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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.