Canon has announced the PowerShot Zoom, an unusual camera that’s more sort of a digital monocular than a point-and-shoot. the corporate has been showing off the thought for a short time and recently crowdfunded it in Japan; now it’s coming to the US.
The PowerShot Zoom may be 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 generally isn’t really the main target .
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 — if they actually go ahead. The camera charges over USB-C and saves images and video to a microSD card, plus you can transfer images to a smartphone over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The PowerShot Zoom will go on sale in the US late next month for $299.99.
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