We received the first mention of the next Canon product announcement date. I’m told the date is pretty solid, but as always, Canon can move things around at the last minute.
It’s expected we’ll see a new mirrorless system announced as well as a few lenses. We probably won’t see new full sized EOS cameras or PowerShots announced until August or September.
That’s a 44x Zoom
Canon has published a patent for a zoom lens with an equivalent focal length of 24-1060. That’s a 44x zoom for those that are counting. Could we see this in the next SX PowerShot camera? A good possibility.
Patent Publication No. 2012-98699
- 2012.5.24 Release Date
- 2010.10.7 filing date
- Zoom ratio 44.28
- 13.08 – – 190.43mm f = 4.30 focal length
- Fno 2.87 – 5.00 – 7.07
- 16.50 – – 1.17 deg 37.77 a half angle of view.
- 3.88 – – 3.88mm 3.33 image height
- 93.62 – – 137.94mm 94.49 lens length
- BF 1.00mm
- 13 pieces in 10 groups Lens Construction
- Two four-sided aspherical
- 3 UD glass sheet
- One fluorite
- Group 4 consists of positive and negative positive positive
- (For Focusing the fourth lens group) Rear focus
Canon PowerShot D20
B&H has their first shipment of Canon PowerShot D20 waterproof cameras in stock. Definitely an ergonomic upgrade from the PowerShot D10.
- 12.1Mp High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor
- 3.0″ Pure Color System LCD
- 28mm Wide-Angle Lens
- Waterproof and Shockproof
- Temperature Resistant Down to 14 Degrees
- GPS Tracker
- 5x Optical Zoom
- Intelligent IS
- DIGIC 4 Image Processor
Canon PowerShot D20 at B&H $349
Full review from Engadget
The folks at Engadget have posted their full review of the Canon PowerShot G1 X. For the most part they are quite happy with it, although there are a few issues they have with the camera, like the weak battery life.
Wrap-Up From Engadget
If you demand that an $800 camera contributes to your photography with “extras” like high ISO, interchangeable lenses or exceptional macro prowess, then the G1 X has rivals that are perhaps more worthy of your consideration. However, having used the G1 X heavily for a few days, we can look past its weaknesses — even its underwhleming battery life and uninformative OVF — and admit we’ve become quite attached to it. Our affection has everything to do with the large sensor, fast lens and the overall physicality of the camera — its design, feel, and the accessibility of its controls. If you want a tool for capturing high-impact images, and not necessarily for adding impact to your images, then the G1 X ought to suit you fine.
Read The Full Review
Preorder from B&H for $799 (Expected to arrive March 5, 2012)