Canon’s AI camera PowerShot Pick is officially launched; for now only in Japan

    After recent leaks and rumors, Canon PowerShot Pick is now officially out. The tiny AI-powered camera showcases the power of face tracking and artificial intelligence that Canon has developed. While it’s not the prettiest camera out there, it can be useful for video creators who act as “one-man bands”, as well as in some everyday situations. Pricing and specs have also been announced now, so let’s take a look at what this smart camera has to offer.

    This camera was first introduced as a concept back in 2018 and we had a chance to take a look at it at The Photography Show. But as I mentioned in the title, PowerShot Pick is currently only available in Japan. I’m assuming it’s coming to the rest of the world soon, and we’ll make sure to update you as it happens.

    Regarding the specifications, we have covered some of them in this article. But here’s a quick reminder:

    • 12mp 1/2.3 CMOS sensor
    • 19-57mm f/2.8-5.0 35mm equivalent zoom lens (3x zoom)
    • Pan 170°
    • Tilt 110°
    • Electronic Image Stabilization
    • Dustproof and waterproof
    • Battery life about 2.5 hours
    • Write data to a microSD card
    • USB-C port
    • WiFi and Bluetooth connection

    PowerShot Pick is AI-powered, which means it does some tasks based on its own “brain”. It automatically detects a person’s face, recognizes a “photo opportunity” and takes a shot. Canon claims that it can recognize facial expressions and potentially important moments, taking pictures to capture them. As the name suggests, PowerShot Pick chooses the moments that are right for you.

    It seems that this camera is not aimed so much at photographers, it is aimed at “everyday people”. It’s made for people who want to take photos and videos of precious moments, but be present instead of looking at the phone screen when taking or recording videos. I’d say it can also be useful for making vlogs or recording videos where you have to move. There’s an example of a cooking video in the ad, and I found it a good scenario for a PowerShot Pick. I’ll also find something like this useful when I’m shooting videos for DIYP because I do everything by myself.

    Anyway, if you find the Canon PowerShot Pick useful, we’ll update you when and if it’s available outside of Japan. It retails at 40,900 yen (about $390 USD), so I guess this is the price we can expect.

    [via Canon Rumors]

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