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Canon unveils PowerShot SX510 HS and SX170 IS superzooms

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

Canon has announced its PowerShot SX170 compact superzoom and the SX510 full-size superzoom digital cameras. The PowerShot SX510 HS' predecessor, the SX500, used a 16 megapixel CCD sensor. The SX510 gets a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, hence the new 'HS' designation. Built-in Wi-Fi is also added to the SX510's feature set, and it offers what's almost certainly the same 30x 24-720mm equivalent optical zoom lens that the SX500 used, a 3.0 inch LCD and 1080/24p video. It will be available in September for $249.99. 

The SX170 is much the same as its SX160 predecessor with a 16x optical zoom and 16 megapixel CCD sensor, though it's no longer powered by AA-batteries. It now offers a rechargeable lithium-ion pack, and the compact superzoom is overall slightly lighter and smaller than the SX160. The SX170 will be available in September for $179.99.

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

New Advanced Point-and-Shoot Lineup Includes the PowerShot G16, S120 and SX510 HS with Built-In Wi-Fi® and the New PowerShot SX170 IS Offers a Long Zoom in a Compact Camera Body 

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 SX510 HS Digital Camera

The compact PowerShot SX510 HSiii digital camera incorporates a 30x optical zoom 24mm wide-angle lens, Intelligent IS technology for sharp, vivid images, a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor and Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor that allows users to capture high-quality images. The camera also records 1080p Full HD video. The SX510 HS is equipped with built-in Wi-Fi® technology so that images and videos can be shared with friends and family wirelessly on social networking sites 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 camera’s Zoom Framing Assist feature automatically maintains the correct distance from the subject using a face recognition sensor to track and capture subjects for sharp still and video images. Upgraded from previous PowerShot models, the AF speed helps dramatically reduce lag time so that perfect shot will be captured with ease.

The PowerShot SX510 HS is scheduled to be available in September 2013 for an estimated retail price of $249.99.

PowerShot SX170 IS Digital Camera

The PowerShot SX170 IS digital camera offers a long zoom in a compact camera body at an affordable price. The camera’s 16x optical zoom with 28mm wide-angle lens and Optical Image Stabilization captures clear, vivid images whether a subject is up close or far away. Featuring High-Speed AF and Intelligent IS system that provides smooth video and sharp images via six stabilization modes, the SX170 IS operates with a DIGIC 4 Image Processor and a 16.0-megapixel sensor to create high-quality images. With 720p HD video capability, users can shoot still and video images and view both via an HDTV using an HDMI connector. 

Complete with Smart AUTO technology, the PowerShot SX170 IS automatically selects the optimal settings from 32 predefined shooting situations, which helps the user to capture the best image possible. Powered by a new lithium-ion battery that provides efficient battery life, the SX170 IS has a 3.0-inch LCD screen and an ergonomic body allowing users to comfortably hold the camera. 

The PowerShot SX170 IS digital camera is scheduled be available in September 2013 for an estimated retail price of $179.99.

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. 
iPictBridge (Wireless LAN) certified printer is required.
iiiThis device has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained. 

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Canon PowerShot SX510 HS Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS & SX170 IS specifications

 Canon PowerShot SX510 HSCanon PowerShot SX170 IS
Price
MSRP$249.99$179.99
Body type
Body typeCompact
Sensor
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels12 megapixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors13 megapixels17 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeCMOSCCD
ProcessorDigic 4
Color spacesRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 80 ,100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200Auto,100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatNo
JPEG quality levelsSuperfine, Fine
File format
  • EXIF 2.3 (JPEG)
  • JPEG v2.3
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)24–720 mm28–448 mm
Optical zoom30×16×
Maximum apertureF3.4 - F5.8F3.5 - F5.9
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range5 cm (1.97)
Macro focus range0 cm (0)1 cm (0.39)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots461,000230,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT Color LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed15 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/1600 sec1/3200 sec
Exposure modes
  • Auto
  • Live View Control
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
  • Movie
  • Discreet
  • Creative Filters
  • Scene
  • Movie Digest
  • Auto
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
  • Scene
  • Live View Control
  • Creative Filters
  • Discreet
  • Movie
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Face Self-timer
  • High-speed burst
  • Low Light
  • Snow
  • Fireworks
  • Portrait
  • Face Self-timer
  • Low Light
  • Snow
  • Fireworks
  • Fisheye Effect
  • Miniature Effect
  • Toy Camera Effect
  • Monochrome
  • Super Vivid
  • Poster Effect
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range5.00 m3.00 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, on, slow synchro, offAuto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive4 fps1 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)1280 x 720 (30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Videography notesMiniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 5fps, 3fps, 1.5 fpsMiniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini-HDMI)No
WirelessBuilt-InEye-Fi Connected
Wireless notesWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Remote controlNo
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion NB-6LH rechargeable battery & chargerNB-6LH
Battery Life (CIPA)250300
Weight (inc. batteries)349 g (0.77 lb / 12.31 oz)251 g (0.55 lb / 8.85 oz)
Dimensions104 x 70 x 80 mm (4.09 x 2.76 x 3.15)108 x 71 x 44 mm (4.25 x 2.8 x 1.73)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSNone
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Comments

Total comments: 31
Shutterbug108
By Shutterbug108 (6 months ago)

This camera looks nice externally.

But Canon should add more features and sell it a slight higher price, let's say US$199, to include the following

mini HDMI connectivity
720p video recording at 60p
CMOS sensor for higher sensitivity
460,000 dots screen

to maintain a competitive edge over average smartphones.
I wondered will the add'l $20 be able to pay for all these upgrades?
I don't mind forgoing the lithium-ion battery for the previous AA-battery package to cut cost.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 8 minutes after posting
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OpticGlass
By OpticGlass (8 months ago)

Canon SX170 and SX510: No raw, no lens adapter, no AA batteries, no fast lens... No good :( :( :(

1 upvote
Gesture
By Gesture (8 months ago)

Now, GearShop offers cameras before they are even released. Where is the staff user experience driving recommendation.

1 upvote
Frank_BR
By Frank_BR (8 months ago)

A new camera for mass market, but with a CCD sensor? Please, someone tells Canon we're already in 2013!

0 upvotes
Tal Shachar
By Tal Shachar (8 months ago)

sx510 would be more impressive if it supported AA batteries and a hot shoe. A big camera like SX510 cold easily use 4 AA batteries instead of 1 battery for compact camera. And if you think that those tiny lithium ion batteries are better then AA batteries then here is the calculation that will prove that you are wrong. NB6L is 3.7v 1,000 mAh which is equivalent to one AA battery 1.2v 3,000 mAh
so a camera that size with 4 AA batteries would give 4 times energy and much cheaper

http://gearshop.dpreview.com/canon-nb-6l-li-ion-battery/dp/B0015DNIOG?ref_=se_gd_1_0

1 upvote
Leandros S
By Leandros S (8 months ago)

But Canon is a razor blade and printer cartridge type business. They make sure that there's stuff missing that you'll have to buy extra from them.

1 upvote
Rambalac
By Rambalac (8 months ago)

But you still need 3 AA batteries to get needed voltage.

1 upvote
Joseph Mama
By Joseph Mama (8 months ago)

Um, yawn?

2 upvotes
Raymond88
By Raymond88 (8 months ago)

Does Canon has the estimated retail price for SX510 HS of $250 correct? The SX500 HS has been selling closer to $369 most of the time...

0 upvotes
Eyeglass10101
By Eyeglass10101 (8 months ago)

You are confused with the Canon SX50IS, which normally goes from $429.99 minus any IR's that take it down to around $370-$380

0 upvotes
Brandon00151
By Brandon00151 (8 months ago)

I think I'll wait until next month when Canon announces the SX50's successor.

1 upvote
David Hurt
By David Hurt (8 months ago)

Cannot believe Canon is still using Digic 4 on these cameras, when Digic 5 has been out & now here come 2 new cameras with Digic 6????!!! Come on Canon, get with the Program!!!

1 upvote
Eyeglass10101
By Eyeglass10101 (8 months ago)

It's called hanging on to a dying market and getting as much margin out of the product. The Digic 4's are probably cheaper per unit then the 5's and 6's.

4 upvotes
Mikhail Tal
By Mikhail Tal (8 months ago)

Great product, there just aren't nearly enough superzooms on the market already. I need one for every day of the month.

2 upvotes
Leandros S
By Leandros S (8 months ago)

16MP CCD to 12MP CMOS doesn't sound like much of an upgrade...

0 upvotes
Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (8 months ago)

1, speed

2, possibly also IQ (particularly low-light performance)

0 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (8 months ago)

Should support full-HD video now. All in all, the 1/2.3" 12 mpix sensor from SX50 is one of the best 1/2.3" sensors out there, and higher sensor resolution is useless behind the dark lenses (f/3.4 at their best), even 12M is beyond diffraction limit.

0 upvotes
Leandros S
By Leandros S (8 months ago)

I'm still not sure that video with a rolling shutter is worth having.

1 upvote
peevee1
By peevee1 (8 months ago)

Also, 12mpix in 4:3 sensor is very convenient for video, 16:9 crop gives you 4000x2200 pixels, which converts to 1920x1080 video simply by taking 2x2 single-color pixel groups and making 1 video pixel with color information from each (extremely low power process), almost without crop (and the very small crop can be useful to compensate for shake too if each consecutive frame cropped with different offsets).
The next resolution to be as easy to process for video would be 48 mpix, which is way too much for the tiny sensors.

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Leandros S
By Leandros S (8 months ago)

...except that that happens to be almost exactly what the Nokia Lumia 1020 has, for a 1/2.3 inch sensor, same as this one. And quite deliberately in that case, if you read the white paper.

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dccdp
By dccdp (8 months ago)

Actually, for SX510 it'a more than an upgrade. It's exactly what the previous version lacked, preventing it to be a success.

I bought the SX500, but I had to return it because the 16 MP CCD was awful, the image quality very poor (high noise even at ISO 100, smudging, etc., making the 16MP figure superfluous). The 12 MP CMOS sensor is much better, it is in fact exceptional for this class of sensors. Great high ISO performance, decent dynamic range, the perfect component for a high zoom camera that needs a small sensor to be capable of reaching that remarkable focal length range.

0 upvotes
dccdp
By dccdp (8 months ago)

The title implies SX510 has a 16MP sensor, which is not true.

2 upvotes
Allison Johnson
By Allison Johnson (8 months ago)

Thanks for pointing that out, it's been fixed.

1 upvote
dccdp
By dccdp (8 months ago)

You're welcome.

0 upvotes
Rambalac
By Rambalac (8 months ago)

Neither good for photo, nor for video. Boring

3 upvotes
David Hurt
By David Hurt (8 months ago)

Exactly!

1 upvote
tinzi1
By tinzi1 (8 months ago)

and neither good for a superzoom...with all due respect, this release is mindless and useless and the worst part is - i suspect, Canon knew.

1 upvote
Eyeglass10101
By Eyeglass10101 (8 months ago)

This is good for someone who is just getting started, not snobs like us.

3 upvotes
Rambalac
By Rambalac (8 months ago)

For someone who is just getting started there better and cheaper cameras

0 upvotes
Marvol
By Marvol (8 months ago)

Except that due to Canon's well-oiled marketing, distribution and advertisting, most of these people will never know about any potential better products.

All they will see and hear about is Canon, Canon, and maybe Nikon.

0 upvotes
cris1cris
By cris1cris (7 months ago)

for someone who's starting which camera in the same price range do you recommend?

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Total comments: 31