Canon announced a handful of PowerShot compact cameras today, including the new G16. The update to the advanced compact PowerShot G15 now features wi-fi–the first G-series model to offer wireless connectivity, in addition to the manual controls of its predecessor. Like other Canon wi-fi-enabled cameras, the G16 provides sharing options for iOS and Android devices with its free Canon Camera Window app. Uploads are made via the Canon Image Gateway to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr; email sharing is also available.
The camera is built around a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor and utilizes Canon’s DIGIC 6 image processor resulting in improved performance, including continuous shooting up to 9.3 frames per second. Canon also promises faster AF and shorter lag times. The G16 is equipped with a fast, 28-140mm, f/1.8-f/2.8 lens, a built-in stereo microphone, built-in flash and HDMI out to view images and video (the G16 can capture up to 1080p/60p full HD) on HDTVs.
While it’s a little too late for this month’s Perseid meteor showers, the G16 offers new shooting modes including Star Nightscape, Start Trails and Start Time Lapse Movie for those interested in night and astral photography. For those who are more HDR-minded, you can choose from several options in the HDR scene mode depending on your esthetics. These include: Natural, Art Bold, Art Embossed, Art Standard and Art Vivid.
At $550, the G16 is $100 more than its predecessor, so you’ll pay extra for the wi-fi and improved performance. The PowerShot G16 is scheduled to ship in October.