Compact cameras aren’t dead. Because Canon is still full-on in the compact camera business with three new snappers.
The first thing that got our attention is the Canon PowerShot G7 X. Actually, we were more interested in the 1in 20.2MP sensor and f/1.8 lens packed within the camera. If the numbers don’t make sense, the gist is that the G7 X is touted to take better photos in dim conditions. And with a 31-point AF, it’s almost impossible to dodge the camera focus. Unless you’re the Flash.
The usual suspects are seen here - a 180 degrees tilt touchscreen to allow flexible shooting (read: selfies), 4.2x optical zoom (24-100mm focal length) and Wi-Fi/NFC connectivity.
Pricing and availability of the Canon PowerShot G7 X will be announced at a later date.
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It’s small, light and fits snugly in the pocket. These are the trademarks of the compact PowerShot series. Small as it may be, the G7 X is not so tiny that it requires dainty hands to operate it easily. Take it from us, we had no issues with the ring control that’s built into the lens barrel and the mode dials.
While we can’t judge its imaging performance yet, the short time we spent with the G7 X gave us some good bokeh shots to reference. No advanced settings were required either as we were using the idiot-proof mode to get the distinct contrast between the foreground and background.
One more thing…
Well, actually two more things. Besides the G7 X, Canon also launched two other compact cameras - the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS and Canon PowerShot N2. The former belongs to the superzoom category, able to hit a 65x optical zoom, giving it a wide range from 21mm to 1365mm. Makes sense if you want to keep a safe distance from the lions during a visit to the safari. No, not that web browser Safari.
On the other hand, the N2 is a dinky snapper that’s vastly different compared to the G7 X and SX60 HS. It’s along the casual side of things, and has one specific function in mind - selfies. It’s quite obvious, with modes such as Self-Portrait that’s triggered once the tiltable LCD display goes up to 180 degrees. Expect lots of narcissists to clamour for this.
The Canon PowerShot SX60 HS is priced at S$679 and will be available from end September. Bad news for the narcissists as Canon hasn’t revealed when the Canon PowerShot N2 will be available. But you can start saving S$399 for the selfie camera.
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The PowerShot SX60 HS is the middle ground you’re looking for if you hanker for something more professional without the bulk of a DSLR. Easy enough to use, as we didn’t have to tinker with the settings too much, yet it has enough functions for us to tweak for the right shutter speed and aperture for those night shots. Its 65x optical zoom is the biggest selling point. Great for stalkers, perhaps, but its true value is felt when we took a pretty decent shot of the Marina Bay Sands across the river.
While we won’t be caught dead doing cute poses for the N2, we think Canon definitely nailed the features pretty well on this selfie camera. For one, the shutter trigger now encompasses the whole lens ring, so you can snap a photo even if you’re holding it at an awkward angle. This is especially important when we had to move our chunky fingers away from the flash.