Canon PowerShot Zoom was launched earlier this year, but only in Japan. If you got interested in this weird piece of gear, it’s now coming to the US as well, and shipping worldwide. So, let’s dive in and see what you get in this strange, tiny camera.
I’m not sure how I feel about this one yet. On the one hand, it’s pretty cool and interesting. A new take on the tech that could be very useful to a lot of people – especially sports goers, if Canon’s promo video is anything to go by. But on the other, it’s pretty weird. Is it just a gimmick that’s going to disappear in a year like Nikon’s failed interpretation of 360° and action cameras?
It’s called the Canon PowerShot Zoom and the concept is actually pretty cool and looks a bit like a director’s lens. Except, instead of having an optical viewfinder and a lens mount it’s got an electronic viewfinder, it shoots photos and video and has a built-in lens that offers the equivalent field of view up to that of a 400mm telephoto lens on full-frame.
Storage is definitely taken for granted these days. CompactFlash and SD cards are cheaper than they’ve ever been. They’re available in extremely large sizes, which seem to be growing on a monthly basis, that are easily accessible. New cameras with faster framerates, 4K UHD video, and ultra high megapixel images keep driving the technology bigger and faster.
This was not always the case, though. It used to be that the early digital cameras used large and unwieldy storage formats. Some even used 3.5″ floppy discs. There was no USB, no native driver support, and serial ports were slow and flaky at best. In this video, we take a trip back to the 90s with The 8-Bit Guy, David Murray as he takes these classic digital cameras out for a spin.
When we feature Photographer Benjamin Von Wong it is usually when he aces a photoshoot. And usually he uses all sorts of fancy gear to take the shot. From underwater lights to super slo-mo cameras. But when Ben met Kai from DigitalRev he was thrown into the cold water and given an epicly cheap Point & Shoot to create an Epic fire lit portrait.
There were quite a few challenges that Ben went through and conquered and I thought it was worth doing a minute by minute break down of the video with regards to those challenges.[Read More…]