Canon Does Its Yearly Updates, Brings Out Tweaked Powershot G16 and S120

Canon Powershot G16

Ho hum. Here we go again. A G16 that adds Wifi and slightly faster AF to the G15, and a S120 that adds a so very slightly faster lens (f/1.8-5.7 instead of f/2-5.9) to the S110. Both cameras get updated processors and card controllers that allow for 12 FPS for the first six frames then to 9 FPS for the next 500-600 shots. The catch is that a UHS-1 card needs to be used, but since 32GB Sandisk Extremes are so cheap, that should not be an issue. Sensor remains the same for both, and the G15 retains the 5x 28-140mm equivalent f/1.8-2.8 lens. Actually pretty much everything remains the same. Will lacklustre upgrades to a dying market of compact cameras really keep sales alive? I have my doubts. In the meantime, the hype machine for smartphones like the Nokia Lumia 1020, the Samsung Galaxy series, as well as Apple’s iPhone keeps on going.Canon Powershot S120

As someone who already gave up on small sensor compacts (as it is, we do not cover cameras with sensors 1/2.3″ or smaller) in 2008 with the arrival of Micro Four Thirds, does any serious photographer care about these cameras at all?

The cameras arrive in October in the USA, with a list price of US$550 for the G15, and US$450 for the S120.

(Image credit: Canon press images)

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