Canon’s PowerShot PX Looks Like a Security Camera but Captures Precious Moments Instead of Crooks

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Canon’s PowerShot PX Looks Like a Security Camera but Captures Precious Moments Instead of Crooks
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Once a respected brand when it came to DSLR alternatives, Canon is now slapping the PowerShot label on all sorts of gimmicky experimental cameras, including the new PowerShot PX: a sort of security camera-meets-AI-powered photographer that promises to automatically capture the best possible photos and videos of an event all on its own.

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About a year ago Canon released the PowerShot Zoom which put a basic point-and-shoot camera inside the body of a digital monocular. It could only snap images at a measly 12-megapixels and muster just 1080p video, but it had an impressive zoom range of 100 to 400-millimeters, which could be further boosted to 800-millimeters using a digital zoom feature. For $300 it was targeted at birders and sports enthusiasts who didn’t want to shell out thousands of dollars for expensive telephoto lenses, but it was far from being a runaway hit for the company.

Fast forward a year and we’ve now got another complete rethinking of the PowerShot line. The PX looks like a tiny immobile robot thanks to a lens hidden behind a clear shield that’s able to pan 340-degrees left and right and tilt 110-degrees up and down. Its 19-57-millimeter (equivalent) zoom lens isn’t designed for capturing far-off action, however, it’s more for photographing large groups of people or portrait-style shots when subjects are closer to the camera.

Shots are once again limited to a resolution of around 12-megapixels (11.8MP, to be exact) with video recorded at 1080P at 60FPS. And on a full charge, the PowerShot PX can run for anywhere from two to five hours depending on how shutter-happy it decides it needs to be. It can share images to a smartphone through a mobile app when connected to a wifi network, which also allows the PX to be remotely operated when a user wants to deliberately capture a specific moment.