The Canon PowerShot Zoom has just been announced for a release in the west, after the innovative pocket camera – which features up to 800mm zoom, with image stabilized stills and video shooting – was released in Japan via crowdfunding.
One of the manufacturer's most unusual products, the Canon PowerShot Zoom is unique in the marketplace. Featuring the same 12.1MP image sensor found in the Canon SX70 (opens in new tab) bridge camera, it combines the functionality of a pocket-sized telescope (opens in new tab) or monocular (opens in new tab) – with a three-step zoom system offering 100mm f/5.6, 400mm f/6.3 (optically) and 800mm (digitally) focal lengths.
Boasting 4-axis image stabilization, the Zoom can capture stills at up to 10fps (via an electronic shutter) as well as 1080p video at up to 30fps. This makes it a formidable tool for wildlife photographers, birders, sports and music fans (enabling you to take photographs in arenas where cameras are forbidden), plane and trainspotters, hikers and ramblers, travel shooters, news gatherers and even security personnel.
The remarkable palm-sized body weighs just 145g and is designed to be operated with one hand, ergonomically designed with minimal controls (there are only four buttons, plus the diopter and power button) that can be distinguished by their distinct tactile feel.
It also features stereo microphones (though it has no speaker), accepts microSD cards (opens in new tab) for storage, and has a USB-C connection for transfer and charging (yes, it can be charged while in use).
At the heart of the PowerShot Zoom is a Digic 8 processor, with the same 2.36 million-dot OLED electronic viewfinder seen in the Canon EOS M50 (opens in new tab). This can be used for shooting and reviewing images, though the WiFi enabled camera also pairs with the Canon Camera Connect smartphone app – which obviously gives you the option for a much larger viewing monitor, and also enables remote shooting.
The Canon PowerShot Zoom goes on sale in November with a price of $299 / £299 (AU$540). Initially available in white ("that matches any of one's favorite team colors"), Canon is also considering making a black version.
• Pre-order the Canon Powershot Zoom from Amazon.com (opens in new tab)
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