Canon announces new PowerShot N point-and-shoot

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Canon has announced a new compact point-and-shoot camera, the PowerShot N, which the company calls the “perfect smartphone companion.” Featuring integrated WiFi connectivity and Canon’s new Creative Shot mode, the PowerShot N is being touted as a flexible and easy to use shooter.

The PowerShot N uses a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, backed by a DIGIC 5 image processor. It has a 28mm, 8x optical zoom lens which adds “…detailed, full-resolution shooting with up to 16x zoom” by using Canon’s ZoomPlus tech. It is capable of 1080p video recording and most of the phone’s functions can be controlled via the 2.8″ capacative touchscreen.

Creative Shot is an interesting feature, allowing the camera to analyse the scene it is presented with. The camera automatically presents five different versions of the user’s image based on “…composition, exposure, point of focus, white balance, gradation and contrast, just in case you’re a little bad at setting up shots.

In addition the PowerShot N will be available with a Hybrid Auto mode, which records the four seconds preceding the shutter click at 720p, allowing users to select better shots if they are present. The short recordings are then merged, if that’s what you’re keen on, creating a highlight reel of sorts. And it connects to mobile devices via WiFi, uploading images to social networks at the touch of a button.

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