CES 2014: Canon Announces New PowerShot Compact Cameras
Canon announced three new PowerShot compact cameras in Las Vegas this morning as part of this week’s Consumer Electronic Shows (CES). The point-and-shoot cameras include these models: the PowerShot N100, PowerShot SX600 HS and ELPH 340 HS.
The PowerShot N100 will go on sale in May 2014 in white or black for $350. The PowerShot SX600 HS will go on sale at the end of February 2014 in red, white or black fro $250. The PowerShot ELPH 340 HS will ship in March 2014 in purple, silver, or black for $200. More details on these three point-and-shoot cameras in the press releases after the jump.
CANON ANNOUNCES THE POWERSHOT N100 TO PROVIDE PHOTO ENTHUSIASTS WITH UNIQUE STORYTELLING CAPABILITIES
The PowerShot N100 Features an Innovative and New Dual Capture Mode and Story Highlights Mode
MELVILLE, N.Y., January 6, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the addition of a new concept camera to its PowerShot lineup: the PowerShot N100 digital camera. Featuring a new body style and unique, new creative options, the PowerShot N100 camera helps users create and tell their visual stories by allowing the photographer to become part of the image being captured. With the innovative and new Dual Capture mode, users can simultaneously capture special moments using the Main Camera, while the Story Camera, a rear facing sub-camera, will embed a picture of them onto the main image.
To help people create unique images that tell a story, the PowerShot N100 camera offers the new Story Highlights mode. Story Highlights mode intuitively creates a highlight reel of images and video* to create a customized movie that tells a story as seen through the photographer’s eyes – all done within the camera. No longer will a photographer need to use additional software to assemble this footage.
“Canon is continually working to discover new ways for end-users to combine high-image quality and creativity in a technologically advanced compact camera,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The new PowerShot N100 is a unique digital camera designed to not only create high-quality images and video, but also capture the feelings of the photographer at the moment they take a picture.”
Become Part of the Story
Remembering a child’s first birthday and the parents’ excitement during that memorable moment can now be captured with the innovative Dual Capture mode featured in the PowerShot N100 digital camera. Easy to access and use, Dual Capture mode creates a picture-in-picture effect by simultaneously capturing the subject in the framed shot while the Story Camera, a rear-facing sub-camera, takes an image or video of the photographer as they take the picture. The PowerShot N100 camera then combines both shots into one distinctive photo or video combination. The images captured using the Story Camera can be placed in four different locations on the main image and in three different sizes at the photographer’s discretion.
Capture Your Story
To help create even more share-worthy memories, the PowerShot N100 digital camera features an artistic mode to help users creatively capture images and movies. Story Highlights mode works within the camera to create a highlight reel of selected images or movie digest clips creating a unique imaging experience. The images can be selected automatically based on events, the date they were taken, by people utilizing Face ID, or the selection can be customized based on photos hand-picked by the user. As a result, the moments that are most precious to the user are intuitively combined, allowing for complete highlights of the images taken from a friend’s wedding day or a child’s first ride on a new bicycle. The final created movie will last approximately two minutes from the automatically selected pictures and videos, or if the files were selected by the photographer, it will last a maximum of five minutes.
Share Your Story
With enhanced Wi-Fi capabilities, the creative images taken with the PowerShot N100 camera can be shared with friends and family even while on-the-go. Using the Mobile Device Connect Button, users can connect to a compatible smartphone, a compatible tablet or a computer. Connection to the computer is easily done using Canon’s Image Sync1 through the cloud. For the first time in Canon’s line up, the PowerShot N100 camera has the convenient connectivity of Near Field Communication (NFCTM) offered on AndroidTM devices. After an initial one-time set up, with NFC, users simply press the Mobile Device Connect Button and tap their NFC enabled Android2 device to the PowerShot N100 camera which automatically launches the Canon Camera Window App3 so users can share images from the camera to the phone with ease.
Enhance Your Images
The Creative Shot mode on the PowerShot N100 camera includes four new filter categories to bring an enhanced artistic touch to photos. The filter categories are: Retro, Monochrome, Special and Natural. In Creative Shot mode, users compose their image and let the PowerShot N100 camera analyze the photo to apply one of a series of artistic elements of varying composition, lighting and color. After an image is captured, Creative Shot mode will automatically render five different variations of the shot to deliver unique, new perspectives while still retaining the original image. There are also 46 new filter types, including HDR effects, to help artistic expression reach new creative levels.
In addition to the creative imaging functions, the PowerShot N100 camera offers a 5x optical zoom, a 24mm Wide-Angle f/1.8 lens, a 12.1-Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and Canon’s DIGIC 6 image processor to help provide stunning image quality. Users also have the ability to quickly access and then record high-quality 1080p Full HD video with the dedicated movie button. To make choosing the ideal setting for each shot convenient, the camera’s Intelligent IS System allows the PowerShot N100 camera to automatically select the optimal image stabilization settings according to the shooting conditions, so shooting in dimly lit or bright situations can be easy and accurate.
The PowerShot N100’s new body design gives the camera a portable shape. The three-inch capacitive touch, tilt LCD panel allows users to capture images at unique angles, up to 90 degrees.
Pricing and Availability
The PowerShot N100 digital camera is expected to be available in May 2014 in white or black for an estimated retail price of $349.99.
NEW SLEEK, COMPACT POWERSHOT DIGITAL CAMERAS OFFER SUPER-ZOOM LENSES, ADVANCED CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS AND THE ABILITY TO SHARE IMAGES AND VIDEO
New Cameras Include the Compact, Super Zoom PowerShot SX600 HS Digital Camera and the Stylish, Yet Powerful PowerShot ELPH 340 HS Digital Camera
MELVILLE, N.Y., January 6, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the addition of two new cameras to its PowerShot line-up: The PowerShot SX600 HS and the PowerShot ELPH 340 HS digital cameras. The PowerShot SX600 HS camera packs an impressive 18x optical zoom and 16-Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor into a beautifully sleek, compact and portable body so capturing close-up photos with high-image clarity is easy and stylish. The PowerShot ELPH 340 HS camera offers outstanding optical performance and versatility with a 12x optical zoom lens and16-Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor. Both equipped with Wi-Fi® and Near Field Communication (NFCTM) capabilities, photographers can have outstanding image quality and the ability to share images and video with ease.
“These new PowerShot cameras enhance consumers’ enjoyment of photography through the unique combination of high-image quality, long-zoom ranges, ease-of-use and connectivity,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The advanced technologies these new models offer give users the cameras they need to have a photographic experience that allows them to capture high-quality images while on-the-go and share them with their loved ones.”
The Wi-Fi® connectivity options in the PowerShot SX600 HS and the PowerShot ELPH 340 HS cameras allow users to easily share beautiful images online with family and friends. Using the Mobile Device Connect Button, users can connect to a compatible smartphone, a compatible tablet or a computer. Connection to the computer is easily done using Canon’s Image Sync through the cloud. For the first time in Canon’s line-up, both cameras have the convenient connectivity of NFC offered on AndroidTM devices. With NFC, users press the Mobile Device Connect Button and tap their NFC-enabled Android device to the SX600 HS or ELPH 340 HS camera to send images from the camera to their compatible smartphone with ease. For even more convenience, photographers can control the camera remotely via the free Canon Camera Window app1 from virtually anywhere with their iOS® or Android device2. After composing the image, the photographer controls the shutter from their compatible smartphone, so that the photographer can be included in the shot.
Another first for the PowerShot SX and ELPH lines is Creative Shot mode. First introduced on the PowerShot N digital camera, Creative Shot mode is an easy yet powerful tool to add artistic effects to photos. In Creative Shot mode, users compose a shot and let the camera analyze the photo to apply a series of artistic elements. Creative Shot mode includes four categories with 46 filters total. The four filter categories are: Retro, Monochrome, Special, and Natural. Before an image is captured, users choose one of the four filter types and Creative Shot will automatically render five different variations of the shot in different composition, color and lighting styles, delivering creative new perspectives automatically while still maintaining the original image.
The cameras can also capture great video, recording high-quality 1080p Full HD video through a dedicated movie button. The Hybrid AUTO mode allows you to record up-to four seconds of video every time you shoot a still image, and then automatically joins the clips and pictures into a video that captures the essence of a vacation, an important event, or any time you are shooting many shots in a day. Hybrid Auto automatically recognizes the scene and optimizes camera settings to capture the highest possible image quality creating a great looking highlight reel in a 720p HD video.
The PowerShot SX600 HS Digital Camera
In addition to enhanced connectivity and artistic options, the PowerShot SX600 HS camera features a long-zoom range in a compact point-and-shoot camera body. Equivalent to 25-450mm, the SX600 HS camera’s powerful 18x optical zoom provides users with the high-quality optics the pocket-sized Canon PowerShot SX camera series is known for. The SX600 HS camera combines a 16-Megapixel CMOS sensor and Canon’s DIGIG 4+ Image Processor to create the Canon HS SYSTEM allowing for excellent low-light performance.
The PowerShot SX600 HS digital camera is expected to be available at the end of February 2014 in red, white or black for an estimated retail price of $249.99.
The PowerShot ELPH 340 HS Digital Camera
The PowerShot ELPH 340 HS digital camera, successor to the ELPH 330 HS, features a 12x optical zoom lens which is equivalent to 25mm-300mm. Great for low-light scenes, the 16-Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4+ Image Processor work together to create the Canon HS SYSTEM helping to ensure images are captured in detail in dimly lit situations.
The PowerShot ELPH 340 HS is expected to be available in March 2014 in purple, silver or black for an estimated retail price of $199.99.