Canon PowerShot Zoom Review

November 13, 2020 | Tim Coleman |


Well, the Canon PowerShot Zoom grabbed our attention. From its curious design and function, this quirky 'camera' does stand out and Canon should be commended for venturing out-the-box. Unfortunately, the delivery is more miss than hit.

Let's start with the positives. We like the design. The PowerShot Zoom is tiny, lightweight and its button layout is logical enough. After some adjustment, you should be able to operate the zoom single-handed with you eye up to the viewfinder.

The 0.39-inch EVF with 2.36-million-dot resolution and 60fps refresh rate provides a clear and smooth viewing experience, being paired with the decent optical stabilisation. This is fundamentally the single and most important reason to consider the PowerShot Zoom.

Is the smooth and stable handheld viewing experience alone enough to merit the significant higher price over an optical monocular? Well, maybe, but the PowerShot Zoom can take photos and videos, too.

Sadly, we cannot recommend the Canon PowerShot Zoom as a photographic tool. Image quality is poor, while autofocus performance and limitation is frustrating when closer to subjects. This is some old tech in a new monocular shell.

Shift your stance on the PowerShot Zoom a little, considering its photo and video capability purely as a bonus to its versatility as a digital monocular, and it fares better.

2.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 3
Features 2.5
Ease-of-use 3
Image quality 2
Value for money 3