Part 2: PowerShot
There are a lot of PowerShot fans out there, and Canon has unleashed another pile of cameras for you folks to choose from.
*NOTE* These opinions are loose and based the specifications of the products and initial impressions. I will delve deeper next week.
A very small upgrade to the popular G11. We can assume Canon is just coasting with this series of camera, they've had no real competition. The P7000 may look like a G11, but if it continues the Coolpix heritage, Canon doesn't have much to worry about.
Should it have been more of an upgrade? It depends who you ask, but all people were criticizing with the G11 was the lack of HD video. That's been somewhat rectified with 720p.
Pretty much the same type upgrade as the G12. I'll find out next week if the looseness of the back wheel has been fixed. I hear it's still a problem for some people.
PowerShot SX30 IS
Initial impressions? Completely absurd, an equivalent of an 24-840mm lens? Canon has lead the megapixel war, in some cases, too far. Now they're leading the insane zoom war.
I'm going to be very interested in the results one will get at 840mm on an overcast day.
PowerShot SD4500 IS
This will probably become a very popular camera with travellers and the like. Women will also gobble up its small size and big zoom. I think it'll be a sales winner.
PowerShot SX130 IS
A budget series continues. Not much to say about it.
What's missing from the PowerShot announcements?
The first camera that comes to mind is a replacement for the D10. Canon's first go at a waterproof camera had some serious ups and downs. I have heard there is going to be another waterproof camera or two, an announcement time for it/them is unknown.
Outside of that, everything that was expected came down the pipe. Very few are asking for a larger sensor PowerShot anymore, we all seem to be waiting for Canon's version of a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera.
Safe, calculated and truly Canon. That's how I'd describe the direction of PowerShots.
More 60D Stuff
After seeing what Nikon threw out there with the D7000, coming in at $100 more expensive than the 60D. there's a perception Canon dropped the ball on this one. I think the 60D looks about $100 overpriced now.
That being said, Canon will still sell a lot of them to upgrading Rebel users. There are more Rebels out there than any other DSLR.
The D7000 is going to take new DSLR buyers away from Canon, but I don't think it'll make too many people switch.