Leading into CES 2012 Canon announces a new flagship PowerShot: the G1 X. Alongside it the PowerShot ELPH 520 and 110 HS make their debuts decked out with DIGIC 5 processors. Each model is part of Canon’s new-ish HS or “High Sensitivity” system. Including said processor, they feature CMOS sensors wired to maximize the light-capturing capability of the camera. All of these cameras are capable of recording 1080p HD video.
Canon PowerShot G1 X
At the heart of this beast is a new 14.3 megapixel CMOS 1.5-inch sensor, considerably larger than what was found in the PowerShot G12. It offers a 4x optical zoom lens starting at f/2.8 at the wide angle (a 28mm equivalent). Native ISO range extends up to 12800, and a 14-bit RAW+JPEG shooting mode is available.
A 3.0-inch vari-angle LCD with 922k-dots is complemented by an optical viewfinder. The control array includes a mode dial on the top deck and a front dial. The G1 X is compatible with Speedlite, Macro Twin Lite and Macro Ring Light flash accessories. Canon touts the EOS-ness of the G1 X, from RAW shooting capability to a top-of-the-line DIGIC 5 processor. That’s not all – the price tag is very similar to that of an EOS DSLR. The G1 X will set you back $799.99 with availability this February.
Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, PowerShot ELPH 110 HS
The 520 HS boasts a 12x optical zoom lens placing it in the “travel zoom” category with a 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensor. That zoom lens starts at a 28mm equivalent, while the ELPH 110’s 24mm wide angle lens covers a 5x optical zoom range. It offers a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, and both cameras offer ISO range up to 3200. Each uses a 3.0-inch LCD. The 520 shoots at a slightly faster burst rate of 6.8 fps; the 110 will capture up to 5.8 fps.
The Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS will sell for $299.99 starting in March. The PowerShot 110 HS becomes available in February for $249.99.