Sources have revealed that Canon will replace the PowerShot G16 with a brand new PowerShot G17 compact camera sometime around May 2014.
Towards the end of summer 2013, Canon introduced the PowerShot G16. It consists of a compact camera with WiFi capabilities and powered by the DIGIC 6 image processor.
The Canon PowerShot G16 has been released on the market in October 2013 for a price around $550. Usually, it is very weird for a device to be replaced so soon, but sources familiar with the matter are claiming that a Canon PowerShot G17 is in the works and it is coming soon.
Canon PowerShot G17 compact camera to be announced in May 2014
Some digital imaging industry watchers have said that the G16 is only a minor improvement over the G15 therefore the upgrade is not really worthwhile. Nevertheless, the device can make you feel like a pro, considering the fact that it has a built-in optical viewfinder.
No matter what the experts say, it seems like Canon is working on a successor for the G16. It will be called Canon PowerShot G17 and its announcement date may have been set for May 2014, but a release date is unknown for the time being.
Specs list for the Canon G16 replacement also shows up online
A preliminary but scarce specs list has also showed up on the web. The source who has leaked the information says that the Canon PowerShot G16 replacement will feature a brand new 1-inch-type image sensor and a new 24-200mm f/1.4-2 lens.
Both the G15 and the G16 are employing a 12.1-megapixel 1/1.7-inch-type sensor, so a new model would definitely offer a higher resolution and it would be better if it is bigger. On the other hand, the lens will offer more extended zoom capabilities and an ultra-fast aperture.
The body of the G17 is said to be made out of aluminum and the grip is described as “comfortable”. Last but not least piece of information, the shooter will be powered by the same DIGIC 6 processor found in its predecessor.
About the Canon PowerShot G16
The Canon G16 continues to be available at Amazon for a price around $500. This represents a 10% price decrease, but it is not big enough to suggest that a replacement is on the way.
This is a decent camera with a 5x optical zoom lens and a maximum aperture of f/1.8-2.8. Additionally, it offers a high ISO sensitivity of 12,800 and we are curious to find out whether the G17 is replacing it so soon or if we have to wait a little longer.