There are no surprises in Canon’s five compact camera releases from CES (Las Vegas, Jan 6-9), which feature small sensors and incremental enhancements on the cameras they replace.
A 20-megapixel (CCD) camera with an 8x zoom lens and 2.7-inch LCD monitor, the Ixus 175 also captures 720p HD video. It features Smart Auto (selects the best settings based on the shooting situation), as well as digital image stabilization, a variety of scene modes such as Fisheye, Toy Camera and Monochrome, and a ‘Help’ button which provides simple explanations of the camera’s settings.
It will be available in Australia in silver and red late January. No local pricing supplied. US MSRP is US$120 ($170).
The Ixus 180 has a 10x optical zoom with optical and digital image stablization, a 20-megapixel CCD sensor and a 2.7-inch LCD monitor. In addition to stills it can capture 720p HD video. It has built-in Wi-Fi and NFC wireless image transfer, Smart Auto (intelligently selects the best settings based on the shooting situation) and a variety of scene modes such as Fisheye, Toy Camera and Monochrome, and a ‘Help’ button for simple on-screen explanations of camera settings.
Available in Australia in black, red and blue late January. No local pricing supplied. US MSRP is US$159.99 ($225)
Ixus 285 HS
The Ixus 285 HS has a 20-megapixel CMOS sensor, 12x optical zoom with optical stabilization, a 3-inch LCD monitor, Wi-Fi and NFC wireless sharing, and captures up to 1080p full HD video. Other features include Hybrid Auto (lets you record up to four seconds of video before each image and combines them into a quick video recap of the day), Creative Shot mode, and Story Highlights, which compiles images and videos into a mini highlight reel with music and effects.
Available in Australia in silver and black late January. US MSRP is US$209.99 ($295)
PowerShot SX420 IS
The PowerShot SX420 is a compact superzoom digital camera, with a 42x optical zoom lens, optical image stabilization, built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, a 3-inch LCD monitor, a 20-megapixel CCD sensor (1/2.3-inch), and 720p HD video. Features include Smart Auto, a selection of Scene modes, and an Eco mode to extend battery life.
It will be available in Australia in mid-March in black. No local pricing supplied. US MSRP is US $300 ($420).
PowerShot SX540 HS
Canon’s new flagship superzoom offers a 50x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilization, a 20-megapixel CMOS sensor (1/2.3-inch), a 3-inch LCD monitor, built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, and 1080p HD video at 60p with stereo sound. Digic 6 as opposed to the SX420’s Digic 4. Features include Hybrid Auto (lets you record up to four seconds of video before each still image then combine the clips for a montage), and Story Highlights, which compiles images and videos for a mini highlight reel.
The Canon SX540 HS will be available in Australia in late February in black. No local pricing supplied. US MSRP is US$400 ($560)
Canon also announced a new Selphy digital wireless compact photo printer, the Selphy CP1200 at CES. No local release details have been published. The dye-sub CP1200 is run on mains power or an optional battery pack, and enables wireless printing from an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, using a self-contained ink and paper kit in 13, 36, or 54-print capacities, in print sizes up to 4×6 inches. Canon claims 100 year longevity.
Printer features include a 2.7-inch LCD, portrait image optimization, red-eye correction and smooth skin modes as well as borderless printing and the ability to print passport-sized images. Print pack sizes are 2.1×3.4, 3.9×5.8, 3.5×4.7, and 2.0×2.0 inches. Canon says the printer will deliver a 4×6-inch borderless print in 47 seconds.
If released locally, the Canon Selphy CP1200 should retail for under $200, given a US MSRP of US$110 ($155).
Canon also announced two new enthusiast video cameras, the Legria HF G40 and HF R706.
The G40 features a 1/2.84 type CMOS sensor, (720p HD) with audio, full manual control and Wi-Fi, all in a compact body. Lens is a 20x zoom wide-angled lens.
The R706 combines a Full HD CMOS sensor with a 57x zoom. Features include ‘Baby mode’ with an automatic zoom framing assist feature and built-in Wi-Fi functionality.
They will be available later this month.