Technology

Canon's PowerShot Zoom is like a pocket telescope that takes photos


Canon has announced the PowerShot Zoom, an unusual camera that’s more like a digital monocular than a point-and-shoot.


The company has been showing off the idea for a while and recently crowdfunded it in Japan ; now it’s coming to the US.


The PowerShot Zoom is a tiny device with an electronic viewfinder, a 1/3-inch 12-megapixel sensor, and two switchable equivalent focal lengths of 100mm and 400mm with a digital zoom up to 800mm.


Canon says the product has been designed for people who enjoy outdoor activities like birdwatching and hiking, however, and it could be a useful accessory for spectators at sports events like the Olympic Games — if they actually go ahead.


The camera charges over USB-C and saves images and video to a microSD card, plus you can transfer images to a smartphone over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.


The PowerShot Zoom will go on sale in the US late next month for $299.99.






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