At CP + 2019 last year, Canon showcased a number of concept cameras with new and different designs. While some of these projects have remained unusual curiosities, one of them is successfully moving into the consumer market – at least in Japan.
Canon PowerShot Zoom is a monocular lens that the company is raising money for at the Makuake micro-investment platform. The idea differs little from Canon’s approach to its Ivy Rec. Inside the compact body is a 12.1-megapixel 1/3-inch CMOS sensor, which works in conjunction with the DIGIC 8 processor, can take photos and record videos in Full HD at 1080p.
In front of the sensor is a telephoto lens that can be switched between focal lengths in the range of 100-400mm (35mm equivalent). You can further extend the focal length up to 800mm using digital zoom. The device features built-in OIS, Canon Face AF technology, a USB-C port for charging, and a microSD card slot.
The camera has three buttons at the top: power, menu and zoom, and three at the bottom: a wheel, a photo button and a video button. Photos and videos can be saved to a microSD card or transferred wirelessly if the device is connected to a smartphone with Canon app…
PowerShot Zoom is currently funded in Japan through Majuake. The campaign has already raised over $ 280,000, far beyond its original goal. Japanese micro-investors will be able to get the first samples for about $ 300. There is no mention of whether the PowerShot Zoom will be available outside the Japanese market.
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