Canon takes tentative step towards eliminating photographers with robotic PICK camera – TechCrunch

Canon is embracing the AI-infused future with a strange new robotic camera called PowerShot PICK. This small device swivels and focuses its subjects, taking command or snapping shots on its own.

It’s like a smart security camera or Facebook portal, but it means that wherever you go, a selfie stick is attached to you, and that’s how you get along. Its body is about the size of a juice box, which makes it portable, but not quite in a pocket.

The camera company appears to place its bets by offering PICK not as a retail product but through Japanese Crowdfunding Site Makuke, Where it is already destroyed through its Trumpy $ 10,000 target (currently about 10 times that, which is still a fraction of its cost to develop the thing).

The Canon Pick Camera tracks a strange looking guy on a BMX bike.

“Peak … stop looking at me.” “I’m afraid I can’t do that, Dennis.” Image Credit: Canon

A promo video for the campaign shows PICK being used under various circumstances: recognizing faces and shooting during a party; Keeping an eye on the person riding a bike around your yard; Activating oneself on demand in one’s kitchen and following their situation.

The idea is fun – a device you’ve just installed and it captures clear photos while you do it, or keeps you in mind when you do your vlog – but the proof is in the pudding.

The sensor is small, has an old point and shoot’s 1 / 2.3, 12MP, though the f / 2.8 zoom lens and image stabilization should help with uneven lighting. Until they send some of these to backers and reviewers, we won’t know what the shot looks like.

Is this a ridiculous dead-end gadget from a company to survive the death spiral of the photography industry? Or is it a smart, easy solution for people tired of thinking “ah – someone should get a shot of this”? You can, of course, tweak and operate the camera from a companion app.

There is one matter Is not There seems to be a webcam, which seems like an missed opportunity. A swaggling, smart webcam that takes voice commands, there will be many people who get tired of taking every call in the same shabby rectangle of their carefree home office. Now that we have stopped taking good care of the “professional-looking” (and if you haven’t stopped … that is your understanding), then maybe we are cleaning the kitchen or sitting on the patio Can initiate meetings.

Hopefully, this little experimental device is the fruit for Canon and we will all have robot camera friends to take with us. Sounds scary now, sure, but just wait a few years.