This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Canon has announced the PowerShot ZOOM, a telescope digital camera, which will go on sale in mid-November. It's a simple camera that doesn't even have an LCD screen for monitoring, and it's also a telescope that can be used for "experiences" such as bird watching or watching sports, and it's a product that allows you to record these experiences in photos and videos.
Some people might think that without the LCD, they wouldn't be able to check the videos and photos they took until they got home, but nowadays, everyone has a large screen display with communication capabilities - a smartphone. You can view PowerShot ZOOM data on your smartphone's large screen via WiFi or Bluetooth. It also supports Live View, which projects images to your smartphone in real-time.
It is equipped with a super-telephoto lens with a focal length equivalent to 400mm (800mm with digital zoom) and is attractive in terms of its size, which can be used by grabbing it by the hand. It is light at about 145 grams, making it easy to handle. The "instantaneous step-zoom" feature allows you to instantly switch between three focal lengths to ensure you don't miss an important scene or moment.
Unfortunately, the camera may not be suitable for use in dark scenes such as nighttime or for astronomical observation, but it's a great gadget to take with you to outdoor activities such as watching sports, hiking, and sightseeing.
The PowerShot ZOOM is equipped with optical image stabilization and autofocus functions, which should make it easy for anyone to use, although too much telephoto tends to cause severe image blur.
Canon also says that when it held a pre-order campaign on Makuake, a supportive purchase service, before the official launch of the PowerShot ZOOM, it was on track to reach the planned 1,000 units in about six hours and 50 minutes.
The PowerShot ZOOM uses DIGIC 8 as its imaging engine and is capable of shooting a series of 10 frames per second of photos. The images are stored in JPEG format with a resolution of 4000x3000, and the videos are stored in MPEG-4 AVC (H.264 / AAC-LC) at 1080p/30fps. The recording media is microSD/ microSDHC/ microSDXC. measuring approximately 33.4 x 50.8 x 103.2 mm. It measures approximately 33.4 x 50.8 x 103.2mm, with the caveat that it's not waterproof and dustproof.
The price on Canon's official online store is 32,500 yen (body only), which is slightly higher than on Makuake. The price on Canon's official online store is 32,500 yen (body only), which is slightly higher than on Makuake. There are several other variations with accessories such as a case set, microSD set, and mobile battery set, but even the most expensive set costs 39,000 yen without tax.
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