IT IS the annual compact camera line refresh for Canon again, and this time the company has a slew of new models from entry level to the high-end.
The big news is that these compact digicams now feature Canon’s HS System, which is made up of a newly-designed high-sensitivity sensor and the DIGIC 4 image processing engine, both of which allow for low-noise and sharper photos when using high ISO settings in low-light conditions.
Although technically a compact digicam, the G-series has always boasted DSLR-level features.
The latest in the series, the PowerShot G12, is no exception — apart from a range of shooting modes from full manual to aperture- and shutter-priority autoexposure, the G12 even has a dedicated ISO dial that allows you to quickly change ISO settings in 1/3 increments from ISO 80 to 3,200.
The G12 also features a new High Dynamic Range mode which allows the user to capture high contrast scenes (for example, scenes with strongly backlit subjects) and produces a balanced shot by automatically combining three photos taken in quick succession.
Of course, there’s also 720p HD video recording with stereo sound.
Canon has opted to keep the megapixel count at 10-megapixels and the zoom range at the same 28–140mm equivalent.
The PowerShot G12 has a recommended retail price of RM1,899.
PowerShot SX30 IS
For those looking for a greater zoom range in their cameras, the PowerShot SX30 IS should be just the thing — this camera features a whopping 35x optical zoom range equivalent to a 24–840mm lens.
Other notable features include a 14.1-megapixel sensor, ISO settings from 80 to 1,600, 720p HD movie recording with stereo sound and full manual control as well as a Smart Auto Mode.
Canon has also put in a so-called “Zoom Framing Assist” function into the camera, which allows the user to track subjects that move out of the frame by quickly zooming out to a wider view and then to quickly zoom back in once the subject is located.
The PowerShot SX30 IS has a recommended retail price of RM1,699.
Ixus 1000 HS
If you still want a big zoom range, but don’t want the bulk of the SX30 IS, then the Ixus 1000 HS is it — it has a very nice 10x zoom lens equivalent to a 36-360mm lens in 35mm film format, yet is just 22.3mm thick.
The Ixus 1000 HS has a 10-megapixel image sensor and also features Canon’s HS System which allows for ISO settings from 125 to 3,200.
One notable feature apart from the long zoom range is the 1080p Full HD video recording with stereo sound.
All the usual shooting modes are present, including Smart Auto mode as well as a plethora of Scene modes, including a Handheld Night Scene which allows for low-light shooting without a tripod.
The Ixus 1000 HS has a recommended retail price of RM1,399.
Rounding off the new range is the PowerShot S95, which is slimmer than its predecessors but yet packs in tons of features.
The S95 has a 10-megapixel image sensor, a 3.8x zoom range equivalent to a 28-105mm zoom lens with a hybrid image stabilisation function.
Again, the PowerShot S95 also comes with the Canon HS System, which means the camera has ISO settings from 80 to 3,200.
The PowerShot S95 also has a Tracking Autofocus function which enables it to track and focus on moving subjects and a control ring on the front of the camera which allows for quick access to settings like aspect ratio, contrast and ISO.
The PowerShot S95 has a recommended retail price of RM1,549.
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