An Eye On The Future – Canon At Japan’s CP+ 2012

Canon’s Most Compelling Compacts To Date

Putting More Power In Your Hands

Not too keen on getting a system camera? These prosumer compacts will give you your high-quality imaging fix even without the interchangeable lenses.


Beyond the pro-grade EOS-1D X and Cinema EOS C300 cameras, Canon’s newest high-performance compact cameras were also highly celebrated at the Canon CP+ booth. We’ve already published quite a bunch of material related to both the Canon PowerShot S100 and the newer Canon PowerShot G1 X here on HardwareZone, as well as in HWM Philippines (in the S100’s case), but here’s a quick refresher just for you.

Canon PowerShot G1 X: The Epitome Of A PowerShot

The PowerShot G1 X (US$ 799.99) drew the largest crowds at Canon’s compact camera exhibit at CP+ 2012.


Built with the same overall look and feel of the well-received PowerShot G series, the G1 X now boasts a large, 1.5-inch Canon HS System CMOS sensor that almost matches those used in most DSLR cameras (APS-C sized), making it even better equipped to handle high quality still image capture at 14.3 megapixels, as well as 1080p HD video recording (upping the grade from the G12’s 720p movie capture feature).

There’s a lot more to be said about the Canon PowerShot G1 X, and for that, allow us to lead you to this special hands-on preview that we’ve shared, served fresh off the CES 2012 show floor in Las Vegas back in mid-January.

Canon PowerShot S100: Snapshooter Extraordinaire

If you still prefer a camera that can fit in your pocket, but are meticulous about image quality, the PowerShot S100 (PhP 28,998) is probably more to your liking.


Another high-performance compact that garnered a lot of interest from the CP+ crowd was the PowerShot S100, the latest from Canon’s similarly successful PowerShot S series of digital compact cameras. Introduced globally towards the close of 2011, this premium digital compact camera has merited the HardwareZone regional team’s nod as “one of the best compact cameras of 2011” as this review will attest.

This recognition comes with no small thanks to the S100’s significant upgrades over its predecessors, the S90 and S95, which were already highly regarded for their impressive imaging performance – especially in low light – despite the extremely compact form factor. Such enhancements include a 12-megapixel HS system CMOS sensor, 1080p video recording, 5x optical zoom, and even a built-in GPS module. Of course, one of the series’s best features, the handy control ring, is maintained to give users the extra advantage when maximizing full manual control on this pocket-sized photography powerhouse.

Want to learn more about this one? Check out our full review right here.

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