Canon Malaysia today unveiled three new flagship products at an exclusive media event entitled ‘SocialSync: Chilling Out with Canon’ – PowerShot G1 X Mark II, PowerShot N100 and Selphy CP910 photo printer.
The leading imaging company also introduced new PowerShot and IXUS compact digital cameras as well as the new EOS 1200D entry-level DSLR with Macro Ring Lite MR-14 EX II flash. Canon is taking connectivity seriously with its new portfolio, thus Wi-Fi capabilities and the roll-out of the Canon iMage Gateway (CiG) being key focus in its strategy.
In his opening speech, Wataru Nishioka, President & CEO of Canon Marketing (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, revealed that Canon has produced 250 million units of compact and interchangeable-lens cameras worldwide, with 70 million units being the award-winning EOS series. For 11 years in a row, Canon has maintained its No. 1 position worldwide for digital cameras.
Award-winning PowerShot G1 X Mark II
The PowerShot G1 X Mark II is a premium compact camera, packing more powerful and advanced features than its predecessor. The high-end compact was recently awarded the Best Expert Compact camera by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA).
At the heart of it is a large 1.5-inch CMOS sensor, approximately 4.5 times larger than existing 1/1.7-inch sensors in other compact cameras. It comes packed with 12.8MP (3:2 aspect ratio), 9 blade f/2.0-3.9 aperture lens and 5x zoom lens (24-120mm equivalent). The 31-point AF system ensures super fast and accurate focus performance.
The first thing you’ll notice about the G1 X Mark II is the assuringly solid build and feel, featuring dual control rings for customisable controls.
The G1 X Mark II’s unique 180-degree tiltable LCD panel makes it versatile in any angle, including the important ‘selfies.’ The LCD is a high precision XGA resolution LCD, packing 2.36 million dots.
There’s an option to attach an Electronic View Finder (EVF) to the hotshoe, enabling you to shoot easier in bright daylight. Using the EVF instead of the LCD preserves battery life.
Something increasingly important in cameras these days is Wi-Fi and NFC for connectivity. The G1 X Mark II comes with both, making it easy to share and sync photos with other smart devices, printers and computers. The dedicated Mobile Connect button helps to connect mobile devices easily, and with the free CameraWindow app available for Android devices, you can remote trigger shots.
In terms of software, the G1 X Mark II lets you be more creative with Creative Shot function and Star Mode. With Creative Shot, the camera automatically captures a shot in six different variants using a selection of 46 creative filters. Star Mode helps you capture breathtaking night shots including a Star Time-Lapse movie.
The PowerShot G1 X Mark II is available at all Canon Authorised Dealers for RM2,899 (SRP).
PowerShot N100: The visual storyteller
The PowerShot N100 is built for storytelling, equipped with dual cameras – the front consists a 24-120mm f/1.8-f5.7 lens with 5x and Optical Image Stabiliser (OIS), while the back is a 25mm wide lens. Dual camera works with still photos and Full HD 30p video (MP4 format).
The camera uses a 1/1.7-inch 12.1MP CMOS sensor, 1.5 times larger than conventional 1/2.3-inch sensors – delivering excellent image quality even in low light conditions, enhanced further with Canon’s advanced DIGIC 6 imaging processor.
There’s plenty going for the N100, and with built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and dedicated buttons for Mobile Connect, Story Highlights and a plethora of creative filters with Creative Shot mode, visual storytelling and connectivity is its domain.
Read more about my experience with the N100 which I had the opportunity to test for a few days. Needless to say, I was impressed with the point and shoot camera.
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The PowerShot N100 is available at all Canon Authorised Dealers for RM1,099 (SRP).
Selphy CP910: The connected photo printer
Continuing the connectivity “SocialSync” theme, the Wi-Fi-enabled Selphy CP910 can also be used as a mobile access point. This allows convenient connectivity to other devices like smartphones, tablets and computers without the need for a router. This makes wireless printing uber easy.
Apple users will be chuffed with the Selphy’s built-in Apple AirPrint support, allowing printing via iPhone, iPad and/or Mac without additional printer drivers.
Android users are not left either, as direct printing via mobile is also supported.
The Selphy CP910 is capable of 43 types of photo ID sizes, almost double the amount of other printers. The printer is also the first printer in its range to utilise Canon’s new RP series of cost-friendly, high-efficiency ink catridges – allowing printing of up to 54 sheets before the next change.
The Selphy CP910 is available at all Canon Authorised Dealers for RM449 (SRP).
An expanded Canon portfolio
Besides the three star products, Canon also introduced the PowerShot SX700 HS, PowerShot SX600 HS, PowerShot D30, as well as IXUS 265 HS, IXUS 155 and IXUS 145. The latest EOS 1200D entry-level DSLR, Macro Ring Lite MR-14 EX II with addition to two new lenses – EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM and EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM were also announced.
The Canon iMage Gateway (CiG) hits Malaysia
Canon’s free online photo-sharing service – Canon iMage Gateway is expanding its reach in South Asian and Southeast Asian regions, now available in Malaysia. CIG provides 10GB of free album storage for users and enables easy sharing to social network platforms.