At CES 2020, Canon demonstrated the concept of a portable PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) camera with built-in AI for automatically capturing everyday moments. Now, after a few years of development, Canon's concept has become a real product known as the PowerShot PICK. It is exactly what it originally set out to be—an ultra-portable PTZ camera with automatic tracking that will make sure you are in the photos, too.
Exceptionally tiny and featuring an integrated rechargeable battery, the PICK is an easy, well, pick for everyday use no matter where you are headed. Place the camera wherever you want and let it analyze the scene for automatic image capturing. It’ll recognize faces and automatically begin snapping photos and recording videos, ensuring candid moments remain natural and spontaneous.
Where the PICK stands out is with Canon’s underlying imaging tech. It boasts a 12MP 1/2.3" CMOS sensor along with a 3x optical zoom (19-57mm equivalent) lens and can record video in Full HD 1080p up to 60 fps. It also offers pan and tilt functionality with a range of ±170º and 110º, respectively, for active subject tracking and has image stabilization for smooth footage.
When you want to take more control, the PICK provides a few options. The first is the MiniPTZ App, which connects via Wi-Fi/Bluetooth to the camera. The App offers full control over camera settings, recommendations of which shots are the best, and fast sharing. The PICK also features voice control. Activated by saying “Hello PICK” followed by a simple command, users can quickly take a photo, record video, change subjects, and more.
As for final technical concerns, the PICK features a USB-C port for charging and data, a built-in stereo microphone, a microSD card slot for saving data, and a tally light. A 1/4"-20 tripod socket on the bottom makes it easy to mount.
It’s always fun to see a concept camera become a reality, but what do you think of the PowerShot PICK? Let us know in the Comments section, below.