If you’ve ever used a telephoto zoom (or rangefinder) and found yourself wishing that you could also snap a picture of whatever it is you’re looking at, it’s likely that you’ve taken up the search for an intuitive, easy-to-use capture device. Sadly, there aren’t many of these on the market — fewer even, that remain compact, stowable, and technically capable. That’s all about to change, thanks to Canon’s first-ever telephoto monocular, the PowerShot ZOOM.
The Canon PowerShot ZOOM is essentially a telephoto monocle with an electronic viewfinder, giving users the ability to utilize it for things like birdwatching, sightseeing, and hiking, without having to swap over to their handheld camera system to snap a quick photo of their surroundings. While your DSLR or mirrorless camera will surely be more suitable for the task, the ability to capture a photo (or video) at a moment’s notice has its merits. That’s being said, don’t expect any insane technical figures here. The telephoto monocular boasts a moderate 12-megapixel sensor, 100mm, and 400mm equivalent focal lengths, and an f-stop of f/5.6-6.3, ensuring that your scene remains in focus at all times. What’s interesting, however, is that the ZOOM will also incorporate optical image stabilization, face tracking, and Full HD video capture. Users will also be able to transfer images and video directly to their cellular device via a WiFi or Bluetooth connection. Look for the $300 ZOOM to hit Canon’s website in November.
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