Canon N100 Review -- First Impressions
by Dave Pardue
Preview posted: 01/06/2014
Canon's latest concept camera, the N100, features a brand new body style and at least one new feature that is a real eye-opener. Called "Dual Capture Mode", it literally allows the photographer to take a picture, while the 0.3MP "rear facing sub-camera" takes a simultaneous picture of him or her and places it into the primary photo itself, similar to what some smartphones can do.
If you are puzzled reading this last statement, let me tell you that we were certainly puzzled hearing it. Rest assured, the moment we get an N100 into our labs we will take one of these "selfies-on-steroids" and get one out to you the same day! But until then, you'll have to remain as quizzical as we are about this rather random and almost comical approach to photography.
In addition to the revolutionary Dual Capture mode, the N100 also offers the new Story Highlights mode, which takes both videos and still and creates an "intuitive" highlight reel from the video and imagery, allowing the user to create a specialty video of an event or a special shooting day with no additional software or editing skills required.
The N100 offers enhanced Wi-Fi functionality, and for the first time in the N series lineup, the convenience of Near Field Communication for use with NFC enabled Android devices. The N100 also sports a dedicated movie record button and can shoot up to 1080p Full HD video.
Peering under the hood, the N100 sports a 5x optical zoom range (24-120mm eq.) with optical image stabilization and a 1/1.7"-type 12-megapixel CMOS sensor coupled with a DIGIC 6 processor. With a maximum aperture of f/1.8 at wide angle, the N100's lens is quite bright which will help in low-light situations, but maximum aperture drops to a much dimmer f/5.7 at full telephoto. Still, the f/1.8 lens at wide angle coupled with the larger-than-average sensor should make the N100 a relatively good low-light performer. And the N100 features a pop-up xenon flash, as opposed to the PowerShot N's LED flash.
For maximum creative control, the N100 comes with 4 new filter categories including Retro, Monochrome, Special and Natural, as well as Creative Shot mode, which intuitively delivers 5 different variations of a shot and also the original, unaltered image. In addition, there are 46 new filter types including HDR effects.
A 3-inch capacitive touchpanel combined with an LCD that tilts up to 90 degrees allows for unique and creative options for composing shots.
The PowerShot N100 is expected to start shipping in May 2014 at an estimated retail price of US$349.99, and will be offered in white or black.
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