Canon enters 4MP arena with its G2
By Ian Burley
Canon has finally entered the 4 megapixel market with its new PowerShot G2 model announced today.
The G2 is an improved G1 chassis with a new lower noise DSP (digital signal processor) and 4MP CCD sensor. The styling is slightly altered, with a new hand grip. One of the best features of the G1, its multi-angle swivelling LCD screen is retained, as is the 3X optical zoom.
Other additions inclued an exposure histogram display so you can see at a glance how well the image is exposed from a technical angle rather than relying in the playback display.
Canon also says the electronics have been made a lot less power hungry and battery life has been extended accordingly. The G2 is now Direct Print compatible with Canonís diminutive CP-10 dye-sublimation card printer. There is no sign of Epson PIM (print image matching) compatibility, though DPN senses through the grapevine that Epson and Canon might be talking together about this.
As youíd expect from Canonís higher-end range, there is a Type II CF slot and support for Speedlite EX external flash guns and there is a hot shoe too.
The G2 will start to ship in the UK next month priced around £750 .