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Canon launches PowerShot, other digital cameras

updated 07:30 am EDT, Fri August 20, 2004

New Canon digital cameras

digital camera line. Named after their AA-battery power source, the new PowerShot A400 ($180), A85 ($300) and A95 ($400) digital cameras offer exceptional combination of top-of-the-line features, functional design and high image quality at a value price point. Canon also launched its new S-Series digital camera: the 7.1-megapixel PowerShot S70 ($600), which offers a high-performance 28-100mm UA wide-angle 3.6x optical zoom lens and a compact, two-toned dark metallic and black body. Canon's new 7.1-megapixel PowerShot G6 ($700) digital camera features a new compact design, a 4x zoom, multiple EOS-based shooting modes, and other advanced features. Finaly, its new EOS 20D digital SLR (starting at $1500) offers an 8.2 megapixel sensor, continuous shooting of five frames-per-second, and more for news, wedding and portrait photographers.

The EOS 20D SLR has a new APS-C (15.0 x 22.5 mm) 8.2 megapixel CMOS image sensor designed and manufactured by Canon. Canon says it is the first mid-range digital SLR to offer high-speed continuous shooting of five frames-per-second with a burst of 23 frames at highest JPEG resolution. The camera also boasts a 0.2-second startup time and has a shutter release time lag of only 65 milliseconds. It also features an all-new 9-point AF unit with high-precision cross-type sensor that offers one full stop better low-light performance than its EOS 10D predecessor.

Canon says the EOS 20D digital SLR is both smaller and lighter (by about 3.6 ounces) than the 10D model, but retains the rugged stainless steel chassis and magnesium alloy body covers of its predecessor. The Canon EOS 20D digital SLR incorporates the .CR2 (Canon RAW, 2nd edition) file format, which records the white balance data, processing parameters, and other settings. The EOS 20D also complies with DCF 2.0, revised to support Adobe RGB, and Exif 2.21 and is compatible with PictBridge, CP Direct and Bubble Jet Direct print transfer protocols.

The EOS 20D will be supplied with the latest versions of Canon's popular Digital Photo Professional and EOS Viewer Utility software, as well as Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 for image editing. It will ship in September for $1,500 without a lens; $1,600 with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5 -5.6 zoom lens; and $2,000 with the new EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Wide Angle Zoom lens. All three kits include the camera body as well as the BP-511A lithium-ion battery pack, Battery Charger CG-580, USB Cable IFC-400PCU, Video Cable VC-100, and a wide neckstrap.

PowerShot G6 offers advanced DSLR functionality

Equipped with a higher resolution 7.1-megapixel CCD-type sensor, the PowerShot G6 digital camera captures 3072 x 2304 pixel images, offers a vari-angled 2.0" LCD monitor, includes a 4x all-glass optical zoom (4.1x digital), and more. It has been reengineered with a faster start-up time, simultaneous RAW+JPEG recording and an enhanced large size (640x480) movie mode as well as improved zoom times.

Other features include the 9-point AiAF for fast and precise focusing, an Intelligent Orientation Sensor that automatically rotates vertical shots during playback, 12 EOS-based Shooting Modes (with Photo Effects, Custom Modes, enhanced Super Macro Mode, Wide-area FlexiZone AF/AE and Spot Metering), CompactFlash Type I/II support, a flexible 270-degree swivel LCD, and smaller body size. It is also compatible with high-quality Canon supplementary lenses including Wide and Tele converters as well as a Close-up lens.

The PowerShot G6 digital camera kit includes a USB cable, AVC-DC300 AV Cable, Battery Charger CG-580, rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery Pack BP-511A, 32 MB Compact Flash card, a Wireless Controller WL-DC100, software, neckstrap and lens cap. It will be available in September for $700.

PowerShot S70 offers 28-100mm Wide-Angle Zoom

The new PowerShot S70 digital camera offers state-of-the-art optics with an increased resolution 7.1-megapixel sensor and a sleek design. It offers a 3.6x optical zoom lens, leveraging Canon's exclusive Ultra High Refractive Index Aspherical technology, which produces outstanding sharpness and clarity while at the same time allowing the camera body to be even thinner and more compact than previous models with smaller zoom ratios. The S70 model's stylish dark metallic and black two-toned body with elegant chrome accents has a smooth-sliding lens cover that acts as an on-off switch; it features a redesigned control layout on the rear of the camera and an upgraded LCD monitor with a new animated menu navigation system.

Canon also says the camera includes a new lithium-ion battery pack, the NB-2LH model, which delivers approximately 26% higher capacity than the previous NB-2L. Other improved features include a faster startup, faster continuous shooting at 2 fps, 13 shooting modes including enhanced VGA Movie Mode, RAW+JPEG recording with user-selectable JPEG resolution, and optional tele-converter, wireless controller and underwater housing accessories.

The Canon PowerShot S70 digital camera comes bundled with battery pack NB-2LH and charger CB-2LT, USB cable and 32MB Compact Flash card. Optional accessories include the new waterproof case WP-DC40, Conversion Lens Adapter LA-DC10, 2.0x Tele-converter TC-DC10, which extends the focal length to 200mm and Wireless Controller WL-DC100. The PowerShot S70 digital camera will be available in September for $600.

New Entry-level PowerShot cameras

The new 3.2-megapixel PowerShot A400 digital camera comes in four exclusive colors: Silver, Sky Blue, Lime Green and Sunset Gold. It features a 2.2x Optical/3.2x Digital zoom lens along with a fast shutter release and special Scene Modes (Portrait; Night Scene; Foliage; Snow; Beach; Fireworks; Underwater; and Indoor), allowing first-time digital camera users to capture, print and share high quality, clear images. The PowerShot A400 digital camera is the first A-series model to use SD media, a miniature memory card format that helps to make the camera body smaller and lighter. The camera is 11 percent smaller than its predecessor; it ships with a USB cable, 16MB SD Memory Card and two AA Alkaline batteries. It will ship in September for $180.

The PowerShot A85 Digital Camera, due in August for $300, is a 4.0-megapixel digital camera with 3.2x optical zoom lens and a large 1.8" LCD monitor. As a replacement for last year's popular PowerShot A70 model--the best selling digital camera in the U.S. in 2003, according to NPD Group--the PowerShot A85 camera sports 13 shooting modes including Special Scene Modes, including Kids & Pets and Underwater modes.

by MacNN Staff



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