In February 2021, Canon unveiled its AI-powered Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) camera, the PowerShot PICK. At launch, the camera was limited to the Japanese market. Eight months later, Canon launched it across Europe and today, Canon has announced it will be making its way to the United States.
The PowerShot PICK works by using AI to detect subjects within the scene and passively capture photos while people go about their activities. First, it analyzes a scene. Then, it begins identifying individuals within the scene and continues tracking their faces. When it determines an opportunity to capture a clear image, the PowerShot PICK snaps a photo, all without the need for any sort of human interaction.
The camera is built around a rather small 1/2.3”-type 12MP CMOS sensor and 19–57mm equivalent zoom lens, so the image quality isn’t going to compete with the likes of a dedicated DSLR or mirrorless camera. But it is portable enough to pack in a bag and take around to family gatherings or events. It can pan 170-degrees in both directions and tilt 110-degrees.
While it can operate entirely independently, it can also be controlled through voice control. By saying ‘Hello PICK,’ you can tell the camera to take a photo, record a video, change subjects or stop capturing. All photos and videos captured on the device are stored to a Micro SD card, but can also be accessed through a dedicated smartphone app that recommends the best photos taken throughout the capture period.
Canon says the PowerShot PICK will be available in ‘late summer 2022’ for $499. Pre-orders are available at participating retailers starting today.
Let the PICK, Pick Your Moment!
Canon U.S.A. Introduces PowerShot PICK Active Tracking PTZ Camera To U.S. Market
MELVILLE, NY, July 12, 2022 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is releasing a new product: the PowerShot PICK Active Tracking PTZ Camera. This portable camera offers a hands-free solution for capturing candid photos and videos automatically*.
Many of us find that capturing content can interrupt the moment, resulting in a forced posed look. The PowerShot PICK can be the solution. Its face-detecting and tracking technology helps ensure that smiles and more can be detected, when set up through the corresponding app, and the PowerShot PICK will automatically move its camera to capture it all.
Previously, the product saw great success with a leading crowdfunding platform in Japan. Due to that success, Canon collaborated with Indiegogo, a similar platform in the United States, which now leads to the official introduction of the PowerShot PICK in the United States.
The PowerShot PICK offers a wide range of features, including:
- Approximately 340 degrees of Pan movement and Tilt capabilities between -20 to 90 degrees
- 3x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom
- 19-57mm focal length (35mm equiv.) and automatic image stabilization
- Active Tracking with Auto Capture
- Battery Powered
- Select Voice Commands
- 11.7MB photos and Full-HD 1080 60p video with movie rates of 59.94, 29.97, and 23.98 frames per second (FPS)
The PowerShot PICK requires the MiniPTZ mobile app for compatible iOS, iPadOS, and Android devices. The app includes capabilities like configuration settings, manual remote control of the camera1, automatically generated highlight videos (iOS only), and the ability to browse through and select favorite moments for download.
The PowerShot PICK is also a great way to capture your next social media post or home video. Whether you want to film a cooking tutorial or dance video, the PICK can easily record them. The PowerShot PICK is equipped with select voice commands. Let’s say you want to record a dance video. Say, “Hello PICK, record a video!” It’s as easy as that. The PICK is compact and convenient. Lightweight and battery powered, this product is great for everyone who wants to easily capture candid photos and videos almost anywhere.
Price & Availability
The PowerShot PICK will be available for an estimated retail price of $499.992. Shipping is currently scheduled to begin late summer 2022.
For more information, please visit usa.canon.com.
*Requires smart phone Bluetooth and iOS 12 or higher, iPadOS 13 or higher or Android 8.0 and up. Phone pairing through Canon MiniPTZ App required initial setup and access to certain features.
1 Connection through remote control depends on connectivity.
2 Specifications, availability and prices are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.