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Canon’s PowerShot ZOOM is a pocket-sized monocular camera with an 800mm range

And now for something completely different from Canon…

Canon is best known for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, but with the PowerShot ZOOM, the brand is offering something completely out of leftfield. Put simply, this is a monuclar-based camera offering a 12-megapixel camera, built in image stabilisation and a three-step zoom that tops out at 800mm.

Well suited to a number of different applications, the PowerShot ZOOM is likely to be of greater interest to wildlife and travel photographers and benefits from a compact design that enables the ZOOM to fit in the palm of your hand and tipping the scales at only 145g.

Reaching 100mm and 400mm optical focal lengths at apertures of f/5.6 and f/6.3m the ZOOM can stretch to 800mm via a digital zoom option and this quirky camera can even shoot Full HD movies in 1080p at 24/25/30 fps. All the stills and video you shoot benefits from an optical 4-axis image stabilisation system, too.

Built around a 12-MP 1/3-inch CMOS sensor that captures JPEG with a file size of 4000 x 3000 pixel, users line up compositions via the 2.36 million dot 0.39-inch OLED Electronic Viewfinder and the ZOOM makes use of a contrast detection autofocus system with One-Shot AF / Movie Servo AF.

Remarkably, the PowerShot ZOOM can capture 10 frames per second, further reinforcing its credentials as a cool bit of kit that wildlife photographers may well want to add to their kit bags. Images and video are recorded to a Micro SD card and the PowerShot ZOOM features a USB-C port for fast charging – in fact a full charge from zero takes under two hours.

With Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, photographers can pair up the PowerShot ZOOM with Canon’s Camera Connect app and use of compatible mobile devices so that content can be transferred quickly then uploaded to social media.

Only available in white, the PowerShot ZOOM is expected to ship from November and will carry a price-tag of $299/£299.