Canon is joining the list of companies that have announced new products at CES 2014, the Japanese maker having revealed several compact cameras and camcorders at the event.
Fujifilm has made the headlines by announcing a black version of the X100S, as well as new bridge cameras and a prime lens among others. Now, the X-mount manufacturer must make way for Canon, as its Japanese counterpart has also introduced several devices at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014.
The event, taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada, is home to the new Canon PowerShot N100, which is here to provide a “unique” way of storytelling for photographers. Additionally, the SX600 and ELPH 340 are here to appeal to beginner users, too.
Canon PowerShot N100 “story camera” introduced with Dual Capture mode
First comes the PowerShot N100. This new Canon compact is said to be a “story camera”, allowing photographers to tell stories in a unique way thanks to the Dual Capture mode.
The device features two image sensors, one in front and another in the back. When finding yourself in this mode, the sensors will capture a shot at the same time and the secondary image will be added on top of the primary photo.
This technique is great for the people who want to see the face they have had while taking a photograph. The concept is nothing new, as smartphones with a front-facing camera have offered this feature for a long time, so Canon has some explaining to do regarding the “unique” part.
N100 specifications include NFC, WiFi, and tilting touchscreen
All-in-all, the Canon PowerShot N100 features a 12-megapixel 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor, DIGIC 6 image processor, optical image stabilization, 5x optical zoom lens with 24-120mm focal length (35mm equivalent), 9-point AF system, NFC (Near Field Communication), WiFi, and a 3-inch tilting LCD touchscreen.
The compact camera provides a maximum aperture between f/1.8 and f/5.7 (depending on focal length), 1/2500th of a second maximum shutter speed, built-in flash and AF assist lamp, as well as 1920 x 1080p video recording support.
It is scheduled to be released in May 2014 in white and black colors. For the time being, it is available for pre-order at Amazon for $349.
Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS is a compact camera with 16-megapixel sensor
If the PowerShot N100 concept does not intrigue you enough to buy it, then Canon has two more options for you. One of them is the PowerShot ELPH 340 HS, which will be released under the IXUS 265 HS moniker in Europe.
It features a 16-megapixel 1/2.3-inch-type BSI CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4+ processing engine, optical image stabilization, ISO sensitivity up to 3200, 3-inch LCD screen, 25-300mm f/3.6-7 lens, and a 1/2000th of a second maximum shutter speed.
The Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS records full HD videos, focuses on a subject located at a minimum distance of one centimeter, comes packed with a built-in flash, and connects to a mobile device via WiFi or NFC.
The compact is said to become available as of March in black, silver, and purple colors for a price of $199. However, users can already pre-order it at Amazon.
PowerShot SX600 HS unveiled with 18x zoom lens, WiFi, and more
On the other hand, the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS comes packed with roughly the same specs as the ELPH 340 HS. The exceptions are its 25-450mm f/3.8-6.9 lens, dimensions (the SX600 HS is bigger and heavier), its color choices, and the price.
The Japanese company has confirmed that the SX600 HS will become available in black, white, and red colors for a price of $249. It will be released in March, but Amazon is already offering it for pre-order.