Canon launches a trio of compact cameras

All-new EOS M entry-level CSC joins high-end point-and-shoot recruits

The PowerShot G range is the company’s batch of high-end compacts, and it’s getting two additions: the PowerShot G9 X and PowerShot G5 X. Both models have 20.2MP 1.0-type sensors.

The G5 X is the first of the PowerShot G models to feature an OLED electronic viewfinder, which it pairs with a vari-angle flip-out touchscreen (hello, simple selfies). There’s a 4.2x zoom lens with bright f/1.8 to f/2.8 aperture too.

The G9 X is smaller and slimmer (the most compact model in the PowerShot G range, now) and designed for pocketability. It comes with a 3in touchscreen and f/2 to f/4.9 3x zoom lens.

Both models feature 5-axis image stabilisation, full HD movie recording (at 60fps), full manual controls, Wi-Fi/NFC and a lens control ring that can be assigned to various functions. Both will be on sale from November, with the G5X priced at around US$800 and the G9 X at around US$600.

The EOS M10, meanwhile, will be the new entry-level model in Canon’s compact system camera range. It’ll come with an 18MP sensor and the same DIGIC 6 processor as the new PowerShot models, as well as a fast CMOS hybrid 49-point autofocus system, 3in 180-degree tilting LCD touchscreen, Wi-Fi and NFC.

Canon also announced a new kit lens that will accompany the M10, a very compact collapsible 15-45mm f/3.5 to f/6.3.

You’ll be able to buy the M10 plus the new lens for around US$600. Both will also be on sale seperately from November.

We had a chance to go hands-on with the new cameras at a Canon event and, while the samples weren’t fully working (i.e. we couldn’t take any photos with them), from a physical standpoint all are impressive. The EOS M10 in particular feels incredibly sturdy and well constructed for an entry-level CSC. We’ll try to get our hands on working review samples soon.