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Canon's premium PowerShot G16 and S120 get minor updates

By dpreview staff on Aug 22, 2013 at 04:00 GMT

Canon's latest premium consumer cameras take on the smartphone by joining with it rather than continuing to fight, building in an easier Wi-Fi connection setup process as well as social media compatibility as their most outstanding new features. Though Wi-Fi is not new to the S series, Canon says the PowerShot S120 is easier to connect to cell phones and computers. Wi-Fi is new to the G16, though, which could be a welcome addition as smartphone users come around to wanting a little more from their pictures. Neither camera supports NFC (near-field communication), however, which would allow easy touch-to-connect functionality. Both iOS and Android are supported by Canon's CameraWindow app.

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PowerShot G16

Canon's latest flagship enthusiast digital camera is mostly unchanged both outside and in, with the exception of its DIGIC 6 processor and Wi-Fi. Its fast F1.8 - 2.8 lens ranges from 28-140mm equivalents, allowing the retention of fast shutter speeds in low light, and its DIGIC 6 processor joins with the 12.1MP CMOS sensor, a combination Canon says will allow for better image quality in low light. Canon also says autofocus and shutter lag should be up to 50% faster with the G16.

Design-wise, the Canon G16 has a few new accents, with a more subtle curve to the grip and a harder edge around the top deck; otherwise, the look and feel is essentially the same. The G16 retains the front control dial, which is welcome for those shooting in Manual or semi-auto modes, as well as the increasingly rare optical viewfinder. Note that the lens ring on the G16 does not turn like the ring on the S120, but comes off to make room for accessory lenses.

The customizable shortcut button (marked with an S) moves from the left of the optical viewfinder to just under the movie record button on the right thumbgrip. A few buttons also change position on the back control cluster, with the metering mode button disappearing altogether. An EV compensation thumbdial juts out from the top deck of the camera just right of the optical viewfinder. The rear dial surrounding the control cluster complements the front dial, the pair allowing SLR-like control of aperture and shutter speed.

Other upgrades include a faster frame rate, which starts at 12.2 fps for the first six frames before dropping to 9.3 fps for up to 522 shots (when using a UHS-1 memory card, according to Canon). Full HD video is now available up to 1080 60p (up from 30p), with stereo audio mics and HDMI built in as before. Star Nightscape and Star Trails modes now allow capture of a field of stars in a landscape night scene, or star trails, using a longer exposure.

The Canon G16 is expected to ship in October 2013 for $550.

PowerShot S120

The main change to the PowerShot S120 is the slight increase to the maximum aperture, which now ranges from F1.8-5.7 instead of F2.0-5.9. This change addresses the fact that most other cameras in this category start at F1.8. Faster autofocus is listed as another feature worth noting, Canon claiming up to 50% improvement in shutter lag and AF speed.

The S120 still has the ring around the lens for a more mechanical feel when making adjustments. Rather than using an electronic motor as past S-series cameras did, the pop-up flash is now deployed via a sliding switch on the left side of the camera. A small Wi-Fi symbol sits below that, denoting its built-in Wi-Fi support.

Controls on the rear of the S120 are unchanged, and the LCD remains a capacitive touchscreen. The Canon S120 is also slightly larger than its predecessor, measuring 100 x 59 x 29mm rather than 99 x 59 x 27mm. Its frame rate has also improved to 12.1 fps for the first six frames and 9.4 fps for the remaining 635 shots with a UHS-1 SDHC/SDXC card. The Canon S120 now supports 1080 60p Full HD as well, with stereo mics and HDMI out.

The PowerShot S120 will ship in October 2013 for $450.


Press Release:

FOUR NEW CANON POWERSHOT MODELS PROVIDE IMPRESSIVE IMAGE QUALITY, POWERFUL OPTICS, AND FAST AUTOFOCUSING

MELVILLE, N.Y., August 22, 2013 - Adding to its trademark line of esteemed digital cameras, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the release of four new feature-packed PowerShot digital cameras: the PowerShot G16, PowerShot S120, PowerShot SX510 HS and PowerShot SX170 IS.  Designed to help photo enthusiasts create high-quality images and videos, these cameras feature advanced DIGIC imaging technology to deliver superb image quality in portable, compact digital camera bodies. In addition, all four models have the ability to achieve faster autofocusing speeds than was possible with previous PowerShot models. The PowerShot G16 and S120 also feature the new Star mode to help users capture the brilliance of a starry night sky, while the new Background Defocus mode allows users to soften the background of their images for a portraiture look.

For the connected photographer, the PowerShot G16, S120 and SX510 HS digital cameras come with built-in Wi-Fi® technology that allows for outstanding quality images and video files to be wirelessly transferred from the camera to social networking sites through CANON iMAGE GATEWAY#, to a PC, or users can upload images to virtually anywhere on their compatible iOS® or Android™ device* with the download of the free Canon CameraWindow app**.  The Wi-Fi® setup process has been improved by Canon, making it easier than ever for users to initially setup these cameras. Software no longer needs to be installed onto a user’s computer, so all initial setup can be accomplished from the user’s smart device or computer, allowing for easy photo sharing on-the-go. Images can also be printed wirelessly using Wireless PictBridgei on select printers, including the Canon PIXMA MG7120 or PIXMA MG5520 Wireless Photo All-In-One printers, so special moments can be preserved and cherished for years to come.   

“At Canon we are continually inspired to introduce the latest technological advancements to the PowerShot line of digital cameras,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “Although smartphone camera popularity is continually increasing, the PowerShot line of cameras offers features such as advanced image sensors, high-quality optics, low-light capabilities and extremely fast autofocusing speeds that, when combined, are unrivaled by smartphone technology.”

PowerShot G16 Digital Camera

The PowerShot G16 digital camera builds upon the success of the PowerShot G15 by utilizing some of Canon’s most innovative technologies. The first PowerShot in the G-series to come equipped with built-in Wi-Fi® technology, the G16 has the ability to share images and video to social networking sites such as Facebook®, Twitter®, YouTube®, and Flickr® or via email through the use of CANON iMAGE GATEWAY. Users can also upload images from almost anywhere via their compatible iOS® or Android™ device with the download of the free Canon CameraWindow app.

The PowerShot G16 features a 28-140mm wide-angle lens with an aperture range of f/1.8 – f/2.8, which helps while shooting in low-light conditions or for users who want to create a dramatic shallow depth-of-field with soft backgrounds. The G16 is equipped with Canon’s HS System, which combines a DIGIC 6 image processor and a 12.1-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor, allowing for enhanced low-light image quality.

With improved AF times and reduced shooting lag over previous G-series models, the advancements to Canon’s AF system help ensure users never miss a shot. Continuous shooting speeds of up to 9.3 frames-per-second are possible with the PowerShot G16, allowing users to capture images in full resolution as they happen***. The G16 also captures 1080p/60p Full HD video, and includes a built-in stereo microphone and an HDMI output so users have the ability to view videos on their HDTV.

The PowerShot G16 also features new shooting modes to capture breathtaking images day or night. The new Star mode gives users the ability to capture the brilliance and wonder of the night sky through the use of three scene modes. “Star Nightscape” lets users shoot the radiance of stars in a landscape image, while the “Star Trails” mode captures trails of stars to turn them into a luminous still image. “Star Time Lapse Movie” captures continuous still images of the stars and then combines each to create a stunning video replicating the motion of the stars in the night sky.

In addition, the camera’s creative handheld HDR Scene mode automatically combines multiple shots of a scene to help create an image with a greater dynamic range without the necessity for a tripod. HDR Scene mode includes Natural, Art Bold, Art Embossed, Art Standard and Art Vivid options.

For photographers who want the convenience and ease-of-use of a compact camera with the feel of a DSLR, the PowerShot G16 features dials and controls similar to those on Canon’s EOS Digital SLR cameras.  It is also compatible with Canon Speedlite flashes and select accessories.

The PowerShot G16 is scheduled to be available in October 2013 for an estimated retail price of $549.99.

PowerShot S120 Digital Camera

Succeeding the PowerShot S110, the pocket-sized PowerShot S120 digital camera continues the tradition of built-in Wi-Fi® technology that allows for images and video to be shared to social networking sites or via email through the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY.  Users can also download the free Canon CameraWindow app to their compatible iOS® or Android™ device and upload images from virtually anywhere.

The PowerShot S120 features a sharp 24-120mm extra-wide angle lens with an aperture range of f/1.8-f/5.7. It is equipped with Canon’s HS System, which combines a DIGIC 6 image processor and a 12.1-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor allowing for enhanced low-light image quality. The advancements to Canon’s AF system allow users to achieve significantly faster autofocusing speeds. The S120 allows for continuous capture of up to 12.1 frames per secondii at 12.1-megapixels. The camera also records 1080p/60p Full HD video and includes a built-in stereo microphone and convenient playback via HDMI output.

Multiple creative shot modes such as the new Star mode, Background Defocus mode, and handheld HDR Scene mode give users the ability to create images they will be proud to share.  Smart AUTO technology selects 58 different pre-defined scenes without the need to switch modes, making it possible to take beautiful images in a variety of situations.

The PowerShot S120 is scheduled be available in October 2013 for an estimated retail price of $449.99.

For more information about the PowerShot G16, S120, SX510 HS, and SX170 IS digital camera models please visit: www.usa.canon.com/powershot.

#One-time registration is required on CANON iMAGE GATEWAY online photo album.
*Compatible with iOS version 6.0/6.1 or later and Android devices version 2.3/4.0/4.1/4.2 or later. Data charges may apply.

**This software enables you to upload images to social networking sites. 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.
***The first six shots are shot at a rate of up to 12.2 fps. From the sixth shot onward, it becomes approximately 9.3 fps. The PowerShot G16 can continuously shoot up to 522 shots at approximately 9.3 fps when using an SDHC/SDXC UHS-I memory card based on Canon’s standard test method.
i PictBridge (Wireless LAN) certified printer is required.
ii The first six shots are at a rate of up to 12.1 fps. From the sixth shot onward, it becomes approximately 9.4 fps. The PowerShot S120 can continuously shoot up to 635 shots at approximately 9.4 fps when using SDHC/SDXC UHS-I memory card based on Canon’s standard test method.

Canon PowerShot G16 additional images

Canon PowerShot S120 additional images

Canon PowerShot G16 & S120 specifications

 Canon PowerShot G16Canon PowerShot S120
Price
MSRP$549.99$449.99
Body type
Body typeCompact
Sensor
Max resolution4000 x 3000
Other resolutions4000 x 2248, 4000 x 2664, 2992 x 2992, 2816 x 2112, 2816 x 1880, 2816 x 1584, 2112 x 2112, 1920 x 1080, 1600 x 1200, 1600 x 1064, 1200 x 1200, 640 x 480, 640 x 424, 640 x 360, 480 x 4804000 x 3000, 4000 x 2248, 4000 x 2664, 2992 x 2992, 2816 x 2112, 2816 x 1880, 2816 x 1584, 2112 x 2112, 1920 x 1080, 1600 x 1200, 1600 x 1064, 1200 x 1200, 640 x 480, 640 x 424, 640 x 360, 480 x 480
Image ratio w:h1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels12 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors13 megapixels
Sensor size1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ProcessorDigic 6
Color spacesRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary Color Filter
Image
ISOAuto, 80 - 12800
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes (2)
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsSuperfine, Fine
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)28–140 mm24–120 mm
Optical zoom5×
Maximum apertureF1.8 - F2.8F1.8 - F5.7
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Manual focusYes
Macro focus range1 cm (0.39)3 cm (1.18)
Number of focus points9
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots922,000
Touch screenNoYes
Screen typeTFT PureColor II G LCDTFT PureColor II G Touch screen LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (tunnel)None
Viewfinder coverage80%
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed15 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec1/2000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Auto
  • Hybrid Auto
  • Program AE
  • Shutter priority AE
  • Aperture priority AE
  • Manual
  • Custom
  • Movie
  • Creative Filters
  • Scene
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Smart Shutter (Smile, Wink Self-Timer, Face Self- Timer)
  • Star
  • Handheld Night Scene
  • Underwater
  • Snow
  • Fireworks
  • Portrait
  • Smart Shutter (Smile, Wink Self-Timer, Face Self-timer)
  • Star (star nightscape, star trails, star time-lapse movie)
  • Handheld Night Scene
  • Underwater
  • Snow
  • Fireworks
Built-in flashYes
Flash range7.00 m
External flashYes (Hot-shoe)No
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second CurtainAuto, on, slow synchro, off
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Continuous with AF
  • Self-Timer
Continuous drive12 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60 or 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Videography notesMiniature Effect (720p, 480p): 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps; Super Slow Motion Movie (480p, 240p): 120, 240 fps; Star Time-Lapse Movie (1080p): 15 fpsMiniature Effect (720p, 480p) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps; Super Slow Motion Movie (480p, 240p): 120, 240 fps; Star time-lapse movie (1080p): 15 fps
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage includedNone
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini)
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notesWireless LAN (IEEE802.11 b/g/n)
Remote controlYes (Optional wired remote or via smartphone)No
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion NB-10L rechargeable battery & chargerLithium-Ion NB-6LH rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)360230
Weight (inc. batteries)356 g (0.78 lb / 12.56 oz)217 g (0.48 lb / 7.65 oz)
Dimensions109 x 76 x 40 mm (4.29 x 2.99 x 1.57)100 x 59 x 29 mm (3.94 x 2.32 x 1.14)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (Star time-lapse movie)
GPSOptional
GPS notesvia mobile (linked to compatible smartphone)
75
I own it
46
I want it
26
I had it
Discuss in the forums
97
I own it
38
I want it
19
I had it
Discuss in the forums

Comments

Total comments: 384
123
Babya
By Babya (8 months ago)

Still no in-camera panorama stitching but the star time lapse mode is going to be interesting.

0 upvotes
Jote
By Jote (8 months ago)

Canon is not even trying. Just put a 28-200mm on the G and I'm sold. 140 is not doing it for me.

2 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (8 months ago)

They can keep the 140 if I can have 24mm.

13 upvotes
Arn
By Arn (8 months ago)

You'll find that in the Nikon P7700 http://www.dpreview.com/products/nikon/compacts/nikon_cpp7700

2 upvotes
rallyfan
By rallyfan (8 months ago)

Page upon page of marketing babble to announce WiFi, a feature these cameras should have had for years. Did anyone here read all that?

WiFi always a welcome addition. Enough said. Really.

0 upvotes
Impulses
By Impulses (8 months ago)

The most amusing part if the S110 already had Wifi, and they mention it's now easier to connect but not how... Other manufacturers have built in NFC to make that process easier, and have expanded Wifi capabilities to remote control, but neither seems to be the case here.

1 upvote
wlad
By wlad (8 months ago)

wow, it's 2013, and they still make these cell phone cameras that pretend to be "professional" ?

10 upvotes
Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (8 months ago)

by far I prefer a G with a VASS (Vari Angle Swivel Screen)
however, I prefer the larger sensor IQ the G1X which has the VASS

Caono has legit reasons for doing non-VASS G series (likely alternating with VASS G series), because, only non-VASS G bodies are better suited to fit underwater casings, where there is no room for VASS flexibility.

any time Canon opts for the VASS configuration, I prefer it, knowing I would forego with underwater casing fitment options

no one yet has an integrated aftermarket underwater casing to accommodate VASS body G's or other PowerShots with VASS.

also long missing, and overdue
is a VASS bodied G that has a wider short zoom starting at 24mm equivalent fov, instead of longer 28mm, like its lesser prosumer S120 sibling, which has had 24mm fov for last 3 S models 100/110/120.

I'm still waiting for a VASS G 24 zoom ... will it finally show up in a G1X update? PowerShot Pro1X? regular G?

or not?

Comment edited 8 minutes after posting
1 upvote
Zigadiboom
By Zigadiboom (8 months ago)

I'm a Canon user, but Canon seems to have fallen into the habit of making improvements to their cameras less and less incremental for each subsequent iteration that they release. For example there is hardly any groundbreaking difference between the Canon EOS 550d, 600d, 650d and 700d. Also the S95, S100, S110, S120 have only had incremental improvements over the years.

There is also the aspect of price. I understand that upon release the prices will drop. However for anyone who knows a bit about photography, why anyone would purchase a S120 or G16 over the original Sony RX100 for roughly the same price beats me.

In such a competitive market the Canon name can only go so far. If the Canon G16 was something in between the G15 and G1X with a 1 inch sensor coupled with a relatively fast lens, good handling, good movie mode and connectivity it would be a solid choice. The advanced compact market is certainly not dead. The Sony RX100 is proof of that.

17 upvotes
KW Phua
By KW Phua (8 months ago)

I am still using G3. Waiting for VASS (Vari Angle Swivel Screen) and dual pixel AF. I believe P&S user not following the update until the camera not functioning (I guess). Got the D20 for underwater. I am too old for manual focus with my 7D, 5D2 and 5D3 for video. Just to pay for video update for DSLR is not worth. Also waiting for Canon to release new sensor. I believe Sony will be using this same sensor for the next 10 years. No one can keep on investing the new plant and facility.

Comment edited 13 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
tutek
By tutek (8 months ago)

I'm totally disappointed. So it's just a fancy G15, again the same small sensor .. Why again without a swivel screen? Goodbye Canon, Sony knows better ...

25 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

hope a new EF-M camera will have 1080p60 and fast burst rate soon.

a f/1.8 lens on 1/1.7" sensor at ISO80 is equivalent to
about f/8 on 35mm format at ISO1600 so it's quite usable for a P&S,

not far from (about 1/5 stop difference) a m4/3" with kit lens
but with extended range and much smaller.

Comment edited 11 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
Impulses
By Impulses (8 months ago)

I hope a new EF-M would implement something like the 70D sensor but it'll probably take a while given the pace Canon moves at...

3 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

yes, dual-pixel AF and 1080p60 and > 10 fps burst rate.

a minor update for P&S could be a good news for other products which might have got better resources.

> about 1/5 stop difference
about 0.5 stops from the specs (which may be different from real)

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 6 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
Rick DeBari
By Rick DeBari (8 months ago)

The fast new lens and 12 fps rate are nice but why no articulating LCD on the G16? No good for me without it. What a huge disappointment again from Canon!

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 4 minutes after posting
7 upvotes
TitusXIII
By TitusXIII (8 months ago)

I think I'll keep my S110 until it breaks down.

3 upvotes
dwl017
By dwl017 (8 months ago)

These models are dead on arrival. Are you kidding me the S120 price point = Fail M4/3 eat this trash for lunch in 2013 and beyond!

8 upvotes
Impulses
By Impulses (8 months ago)

The S120 is overpriced for sure, the Panasonic LF1 improves on it in a number of ways (longer lens & batt life, EVF, pano mode, remote control, etc) and they're nearly the same price... Plus the S120 doesn't bring much over the S110 which has fallen to $350 many months ago.

However, I don't see how the S120's price or M43's pricing correlate in any way... There's no M43 camera that's anywhere near as compact as a Canon S, even with the smallest pancake lens available (unless you go for the body cap lens which is just silly as an all purpose).

The Canon S line and other high end compacts like it (LF1, P330, even the RX100) can simply go places where no ILC can go and they still take significantly better photos than any phone. It's a shame the market for them is kind of a niche because of their high(er) prices and the glut of inferior compacts.

If camera manufacturers had been pushing and advertising the kind of features that those high endccompacts bring (larger aperture/sensor, better controls, etc) instead of the travel zoom/MP race, they might be doing better in light of the smartphone's arrival.

4 upvotes
vapentaxuser
By vapentaxuser (8 months ago)

It's ironic that you call these cameras "trash" and "dead on arrival" because they will probably handily outsell any of the Micro 4/3rds cameras out there over the next year or so. And in the case of the G16, I've made this argument before, find me a Micro 4/3rds camera with a 28-140mm F1.8-2.8 lens with the same form factor as the G16 at the same price. I think the Micro 4/3rds system is great, but it's not exactly setting the world on fire either right now. As a matter of fact, the Micro 4/3rds cameras are getting harder and harder to find.

5 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

> outsell any of the Micro 4/3rds cameras

by 10 times

Comment edited 20 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
KariIceland
By KariIceland (8 months ago)

Vapntaxuser i dont know what fantasy world you are living in but that cameras 1.8 equals as f8 due to the sensor size and i could point at several micro four third lenses that are the same length and equal to a lower number, besides your obvious micro four thirds bias. Harder and harder to find?! Really?! Try going out of your home for once and you mit just see one.

1 upvote
vapentaxuser
By vapentaxuser (8 months ago)

@KariIceland That's the thing...I haven't seen a person carrying a Micro 4/3rds camera in over a year. And yes, I get out, and I live in a city with a high tourist population in the summertime where everybody is carrying a camera (I see very little mirrorless cameras in general). I also see some stores stop carrying them or reducing their offerings. I am not saying Micro 4/3rds is dead...but in the US it is in a slump right now. And as such, even an uninspiring upgrade like this one from Canon will outsell it. Maybe the situation is different over there in Iceland. Micro 4/3rds is a great system, I am not biased at all towards it. It has a better chance at surviving than the camera brand which is included in my username. I also get what you're saying about smaller sensor = less light but still you can't get that type of lens versatility (or as compact) at a similar price.

0 upvotes
RichRMA
By RichRMA (8 months ago)

Most buyers aren't very smart, they'll buy on name and not on spec. Which explains why $400+ P&S's with tiny sensors are still around despite the average crappy phone doing almost as well photographically.

Comment edited 31 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

> Most buyers aren't very smart

that's why we got m4/3"

0 upvotes
thx1138
By thx1138 (8 months ago)

Almost running on empty in the compact segment me thinks. Maybe digic 6 will offer tangible benefits and make the updates of the two a bit less lame.

5 upvotes
Impulses
By Impulses (8 months ago)

Knowing Canon, I wasn't expecting the S110 refresh to amount to much... But the S120 is particularly disappointing in light of the S110's street price and even compared to the new Panasonic LF1.

5 upvotes
MarshallG
By MarshallG (8 months ago)

I think the smartphone link is a great feature! Most people today take pictures with their smartphones, and then email or post their photos. It makes a lot of sense to offer a better camera that can leverage the smartphone's convenience and its Internet access.

This is a great way to revive slumping camera sales.

0 upvotes
Impulses
By Impulses (8 months ago)

This isn't really a new feature tho, the S110 and many other compacts have had it for 1-2 years now... Sony and Panasonic's compacts even go beyond Canon's implementation and offer two key advantages: NFC for easier pairing and remote control of the camera thru the phone. Panasonic's app is better designed even if you're just interested in browsing/syncing photos to the phone for sharing. This is a really weak update for what amounts to a $100/30% premium over the S110.

1 upvote
arieswar
By arieswar (8 months ago)

that 12.2 to 9.3 fps burst speed is the most significant upgrade from G15

1 upvote
peevee1
By peevee1 (8 months ago)

True, sounds like a sports camera. I bet it is with focus and exposure locked and screen blacked out though, like on G15.

1 upvote
Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (8 months ago)

I believe I'm going to be the only one within the forthcoming 600+ replies to say something *positive* about these two cameras from Canon; I think they're lovely additions to compact camera world. My b'day is soon, and if you're disappointed with your G16, please send it my way.

2 upvotes
Trollshavethebestcandy
By Trollshavethebestcandy (8 months ago)

G16+tiny sensor= Meh.
I'm waiting to see what Fuji does for the X30

5 upvotes
johnparas11zenfoliodotcom
By johnparas11zenfoliodotcom (8 months ago)

if the Fuji X30 has a red record/vudeo button.. that will be a plus, and a hybrid OVF/EVF like the X100/s :-)

0 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

Fuji X20 is about 28mm f/7.9 at the wide end
Canon S120 is about 24mm f/8.1
quite close f-number at a wider angle of view.

0 upvotes
KariIceland
By KariIceland (8 months ago)

Neither camera impressed me, the sony rx100 mk 2 however blows the competition away, to bad i cant afford it atm.

2 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

RX100 is in another league so no business here.
I think the original one is good enough at a reasonable price.

0 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (8 months ago)

Definitely want that hypothetical X30, the OVF is awesome.

1 upvote
Trollshavethebestcandy
By Trollshavethebestcandy (8 months ago)

The rumor is a 1" ish sensor. ( Fingers crossed)

0 upvotes
Prognathous
By Prognathous (8 months ago)

Again a G-series camera without an articulated screen? Pointless update.

9 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (8 months ago)

As pointless as that dark hole they call a viewfinder.

0 upvotes
cgarrard
By cgarrard (8 months ago)

I'm not so concerned about the lack of articulated screen, as I am that Canon kept the glass covering over the LCD screen the G15 has :). The AOV on the G15's LCD is so good that I rarely miss having an articulated display, and subsequently like the simplicity of the camera when shooting with it. I find that articulating displays can complicate the shooting process at times (even with their benefits in mind).

0 upvotes
Dave Luttmann
By Dave Luttmann (8 months ago)

Hmmm....I still have have my G3

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