Canon Revamps Point-and-Shoot Lineup, Unveils New PowerShot G16


Last night was packed full of announcements from Canon, as the Japanese company saw fit to announce four new point-and-shoots (including a new flagship), update the PowerShot N and release a new lens in one fell swoop.

Canon G16


First things first: the new flagship. Replacing the old PowerShot G15 is the aptly named G16. Although the G16 might look identical to its predecessor on the outside, don’t let that fool you. Internally, a few important bits have changed.

The new camera now sports a Digic 6 processor, 60p video capture, speedier autofocus and the ability to shoot 9.3fps in burst mode. The other major update is the inclusion of built-in WiFi, which now allows users to upload photos to Flickr, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and Canon’s Image Gateway.

Unchanged specs include the same 12.1MP 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor looking out at the world through an identical 5x 28-140mm (35mm equivalent) f/1.8-2.8 lens. The G16 will be available starting in October, and is the most expensive of the new line, tipping the scales at $550.

Canon S120


The differences between the S120 and its predecessor, the S110, read much the same as the differences between the G15 and G16. More or less unchanged specs include the same 12.1MP 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor as the 110 and a slightly faster 5x 24-120mm (35mm equivalent) f/1.8-5.7 lens.


The improvements come with the addition of the Digic 6 processor, which again enables speedier autofocus, 60p video recording and the ability to shoot a speedy 12.1fps in burst. Also available in October, the S110 will run you $450 once it hits shelves.

Canon SX510 HS


Third in line is the new version of the SX500 superzoom: the SX510 HS. The new camera packs the same 30x 24-720mm (35mm equivalent) f/f/3.4-5.8 lens and Digic 4 processor as its predecessor, but the rest of the internals have been updated.


The old 16MP CCD sensor has been replaced by a 12.1MP 1/2.3-inch CMOS Sensor, WiFi connectivity has been added, and a new feature called Zoom Framing Assist helps users to keep a lock on their subject ensuring a steady shot.

The SX510 will arrive in stores in September attached to a $250 price tag.

Canon SX170 IS


Last of the major upgrades, the SX170 rounds out Canon’s lineup by offering consumers a cheap(er) superzoom option. Internally almost everything is left unchanged from the SX160: you’ll find the same 16MP 1/2.3-inch CCD Sensor and Digic 4 image processor peering out at the world through the same 16x 28-448mm (35mm equivalent) f/3.5-5.9 image stabilized lens.


The only major change is that Canon has done away with the AA batteries where their entry-level superzoom is concerned, replacing them with a good ol’ fashioned lithium-ion pack.

The SX170 will make landfall alongside the SX510 in September, sporting the smallest price tag of the bunch at $180.

Other Announcements


Rounding out this War and Peace of announcements by Canon are two more updates. The first is a very small upgrade to the square form-factor PowerShot N. The new N now comes equipped with its very own Facebook button and the ability to instantly share to the social network from wherever you have WiFi.

In every other way, the new camera is identical to the old version, which you can find out more about here. It’ll be available starting in September for $300.


And finally, the last of the announcements involves a new EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens tailored towards videographers. The new lens is said to offer 3.5 equivalent stops of shake correction (according to the new CIPA standard) packed inside a fairly small form-factor given its zoom capabilities.

The new 55-250 will also be making its debut in September, at an MSRP of $350.

  • Banan Tarr

    Is it just me or does Canon seem behind the curve right now?

  • Leonardo Abreu

    A kit lens for $350? wth?

  • Gordo

    seems silly that the G and S no longer have tilting screens.

  • Jonathan Maniago

    Aye. These aren’t exactly entry level models either, so it is rather baffling that they would omit a more practical feature such as the tilting screen and slap in Wi-Fi capability instead.

  • Vin Weathermon

    Seems like the G16 ought to have an articulating lcd; the G1x does this, but really by now I thought there would be a full frame G-series camera. I want the optical viewfinder, articulating screen, equiv 24-140mm focal length…i am dreaming…

  • Karl Massia-Demers

    This is not a kit lens… 18-55mm or 18-135mm are standard EF-S kit lenses.

  • Robert Brothers

    The Canon G16 improvements remind of…New for 1974 the FORD PINTO now has White Wall tires. But the real thing is it’s still a Pinto and will perform like a Pinto.

  • Ham Hock

    I guess I’m different than other photographers. Regarding the G16, I’m happy it doesn’t have an articulating screen. They just add bulk and it isn’t that difficult to see the back of your camera in most situations anyway. The optical viewfinder should go – they’re basically useless, or at least the optical viewfinder on my G12 is, and this iteration appears unchanged. The addition of WiFi is something that I don’t see the point of, other than it being what everyone else is doing. Rapidly uploading to the web is what smartphones are for, and (in my view) it’s far less important for standalone cameras. I also wish it had better resolution at 240fps. And then of course a bigger sensor and wider angle lens would be nice.

  • aaaa

    who needs another thing to broke???

  • robin

    we going have G99 pretty soon at the rate they keep updating

  • sa

    optical viewfinder is a must!

  • James

    Beyond uploading to web the WiFi provides interesting wireless tethering and remote shutter capabilities for those with smart phones.

  • Stephanie Mcdonald

    Isn’t it funny how we all want different specs on the g16, it would be great if they could be custom made. We have the g11, and i love the moveable screen so thats a shame its gone.
    What sold me on this is wifi. mobiles are for sharing via wifi, but if you are a professional then is your iphone camera as good as this camera?, i dont think so, which is why id rather shoot my happy snaps on this then my phone. and it fits in my handbag nicely :)