Canon PowerShot Zoom, a new unique point-and-shoot monocular camera, has been launched in the US. This product was launched after being tested under a crowdfunding project in Japan. It essentially acts like a telescope, allowing users to zoom over a large distance, and it also lets you take pictures and videos of the zoomed-in subject. The company that this digital camera is useful while watching a game at a sports stadium, during birdwatching, and even capturing your kid’s facial expressions when they are on stage.
The Canon PowerShot Zoom is priced at $300 in the US and its availability is pegged for late November, reports The Verge. It comes in a single White color option. It’s worth noting that no pricing or launch details have been listed on the company’s US website yet.
The PowerShot Zoom is a tiny device with an electronic viewfinder, a 1/3-inch 12-megapixel sensor, and two switchable equivalent focal lengths of 100mm and 400mm with a digital zoom up to 800mm. The lens is f/5.6-6.3, so this probably isn’t well-suited to low-light use. Image quality in general is not really the focus.
The physical interface of the PowerShot Zoom appears to be simple. There are Zoom, Power, and Menu buttons near the front and the camera users get a Photo and Video shutter button at the back. In reality, it’s a hybrid, good for stills and 1080p (not 4K) video. The lens is purely telephoto, swapping between 100mm and 400mm optical settings, and stretching to 800mm with digital zoom. That means you’re not going to use it to snap selfies, and the lens has a pretty narrow aperture, so it’s best used in bright light.
Canon notes that the Powershot Zoom will allow users to capture Full-HD 30p videos as well. It has a 0.39-inch OLED-based Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) featuring approximately 2.36 million dots. The camera weighs 145 grams.
Users can connect the camera to the Canon Camera Connect app and use their mobile phones as a Remote LiveView to see what’s seen through the camera’s viewfinder. The app also allows for easy transfer of images and videos from PowerShot Zoom to the phone. The camera offers support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and has a microSD card slot for storing content. The Canon Powershot Zoom features a USB Type-C port for charging and comes with inbuilt microphone support.
Canon says the product has been designed for people who enjoy outdoor activities like birdwatching and hiking, however, and it could be a useful accessory for spectators at sports events like the Olympic Games and World Cups.