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Canon Elphs, Printers and New D-SLR Await Fall Shoppers

Lake Success, N.Y. — Canon expanded its lineup of consumer and pro digital cameras along with a new photo printer designed to connect to a television for PC-free digital photo viewing and printing.

Among the new introductions is the successor to the compact PowerShot SD10 Digital Elph, the new 5-megapixel SD20. It will ship in four new colors: silver, midnight blue, garnet, Zen gray and features an all-glass, fixed focal length lens, a 6.5x digital zoom and stainless steel and aluminum alloys exteriors. According to Canon, each color variation is built using a unique process to accent the specific color.

Addition features include a 1.5-inch color LCD Screen, through the lens (TTL) 9-point AiAF autofocus, PictBridge compatibility, six white balance modes, five scene modes and a super macro mode up to 1.2 inches.

The SD20 can record AVI movie clips with sound up to three minutes at resolutions of 640 by 480 on SD memory. The SD20 ships next month with a 32MB SD memory card for a suggested $349.99.

More full-featured Elphs will hit shelves this fall including the 3.2-megapixel PowerShot SD200 and the 4-megapixel PowerShot SD300.

Both feature 3x optical zooms, 2-inch LCD screens, 13 shooting modes, UA lenses and a new movie mode that can capture up to one minute of 320 by 240 resolution video at 60 frames per second (fps). The cameras also have the option of capturing VGA-resolution video at 30 fps to the capacity of an SD memory card (16MB included).

The cameras will also offer PictBridge-compatibility, an optical viewfinder, 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.

Both models are capable of continuous shooting at of 2.4 fps to the capacity of the memory card. In order to reduce red-eye, Canon redesigned the lens placement away from the flash unit.

The new cameras are the first in the PowerShot line to utilize the company’s new DIGIC II processor.

The SD200 with an aluminum frame will ship in October for a suggested $299.99. The SD300, with a stainless steel frame, ships in November for a suggested $399.99.

Canon also expanded its photo printer lineup with a compact 4 by 6-inch printer designed to sit on a component rack next to a television. The Selphy DS700 inkjet photo printer ships with a remote control for viewing and printing images off a television.

The model features card slots for Compact Flash, Microdrive, Smart Media, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, SD Card and Multimedia Card. Additional memory cards including xD-Picture Card, Memory Stick Duo/PRO, and miniSD will work with an optional adapter.

The DS700 is also PictBridge-enabled and can accept camera phone images via infrared. It can also connect to a PC via USB.

When using the television as an interface, the printer offers two modes for printing. A slide show mode allows users to pause and print the images they like. A photo print mode lets users select the images they want to print and the desired quantity.

The printer features two picoliter droplets for prints up to 4800 by 1200 dpi resolution. It can produce a 4 by 6-inch borderless photo in approximately 85 seconds from flash memory cards or PictBridge-enabled cameras and 52 seconds from a PC.

The printer will ship this fall for a suggested retail of $199.99.

Finally, the company announced the successor to the EOS-1Ds, the new 16.7-megapixel EOS 1Ds Mark II. The unit, which is scheduled to ship in November for a suggested $7,999, features a full-size 24 by 36mm CMOS sensor that Canon says eliminates focal length conversion factors when using differing lenses.

The camera also employs the second generation DIGIC image processor, DIGIC II, which the company says is twice as fast as the processor found on the original 1Ds.

The EOS-1Ds Mark II camera can capture images at four fps at full resolution up to 32 JPEG or 11 RAW images and offers simultaneous JPEG/RAW recording. Addition features include 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. All of the camera’s settings can be saved to a memory card; the camera accepts CompactFlash and SD memory.