Canon seems to have gotten a monocular-style point- with its latest product called the “Canon PowerShot Zoom Monocular”. This odd-looking device is a pocket-sized “monocular” type camera that can capture 12.1-megapixel images and 1080p HD video on a 1/3 inch CMOS sensor and DIGIC 8 Processor. The camera also with a waterproof, dustproof, and drop-proof build making it suitable for use during outdoor sports. It launched last week to the Japan Market.
Specification of Canon PowerShot Zoom Monocular
In front of the sensor is a zoom lens that can toggle between 100mm and 400mm (full-frame equivalent) focal lengths. You can also double that to an 800mm (full-frame equivalent) focal length when combined with the camera’s digital zoom.1 The device features built-in image stabilization, Canon’s Face AF technology, a USB-C port for charging, and a microSDXC card slot.
The camera has three buttons on the top: power, menu, and zoom, as well as three on the bottom: a dial, a capture button for stills, and a capture button for video. Photos and video can be transferred via the microSD card or wirelessly when paired with Canon’s accompanying smartphone app.
The PowerShot Zoom is currently being monetized in Japan through Majuake. The campaign has already raised over $280,000, far surpassing its initial goal. Japanese backers are able to secure the first units for around $300.It’s currently available only in the Japanese market.
There’s no mention of whether or not the PowerShot Zoom will become available outside the Japanese market at this time.