new artistic level. For those who are constantly on the move, the camera is outfitted with ECO mode to help extend battery life allowing more photos to be taken over a longer period of time.

The PowerShot ELPH 160 digital camera also delivers high-quality imaging capabilities with a powerful 8x Optical Zoom lens (equivalent to 28-224mm) and 20-Megapixelii CCD sensor. Like the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS, the PowerShot ELPH 160 digital camera features smooth 720p HD video capabilities with a dedicated movie button, Smart AUTO mode and ECO mode to preserve battery life.

The PowerShot ELPH 170 IS digital camera is scheduled to be available in February for an estimated retail price of $149.99 in a variety of colors – blue, silver and black.

The PowerShot ELPH 160 digital camera is also scheduled to be available in February for an estimated retail price of $119.99 in four colors – black, white, silver and red.

i For Wi-Fi connectivity: Compatible with iOS versions 6.0/6.1/7.0/7.1/8.0/8.1, Android smartphone versions 2.3.3/4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4 and Android tablet versions 4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4. Data charges may apply. With the download of the free Canon Camera Connect(Powershot SX710 HS and SX610 HS) or Canon Camera Window(PowerShot SX530 HS) app. This software helps enable you to upload images to social network services. Before uploading images, please be aware that image files may contain privacy-related information such as people and places. If necessary, please delete such information. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this software. For NFC connectivity: Compatible with Android devices version 4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4.

ii Image processing may cause a decrease in the number of pixels.


PowerShot SX530 / SX610 / SX710 specifications

 Canon PowerShot SX530 HSCanon PowerShot SX610 HSCanon PowerShot SX710 HS
Price
MSRP$429 / £329 / €399$249 / £229 / €269$349 / £329 / €399
Body type
Body typeSLR-like (bridge)Compact
Sensor
Max resolution4608 x 34565184 x 3888
Other resolutions4:3 (3264 x 2448, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480), 16:9 (4608 x 2592, 3264 x 1832, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 360), 3:2 (4608 x 3072, 3264 x 2176, 2048 x 1368, 640 x 424), 1:1 (3456 x 3456, 2448 x 2448, 1536 x 1536, 4:3 (5184 x 3888, 3648 x 2736, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480), 16:9 (5184 x 2912, 3648 x 2048, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 360), 3:2 (5184 x 3456, 3648 x 2432, 2048 x 1368, 640 x 424), 1:1 (3888 x 3888, 2736 x 2736, 1536 x 1536, 480 x 480)4:3 (3648 x 2736, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480), 16:9 (5184 x 2912, 3648 x 2048, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 360), 1:1 (3888 x 3888, 2736 x 2736, 1536 x 1536, 480 x 480)
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels21 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ProcessorDIGIC 4+DIGIC 6
Color spacesRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100-3200Auto, 80-3200Auto, 100-3200
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatNo
JPEG quality levelsSuperfine, fine
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)24–1200 mm25–450 mm25–750 mm
Optical zoom50×18×30×
Maximum apertureF3.4–6.5F3.8–6.9F3.2–6.9
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (4X)
Manual focusYesYes (with focus peaking)
Normal focus range5 cm (1.97)
Macro focus range0 cm (0)5 cm (1.97)1 cm (0.39)
Number of focus points9
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots461,000922,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCDPureColor II G TFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed15 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec1/3200 sec
Exposure modes
  • Smart Auto
  • Program
  • Hybrid Auto
  • Creative Shot
  • Scene
  • Program
  • Smart Auto
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Smart Shutter
  • High-speed Burst
  • Low Light
  • Snow
  • Fireworks
  • Portrait
  • Smart Shutter
  • High-speed Burst
  • Handheld Night Scene
  • Low Light (5.0 MP)
  • Snow
  • Fireworks
  • Long Shutter
  • Sports
  • Portrait
  • Smart Shutter
  • Handheld Night Scene
  • Low light
  • Snow
  • Fireworks
Built-in flashYes
Flash range5.50 m3.50 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, on, off, slow synchroAuto, on, slow synchro, offAuto, on, off, slow synchro
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive1.6 fps2.5 fps6.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)±2±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneStereoNoneStereo
SpeakerMonoMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXCSD/SDHC/SDXC card
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini-HDMI)Yes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n802.11b/g/n with NFC
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNB-6LH lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)210270230
Weight (inc. batteries)442 g (0.97 lb / 15.59 oz)191 g (0.42 lb / 6.74 oz)269 g (0.59 lb / 9.49 oz)
Dimensions120 x 82 x 92 mm (4.72 x 3.23 x 3.62)105 x 61 x 27 mm (4.13 x 2.4 x 1.06)113 x 66 x 35 mm (4.45 x 2.6 x 1.38)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
GPSNone

PowerShot ELPH 160 / 170 IS specifications

 Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 (IXUS 160)Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (IXUS 170)
Price
MSRP$119 / £99 / €129$149 / £149 / £189
Body type
Body typeUltracompact
Sensor
Max resolution5152 x 3864
Other resolutions5152 x 2896 (16:9), 3648 x 2736, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h4:3, 16:9
Effective pixels20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors21 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeCCD
ProcessorDIGIC 4+
Color spacesRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100-1600
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationDigital onlyOptical
Uncompressed formatNo
JPEG quality levelsFine
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
  • JPEG (EXIF v2.3)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)28–224 mm25–300 mm
Optical zoom8×12×
Maximum apertureF3.2–6.9F3.6–7
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (4X)
Manual focusNo
Normal focus range5 cm (1.97)
Macro focus range1 cm (0.39)
Number of focus points9
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size2.7
Screen dots230,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed15 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Smart Auto
  • Program
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Live View Control
  • Face Self- Timer
  • Low Light
  • Digital IS
  • Snow
  • Fireworks
  • Long shutter
  • Portrait
  • Live View Control
  • Face self-timer
  • Low light
  • Snow
  • Fireworks
  • Long shutter
Built-in flashYes
Flash range3.00 m4.00 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, on, off, slow synchro
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive0.8 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions1280 x 720 (25p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)1920 x 1080 (25p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMINo
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
Remote controlNo
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNB-11L/LH lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)220200
Weight (inc. batteries)127 g (0.28 lb / 4.48 oz)141 g (0.31 lb / 4.97 oz)
Dimensions95 x 54 x 22 mm (3.74 x 2.13 x 0.87)100 x 58 x 23 mm (3.94 x 2.28 x 0.91)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSNone