Canon announced the PowerShot Zoom, an unusual camera that looks more like a digital monocular than a point-and-shoot. The company has been showing the idea for some time and recently crowdfunded it in Japan. Now it’s coming to the US.
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 100 mm and 400 mm with a digital zoom of up to 800 mm. The lens is f / 5.6-6.3 so it is unlikely to be suitable for use in low light. Image quality is generally not really the focus.
However, according to Canon, the product is designed for people who enjoy outdoor activities like bird watching and hiking, and it could be a useful accessory for spectators at sporting events like the Olympics – if they actually keep going. The camera is charged via USB-C and saves pictures and videos on a microSD card. You can also transfer pictures to a smartphone via WiFi and Bluetooth.
The PowerShot Zoom will be available in the US late next month for $ 299.99.