Canon calls its new PowerShot N “the ultimate storytelling tool” because of its Creative Shot mode that enhances artistic expression and a variety of new connectivity features supporting instant sharing.
Creative Shot is a new imaging mode that analyzes an image and automatically creates a series of five artistic photos of the original with varying composition, lighting and colour. Wireless capabilities connect the camera to a variety of mobile devices instantly, so users can upload and comment on their images while on-the-go.
The N features a 2.8-inch tilt-touch panel LCD.
With a shutter and zoom ring, both located on the top and bottom of the lens, images can be snapped from virtually any position.
The camera offers an 8x optical zoom beginning at the equivalent of 28 mm, a 12.1- megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 image processor.
A dedicated movie button powers up 1080p Full HD video.
With the built-in Hybrid Auto and Face ID systems, focus can be achieved quickly and easily while the camera automatically recognizes and focuses on familiar faces.
Intelligent IS allows the camera to automatically select the optimal image stabilization settings according to the shooting conditions.
After an initial one-time set-up, the new Mobile Device Connect Button connects the camera to a variety of mobile devices. Users simply press the Mobile Device Connect Button and launch Canon’s free CameraWindow application , available on both the iOS and Android operating systems , to wirelessly transfer photos and videos to their device. Frequently used devices and accounts are stored in the camera’s wireless history menu for quick one-touch access.
Users now have the ability to comment on their uploaded photos directly from the camera. In addition, individuals can control the destination of Facebook uploads – choosing to share content with everyone, or post photos only to selected Facebook groups.
Users can also instantly upload images wirelessly from the camera to Canon iMAGE Gateway, and automatically upload them to a computer remotely.
Photos can also be printed wirelessly using Wireless PictBridge on select Canon printers.
In Creative Shot mode, users compose their shot and let the camera analyze the photo to apply a series of artistic elements by varying composition, lighting and colour. After an image is captured, Creative Shot will render five different variations of the shot in different colour modes, crops, and styles, delivering creative new perspectives automatically while still maintaining the original image.
The camera offers 58 scenes of Smart Auto.
Smart Shutter lets users start tracking a subject simply by pressing the LCD, and then capture the image by lifting their finger off the screen. For added flexibility, the image on the screen rotates with the camera.
The PowerShot N offers a new ECO Mode, a feature that provides approximately 30 percent longer battery life when enabled, by dimming the screen and eventually shutting off the display after the device has been idle for 10 seconds.
The 3.09 x 2.37 x 1.15-inch PowerShot N is expected to be available in April for an estimated retail price of $299.99.