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Which Canon PowerShot Camera Should I Buy?

Updated on July 2, 2013

A camera for everyone, but which one is for you?

Canon's PowerShot line of digital cameras features an expansive selection of models covering every level of photographer, from the family weekender to the photography enthusiast. There's a camera for every price point, starting with capable but affordable entry-level models and moving up to pricey, full-featured cameras with the latest technology.

With a large range of models available, however, comes the complexity of choosing which one to buy. Fret not, as this series of reviews will help you pick the right Canon PowerShot camera for your budget and needs, whether you're looking for the simple point-and-shoot or a high-end DSLR alternative.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 115
Canon PowerShot ELPH 115

Canon PowerShot ELPH 115

This camera is the quintessential family point-and-shoot. Versatile, user-friendly, and no-nonsense, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 115 looks and feels great in your hand and features simple operation that even your young kids can enjoy. Canon put together a great package of features for the low price point, including 8x optical zoom and a 3 inch LCD. While a little slow to recover after each picture, the ELPH 115 takes high quality photos in decent lighting conditions, and its slim profile makes it easy to carry around with you all day. Overall, the ELPH 115 is a simple, unassuming camera that's perfect for your family vacations and everyday use.

Tech Specs:

  • 2.7 inch LCD
  • 16 MP Sensor
  • DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • 8x Optical Zoom
  • 28mm Wide-Angle Lens
  • 720p HD Video Recording with "Movie Button"

Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Canon PowerShot SX160 IS
Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

If you really want to get close to the action, The Canon PowerShot SX160 IS will help you get there. Taking the base features of the ELPH 115 and doubling the optical zoom to a powerful 16x for just a small increase in price, this mid-range camera is a no-brainer if you need to take shots at a distance. In addition to simple point-and-shoot operation, the PowerShot SX160 IS provides a manual mode and built-in filters for spicing up your photos on the fly.

Tech Specs:

  • 3 inch TFT wide viewing angle LCD
  • 16 MP Sensor
  • DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • 16x Optical Zoom
  • 28mm Wide-Angle Lens
  • 720p HD Video Recording with "Movie Button"

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS
Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

For photo enthusiasts looking to take their travel snapshots to the next level, the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS provides the best bang for the buck in the entire PowerShot range. The stunning 25mm Wide-Angle lens with 20x optical zoom is like having a 25-500mm on a 35mm camera, and built-in optical image stabilization makes capturing full-zoom photos a breeze. Canon's Smart AUTO system intelligently sets up the camera based on a huge range of predefined shooting situations, and manual manual exposure options are provided for more advanced photographers. The SX280 HS steps up the video capabilities with Full HD 1080p recording, and built-in WiFi lets you transfer your photos wirelessly to your other devices and social media sites. A 12 MP high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 6 Image Processor complete the package, giving the SX280 HS serious photographic chops. For the price, the combination of quality and features make the PowerShot SX280 HS a real winner.

Tech Specs:

  • 12 MP High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 25mm Wide-Angle Lens
  • 20x Optical Zoom
  • 1080p/60p Full HD Video Recording
  • Smart AUTO with 58 predefined shooting situations
  • Face ID adjusts focus and exposure priority for pre-registered faces

Canon PowerShot D20

Canon PowerShot D20
Canon PowerShot D20

Canon PowerShot D20

From the outdoor adventurer to the beachgoing family, sometimes you need a camera that can stand up to the elements (or to your kids!). The Canon PowerShot D20 is built to take the kind of punishment that a day in the great outdoors can provide -- it's waterproof to 33 feet, temperature resistant from 14 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, and shockproof for falls up to 5 feet. But in addition to its rugged exterior, the D20 packs a photographic punch with a high quality CMOS sensor, 5x optical zoom, and Full HD 1080p video recording. It even has a built-in GPS to mark the location of your adventures' best moments. For action-packed travel or just a day at the pool, the PowerShot D20 has you covered.

Tech Specs:

  • Waterproof to 33 feet
  • Temperature resistant from 14 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Shockproof up to 5 feet
  • 12 MP CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • 3 inch TFT PureColor LCD
  • 28mm Wide-Angle Lens
  • 5x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom for up to 20x combined zoom
  • GPS tracker to record image locations on a map via Canon's software

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS strikes the perfect balance between advanced features for serious photographers and high quality automatic modes for amateurs. A massive improvement in focal length yields an outrageous 50x optical zoom with the equivalent of a 24mm-1200mm lens on a 35mm camera accompanied by a maximum aperture of f/3.4-65. Photography enthusiasts will love the ability to capture images in RAW format and shoot in shutter priority, aperture priority, or manual exposure modes. Amateurs are treated to a large selection of automatic exposure modes that make taking perfect photos a breeze. If you're looking for a serious step up in quality and optical zoom from the less expensive models, the SX50 HS won't disappoint.

Tech Specs:

  • Bright 2.8 inch Vari-angle LCD with 461,000 dots plus electronic viewfinder
  • 12.1 MP High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • 50x optical zoom (4.3-215.0 mm) and 24mm wide-angle lens with Optical Image Stabilizer
  • 1080p Full HD Video in Stereo Sound with "Movie Button"

Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

A slim and powerful camera for the serious photographer, the Canon PowerShot S110 couples a fantastic set of pro-level features with a streamlined design that makes it perfect for any situation. A brand new high-sensitivity CMOS censor and raw shooting capability provide stunning image quality suitable for discerning enthusiasts, and built-in WiFi makes transferring images to other devices and social sites a snap. The PowerShot S110 really shines in low-light conditions as well, boasting an impressive range of ISO 80 to 12800, and high-speed autofocus and burst modes ensure you don't miss any of the action. While perhaps a bit overkill for the novice, the PowerShot S110 is a powerful camera in a small package that's perfect for the experienced photographer on the go.

Tech Specs:

  • 12.1 MP High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • 3 inch capacitive touchscreen LCD
  • 5x Optical Zoom
  • 24mm Wide-Angle Lens
  • High-speed Auto Focus, High Speed Burst HQ
  • 12-bit Multi Aspect Recording in RAW and JPEG
  • Built-in WiFi for Image Transfer to Social Sites, PC, IOS and Android Devices
  • 1080p Full HD Video With a Dedicated Movie Button

Canon PowerShot G15

Canon PowerShot G15
Canon PowerShot G15

Canon PowerShot G15

Professional photographers and hardcore photo enthusiasts can rejoice with the PowerShot G15's newly developed 5x Optical Zoom with 28mm Wide-Angle, bright f/1.8(W) – f/2.8 (T) lens that performs incredibly across the entire zoom range, even in low light, and can even soften backgrounds with shallow depth of field. The high quality optics, high-resolution LCD, front dial for controlling shooting parameters a la EOS Digital SLR cameras, and accessory support make the PowerShot G15 a perfect transition for amateurs turning pro or a superb backup camera for DSLR users.

Tech Specs:

  • 12.1 MP High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • Bright 3 inch LCD with 922,000 dots
  • 5x Optical Zoom (28mm to 140mm)
  • 28mm Wide-Angle Lens
  • High-Speed Auto Focus, High Speed Burst HQ
  • 12-bit Multi Aspect Recording in RAW and JPEG
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording with "Movie Button"

Canon PowerShot G1 X

Canon PowerShot G1 X
Canon PowerShot G1 X

Canon PowerShot G1 X

The Canon PowerShot G1 X is the ultimate indulgence in the PowerShot line, the best Canon PowerShot camera available. While the zoom range is slightly smaller than the other cameras in the line, the incredible new 14.3 MP high-sensitivity sensor more than makes up for it in image quality. Professional users and advanced amateurs will get the most out of the G1 X's manual settings and 14-bit RAW capabilities normally reserved for much pricier Digital SLRs. At the highest price point in the PowerShot line, the G1 X is more than most casual photographers will need, but if you're a serious photo enthusiast willing to pay for the very best quality images and latest technology, the G1 X definitely won't disappoint.

Tech Specs:

  • 14.3 MP High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • 3.0 inch Vari-Angle PureColor System LCD with 922,000 dots
  • 4x Optical Zoom
  • 28mm Ultra Wide-Angle Lens
  • 14-bit Multi Aspect Recording in RAW+JPEG
  • Full 1080p HD Video in Stereo Sound with "Movie Button" and HDMI Output for HDTV viewing

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Which Canon PowerShot will you buy?

The Canon PowerShot line of digital cameras has something for everyone, from low cost, entry-level point-and-shoots to digital DSLR alternatives for professional photographers. We hope this series of reviews has helped you decide which one is right for you and your needs. Have you figured out which model you're buying? Vote here and let other readers know which PowerShot camera you like best!

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    rshemeley 

    5 years ago

    Thanks, jabelufiroz! :)

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    Firoz 

    5 years ago from India

    Good review on Canon PowerShot Camera. Voted up.

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