Canon PowerShot Zoom review

100-800mm in your pocket? The Canon PowerShot Zoom is a great photographic gadget, if not a great camera

Canon PowerShot Zoom review
(Image: © Canon)

Digital Camera World Verdict

A lovable if limited device, in terms of image quality, the Canon PowerShot Zoom literally puts a 100mm, 400mm and (digital) 800mm lens in your pocket. The resulting images and video obviously have compromised fidelity, but you probably wouldn't even be able to TAKE those images and video otherwise. Ideal for birdwatchers, plane and trainspotters, walkers and ramblers who always wish they had something to snap that bird or plane in the distance – and a fascinating gadget for photographers who occasionally want more reach than their camera or phone can provide.


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    800mm in your pocket!

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    Incredibly easy to use

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    You'll never miss a tele shot


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    Image quality is average

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    No manual control

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    Video limited to 1080p

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The Canon PowerShot Zoom is something completely different from Canon. Remember when this was the company that always played it safe, and never took any risks? Now it's a company that releases groundbreaking 8K cameras like the Canon EOS R5, crazy conceptual carabiner cameras like the Canon Ivy Rec, and pocket monocular cameras like the Zoom. 

From appearances, it's not immediately obvious what the Canon PowerShot Zoom is or does. In short, it's a pocket monocular with a camera sensor in it, enabling you to take photographs and video at 100mm, 400mm or 800mm (the former two via optical zoom, the latter digitally).

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.