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Canon PowerShot N2 Digital Camera

$234.10
Compact Camera 16.1MP 8x Sep 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
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Poor expert reviews
Unacceptable noise level
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Reviews

Excellent User Reviews

Owners have rated this Canon digital camera on average 90 out of 100. 211 reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars and 95% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Excellent Brand

Based on 34,085 expert and user reviews (including 1,378 verified purchases), Canon has excellent ratings for its cameras. Canon also has excellent ratings specifically for its medium megapixel digital cameras compared to other brands. 92% of those that bought a Canon camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Poor Expert Reviews

Based on ten expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Digital Versus and PC Mag the average expert rating of this camera is 64 out of 100. Digital camera experts don't rate this medium megapixel camera very highly.


Lens System

Fairly Small Maximum Aperture Number

At 9, the PowerShot N2 has a fairly small maximum aperture number compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age. The average maximum aperture number of comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera is 7.4.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Canon PowerShot N2 has a quite long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) (28 millimeters) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera. The shortest minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of cameras of this age and type is 4.5mm, the longest is 40mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 26mm.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 8 times zoom factor, the Canon PowerShot N2 has a pretty typical optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera.

If this Canon camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the Olympus Stylus SH-2 (24x and higher rated), or the Fujifilm S9800 (50x and higher rated).

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Battery

Only 200 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The Canon PowerShot N2 is a camera that takes 200 shots battery life (CIPA standard).

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Camera

Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Canon PowerShot N2 does not have a GPS (satellite), although keep in mind that most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera also do not have a GPS (satellite).

Alternative cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) that you might also want to consider include the S9300 ($399), or the Coolpix S9700 both from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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Support

Good Support

Seventeen owners reckoned that the Canon PowerShot N2 had good technical guidance. Land Between the Lakes Regular Visitor wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “I attribute that more to being anxious to use it more than sit down and study the helpful user guide that came with the software disk”. Justvideo gave it a rating of 5 stars and mentioned three years ago “The flash is manual and must be pulled up by hand”. Lomax mentioned “You can go from full manual to full auto” in their Canon PowerShot N2 review.


Weight & Dimensions

Compact Size

Fourteen people said that this digital camera was heavy and bulky. Expert website Digitalversus.com mentioned two years ago “It might be a little chunkier than its predecessor.” in their Canon PowerShot N2 review and rated the product 8 stars. Okieerik gave it a score of 7 stars and wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “It's large and bulky, including the extra Speedlite flash”. Turco wrote “Quick processor for the heavy photos (sports photos at high speed” in their Canon PowerShot N2 review.

Twelve owners concluded that it was compact. Two years ago Digital Versus said “Compact size” in their review of this digital camera nonetheless they gave the product a score of 1 stars. Mz rated it 7 stars and mentioned in their review of the Canon PowerShot N2 “It is "relatively" compact.”. Two years ago Marcia said in her review of the Canon PowerShot N2 “I was used only to compact point and shot câmeras” and rated it 7 stars.

Twelve owners considered that the product was lightweight. Four years ago Me2nc rated this digital camera 7 stars and mentioned “It's lightweight and easy to carry”. Me2nc also said “It is a lightweight point and shoot with excellent telephoto capability” in their review. Splovesjk said in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “Easy to use, lightweight, great panoramic pictures, @the 50x zoom is fabulous for taking long range pictures”.

Four customers who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was easy to carry around. Susan wrote in her review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “This camera is easy to carry around and use”. Housedobby wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “Love the zoom power of this little, easy to carry camera” in their review of the Canon PowerShot N2 and gave it a score of 8 stars.

Two owners concluded that it was good structurally. Patricia wrote “Good sturdy construction and convenient design; nice that ISO” and gave it a score of 7 stars.

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Average Weight

The PowerShot N2 has a fairly standard weight (201 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Fifteen people who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had a good battery life. Bhphotovideo.com said in their review of this digital camera “Good battery life”. In April last year Amazon.co.uk said “Battery Life Good So Far” in their review of this digital camera. Niki mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “The battery life is decent.” and scored it 6 stars.


Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The PowerShot N2 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Noisy

Three owners who bought the Canon PowerShot N2 reckoned that it was noisy. Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Zoom Noise In Movies”.

Pwren said four years ago “I poured over reviews online and found no mention "flat" or "noisy" images” . Three years ago Skirbynyc mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “The sound is pretty loud on the videos I've been taking”.

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Unacceptable Noise Level

Three owners who bought the Canon PowerShot N2 reckoned that it was noisy. Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Zoom Noise In Movies”. Pwren said four years ago “I poured over reviews online and found no mention "flat" or "noisy" images” . Three years ago Skirbynyc mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “The sound is pretty loud on the videos I've been taking”.


Display

Has a Touchscreen

The PowerShot N2 has a touchscreen. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera do not have a touchscreen.

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Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

At 461,000 pixels, the PowerShot N2 has a quite high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age. Across all the digital cameras of this spec and age the display resolutions (numeric) range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels.

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Average Display Diagonal

At 2.8 inches, the PowerShot N2 has a relatively standard display diagonal compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 2.8" screen cameras currently available including the Sony DSC-WX10 which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a larger display diagonal then you might also want to consider the Fujifilm S9800 (3" and higher rated), or the Olympus Stylus SH-2 (3" and higher rated).

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Design

Picture Quality

Sixty-seven owners who purchased the Canon PowerShot N2 thought it was good quality. Two years ago Digital Versus mentioned “Picture quality” but they only rated it 18.8 out of 100. Bhphotovideo.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Quality construction” yet they only gave the product a score of 15.2 out of 100. N.s said in their review of the Canon PowerShot N2 on Bhphotovideo.com “High quality, light weight, easy to use”.

Shutter Release and Settings

Seventy-six customers wrote in their reviews that it was easy to use. Mz mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “The controls make the camera very easy to handle and to use” in their review of this digital camera. Phil the Photo Guy wrote in his Canon PowerShot N2 review on Bhphotovideo.com “The video is extremely clear and easy to use”. Five years ago Nj Grandma said “It is very easy to use” in their review of the Canon PowerShot N2.

Eight owners who reviewed it concluded that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Ksea said on Bhphotovideo.com “No heavy lens to hold to grab a quick shot”. Three years ago Kat said “I simply love this camera! Great zoom, easy to hold” and gave it a rating of 8 stars. Me2nc mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Know that all of your pictures are not going to turn out perfect at the 1200mm zoom because the camera is very hard to hold still when fully zoomed” in their review of this digital camera.

Seven owners said in their reviews that the product was easy to use the menus. Digital Versus wrote “Shutter release and settings” nonetheless they scored the product 18.8 out of 100. Lomax mentioned four years ago “With all the modes plus programmable custom settings this camera is good at everything” and scored it 6 stars. Soccer Dad mentioned in their review of this digital camera “This is a very versitile camera with good automatic features for avid ameteur photography and plenty of manual settings for anyone who wants to go deeper” .

Five people agreed that the product was easy to handle. Digital Versus wrote in their review of this digital camera “Touchscreen handling”. Tom gave it a rating of 7 stars and he said “Size of camera is excellent for use and handling”. Jimbo mentioned in their review of this digital camera “One wonders how Canon was able to put so many bells and whistles in this little package putting it just below fine DSLR's? It handles well and does”.

One owner who reviewed this digital camera thought it was easy to assemble. An anonymous author said three years ago “Not DSLR fast) Poor flash system (Fuji needs to build out a solid line of Flash products) I think that Fuji is doing some great things” in her Canon PowerShot N2 review.

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Well Made

Thirteen people concluded that it was well made. Bhphotovideo.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Strongly Built”. Two years ago Norcal Sam wrote in their review of the Canon PowerShot N2 on Bhphotovideo.com “It is obvious that it is built with high strength material”. Lomax wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “The 50X optical zoom and built in 2.0X tele-converter get me shots I would have missed all day long with my SLR” in their review of the Canon PowerShot N2 and gave it a rating of 7 stars.

Three customers who reviewed this digital camera mentioned that it was strong and durable. Five years ago Road Kilt said “Robust! The bayonet style filter mount is an unexpected annoyance” in their review of this digital camera. Hank said two years ago “It's certainly more sturdy and utilitarian”.

Two customers considered that the product was easy to damage or scratch. Rachel said in her review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “I just purchased this camera after my 7 year old canon ELPH finally broke beyond repair” and scored it 7 stars. Ali mentioned in his review of this digital camera “However, I set the bag down just in the wrong position and broke the display on the first camera”.

One customer who purchased the product considered that it was reliable. Photofrk264 said on Bhphotovideo.com “It's a great, versatile, very dependable little camera”.

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Unique Design

Twenty-eight people mentioned in their reviews that it was good looking. Photographyblog.com mentioned on PhotographyBlog.com “The PowerSHot N2 retains the same distinctive square style and 8x optically stabilised zoom le” in their review of this digital camera. Steves-Digicams.com scored the product 5 stars and wrote in their review of the Canon PowerShot N2 on expert website Steve's Digicams “Canon has announced a successor to the elegantly designed N”. Nalonline wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “Beautiful 50x zoom and easy menu navigation”.

Four customers who bought this digital camera wrote that it was well designed. Gadgetspeak.com mentioned “Unique design” however they scored this digital camera 18.08 out of 100. Gadgetspeak.com also wrote “Auffallendes Design” in their review. Also two years ago Digitalversus.com wrote on expert review site Digital Versus “The Powershot N2 is just as seductive as its predecessor thanks to an original design and improved yet still unconventional handling” and gave it a score of 5 stars.

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Features

Good Features

Thirty-two people reckoned that it had good features. Bhphotovideo.com said in their review of this digital camera “Many Useful Features” but even so they scored this digital camera 20 out of 100. Photographyblog.com scored it 4 stars and wrote on expert review site PhotographyBlog.com “Canon is back with a second generation that boasts improved specs and more features”. Mz rated it 6 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “There are many, many features that one can try -- if someone really wants to learn about how to use the camera”.


Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The PowerShot N2 has a built-in flash. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera also have a built-in flash.

Alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Nikon D5100 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72, or the Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The PowerShot N2 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera.

We compared all the other cameras with an image stabilizer to this camera and we think the Lumix DMC-FZ72, and the Lumix DMC-GF6 both from Panasonic or the Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution

This digital camera has a still image resolution(s) of 4:3: 4608 x 3456| 3264 x 2448| 2048 x 1536| 640 x 480, which is the most frequently found still image resolution(s) on similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Video

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The PowerShot N2 supports Full HD video, unlike most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years which do not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras which support Full HD video currently available including because of it's better review score, the S9300 ($399), or the S6400 both from Nikon.

There are a number of other cameras which also support Full HD video which you might want to look at including the Nikon S800c.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the PowerShot N2 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best video resolution amongst all similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

The worst video resolution amongst comparable types of camera is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The PowerShot N2 supports Wi-Fi, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

We compared all the other cameras which support Wi-Fi to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Nikon D5100 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6, and the Fujifilm S9200 is also worth considering.

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Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The Canon PowerShot N2 supports Near Field Communication (NFC), as do most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

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Good Video Capture

Thirty-one customers mentioned that it was good for video recording. Mike mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “The video quality is great (used this feature) Note” and rated the product 6 stars. Okieerik gave it a rating of 7 stars and wrote “Video capture is superb” in their review of this digital camera. Nj Grandma wrote in their Canon PowerShot N2 review on Bhphotovideo.com “No matter what you choose to use the pictures or videos are great”.

Tilting Touch Screen

Twenty customers who purchased this digital camera concluded that it had a good screen. Gadgetspeak.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Tilting touch screen”. Five years ago Okieerik mentioned “The screen is big, bright” in their review of this digital camera and scored the Canon PowerShot N2 7 stars. Mz scored the product 7 stars and wrote in their Canon PowerShot N2 review on Bhphotovideo.com “The LCD screen is large and easy to see”.

Sixteen customers who bought it considered that it had a good viewfinder. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned in their review of the Canon PowerShot N2 two years ago “Excellent Viewfinder” but despite that they only rated it 18.8 out of 100. Mz said on Bhphotovideo.com “The optical viewfinder is perfect”. Nj Grandma said on Bhphotovideo.com five years ago “The adjustable lcd makes it even better and the viewfinder for sunny days is a necessity” in their Canon PowerShot N2 review.

Three people reckoned that it had an electronic viewfinder. Patricia wrote in his review of this digital camera “Fast autofocus, excellent (big and clear) EVF, nice focus-assist zoom”. Visorvet mentioned “Better grip in the hand; some additional AF speed; speedier burst mode; continuous AF actually works in high-speed burst mode; nice magnified EVF; tilt screen that I use often;” in their review of the Canon PowerShot N2.

Two people who purchased this digital camera agreed that it was mirrorless. Two years ago Muggins wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “I just preferred the mirrorless” in their review of this digital camera. Dennybow rated this digital camera 6 stars and mentioned “Compares favorably against mirrorless models as well” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Zoom

One hundred and twenty-seven people said in their reviews that it had a good zoom. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Big Zoom” but in spite of that they gave the product a score of 1 stars. Bhphotovideo.com also wrote “Zoom While Record Video” in their review. Muddy Moose mentioned four years ago “The 50x's optical zoom is very useful when I can't get close to a concert stage” .

Twenty customers mentioned in their reviews that it had a good lens. Okieman1 wrote “Low light ability bothers me, should have a faster lens”. Nj Grandma gave the product a score of 6 stars and mentioned in their Canon PowerShot N2 review on Bhphotovideo.com five years ago “I also purchased the 67mm lens adapter and a clear UV filter to protect the lens”. Leslie wrote four years ago “The 50x lens even fully extended without a tripod takes very clear images” in his review of this digital camera and scored the product 6 stars.

Twenty owners said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good autofocus. Last year Amazon.co.uk wrote in their Canon PowerShot N2 review “Fastaccurate auto-focus” however despite that they scored the product 1 stars. Photo Mom said in their review of the Canon PowerShot N2 on Bhphotovideo.com “Focus locks in quickly”. Justvideo said “The viewed images still seem out of focus”.

Thirteen owners who reviewed it thought it had a good image stabiliser. Bhphotovideo.com said “Strong Image Stabilizer” in their review of this digital camera. Amazon.co.uk wrote in April last year “Good Image Stabilization” in their review of this digital camera. Lomax wrote on Bhphotovideo.com four years ago “The image stabilization is top quality” in their review of the Canon PowerShot N2.

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Good in Low Light

One hundred and sixty-six people wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was able to produce good images. Ephotozine.com said in their review of this digital camera on Ephotozine two years ago “The Canon Powershot N2 looks good and produces decent images.”. In the same month expert review site Pcmag.com wrote in their review of the Canon PowerShot N2 “Makes it a little bit easier to capture a photo using the shutter ring.”. Photographyblog.com mentioned on expert website PhotographyBlog.com “Clearly this is a camera aimed at fashion-conscious smartphone photographers who want better” in their review of this digital camera.

Sixteen owners wrote in their reviews that it was good in low light. Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Good in Low Light” in their review of this digital camera nonetheless they only scored it 1 stars. Mo rated it 8 stars and said on Bhphotovideo.com “This camera offers a lot of flexibility in a small package, from close-up to far away with nice resolution and good low light capabilities”. Kweilro rated the product 8 stars and mentioned in their review of the Canon PowerShot N2 four years ago “Sharp pictures sensitive to low light, good wide angle even when you shoot too close to the object”.

Ten owners who reviewed this digital camera wrote that it had a good picture resolution. Jumpnswing mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com three years ago “The resolution is quite good under these conditions” in their review of this digital camera. Four years ago Tica Md wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “Incredibly fast in shooting in sports mode” and rated it 7 stars. Blondie wrote in their Canon PowerShot N2 review two years ago “20 mega pixels and a great macro lense” and gave this digital camera a score of 7 stars.

Four customers agreed that it was able to produce clear pictures. Four years ago Photo Mom said on Bhphotovideo.com “The clarity is exceptional”. Tc gave the product a rating of 10 stars and said on Bhphotovideo.com “Nature photography - birds, butterflies and mammals50x and very excellent clarity of photosLens cap can be a hassle to quickly remove or reset” in their review of this digital camera. Five years ago Tony said “I just received the camera a few days ago and have been shooting with it, great zoom and clarity” in his review of this digital camera.

Three customers who reviewed the product said that it had a good ISO range. Gadgetspeak.com mentioned “Decent performance at higher ISOs” in their review of this digital camera. Craig S. mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com three years ago “Image quality (Very good detail and good high ISO performance when prints are made)The ISO can be adjusted from 80-6400 in 1/3 steps” and rated it 7 stars.

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Weak Flash

Nine people thought it did not have a good flash. Two years ago Gadgetspeak.com mentioned “Bright LED flash” in their review of the Canon PowerShot N2. Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Non automatic flash” in their review of this digital camera. Bestbuy.com said in their review of this digital camera “Wish it had a built-in bounceable flash; prefer the old rangefinder format”.


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Released Over Two Years Ago

This Canon camera has been on the market since April 2017.


Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00400091560238, 04549292017465

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