Canon released an interesting new point and shoot in the form of the Powershot N. The new camera has a very futuristic interface that lacks most of the buttons that Powershot users are accustomed to and instead puts emphasis on a giant touch screen for the most part.
But the overall appeal of the N comes from its coolness factor; which sets its level up really high.
Specs taken from the B&H Photo listing of the camera.
|Lens||EFL: 5-40 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28-224 mm)
Aperture: f/3.0 (W) – 5.9 (T)
|Focus Range||Wide: 0.4″ (1.02 cm) – Infinity
Telephoto: 3.3′ (1.01 m) – Infinity
|External Flash Connection||None|
|Memory Card Type||microSD
|Video Recording||Yes, NTSC|
|Resolution||1920 x 1080: 24 fps
1280 x 720: 30 fps
1280 x 720: 6 fps, 3 fps, 1 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps, 120 fps
640 x 480: 6 fps, 3 fps, 1 fps
320 x 240: 240 fps
|Audio Recording||With Video, Mono|
|Viewfinder Type||LCD Display|
|Screen||2.8″ LCD Rear Touch Screen Tilt (461000 pixels)|
|Connectivity||1x USB 2.0|
32 to 104 °F (0 to 40 °C)
Humidity: 10 – 90%
|Battery||1x NB-9L Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack|
|AC Power Adapter||ACK-DC70 (Included)|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||3.1 x 2.4 x 1.2″ / 78.7 x 61.0 x 30.5 mm|
|Weight||6.14 oz / 174 g body only|
The Powershot N quite literally fits in the palm of your hand. And the only thing on the front of the camera is the flash, the lens, and the N designation.
But on the side, you’ll see an on/off switch as well as one of the strap lugs. Canon stated that a leather half-case of some sort might be coming for the camera; and that’s exciting!
On the right side are the playback button, port, another strap lug, Wi-Fi connect button, and the photo or video switch.
To zoom the camera’s lens in or out, you’ll need to look to the top. There is a little switch around the lens that lets you do this.
The screen also flips out for the user to shoot from the hip if they would like. Otherwise, you can use it the way one would as seen in the opening image of this post.
Make no mistake, this camera feels just like most Powershot cameras. And at the sub $300 price point, one can’t expect much.
Autofocusing on the pre-production unit that we handled was fast and snappy. It’s what I’ve come to expect from most of Canon’s point and shoot cameras.
Ease of Use
Canon’s menu systems are very much like its M series of cameras as well as their other touchscreen Powershot cams. Navigating is simple to do; and I think that even my mom could get through it with some time and dedication.
The actual shooting interface display is also really quite intuitive as one would expect from Powershots.
We didn’t get to stick a card into the camera but granted that this camera’s main feature is touting its WiFi connectivity, we’re sure that the image quality will be good enough for the web.
The Powershot N was a fun little camera to use; but that’s all that we could look at it as: fun. It isn’t serious and it isn’t meant to be serious. It doesn’t even shoot RAW files. But it’s a nice new concept that more importantly shows that Canon is now trying to think out of the box a bit and try new things. Other companies keep innovating and they were creeping up on Canon for a while; but we hope that the N and other cameras will ensure that the company continues to push the standards even further to keep the rest of the industry on its toes.
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