Canon has unveiled the PowerShot PX, a still camera that uses facial recognition and automatic subject search to automatically capture 11.7-megapixel photos or 1080p60 video. It is based on the PowerShot Pick, a crowdfunded experimental camera released only in Japan.
The PowerShot PX features pan and tilt (340 degrees horizontally and 110 degrees vertically) and a focal length range of 19-57mm (35mm equivalent). The idea is that you can place it in a strategic place, such as on the table during a family picnic. The camera can then scan the scene, find people’s faces, and automatically determine the best moment to take a photo. Canon writes: “The best photos are not always the smiles posing…. The PowerShot PX captures so many precious poses and reactions that you might not be able to capture.”
Canon says it can intelligently frame subjects to capture natural expressions and reactions. You can also prioritize specific faces, such as if it’s someone’s birthday. In theory, that should let you enjoy a gathering without having to leave and take a photo, knowing it will be done automatically. You can also take photos manually through the app or by voice control.
After an event, you can use PowerShot PX’s iOS or Android apps to get recommendations for the best shots to keep. They are then stored on a memory card, where they can be uploaded to a computer. It supports WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity for smartphones, so you can control the image without checking the device, Canon says. It can also act as a webcam via Canon’s webcam utility application. (It’s battery-powered with charging via USB-C.)
The PowerShot PX will be available in Europe and the UK in November 2021 for £500/€500 (about $585). There is no word yet on a release to North America or elsewhere.
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