Canon has announced an update to the Canon PowerShot G12, called the PowerShot G15, at this year's Photokina camera trade show in Germany.

The new camera will feature the "brightest lens in a PowerShot G-series model" to date, says Canon, with a new f/1.8-2.8, 5x zoom lens. And that's joined by a 12.1-megapixel Canon 1/1.7-type high-sensitivity CMOS sensor powered by the company's new Digic 5 image processor.

As previously leaked, the new PowerShot G15 will sport the same styling and features as earlier G-series models and come with an aluminium body that is approximately 17 per cent smaller than the PowerShot G12.

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If that wasn't enough to tempt you to upgrade, the PowerShot G15 features a two-level top control dial, a front dial, dedicated movie record and shortcut buttons, alongside a 920k-dot resolution 3-inch PureColor II G screen. There is also an optical viewfinder.

A range of automatic shooting features ensures users get the best shot, with Canon packing in tech like its Smart Auto mode that will pick one of the 58 different functions automatically. Other shooting features include Face ID, which recognises pre-registered faces of friends or family and adjusts settings accordingly to ensure they always look their best.

Multi-Area White Balance automatically adjusts colour tones in shots captured indoors with different light sources, so shots look more natural.

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The main focus here though, as Canon emphasises, is full manual control with RAW support.

Other features include a burst rate of 10 shots/second, Full HD (1080p) movie recording at 24fps, Improved Auto Focus (AF) over the G12, Image Stabilizer technology, and ISO speeds up to 12800.

The Canon PowerShot G15 will cost you £549 and be available in late October.