More About Canon’s AI-Powered Camera, The PowerShot Pick (price below $400)

Canon Powershot Pick

More details about the Canon PowerShot Pick, a camera with artificial intelligence on board, emerged on the crowdfunding page.

It seems the Canon PowerShot Pick is having a huge success on the Makuake crowdfunding site. They already surpassed the goal by 5,900%. This is how the PowerShot Pick is introduced (machine translated):

Bringing together Canon’s advanced technologies! With optical technology and video processing technology, the camera itself makes smart decisions and automatically takes pictures and videos.

The small and cute design blends into the family circle and automatically records “memories of the whole family” with “natural and rich facial expressions”

The app automatically selects recommended photos and videos. It’s also fun to find the “best shot taken by chance”!

Canon touts the ability of the camera to determine when it is best to snap a picture:

With Canon’s image processing technology, PowerShot PICK itself automatically finds a person’s face and notices changes in the image reflected on the lens, so it automatically determines “now is the photo opportunity” and shoots.

The camera is meant to just stay there, without being noticed, and to take “memories” at the best time:

Small and light, this camera is designed to blend in with your family so that you can forget about it, so you can stay close to your family at home or out.

The Canon PowerShot Pick…

[…] recognizes the faces of people around you and automatically tracks them. The angle of view is automatically adjusted while making full use of pan, tilt, and zoom based on face information such as the number / position / orientation / size of the face using a unique algorithm while observing the state of the subject.

In addition, the characters shown in PowerShot PICK will be registered automatically. If you want to shoot more specific people, you can add a favorite mark to that person to automatically shoot photos and videos with priority.

The Canon PowerShot Pick understands voice commands:

The price in Japan for the Canon PowerShot Pick is 42,900 yen, which amounts to approximate $390. At this price it might become a huge success for Canon.

And here is an overview:

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Canon’s Upcoming AI-Powered Camera Is The PowerShot PICK, Preorders Start January 29

Canon PowerShot PICK

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.

So far these are the rumored specifications:

  • 12mp 1/2.3″ CMOS Sensor
  • 19-57mm 35mm equivalent zoom lens (4x zoom)
  • Pans 170°
  • Tilt of 110°
  • Electronic Image Stabilization
  • Dust and Waterproofing
  • Battery life of about 2.5 hours
  • Records data to microSD
  • USB-C Port
  • Both Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity

A video taken at The Photography Show in 2018 shows the camera.

More to come soon.

Canon PowerShot Camera With Artificial Intelligence On Board Might Get Released Soon

Artificial Intelligence

It seems Canon will soon announce their first camera with some sort of artificial intelligence on board.

This camera has been presented at CP+ 2019, and named Intelligent Compact Camera. The same camera was on display at CES 2020. A video taken at The Photography Show in 2018 shows the camera.

The AI-powered Canon camera has been named PowerShot AI by the community. The specifications (might not be definitive):

  • 12mp 1/2.3″ CMOS Sensor
  • 19-57mm 35mm equivalent zoom lens (4x zoom)
  • Pans 170°
  • Tilt of 110°
  • Electronic Image Stabilization
  • Dust and Waterproofing
  • Battery life of about 2.5 hours
  • Records data to microSD
  • USB-C Port
  • Both Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity

The Canon PowerShot AI could be a kind of multipurpose camera, and it’s yet to see what the featured artificial intelligence will exactly do. Understanding voice commands is already on board.

The Canon PowerShot AI is expected to be announced soon.

Stay tuned.

Source: Canon Rumors

Canon PowerShot Zoom Review (part camera and part digital monocular, DPReview TV)

Canon Powershot Zoom Review

Here is a Canon PowerShot Zoom review. The PowrShot Zoom is a nice gadget released recently. It’s not getting many positive reviews so far.

DPReview’s Chris test the PowerShot Zoom “device”. The PowerShot Zoom is basically a pocket telephoto, but others called it old tech in a new monocular shell. Here is Chris’ take on the Canon PowerShot Zoom.

More Canon PowerShot Zoom review stuff is listed here.

At a gance:

  • 12.1MP CMOS Sensor
  • 100-400mm Equivalent Optical Zoom
  • One-Touch Switchable Zoom
  • Full HD 1080p Video at 30 fps
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 2.36m-Dot Electronic Viewfinder
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity
  • 2x Digital Zoom, 800mm Equivalent
  • USB Type-C Port, microSD Card Slot

Canon PowerShot Zoom:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon IT, Canon IT, WEX Photographic, Canon FR, Canon UK, Canon DE

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Canon Germany Deals: PowerShot G3 X €599 (reg. €845), PowerShot SX720 HS €249 (reg. €305)

PowerShot G3 X

It’s Black Friday time again so there will be more deal posts than usual. Apologies to those not interested. Here are two deals from Canon Germany for the PowerShot G3 X and PowerShot SX730 HS.

Canon Germany has the PowerShot G3 X on sale at €599 (reg. €845) and the PowerShot SX720 HS on sale at €249 (reg. €305). More Canon Germany Black Friday deals are listed here.

PowerShot SX720 HS
The Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

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German PowerShot G3 X and PowerShot SX730 HS description after the break.

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Canon PowerShot Zoom Review (old tech in a new monocular shell, Photography Blog)

Canon Powershot Zoom Review

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.

Read the review at Photography Blog…

Canon PowerShot Zoom:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon IT, Canon IT, WEX Photographic, Canon FR, Canon UK, Canon DE

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