Combining and commenting on two newsy items …
An extensive and largely positive review of the new PowerShot S100 has been posted by DPreview. It appears that Canon’s upgrade of the popular S95 has been successful. In particular, Canon’s CMOS version of the 1/1.7 inch CCD used in both the G12 and S95 enabled new features to be added to its compact enthusiast camera.
About the same time, CanonRumors began speculating on a successor to the G12. Interestingly, follow-up discussions in the CanonRumors Forum vary widely with respect to a wish list or even the need for such a camera. The points made by Canon and interpretation by CanonRumors seem to point to a new “G” (variously being called G13, G14, Gx) being introduced in 2012.
My own opinion about the “G14” (my previous guess about the product name) has changed and is changing again. I’d made my own wish list and then decided that the days of the G series as we know it were over. When the S100 came along, I began to think that the next G would really be a souped-up S100 and use the same sensor. Later, I again decided that the days of the G were over but that Canon would introduce a compact “mirrorless” camera with interchangeable lenses. Now I’m back to believing that the “Gx” will be a non-interchangeable lens camera with CMOS sensor but somewhat larger than the S100 sensor. Surely the “Gx” will have virtually all the features of the S100. I hope it will include the features from my own wish list.