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With built-in WiFi, a creative shooting mode and easy-to-access controls, the Canon PowerShot N might be a great camera to take to your next social gathering -- until the battery runs out, that is. CNET felt the PowerShot N's design worked well in use, saying it "works as a nice supercompact complement to a smartphone camera," though Digital Trends did notice that "it’s heavy, or heavier than what its size would suggest." Its photo-snapping capabilities are better than expected, with CNET saying "color performance is very good" and that "colors don't get muddy or washed-out-looking as soon as the ISO climbs above 400." Given its small stature, the PowerShot N doesn't have traditional controls, but when using them Pocket-Lint found "even when wearing thick insulated gloves we had no trouble." Where the small size does hurt is in the battery size department, as Digital Versus noted it "lasts for around 120 photos." Even with its surprising image quality, the PowerShot N's weak battery means you won't be putting your phone camera away for very long.

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7.0
CNET May 28, 2013

If you can get past the supercompact design and reimagined controls, the Canon PowerShot N is a fine point-and-shoot companion for your smartphone.

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7.0
AllThingsD Jun 24, 2013

The Canon PowerShot N won’t have huge appeal for pros or camera enthusiasts. But, for average photo-takers looking for something small and eye-catching to carry next to their smartphones, the Canon PowerShot N makes a good play for your pocket.

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6.0
PC Mag Jun 17, 2013

The Canon PowerShot N packs a neat Creative Shot mode, but it doesn't let you select your favorite filters and its design makes it a frustrating camera with which to shoot.

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7.0
Pocket-Lint May 8, 2013

Build quality is excellent, although image quality leaves a little to be desired in some areas, with a fall off in focus towards the corners of the frame and some noise in the output at higher sensitivities.

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7.0
TechHive Jul 29, 2013

Clearly, this isn’t a camera for everyone. In the right hands, though, it can breathe new life into everyday imagery. And for that reason alone, it’s worth keeping an eye on.

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8.0
Digital Versus May 21, 2013

The Canon PowerShot N above all appeals as an unusual and original concept ... as well as for its design and its super-small size. But these advantages are also restrictions, and Canon has had to make certain concessions. Still, the N is a fun little camera, and that's already something.

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7.0
Photography Blog May 29, 2013

Ultimately the Canon PowerShot N misses the mark both as an alternative/companion to a smartphone and as a compact camera in its own right, and it's simply too expensive to appeal to either camp.

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Engadget Jan 7, 2013

All in all, it's designed for fun -- the Creative Shot mode lets you add in a bit of color, while the built-in WiFi and direct connect button enable instant sharing on social media sites, via your smartphone.

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Gizmodo Jan 7, 2013

We spent a short time with the new Canon Powershot N and found that though it's a little awkward to use because of the square body, it's pretty fun at the same time. As a full time camera, the cute gimmicky form factor is limiting but as a little secondary camera? Definitely a good time.

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TechCrunch Jan 7, 2013

... with the variable angle screen, pocketable form factor, and unique control ring mechanism, it’s a winner based on my early initial tests, especially for those looking for something with better IQ than their smartphone, but with a lot of the same features and similar portability, too.

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Digital Photography Review Jan 7, 2013

The PowerShot N reminds us again that cameras don't necessarily have to follow these conventional lines, and alternative designs can work really well. It may look like it shouldn't work, but it genuinely does.

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PC Mag Jan 9, 2013

Canon's PowerShot N isn't your typical point-and-shoot camera. It features a squarish design and very few physical controls—it's a camera that is aimed squarely at photographers who want to take good photos, without having to know the intricacies of photographic technique.

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Pocket-Lint Jan 8, 2013

Canon's been bold with the PowerShot N. But perhaps a little bit too bold. Camera ergonomics are there for a reason and, as much as we like companies that explode the norm, the N feels rather odd in the palm.

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SlashGear Apr 25, 2013

If you’re looking for a reason to carry both your smartphone and a standalone camera, the PowerShot N makes a great party shooter and drops neatly into a pocket or purse.

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Consumer Reports Jun 28, 2013

My impressions of the PowerShot N are mixed. I liked its compact shape and found some features fun. But there were times when I found it a bit clunky to use, since I didn't find the unusual controls and features very intuitive.

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T3 Jan 9, 2013

It's an interesting idea, and perhaps something that will genuinely appeal to the left-handers out there, but we found the camera to be quite uncomfortable to use, and we didn't really warm to the strange design even after a lengthy play.

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TechRadar Jan 9, 2013

Despite the simplicity of the touchscreen interface and the high build quality, some may find its size and shape makes it a little awkward to hold. This could be a deciding factor for some, but we think there will be others that love it.

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TrustedReviews Jan 10, 2013

As far as we could tell on the snapper’s less than ideal display, some of the Canon PowerShot N captured shots were lacking in strong colour management with the compact unable to correctly balance what were in truth fairly challenging lighting conditions.

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