When Canon announced in September that its one-of-a-kind monocular-style compact camera was going on sale around the world, we were initially thrilled – but unfortunately our Canon PowerShot zoom review found it was not realizing its potential.
The PowerShot Zoom is a tiny camera with an optical zoom from 100 mm to 400 mm, which you can expand to 800 mm with a 2x digital extension. On paper, it’s a promising alternative to the limitations of smartphone zooms, which have improved a lot but are still reaching an upper limit imposed by their form factors.
While our review praised the PowerShot Zoom’s form factor, which has an attractive white finish and weighs just 145g, we found its photographic performance to be frustrating. Unfortunately, the fresh monocular shell houses some pretty outdated technology.
For example, both auto exposure and auto focus, which made such a leap forward in recent cameras like the Canon EOS R5, miss the mark too often. Our review states, “Perhaps the most frustrating experience with the PowerShot Zoom is the autofocus performance with no manual focus option. All too easily, contrast-detecting AF moves into the background or doesn’t get sharp focus at all.” “
The situation is similar with the exposure – we have found that “in sunny conditions the camera is faulty on the bright side, which can lead to hidden lights”. One workaround is to focus and recompose, but that’s a little too complex for a point-and-shoot experience.
The PowerShot Zoom is not entirely unfounded. If you think of it as a digital monocular that can use 12.1 MP snapshots and Full HD video for reference rather than your photo albums or social media, then we’ve found that it can be “a competent snapper with an unusual design” . .
Zoom and darkness
Unfortunately, we were rather hoping that the PowerShot Zoom would offer a smartphone zoom that can be used for challenging situations like wildlife photography.
However, when looking at photo quality, it doesn’t appear to be the case. We set 100mm mode versus 5x zoom on the Vivo X51 smartphone, which itself only performs in the mid-range, and found that the phone’s picture quality is better.
One factor that contributes to this is the maximum aperture of the PowerShot zoom of 1: 5.6 at 100 mm, which is further reduced to 1: 6.3 at 400 mm. Since the focal length requires a relatively fast shutter speed, you’ll often need a high ISO setting, which of course further affects the image quality of the tiny 1/3-inch image sensor.
This is all a slight shame as we continue to be fans of the design and concept of the PowerShot Zoom. If a similar form factor could be combined with more modern technology and a slightly larger sensor, it could prove to be a handy new type of compact camera in certain situations.
As it is, the PowerShot Zoom remains an attractive, albeit expensive, monocular with an impressive electronic viewfinder that lets you jump from 100mm to 400mm with the push of a button. However, you should look elsewhere for high quality telephoto pictures and videos.
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