Canon today announced another batch of new products, including new digital cameras, new scanners, new photo printers and even a new range of photo papers to go with them.
The Ixus is one of Canon’s most successful line of compact cameras, and it expects to sell its 10 millionth in October 2004. The range is now joined by the Ixus 40 and the Ixus 30. Canon claims these are the smallest cameras to ever feature a 3x optical zoom. They are also the first to employ Canon’s Digic II processor, which ensures faster image processing and playback.
The Ixus 40 is a 4 Megapixel camera, while the Ixus 30 offers 3.2 Megapixels, good enough for prints up to A4 and A3 in size. The cameras are extremely thin - 20.7 mm (Digital IXUS 40) and 21.1mm (Digital IXUS 30), weighing just 115 and 130g respectively. The diminutive sizes are made possible by a string of technological advances, including the new UA lens, slimmer LCD, improved circuit assembly techniques and a smaller, more efficient battery.
The biggest improvement over the current range is in the cameras' movie taking abilities. The movies can be up to 1GB in size or when using high-speed SD cards are only limited by the capacity of the card. They are also the first digital still cameras in the world to feature up to one minute of 60 fps QVGA quality, which allows for in-camera slow motion replay at various user-selectable speeds.
The Digital Ixus 40 and Ixus 30 will be available from October 2004 for a suggested retail price of £319 and £249 including VAT respectively.
At the high end, Canon has released the EOS-1Ds Mark II. This is a professional digital SLR camera boasting a humungous resolution of 16.7 Megapixel. It replaces the award winning 11.1 Megapixel EOS-1Ds.
The new camera now has sufficient resolution to produce files which convert to a 50MB uncompressed TIFF at 24bit colour depth, considered a standard acceptable size by leading international photo agencies and stock libraries.
The feature laden camera offers features such as an optional wireless adaptor that provides 802.11b/g wireless LAN and 100Mbit/sec wired LAN support.
Other key camera specifications include:
• 16.7 MP full frame 36 x 24mm CMOS sensor
• 0.3 second start up and 4fps performance
• ISO 100-1600, expandable to L:50 and H:3200
• Digital Photo Professional v1.5 RAW processing software with support for sRGB, Adobe RGB and wide gamut RGB colour spaces, plus various European, North American and Japanese standard CMYK separation simulations
• Hi-Speed FireWire and Video out interface for complete connectivity
• Dual high performance SD and CF/CF-II card slots (supports cards greater than 2GB)
• Complete compatibility to all EF lenses & EX-series Speedlites
• 2.0” LCD screen with 230,000 pixels, 1.5-10x playback zoom
• Simultaneous RAW & JPEG shooting
• Battery life – approximately 1200 shots at 20C, 800 at 0C – in accordance with CIPA testing standards
The EOS-1Ds MKII will be available from November 2004 for an RRP of £6000 including VAT.