Video: Friends get priority with the new Canon face ID system

face idThis week Canon announced its new ELPH series cameras as well as its much-anticipated PowerShot G1 X. We got some hands-on time with the cameras today, and one of the most innovative new features is the face ID system. The application is child-weighted, so that younger subjects get preferential treatment when it comes to shooting group shots. There are a host of built-in image recognition tools for taking pictures of babies too, and the cameras will auto-detect and respond accordingly based on how much a baby is smiling and whether or not he’s sleeping (in which case, it won’t use flash). 

But these features pale in comparison to its recognition mechanism. Canon told us that using the cameras DIGIC 5 processor and face recognition technology, you can can store up to 12 people. You can add names and birth dates, and take photos at various angles to fill out this profile. And those who you’ve identified will get priority over the nameless. Check out how it works in the video below. 

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