Canon PowerShot ZOOM: More Reach Than a Smartphone, More Compact Than a Pair of Binoculars

Should we call it a monocular? Should we call it a camera? I’m not sure, but I know that it’s an interesting concept as a birdwatcher. The PowerShot ZOOM is an imaginative product that couples telescopic viewing with digital imaging.

The electronic monocular features 100mm and 400mm optical focal lengths, plus the ability to use an 800mm digital focal length (in 35mm equivalent terms). The PowerShot ZOOM cycles through each focal length by the press of a single button. The lens has optical stabilization and the aperture range is f/5.6-6.3.

On the camera side of things, it features a 12-megapixel 1/3-inch CMOS sensor with ISO capabilities of 100 to 3,200. It can shoot JPEGs up to 10 frames per second, and the camera even has autofocus with face tracking. Video recording is also possible at Full HD 30p. There’s a built-in microphone and media is recorded to a microSD slot.

Canon claims the battery charges in 1 hour and 20 minutes, and allows for up to 1 hour and 10 minutes of viewing through its 2.3-million dot EVF or 1 hour of video recording. For stills, a charged battery should last for up to 150 photos. Charging is performed through the USB-C port.

The Canon PowerShot ZOOM will be priced at $299 and be available in November 2020.


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