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Canon goes social with an exclusive compact camera

By Staff writers | 12:28 pm 03/05/2013

Outside of a few select models, most phones won’t be replacing the quality of a compact camera any time soon, but a new small shooter from Canon aims to take over from the smartphone whenever you’re going out.

Available in limited quantities and from only one retailer in Australia, the Canon PowerShot N is a compact little thin box of a camera that features a flip-up touchscreen, WiFi, a 12.1 megapixel sensor, Full HD video support, and an 8x optical zoom capable of reaching roughly 28 to 224mm in 35mm terms.

Canon’s “N” is apparently designed for those who love to be artistic, with multiple creative modes that can analyse the scene and work out what elements “could enhance the scene or offer a different creative angle.”

With wireless built into the camera, you can link the compact directly with a phone and send the images straight to Facebook or have the videos uploaded to YouTube, and GPS location information can even be added in via an application made available to smartphones.

One thing you might notice about the design is how unlike most cameras it is, and Canon says that this is one of its symmetrical designs, and as such, can be used in pretty much any way the same.

Controls are generally handled on the touchscreen, but the lens has some control thrown in too, with zoom worked through one of the lens rings, while the other can be a shutter release, allowing you to work the camera completely while holding it on the front.

Two colour options are available – white or black – and while Canon normally doesn’t do recommended retail prices, the PowerShot N’s exclusivity to Ted’s Cameras means this one carries an RRP of $399.95.

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