After recent leaks and rumors, Canon PowerShot Pick is now officially launched. The tiny AI-powered camera demonstrates the power of face tracking and artificial intelligence Canon has developed. While it’s not the fanciest camera out there, it can be useful for video creators who play as “a one-man band,” as well in some everyday situations. The price and the specs are now out too, so let’s see what this li’l smart camera has to offer.
According to DC Watch, Canon Marketing Japan Inc. is expected to officially announce and start pre-orders for the upcoming PowerShot PICK (that’s the name of their AI-powered camera, apparently) at 12 noon on January 29th – But only for those in Japan. It’s being launched on the Japanese crowdfunding platform, Makuake, so those of us outside of Japan are still going to have a bit of a wait on our hands.
The camera is based on a prototype we saw in person as a concept camera at The Photography Show in 2018. Even back then, it was a neat little camera with some impressive features. Judging from the current leaked photos, it appears to have had something of a slight redesign since then, and it looks like it’ll be available in either black or white.
I’m not the type of person to sit on the edge of my seat waiting for companies to announce new things all that often, but this one has got me a little bit excited. Cast your mind back to 2018. Canon was at The Photography Show showing off some cool new concept camera prototypes. One of them was a little AI-powered camera that would track and follow its target.
Now, according to Canon Rumors, that camera is actually going to be hitting the market real soon. It’s essentially an automated camera that responds to voice commands and features automatic subject recognition and tracking to let it keep up with its moving subject.
Even though I’m not primarily a Canon shooter, I’m always intrigued by the concept cameras and sensors that Canon bring to show off at shows around the world. During The Photography Show, Canon brought two with them. Actually, they brought a bunch, but they all basically stem from two different types of camera. We had a chat with David Parry on the Canon stand to find out more.
The Pentax K1 was already an impressive camera. It’s cherished by everybody who owns one. It contains features unique amongst DSLRs, such as its Pixel Shift Resolution feature. It’s seen an update, now, though, with Ricoh recently announcing the Pentax K1 Mark II, offering a couple of pretty significant upgrades. We went along to the Ricoh Pentax stand during The Photography Show to go check it out.
The names under which Godox gear is rebranded around the world can get a little confusing at times. Here in the UK, this is the Pixapro CITI600 Pro. In the USA it’s the Flashpoint Xplor600 Pro and the Godox AD600Pro depending on where you buy it. In various other countries, it’s sold under other names, too. From here, I’ll just call it the “600Pro”. But wherever you buy it, no matter what it’s called, this is an outstanding portable strobe. I’ve had one myself for a few weeks now (review coming soon), and it never fails to impress me with its speed and power.
The Chroma 4×5 large format technical camera has intrigued me since it was announced last February. When I found out its creator, Steve Lloyd, was UK based, I got in touch to find out if he’d planned to visit The Photography Show this year. It turned out that he had, so I asked if he could bring along one of his Chroma cameras so I could see it for myself.
Aimed squarely at the beginning photographer, the Olympus PEN E-PL9 packs a lot of punch. It contains a 16.1MP Micro Four Thirds CMOS Sensor capable of shooting 4K UHD video. The PEN E-PL9 also features 3-axis sensor shift IBIS with 121 autofocus points, 8.6fps continuous shooting and a top shutter speed of 1/16000th of a second.
We had the chance to have a look at one during The Photography Show, but what was really special were the 17mm f/1.2, 25mm f/1.2 and 45mm f/1.2 Pro prime lenses. Designed to counter the smaller sensor of Micro Four Thirds cameras and bring back a shallower depth of field, they’re a welcome addition to the MFT lens lineup.
The Rode VideoMic Pro has been the staple of vloggers and YouTubers the world over since its initial release. It’s also extremely handy as an on-camera mic to get a good track in camera to let you more easily sync footage to a master audio track in post. But the VideoMic Pro is not perfect.
Rode listened to feedback from its customers about the VideoMic Pro and last year announced the VideoMic Pro Plus. We had the opportunity to see one side-by-side against its predecessor recently at The Photography Show, and chat with the guys about the differences and advantages that Plus offers.
The new Sony A7III is undoubtedly the hottest topic in the photography world right now. As a “basic model” costing under $2,000, it’s insane how well it performs and the features it contains. It contains many of the same features found in its more expensive A7RIII and A9 siblings, and is a significant upgrade over the previous model A7II.