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Thursday, August 22, 2013
New Canon PowerShot Models Provide Powerful Optics, Fast Autofocusing


Adding to its line of digital cameras, Canon today announced the release of five new feature-packed PowerShot digital cameras: the PowerShot G16, PowerShot S120, PowerShot SX510 HS, PowerShot SX170 IS and the Facebook-ready Powershot N.

These cameras feature DIGIC imaging technology to deliver high image quality in compact digital camera bodies. In addition, all four models (G16, S120, SX510 HS, SX170 IS) 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 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 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. 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. Images can also be printed wirelessly using Wireless PictBridge on select printers.

The first PowerShot in the G-series to come equipped with built-in Wi-Fi technology, the G16 has the ability to share images and video to social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr 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 Canon CameraWindow app.

The PowerShot G16 features a 28-140mm wide-angle lens with an aperture range of f/1.8 - f/2.8, which helps while shooting in low-light conditions or for users who want to create a shallow depth-of-field with soft backgrounds. The G16 is equipped with Canon's HS System, which combines a DIGIC 6 image processor and a 12.1-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor.

Continuous shooting speeds of up to 9.3 frames-per-second are possible with the PowerShot G16. The G16 also captures 1080p/60p Full HD video, and includes a built-in stereo microphone and an HDMI output.

The PowerShot G16 also features new shooting modes to capture images day or night. "Star Nightscape" lets users shoot the radiance of stars in a landscape image, while the "Star Trails" mode captures trails of stars to turn them into a luminous still image. "Star Time Lapse Movie" captures continuous still images of the stars and then combines each to create a video replicating the motion of the stars in the night sky.

In addition, the camera's handheld HDR Scene mode automatically combines multiple shots of a scene to help create an image with a greater dynamic range without the necessity for a tripod. HDR Scene mode includes Natural, Art Bold, Art Embossed, Art Standard and Art Vivid options.

For photographers who want the convenience and ease-of-use of a compact camera with the feel of a DSLR, the PowerShot G16 features dials and controls similar to those on Canon's EOS Digital SLR cameras. It is also compatible with Canon Speedlite flashes and select accessories.

The PowerShot G16 is scheduled to be available in October 2013 for an estimated retail price of $549.99.

Succeeding the PowerShot S110, the pocket-sized PowerShot S120 digital camera continues the tradition of built-in Wi-Fi technology. The camera features a 24-120mm extra-wide angle lens with an aperture range of f/1.8-f/5.7. It is equipped with Canon's HS System, which combines a DIGIC 6 image processor and a 12.1-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor. The advancements to Canon's AF system allow users to achieve faster autofocusing speeds. The S120 allows for continuous capture of up to 12.1 frames per secondii at 12.1-megapixels. The camera also records 1080p/60p Full HD video and includes a built-in stereo microphone and convenient playback via HDMI output.

Multiple creative shot modes such as the new Star mode, Background Defocus mode, and handheld HDR Scene mode give users the ability to create images. Smart AUTO technology selects 58 different pre-defined scenes without the need to switch modes, making it possible to take images in a variety of situations.

The PowerShot S120 is scheduled be available in October 2013 for an estimated retail price of $449.99.

The compact PowerShot SX510 HS digital camera incorporates a 30x optical zoom 24mm wide-angle lens, Intelligent IS technology, a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor and Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor. The camera also records 1080p Full HD video. The SX510 HS is equipped with built-in Wi-Fi technology.

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.

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

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 images whether a subject is up close or far away. Featuring High-Speed AF and Intelligent IS system that provides smooth video 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.

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

To address the trend of instantly sharing photos and videos with family and friends, Canon announced a new version of its PowerShot N digital camera - the PowerShot N Facebook ready digital camera. A Canon Direct exclusive, the PowerShot N Facebook ready digital camera features a Facebook Connect Button that supports instant sharing of images and videos to users' Facebook accounts.

The camera's Creative Shot mode automatically creates a series of five artistic photos along with the original for an array of options.

In addition, the camera features a 2.8-inch capacitive, tilt-touch panel LCD, along with a shutter and zoom ring both located around the lens.

The PowerShot N Facebook ready digital camera offers an 8x optical zoom and a 28mm wide-angle lens, packaged with a 12.1-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 Image Processor. Users can also record high-quality 1080p Full HD video with a dedicated movie button. With Hybrid Auto users can automatically create a composite video of brief clips that are recorded while taking photos. The PowerShot N Facebook ready's Face ID system allows for the camera to automatically recognize and focus on familiar faces. In addition, Canon's Intelligent IS System allows the camera to automatically select the optimal image stabilization settings according to the shooting conditions.

Creative Shot, available on the PowerShot N Facebook ready digital camera, is an easy tool to add artistic effects to photos. In Creative Shot mode, users compose their shot and let the PowerShot N Facebook ready digital camera automatically create a series of five artistic photos along with the original to deliver creative new perspectives using different color modes, crops and styles. In addition, the new PowerShot N Facebook ready digital camera offers 58 scenes of Smart AUTO and provides an 8x optical zoom.

A first-ever for the PowerShot line-up, the camera's zoom lens and shutter are both operated on the camera's dual-ring lens. By moving the dual-ring left or right users can control the camera's zoom, and by pressing on the other ring users control the shutter, which can be released from the top or bottom of the ring.

The camera features a 2.8-inch capacitive, tilt touch panel LCD, which offers 90 degrees of tilt, encouraging users to capture images from a wide array of angles and positions effectively in virtually any location. The top-mounted hinge keeps the PowerShot N Facebook ready digital camera compact for convenient on-the-go shooting and one-handed operation. The PowerShot N Facebook ready digital camera uses a Micro SD card and a USB cable.

The PowerShot N will be available in white in September 2013 on the Canon Direct online store for $299.99.


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