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Canon announces Japan-only special-edition PowerShot S120 and G16

By dpreview staff on Oct 15, 2013 at 18:12 GMT

Canon has announced special edition versions of its PowerShot G16 and S120 digital compact cameras. The 'premium' versions appear to be intended for the Japanese domestic market, and will be available in different color finishes, with a custom engraving option. Color customization appears to comprise the option of red, gold, silver and black finished on select components and both cameras are supplied with unique accessories - a cowhide leather pouch for the S120 and a leather hard case for the G16.

The limited-edition PowerShot S120 comes with a leather pouch, and the option of four different color accents for various components (including exposure mode dial and lens control ring). It will cost 54,980 Yen (~$560). 
The premium PowerShot G16 comes with a leather hard case, and will cost 69,980 Yen (~$710) when it becomes available at the end of this month. Both cameras can be custom engraved. 

The limited edition G16 will cost 69,980 Yen (~$710) and the S120 will be available for 54,980 Yen (~$560) and pre-orders start at the end of this month.

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Total comments: 36
Ian SS
By Ian SS (6 months ago)

I wonder why only Japanese will buy the special edition?

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lmtfa
By lmtfa (6 months ago)

Even Rodan is laughing.

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David Hurt
By David Hurt (6 months ago)

Who cares??

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chj
By chj (6 months ago)

damn they're ugly

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Vadimka
By Vadimka (6 months ago)

Its Canon's desperate cry for attention...

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Thoughts
By Thoughts (6 months ago)

Meanwhile, Sony put a full frame sensor into a body that has similar size of G16. Canon is dreaming...in Japan only

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BeaniePic
By BeaniePic (6 months ago)

The Sony is actually quite a bit larger and around 4 times the price...

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ryansholl
By ryansholl (6 months ago)

I am amused. The homepage:

Sony full frame this, sony full frame that
5 new sony lenses
Sony 1" constant 2.8 superzoom
Sony smartphone with P&S sensor
Canon releases two new colors to limited market

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Zerg2905
By Zerg2905 (6 months ago)

Ostrich Testicle leather (As Michael Reichman would say) anyone? Cheers! :)
P. S.: Japan only.

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coudet
By coudet (6 months ago)

I'll wait for snake-skin option, thank you.

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achim k
By achim k (6 months ago)

Reminds me of the Rollei 35 "classic" - edition a short time before Rollei became bankrupt

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RichRMA
By RichRMA (6 months ago)

What, no hatred and invective for the custom Canons like with the Hasselblad and Leica customs?

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Richard Murdey
By Richard Murdey (6 months ago)

At less than double the regular cost, and totaling well under a grand, it's more "if it floats your boat" than "highway robbery!".

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Ferling
By Ferling (6 months ago)

No, sir. It's not the hatred for the camera's. It's about the technological wall we've all just hit, and a manufactures reluctance to take the next logical step.

You see. While it's easy for one to find plenty of reason for the decline in professional work. Why is it so difficult to fathom that the demand, or rather the justification of consumer vs. professional equipment continue to exist?

My first pro DSLR cost me $7000, then replaced by something for $3200, and then $1800. All were improvements at nearly half the cost of the other.

It's time to close the gap.

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mcshan
By mcshan (6 months ago)

Just think of all the great Godzilla shots!

If only the DPR had a "Double Gold" category.

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luxor2
By luxor2 (6 months ago)

Cameras, like photography itself, have always been been a combination of technology with artistry. Early glass plate cameras were made for the well-to-do and are beautiful wood, leather and brass objects, showing human desire for beauty.

The history of photography has always been about aesthetics as well as documentation.

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Richard Murdey
By Richard Murdey (6 months ago)

Ah, the "mid-life-special-edition" model. Classic move from all manufacturers, meaning "we have nothing new to release, but marketing says we need to announce something!"

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Ferling
By Ferling (6 months ago)

Have to agree. An idle engineering and design team is expensive, working or not (minus materials). Any realistic step forward in compacts will both venture into and risk sales of considerable higher priced professional models. I have another twenty years of shooting in me, and I won't have to wait through all of them before seeing a major shift in what goes into the bag.

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iAPX
By iAPX (6 months ago)

Where is the red dot?

Oh the tag price is correct? It may explain the lack of the red dot

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mike kobal
By mike kobal (6 months ago)

man, these two cameras are so beautiful that if there is absolutely nothing around to photograph, you can hold them up in front of a mirror, snap a few my-cam-so-pretty selfies and share your joy with your fb fans, make sure the strap, box and case are in the picture

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qianp2k
By qianp2k (6 months ago)

LOL, I guess Canon should have a lifetime warranty for that S120 collection when it has that Lens Error. My S95 has already developed this issue by its own twice despite I never drop and abuse the camera.

http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/02/canon-powershot-s100-lens-error/

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tokugawa
By tokugawa (6 months ago)

That error applies to earlier S100 models. I had that, and I got it fixed for free, and now it doesn't anymore.

By the way, it only appears in hot humid weather. I didn't have the issue for months until I visited Taiwan in Summer last year.

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GeorgeD200
By GeorgeD200 (6 months ago)

Where's the Christopher Columbus Edition?

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leversandgears
By leversandgears (6 months ago)

This is a Japanese company. It would be the Commodore Perry Edition and would force you to sign an agreement with Canon promising an opening of your house for trade and coaling of their ships when in the area.

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Mirrorless Crusader
By Mirrorless Crusader (6 months ago)

What a waste. Canon has become virtually irrelevant and their decision not to announce even a single new product this holiday season firmly cements them in last place among camera makers. It's only a matter of time until they spin off their imaging division and sell it to Sony or something.

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Zerg2905
By Zerg2905 (6 months ago)

Yes, Canon will soon turn to be...Nikon! But wait, Nikon "launched" the D610, soon to be known as the "camera of the century". Cheers! :)

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OldZorki
By OldZorki (6 months ago)

Eat your heart, Hasselblad!

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johnparas11zenfoliodotcom
By johnparas11zenfoliodotcom (6 months ago)

if the G16 or the S120 had a silver top-- for retro look.. maybe I might want... maybe..

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Zigadiboom
By Zigadiboom (6 months ago)

Now if South Korea can offer a Korea-specific Octo-core Samsung S4 which is clocked faster than any of the other international versions, then why cant Japan release a special edition G16 and S120 with a 1 inch sensor. Now wouldn't that be a great revival for Canon's premium compact camera line. With Canon's top notch IS, fast AF, and solid handling I'll be lining up in the streets of Tokyo for sure if it was the case.

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Leandros S
By Leandros S (6 months ago)

Nice inclusion of the TC there for the G16. And not even a limited edition, apparently. After seeing the silver Pentax K-3, I was hoping to see the leather neck-strap in an unlimited edition. If it's true that Canon's offering is unlimited, then they clearly took the better route.

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markie_jan61
By markie_jan61 (6 months ago)

Yeah, yeah. Still waiting for Canon to release a large-sensor fixed-lens successor to the somewhat flawed Canon PowerShot G1 X. And I don't care whether it doesn't have color accents.
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Leandros S
By Leandros S (6 months ago)

That and an X-S1 successor, please.

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Gesture
By Gesture (6 months ago)

Good thought but G1X and EOS-M clearly just trial balloons. Easy to keep developing the already matured G, S and Rebel DLSR cameras.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (6 months ago)

I like the look of the S120 edition, but not so much the G16.

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Richard Franiec
By Richard Franiec (6 months ago)

Thank God, they offer more minimalistic approach for foreign markets.
Color coordinated S120 grip anyone?

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whtchocla7e
By whtchocla7e (6 months ago)

Leica killer, Sony killer, Olympus killer, Fuji killer.
Canon is so amazing.

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