Canon’s premium PowerShot G16 and S120 get minor updates

Canon’s latest premium consumer cameras take on the smartphone by joining with it rather than continuing to fight, building in an easier Wi-Fi connection setup process as well as social media compatibility as their most outstanding new features. Though Wi-Fi is not new to the S series, Canon says the PowerShot S120 is easier to connect to cell phones and computers. Wi-Fi is new to the G16, though, which could be a welcome addition as smartphone users come around to wanting a little more from their pictures. Neither camera supports NFC (near-field communication), however, which would allow easy touch-to-connect functionality. Both iOS and Android are supported by Canon’s CameraWindow app.

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PowerShot G16

Canon’s latest flagship enthusiast digital camera is mostly unchanged both outside and in, with the exception of its DIGIC 6 processor and Wi-Fi. Its fast F1.8 – 2.8 lens ranges from 28-140mm equivalents, allowing the retention of fast shutter speeds in low light, and its DIGIC 6 processor joins with the 12.1MP CMOS sensor, a combination Canon says will allow for better image quality in low light. Canon also says autofocus and shutter lag should be up to 50% faster with the G16.

Design-wise, the Canon G16 has a few new accents, with a more subtle curve to the grip and a harder edge around the top deck; otherwise, the look and feel is essentially the same. The G16 retains the front control dial, which is welcome for those shooting in Manual or semi-auto modes, as well as the increasingly rare optical viewfinder. Note that the lens ring on the G16 does not turn like the ring on the S120, but comes off to make room for accessory lenses.

The customizable shortcut button (marked with an S) moves from the left of the optical viewfinder to just under the movie record button on the right thumbgrip. A few buttons also change position on the back control cluster, with the metering mode button disappearing altogether. An EV compensation thumbdial juts out from the top deck of the camera just right of the optical viewfinder. The rear dial surrounding the control cluster complements the front dial, the pair allowing SLR-like control of aperture and shutter speed.

Other upgrades include a faster frame rate, which starts at 12.2 fps for the first six frames before dropping to 9.3 fps for up to 522 shots (when using a UHS-1 memory card, according to Canon). Full HD video is now available up to 1080 60p (up from 30p), with stereo audio mics and HDMI built in as before. Star Nightscape and Star Trails modes now allow capture of a field of stars in a landscape night scene, or star trails, using a longer exposure.

The Canon G16 is expected to ship in October 2013 for $550.

PowerShot S120

The main change to the PowerShot S120 is the slight increase to the maximum aperture, which now ranges from F1.8-5.7 instead of F2.0-5.9. This change addresses the fact that most other cameras in this category start at F1.8. Faster autofocus is listed as another feature worth noting, Canon claiming up to 50% improvement in shutter lag and AF speed.

The S120 still has the ring around the lens for a more mechanical feel when making adjustments. Rather than using an electronic motor as past S-series cameras did, the pop-up flash is now deployed via a sliding switch on the left side of the camera. A small Wi-Fi symbol sits below that, denoting its built-in Wi-Fi support.

Controls on the rear of the S120 are unchanged, and the LCD remains a capacitive touchscreen. The Canon S120 is also slightly larger than its predecessor, measuring 100 x 59 x 29mm rather than 99 x 59 x 27mm. Its frame rate has also improved to 12.1 fps for the first six frames and 9.4 fps for the remaining 635 shots with a UHS-1 SDHC/SDXC card. The Canon S120 now supports 1080 60p Full HD as well, with stereo mics and HDMI out.

The PowerShot S120 will ship in October 2013 for $450.

Press Release:


MELVILLE, N.Y., August 22, 2013 – Adding to its trademark line of esteemed digital cameras, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the release of four new feature-packed PowerShot digital cameras: the PowerShot G16, PowerShot S120, PowerShot SX510 HS and PowerShot SX170 IS.  Designed to help photo enthusiasts create high-quality images and videos, these cameras feature advanced DIGIC imaging technology to deliver superb image quality in portable, compact digital camera bodies. In addition, all four models 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 the brilliance of 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 outstanding quality 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, making it easier than ever for users to initially setup these cameras. 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, allowing for easy photo sharing on-the-go. Images can also be printed wirelessly using Wireless PictBridgei on select printers, including the Canon PIXMA MG7120 or PIXMA MG5520 Wireless Photo All-In-One printers, so special moments can be preserved and cherished for years to come.   

“At Canon we are continually inspired to introduce the latest technological advancements to the PowerShot line of digital cameras,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “Although smartphone camera popularity is continually increasing, the PowerShot line of cameras offers features such as advanced image sensors, high-quality optics, low-light capabilities and extremely fast autofocusing speeds that, when combined, are unrivaled by smartphone technology.”

PowerShot G16 Digital Camera

The PowerShot G16 digital camera builds upon the success of the PowerShot G15 by utilizing some of Canon’s most innovative technologies. 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 download of the free 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 dramatic 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, allowing for enhanced low-light image quality.

With improved AF times and reduced shooting lag over previous G-series models, the advancements to Canon’s AF system help ensure users never miss a shot. Continuous shooting speeds of up to 9.3 frames-per-second are possible with the PowerShot G16, allowing users to capture images in full resolution as they happen***. The G16 also captures 1080p/60p Full HD video, and includes a built-in stereo microphone and an HDMI output so users have the ability to view videos on their HDTV.

The PowerShot G16 also features new shooting modes to capture breathtaking images day or night. The new Star mode gives users the ability to capture the brilliance and wonder of the night sky through the use of three scene modes. “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 stunning video replicating the motion of the stars in the night sky.

In addition, the camera’s creative 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.

PowerShot S120 Digital Camera

Succeeding the PowerShot S110, the pocket-sized PowerShot S120 digital camera continues the tradition of built-in Wi-Fi® technology that allows for images and video to be shared to social networking sites or via email through the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY.  Users can also download the free Canon CameraWindow app to their compatible iOS® or Android™ device and upload images from virtually anywhere.

The PowerShot S120 features a sharp 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 allowing for enhanced low-light image quality. The advancements to Canon’s AF system allow users to achieve significantly 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 they will be proud to share.  Smart AUTO technology selects 58 different pre-defined scenes without the need to switch modes, making it possible to take beautiful images in a variety of situations.

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

For more information about the PowerShot G16, S120, SX510 HS, and SX170 IS digital camera models please visit:

#One-time registration is required on CANON iMAGE GATEWAY online photo album.
*Compatible with iOS version 6.0/6.1 or later and Android devices version 2.3/4.0/4.1/4.2 or later. Data charges may apply.

**This software enables you to upload images to social networking sites. Before uploading images, please be aware that image files may contain privacy related information such as people and places. If necessary, please delete such information. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images.
***The first six shots are shot at a rate of up to 12.2 fps. From the sixth shot onward, it becomes approximately 9.3 fps. The PowerShot G16 can continuously shoot up to 522 shots at approximately 9.3 fps when using an SDHC/SDXC UHS-I memory card based on Canon’s standard test method.
i PictBridge (Wireless LAN) certified printer is required.
ii The first six shots are at a rate of up to 12.1 fps. From the sixth shot onward, it becomes approximately 9.4 fps. The PowerShot S120 can continuously shoot up to 635 shots at approximately 9.4 fps when using SDHC/SDXC UHS-I memory card based on Canon’s standard test method.

Canon PowerShot G16 additional images

Canon PowerShot S120 additional images


Canon PowerShot G16 & S120 specifications

  Canon PowerShot G16 Canon PowerShot S120
MSRP $549.99 $449.99
Body type
Body type Compact
Max resolution 4000 x 3000
Other resolutions 4000 x 3000, 4000 x 2248, 4000 x 2664, 2992 x 2992, 2816 x 2112, 2816 x 1880, 2816 x 1584, 2112 x 2112, 1920 x 1080, 1600 x 1200, 1600 x 1064, 1200 x 1200, 640 x 480, 640 x 424, 640 x 360, 480 x 480
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 12.1 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 12.8 megapixels
Sensor size 1/1.7″ (7.44 x 5.58 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Digic 6
Color space sRGB
Color filter array Primary Color Filter
ISO Auto, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800
White balance presets 7
Custom white balance Yes (2)
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Superfine, Fine
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 28–140 mm 24–120 mm
Optical zoom 5×
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp Yes
Digital zoom Yes (4x)
Manual focus Yes
Macro focus range 1 cm (.39) 3 cm (1.18)
Number of focus points 9
Lens mount None
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 922,000
Touch screen No Yes
Screen type TFT PureColor II G LCD TFT PureColor II G Touch screen LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (tunnel) None
Photography features
Maximum aperture F1.8 – F2.8 F1.8 – F5.7
Minimum shutter speed 15 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec 1/2000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Auto
  • Hybrid Auto
  • Program AE
  • Shutter priority AE
  • Aperture priority AE
  • Manual
  • Custom
  • Movie
  • Creative Filters
  • Scene
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Smart Shutter (Smile, Wink Self-Timer, Face Self- Timer)
  • Star
  • Handheld Night Scene
  • Underwater
  • Snow
  • Fireworks
  • Portrait
  • Smart Shutter (Smile, Wink Self-Timer, Face Self-timer)
  • Star (star nightscape, star trails, star time-lapse movie)
  • Handheld Night Scene
  • Underwater
  • Snow
  • Fireworks
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 7 m
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe) No
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain Auto, on, slow synchro, off
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Continuous with AF
  • Self-Timer
Continuous drive Yes (12.2) Yes (2.1 fps)
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps) (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
  • MPEG-4
  • H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 or 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Videography notes Miniature Effect (720p, 480p): 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps; Super Slow Motion Movie (480p, 240p): 120, 240 fps; Star Time-Lapse Movie (1080p): 15 fps Miniature Effect (720p, 480p) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps; Super Slow Motion Movie (480p, 240p): 120, 240 fps; Star time-lapse movie (1080p): 15 fps
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage included None
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini)
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes Wireless LAN (IEEE802.11 b/g/n)
Remote control Yes (Optional wired remote or via smartphone) Yes (via smartphone)
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion NB-10L rechargeable battery & charger Lithium-Ion NB-6LH rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 360 230
Weight (inc. batteries) 356 g (0.78 lb / 12.56 oz) 217 g (0.48 lb / 7.65 oz)
Dimensions 109 x 76 x 40 mm (4.29 x 2.99 x 1.57) 100 x 59 x 29 mm (3.94 x 2.32 x 1.14)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes (Star time-lapse movie)
GPS Optional
GPS notes via mobile (linked to compatible smartphone)

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Canon PowerShot G16
Canon PowerShot S120



is the sensor Canon or Casio?


Apparently Canon profits more from selling Eos lenses to point and shooters.


Nokia has a 41MP sensor. Canon decides 12MP is best for enthusiast Cameras.
Wonder who is right in regards to pixel density?


A few years ago Canon mercifully stopped the megapixel wars on its end and decided to concentrate on the quality of the pixels rather than the numbers. Maybe there was enough talk on camera sites like this about wanting decent high ISO images. The Nokia 41MP sensor has to bin those pixels in order to make an image that isn’t garbage….along with all sorts of smoothing and noise reduction. The tiny lens and tiny sensor is not the same as making a 41MP full frame sensor then putting it behind a good lens.


But Nokia doesn’t have a full frame sensor nor the G16 lens is trash as you seem to imply. Also, nothing stop Canon to go the oversampling route in sensor design if they think that produces better image quality.


A nice incremental upgrade of models that still sell well. That’s what most companies do.

Perhaps they will do a G 2X or S1 X in the future, although the EOS M series may have pushed the G X sensor out of the lineup.


I still miss the GPS from the S100, but the f/1.8 is a nice upgrade.

The rest of these “upgrades” seem minimal at best.


Just goes to show the engineering marvel that is the RX100/M2 if other manufacturers are still putting smaller sensors in larger bodies, without flipscreens or hotshoes.


That’s a joke, right?

Alex Riley

The rest of you might want to disparage the G16 but I am delighted with what I have read about it. I had intended to upgrade my (still excellent) G9 to a G15, but the one thing holding me back was its use of Digic 5. I have an S100 which I use underwater and that has Digic 5, but its AF seriously struggles in low light. Digic 6 is apparently much better.
The fact that this is a minhor upgrade gives me confidence that there will be minimal teething problems.
The RX100 is a fine camera but does not match my requirements. Bang on about snsor size if you must, but I get results which satisfy me with my G9. And flip-out screens aren’t much use under water!


$550 for a G16 when you can get the, EOS-M with wide lense, flash, and a much bigger sensor for $350?! Are you freaking kidding me? Whatcha be smokin Canon?

David Hurt

Heck, I just bought a G15 the end of December – sure NOT going to upgrade to the G16 – & I could care less about Wi-Fi. I now use my G15 more than I do my 50D. However, I will note that the G15 does a Great job with Hi-Def video.
And, I kept my G7 – as it is still working good & who knows when I or someone in my family might need a camera?

Jeff Peterman

The change to a manual flash mechanism is a big improvement on the S camera. With my S110, there have been too many times that I’ve turned the camera on with my finger near the top of the flash, and this caused an error as the flash tried to pop up at startup.


Get the V1.

G16 is pointless and expensive.


I was considering a V1 as a P&S replacement. But it is too big (with lens) and has no built-in flash.
Erhm, what was the starting price of the V1?


LOL a V1, wouldn’t be caught dead with that ugly thing.


Fight – Canon G16 vs Panasonic LF1.

Joe Talks Photo Gear

great cameras in their time! Even a 1″ sensor would make these both SO MUCH BETTER!


And that lens would have made this camera bigger and more expensive.

Jeff Peterman

I chose the S110 over the Sony equivalent NOT just because of price: the large sensor in the Sony made it bigger AND meant that the lens couldn’t go as wide.




So Sony announced the RX100 in June 2012 (MRSP $650). It got rave reviews (except here on DPR) and cornered (created?) the market for high-end compacts.
Only 1 year later, Sony followed this up with the mkII (MRSP $750), with a redesigned sensor, flipout screen, hotshoe, WiFi and NFC. I call that innovation and improvement.

Canon’s G15 was announced in Sept 2012 (MRSP never mentioned by DPR, but $499). It dropped the flipout screen that its predecessor had.
It got a Gold award here on DPR and kept a top-2 spot in the ‘manual control’ compact market (although I think Nikon gained a lot on Canon with their Coolpix… whatever the number).
Just under 1 year later, Canon follows this up with the G16 (MRSP $550), with the same sensor, same screen, same no NFC. Only WiFi was added.

I draw my conclusions from this, and it’s not looking good for Canon. you can only stand still for so long before people stop buying your products just for the badge.


What I find especially interesting is that Sony added all these features for only $100 price increase, where Canon charges $50 for the mere inclusion of WiFi.


The big thing you are missing- Canon sells a hell of a lot more cameras than Sony does, still does, and will continue too. Bang on about Sony all you want, but the G series have dominated for over a decade. I’ve got a G15 and RX100M2 and I find that even with the larger sensor of the Sony the G15 with its MUCH faster lens still makes it the better all rounder for a camera of its size and weight.

Apparently the better sales of Canon cameras show that I’m not alone in that thinking. The Sony is nice, has very nice sensor image quality but its lens isn’t as good and it’s price is some 50% higher.


Is that true for the G15 against the RX100 though?

Given that the price of the RX100 has hardly dropped in over a year (only now dropping to under $550 via one specialist deal retailer) makes me think Sony are selling plenty, even if they might be selling fewer units than the G15.

In the end these two cameras are not really head-to-head though, but my point was to illustrate the different approaches – which I really believe sooner rather than later will start to hurt Canon.


1/1.7″ (7.44 x 5.58 mm)

Lets see how long Canon will keep squeezzing and wringing this sensor on the GXX series…

Elvis has left the building a long time ago…



it’s easy to know that a 1/1.7″ sensor’s capacity (kinda full well depth for the sensor) at ISO80 is about the same as ISO1600 on 35mm format.

we also know that largest aperture air-glass lens that can be made for it is about the same as f/2.3 on 35mm format (equivalent photographic effect, which is comfortably faster than f/1.4 on 4/3″).

in real we may have f/0.7 lens for 1/1.7″ sensor which is f/3.2 equiv. or faster than most 4/3″ primes.


Boring, pointless products.


Now instead of buying the Canon S120. I might consider to buy panasonic LF1.
Especially when the price going down.

I wish Canon releasing better products.


My thought exactly. LF1 might be much more of an upgrade to S110 than the S120 is.


And they expect people to buy these at prices near RX100… that they’re easier to connect to social networking sites.

Annoyingly, Canon is really taking their time.


Well, people are free to buy whatever they fancy. As for the RX100, some lack the viewfinder, the closeup ability, and a brighter lens towards the long end. Canon’s got the G1X too if you want a large sensor.


Oh yeah! The fantastic G1X…. A real pleausure to shoot with. Canon should take a little time to study the last Sony’s cameras….


Did you forget to mention focus peaking for MF for the S120 and G16.

Canon EU lists it but not Canon US:


Hmm … something is missing from your news about Canon press release

notably POWERSHOT S200 – little brother to PS120 … but with 10 megapixel CCD instead and older Digic 5 processor. It drops also RAW but retains most other stuff … more

Someone below already mentioned it is supposedly Japan only product … but still it warrants being listed as new Canon product …


Hmm… this sounds very promissing.
A S95 with 24 -120 zoom and jpg only – was an instant buy for me.
What exactly does the japaese site say?


Other Review sites are reporting the G16/S120 as having a new BSI sensor with claimed improvements to DR/low light.

If correct, could it be the Sony sensor and why haven’t DPRE mentioned this?


Doesn’t the G15 already use a sensor made by Sony, also found in some cameras of other makers?


No. According to DXO (and others), G15 uses a Canon homespun CMOS. Same for S100/110. No mention of BSI or Sony.


Well Canon decided with the G15 to ditch the swivel screen just as Nikon took up the idea. Anyway I think this look good. Bright lens and with decent reach. Can’t overrule the laws of physics. If only they could make the OVF 95% or have a decent Evf. I had wonderful images out of my G11 but it was poor in low light. This should be much better.


Like the finish on the S120-reminds of old film cameras grips.

Mikhail Tal

Typical Canon – use the same sensor over and over and over and over…

Rick Knepper

People keep buying them. Why not?

KW Phua

Sony also use RX100 sensor for the new model.


If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The sensor and lens combination in the G15/16 are what are important, if you haven’t used one- zip it.

M Jesper

S120 controls unchanged? The buttons are huge ! That, or the camera is smaller, and/or the screen is bigger. The screen border that is, which makes sense for a touchscreen.

Just checked, the S110 is actually 99 x 59 x 27 mm (3.9 x 2.32 x 1.06″). Actual LCD image area still 3″.


Going by the specs, the display size is the same and the S110 already had a touchscreen so nothing should have changed on that end… They did make the S120 slightly larger, but it’s a very slight increase…

The buttons do look bigger on it tho, I think it’s a combination of a slightly larger circumference (look like there’s barely no space between them) and the fact that they’re now bulbous/raised, they used to be very flat and almost sunk like a millimeter into the body.

They should be easier to press, dunno that it’ll make much of a difference since you’d usually be looking at those buttons when pressing them anyway… I guess it helps those with fat fingers.


.. and the hinged LCD is gone from the G series once again.


Are those locked to iso100 when manual exposure time is set >1s (like g15 and s110)???


I have mixed feelings about these Canon. I like Canon cameras in general. Love my S100. I was hoping that the S120 would be priced more aggressively, although I guess Canon can still get away with charging $450 simply because Sony is charging $650 for the RX100.


I don’t know, Panasonic’s DMC-LF1 is the same size but it has a longer 200mm lens that starts at f/2, and it has a sweep pano mode, and an EVF, and better battery life, etc… LF1’s $50 more if you go by MSRP, I thought it was slightly overpriced compared to a $350+ S110 and the RX100, so that would make the mildly refreshed S120 very overpriced.


But they love it in Japan! Who will say this first?

M Jesper

They love a lot of things there, it can be very inappropriate.


G16 also has peaking in MF mode, it seems :

No mention of a peaking function on Canon USA’s site.


techradar preview says:

“Manual Focus Peaking has been introduced for the first time in a Canon compact camera. It’s a technology that has existed in Canon’s range of video cameras before, and we have seen it from other manufacturers fairly recently. The sensitivity of focus peaking can also be set depending on how strong you want it to be. Different colours can also be set, which can be useful depending on the subject you’re shooting.”


Leaving behing the (potential) 1200 negative comments about these new compact cameras releases I still wonder about Canon’s Marketing tactics. So: G16, small sensor, NO weather sealing, NO L glass. Is this a possible “niche”, dear Canon MKT? NOBODY has a “PRO” (and people, please don’t give me the Sony RX100 crap argument, under heavy rain/dust it will be worthless), relatively light weight compact that can be taken to a short mountain trip. And please don’t tell me that this “will eat the DSLRs lunch” because it will NOT – you will never do the same thing with the 7D and the G16, you know… Even so, having a “PRO” (weather sealed, body AND lens) compact with a high performance sensor as a second body can be a compelling solution for photographers that don’t want to carry a ton of photo equipment, in addition to the specific mountain (or jungle, swamp etc) gear. Why not? Can you do this for, let’s say, 800 USD/EUR? Cheers! 🙂 P.S.: please don’t forget about the 7D II in the process…


Also announced is the PowerShot S200-using a CCD sensor:

Not covered here yet as it’s only a Japan-only release for now.


I saw that. It’s very weird. Did Canon just have too many of the S95 sensors leftover or something? Plus the model numbering, S200, kinda makes it sounds like it’s an upper end model compared to the S120, yet it has only Digic 5. Really weird. It’s like a time paradox happening.


probably they got clearance sale from Pana at a good price,
and Digic 5 from somewhere I don’t know.

should be good if at a low price (USD 200 something?)
if you think this is the sensor used in LX7.


Actually the price is listed as $ 350 (¥ 34.980) for PS200 while the PS 120 is set by Canon at $ 500 (¥49.980). They will be both slightly cheaper at retail.

Rod McD

I’m still using my G12 and G1X. The G15 & 16 offer a brighter lens than the G12, but I’m not yet persuaded to part with it. There’s no news here re any developments to their larger-sensor compact cameras like the G1X and EOS M. I’ll be interested to see what emerges later in the year…….


I have the G11, I will replace it just because of poor video 640×480, but certainly not with the Canon because it has no swivel screen. Is Canon has not seen the new sony rx 100 ii? Unreasonable …


I have also G11 and use swivel display permanently. On G16 it can be replaced by smartphone remote control features, I hope?? E.g. for macros of flowers near ground etc.


Thank you for not including an articulating screen! Bravo, Canon.


Good to see that they finally have handheld HDR.


The G15 does have HDR. Not much use though, all auto.


this thing should be called “G15.1”.


Looks more like a G9 mk ii, Canon is so far behind the competition


Canon Japan page says the S120 has a peaking function in MF focus mode:


Interesting, who would really bother with MF often enough on an S120 as to make it relevant tho? It does have touchscreen tho so I imagine focus pulling with it can be pretty easy.

Vinc T

Obviously, Canon made a mistake here!

G16 should have a fully articulating screen, but not G17.

Waiting for the G2X…

photo nuts

Seriously, why will anyone buy these cameras when the Sony RX100 is out there?


I think it may see some popularity for the same reason that the Panasonic Lumix LX7 gained such positive criticism, despite often being compared to the RX100 as well. Photography is a lot about light. And this camera is 1,5 f-stops faster than the RX100/II in the long end, which in turn is even longer than the one of the RX100.

IF they have a good sensor to present here, good optics, this one could be interesting. BUT there is of course a lot of added pressure on that performance when they’re using a smaller sensor.

However, I think it would be foolish to deny the positive effects from f/2,8 at 140mm. The smaller sensor will no doubt present worse results than that of the RX100, but at this focal length, it’s on the other hand making its ISO 800 compete with the RX100’s ISO 2000, or ISO 1600 with RX100 @ ISO 4000.

Yes, it won’t be any bokeh master, but for those where that matters, this could work as a pretty interesting secondary camera.


Camera size?


It must be a virus. There’s no way that the G15/16 could have benefits over a Sony camera. They all must have the zombie virus or something.

This is a question you could have answered yourself if you weren’t trying to drum up sales for Sony.


terrible line up against RX100 series

Mark B.

The RX100 is in a different league with the 1″ sensor.


@Mark B.
Different league, but same price.
This new model will cost the same as the original RX100.
And it’s obvious which of these two cameras provides better image quality and features.


I was one of the canon faithful (Y2K S100, SD780, S95, 300HS, S100 owner) but I think I’ll be moving on now.

It may be silly for the purist here but I’m pretty upset that there is still no auto/sweep panorama mode. I’ve played with the competition and it’s really really nice to be able to make a pano on the fly.

Gosh even my iphone can make a nice panoramic image and because of that I would often use my iphone even though I’m carrying my S100.

Like everyone else, I’m a bit disappointed in the lack any innovation here, especially in regards to the sensor. I can stomach that on a P&S for FB/email snaps but I can’t stomach having to spend time in PP just to get a little bit wider.


Yeah I dunno why Canon seems to steadfastly refuse to copy that feature… Everyone else has, so it can’t be a patent issue.


Yes, these are unbelievably boring releases from Canon. Not even a tilt LCD for the G16. There’s a company in decline, I have to say (as a Canon user myself)


It looks like image quality has reached its ceiling


Still no in-camera panorama stitching but the star time lapse mode is going to be interesting.


Canon is not even trying. Just put a 28-200mm on the G and I’m sold. 140 is not doing it for me.


They can keep the 140 if I can have 24mm.


You’ll find that in the Nikon P7700


Page upon page of marketing babble to announce WiFi, a feature these cameras should have had for years. Did anyone here read all that?

WiFi always a welcome addition. Enough said. Really.


The most amusing part if the S110 already had Wifi, and they mention it’s now easier to connect but not how… Other manufacturers have built in NFC to make that process easier, and have expanded Wifi capabilities to remote control, but neither seems to be the case here.


wow, it’s 2013, and they still make these cell phone cameras that pretend to be “professional” ?


by far I prefer a G with a VASS (Vari Angle Swivel Screen)
however, I prefer the larger sensor IQ the G1X which has the VASS

Caono has legit reasons for doing non-VASS G series (likely alternating with VASS G series), because, only non-VASS G bodies are better suited to fit underwater casings, where there is no room for VASS flexibility.

any time Canon opts for the VASS configuration, I prefer it, knowing I would forego with underwater casing fitment options

no one yet has an integrated aftermarket underwater casing to accommodate VASS body G’s or other PowerShots with VASS.

also long missing, and overdue
is a VASS bodied G that has a wider short zoom starting at 24mm equivalent fov, instead of longer 28mm, like its lesser prosumer S120 sibling, which has had 24mm fov for last 3 S models 100/110/120.

I’m still waiting for a VASS G 24 zoom … will it finally show up in a G1X update? PowerShot Pro1X? regular G?

or not?


I’m a Canon user, but Canon seems to have fallen into the habit of making improvements to their cameras less and less incremental for each subsequent iteration that they release. For example there is hardly any groundbreaking difference between the Canon EOS 550d, 600d, 650d and 700d. Also the S95, S100, S110, S120 have only had incremental improvements over the years.

There is also the aspect of price. I understand that upon release the prices will drop. However for anyone who knows a bit about photography, why anyone would purchase a S120 or G16 over the original Sony RX100 for roughly the same price beats me.

In such a competitive market the Canon name can only go so far. If the Canon G16 was something in between the G15 and G1X with a 1 inch sensor coupled with a relatively fast lens, good handling, good movie mode and connectivity it would be a solid choice. The advanced compact market is certainly not dead. The Sony RX100 is proof of that.

KW Phua

I am still using G3. Waiting for VASS (Vari Angle Swivel Screen) and dual pixel AF. I believe P&S user not following the update until the camera not functioning (I guess). Got the D20 for underwater. I am too old for manual focus with my 7D, 5D2 and 5D3 for video. Just to pay for video update for DSLR is not worth. Also waiting for Canon to release new sensor. I believe Sony will be using this same sensor for the next 10 years. No one can keep on investing the new plant and facility.

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