Canon showed that it’s not done building up its line of small but powerful compact cameras this morning by announcing the portable PowerShot G15 and slim S110 models, both of which use a newly designed 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor.
The Canon G15, which is the follow-up to the Canon G12 from 2010, uses a faster f/1.8-2.8 5x optical zoom lens than the previous model. It also had intelligent IS image stabilization for steadying shaky shots. The G15′s 1/1.7-inch sensor is capable of shooing at up to ISO 12,800 and can record full 1080p HD video at 24fps.
(It should be noted that the latest flagship PowerShot model, the Canon 14.3 G1 X uses a 1.5-inch CMOS sensor that’s significantly bigger than the one in the G15.)
The G15 had a dedicated movie record button and, reportedly, faster autofocus.
Unlike its predecessor, the Canon G15′s 3.0-inch 922,000-dot LCD display does not flip out, and articulate to help when compose low-angle or high-angle shots. (The G12′s vari-angle screen was one of its more popular features.)
The Canon G15 will sell for $499 when it ships in October.
The slim Canon PowerShot S110 features built-in WiFi and uses the same 1/1.7-inch 12.1-megapixel “High-Sensitivity” CMOS image sensor as the G15 and also has a maximum ISO speed of 12800. It has a 5x optical zoom that can go as wide as 24mm-equivalent and has a maximum aperture of f/2.0
Canon says it’s improved the AF system for the S100, reducing the shutter lag and ramping up its high-speed burst mode to 10 frames per second continuous shooting at the full 12.1MP.
The Canon S100 can also shoot full 1080p HD video and features a built-in stereo microphone, optical zoom while shooting, and HDMI output. It will sell for $449 in October.
More info on those two cameras and on the new superzooming PowerShot SX50, which features a 50x zoom (!) in the press release after the jump.