Canon PowerShot

Canon unveils the PowerShot Zoom

One of Canon’s concept cameras from a year or so ago looks like it’s going to hit consumers hands in the near future, but only in Japan for now.

Canon is crowdfunding this new concept on Makuake, a Japanese version of Kickstarter.

Canon PowerShot Zoom specifications

  • 12.1mp 1/3″ CMOS
  • 10fps
  • ISO 100-3200
  • 100-400mm f/5.6-6.3 IS
  • 800mm digital zoom
  • 1080p at 24fps
  • Face recognition AF
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • microSDXC card slot
  • USB-C
  • Weight: 144g (0.3lbs)
  • Price: Around $300 USD.

It’ll be interesting to see how many of these end up on ebay for the rest of the world. I would love to try one out.

bbasiaga

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I see what they are going for there....could be interesting. Looks like it records as you view, and then you can take screen caps.

I'm curious too...only available in Japan, but the ads contain a lot of Caucasians and scenes from around the world. I'd be interested to understand the psychology and sociology behind that.

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Feels like an image-stablized 2x-8x digital monocular. With recording and imaging capabilities. Not bad.

Look for high-ISO giving effective night vision.
 
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Looks like a fun little thing. I'd imagine that even at 800 on a digital zoom the image would be ok on a phone which would be the viewing device of choice. Quite fancy it but only if they do it in red :)
 

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If it has seamless integration with Android and iOS, this could be a pretty big deal. It looks interesting to me, but I wouldn't spend my camera money on it. Meaning it needs to be under $500 and then my wife might want us to get one after half of our friends have it.

EDIT: I watched the video before noticing the specs. Seems well-priced for 1080p and has a healthy upgrade path open to it if it catches on.
 

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Interesting concept, but wow...I just have problems imagining getting "that" excited about soccer games.
I've tried watching them, but ugh...boring.
You often seem to go MOST of the game time with no scoring...games can end in a tie??
And for some reason, the time of the time seems rather arbitrary....the games over...OOPS, nope, for some unexplained reason we're going to add what seems to be random amounts of time left to keep playing.

That last one I saw the first time I got remotely interested in it when the US got in there for one of the big tournaments for the first time, and it appeared they won...then for reasons no one could explain on the air when listening to it, they kept adding time till the US lost.

Anyway....I will put it at least one rung ahead of cricket as far as excitement and watchability....

Oh well, the rest of the world seems to like it, but I just don't get it.

I'm guessing this camera is being put out first in some part of the world that like soccer?

C
 

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I want two for binocular viewing!
I want a 24-2400mm version mounted to a helmet with Rx eyeglass projection for augmented reality-style viewing with eye motion detect for controlling and also 2 card slots or else Canon is DOOMED!
 
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Look like a good "always with you" birding camera.
I think that heavily depends on the alternatives you have. The emphasis is more in the 'always' than the 'good' here I think. With such a small sensor, you're getting 5.8 stops less light than FF. And those dimensions don't give me the impression that the f/number is eye watering high to begin with.

But it certainly is world's ahead of smartphone quality. Attached is a picture of a wild rabbit taken with a Google Pixel 3a from a moderate distance at full digital zoom. Taken more for testing purposes than with the intent to get an actual keeper out of it. So if that's the alternative, this device is a gigantic upgrade.
 

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Interesting concept, but wow...I just have problems imagining getting "that" excited about soccer games.
I've tried watching them, but ugh...boring.
You often seem to go MOST of the game time with no scoring...games can end in a tie??
And for some reason, the time of the time seems rather arbitrary....the games over...OOPS, nope, for some unexplained reason we're going to add what seems to be random amounts of time left to keep playing.

That last one I saw the first time I got remotely interested in it when the US got in there for one of the big tournaments for the first time, and it appeared they won...then for reasons no one could explain on the air when listening to it, they kept adding time till the US lost.

Anyway....I will put it at least one rung ahead of cricket as far as excitement and watchability....

Oh well, the rest of the world seems to like it, but I just don't get it.

I'm guessing this camera is being put out first in some part of the world that like soccer?

C
Yes, it's probably made for the part of the world that likes the two most popular sports in the world: football (the real kind, played with the feet and a roundball), and cricket. That would be pretty much the whole world, except the US. I used to think you had to grow up with it to like cricket (like Marmite), but my wife, who is American, loves it too, so I suppose it's just a matter of having the patience, and the intellectual ability, to appreciate the sporting equivalent of chess. When people used to ask me to decribe cricket to them, I would say that it's the grown-up version of baseball, but that really gives baseball too much credit.
 

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Yes, it's probably made for the part of the world that likes the two most popular sports in the world: football (the real kind, played with the feet and a roundball), and cricket. That would be pretty much the whole world, except the US. I used to think you had to grow up with it to like cricket (like Marmite), but my wife, who is American, loves it too, so I suppose it's just a matter of having the patience, and the intellectual ability, to appreciate the sporting equivalent of chess. When people used to ask me to decribe cricket to them, I would say that it's the grown-up version of baseball, but that really gives baseball too much credit.
LOL. Imagine, living a life where you believe watching other people do stuff has any relation to your own intelligence! AND, that it only applies if you watch other people doing a specific version of hitting a ball with a bat. Please, do tell us what color underwear we must be wearing to maximize our intellectual capabilities?
 
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I also find it interesting. a 1/3 in sensor is smart phone sized, so it will have to compete with smart phones which may be difficult. I expect that they are being cautious.
 
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