Canon Powershot N

Just when I was getting inspired to write in my blog again,  I got to know a new gadget.  I immediately felt it was a perfect fit! I attended the 2013 WPPP Photo Congress in the Megatrade Hall of Megamall last weekend.  They had all sorts of booths related to photography and videography.  Major brands like Canon, Sony and Nikon were present. I immediately gravitated towards the huge Canon area.  Having been a Canon user for years, it was only natural for me to visit that brand first.  Hubby and I were looking at the mirrorless EOS M,  a smaller more compact alternative to chunky DSLRs. I really loved the idea of its smaller size and we'd still get to use our lenses!

We were busy fiddling with the EOS M's dials when I noticed the other camera beside it. It was really small and it had a weird square shape.  I was intrigued! I asked the friendly sales assistant about it. He was kind enough to demonstrate the unit's features to me. It is called the Canon Powershot N and apparently it was still very new in the market, just launched a few months ago.

Here are the specs :

Key Features

12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor
8x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 28-224mm)
Lens shift image stabilisation
2.8 inch tilting 461k dot LCD touch screen
Built-in Wi-Fi
Full 1080p HD video recording
ISO 80-6400
1cm minimum focusing distance
Creative Shot
2.3 fps continuous shooting
Available in black or white

The camera is really small.  It is not the usual rectangular shape but a very cute square.  In front of the camera are 2 rings, one for the zoom adjustment and the other for the shutter.  You may adjust our shoot either thru the top or bottom side.  So you can actually hold the camera either which way, and you still won't have upside down pictures.

Compact body, dual rings, square shape

LCD tilts up to 90 degrees

The LCD screen also tilts 90 degrees.  So you can actually take those low shots without bending or kneeling doing. Overhead shots isn't hit and miss anymore too. Too bad it doesn't tilt up to 180 degrees for those selfie shots!

The Wifi feature is one thing I really love about this camera.  I know there are a lot of very good camera phones, but digital cameras still take better pictures. But it is such a hassle to bring a bulky digicam everywhere, wait till you get home and then download all pics to your laptop and then enhance and then upload to your fave social media site like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  So many steps just to share with your friends what you had for lunch! Now,  since the camera is so small and light (it fits right in your pocket), you can just take it with you, shoot,  choose which picture is your favorite then send this thru wifi to your smart phone, tablet or laptop.  No wires, no fuss. Then you can choose to enhance the pics further or upload immediately to Instagram. You get good quality pictures all the time! You can write a blog post on the go just by using your phone! (which is exactly what I'm doing right now)

When the SA showed me a mother special feature which is the creative shot , I was sold!  In the Creative Shot mode, you point the camera to your subject, take a picture and then the smart camera will produce 5 different versions of your original shot with different filters and cropping styles applied. I love it!

SRP for this camera is almost php17,000 but if you pay in cash you can get it for only php15,000.
I know that this is not really a tech or gadget blog so I'm not really an expert about this, but I am just too excited about this product that I would like to share my thoughts about it.

I went down to the Canon Dealer on the 4th floor, and according to them I was their very fist buyer of this model. Yey me! It was bundled to include an 8Gb Micro SD Card and camera case. Too bad they had no 8 Gb available, they offered to give me 2 4Gbs instead but I insisted that I preferred the 8 Gb. 4Gb can get full very fast, I don't want the hassle of having to change the memory card in the middle of shooting. So my memory card is "to follow". They did let me borrow 1 4GB card and promised to contact me once the 8Gb is available.

I have been using it for 2 days now and I have to tell you guys, I just love it! It is so convenient to bring along, so light and compact. The picture quality is superb, and it also takes videos in full HD. (attention vloggers!)

Here are some pics I took with this wonderful camera:

original picture

Here's another batch:

Original Picture

How beautiful the creative shots are? It also crops the picture on its own. It's just genius that way!

By the way, when we bought this camera, we also got and EOS red cap and a Timex watch. Great deal huh?

Just to give you an idea just how compact it is, here's a selfie shot that I took with me holding the Canon Powershot N (with a monopod stuck to it). I told you it was small. Perfect for bloggers and vloggers. We can sneak this baby in anywhere! haha.. 

By the way, the beautiful creative shots were shot in Studio Namu located in 4F Sir Thomas Sq Bldg. 18Matalino St. Diliman QC (behind KFC). TEL (02) 391-6506, 928-3180 It is actually a quaint Korean-Style One-Stop Indoor Classy Studio. Perfect for prenup and other portrait shoots.

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