Digital camera giant Canon has launched its latest range of PowerShot cameras, which continue to blur the lines between still images and video capture, including this new Canon PowerShot G16.

The new release features a 1/1.7-inch 12MP CMOS image sensor coupled to an f/1.8-2.8 Canon lens with 5X optical zoom. The new DiGIC 6 image processor provides added horsepower, enabling continuous shooting speeds approaching 9fps but also a much faster auto-focus speed, said to be over 40% faster than the previous-generation G15.

The other function the new CPU provides is Full HD (1920×1080-pixel) video capture at up to 60fps with stereo audio. Although Canon doesn’t specify the audio compression format used, we believe it uses H.264 video compression with videos stored in MP4 format.

PowerShot G16 Key features:

  • f/1.8-2.8, 28mm, 5x zoom lens
  • 12.1 MP CMOS sensor, DiG!C 6 image processor
  • Intelligent IS (image stabilisation) with 5-axis movie stabilisation
  • Continuous shot mode: up to 9.3fps
  • 7.5 cm (3.0”) LCD rear screen with optical viewfinder
  • Front Dial, Full Manual mode, RAW mode image capture
  • Full HD video recording (60fps)
  • Wi-Fi wireless connectivity; GPS via Mobile

The G16 has added noise reduction techniques to enable it to produce higher-quality video in low-lighting conditions. And yes, Canon says the camera’s optical zoom can be used during video capture.

At this stage, there is no word on pricing or availability of the PowerShot G16 in various markets (including Australia), but we’ll bring those to you as they come to hand.

With smartphones now providing increasingly capable still and video capture functions, digital still cameras are having to improve further to avoid being overrun. The one area where most smartphones generally cannot match dedicated cameras is with lens quality. Combining a quality lens with high-quality video capture is the key to being able to produce eye-catching videos.

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