Canon Gets More Social With New Compacts
It’s a tough world out there in photo manufacturing these days.
Everyone has an iPhone, and the compact camera market has taken a huge dive.
But those who know photography know that these phones, while terrific, have severe limitations. Like depth in images, and digital file quality.
I’ll always carry both an iPhone with some Olloclip lenses, and a compact mirrorless camera in the daily bag. When there is money on the table, out comes the Nikon D810 DSLR. Every camera has wi-fi now, whether built in or via Eye-Fi. Just the way it is.
Canon now introduces their latest entries into that compact market. They’ve been strong in the category for years, and here is an interchangeable lens version, and a built-in lens model.
PowerShot G5 X and Slim & Stylish PowerShot G9
I haven’t put my hands on these, so this is an announcement post only.
The official word:
NEW EOS M10 DIGITAL CAMERA PUTS IMAGING POWER AND CONVENIENCE
INTO THE HANDS OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA GENERATION
Compact Addition to the EOS M-Series of Cameras Is Flexible, Stylish and Fun
With an Emphasis on Connectivity
MELVILLE, N.Y., October 13, 2015 – For capturing and sharing life’s important moments with great clarity, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the EOS M10 interchangeable lens digital camera. A compact and stylish design, the EOS M10 camera has the features and lens options to help photographers expand their creativity and the mobile compatibility and size for social-sharers to stay connected with sharp images that are sure to draw ‘Likes’.
Adding to its compact design, the EOS M10 camera is fitted with a new retractable EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens, that shortens and locks into a compact size when not in use. This retractable Canon interchangeable lens provides outstanding image quality that helps the EOS M10 camera remain small and lightweight to go with you anywhere.
For those “selfie” moments that can’t be missed, the EOS M10 camera’s three-inch screen tilts up 180 degrees to help make sure everyone is in the shot. The touch panel LCD screen also lets users browse images and navigate menus with ease. The camera’s Creative Assist mode makes it easy to adjust settings and add effects such as brightness, background blur, vividness of color, contrast, warmth and filter effects to create share-worthy images on the go – letting you stylize your photos and capture the moment just as you want. And, to help everyone look their selfie-best, the Self Portrait mode adjusts camera effects and settings to enhance skin smoothness and brightness.
“This is the camera for the social media generation, including those who love to take and share high-quality photos and video while on the go. It will help them make the transition to a dedicated, high-quality digital camera, because of its mobile compatibility and creative options,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.
The built-in Near Field Communication (NFC) functionality of the EOS M10 camera is compatible with most current AndroidTM devices** for easy setup of Wi-Fi® communication, and the camera’s Mobile Device Connect Button supports wireless connectivity with IOS® and AndroidTM devices. The EOS M10 camera also supports wireless remote control featuring live view in compatible Apple® and Android devices using Canon’s free Camera Connect app***, available through the Apple App Store and Google PlayTM store.
The EOS M10 camera is fully compatible with Canon’s Connect Station CS100, a home hub device that provides a fast and easy way to store photos and videos from the camera as well as view them on the living room TV, transfer them to social media networks and share them with other linked Connect Station CS100 devices, for an added level of sharing.
Pricing and Availability
The EOS M10 camera is scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in November 2015, and will be offered in a kit with the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM zoom lens at an estimated retail price of $599.99. The camera body is available in black or white, and will also be available in gray exclusively through the Canon Online store at http://shop.usa.canon.com/.
In addition, the new EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM zoom lens is scheduled to be available in November 2015 at an estimated retail price of $299.99 and a silver version of the current EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM zoom lens also is scheduled to be available in November 2015 at an estimated retail price of $349.99.
Canon EOS M10 Digital Camera Specifications Summary:
• 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, ISO 100-12800 (expandable to H:25600)
• Canon DIGIC 6 Image Processor
• Hybrid CMOS AF II for accurate autofocus along with maximum continuous shooting speeds up to 4.6 fps
• 3.0-inch tilt-type (180º up) LCD monitor (approximately 1,040,000 dots)
• Full HD 1920×1080 movies at 24p and 30p in MP4 format
• Self Portrait mode to adjust camera effects, including skin smoothness and brightness
• Compatible with all EF-M lenses as well as full line of EF and EF-S lenses*
• Compact size at just 4.2 x 2.6 x 1.3 inches, and just over 10.5 ounces (including battery and memory card)
• Built-in retractable flash
• Built in Wi-Fi and NFC (Near Field Communication) plus Mobile Device Connect Button
TWO NEW POWERSHOT G-SERIES CAMERAS ADD STYLE AND POWER TO CANON’S PREMIUM POWERSHOT LINE
High-Resolution EVF-Equipped PowerShot G5 X and Slim & Stylish PowerShot G9 X Digital Cameras Featuring One-Inch Image Sensors are Ideal for Advanced Amateur Photographers
Passionate about Image Quality
MELVILLE, N.Y., October 13, 2015 –Rounding out what is now a family of five powerful large sensor PowerShot G-series cameras, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the PowerShot G5 X equipped with a built-in, high-resolution electronic viewfinder (EVF), and the slim, lightweight, carry-anywhere PowerShot G9 X. Featuring high-quality optics and large one-inch image sensors, both new models are ideal for advanced amateur photographers looking for a highly portable, advanced point-and-shoot camera equipped with built-in Wi-Fi®* and NFC** capability for easy sharing of images and video to social media networks as well as printing to compatible Canon PIXMA or SELPHY printers with the PIXMA Printing Solutions app†.
Both new models feature a one-inch, 20.2 Megapixel*** High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor that delivers optimal performance with an ISO range of 125 – 12,800. The sensor, along with a proprietary DIGIC 6 Image processor, creates Canon’s HS System to provide photographers with vivid and detailed still images and video, even in difficult low-light shooting scenarios.
Providing quality still images and video for social sharing, the stunning 1080p Full HD video (at 24p, 30p, and 60p in MP4 format) and still images captured on these cameras can be transferred after capture to compatible smartphones, tablets, or the new Canon Connect Station CS100 photo and video hub device, via built-in Wi-Fi** and NFC*** capability. Both new models are compatible with Canon’s free Camera Connect App†† for wireless image transfer and remote operation featuring Live View when using compatible iOS® and Android® devices.
In addition, these new cameras feature an enhanced Star Mode to provide more precise focusing sure to delight stargazers and amateur astronomers. The “Star Trails” mode is now enhanced to improve the breaks in light between star trails turning star movement into a luminous still image, while the “Star Time-Lapse Movie” mode makes beautiful video clips that show the movement of the stars against a static background of dark space.
“We continue to strive to provide photographers with a range of imaging equipment options to support each individual shooting style while still providing the features, usability, and performance they expect from a Canon camera,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO of Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Our PowerShot G-series cameras offer a range of options designed to satisfy professionals looking for a convenient back-up camera to their DSLR as well as photography enthusiasts looking for maximum image quality in conveniently compact cameras they can take with them anywhere.”
The PowerShot G5 X
Incorporating a bright, built-in high-resolution EVF that allows photographers to more easily compose and take pictures as well as track moving subjects, the high-performance PowerShot G5 X camera also features a bright f/1.8 – f/2.8 4.2x Canon Optical Zoom Lens (focal length range equivalent to 24-100mm). With the combination of a nine-blade iris diaphragm for beautiful background blur effects and an Intelligent Image Stabilization (IS) system that provides virtually shake-free images in a wide variety of shooting conditions, this camera’s optical system enables users to capture the shot as they envisioned it and is ideal for shooting in low-light conditions or when a shallow depth-of-field is preferred for more dramatic, soft backgrounds and beautiful portraits.
The PowerShot G5 X camera’s 2.36-million-dot high-definition OLED electronic viewfinder provides high-quality viewing from edge-to-edge, especially useful when composing an image or shooting in bright sunlight. Additionally, a three-inch, 1.04 million dot touch panel LCD screen provides a bright, clear display that enables one-touch control of many camera settings and features a Vari-Angle design that enables easy viewing from various shooting angles while protecting the screen from inadvertent scratching when the camera is stored.
Housed in a classic black body, the enhanced controls include top-mounted mode and exposure compensation dials, front and rear control dials, and a control ring around the lens, which can all be customized to best suit different shooting styles. The PowerShot G5 X camera also features a built-in flash plus a dedicated hot shoe providing full compatibility with Canon’s powerful range of EX-series Speedlites and related accessories. There is also a 3.5mm mini-jack for compatibility with Canon’s Remote Switch RS-60E3.
The PowerShot G9 X
Slim and lightweight, the PowerShot G9 X is the camera photographers will want to show off to their friends as much as they shoot with it. The camera features a bright f/2.0 – f/4.9, 3x Canon Optical Zoom Lens (focal length range equivalent to 28-84mm) along with Canon’s Intelligent Image Stabilization (IS) system for virtually shake-free images in a wide variety of shooting conditions.
The camera’s intuitive three-inch LCD touch panel with a new user interface allows for quick and easy changes to camera settings even while taking pictures. In addition to the touch panel, a lens-mounted control ring can be utilized to adjust several functions, including customizable manual focus. For shooting fast-moving subjects from kids at birthday parties to athletic events, the PowerShot G9 X camera has continuous shooting speeds up to six frames per second (fps) so none of the action is missed. It is available in classic black, or in a retro-style, silver-gray body with brown stitched leather accents.
The PowerShot G5 X and PowerShot G9 X models both feature three convenient ways to charge the NB-13L lithium-ion battery pack: (1) via an optional USB cable connected to a powered USB socket to charge the battery while it is still in the camera body, (2) via an optional USB-connected AC Adapter to charge the battery while it is still in the camera body, and (3) via the standalone external battery charger that is supplied with both cameras as standard equipment.
Both new PowerShot models incorporate a broad range of exposure modes from fully automatic to full manual, and both offer users the choice of RAW as well as JPEG recording modes for still photos. Additionally, both new models incorporate a built-in ND filter for enhanced exposure control in bright shooting conditions.
Price and Availability
The PowerShot G5 X and PowerShot G9 X camera kits are scheduled to begin shipping in November 2015 at suggested retail prices of $799.99 and $529.99, respectively.