For years we've bee ranting about Canon's S-series PowerShot cameras. They're fantastic, versatile pocket cameras. Well the PowerShot S110 is the upgrade to last year's pretty darn great S100—now it's got new capacitive touchscreen controls and Wi-Fi connectivity.
The best part about the Canon S-series cameras is that they're so easy to use. In addition to their crazy portable size, the control ring around the lens on the front tuns one of the tiniest cameras into a shooter with basically full-manual controls. The 3-inch touchscreen is only going to make adjusting shooting settings and navigating the camera's menus even easier than before.
As for the new Wi-Fi, this is becoming a more or less standard feature on all cameras, and especially on little point-and-shoots like the S110. Will this make the S110 so convenient that you'll never take a smartphone photo again? We'll have to wait and see, but so far our experience with Wi-Fi cameras indicates that the connectivity comes at the price of simplicity.
Otherwise the camera is pretty much the same as the S100: 12.1-megapixel, 1/1.7-inch sensor, f/2.0 5x zoom lens, Digic 5 image processing, and HD video recording. It will be available next month for $450.
In addition to the S110, Canon is also bringing a big upgrade to the G-series. The new PowerShot G15 has the same 12.1-megapixel, 1/1.7-inch sensor and HD video recording as the S110 plus a faster f/1.8 5x zoom lens, upgraded Digic 5 image processing (the G12 only had a Digic 4). While there's no touchscreen, the G15's larger body has buttons and dials so it handles more like a manual camera. It'll be available next month for $500.
Finally, meet the Canon SX50 HS—the zoomiest super-zoom camera ever. Yep, the 50x optical zoom is the longest on any point-and-shoot ever (It's predecessor the SX40 only had a 35x zoom). Wow. It'll be available next month for $480. [Canon, Canon and Canon]