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Canon debuts new professional SLR, Digital ELPHs

updated 08:10 am EDT, Tue September 21, 2004

New Canon cameras

camera provides five preset color matrix settings plus two custom settings as well as improved support for the Adobe RGB color space improved through the use of DCF 2.0 and Exif 2.21 file formats. The camera's white balance correction feature permits nine adjustments in full step increments; compensation for blue/amber bias or magenta/green bias; white balance bracketing in three full stop increments and auto white balance derived exclusively from image sensor data. The camera features ten white balance settings: Auto, daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten light, fluorescent light, flash, manual, custom and personal.

Canon says its EOS-1Ds Mark II starts up in as little as 0.3 seconds and captures 4 fps at full resolution for bursts of up to 32 JPEG or 11 RAW images; it offers ISO options from 100 to 1600 in 1/3-stop increments with the flexibility to expand the range to ISO 50 or ISO 3200 by utilizing the camera's custom functions. The camera offers a shutter lag time of 55ms and a 45-point AF fousing system along with a 21-zone metering sensor. The camera features 20 built-in Custom Functions with 65 settings and 27 personal function settings that can be uploaded to the camera with the use of dedicated software.

The camera offers a choice of five image quality settings: RAW (16.6 megapixels); Large JPEG (16.6 megapixels); Medium 1 JPEG (8.6 megapixels), Medium 2 JPEG (6.3 megapixels), and Small JPEG (4.2 megapixels). In addition, RAW files and JPEGS can be shot separately or simultaneously. The camera's two dedicated card slots for Compact Flash (Type I or II) and SD memory cards allows for either simultaneous backup recording or sequential storage for greater storage capacity. It offers FireWire, USB, and TV connections for maximum flexibility in printing and transferring files.

The EOS-1Ds Mark II also features a higher-resolution (230,000 pixel) color LCD Monitor that measures two inches on the diagonal and provides 100% coverage. The monitor is equipped with a magnification feature that provides a 1.5 X to 10X scrollable zoom in 15 stops, enabling users to check the focus and exposure of their images with greater on-the-spot precision. The monitor also provides five brightness settings, a new and bolder typeface to allow for easier reading of text menus and an auto (or manual) rotation feature that rotates a vertically shot image. It offers 1200 shots per charge, double that of its original (and recent) EOS-1Ds ancestor, according to Canon.

The EOS-1Ds Mark II will ship in November for 8,000 and is available with an optional Wireless File Transmitter (WFT-E1A), also expected to ship in Novemer (pricing not available). The WFT-E1 transmitter includes a mini antenna, a long and short IEE1394 cable, a case and camera mounting screw.

Canon's 'fashion-focused' PowerShot SD20 Digital ELPHs

The compact 5MP PowerShot SD20 Digital ELPH cameras (3.6 x 1.9 x 0.7 inches) are available in Garnet, Midnight Blue, Zen Gray, and Silver. They incorporate a full range of high-performance features including a high-quality four-element 6.4mm (equivalent to 39mm in 35mm format) f /2.8 single focal length lens and a 6.5x digital zoom. The camera also features an easy to read 1.5-inch (diagonally measured) color LCD Screen, through the lens (TTL) 9-point AiAF autofocus and an Intelligent Orientation Sensor that provides the user with a horizontal image during playback, even if the picture was taken vertically. The camera's shutter speeds range from 15 seconds to 1/1500th of a second and it offers 6 white balance modes including Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent and Fluorescent H settings.

The new PowerShots include five new scene modes, including portrait, landscape, night snapshot, indoor and underwater; Super Macro mode which supports auto-focusing on subjects as close as 1.2 inches; and Quick Shot mode to reduce time lag between pressing the shutter button and starting the exposure to capture spontaneous moments and Photo Effect Mode. The built-in flash features auto/on/off/slow sync operation modes and covers a span of one to six feet in normal shooting mode when ISO sensitivity is set to Auto and has a maximum distance of 13 feet at ISO 400. The camera also features red-eye reduction in Auto mode.

The digital cameras offer Super Fine, Fine and Normal JPEG compression modes and features resolution settings of 2592 x 1944, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200 and 640 x 480 (VGA) for still images. A AVI movie mode supports sound and up to 3 minutes of video at up to 640 x 480.

The PowerShot SD20 Digital ELPH camera kit includes an ultra-compact 32MB SD memory card and features video out and USB cables. The cameras are expected to ship in October for $350.

New PowerShot SD200/SD300 offer big screen viewing

The 3.2-megapixel PowerShot SD200 Digital ELPH and 4.0-megapixel PowerShot SD300 Digital ELPH cameras combine large 2.0-inch LCD screens, cutting edge technology with UA Lens and Canon's exclusive DIGIC II image processing technology into an ultra compact (3.35" x 2.20" x 0.94") package.

The 3.2 megapixel PowerShot SD200 Digital ELPH features a 35-105mm (35mm equivalent) 3x optical/3.2x digital zoom lens in an elegant aluminum frame, while Canon's new ultra slim 4.0 megapixel PowerShot SD300 Digital ELPH camera features a 35 - 105mm 3x optical/3.6x digital zoom lens in a striking high-gloss stainless steel frame that fits comfortably in the palm of the hand with simplified controls that make it easy to operate. The slim new SD300 will be available in November for $400, while the SD200 is due in October for $300.

Both the SD200 and SD300 feature the new Fast Frame Rate Movie Mode, which records movies at 60 frames-per-second (fps) at up to 320 x 240 pixel resolution. It also supports 30 fps recording at up to 640 x 480. They include an optical viewfinder, (TTL) 9-point AiAF autofocus and an Intelligent Orientation Sensor, and 13 shooting modes, including: Auto, Manual, Stitch Assist, Movie Mode including Fast Frame Rate, Digital Macro, and Special Scene Modes including Portrait, Night Snapshot, Photo Effect, Kids and Pets, Indoor, and Underwater. Users can shoot single frames or continuously at a rate of 2.4 fps until the SD card is full.

The cameras leverage uniquely designed optical zoom lenses, which feature Canon's exclusive Ultra High Refractive Index Aspherical technology (UA Lens technology), allowing the camera body to be even thinner and more compact than previous models with smaller zoom ratios. Both are also the first in the PowerShot line of digital cameras to utilize DIGIC II Technology for improved color reproduction of high-saturation, bright subjects, improved auto white balance precision, and wider dynamic range in highlight areas. In addition, the chip offers performance improvements, including improved start-up time, autofocus calculation, card-writing speed, continuous shooting and movie recording.

The PowerShot SD200 and SD300 camera kits include USB cable, AV Cable, Battery Charger, rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery Pack, Wrist Strap and a 16MB SD Memory Card along with the latest versions of Canon Digital Solutions Software and the ArcSoft Camera Suite.

by MacNN Staff





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