Hands-on: Canon PowerShot N

Hands-on: Canon PowerShot N

The new Canon PowerShot N is small enough to fit into the palm of your hand.

Canon gets creative and hip this CES with the launch of the PowerShot N which features a 2.8-inch capacitive tilt-touch panel LCD. The LCD touchscreen offers 90 degrees of tilt, allowing users the freedom to capture images from a wide array of angles and positions effectively in virtually any location. Unlike most compact cameras, the PowerShot N doesn't come with a typical shutter release or a wide angle/telephoto button as these are cleverly hidden as rings around the lens. The position of these controls on the lens gives users further flexibilty and freedom to shoot diagonally, horizontally and from high or low angles.

It comes with a 2.8-inch tilt-capable touch screen LCD panel.

The inner ring next to the camera body with the three notches is the zoom ring while the ring next to it (the one with the three tiny indentations) is the shutter release ring.

The screen can be tilted up to 90 degrees, giving you more creative freedom to capture images at unique angles.

Besides normal camera mode, the PowerShot N comes with a new Creative Shot mode that intelligently analyzes an image and automatically creates five artistic photos of the original with varying composition, lighting, crops and color for the user to choose. It looks and feels almost like a built-in Instagram feature although it doesn't offer as many variety.

Like some of the recent PowerShot cameras, the PowerShot N also comes equipped with enhanced wireless capabilities that lets you connect the camera to various mobile devices instantly. This would give you the option to upload images to Facebook or even Canon's iMAGE GATEWAY. Setting up is easy and after an initial one-time set-up, the new Mobile Device Connect Button lets you connect the camera instantly to a variety of mobile devices for quick and easy sharing. Simply pressing the Mobile Device Connect Button would launch Canon's free CameraWindow application (available on iOS and Android) and that lets you wirelessly transfer photos and videos to the device. Frequently used devices and accounts are conveniently stored in the camera's wireless history menu for quick one-touch access. The wireless feature will also allow you to print using Wireless PictBridge enabled Canon printers.

The switch on top lets you toggle between normal camera and Creative Shot modes. The button below it (with the iPhone-like icon) is the Mobile Device Connect Button while the button at the bottom lets you playback images and videos.

The PowerShot N comes with an 8x optical zoom and a 28mm wide-angle lens while a 12.1- megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 Image Processor completes  the camera's main features. Apart from still images, the PowerShot N can also be used as a camcorder with the ability to record 1080p Full HD video. 

The new Canon PowerShot N measures only 3.09 x 2.37 x 1.15 inches, making it a very pocket friendly camera. The PowerShot N is expected to be available in April 2013 and will retail in the US at an estimated price of US$299.99. Two colors will be offered, in either black or white.

The Canon PowerShot N - in black.