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Canon PowerShot N Digital Camera

Compact Camera 12.1MP 8x Jan 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Two industry awards
Can be awkward to use
Weak flash
70 Reviews + 2 Awards
dgl.ru Recommended parentesis.com Editor's Choice

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Reviews

Two Industry Awards

Two expert review sites liked this low megapixel camera. This camera received a "Recommended" award from website Dgl.ru and it received an "Editor's Choice" award from website Parentesis.com who concluded it was outstanding.

Average Expert Reviews

Based on thirty-seven expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com, Ephotozine and Expert Reviews the average expert rating of this Canon digital camera is 71%.

Canon Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

We checked 34,684 expert and user reviews (including 1,256 verified purchases) for Canon cameras and found that on average Canon has excellent reviews. We also found that Canon has excellent reviews specifically within its low megapixel digital cameras range. 92% of those that bought a Canon camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Features

Good Technical Features

Two owners said in their reviews that it had good features. Expert website Photographybay.com wrote four years ago “While it offers common features found in modern point” in their review of the Canon PowerShot N.


Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

This camera was released in January 2013.


Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The PowerShot N supports Wi-Fi. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec do not support Wi-Fi.

There are a number of other cameras which support Wi-Fi currently available that you might want to consider including because of their better review scores, the Nikon D3000 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm, the Panasonic DMC-FX90, or the Fujifilm XQ2.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Canon PowerShot N supports video recording, as do most of the other cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on cameras of this type and age.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The Canon PowerShot N supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this camera. This digital camera also supports a video resolutions of 320 x 240 pixels. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). The best video resolution of all low megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Lens System

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the PowerShot N has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

We compared this camera to all the other 4x digital zoom cameras and we think because of their better review scores, the Canon 230 HS, and the Panasonic DMC-FT4 (£199.99) are also worth considering.

If this camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Canon 500 (4.1x) which also has a higher rating.

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

Low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera have optical zooms of between 1x and 50x. The PowerShot N has one of the bigger optical zooms (8 times zoom factor) amongst low megapixel digital cameras of this age.

If this camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the Nikon Coolpix 8800 (10x and higher rated), or the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS (20x and higher rated).

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Audio

At is 200, Noise Reduction Effects (smudging) Are Noticeable

Two customers reckoned that it was noisy. Four years ago Steve's Digicams mentioned in their review of this digital camera “At IS 200, noise reduction effects (smudging) are noticeable”. Website Dpexpert.com.au wrote “At IS 200 noise reduction effects (smudging fine detail) are noticeable”.

Has a Built-In Microphone

The PowerShot N has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camera.

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Acceptable Noise Level

Two customers reckoned that it was noisy. Four years ago Steve's Digicams mentioned in their review of this digital camera “At IS 200, noise reduction effects (smudging) are noticeable”. Website Dpexpert.com.au wrote “At IS 200 noise reduction effects (smudging fine detail) are noticeable”.


Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The PowerShot N has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera.

We compared all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash to this camera and we think the Coolpix 8800, and the P7700 both from Nikon which and both of have better reviews are also worth considering.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Canon PowerShot N has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this camera also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Design

Can Be Awkward to Use

Six customers who bought this digital camera mentioned that it was not easy to use. Digital Versus said “Zoom ring can be tricky to use” . Website Digitaltrends.com mentioned “Can be awkward to use” . Website Techsmart.co.za wrote “Control rings could be finicky” in their review of this digital camera.

Four people who reviewed it reckoned that it was not comfortable and easy to hold. Steve's Digicams wrote “Slightly awkward to hold”. Website Digitalartsonline.co.uk said “Small size can make it difficult to hold securely” in their review of this digital camera. Pc Mag wrote in their review of the Canon PowerShot N “Difficult to hold and operate” .

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Movie Quality is Good

Eight owners who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was good quality. Four years ago Steve's Digicams mentioned “Image quality is better than a phone camera, owing to the larger sensor”. Website Dpexpert.com.au said “Movie quality is good” in their review of the Canon PowerShot N. Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned on expert review site Expert Reviews “Excellent image quality.” in their review of this digital camera however despite that they gave it a score of 3 stars out of 5.

Well Build Compact

Four customers who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was well made. Lesterchan.net said “Well build Compact”. Website Digitalartsonline.co.uk mentioned “Solid movie mode with a dose of creativity” in their review of the Canon PowerShot N. Six years ago website Amazon.co.uk wrote “Quality Construction” yet they gave this digital camera a score of 2 stars out of 5.

Good Looking

Two owners wrote in their reviews that the product was good looking. Website Amazon.co.uk said in their review of this digital camera six years ago “Pretty Keyboard” . Four years ago expert website Brisbanetimes.com.au mentioned in their review of this digital camera “This is a beautifully made, cute camera that takes”.

Two customers who purchased the product reckoned that it was well designed. Expert website Digitalartsonline.co.uk gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and wrote four years ago “Beneath the clean design of this diminutive” in their review of this digital camera.

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Price

Good Value for Money

Two customers who bought the Canon PowerShot N concluded that it was good value for money. Website Amazon.co.uk said “Nice price, has a lot of features for the price”. They also wrote “Great performance for the price” in their review.


Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The PowerShot N has an image stabilizer. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to this camera also have an image stabilizer.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with an image stabilizer and we think because of its better review score, the Canon 230 HS is also worth considering.

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4000 X 3000 Still Image Resolution

The PowerShot N has a 4000 x 3000 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. In addition, this camera have still image resolution(s) of 480 x 480, 640 x 360, 640 x 424, 1200 x 1200, 1600 x 1064, 1600 x 1200, 1920 x 1080, 2112 x 2112, 2816 x 1584, 2816 x 1880, 2816 x 2112, 2992 x 2992 and 4000 x 2248 and 4000 x 2664. The still image resolution of all similar spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago ranges from 640 x 360 to 4032 x 3024.

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4000 X 3000 Pixels Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution on comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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12.1 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 12.1 megapixels camera.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 12.1MP digital cameras and we think the SX40 HS, and the S110 both from Canon which and both of have better reviews are also worth considering.

If this camera megapixel is not high enough for you then you might want to consider the P330 (12.2MP and higher rated), or the P7700 (12.2MP and higher rated) both from Nikon or the GE A1250 (12.2MP and higher rated).

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

The PowerShot N has a fairly typical display diagonal (2.8 inches) compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

There are a number of other 2.8" screen digital cameras currently available which you might want to consider including because of their better review scores, the XF1 (£140), or the X100 both from Fujifilm.

If this digital camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to look at the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS (3") which is also higher rated.

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Has a Touchscreen

The PowerShot N has a touchscreen, unlike most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera which do not have a touchscreen.

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Focusing

Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

The PowerShot N has one of the smaller closest focusing distances (only 0.01 meters) amongst low megapixel digital cameras of this age. The closest focusing distances of digital cameras of this spec and age range from 0.01m to 0.45m.

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Viewfinder

Fairly High Magnification

The lowest magnification of cameras that have been around for more than two years is -2x and the highest is 20x. With a magnification of 10 times zoom factor, the PowerShot N has one of the higher magnifications amongst low megapixel digital cameras of this age.

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Ports & Interfaces

Does Not Have an HDMI

The PowerShot N does not have an HDMI. Most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera do have an HDMI.

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Supports PictBridge

The Canon PowerShot N supports PictBridge. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera also support PictBridge.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most frequently supported USB version on low megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Light Exposure

Supports Nine ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the PowerShot N is more than most low megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. This Canon digital camera supports a 400 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by low megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera. The ISO sensitivities "80", "100", "200", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400" and "Auto" are also supported by this camera.

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

With a weight of 195 grams, the Canon PowerShot N has a fairly typical weight compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Well Build Compact

Four owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was compact. Website Amazon.co.uk mentioned “Compact Design” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Techsmart.co.za mentioned “It's all too easy to start longing for something a little different, that rocks the compact camera boat a little” in their review of this digital camera. Ephotozine.com wrote on expert review site Ephotozine “The compact square metal body is available in black or white” in their review of this digital camera.

Two owners mentioned in their reviews that it was good structurally.

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Weak Flash

Three customers who reviewed the product concluded that it did not have a good flash. Digital Versus mentioned in their review of this digital camera four years ago “LED flash is small and lacks power”. Website Cnet.com wrote “The flash is weak”.

Movie Quality is Good

Three customers who bought it considered that it was good for video recording. Website Amazon.co.uk said in their review of this digital camera “Easy installation, easy to use, clear video”.

Variable Screen

Four people wrote in their reviews that it had a good screen. Pc Mag said four years ago “Touch screen display”. Website Digitalartsonline.co.uk wrote in their Canon PowerShot N review “Tilting screen for creative compositions” and scored this digital camera 4 stars out of 5. Website Techsmart.co.za mentioned “Variable Screen” in their review of this digital camera.

Image Quality is Better Than a Phone Camera Due to the Larger Sensor

Six customers who reviewed it agreed that it was able to produce good images. Website Amazon.co.uk wrote “Great picture quality” in their review of this digital camera. They also mentioned “Good Image Stabilization” in their review. Two years ago Bzdude wrote on expert review site Walmart.com “For sharing lower images would be adequate” in their review of this digital camera and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Three people who purchased the product agreed that it had a good picture resolution. Website Dpexpert.com.au said in their review of this digital camera “Resolution and sharpness are reasonable”. Six years ago website Amazon.co.uk wrote in their review of this digital camera “Resolution is great” although they only rated the product 40 out of 100.

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Image Quality is Better Than a Phone Camera Due to the Larger Sensor and True Optical Zoom Lens

Five people reckoned that the product had a good zoom. Website Dpexpert.com.au mentioned in their review of this digital camera four years ago “Image quality is better than a phone camera due to the larger sensor and true optical zoom lens”. Two years ago Bzdude said on expert website Walmart.com “Zooming works well and even the digital zoom mode does a decent job”. They also mentioned “Bought this about 6 months ago as a camera that can fit in a pocket that can communicate with my phone easily with a zoom lens” in their review.

Two customers reckoned that it had a good lens. Pc Mag wrote in their review of this digital camera “Sharp lens” .

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Power

Removable Battery and Memory

Three customers mentioned in their reviews that it had a good battery life. Pocket Lint rated it 4 stars out of 5 and wrote “Removable battery and memory” in their review of this digital camera. Website Amazon.co.uk mentioned in their review of the Canon PowerShot N “Decent battery life”.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 8230b001, canon 8231b020, canon 8230b014
Barcodes 00013803216066, 00013803216073, 00021112687699, 00138032160666, 00138032160734, 00714574598390, 00918555742255, 04960999976303, 04960999976341, 04960999976358, 08714574598352, 08714574598390

Canon PowerShot N Review Sources

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