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Canon unveils high-spec PowerShot zoom compacts

Canon unveils high-spec PowerShot zoom compacts

September 2012

Canon has unveiled the PowerShot G15 and PowerShot S110 – two new innovative zoom compact cameras that demonstrate Canon’s expertise in next-generation lens design.

The PowerShot G15 features the brightest lens in a PowerShot G-series model to date, with a new f/1.8-2.8, 5x zoom lens, providing photographers with an extra-wide aperture throughout the camera’s entire focal range.

The PowerShot S110 is the latest model in Canon’s celebrated PowerShot S-series, which is renowned for redefining the market for high-performance and truly pocketable expert cameras. Giving enthusiast photographers absolute control over their shooting, and producing results with leading image quality, the PowerShot S110 is a small but powerful, WiFi enabled camera that lets users instantly share their photographs online or with other wireless devices. A new capacitive touchscreen makes it extremely easy to focus on the subject in both stills and Full HD movies, while GPS via mobile enables users to add a location to their shots using their smartphone’s GPS capabilities.

Designed for advanced users looking for premium quality, class-leading performance and compact bodies, both PowerShot models feature Canon’s renowned imaging technologies, delivering superior quality stills and Full HD movies. Both also feature the acclaimed HS System, which offers outstanding low light performance and exceptionally low noise levels in all conditions. Canon’s optical Image Stabilizer with Intelligent IS ensures the sharpest image quality throughout each camera’s zoom range, while manual control and RAW file support provides photographers with maximum control over how images are captured and post-processed.


Top view of the PowerShot G15 with the 5x zoom lens extended.

Next-generation lens designs

The PowerShot G15 incorporates a new, cutting-edge precision Canon lens that opens up a range of creative possibilities. The PowerShot G15 features a super bright f/1.8-2.8 lens, which has been developed using new highly refractive glass with a unique multiple material coating engineered to handle specific wavelengths of light at the nanometre scale. Its 5x optical zoom provides outstanding versatility, offering an f/1.8 aperture at its 28mm wide-angle, and an f/2.8 aperture at its maximum 140mm focal length. This offers photographers extra freedom to shoot in low light, use fast shutter speeds for freezing motion, or add atmosphere to stills by using a shallower depth-of-field, throughout the camera’s entire zoom range.

Providing great flexibility to capture a range of subjects, the PowerShot S110’s ultra-wide, 5x optical zoom Canon lens delivers sharp results even in low light thanks to its wide, f/2 maximum aperture. The 24mm ultra-wide-angle is perfect for capturing sweeping landscapes or groups of friends while the 5x zoom allows users to approach their subject with ease and provides sufficient lens compression for beautiful portrait photography. When required, the 10x ZoomPlus can extend the zoom range beyond the maximum focal length of the lens, producing sharper image quality with more visible detail than conventional digital zoom.


Top view of the PowerShot S110 zoom compact.

Pin-sharp clarity with optical Image Stabilizer

Canon’s industry-leading optical Image Stabilizer technology counters camera shake in the PowerShot G15 and PowerShot S110 models, suppressing blur in stills and unsteady movie footage. 4-stop and optical Image Stabilizers ensure that shots are sharp, crisp and detailed when shooting at telephoto focal lengths or in low light. Additionally, Intelligent IS automatically identifies the scene and can adapt the optical Image Stabilizer to seven different situations for optimal compensation, so footage remains smooth and stills are crisp, even when shooting at full zoom or with slower shutter speeds.

Premium image quality and speed

Both the PowerShot G15 and PowerShot S110 feature Canon’s HS System – a combination of a high-sensitivity 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor and powerful DIGIC 5 image processing. The PowerShot G15 utilises a new Canon 1/1.7-type high-sensitivity CMOS sensor that offers even greater light gathering abilities than its predecessor, resulting in outstanding flexibility during low light shooting. High ISO shooting at speeds up to ISO 12,800 allows for the use of fast shutter speeds and faster continuous shooting, even in poor light conditions. Powerful DIGIC 5 processing is also optimised to work seamlessly with the high-resolution sensors, keeping image noise to a minimum in all lighting conditions.

Improved Auto Focus (AF) system makes it easy for users to capture sharply-focused stills. The PowerShot G15's AF speed (*1) offers exceptional performance – at just 0.17 seconds at the wide-angle – representing a 53% improvement (*2) over the PowerShot G12, making it the fastest Canon compact camera ever produced. High-speed Burst HQ mode also allows the capture of high quality, full resolution shots of fast moving subjects.


The two-level dial on the top plate of the PowerShot G15.

Creative flexibility with manual control and auto modes

Offering similar levels of manual control to those found on Canon EOS DSLRs, the PowerShot G15 allows photographers to adjust settings such as aperture, shutter speed, white balance and ISO sensitivity. RAW now includes multi-aspect support, allowing photographers to explore different aspect ratios in post-production.

Despite its ultra-compact form, the PowerShot S-series is renowned for offering an extensive range of manual controls whilst also providing flexibility and quick access to many useful settings. The lens control ring on the PowerShot S110 can be quickly assigned to manually control various photographic functions including aperture, shutter speed and zoom. A new large 7.5 cm (3.0”) PureColor II G capacitive-type touch screen complements the analogue dials and provides additional functionality, such as Touch AF for quickly setting the area of focus, and pinching to zoom images when in playback mode.

Both the PowerShot G15 and PowerShot S110 provide all the necessary tools for both beautiful snapshots and advanced creative photography. For complete peace of mind, Smart Auto can automatically detect and adjust settings for up to 58 different scenes and includes Face ID for prioritising focus on favourite faces in each shot. For more advanced users, the PowerShot S110 features full manual control, a 3-stop ND filter and the ability to record RAW files in various aspects for additional post-processing flexibility.


The lens control ring of the PowerShot S110 compact can be assigned to manually control functions, including aperture, shutter speed and zoom.

Designed for serious photographers

The PowerShot G15 features the signature design characteristics of the PowerShot G-series, offering excellent handling for everyday use. Its lightweight, robust aluminium body is approximately 17% smaller than the PowerShot G12, making it an ideal complement to a DSLR camera.

Designed for quick one-handed operation, the PowerShot G15 features a two-level top control dial, a front dial and dedicated Movie Record and shortcut buttons – making it easy for users to access and adjust camera settings between shots. A sharp 920k-dot resolution 7.5 cm (3.0’’) PureColor II G screen is ideal for composition and playback, with a wide viewing angle and a tempered glass layer offering enhanced durability and visibility. An optical viewfinder also provides an alternative to live view composition, providing a more traditional through-the-lens shooting experience.

Instant Full HD movies

Perfect for capturing super-sharp video, the PowerShot G15 also supports Full HD (1080p) movie recording at 24fps. The cameras' optical zooms can be utilised during recording, while AF in movies also ensures that subjects remain crisp, clear and in focus. High quality stereo sound is also supported.

Full HD (1080p) movies can also be recorded on the PowerShot S110 at 24 frames per second, with stereo sound, via a dedicated movie record button. When shooting footage, users can capture images with more definition and clarity thanks to Fine Detail Movie Processing, which uses the entire sensor when recording movies, allowing the camera to analyse and record the details in the scene with higher accuracy. An HDMI connection also allows both Full HD movies and stills to be enjoyed on HDTVs.


Back view of the PowerShot G15 compact showing the rear controls and 920k-dot resolution 7.5 cm (3.0’’) PureColor II G screen.

Experiment with Canon accessories

The PowerShot G15 is compatible with a wide range of Canon accessories, allowing users to expand their photography kitbag. A hotshoe allows photographers to experiment with creative flash photography using Canon’s Speedlite flash range, while Lens Filter Adapters offer compatibility with Canon’s range of EOS filters. The G15 is compatible with the Remote Switch RS-60E3, perfect for controlling long exposures or shooting at night to reduce camera shake. A new Waterproof Case WP-DC48 is also available for the PowerShot G15 – perfect for users who like to capture stunning marine life.

Stay connected wherever you are

Connecting to, and sharing images with, a range of devices such as smartphones, tablets and computers is easy using the PowerShot S110’s convenient WiFi function (*3). Photos and movies can be instantly shared on social media sites such as Facebook and YouTube using a smartphone’s/tablet’s data connection alongside the free Canon CameraWindow app. Users can also upload their favourite images from the camera when connected to an internet access point, or print them directly on printers compatible with PictBridge via Wireless LAN, such as the new Canon SELPHY CP900 printer.


Back view of the PowerShot S110 compact showing the rear controls and 7.5 cm (3.0") touch screen.

Keeping an accurate record of the place and time images are taken on the PowerShot S110 is also possible via a GPS-enabled smartphone/tablet and the CameraWindow app. When out shooting, users can take advantage of the dedicated smartphone app and the phone’s GPS to record location information. At the end of the day, using WiFi, the camera synchronises the images saved on the memory card with the location data recorded from the smartphone, so that a location tag can be added to each shot.

PowerShot G15 – key features

  • Bright f/1.8-2.8, 28mm, 5x zoom Canon lens.
  • 12.1 MP CMOS; HS System with DIGIC 5.
  • 4-stop Intelligent IS.
  • 7.5 cm (3.0”) LCD; OVF.
  • Front Dial, Full Manual, RAW.
  • Full HD movies, HDMI-CEC.
  • Quick auto focus.
  • Smart Auto and Face ID.
  • HDR mode.
  • Range of accessories.

PowerShot S110 – key features

  • 12.1 MP CMOS; HS System with DIGIC 5.
  • 24mm, f/2.0, 5x zoom lens.
  • 4-stop Intelligent IS.
  • WiFi and GPS via Mobile.
  • Lens Control Ring, Full Manual & RAW.
  • 7.5 cm (3.0") touch screen.
  • Full HD movies, HDMI-CEC.
  • High-speed Burst HQ.
  • Smart Auto.
  • Optional 40m Waterproof Case.

(*1) Based on the new CIPA standard.
(*2) Compared to PowerShot G12 AF time of 0.36 seconds at 28mm wide-angle. AF time definition conforms to new CIPA guidelines (established in April 2012).
(*3) Compatibility varies by device. Please visit www.canon-europe.com/wirelesscompacts for more information.