We reported a short while ago a suggestion that the next G Series camera would be a departure from what we have now. It won’t just be an S100 with a different body and lens.
There’s speculation about comments Chuck Westfall made recently about the G series camera needing to have better image quality, since it’s priced in the area of entry level DSLRs. It’s suggested by a few people that the G Series may see a larger image sensor and a faster lens.
Lots came in
I have received a lot of small rumors throughout the week. There’s till life out there, even if there isn’t anything overly exciting.
I’ll break them down.
Apparently DIGIC V will be powering the next Canon DSLRs. We all expect better noise reduction and processing speed, however there is also a “brand new feature”. I’m still waiting to find out what that is.
PowerShot G12 Replacement
There will be no G12 replacement in 2011.
Most information I am receiving now seems to suggest there will be no DSLR announcement in 2011. There are definitely a lot of prototype bodies out there, we just won’t be hearing about them until 2012.
It was suggested this was to make sure Canon could meet the production demands that the Christmas and holiday seasons require.
It was also flatly said that “Canon will announce a new camera when it’s done, and not a minute before”. Canon has no desire to announce a camera and it not be available for 2-3 months.
The R&D is ongoing. There is no prototype cameras out to photographers though.
EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Apparently in the October 2011 Popular Photography issue, they wrote a reference to an EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS II. I haven’t seen the magazine, but generally dismiss this sort of thing as a typo. I’ve never received solid info that the version II would have IS.
*UPDATE* As pointed out by a reader, any 24-70 with IS wouldn’t be designated with a “II”. I hate missing the obvious. :)
Next Tuesday we will be seeing some more Canon announcements. Alas, no DSLRs will be announced. We’re reminding the folks of previous information.
PowerShot SX40 HS [CR3]
The second camera to be announced isn’t quite as definite, we’re pretty sure it’s an S95 replacement.
PowerShot S100 (tentative name) [CR2]
Again, there has been nothing about a G13, so it looks like the G12 will remain a current product for the time being. Could this be a sign the series is taking a turn? Here’s hoping.
Another theory is the “S100″ rumors we’re hearing are actually for a G13 and the “S” series isn’t getting an upgrade.
Along with the EOS updates coming, there’s obviously going to be some new PowerShots as well. Below are the confirmed models.
- 35x Zoom
- 12x Zoom
- 5x Zoom
I haven’t seen anything on a G12 replacement, which is odd.
The Next “G”
A small spec list has shown up for the next incarnation of the massively successful “G” series.
- 1080p Video
- 6x Zoom
- New Flash Placement
- Higher resolution LCD
This is not as solid of information as the S95 post a few days ago.
Just a dream?
From the “a rep said” files, an email today said Canon would introduce a larger sensor PowerShot for the fall. It will apparently end the perceived love affair the world has with the Fuji X-100.
I’m not sure. Has Canon ever struck you as a company to get into niche markets in the photographic world? Unless the next “G” camera has a larger sensor for maybe $100 more, I just don’t see it.
New Cameras in August
We will be seeing new PowerShot cameras announced in August. I am told not to expect anything revolutionary in the line. Merely minor refreshes.
The most notable camera updates will be to the G12, S95 and SX30 IS.
I’m told a small megapixel bump to the G12 & S95 and 1080p video options. The SX30 IS replacement may move to the same type of image sensor as the aforementioned cameras.
Any rumor about CMOS based PowerShot’s have died off. There’s nothing in regards to a larger sensor PowerShot either.
All of this will heat up more over the next 60 days or so.
Canon G12 at B&H for $499