updated 10:20 am EST, Mon January 9, 2012
Canon G1 X and Elph 110, 520 HS arrive for CES
Canon confirmed that earlier wire leaks were real after it unveiled a trio of new cameras on Monday. The PowerShot G1 X is Canon's long-awaited if indirect response to mirrorless rivals and carries a large, 1.5-inch, 14.3-megapixel CMOS sensor to let it take in more light and detail than most compacts. Although the 4X, 28-112mm equivalent lens is still non-removable, it now has a wider maximum aperture of f2.5 (better than f2.8) to improve low light and soften backgrounds.
The G1X runs on the more recent DIGIC 5 processor and can now shoot 14-bit RAW photos as well as up to 4.5 frames per second at full resolution (6FPS otherwise). Its software now has handheld night and HDR shooting presets as well as a face detection system that can prioritize children. Photographers can take video at 1080p and have a 720p movie digest mode to create a "video log" of still photos.
Two regular point-and-shoots, the Elph 110 HS and Elph 520 HS, are joining the group. The 110 HS runs on a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, 1080p video with the 720p movie digest, a 5X (24-120mm) lens, and up to 5.8FPS at four megapixels. Picking the 520 HS drops the resolution to 10.1 megapixels but gets a much longer-ranged 12X (28-336mm) lens, enhanced image stabilization, and a faster 6.8FPS continuous shooting.
Canon ships the G1X and 110 HS first, pricing them at $799 and $249 each, while the 520 HS is due in March for $299.