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: Three new models will be added to Canon’s Digital Ixus camera line-up, along with two new CP-series printers.
The new 4-megapixel Digital Ixus 40 and 3.2-megapixel Digital Ixus 30 models feature a 3x optical zoom lens that includes ultra-high refractive aspherical (UA) lens technology in a body that is just two centimetres thick. A large, 2-inch LCD screen is provided for framing and viewing shots and accessing menu items. Both cameras are equipped with the latest DiG!C II image processor to provide super-fast start-up and autofocusing and deliver images with smooth gradation, lower noise and accurate colour. Movie capture has been enhanced and the new models now include a Fast Frame Rate movie with 60 frames/second, the first for a Canon digital camera. Six scene modes are provided, including a new Digital Macro mode that combines close focusing with digital zoom and Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor and Underwater settings. Both models are Direct Print and PictBridge compatible, enabling users to print straight from the cameras without a PC. The Digital Ixus 40 (RRP $699) will be in stores from 1 October, while the Digital Ixus 30 (RRP $599) goes on sale on 1 November.
Even smaller is the new Digital Ixus i5, a 5-megapixel version of the Digital Ixus i, which was released a year ago. Available in four colours, the Ixus i5 is an attractive fashion accessory yet contains some serious imaging functions that make it a worthwhile imaging tool. Among them are a new 9-point selectable AiAF system with a Macro function that allows shooting from as close as three centimetres and Canon’s proprietary DiG!C image processing plus high-precision white balance. Together they deliver high-quality images and allow the Ixus i5 to record up to three minutes of video with audio. The new model is also Direct Print and PictBridge compatible and comes with a comprehensive accessory and software package, including Canon’s complete image management software suite. The Digital IXUS i5 will be available from1 October 2004 and is expected to sell for $549.
The new CP400 (RRP $299) and CP500 (RRP $399) printers produce high-quality photo prints direct from PictBridge compatible digital still, digital video and digital SLR cameras, using a dye-sublimation thermal print-through process. Both models support a variety of output types and sizes, from passport-size photos and mini stickers, through to credit and postcard sizes, and up to 200 x 100mm wide format paper. The main difference between the two models is output speed: the CP400 can produce borderless postcard-sized prints in approximately 80 seconds, while the faster CP500 can produce a borderless postcard-sized print in around 60 seconds. Both models are supplied with a postcard size paper tray, postcard size trial paper pack and ink cassette, compact power adaptor, AC cable, Card Photo Printer Solution Disk, and cleaner stick. The CP500 comes with an additional card size paper tray and card size trial paper and ink cassette. Both models are due for release on 1 November.