Canon launched its last batch of cameras for 2012 at an event in Sydney last week, giving CNET Australia the opportunity to test out several cameras in the range for the first time.
Among the cameras was the EOS M, the company's first interchangeable lens camera, as well as the PowerShot S110 and PowerShot G15. Ahead of our full reviews, take a look at some sample photos straight from the cameras and first impressions.
Unless otherwise specified, all photos have been taken straight from the camera, with no adjustments in post-processing, apart from resizing for web or cropping.
Lexy Savvides attended the Canon Experience day as a guest of Canon Australia.
The Canon G15 starts things off with a fast lens (f/1.8 at its widest) and a 5x optical zoom. It's got plenty of manual controls to keep photographers happy, and is slightly slimmer than previous line mates, such as the G12. It's dwarfed by the larger sensor of the G1X though.
Moving over to the S110, this is Canon's successor to the S100. It sports full manual controls and is a compact camera in every sense of the word, being 198 grams and pocketable. It has a control ring around the front, a feature that is proving popular on cameras of this class, which allows photographers to adjust shooting settings, such as shutter speed, aperture, ISO and white balance.
The wheel is pleasing to use, with firm clicks between each stop. Testing out the dynamic range on its JPEG files (above) with a scene of high and low contrast areas shows that the camera copes pretty well.
Click here to see the full resolution photo, straight from camera (3MB).
While the lens on the S110 might not be as fast as on some other competitors (it's f/2.0 at its widest), the camera can still take some impressive low-light shots. The shot above was a test of the image stabiliser to see how well it coped, though in automatic mode, the camera unfortunately didn't choose the fastest aperture it could. Exposure: 1/60, f/5, ISO 800.
Click here to see the full resolution photo, straight from camera (3.25MB).
The S110 also comes with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, so it can link up with a smartphone or tablet and transfer photos using Canon's specific app (iOS or Android).
If you want to get the Instagram look on your shots from the camera, but can't be bothered transferring them to your mobile device, the S110 comes with a number of creative filters, including pinhole (above).
There is also an HDR mode on the S110, which automatically takes three photos in quick succession at different exposures, then stitches them together in-camera. While the effect is reasonably subtle, it is good for pulling out some more detail from the clouds in the sky with a contrasty situation. Unfortunately, best results are achieved when you have a tripod — you can probably tell from closely looking at this shot that this was handheld. Behold, the superimposed exposures and slight blur!
The interchangeable lens camera space has been heating up over the past year, so it's about time that Canon enters the fray with the EOS M. It's a reasonably compact camera that can be carried around with little fuss, though it's definitely geared more to point-and-shoot photographers as the manual controls are hidden within the (very nice to use) touchscreen.
You can see more of our impressions on the EOS M here.
Trying out a little bit of panning with the G15. Luckily, there is a built-in neutral density (ND) filter, so the shutter speed can be brought right down in broad daylight to achieve shots like this one.
Now for the EOS M. Unfortunately, we only had a limited amount of time with these cameras, though the setting did provide a great opportunity to test out how the camera and lens combination performed in low-light conditions. Recognise this singer? It's Diana Rouvas from The Voice.
Sharing the same image sensor and generally the same internals as the EOS 650D, the two cameras should deliver very similar image quality. The EOS M uses different lenses on its own mount, though you can use existing Canon lenses with an additional EF adapter.
The EOS M looks to cope reasonably well at very high ISO levels — this shot was deliberately underexposed at ISO 3200 to see how the camera dealt with noise in shadowed areas. While there's a bit of colour noise visible at the 100 per cent magnification, playing around with the RAW file shows that there is quite a lot of latitude for noise reduction too.
Also available for use at the event was Canon's PowerShot SX50 HS, a superzoom with the longest optical-zoom lens in the world (at the time of writing). Above is a comparison shot at the widest extent of the lens, and below at the full 50x optical zoom length. While looking at the below image at 100 per cent magnification (3.2MB) does show up quite a bit of over-processing, for web use, it produces a pretty impressive image and shows just how close you can get.