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Old August 19th, 2009, 08:11 AM   #1
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Canon USA announces HD-equipped PowerShot Cameras

CANON U.S.A. ANNOUNCES ADDITIONS TO ITS AWARD-
WINNING LINE OF POWERSHOT DIGITAL CAMERAS

Experience the First-Ever Touch Screen PowerShot Camera; Celebrate the Resurgence of the
S-Series Digital Camera Line; Capture a Memorable Shot with the New High Sensitivity System


LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 19, 2009 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced six new PowerShot cameras offering diverse photographic options for users who have just begun their photographic journey or have been mastering their skills for many years. The new camera line-up delivers the unique features users want, with the superb image quality, ease-of-use and stylish design they have come to expect from Canon.

Whether a professional photographer looking for a smaller camera to tote along on assignment or a snap-happy sports fan heading to the big game, the new PowerShot digital cameras give users options for upgrading their shooting experience. All of the new cameras feature Optical Image Stabilization and use the DIGIC 4 Image Processor, the proprietary technology that accounts for the cameras’ higher performance levels, improved signal processing speeds and enhanced image quality. Smart AUTO technology can now track moving faces and 22 different shooting situations (up from 18 previously) by identifying the surroundings to help ensure proper lighting and focus, providing the confidence to deliver high-quality photos in virtually any situation, from group snapshots, to landscapes, to portraits and more. Select new PowerShot models will have the ability to shoot 720p High-Definition (HD) video, utilize the PureColor System LCD and for the first time from Canon, a PowerShot Digital ELPH camera will have a touch screen user interface for easy navigation through images and menus.

The desire to capture a clear shot of a sunrise or sunset over a mountain range can be fulfilled by using powerful features such as the brand new 10.0-Megapixel High Sensitivity System found on two of the new higher-end PowerShot cameras, the PowerShot G11 and PowerShot S90. Proven to enhance image quality in low-light situations and reduce noise at high ISO speeds, the new High Sensitivity System which is combined with the DIGIC 4 image processor, results in a faster shutter speed to help reduce subject blur and camera shake in recorded images. When it’s not possible to use the flash at an event such as a wedding or a dance recital, this High Sensitivity System will help ensure images look great while making the user the envy of all in attendance.

“With the introduction of these new PowerShot cameras, consumers will have a wide array of choices when looking to upgrade and enhance their photography experience,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. “Professional and entry-level users alike will now have the opportunity to choose the camera which best suits both their photographic and personal style at the same time.”

Canon PowerShot G11 Digital Camera
The PowerShot G-series has long been the flagship of the PowerShot line. The new Canon PowerShot
G11 Digital Camera further adds to the legacy of this award-winning series with its advanced features, variety of shooting modes and compatible EOS accessories which help to enhance one’s photographic creativity. Designed for those looking for a pocket-sized camera with SLR functionality, this new powerful camera is ideal for the consumer who is looking to capture beautiful landscapes and professional portraits by offering:

* A 10.0-Megapixel High Sensitivity System to capture images with a powerful 5x Optical Zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilization. Additionally, a 28mm (equivalent to 28-140 mm) wide-angle lens helps to get large groups into one shot at events such as a family reunion.

* A 2.8-inch vari-angle PureColor System LCD, new to the G-series, allowing for easier on-camera previewing and reviewing of images from nearly every angle, while still incorporating the optical viewfinder found on previous models.

* Easy access to heavily used functions with two mode dials for adjusting ISO and exposure compensation, and a full range of shooting and recording modes, including RAW + JPEG for ultimate creative control when editing images.

* A host of optional accessories, including Speedlite flashes, an underwater housing and a tele-converter lens to provide further photographic flexibility.

Scheduled to be available in October, the PowerShot G11 Digital Camera retails for an estimated price of $499.99.

Canon PowerShot S90 Digital Camera
The PowerShot S90 is the camera photo enthusiasts have been waiting for to add to their photography arsenal. Borrowing its good looks from the PowerShot Digital ELPH line and its high-end functionality from the PowerShot G-series, this new camera has a High Sensitivity System sensor in addition to a 28mm wide-angle f/2.0 lens to help produce sharper images in low-light situations while the customizable control ring allows users to adjust shooting settings providing for further flexibility. For the professional photographer or advanced amateur interested in a versatile point and shoot camera, the PowerShot S90 provides a wealth of advanced technologies to capture those can’t-miss moments. Other features of this camera include:

* A 10.0-Megapixel High Sensitivity System with a 3.8x Optical Zoom and Optical Image Stabilization.
* A customizable control ring for easy access and operation of manual or other creative shooting settings.
* A large 3.0-inch PureColor System LCD for even greater true life color reproduction.
* Full range of shooting and recording modes, including RAW + JPEG, for the ultimate in creative control when editing.


Scheduled to be available in October, the PowerShot S90 Digital Camera retails for an estimated price of $429.99.

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS and SX120 IS Digital Cameras
When consumers are looking for a camera with a powerful zoom that is lightweight and easy-to-use, the PowerShot SX-series should be top-of-mind. Consumers can get a close-up shot without sitting in the front row and be assured images will be of superb quality. The latest additions to the SX-series are the PowerShot SX20 IS and PowerShot SX120 IS.

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Digital Camera Featuring:

* A 12.1-Megapixel sensor with a high-powered 20x wide-angle Optical Zoom lens and Optical Image Stabilizer to help reduce camera shake and achieve magnificent images whether up close or far away.

* The ability to shoot superb 720p (30 fps) HD video with HDMI output to share high-quality videos of memorable moments with family and friends.

* A 2.5-inch vari-angle PureColor System LCD allowing for easy on-camera viewing of images and menus at nearly every angle while also having a viewfinder.

* AA batteries for easy power-up and replacement.


Scheduled to be available in September, the PowerShot SX20 IS Digital Camera retails for an estimated price of $399.99.

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS Digital Camera Featuring:

* A 10.0-Megapixel sensor with a 10x Optical Zoom lens and Optical Image Stabilization helps to ensure images will be clear and how they were meant to be captured.

* A large 3.0-inch LCD allows for easy on-camera previewing and reviewing of menus and images.

* Easy Mode to make picture taking a snap! It gives you the peace of mind when shooting and simplifies camera operation.

* AA batteries for easy power-up and replacement.

Scheduled to be available in September, the PowerShot SX120 IS Digital Camera retails for an estimated price of $249.99.

Canon PowerShot SD980 IS and SD940 IS Digital ELPH Cameras

Most noted for sleek, polished and stylish looks, the ELPH brand has evolved into a product that supremely reflects and expresses one’s personal style. Tiny and compact, these cameras are best known for easily slipping into a shirt or pants pocket, while maintaining their appeal as a fashion accessory. For the first time ever from Canon, a member of the ELPH family will have a 3.0-inch touch panel PureColor System LCD further enhancing its appeal and ease-of-use. With this new line of ELPH cameras, color, style and personal reflection are still the hallmarks of the brand.

Canon PowerShot SD980 IS Digital ELPH Camera Featuring:

* A large 3.0-inch touch panel PureColor System LCD screen with a cutting-edge interface for easy navigating through images and menus.

* 720p HD video shooting capabilities plus HDMI output connector for easy playback of video and photos on HDTV’s to share with friends and family.

* A 5x Optical Zoom lens with an ultra-wide 24mm lens, plus Optical Image Stabilization, great for vast landscapes and capturing a large group of friends at a red carpet event.

* The 12.1-Megapixel sensor to help ensure superb image quality.

* Four distinguished colors; silver, blue, purple and gold.

Scheduled to be available in October, the PowerShot SD980 IS Digital ELPH Camera retails for an estimated price of $329.99.

Canon PowerShot SD940 IS Digital ELPH Camera Featuring:

* A 12.1-Megapixel sensor, 28mm wide-angle lens with 4x Optical Zoom lens and Optical Image Stabilization offering versatility when shooting in the field.

* 720p HD movie shooting capabilities plus HDMI output connector for easy playback of video and photos on an HDTV.

* A large, crisp 2.7-inch PureColor System LCD with a wide viewing angle, great for sharing photos and video with friends.

* Timeless colors of muted metallics in blue, black, silver and brown to match any mood.


Scheduled to be available in September, the PowerShot SD940 IS Digital ELPH Camera retails for an estimated price of $299.99.

Canon iMAGE GATEWAY
Canon iMAGE GATEWAY is an exclusive online photography resource and service for registered owners of qualified Canon products. Users can upload and share photos and videos with friends and family if they have registered certain qualifying products via their Canon Account. Members also gain access to informative photography-related articles on topics such as macro shooting, portrait photography, printing tips and print projects to get the most out of their photos. Registered qualifying PowerShot digital cameras owners are able to customize their Canon camera with great start-up images and sounds. The Video Podcast Service – available for qualifying camera and video product owners – enables members to upload videos to be shared and viewed, which can also be used with Apple's iTunes® and downloaded to access on an Apple iPod® or iPhone™ mobile device.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked third overall in the U.S. in 2008†, with global revenues of US $45 billion, is listed as number four in the computer industry on Fortune Magazine's World’s Most Admired Companies 2009 list, and is on the 2008 BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands." At Canon, we care because caring is essential to living together in harmony. Founded upon a corporate philosophy of Kyosei – “all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future” – Canon U.S.A. supports a number of social, youth, educational and other programs, including environmental and recycling initiatives. Additional information about these programs can be found at About Canon: Corporate Philosophy.
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Old August 19th, 2009, 09:08 AM   #2
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G11, S90, SX20 IS, SX120 IS photos...
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980 Is, 940 IS photos... both of these record HD 720p.
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SX20 Uses 25 Mbps for 720p Video

At 25 Mbps, that rate is 33% higher than that of the SX1 at 42.5 Mbps, on a bit-per-pixel basis. Is the bit-rate of the SX1 too low for the best quality? With CHDK, the SX1 encodes at much lower bit-rates, with no apparent quality loss, so I don't understand why the rate of the SX20 is so high. The SX20 video may be the best part of its performance, as the photos may suffer with 12-MP on the small sensor. But, it might turn out to be a bargain, just as a 720p camcorder, even if only for use as a backup.
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I think this shows that the marriage between the video and still world is real and will continue to expand......

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Would it therefore be considered an "open marriage"...?!
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