: Canon will launch seven non-interchangeable digital still cameras, two digital camcorders and four 35mm film cameras between 1 March and 1 April 2004.
Of particular interest is the PowerShot Pro 1, which boasts an 8-megapixel sensor and 7.2-50.8mm (28-200mm in 35mm format) lens. This model is the only 8-megapixel digicam that supports the Adobe RGB colour space – in addition to standard sRGB colour. (Photo Review hopes to publish a review of this camera in the June/July issue.) Also commanding attention is the PowerShot S1 IS, a 3.2-megapixel camera with a 10x optical zoom lens and optical image stabilisation. Both these cameras support VGA movie capture and both feature Canon’s DiG!C image processor. Both have vari-angle LCD monitors for improved viewing and shooting.
New point-and-shoot digicams include the 5-megapixel Digital Ixus 500 and 4-megapixel Digital Ixus 430, which have similar features to the Digital Ixus 400 but provide a higher-resolution option. The Digital Ixus IIs has been introduced as an entry-level model for the Ixus range. The new 3.2-megapixel point-and-shoot PowerShot A310 will bring movie capture with sound and five photo effects modes to the market at an under-$350 price point, while the 3.2-megapixel PowerShot A75 introduces a n extensive suite of functions and 3x zoom lens in a compact, body with an affordable price tag. All the new digicams listed above feature PictBridge compatibility for direct printing to any PictBridge-enabled printer.
On the digital camcorder front, the new MVX200i and MVX250i models sport 1.3-megapixel sensors and redesigned bodies that are more comfortable to hold. Due for release in April, they are 40% smaller than the models they replace and feature a Print/Share button for easy direct printing. Both models have slots for SD cards and both include selectable 3-frame AF, Stitch Assist panoramas, AE bracketing and Canon’s ‘My Camera’ menu customisation. Both come with new high-efficiency battery packs and compact power adaptors plus the addition of DV Messenger 2 to the bundled software suite. The MVX200i has a 14x zoom lens, while the MVX250i has an 18x zoom lens and Super Night mode that allows colour images to be captured in complete darkness.
New 35mm cameras include the EOS 30V and EOS 33V SLR models, both of which will be competitively priced and provide many attractive features for keen photographers. Both models include a fast, wide-area 7-point AF system with superimposed display (in the EOS 30V it supports eye control) and both have E-TTL auto flash and near silent 4 fps continuous shooting modes. Full manual control over shooting parameters is supported and both cameras include six programmed image control modes. Two new models have been added to the SureShot compact 35mm camera range, the entry-level SureShot BF-10, which will be priced at $69 and the SureShot 150u, which has a 38-150mm lens and will be priced at around $299.
Full details of these and other recently released products can be found at www.canon.com.au.