[CES 2013] The consumer electronics trade-show is off to a bang with new technology and innovation being showcased in Las Vegas. Canon also has a booth at the tradeshow where they are currently showcasing the new PowerShot N camera. This new camera is the company’s effort to “open new dimensions of photographic expression”, and to help bring back smartphone users back to a camera.
First notable feature of the PowerShot N, is its square shape design instead of the conventional rectangular design. Canon has added an innovative dual-ring control system which is located at the top and bottom of the lens, the outer ring controls the shutter which can be released from any point on the ring, and the inner ring controls the zoom.
The camera gets a 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen display that was designed with the ability to be tilted to a 90 degree allowing the user to capture quality images from a wide array of angles and positions. There’s a 12.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor, DIGIC Image Processor and a 28mm wide-angle 8x optical zoom lens.
There are also other features such as the Creative Shot mode, a powerful tool to add artistic effects to photos and also analyze the captured image to apply a series of artistic elements by varying composition, lighting and color, and render five different variations of the shot in different color modes, crops, and styles.
Other than its unique square shape and dual-ring control system, the PowerShot N camera also features WiFi connectivity allowing the user to share photos and videos to their iOS or Android devices and social network easily and quickly. Canon plans to start selling the compact PowerShot N camera in the colors of black and white in April 2013, it retails for $299.99 per unit.