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The Canon PowerShot Zoom is a monocular-style compact camera with 400mm optical zoom (Updated)

By Ng Chong Seng - on 18 Mar 2021, 8:36am

The Canon PowerShot Zoom is a monocular-style compact camera with 400mm optical zoom (Updated)

Updated: 25 March with updated local pricing. 

Note: This article was first published on 15 Sept 2020 and it's republished on 18 Mar 2021 with local availability details and pricing.

(Image: Makuake.)

Canon is now doing crowd-funding in Japan for a monocular-style compact camera, according to DPReview.

The second collaboration between the Japanese camera maker and crowd-funding platform Makuake, the Canon PowerShot Zoom is a ‘telescope camera’ that lets you ‘take a picture while peeping’ (Google’s translation, not mine).

Weighing just 145g, the PowerShot Zoom offers three zoom steps: 100, 400 and 800mm (35mm equivalent). The first two are optical zoom but the 800mm super-telephoto is a digital zoom.

Hardware-wise, it uses a 1/3-inch-type, 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, with a native ISO range of 100 to 3,200. The variable zoom lens isn’t very bright, though: F5.6 maximum at the widest end and F6.3 at the telephoto end. Full HD video recording is also supported (24 and 30p), with a limit of 10 minutes per video.

The PowerShot Zoom supports autofocus, up to 10 fps continuous shooting (fixed focus) as well as camera shake correction. Power, menu, zoom, record — all the key functions have their own dedicated button on the camera.

Photos and videos are stored on the camera’s microSD card. They can be transferred wirelessly to a smartphone via an app or to a PC over a USB-C connection. The Camera Connect mobile app supports remote photo shooting, too — that is, you can control the camera and see the live view image on your phone over Wi-Fi.

Finally: price. The first 500 people to support the project will get the camera at 31,460 yen (~S$406). As of this writing, 951 people have backed it and no more slots are left. The project has raised nearly 30 million yen (~S$386,700).

 

Local availability and pricing

*Updated*

Canon and just announced that the PowerShot Zoom is priced at S$459 and it will be available in Singapore in April 2021.

Source: Makuake (via DPReview).

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