Two New Canon Cameras: the PowerShot SX50 HS and S110

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PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon just announced the new 12.1MP PowerShot SX50 HS, a compact digital camera with a 50x optical zoom and a wide-angle 35mm equivalent 24-1200mm fixed lens with an aperture range of f/3.4-6.5. It features a high-sensitivity 1/2.3” CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 image processor which are united by Canon’s HS System, which results in better image quality and an ISO that goes up to 6400 for shooting in dimly-lit environments. Its high-speed AF helps you capture fleeting moments, you can shoot up to 10 frames per second. It has the ability to record 1080p Full HD video with stereo sound. A 2.8” articulating LCD screen and a 202,000 dot electronic viewfinder enable you to compose shots. The SX50 HS is capable of shooting 12-bit RAW+JPEG.

The 50x optical zoom lens on the new SX50 HS has an exceptionally long range. It will help you zero-in on shots that would otherwise be too distant to accurately capture, and a built-in optical image stabilizer helps to keep images steady. This can be very useful for shooting sporting events and stage shows, especially when you can’t get as close to the action as you’d like. The LCD screen features a resolution of 461,000 dots and provides approximately 100% coverage. A dedicated button is provided for shooting movies, and you can still zoom in and out while you’re rolling. An HDMI output is provided for connecting the SX50 HS directly to your TV.

There are many automated features on the SX50 HS that make it easy to take precise-looking stills and videos. Its Smart AUTO mode adjusts the camera settings for you. It has the ability to identify faces and keep the parameters continually optimized on the people in the frame. An Intelligent IS feature automatically chooses the best possible modes for image stabilization. A built-in flash is provided, and you can attach a more powerful Speedlite flash to its built-in hot shoe.

PowerShot S110

Canon has also just announced the 12.1-megapixel PowerShot S110 digital point-and-shoot camera. The S110 is available in black or silver and it features a 12-megapixel 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 Image Processor and Canon HS System, which affords high shutter speeds and a maximum of ISO 12800 for exceptional low-light performance. The camera also features built-in Wi-Fi, which allows you to transfer images to social networking sites wirelessly via Canon’s iMAGE GATEWAY. If you have an Android or iOS device, you can also use the free Canon CameraWindow app to share images between Wi-Fi-enabled PowerShot cameras, and print your images with a Wi-Fi-enabled printer. Plus, you can even record GPS data on your mobile device or smartphone and wirelessly add a geographical narrative to the images on your camera.

The S110 features a 24mm wide-angle 5x optical zoom lens with a bright f/2.0 aperture. It thrives in low-light conditions and works well when you’re using a shallow depth of field for softer backgrounds. The S110 can also capture Full HD 1920 x 1080p video with stereo sound via a dedicated movie button, which supports MOV files. You can zoom while you’re shooting and you can play back video on an HDTV in Full HD via the integrated HDMI port. The camera also features a 3-inch capacitive PureColor System touch screen LCD that makes recording easier and playback more convenient. Plus, it supports intuitive control of the camera functions including the Touch Shutter, which provides a more interactive user experience.

The S110 is equipped with Canon’s High Speed AF and High Seed Burst HQ, which facilitates up to 10 fps continuous shooting. The camera also features a built-in flash and a convenient Intelligent IS that automatically chooses from six different modes of image stabilization depending on your shooting conditions. It also features 12-bit multi-aspect RAW+JPEG shooting and bundled software for satisfying your creativity. Canon has outfitted the S110 with a control ring as well, which facilitates adjustment of: focus, aperture, shutter speed, ISO step zoom, exposure compensation, aspect ratio, i-Contrast and white balance.

Canon PowerShot S110
Type Compact digital still camera with built-in flash
Sensor 12.1 Megapixel, 1/1.7" CMOS
Total Pixels Approx. 13.3 Megapixels
Effective Pixels Approx. 12.1 Megapixels
Image Stabilizer Optical
Focal Length 5.2-26mm
Focal Length
(35mm Equivalent)
24.120mm
Optical Zoom 5x
Digital Zoom 4x
Combined Zoom 20x
Focusing Range Normal 2" / 5cm - infinity (W), 12" / 30cm - infinity (T); Auto 1.2" / 3cm - infinity (W), 12" / 30cm - infinity (T); Macro AF 1.2 - 19.2" / 3 - 50cm (W), 12 - 19.2" / 30 - 50cm (T)
Autofocus System TTL Autofocus, Manual Focus
Viewfinder N/A
LCD Monitor 3" (7.6cm) TFT color LCD with capacitive touch screen panel & wide viewing angle
LCD Pixels Approx. 461,000 dots
LCD Coverage Approx. 100%
Maximum Aperture  f/2.0-5.9
Shutter Speed 1–1/2000 sec
Shutter Speed (Tv & M Modes) 15–1/2000 sec
ISO Sensitivity Auto, ISO 80–12800
Light Metering Method Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot
Exposure Control Method Manual Exposure, Program Shift, Safety Shift, AE Lock
Exposure Compensation (Stills) ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Exposure Compensation (Video) ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments (not available during shooting)
White Balance Control Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom 1, Custom 2
Built-in Flash Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off
Flash Range 1.6 - 23' (W), 1.6 – 7.5' (T) / 50 - 700cm (W), 50 - 230cm (T)
Recycling Time  10 sec or less (battery voltage: 3.7 V)
Flash Exposure Compensation ±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Hot Shoe Availability N/A
Shooting Modes C, M, Av, Tv, P, Auto, Movie Digest, SCN, Creative Filters, Movie (shooting movies is possible with the movie button)
Scenes Portrait, Smooth Skin, Smart Shutter, High-Speed Burst HQ, Handheld NightScene, Underwater, Snow, Fireworks, Stitch Assist
Creative Filters High Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap
Movie Standard, iFrame Movie, Super Slow Motion Movie
Photo Effects My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color
Self-Timer 10 sec, 2 sec
Still Image (16:9) Large: 4000 x 2248; Medium 1: 2816 x 1584; Medium 2: 1920 x 1080; Small: 640 x 360; RAW: 4000 x 2248
Still Image (3:2) Large: 4000 x 2664; Medium 1: 2816 x 1880; Medium 2: 1600 x 1064; Small: 640 x 424; RAW: 4000 x 2664
Still Image (4:3) Large: 4000 x 3000; Medium 1: 2816 x 2112; Medium 2: 1600 x 1200; Small: 640 x 480; Raw: 4000 x 3000
Still Image (1:1) Large: 2992 x 2992; Medium 1: 2112 x 2112; Medium 2: 1200 x 1200; Small: 480 x 480; RAW: 2992 x 2992
Still Image (4:5) Large: 2400 x 3000; Medium 1: 1696 x 2112; Medium 2: 960 x 1200; Small: 384 x 480; RAW: 2400 x 3000
Full HD Video 1920 x 1080: 24 fps (23.976)
HD Video 1280 x 720: 30 fps (29.97)
iFrame Movie HD Video 1280 x 720: 30 fps (29.97)
Movie Digest HD Video 1280 x 720: 30 fps (29.97)
Miniature Effect HD Video 1280 x 720: 6 fps / 3 fps / 1.5 fps
Miniature Effect Video 640 x 480: 6 fps / 3 fps / 1.5 fps
Super Slow Motion Movie 640 x 480: 120 fps
Super Slow Motion Movie 320 x 240: 240 fps
VGA 640 x 480: 30 fps (29.97)
Normal Approx. 2.1 shots/sec (in P mode); Approx. 10 shots/sec (in High-Speed Burst HQ)
AF Approx. 0.9 shots/sec (in P mode); Approx. 4.4 shots/sec (in High-Speed Burst HQ)
LV Approx. 0.9 shots/sec (in P mode)
Storage Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
File Format Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant
Image Compression Superfine / Fine
JPEG Compression Mode Still Image: Exif. 2.3 (JPEG); Video: MOV (Image: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM Stereo)
Stills & Videos Auto Rotate (Automatic vertical/horizontal detection), Index Continuous Display, Image Advance (Operation Tools, Transition Effects, Scroll Display), Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Smart Shuffle, Group Playback, Movie Digest, Slideshow (Playback Interval, Repeat, Effect, Playlist)
Still Images Single, Index, Magnification (2–10x), Switch to other images while zoomed, Information Display, Red-eye Correction, i-Contrast, Photobook Setup, Trimming, Resize, My Colors, Face ID info, Focus Check, Histogram, RGB Histogram, Location Information, Overexposure Warning
Videos Normal Playback, Slow Motion, Skip Backward, Previous Frame, Next Frame, Skip Forward, Erase chapters, Editing
Video Out HDMI (mini) NTSC/PAL
Audio Out Stereo (dedicated connector with unified type of digital, audio
and video)
Other SD memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY, PIXMA Photo Printers & PictBridge compatible printers
Electronic Level Single Axis
Power Source Battery Pack NB-5L, Compact Power Adapter CA-DC10 (included with AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC30)
Shooting Capacity Approx. 200 shots 
Playback Time Approx. 4 hours
Operating Temperature 32–104°F/0–40°C
Operating Humidity 10–90%
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.89 x 2.32 x 1.06" / 98.8 x 59.0 x 26.9mm
Weight (Camera Only) 6.1 oz / 173 g 
Weight (CIPA Standard) 6.98 oz / 198 g