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First Impressions: Canon Powershot N

by Chris Gampat on 01/11/2013

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer CES 2013 Fujifilm first impressions canon powershot n (8 of 8)ISO 32001-105 sec at f - 4.0

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.

 

Tech Specs

Specs taken from the B&H Photo listing of the camera.

Imaging
Pixels Actual: 12.8 Megapixel
Effective: 12.1 Megapixel
Sensor 1/2.3″ CMOS
File Formats Still Images: JPEG
Movies: MOV
Audio: Linear PCM
Max Resolution 12MP: 4000 x 2664 @ 3:2
Other Resolutions 2816 x 1880 @ 3:2
1600 x 1064 @ 3:2
640 x 424 @ 3:2
4000 x 2248 @ 16:9
2816 x 1584 @ 16:9
1920 x 1080 @ 16:9
640 x 360 @ 16:9
4000 x 3000 @ 4:3
2816 x 2112 @ 4:3
1600 x 1200 @ 4:3
640 x 480 @ 4:3
2992 x 2992 @ 1:1
2112 x 2112 @ 1:1
1200 x 1200 @ 1:1
480 x 480 @ 1:1
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Image Stabilization Optical
Optics
Lens EFL: 5-40 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28-224 mm)
Aperture: f/3.0 (W) – 5.9 (T)
Zoom Optical: 8x
Digital: 4x
Focus Range Wide: 0.4″ (1.02 cm) – Infinity
Telephoto: 3.3′ (1.01 m) – Infinity
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 80-6400
Shutter 15 – 1/2000 seconds
Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Evaluative, Spot
Exposure Modes Modes: Auto
Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Shooting Modes Fish-Eye Effect
Miniature Effect
Monochrome
Soft Focus
Super Slow Motion Movie
Toy Camera Effect
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Tungsten
Burst Rate Up to 2.3 fps
Self Timer 2 Seconds, 10 Seconds
Interval Recording No
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Flash On
Off
Slow Sync
Built-in Flash Yes
External Flash Connection None
Memory
Memory Card Type microSD
microSDHC
microSDXC
Recording
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
Video
Audio Recording With Video, Mono
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type LCD Display
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Screen 2.8″ LCD Rear Touch Screen Tilt (461000 pixels)
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity 1x USB 2.0
Environmental
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104 °F (0 to 40 °C)
Humidity: 10 – 90%
Waterproofing None
Certifications CE
FCC
ROHS
Power
Battery 1x NB-9L Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
AC Power Adapter ACK-DC70 (Included)
Physical
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

Ergonomics

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer CES 2013 Fujifilm first impressions canon powershot n (1 of 8)ISO 32001-60 sec at f - 4.0

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.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer CES 2013 Fujifilm first impressions canon powershot n (2 of 8)ISO 32001-80 sec at f - 4.0

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!

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer CES 2013 Fujifilm first impressions canon powershot n (3 of 8)ISO 32001-80 sec at f - 4.0

On the right side are the playback button, port, another strap lug, Wi-Fi connect button, and the photo or video switch.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer CES 2013 Fujifilm first impressions canon powershot n (7 of 8)ISO 32001-100 sec at f - 4.0

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.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer CES 2013 Fujifilm first impressions canon powershot n (4 of 8)ISO 32001-60 sec at f - 4.0

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.

Build Quality

Make no mistake, this camera feels just like most Powershot cameras. And at the sub $300 price point, one can’t expect much.

Autofocus

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

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer CES 2013 Fujifilm first impressions canon powershot n (5 of 8)ISO 32001-80 sec at f - 4.0

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.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer CES 2013 Fujifilm first impressions canon powershot n (6 of 8)ISO 32001-280 sec at f - 4.0

The actual shooting interface display is also really quite intuitive as one would expect from Powershots.

Image Quality

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.

First Impressions

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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