Canon has a bunch of new cameras coming your way as part of its 2014 release cycle.
The two big announcements are in the form of the 1200D SLR, as well as an advanced compact model, an update to the G1 X called — surprise surprise — the G1 X Mark II. You can read more about the G1 X Mark II and EOS 1200D in our previews.
The rugged D series gets updated with the PowerShot D30, a camera that is able to withstand depths of up to 25 metres underwater, drops from 2 metres high, and is freeze proof down to -10 degrees Celcius. Though previous tough cameras from Canon have looked a little unattractive, the D30 takes a step in the right direction with a colourful exterior with just enough chunkiness and rubber on the grips for sturdiness.
The D30 also comes with a 1/2.3-inch 12-megapixel CMOS sensor, a 5x optical zoom lens and a double layer of glass over the lens to prevent fogging. Viewing a camera screen in bright outdoor or underwater glare situations can be difficult, so there is now a mode called Sunlight LCD that boosts the brightness accordingly.
For travel enthusiasts looking for a compact alternative to an SLR, Canon is now offering the SX700 HS which, confusingly, replaces the SX280 HS. A 30x optical zoom, 16.1-megapixel high sensitivity CMOS sensor and Wi-Fi/NFC connectivity add some extra oomph to the range.
Like the G1 X Mark II, the SX700 HS comes with the Digic 6 processor which promises less noisy photos and faster processing times. The camera comes with full manual controls and a 3-inch LCD. It will be available locally from March, while the D30 makes its way to Australia a month later, in April.
Also part of the release parade is a range of new Ixus compacts: the 155, 150 and 145. These point-and-shoot models are reasonably similar on the outside, though the flagship 155 model comes with a 10x optical zoom lens, 20-megapixel sensor and an image stabiliser. All three are available from February.