Canon Refreshes Its PowerShot Line with the G15, S110, and SX50 HS

Canon has introduced three new compact cameras to its PowerShot line, offering photographers three tiers of portable image making.

Canon G15

The G15 succeeds the G12 — skipping two numbers due to Japanese naming superstitions — and offers a 12MP 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor, a 5x optical zoom lens (28-140mm in 35mm terms) with f/1.8-2.8, a max ISO of 12800, a 3-inch LCD monitor with 920k dots, 1080p HD video recording, built-in image stabilization, manual modes, RAW shooting, 10fps continuous shooting, snappier shooting,

Unlike its predecessor, the G15 doesn’t have an articulating screen on the back — just a higher resolution one.

It’ll be available starting in October 2012 for $500.

Canon S110

The S110 is the first S series camera to offer Wi-Fi and a touchscreen. The Wi-Fi lets photographers connect wirelessly to iOS and Android devices. Special apps like Canon’s free CameraWindow can be used to do things such as automatically upload your images to the web.

Aside from those two major additions, the specs are relatively similar to the S100. It features an update 12 megapixel 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor, a 5x optical zoom lens (24-120mm in 35mm terms) with f/2-5.9, a max ISO of 12800, snappier response times, a 3-inch LCD screen, image stabilization, 1080p HD video recording, manual modes, and RAW shooting.

The camera will be available in black or white starting in October 2012 for $450.

Canon SX50 HS

The SX50 HS is a superzoom bridge camera with a smaller sensor than its PowerShot siblings. Instead of a 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor, it packs a 1/2.3-inch one. It results in poorer image quality, but at the same time opens the door to other features. It’s the first compact camera with a crazy 50x zoom range — a range that’s 24mm-1200mm in 35mm terms.

Other specs include 12.1-megapixels of resolution, 4.5-stop image stabilization, HD video recording, a 2.8-inch articulating LCD screen, manual modes, RAW shooting, and a high speed burst mode.

It’ll hit store shelves in October 2012, priced between the G15 and S110 at $480.

  • Jason

    Honestly, I cant imagine with the products on the market right now why anyone would find these new offerings from Canon attractive or exciting, especially the SX50, unless you simply want to replace your telescope with a camera with a tiny sensor.

  • Scott Adam Zanarky

    “Other specs include 12.1-megapixels of resolution, an ISO range of f/3.4-6.5…”

    Might want to change that small mix-up.

  • Michael Zhang

    Thanks a lot, Scott!

  • James

    “The S100 is the first S series camera to offer Wi-Fi and a touchscreen.” – shouldn’t that read ” The S110….”

  • James

    The S110 is attractive, I have an s90 and I think the WI-FI is a nice update to this line.

  • Michael Zhang

    Shoot. Apologies for the typos guys. Thanks for pointing them out.

  • Mansgame

    A small camera with manual settings and a good sensor (although small) IS very attractive.

  • David

    Sports fans and amateur birders and the like would love the SX50. I have a friend who bought an earlier version to take to ballgames. The zoom was key for him.

  • Jake

    Damn, 3.4 would be some unbelievalbly low ISO!

  • Steve

    The SX50 is the one I might be interested in. I liked the 800mm of the SX30 for wildlife photos. Can’t carry an equivalent DSLR lens that size around all day. There were times when I would of loved the extra telephoto, 1200mm could be good, if its sharp.

  • sasasa

    another boring. .. minor upgrade.. canon camera… yawn.

  • Jason

    Comments above are exactly what I mean when referring to the SX50…just something to replace binoculars or telescopes, not for really else much.

  • Guest

    That is one _ugly_ camera.

  • Dan Scott

    The G15…I can accept that it takes decent photos, but why did they have to put it in such an _ugly_ package?

  • Erik Lauri Kulo

    Might as well be the S100… God these “updates” are tiresome.

  • PhotoJoe55

    I thought the same things as most of the comments say, I shoot Nikon FX full time and I have the Canon G1 X because there is not much of a choice for a compact camera with a 1.5″ CMOS Sensor and an optical eye level viewfinder, but if you saw some of the sensors used in law enforcement and in the FBI, you might be surprised at the quality results they obtain with the same, an even smaller sensors than these compact cameras are using. I went to look at what all the talk was about, once I tried the Demo, I really couldn’t put it down. The results are amazing. The price of $380.00 US didn’t hurt either. Wether I consider it a toy or an experiment, it doesn’t much matter, I am amazed none the less. I would never have believed it. Tell me, what do you think it would cost to put a 1200MM lens on your DSLR. I’m not sure how long I can keep claiming these Bridge cameras as a deduction, but I’ve been buying the top one every year for 5 or 6 years now. If I take some shots in the studio, it does count as a deduction. The G1 X was something high quality to carry at times when I’m not working, so maybe I shouldn’t claim that but it can easily be used for “Work” photography too. it’s as good as their EOS cameras. Some Canon using friends have been coming by to check it out since I bought it. This quality gear is good for competition and good for the industry too. But really, find one to try and you may want to change your comment. I did!

  • Steve Harris

    I will definitely not be seen in public carrying this thing!!