PowerShot Advantages

Image Quality

Canon Advantage - PowerShot Image Quality
Accessories Performance Ease-of-Use HD Video
Optical Technology HS SYSTEM CMOS Sensor
DIGIC Image Processor RAW Mode    

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Note that the features that follow
depend on the camera model.
Optical Technology

Every PowerShot camera has one – a Genuine Canon Lens. Over 70 years of innovation in Canon optics technology has secured the loyality of professional photographers worldwide and inspired generations of remarkable images. A great lens is at the heart of every great image.

Camera shake often blurs images in low light and at long focal lengths. Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer technology corrects camera shake so you can achieve incredibly steady blur-free images in many difficult situations: outdoors at dusk, inside without the flash, even at the end of the zoom range without a tripod. The sophisticated system detects camera shake and optically counters the movement, effectively reducing unwanted lens movement and vibration. Because it is an optical system, there is none of the image degradation typical with electronic image stabilizers.

G1 X Mark II G16 S120 SX50 HS SX510 HS
SX700 HS SX600 HS SX170 IS D30 N100
N ELPH 340 HS ELPH 150 IS ELPH 140 IS  
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Intelligent IS

The latest advance in Canon Optical Image Stabilization technology, Intelligent IS automatically analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation. For stills, the system selects from Standard IS, Panning IS, Macro (Hybrid) IS and Tripod modes. When shooting video, the system selects from Dynamic IS, Powered IS, Macro (Hybrid) IS and active Tripod IS modes. Improved for video shooting with new icons, Intelligent IS now also compensates for slight shaking when in active Tripod IS mode. With Intelligent IS, you can concentrate on image capture, letting the camera make the most effective IS settings to prevent blur.

 

Intelligent IS

G1 X Mark II G16 S120 SX50 HS SX510 HS
SX700 HS SX600 HS SX170 IS D30 N100
N ELPH 340 HS ELPH 150 IS ELPH 140 IS  
Current model(s) listed only.

Macro (Hybrid IS)
In macro photography, even the slightest movement can blur your image. Hybrid IS helps Optical Image Stabilizer counter the tipping and tilting movement common in handheld photography.

Macro

Improved Dynamic IS
Optimized to keep video clear and shake-free, especially while walking and with the subject nearby, the improved Dynamic IS on the PowerShot SX50 HS compensates for horizontal tilt, vertical pitch and rotational movement centered on the optical axis. And on select new PowerShot models, Dynamic IS has been advanced to keep video crisp and steady when shooting while walking or shooting from a vehicle. The advanced Dynamic IS uses a combination of optical and digital correction for five-axis image stabilization, providing greater compensation for roll blurring, tilt distortion and shift blur. The result is beautifully clear and steady video.

Five-axis

UA Lens

The UA lens is a Canon exclusive: a glass-molded aspherical lens with an ultra-high refractive index that delivers incredibly bright, clear shots. Its amazingly small size is a major factor in keeping the PowerShot cameras so compact.

UA Lens
G1 X Mark II S120 SX600 HS N100 ELPH 340 HS
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Wide-Angle Lens

With innovative Canon optical technology, a slim and compact PowerShot camera can be equipped with a wide-angle lens to deliver all the expansiveness and sense of distance you can only achieve with wide-angle shots.

Wide-Angle Lens
28mm Wide G16 SX170 IS D30 N
  ELPH 140 IS ELPH 135    
25mm Wide SX700 HS SX600 HS ELPH 340 HS  
24mm Wide G1 X Mark II S120 SX50 HS SX510 HS
  N100 ELPH 150 IS    
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HS SYSTEM

The Canon HS SYSTEM combines a High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor with a powerful DIGIC Image Processor to create a revolutionary way of taking photos. It dramatically enhances image quality in numerous shooting situations, even in unforgiving lighting environments with a high ISO speed. Images will have less noise, resulting in sharper and clearer photos than ever before.

HS SYSTEM
G1 X Mark II G16 S120 SX50 HS SX510 HS
SX700 HS SX600 HS D30 N100 N
ELPH 340 HS        
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CMOS Censor
1.5-inch CMOS Sensor

The 1.5-inch Type CMOS sensor on the PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera is nearly the size of an EOS DSLR camera’s APS-C sized sensor and built with a similar pixel structure. Each pixel site is larger, allowing more light to be captured, enabling the PowerShot G1 X Mark II to capture images with a higher level of image quality than conventional compact digital cameras. The sensor on the PowerShot G1 X Mark II has been improved, allowing for RAW images to be captured in both 3:2 and 4:3 aspect ratios. Accordingly, the megapixels are 12.8 and 13.1 respectively. Thanks to the new sensor, images are captured the way they were meant to be captured, maintaining the same angle of view regardless of ratio and without any loss of image due to cropping and resizing. And with a significantly faster AF speed, you’ll capture the moments as they happen. Noise is dramatically reduced at high ISO speeds, up to 12800, for clear low-light and nighttime shooting. Resolution at low ISO speeds is also incredibly rich and precise. And most atypical for a compact camera, the sensor allows the PowerShot G1 X Mark II to create the intensely beautiful background blur that is the hallmark of DSLR cameras.

1.5-inch CMOS Sensor
 
1.5-inch CMOS Sensor
G1 X Mark II
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DIGIC Image Processor

   

Renowned for their superb picture quality, responsive handling, extended battery life and fast processing speeds, DIGIC Image Processors have set the standard for functionality and performance since their ground-breaking introduction in 1999. With the latest-generation Canon DIGIC 6 Image Processor, image quality has been improved to bring exceptional clarity to low-light shooting. Advanced noise reduction helps produce expressive images with beautiful contrast and crisper detail than ever before when shooting in low light at high ISO speeds. Continuous stills shooting at full resolution is also improved, with speeds comparable to SLR cameras. The DIGIC 6 Image Processor also allows MP4 recording – at 60p – and an in-camera transcoding process that cuts down file transfer times through the built-in Wi-Fi®. Plus, video capture is significantly upgraded with enhanced Dynamic IS for reduced camera shake. And functionality is also improved with MF Peaking on select cameras for fine focus adjustments and a less-cluttered user interface.

DIGIC Image Processor
 
G1 X Mark II G16 S120 SX700 HS N100
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Improved Noise Reduction

Easily achieve stunning images with incredible detail and clarity even at high ISO speeds; with the DIGIC 6 Image Processor’s improved noise reduction performance, video image quality is better than ever. Processing more noise information than the DIGIC 5 Image Processor, the DIGIC 6 Image Processor quickly removes noise to achieve beautiful images even in low light – images shot at ISO 6400 appear as if they were shot at ISO 1600. The improved performance of the DIGIC 6 Image Processor ensures that detail and contrast are not lost, even at high ISO speeds.

Improved Noise Reduction
Full Resolution Continuous Shooting

On select PowerShot cameras, the DIGIC 6 Image Processor enables a seamless, pro-like continuous shooting experience that’s fully available in P, Tv, Av, M and Auto modes. Shooting and processing are performed in tandem, eliminating buffering time to deliver remarkably fast shooting speeds. With no separate mode setting and no reduction in image quality, you can freeze brilliant action shots with ease.


The PowerShot G1 X Mark II can shoot continuously at approximately 5.2 fps and the PowerShot N100 can shoot continuously at approximately 3.0 fps until the memory card is full when using an SDHC/SDXC UHS-I card based on Canon’s standard test method. The PowerShot G16 can shoot continuously up to 522 shots at approximately 9.3 fps and the PowerShot S120 can continuously shoot up to 635 shots at approximately 9.4 fps when using an SDHC/SDXC UHS-I card based on Canon’s standard test method.
60p Recording

Movies can now be recorded at a frame rate of 60 fps as a result of the improved processing power of the DIGIC 6 Image Processor. Recording at 60p means recording twice the number of frames as 30p, so fast moving subjects are captured crisply and clearly, and transitions are smoother and richer. Even at 1080p Full HD resolution, playback is natural and fluid.

60p Recording
In-Camera Transcoding

Video sharing benefits from high-performance video compression (to HD 30p) performed in-camera, which makes transferring video via built-in Wi-Fi® quick and easy.

In-Camera Transcoding
MF Peaking

The DIGIC 6 Image Processor makes manual focusing easier than ever – for both still images and video – with MF Peaking, a concept inherited from EOS cameras. It clearly outlines the focused subject with a line, making it simple to fine-tune focus and achieve just the desired effect.



DIGIC 5 Image Processor

   

The Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor brings phenomenal increases in processing speed and power. Improved chip architecture and algorithms deliver greatly expanded functionality with further refinement in image quality. Improved noise reduction produces clearer images when shooting in low light at high ISO speeds, while enhanced i-Contrast performance achieves even more natural-looking results in high-contrast scenes. The faster processing speed also results in faster continuous shooting capability and an advanced automatic white balance system.

DIGIC 5 Image Processor
 
SX50 HS N      
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Advanced Noise Reduction

Experienced photographers know that high ISO speeds can result in increased levels of noise – aberrant signals often compared to film graininess that degrade image quality. One of the major functions of the Canon DIGIC Image Processor is noise reduction. The DIGIC Image Processor excels at this task as it effectively removes noise with minimal apparent effect on image detail. The DIGIC 5 Image Processor further boosts noise reduction performance, making it possible to achieve outstanding image quality at even higher ISO settings. Select models incorporating the DIGIC 5 Image Processor also let you choose different levels of noise reduction, giving you more control over the final image.

Advanced Noise Reduction
Advanced White Balance

The DIGIC 5 Image Processor makes it possible to achieve even more natural-looking photos than ever before with a highly advanced automatic white balance system. Unlike a conventional white balance that would make an overall adjustment based on a single type of light source, the Canon Multi-Area White Balance analyzes several different areas of an image to determine whether different adjustments are needed, for example, for the main subject and the background. This is especially helpful when taking a picture of a subject lit by mercury vapor lamps or using the camera’s built-in flash.

Advanced White Balance
DIGIC 4+ Image Processor

The new Canon DIGIC 4+ Image Processor on select PowerShot cameras features accelerated processing speed to create fast, responsive performance, helping ensure a shooting experience that’s easy and natural. The DIGIC 4+ Image Processor also enhances image quality in several ways. Processing of high ISO shots has been shortened by 60% compared to the DIGIC 4 Image Processor. This significantly reduces noise for brilliant color, smooth gradations and beautiful detail even in low light. The processor also allows for the integration of electronic Dynamic IS. This advanced system compensates for multiple motion types, effectively preventing angular blur, shift blur, and blur caused by parallel movement and tilt shift. The result is images that are reliably sharp and clear at all lengths of the camera’s zoom. Additionally, the DIGIC 4+ Image Processor also powers Full HD video recording at 30p in MP4 format, making playback on mobile devices and sharing with friends and family easy.

DIGIC 4+ Image Processor

 

DIGIC 4+ Image Processor

SX600 HS ELPH 340 HS ELPH 150 IS ELPH 140 IS ELPH 135
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DIGIC 4 Image Processor

The Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor ensures brilliant color, smooth gradations, and fast and responsive camera performance. Its highly efficient design extends battery life. The advanced algorithms combined with accelerated processing speeds not only enhance image quality but also extend functionality. The DIGIC 4 Image Processor makes possible high-speed continuous shooting, Full HD video capability and even more sophisticated Face Detection features, such as the Face Detection Self-timer.

DIGIC 4 Image Processor
SX510 HS SX170 IS D30    
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Low Light

Low Light mode gives you considerable shooting flexibility. The camera automatically adjusts the ISO speed setting range based on surrounding brightness, subject movement and camera shake to give you clear, steady shots even when lighting is not optimal.

Low Light
Intelligent Contrast Correction

Intelligent Contrast Correction controls the compensation level in pixel units to brighten dark areas while leaving bright areas unchanged. This produces better images where the main subject is dark, as well as more natural transitions. You can also set Intelligent Contrast Correction in playback mode to adjust images that were shot without the setting activated.

Intelligent Contrast Correction
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RAW Mode

Best described as "digital negatives," RAW images contain pre-processed image data as captured by the sensor and, with post-processing, they yield the highest image quality possible. Available on all EOS DSLR cameras, select PowerShot cameras offer the same 14-bit RAW signal processing, giving photographers exceptional creative control over their images. Compared with 12-bit processing, 14-bit offers a 4x increase in RAW data, which makes a visible impact, giving images rich detail in both highlights and shadows as well as smoother, more natural tonal gradation for outstanding image quality. Utilizing Canon’s own Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software, RAW files can be edited, browsed or printed. Select PowerShot cameras now offer a choice of multiple aspect ratios, including 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 1:1 and 4:5, for outstanding flexibility and creativity.

RAW Mode
G1 X Mark II G16 S120 SX50 HS
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