Canon adds more stills, video, WiFi to its camera lineup

CES isn’t all TVs and tablets, with Canon coming out and talking about a few new cameras that it plans to add to its lineup this year.

First up is the PowerShot G1x, a new advanced compact camera that updates the PowerShot G line and features a high sensitivity CMOS 14.3 megapixel sensor able to handle low light better – up to ISO 12,800 – and provide “unprecedented detail”. The sensor is also larger than that of previous PowerShot models, essentially offering near-DSLR quality in a small compact body.

Canon has included an f/2.8 lens with 4x optical zoom – effectively offering 28mm to 112mm – with support for 1080p Full HD, 4.5 frames per second shooting, a 3 inch vari-angle LCD screen with the option of an optical viewfinder, RAW support, and even full manual control.

“The PowerShot G1X has arrived to meet the growing demand for compact cameras that offer very high quality and full creative potential,” said James Lai, Assistant Brand Manager for Digital Still Cameras at Canon Australia. “The G1X takes the G-series to a new level, offering the largest sensor ever in a Canon compact camera, a new optimised lens and a range of features that simply allow people to capture shots that were impossible with a compact camera before now.”

Canon's IXUS 500 HS

The G1X wasn’t the only camera Canon announced today, though, with new IXUS models being shown today. The IXUS 500HS and 125HS add 10 megapixel and 16 megapixel shooters respectively, with Full HD, at least 5X optical zoom, a new face recognition technology, higher sensitivity sensors, and slimmer designs.

Canon has penciled in a March release in Australia for all three of these products, but no prices as yet.

Over in the video camera side of things, tape is well and truly dead for consumers, with three new compact videos cameras packing in WiFi and DLNA.

Canon’s new HFM52 looks to be sitting at the top of the range, offering 32GB of internal memory, an SD card slot for more shooting time, the same sort f sensor seen in Canon’s professional cameras, and a new audio scene selection mode capable of optimising the audio settings for what you’re shooting.┬áImage stabilisation is thrown in here too, with a new story creator aimed at helping would-be filmmakers come up with structure for their videos, and support for MP4 files for easy uploads to Facebook, YouTube, and portable devices.

Two other cameras will be coming out to support the HFM52 with the HFR36 and HFR38 (above) offering similar features, albeit without the audio scene select and bigger professional-grade sensor.

We’ll have more on these when Canon announces these three locally later in the year.