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Canon debuts new 5MP Digital ELPH camera

updated 12:55 pm EST, Mon February 9, 2004

Canon Digital ELPHs

Canon today enhanced its Digital ELPH camera line, adding the first five megapixel model as well as new features such as a new Print/Share button that speeds and simplifies printing to compatible Canon Direct Photo and PictBridge enabled printers. The new five megapixel Digital ELPH cameras feature new Direct Print options including ID Photo Print that automatically generates passport style prints on 4x6 paper with Canon CP type printers as well as ID prints of various sizes and in-camera image cropping.



The cameras' Direct Print capability also includes Movie Print mode that prints thumbnail sequences from movie clip captures (with Canon CP-type printers). While the camera automatically calculates the thumbnail intervals based on the length of the movie clip, sequences of up to 20 thumbnails can be printed to credit card-sized paper and up to 63 on Postcard-size paper.



Utilizing the same CCD sensor as is found on the PowerShot S50 and G5 model digital cameras, the S500 five-megapixel model captures JPEG images in SuperFine, Fine and Normal resolution modes and offers 640 x 480 movie recording at 10fps for up to 30 seconds per clip. With the PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH, users also have the option of capturing 320 x 240 and 160 x 120 movies with sound at 15fps for up to three minutes per clip.



The PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH features an ultra-compact and fast (f/2.8-4.9) 3x (36-108mm equivalent) optical zoom lens. The lens - with its seven-element design - also offers a wide Autofocus range from as close as two inches (in macro mode) to infinity. Canon has also extended the range of the camera's digital zoom to 4.1x.



The PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH model also has a shutter speed that extends to a fast 1/2000 of a second and features a built in flash with a range of up to 11 feet and automatic, red-eye reduction and slow synch settings. The camera also features a 1.5-inch LCD monitor with a 10x playback zoom. The PowerShot S500 Digital Elph camera measures 3.4 x 2.2 x.1.1 inches and weighs only 6.5 ounces (without battery and CF card). The camera will be available April for $500. The PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH kit includes a rechargeable lithium ion battery pack and charger, USB and AV cables and a 32MB CompactFlash card.




The PowerShot S410 Digital ELPH camera will be available April for $400 with a rechargeable lithium ion battery pack and charger, USB and AV cables and a 32MB CompactFlash card, while the smaller $300 PowerShot SD110 Digital ELPH camera is also due in April with an eye-catching new "silver white" finish.




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    I've been waiting...

    Yay, it's about time. I've been holding off buying the S400 because I knew something would come out between then and June when I need the cam. Looking to get a S500 soon!

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    Hmmm...

    ...good to see the larger capacity...

    curious about the movie limits on the 'lesser' cam (crippled for $$?) and would love to see the flash moved away from the lens (red-eye) & some lens specific wide & tele options (or a wider angle) to at least equal the 35mm SLR 'standard' of 28-90mm zooms...

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    Red Eye

    The red eye on the S400 is almost nonexistent. I know about the lens being too close to the flash, but I take hundreds of photos with the camera and have had very few red eye situations.

    I got my camera around eight months ago, and have been very happy with it. I LOVE the metal body and the upgraded battery. They body is extremely durable. I picked this camera because of the durability, but if you want more dynamic photos and don't mind the size, I would get the PowerShot series of cameras.

    Also, if you buy the camera at Best Buy *BUY THE WARRANTY* I'm on my second S400 and have already taken one battery back... and I still have two and 1/2 years left with the thing!

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    Ripe

    Cannon is just RIPE to take 10-15 prints of their CEO's a** cheeks and post them on their website.

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    The form factor

    Canon's small PowerShot line does indeed have a great form factor - I had the S200 for a long while and I really loved that camera. I use a Nikon CoolPix 4500 now, and can't wait to get back to the S500 form factor.

    And by the way... I hate to be picky, but it's CANON not CANNON. Yeesh. If you're RIPE to post stupid comments, at least try to spell things correctly.

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    RIPE.

    this company is just RIPE to make a 10-15 megapixel camera.

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    knew it



    that camera was just ripe to be imnproved...

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    Discounts on S400 Soon?

    I'm looking to buy an S400 actually (I don't necessarily need the 5-megapixel version, and I can pass on the S410 improvements), and I wonder if anybody can speak from experience with previous updates or speculate about when we will start to see markdowns of the S400 to make way for the S410? Or do most suppliers have such little stock on hand that there isn't much markdown until before the new product hits stores in April? I want a camera for a trip in early March, so I'm trying to figure out how long I should reasonably wait...

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