The end?

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The end?
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Has the PowerShot lineup reached the end as we know it? Consider:

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1. The iPhone 13 Pro takes better pictures than all but the G1X Mark III in terms of both quality and versatility. Not even mentioning video...

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2. Canon doesn't have a PDAF on-chip AF system ala Sony. It's either DPAF or CDAF. Given the recent G5X II using the latest non-PDAF 1" sensor, stacked-BSI at that, and the SX70, SX740 also use latest BSI sensors also with latest DIGIC8, and, the G7X III uses the latest DIGIC8 and stacked 1", there's really no-where to go. DIGICX "eats" too much power for a smaller platform. There's now nothing to refresh on either the SX70, SX740, G5X II or G7X III, unless, Canon is considering using their latest stacked sensor fabs for some smaller chips and doing a limited DPAF run. But, for what audience? Perhaps DPAF for the G7X IV and the vloggers? That's about all I can think of.

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3. The G3X "bridge" camera series is retired, unofficially.

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4. That just leaves the possibility of a G9X III ala DIGIC8 and stacked CMOS refresh, but is unlikely due to price. And the G1X Mark IV. The problem with the latter, is there a market big enough to produce it at a price point viable for both bringing to market, and profitability?

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I think Canon may double down on some at-home tech, possibly a fixed lens, say 35mm offering perhaps, but the M200/M6II + 22 / RP + RF 35 already has that covered.

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It really took me back to realize this may be it folks. Whatever plans Canon has at this point, that they think they can make money off of, are it, if there's any left. It's a moment for pause and reflection where things have come, and now gone.

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It's making more sense now perhaps why Canon is rallying around the RF mount, and even ignoring the M mount. It's either the time to go big or go home, or, pretty close to it.

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Any thoughts from the peanut gallery? What's left of it that is. That too... There's few of us left, that the smartphone hasn't claimed.

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Canon G5 X II Canon EOS R Canon RF 28-70mm F2L USM Canon RF 35mm F1.8 IS STM Macro
Canon G3 X Canon G9 X Canon PowerShot G5 X Canon PowerShot G7 X Canon PowerShot SX70 Canon PowerShot SX740 HS
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