Canon Unveils the PowerShot Zoom, A Strange Monocular Camera

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With the compact digicam market decimated by smartphones, Canon is getting inventive with its newest product. Referred to as the PowerShot Zoom, it’s an unusual-looking pocket-sized digicam that resembles a monocular.

The PowerShot Zoom is designed to be operated with only one hand and weighs 5.1 ounces (145g). Inside is a 12.1-megapixel 1/3-inch CMOS sensor and a DIGIC eight processor that may seize 1080p Full HD.

On the entrance of the digicam is a strong 100-400mm equal (in 35mm phrases) optical lens. Should you want much more attain, there’s an additional 2x to 800mm due to the digicam’s digital zoom.

Pictures captured with the digicam will be reviewed by pairing it to a smartphone by means of a devoted app.

The bodily interface of the digicam is easy, with Zoom, Energy, and Menu buttons close to the entrance of the digicam and Photograph and Video shutter buttons close to the again.

Different options and specs of the digicam embody a most ISO of 3200, built-in picture stabilization, Face AF, a microSDXC card slot, and a USB-C port.

Right here’s a 2-minute promo video exhibiting the PowerShot Zoom in motion:

Canon has launched the PowerShot Zoom completely in Japan (for now) by means of a crowdfunding marketing campaign on Makuake. The marketing campaign bought out and raised over $280,000 in lower than 24 hours, and backers who bought in had been in a position to safe one of many first items for a contribution of round $300. It’s unclear if or when the PowerShot Zoom will hit the USA and different worldwide markets, however given the success of the digicam, we’re guessing there’s a reasonably good likelihood it’s on the close to horizon.

(through Makuake through TechRadar)

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