Canon 100-400mm Smartphone and 360-degree Intelligent Concept Cameras

March 19, 2018 | Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras | Comment |

Canon are showing off two new concept cameras at The Photography Show 2018 - a 100-400mm Smartphone camera and a 360-degree Intelligent camera.

The Canon Smartphone camera has a 100-400mm zoom lens and attaches to a smartphone via a flip-out Lightning port, yet it weighs a mere 100g. There's also an optional clip-on viewfinder that uses magnets to snap onto the main device, which along with the zoom differentiates it from the DxO One camera. A non-working prototype was on show.

The second Canon concept model is the so-called "Intelligent Compact Camera" which automatically shoots stills and video, using AI to decide when and what to shoot (a bit like Google Clips). It has a 3x zoom lens and can pan and tilt through 380-degrees, there's a small tripod attachment too, and it can even be mounted on the hotshoe of your EOS camera. A fully working prototype was on display.

Canon representatives were inviting show visitors to try out both cameras, give their feedback and fill in an 8-question survey, perhaps signalling their intention to eventually bring the 100-400mm Smartphone and 360-degree Intelligent cameras to market. Canon stressed that neither device was a direct replacement for the company's now limited range of compact cameras, instead intended to complement them.

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