Faster auto-focus and burst shooting speeds
The price of the S120 is an eye-watering £449.00 / $449.99, up £20 in the UK, which puts it on a price-par with the class-leading Sony Cyber-shot RX100, itself bested by the RX100 Mark II, albeit at an even higher price-point. Despite the improvements, we still feel that the RX100 with its much larger sensor delivers even better results than the S120, making it our choice in the "pocketable compact camera for enthusiasts" sector of the market.
One of smallest cameras with RAW & manual control
As it stands though the S120 can still be squeezed into most pockets which keeps it unique against most of its competition - indeed only the Lumix LF1 challenges it in this regard. And if it is a genuinely pocketable enthusiast-class compact you're after then you should be comparing the S120 very closely against the LF1 and also seeing what that extra 1cm of thickness gets you from the RX100 II.
Easy to take impressive star trail shots, Has built-in Wi-Fi
The Canon PowerShot S120 is a steady upgrade of last year's S110, with a slightly faster aperture, faster continuous shooting and a higher resolution screen. This might not be enough to tempt S110 owners to upgrade, but the star trail feature does offer something unique and the results we achieved during testing are quite impressive.
Small camera, plenty of control
With its handling improvements, brighter lens, 1080/60p video, and unquestionable pocketability, the S120 is a terrific camera either for DSLR owners looking for something svelte to slip into a pocket, or shutterbugs with no desire to lug a DSLR while on vacation.
I have the professional Canon 5D Mark 2 camera with all the lenses, flash filters and everything else, but I needed a small camera for riding my motorcycle to events. After researching I settled on the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS, which I am glad I did. The first weekend I took over 300 photographs and I am extremely happy with this camera. I was really surprised at how small it is but it does take a nice 12 meg picture. For the price, I can't imagine using anything else.
Excellent optical image stabilisation, Built-in Wifi and GPS linking
In amongst all the good news, there are a couple of minor gripes. The chromatic aberration at either end of the zoom range takes the edge off its otherwise excellent image quality, especially as it's something that could be corrected digitally by a new image processor. And while it's nice to see an improvement in the previously mediocre continuous shooting performance, it's still hardly fast in that regard.
Very good image quality, Lots of zoom in a compact body
The Canon PowerShot SX510 HS packs all the features you'd typically expect to see in a bridge camera, but is much smaller than many of its competitors, even though it has built-in Wi-Fi. The reduction in the size of the camera means that the battery is small and therefore doesn't have a particularly long life. There are full manual controls but no RAW shooting, but the lens has a minimum focusing distance of 0cm, so you can get as close as you want to your subject for macro photography.
Lightweight and compact, despite housing 30x zoom
The SX510 HS is a decent superzoom camera targeted towards the budget market. As long as you don't expect the same experience as a more expensive camera, or exemplary performance from handheld night photography, it's a fair buy. Unfortunately, Canon Australia does not issue official RRPs, but street prices for this camera average around AU$270.
Great Camera! Love the Wireless!
I've had a number of PowerShot cameras. Really impressed with the picture quality of the camera and the overall speed. Colors and picture quality are quite good and the low-light performance is superior. The previous review focuses nicely on the picture quality, so I wil stick with the human factors.
Manual control and adjustment are simple to master, so you won't need to rely on the automatic settings. My only concern with the camera is hat the wifi settings are difficult to set up.
Finger rail grip, Better than average noise control
The SX280 HS is a compact, well designed, sturdy, and easy to use point and shoot digital camera with a 20x zoom. Compared to its competition, the biggest difference would seem to be in the resolution arena with Canon sticking with a reasonable 12-megapixels, while Panasonic, Sony, and other OEMs seem determined to push the 20 megapixel envelope. Constantly crowding more pixels onto tiny point and shoot sensors results in noticeably higher noise levels.
Quicker GPS and better image quality
Despite our quibbles with the wi-fi implementation and lack of touch-screen control, the inclusion of DIGIC 6 has brought a number of significant improvements to Canon's 2013 travel-zoom model, making the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS a real contender to the market-leading Panasonic TZ series.
Slightly superior image quality to peer group, but not by much
In short the Lumix ZS30 / TZ40 is a better-featured camera that avoids much of the annoyances and limitations of the SX280 HS, but it's also more expensive; in some regions not by a great deal, but the gap can be greater in others. If you think the limitations of the SX280 HS would frustrate you, then I'd definitely recommend you spend the extra on the Panasonic ZS30 / TZ40. But equally there'll be those for whom they're non-issues or things they can happily workaround.
20x optical zoom, Wi-Fi and GPS
What we have here is an excellent and well performing compact camera that offers lots of flexibility both to beginner users and those looking for something a little more advanced.
It would also be a good camera for anybody looking to learn a little more about photography, since you could start on the fully automatic settings and work your way through the manual options.
GPS and Wi-Fi built in, Excellent image quality, Excellent colour
The Canon Powershot SX280 HS offers a lot of optical zoom in a compact camera body and has a number of features that the traveller will find appealing including both GPS and Wi-Fi. Image quality is very good with excellent colours and good levels of detail. The 14fps high speed shooting mode will also appeal, although it would be nice if it was available in all of the modes, and could have been used for an automatic HDR mode.
Best-in-class image quality for a 20x zoom compact
The SX280 HS doesn't add much compared to its year-old SX260 sibling. We would rather have seen the addition of a touchscreen LCD and broader, more accessible autofocus options added on instead of the Wi-Fi feature which, in its current state, is just a bit of a faff to use. It will come in for occasional use though, so better to have it than not.
Powerful 20x zoom, Sharp images in well-lit/daylight situations
When it comes to compact superzooms, Canon puts together a pretty impressive list of specs with the Powershot SX280. Cameras like this show the performance and features of advanced point-and-shoots continue to evolve and there's still a place for them amidst the rise of cell phone photography, but still come with some drawbacks. However, for a user looking for a new point-and-shoot with a super zoom lens, the SX280 makes a nice choice.
The camera is a hit!
So far I have not explored all the capabilities of the camera but I can say I am very happy with the camera. I have also had positive reaction and have shown the camera to a number of interested people who have seen me while using it public. For the price it has exceeded my expectations.
Creative Shot Mode, Wi-Fi, Fun
The Canon N is a fun point-and-shoot camera that packs a lot of creativity into a small package. Going far beyond the standard creative modes and effects pallet, the N offers users a more tailored approach to their photography.
Without the Creative Shot mode, the Canon N would be just one more point-and-shoot in an endless sea of cameras. But that's exactly what makes this camera special. It's innovative and creative.
Good image quality and innovative design
Ultimately the Canon PowerShot N misses the mark both as an alternative/companion to a smartphone and as a compact camera in its own right, and it's simply too expensive to appeal to either camp. It may be the most surprising camera of 2013, for which we applaud Canon for trying something different, but it's definitely not the most well realised, whichever way you look at it.
Decent performance at higher ISOs
The Canon Powershot N looks good and produces decent images, but it's just too expensive. You can spend much less and get more zoom and Wi-Fi, such as the Canon IXUS 255 HS. Canon have sacrificed the traditional zoom and shutter release, reduced the flash size considerably and the battery life is low.
Very small, Innovative space-saving design
Overall, it's a slightly mixed bag. The unconventional body shape performs surprisingly well, and Canon's re-imagining of how a compact camera can and should work has been successful. Indeed, it's been so successful that it might have been more appropriate to make this the basis of a new Ixus line, rather than slotting it into the PowerShot line-up.
Smaller than you might imagine
Set against competition like the Nikon Coolpix S01, the Canon PowerShot N is an attractive option, but you need to consider the price, too. At £270, it's not a cheap camera, actually more than twice the price of the Nikon. That naturally impacts our final verdict, but the fact remains that of the two it's the more rounded option and, if you can afford it, the better buy.
Compact design, Creative Mode
The Canon PowerShot N is a nice idea and it's great to see one of the big camera brands doing something a bit different. We like the overall design and the pint-sized dimensions, and the creative mode is a nice touch.
However, the fact that the uploading over Wi-Fi is rather convoluted makes the camera slightly less compelling and not that much different to having a top-tier smartphone (which, by contrast, you can upload from with ease).
Solid overall image quality
The Canon ELPH series is usually a safe bet for a cool, quality camera at a decent price, but the top end of the lineup has been pretty wonky over the past few years. Image quality is generally strong, and the lenses are either bright or packed with zoom. But Canon insists on sticking them with a crummy touchscreen, which royally screws up the user experience and drives up the price. Such is the case with the latest ELPH king, the ELPH 530 HS.
Very high dynamic range
The Canon IXUS 510 HS is a camera that will look good in the hands of someone who desires appearance over performance. It's a camera that will attract admiring glances so someone who covets attention will be perfectly suited to the IXUS 510 HS. If you want a small camera that can take the picture of a fly sat on your safari jeep before switching to a distant elephant on the Serengeti plains without the distraction of having to walk anywhere, then this camera is perfect for you.
Good looks, Excellent image quality
Build and image quality are both more than up to par, leaving you only with the unpleasant task of actually paying for the Canon IXUS 510 HS.
At around £350 (about $550), it's expensive for a compact camera; in fact, it's actually a little more than Canon's cheapest DSLR, the Canon EOS 1100D, is currently selling for in some places, albeit without a lens.
Good image quality, Smart Auto mode is intuitive
No, this camera will never replace my DSLR, and I will not get rid of my smart phone. This camera is designed for those casual photographers who don't want to determine the settings for every image. It is designed for those that enjoy having fun with their images and like editing them in-camera. It is designed for those people who want a point and shoot that can handle itself in a multitude of situations with grace and speed.
Highly recommended to casual photographers looking for a bang up-to-date point and shoot that importantly produces good looking images
The Canon IXUS 240 HS is an unassuming yet technologically advanced compact camera that hides a lot of features under its typically IXUS-like rectangular exterior. The touchscreen interface isn't the best that we've ever used, but the new wi-fi connectivity options make it easy to share your photos and the IXUS 240 HS certainly delivers much better quality than the average smartphone.
Wi-Fi features were faster
When each camera is up and running, being able to just upload stuff effortlessly is pretty great. But it's rarely effortless, from the initial setup to the continued connectivity hiccups I'm still dealing with after nearly a week of use. Point-and-shoot cameras should be idiot-proofâ??
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