With its new PowerShot N100, Canon is taking its cues from the world of smartphones. The compact point-and-shoot features a rear-facing “Story Camera” that captures snaps of the user while they’re taking pictures using the regular front-facing lens.
This idea may horrify you (it does us a little bit – we don’t want to know what godawful expressions we’re making while our mind is preoccupied with taking a good photo), but Canon’s reasoning does makes some sense: the idea is to tell the ‘whole story’ of a photo or video clip by keeping a record of the photographer’s emotions at the time (there’s an assumption there, of course, that the shutterbug in question will be showing some emotions and not simply staring blank-faced at the screen…).
These images and videos can automatically be gathered together using the Story Highlights mode, which edits them all – normal photos and expression shots – into a shareable video album.
Spec-wise, the Canon PowerShot N100 features a 12.1MP main sensor, 5x optical zoom, touchscreen, NFC and Wi-Fi. Canon says it will go on sale in May 2014, priced at around £350.