powershot zoom

The Powershot Zoom, an unusual camera which is more like a digital monocular than a point-and-shoot, was announced by Canon. For a while, the company has been showing off the idea and recently crowdfunded it in Japan and now it’s heading to the US.

The PowerShot Zoom is a compact gadget with an electronic viewfinder, a 12-megapixel 1/3-inch sensor, and two 100 mm and 400 mm switchable equivalent focal lengths with a digital zoom of up to 800 mm. The lens is f/5.6-6.3, so it might not be well suited for low-light use. Image quality in general is not really the focus.

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Canon says the device has been developed for individuals who love outdoor activities such as birdwatching and camping, and if they really go ahead, it might be a useful accessory for fans at sports events like the Olympic Games. The camera charges Via USB-C and saves photos and videos to a microSD card, plus you can transfer photos over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to a smartphone.

For its scale and simplicity, it’s no surprise that the Canon PowerShot ZOOM compact telephoto costs just $299.99 as it releases in November. It could be tough to convince high-end smartphone owners to invest in a separate device only for telephoto shots and the device they already own might do just as well.

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