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Canon Powershot N Hands-On Preview

We have a hands-on look at the compact Canon Powershot N - the stylish camera features Wi-Fi, a touch screen and 8x optical zoom lens.

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Canon Powershot N Hands-On Preview: Canon Powershot N (4)

The Canon Powershot N is one of Canon's most unique compact cameras to date, with a tilting touch screen, Wi-Fi connectivity and 8x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilisation, the compact square metal body is available in black or white, and will be priced at £269 when available in April.

Key Features

  • 12.1 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor
  • 8x optical zoom lens, 28-224mm lens; Intelligent IS
  • 2.8 inch 461k dot tilting touch-screen
  • HS (High Speed) System, DIGIC 5
  • Wi-Fi; GPS via mobile
  • Mobile Device Connect Button
  • Any Way Up operation
  • Full HD video capture
  • ISO80 - ISO6400
  • 1cm macro mode
  • Hybrid Auto; Smart Auto (58 scenes)
Canon Powershot N Hands-On Preview: Canon Powershot N (2)

The lens surround controls the zoom, and a ring closer to the lens is the shutter release button, which can be operated with the camera either way up. It operates in the usual way, if you half press the shutter release button it will pre-focus, then a full press will take the photo.

Canon Powershot N Hands-On Preview: Canon Powershot N (7)

The rear has a 2.8 inch touch screen, a switch on the side will put the camera into creative shooting mode and this auto creates 5 different shots, as well as saving the original. Turn the camera either way up, for either high angle shooting, or to shoot from a low angle, and the screen will automatically rotate the correct way round. 

Canon Powershot N Hands-On Preview: Canon Powershot N (5)

Underneath you'll find access to the battery compartment where a small lithium-ion battery gives the camera a 200 shot battery life. There's a microSD slot as the use of a larger memory card would have made the camera larger, and there's also a standard tripod socket if needed.

Canon Powershot N Hands-On Preview: Canon Powershot N Black (8)

The camera can be connected via Wi-Fi to the internet for direct uploads to Facebook or YouTube, or to a smartphone when a Wi-Fi network isn't available, and GPS co-ordinates can be added to images using the GPS from a smartphone (or tablet). A range of digital filters can be manually chosen, including Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Toy Camera Effect and Monochrome. We will be posting our full review when the camera is available.

Canon Powershot N Hands-On Photos of Equipment

Canon Powershot N Specifications

Max Aperturef/3 - f/5.9
35mm equivalent28mm - 224mm
Optical Zoom8x
Image Sensor
Pixels12.1Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4000
Pixels (H)3000
Sensor TypeBack-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)
Sensor Size1/2.3 inch
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor2.8in
Screen resolution461k dots
Touch ScreenYes
Min Focus1cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Touch AF
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest1sec
Bulb modeNo
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Scene modes
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Spot
  • ESP Light Metering
ISO sensitivity80 - 6400
White balance
  • Auto
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting2.3fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS24fps
Stereo SoundNo
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Card Type
  • Micro SD
  • Micro SDHC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium Ion NB-9L
Battery Life (CIPA rating)200shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsDigital Camera PowerShot N, Wrist Strap WS-800, Battery Pack NB-9L, Compact Power Adapter CA-DC30E, AC Cable, Interface Cable IFC-400PCU (USB), User Manual Kit

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