Canon has today announced the very compact Canon N Powershot digital camera that offers Instant Sharing functionality via your compatible smartphone (iOS & Android) or a Wi-Fi network.
The Canon N incorporates a 12MP CMOS sensor coupled with an 8x optical image stabilized Canon zoom lens that provides a field of view from 28mm wide-angle to 224mm telephoto in 35mm equivalent terms. The Canon N also features a 2.8-inch tilt-able touch screen monitor with 461K dots resolution.
Canon N Compact Camera Major Features
• 12.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor
The Canon N employs a 12.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor, which delivers state-of-the-art imaging performance and is optimized for use in compact cameras. Utilizing a advanced light-capturing design, it provides high sensitivity for improved high ISO capture with reduced noise. It is also a high-speed design, capable of rapidly capturing and moving image data to the processor, enabling faster continuous shooting and faster autofocus.
• Built-in Wi-Fi allows you to upload almost anywhere on your iOS or Android device with the free download of the Canon CameraWindow app. Wirelessly transfer your images to social networking sites through CANON iMAGE GATEWAY or to a PC
The PowerShot N is equipped with enhanced built-in Wi-Fi for on-the-go convenience when you want to share what you’ve recorded with friends, family and the world. The camera can connect directly to both iOS and Android devices, and upload images via the free Canon CameraWindow app without a computer. Easily post your images to your favorite social networking sites through CANON iMAGE GATEWAY or save them to the online photo album to share anytime, anywhere.
The camera’s built-in Wi-Fi also lets you transfer images and video directly to your computer to update friends and family while you’re traveling or out and about. Enhanced Wi-Fi makes posting in real-time possible, so you can keep everyone up to date with photos even as events unfold. Easily control the destination of your uploads to social networking sites; share with everyone, or send photos to selected groups. Post to groups, add comments, and edit and upload MOV video files from both iOS and Android devices.
Frequently used devices and accounts are stored in the camera’s Wi-Fi history menu, so you can immediately connect with a simple touch. Share with other Wi-Fi equipped PowerShot cameras, send images to your computer, and print your photos to Wi-Fi compatible printers.
The Canon N also features a convenient Mobile Device Connect Button that connects to a smartphone with Canon CameraWindow launched, making transferring and sharing images simple.
• The convenient Mobile Device Connect Button allows you to connect to your Android or iOS device for quick and easy sharing
The Canon N features a dedicated Mobile Device Connect Button that easily syncs the camera with your iOS or Android device with the Canon CameraWindow app. After registering your device, two easy steps is all it takes to start sharing! Simply press the Mobile Device Connect Button, which launches the CameraWindow app on your smartphone, and the connection is complete. By connecting to a smartphone with the Mobile Device Connect Button, you can browse and share images while still leaving the camera inside a bag. It is also possible to turn off the camera quickly and easily, directly from a smartphone.
• Newly designed 2.8-inch capacitive, tilt, touch panel LCD; lens shutter; and zoom ring offer users a unique and creative way to capture photos
Leverage the flexibility and creativity of the Canon N using a set of new innovative controls. The newly designed 2.8-inch capacitive LCD monitor is more than just a means of reviewing your photos. 90-degrees of tilt open up new perspectives when framing shots – shoot diagonally, horizontally, from low angles or high for the perfect emphasized shot. The top-mounted hinge keeps the Canon N compact, even when folded out, for easy, one-handed operation.
Adjust settings and modes using the intuitive touch-screen menu—use gestures to zoom, rotate, and select images. Dual rings provide effortless control over the lens and shutter. The outer ring controls the shutter, which can be released from any point on the ring. Whichever angle or place you choose to hold the PowerShot N, the shutter release is always under your finger for quick and discreet release. The inner ring controls the zoom of the 28mm Wide-Angle 8x Optical Zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilizer, ensuring your images are sharp and clear. Responsive and silent zoom action provides a welcome feel of tactile control that makes operating the PowerShot N an incredible experience.
• 8x Optical Zoom with 28mm Wide-Angle Lens
The Canon N houses a Genuine Canon 8x Optical Zoom Lens in the center of its square body, allowing you to capture shots with good optical performance and versatility. The zoom starts at 28mm wide-angle and extends to 224mm telephoto (35mm equivalent), covering a wide and highly useful range. The telephoto reach gives you the freedom to capture subjects from afar, while the 28mm wide-angle makes it easy to shoot landscapes, large groups of people and tall buildings.
• Capture 1080p Full HD video with a dedicated movie button, plus zoom while shooting
Simply touch the dedicated movie button on the PowerShot N to start recording video in 1080p Full HD. You’re free to use the full range of the zoom in movie mode.
Canon N Compact Camera Press Release
Lake Success, N.Y., January 7, 2013 – To inspire creative exploration and encourage instant sharing of life’s every day moments, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today unveiled the new PowerShot N digital camera as part of its PowerShot lineup. With an innovative Creative Shot mode that enhances artistic expression and a variety of new connectivity features that support instant sharing, Canon’s PowerShot N is the ultimate storytelling tool.
Helping people’s creativity bubble to the surface, the Canon N offers Creative Shot, a new imaging mode that intuitively analyzes an image and automatically creates a series of five artistic photos of the original with varying composition, lighting and color for an array of options that are ready to impress. In addition, the new PowerShot is equipped with enhanced wireless capabilities that connect the camera to a variety of mobile devices instantly, so users can upload and comment on their images while on-the-go.
In addition to offering powerful artistic and connectivity functions, the PowerShot N features a 2.8-inch capacitive, tilt-touch panel LCD, allowing users to capture creative images at unique angles. With a shutter and zoom ring, both on the top and bottom of the lens, images can be snapped from almost any position so the perfect shot is always within reach.
The Canon N offers an 8x optical zoom and a 28mm wide-angle lens, packaged with a 12.1- megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 Image Processor, so your moments can be captured and preserved in stunning quality. Users can also record beautiful 1080p Full HD video with a dedicated movie button, so life’s moving moments are not missed. With the built-in Hybrid Auto and Face ID systems, pin-sharp focus can be achieved quickly and easily while the camera automatically recognizes and focuses on familiar faces. For the ultimate in shooting convenience, Canon’s Intelligent IS System allows the camera to automatically select the optimal image stabilization settings according to the shooting conditions, taking the guesswork out of identifying the ideal setting for each unique shot.
“An ever-increasing number of internet users continue to post their own photos and videos online,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “The new PowerShot N opens up a new dimension of photographic expression, helping people express their personal style and creative flair with powerful innovative Canon technologies.”
Easy Connectivity Options for Convenient Sharing
The Canon N compact camera is equipped with enhanced wireless capabilities, so high-quality images can be shared with friends and family even while on-the-go. After an initial one-time set-up, the new Mobile Device Connect Button connects the camera to a variety of mobile devices for quick and easy sharing. Users simply press the Mobile Device Connect Button and launch Canon’s free CameraWindow applicationi, available on both the iOS and Android operating systemsii, to wirelessly transfer photos and videos to their device. Frequently used devices and accounts are conveniently stored in the camera’s wireless history menu for quick one-touch access.
With these enhanced wireless capabilities, users now have the ability to comment on their uploaded photos directly from the camera – so being part of conversations taking place on social networking sites is easy and convenient. In addition, people 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 GATEWAYiii, and automatically upload them to a computer remotely. Photos can also be printed wirelessly using Wireless PictBridgeiv on select Canon printers, including the new PIXMA MG6320 or PIXMA MX922 Wireless Photo All-In-One printers, so special moments can be preserved and cherished.
The Ultimate Tool to Capture Creativity
Creative Shot, available on the PowerShot N, is an easy, yet powerful tool to add artistic effects to your photos. In Creative Shot mode, users compose their shot and let the PowerShot N analyze the photo to apply a series of artistic elements by varying composition, lighting and color. After an image is captured, Creative Shot will give five different variations of the shot in different color modes, crops, and styles, delivering creative new perspectives automatically while still maintaining the original image.
In addition, the new Canon N offers 58 scenes of Smart AUTO and provides an 8x Optical Zoom to help users capture the ultimate creative shot. A first-ever for the PowerShot line-up, the camera’s shutter and zoom buttons are located on top and bottom of the lens so high and low-angle shots can be easily captured. The PowerShot N features Smart Shutter, enabling users to start tracking a subject simply by pressing the intuitive touch panel 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 – so people can capture even the most unique shot.
Sleek, Small and Designed for Portability
With a sleek and distinct design, the Canon N measures 3.09 x 2.37 x 1.15 inches, making it ideal for quick on-the-go shooting. This camera features a 2.8-inch capacitive tilt touch panel LCD, which offers 90 degrees of tilt, encourages users to capture images from a wide array of angles and positions effectively in almost any location. The top-mounted hinge keeps the PowerShot N compact for convenient on-the-go shooting and easy, one handed operation.
The camera’s 28mm wide-angle 8x optical zoom lens and shutter are both operated on the camera’s dual-ring lens. The outer ring controls the shutter, which can be released from any point on the ring, and the inner ring controls the zoom, so managing the PowerShot N is easy and effortless. With these innovative new design features, users now have the ability to shoot diagonally, horizontally and from low or high angles so even the most out-of-reach image can be captured with ease.
In addition, the Canon 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, allowing users to shoot more and for longer. Adding to its portability and convenience, the camera features USB charging through a computer or traditional charging by the AC adaptor, allowing users to power-up from virtually anywhere.
Pricing and Availability
The Canon N is expected to be available in April 2013 (USA) for an estimated retail price of $299.99, in white or black.