We spent a short time with the new Canon Powershot N and found that even though the square body makes it a little awkward to use, 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? A blast.

The camera is light and easily pocketable, although the flip up screen and its hinge give it a chintzy feel. You can take a picture by pushing the lens ring down. It's neat, although trying to zoom by twisting the dial accidentally fired away one too many times. I'm sure with a few more tries, you can easily get the hang of it.

Canon Powershot N Hands On: What a Cute Little ThingS

Running through the touchscreen isn't exactly Speedy Gonzalez fast, but it's not slow enough to ruin the experience. We didn't get a chance to test the N's Wi-Fi connectivity with a smartphone, or see the automatic filters it can place on a picture—the battery died halfway through our hands-on.

Canon Powershot N Hands On: What a Cute Little ThingS

The Canon N is most definitely an intriguing camera but even for as cute as it looks, we'd still need a bit more convincing that the square camera accessory is worth the 300 bucks.

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