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Review of the Canon PowerShot PX, your automated amateur photographer | Technology

If you are reading this it is because you know exactly what Canon is. We don’t have to tell you that it is one of the most legendary camera and lens companies that continues to reinvent itself with models for all types of users.

They have products that have nothing to do with cameras, such as printers, but it is clear that if the Japanese company is known for something, it is for these cameras and, now, we analyze one of the most curious that the company has launched in recent years.

And it is that, Let’s go with the review of the Canon PowerShot PXa tiny camera that looks like a surveillance camera like the Xiaomi one we reviewed a few weeks ago, but is really your own “intelligent” autonomous photographer.

Canon PowerShot PX
Sensor
Optics Focal 19 to 57mm Equivalent | 3x optical and 4x digital
Movement Rotation 170º to the right and 170º to the left | Inclination of 20º downwards and 90º upwards
connectivity 2.4GHz Wi-Fi | Bluetooth 4.1
Storage Mobile app | micro SD
Drums USB-C charging | Autonomy of up to 5 hours
Dimensions and weight 56.4 x 81.9mm | 170 grams

Sections of the analysis of the Canon PowerShot PX:

Extremely portable and with a head that rotates almost 360º

At the design level, there is not much to comment on because, basically, it is obvious and this PowerShot PX does not hide anything.

Of course, it is a somewhat strange device because whoever has seen it at home always asks me if it is a surveillance camera. And well, it could be used as such, but it costs 430 euros and there are better options for this purpose (and much cheaper).

When I say that it is not a surveillance camera and I explain the concept, the truth is that it shocks them a bit because, really, it is quite innovative and even niche, but the results are good.

We will see that later, since now we are going to continue with the design. On one side is the base where we have the slot for the microSD, the power buttons and Wi-Fi connection to the mobile… and the USB-C port.

Both the microSD slot and the USB slot are protected with a cover that doesn’t seem to be of poor quality and that, really, you will have to remove a few times because you don’t have to touch the card and the charge lasts a long time.

In that lower area we have the name of Canon and a red LED that indicates some actionsbut the “magic” happens at the bottom.

This is the one that rotates almost 360º and there we have the microphones, a sound system for alerts so that we know what the camera is doing (for example a whistle when you want to attract attention, the sound of a shutter when it takes a picture of us automatically, etc.) and the lens dome.

This lens can go up and down, so the travel in both axes is quite complete and, in addition, it is protected by a plastic.

You can easily take the camera on an excursion to take photos in the pool or at a friends picnic in the open air and the truth is that, due to its size and ability to “move”, I find it very interesting.

What I miss, the only thing I miss, is a magnetized base like the one we had on the DJI Action 2. This way we could more securely place the camera on certain surfaces, but what we do have is a thread traditional to put it on a tripod, on a gorillapod or something.

Turn on, find the location and let the camera do its thing

The nice thing about it being so compact is that basically when you put it down you forget it’s there. From time to time it makes its noises and you remember, but it goes very unnoticed. This, if you are assembling a LEGO, for example, with the little one in the house, he will be more aware of the LEGO than of the camera. Or should.

As the lens can be raised and lowered 110º and the rotation is 340º, the Canon logo must be facing forward to maximize coverage. and the camera can be on a shelf, but if it has four shelves, I think it’s more appropriate not to put it on the upper ones.

Yes, it will surely cover you due to its inclination and angle, but the shot will be more natural the more “at your height” the camera is.

And before we move on to practical use, let’s get the technical stuff out of the way. The sensor is CMOS and quite small, 1/2.3″ with 12.8 Mpx. It features a DIGIC 7 processor and a 19-57mm equivalent focal length. This translates into a 3x optical zoom, although we can go a little further with the digital zoom.

Focus at a minimum distance of 20 centimeters and can record video at FullHD 59.94 fps in .mp4 format. They are technical things that we have to say, but honestly, I think that in this concept this is not as important… as the operation.

When you turn on the camera, you need to long press the wifi button to connect the camera with your mobile thanks to the application “Connect app fot Mini PTZ Cam”. The name of the app is terrible because either you know it… or you can’t find it.

It is an app that is available for both iPhone and Android and I have been testing it on an iPhone 13 Pro Max with a very good response.

From this application you can see and download both the photos and the video that the camera saves internally (obviously, you can also take the card and connect it to a PC, but I already said that you can do everything from your mobile).

In addition, you can configure the camera to be able to use it with some voice commands (“Hey Pixie, take a picture)” and also manually. You can always have your mobile handy to take photos and videos manually, but in the end, the interesting thing is that the camera works on its own.

It has facial recognition, so it follows the subjects and, from time to time, thanks to algorithms and what she considers, she takes photos automatically. All of them are saved on the reel, but the app has an option in which the best ones are automatically selected.

During my test days he has taken a lot of photos and, in the end, they are for intimate moments, but I have prepared a sample in different situations so you can see how he behaves.

They are the images and videos that you have been able to see on these lines and, if you want my opinion, it is clear that it is a small sensor and that the wide angle, many times, may not favor, but we are talking about a camera for a very specific use and it makes you have memories in which, normally, you are not with the camera.

For example, assembling a LEGO, playing with animals at home or those kinds of little things in which you are more focused on having fun than walking with the camera.

A product as interesting as it is focused on a very small group of users

And that is precisely why I liked this camera, since if you are the eternal photographer of the family or the group of friends, you can finally be in the photo because it’s Pixie who takes the photos for you.

I really like the concept, the technical characteristics are what they should be considering the size of everything, but it is clear that the image quality is not the best due to the size of the sensor.

And of course, then there is the price as it is quite high and, I think, is what is going to make this product niche. And yes, I liked it, but I really wouldn’t buy it because, okay, now I’m in the photos, but it takes away the pleasure of taking the photos themselves and, in addition, there is the limitation of movement.

Do you know what would be very cool and yes I would buy without hesitation? This same concept, but in drone format.

I know that it is very complicated, since to be small you sacrifice autonomy and a drone can withstand what it can (little), but it would be super interesting to have a device like this orbiting on an outing to the countryside, to the pool or in the living room while takes pictures of you

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