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Canon Launches Tiny 4-Megapixel DigiCam

Lake Success, N.Y. – Canon’s announced a new PowerShot digital camera that it is calling the ‘world’s smallest’ 4-megapixel camera.

The small form factor Digital Elph SD10 weighs in at 3.5 ounces and is 3.6-inches wide, 1.9-inches tall and .7-inches deep. It will ship in mid-October with a suggested retail price of $449 in four different colors: lacquer black, iridescent white, satin bronze patina or a platinum silver finish.

The SD10 features a fixed focus lens and a 5.7x digital zoom. Other features include a 1.5-inch color LCD, through the lens 5-point AiAF autofocus and 6 white balance modes (including auto, daylight, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent and fluorescent H).

Canon also incorporated three new shooting modes on the SD10, the first time such modes have been found in a PowerShot camera. The first, Super Macro, supports auto-focusing on subjects as close as 1.2 inches from the tip of the lens. The second is Quick Shot, which reduces the time lag between pressing the shutter button and starting the exposure. Finally a Clock Display mode shows year/month/day and hour/minute/second displays in shooting mode by pressing two buttons at once.

The SD10 can shoot movie clips with sound at up to 3 minutes apiece at resolutions of 320 by 240 or 160 by 120. Users can add 60 sound memos with the cameras’ built-in microphone and attach them to individual still images in playback mode.

The camera will ship with a 32MB SD memory card, while dedicated accessories will include an All-Weather Housing that allows underwater photography at depths up to 9.8 feet.

The new SD10 is PictBridge compatible and also supports direct printing through the USB cable to Canon’s line of photo printers.