The point and shoot compact camera has been the device of choice when it comes to taking those spontaneous moments quick and fast, but times have changed and the compact camera has been left behind in recent years by the success of the Smartphone and its ability to share those images taken socially. We had assumed that camera makers admitted defeat, so imagine our surprise to see the new Canon PowerShot N make an appearance during CES 2013.
One of the first things that you will notice is how the form factor of the Canon PowerShot N differs from that of other point and shoot cameras, but that is a good thing because tastes and needs have changed over the years. Canon need to be clever and market this new device like they have never done before because it won’t be long before their rivals catch on and will want a piece of the pie.
So what makes the PowerShot N so different? Well firstly there is the new form factor that you can see above and second is the Wi-Fi connectivity, which allows you to share your photos to your smartphone or tablet. For this you will need an app called CameraWindow, which is pre-installed and offers iOS and Android support. From there you will then be able to share your images on the many social networking services such as Facebook, Flickr, Instagram and Twitter.
A recent hands-on points out that this is an extra process when compared to sharing images on your smartphone but Canon believes consumers will much prefer having a simplified camera compared to other point and shoot models with the ability to share socially. While we do see a great market for the Canon PowerShot N, once other cameras like the Samsung GALAXY hit the market then where will this leave Canon’s new device?
The 12.1-megapixel PowerShot N price should be about $300 when released in April and will sport a l28-224mm optical zoom lens