The Canon PowerShot N: Anything but square

Canon PowerShot NWe’re used to our compact cameras being rectangular so Canon’s new gizmo, the Canon PowerShot N is a bit of a departure from the norm.

It’s a shape that immediately sets it apart from the competition, giving it a feel that manages to be both up-to-the-minute and retro at the same time. Its square shape and rounded edges look somewhat akin to an Instagram snap or Polaroid picture.

Coming in at £269, the Canon PowerShot N is set firmly in the middle of the compact market so, while it will undoubtedly appeal to teenagers, we’re not sure if their pocket-money will stretch that far.

Instead, the Canon PowerShot N is likely to be snapped up by those heading off on holiday, glamping or festival going – those who want to be able to get a better calibre of image than the photographs their smartphone is capable of. It’s even small enough to be wearable for lifeloggers.

The Canon PowerShot N Features

With a powerful Digic 5 image processing engine and a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, the Canon PowerShot N packs an awful lot into its tiny frame.  It is just 78.6mm x 60.2mm x 29.3mm and weighs only 195g.

Canon PowerShot N screenThe Canon PowerShot N comes with a plethora of unique settings including Creative Shot, which should make David Baileys out of even the most amateur photographers.

You simply take your shot and then the PowerShot analyses your scene before automatically generating five images, capturing your subject in a variety of artistic ways, as well as capturing your original unaltered photo.

Shooting video is also one of the Canon PowerShot’s strong points. You can capture full HD 1920 x 1080 video at 24fps and then play back your clips at 5x, 10x or 20x their natural speed. You can also slow down fast-paced action like sports or add special effects, useful if you’re making a movie to upload to YouTube or your Facebook page.

There’s a hinged rear 2.8-inch touchscreen that folds up 90 degrees. It means you can more easily take shots Canon PowerShot N black and whitefrom unusual or difficult angles. Even if you hold it over your head, perhaps to get some crowd shots or to see the band over the audience at a festival, you can turn the camera over so you can still frame your shots.

Most of the work is done on the PowerShot’s touchscreen, although there are some manual controls around the 8x optical zoom lens. You can press down on the ring, from any direction, to take a shot. You can manually focus or choose to use the face detection system.

Canon’s gizmo is Wi-Fi enabled so you can connect easily with your home wireless networks to save your images to your PC or to print off your photographs on compatible printers. Another option is to use your smartphone’s GPS to keep track of your shooting locations then synchronise it with your camera over Wi-Fi to add this information to your images before you share them on your social networks.

With so many unique features and a stylish body, it seems good things really do come in small packages.