It seems the Canon PowerShot PICK, Canon’s first AI-augmented photo camera for consumers will be released within days.
DC Watch reports that peorders for the Canon PowerShot PICK will start January 29th, 2021. Japanese crowdfunding platform Makuake is where preorders can be placed. It’s not Canon’s first concept camera.
The Canon PowerShot PICK can autonomously decide when to shoot a photo, for instance by recognizing a person’s face expression (smile). Canon touts this as a feature able to capture family photos at the right time. The lens can even move up or down, left or right, and zoom, all done automatically and driven by artificial intelligence. Needles to say, the camera comes with filters, a dedicated app, and all kind of sharing functionality. The Canon PowerShot PICK body is 90mm in height, and 60mm in width and depth.
Here is Canon PowerShot Zoom review. The PowerShot is a concept camera with a 100-400mm telephoto.
At a gance:
12.1MP CMOS Sensor
100-400mm Equivalent Optical Zoom
One-Touch Switchable Zoom
Full HD 1080p Video at 30 fps
Photography Blog posted their Canon PowerShot Zoom review. They are not very fond of this gadget, and rated it “below average” with a 3/5 score. From their conclusion:
Let’s start with the positives. We like the design. The PowerShot Zoom is tiny, lightweight and its button layout is logical enough. After some adjustment, you should be able to operate the zoom single-handed with you eye up to the viewfinder.
The 0.39-inch EVF with 2.36-million-dot resolution and 60fps refresh rate provides a clear and smooth viewing experience, being paired with the decent optical stabilisation. This is fundamentally the single and most important reason to consider the PowerShot Zoom.
Is the smooth and stable handheld viewing experience alone enough to merit the significant higher price over an optical monocular? Well, maybe, but the PowerShot Zoom can take photos and videos, too.
Sadly, we cannot recommend the Canon PowerShot Zoom as a photographic tool. Image quality is poor, while autofocus performance and limitation is frustrating when closer to subjects. This is some old tech in a new monocular shell.
Canon Deputs The Company’s First-Ever, Compact Telephoto Monocular, The PowerShot ZOOM
MELVILLE, NY, October 14, 2020 – Hiking, birdwatching and nature gazing, consumers are embracing the beauty of the outdoors this season and beyond. With this in mind, it is important to have a convenient and intuitive imaging tool to explore the world. Developed to showcase an impressive telephoto reach in a user friendly, compact design, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today launches the PowerShot ZOOM, the company’s first telephoto monocular.
The lightweight telephoto monocular sports 100mm, 400mm and 800mm telephoto viewing capability1 with a one-touch switch, and is equipped with impressive instant zoom capability to help users view distant subjects. Additionally, the monocular can capture images and videos to a micro SD card, and by pairing it with a compatible smart device2 and the Canon Camera Connect app3, these files can easily be downloaded. This pairing feature transforms the PowerShot ZOOM monocular into a friendly companion to compatible smartphones for viewing and capturing super-telephoto scenes.
“In today’s ever-changing world, consumers are looking for intuitive and portable imaging tools to view telephoto scenes up close and with ease,” said Tatsuro “Tony” Kano, executive vice president and general manager of the Imaging Technologies & Communications Group of Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Built for those users who enjoy outdoor activities, the PowerShot ZOOM monocular delivers a small, compact viewer with a long focal length. We are eager to see how consumers use this tool and the convenience it will add to their daily lives.”
In addition to its zoom capability, compact size and ability to pair with compatible smartphones, the PowerShot ZOOM telephoto monocular also features:
Auto focus when viewing through the electronic viewfinder (EVF) and recording images and video with face tracking
Optical Image Stabilization for shake correction
0.39 inches, 2.36 million dots EVF
12-megapixel still-image capture
Full HD video capture up to 30p (29.97)
Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth® connection with the Canon Camera Connect app and use of compatible mobile devices2
Live view and download of photos and videos with the use of the Canon Camera Connect app3
USB C terminal for charging and supplying power
Micro SD memory card slot
Price & Availability Available in white, the Canon PowerShot ZOOM compact telephoto monocular is scheduled to be available in late November 2020 for an estimated retail price of $299.99*. For more information, please visit usa.canon.com.