[CES] Canon Offers New Camera Operation With 2 Rings

Jan 10, 2013
Hideyoshi Kume, Nikkei Electronics
The unveiled "PowerShot N"
The unveiled "PowerShot N"
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The outer rotatable ring is used for zooming, and the inner ring, which can be pressed, is used for releasing the shutter.
The outer rotatable ring is used for zooming, and the inner ring, which can be pressed, is used for releasing the shutter.
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Canon Inc exhibited the "PowerShot N," a compact digital camera featuring a new operation method, at the 2013 International CES, a trade show of consumer devices, which runs from Jan 8 to 11, 2013, in Las Vegas, the US.

The camera enables to zoom and release the shutter with rings located around its optical lens. In the US, it will be released in April 2013 at a price of $299.99.

"We developed the PowerShot N in the aim of realizing a compact case that does not make users feel that they are holding a camera and introduced new ideas for its operation method to meet that goal," Canon said.

Canon realized the compact and simple design by eliminating a shutter button, zoom lever, etc, which are normally located on the top side of a camera. Two rings around the optical lens are used for zooming and releasing the shutter.

The outer rotatable ring is used for zooming, and the inner ring, which can be pressed, is used for releasing the shutter. With the two rings, it becomes possible to use the camera in the same way regardless of how it is held.

On the back of the camera, there is a 2.8-inch touch-sensitive LCD display. It can be moved up and down. So, when combined with the rings, it allows to take pictures more freely.

The PowerShot N has wireless LAN capability. Its image sensor is a 1/2.3-inch CMOS image sensor with a pixel count of 12.1 million. Its optical 8x zoom lens has a focal length of 28-224mm (35mm film equivalent), and its F value is 3-5.9. The camera uses a mocroSD card as a recording medium. And it measures 78.6 x 60.2 x 29.3mm and weighs about 195g.