Steve's Digicams - Breaking News - Canon 01/20/2005 Press Release
Press Releases - January 20, 2005
Canon's New Powershot A510 Digital Camera Provides Quality And Flexibility In An Affordable Compact PackageNew PowerShot A510 Digital Camera Features 4x Optical Zoom, SD Media And Smaller Size Than Previous Models
Named for their use of AA batteries, Canonís A-series digital cameras offer easy-to-use, high quality features to consumers looking to capture, save and share meaningful memories, personal milestones and family functions.
"Backed by more than 70 years of imaging technology experience, Canon delivers sophisticated, stylish high-quality digital imaging technology and easy-to-use product designs that fit into a wide range of consumer lifestyles," said Yukiaki Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of the consumer imaging group at Canon U.S.A., Inc, a subsidiary of Canon, Inc. (NYSE:CAJ). "Canonís PowerShot A-series has been the most popular digital camera line-up among consumers for almost two successive two years. We fully expect the PowerShot A510 camera to be as well received by consumers as its predecessors."
PowerShot A510 Digital Camera
The next generation PowerShot A510 digital camera is 13 percent smaller and 10 percent lighter than its predecessor, yet it is equipped with a longer 4.0x 35-140mm (35mm format equivalent) optical zoom lens with Canon optics for sharp images. The new lens features all-glass construction and two aspherical elements in a seven-element formula.
In order to make the camera smaller, Canon engineered the new PowerShot A510 model to accept SD media. Even with its small size, the camera sports a large 1.8-inch LCD screen for easy preview and review. It also includes Canonís exclusive DIGIC image processor for faster processing speed and excellent image quality with crisp, vibrant colors.
The PowerShot A510 digital camera requires only two AA batteries, while providing the same number of shots (300 with LCD screen on) as previous models that used four batteries, thanks to reductions in power consumption made possible by improvements in key components and circuit design.
Like its A75 predecessor, the PowerShot A510 digital camera is equipped with a nine-point AiAF "Smart" autofocus system and 13 shooting modes. The standard shooting modes are Full Auto, Program, Manual, Shutter-priority and Aperture-priority with additional modes including Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Fast Shutter, Slow Shutter, Special Scene, Stitch Assist and Movie. The Special Scene mode, which makes it easy for beginners to achieve optimum results in many popular photo opportunities, has been enhanced with the addition of two new settings called Night Snapshot and Kids & Pets. The PowerShot A510 digital camera is also capable of recording movies with sound for up to three minutes per clip, making it perfect for capturing memories in motion.
The new cameraís grip is ergonomically improved, and the control layout is even easier to use than before. Other camera functions including self-timer and review have also been enhanced for greater creative flexibility.
The DIGICô Difference
Image quality is enhanced and improved as a result of Canonís proprietary DIGIC (Digital Imaging Integrated Circuit) image processor. DIGIC combines the roles of image processing and camera function control into one chip, resulting in faster display and write times for each image and lower power consumption, which extends battery life. Moreover, because DIGIC technology was designed specifically for use in digital cameras it is also capable of handling JPEG compression and expansion; memory card control; LCD/Video control and processing gain control (control of CCD signal amplification); Auto Exposure; Auto Focus; Auto White Balance control and most other functions.
In a first for its digital camera line-up, Canon introduces a zoom flash. Linked to the zoom lens, the zoom mechanism narrows the flashís angle of throw to extend flash range at the telephoto end. A new optional High Power Flash accessory, the HF-DC1, further extends the options for night and indoor shooting. With a guide number of 18 (ISO 100, metres), the slave flash automatically fires in-sync with the cameraís in-built flash, ignoring any pre-flash. It can be adjusted to three power output settings based on the aperture value of the camera. The unit attaches to the camera with a supplied bracket that maintains the ability to mount both camera and flash on a tripod.
Located on the backside of the PowerShot A510 digital camera is the Print/Share button. This button simplifies and accelerates direct printing to compatible Canon and PictBridge-enabled printers and one-touch image transfer to Windows XP, Me, 2000, and 98 computers for use with image processing programs, uploading to the Internet, or as email attachments. When the camera is connected to a compatible printer or computer, the Print/Share button illuminates to let the user know to press the Print/Share button to begin the printing or downloading process.
In addition to its rich feature set, the PowerShot A510 digital camera is compatible with a wide variety of optional accessories including supplementary wide-angle (WC-DC52), telephoto (TC-DC52A) and close-up lenses (52mm Close-up Lens 250D). These accessories enhance the new cameraís versatility and make it easier to use in specialized applications such as real estate and insurance photography. A Waterproof Case WP-DC60 is also available and can be used at depths up to 130 feet. The combination of the A510 digital camera with the WP-DC60 housing is great for family vacations at the beach, while skiing, or simply to protect the camera from the elements.
Pricing & Availability
The PowerShot A510 digital camera kit includes Interface Cable IFC-400PCU, AV Cable AVC-DC300, Wrist Strap WS-200, SD MultiMediaCard MMC-16M and two AA-size Alkaline batteries as well as Canon Digital Camera Solution Disc Version 22, featuring the latest versions of Canonís powerful software and ArcSoft PhotoStudio. The Canon PowerShot A510 digital camera kit will be available by the end of January for an estimated street price of .99*.
About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. The Company is listed as one of Fortuneís Most Admired Companies in America, and is rated #35 on the Business Week list of "Top 100 Brands." Its parent company Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ) is a top-patent holder of technology, ranking second overall in the U.S. in 2003, with global revenues of .9 billion. For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com.
Powershot A510 Specifications
|Camera Effective Pixels||Approx. 3.2 million|
|Image Sensor||1/2.5-inch CCD (Total number of pixels: Approx. 3.3 million)|
5.8 (W) - 23.2 (T)mm (35mm film equivalent: 35 - 140mm)
|Digital Zoom||Approx. 3.2x (Up to approx. 13x in combination with the optical zoom)|
|Optical Viewfinder||Real-image zoom viewfinder|
|LCD Monitor||1.8-inch, low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD, approx. 115,000 pixels|
|AF System||TTL autofocus|
Focus lock and Manual focus are available
9-point AiAF/1-point AF (fixed to center)
|Shooting Distance (from the front of the lens)|
|Shutter||Mechanical shutter + electronic shutter|
|Metering System||Evaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot (Center)|
|Exposure Control System||Program AE, Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Manual exposure control|
|Exposure Compensation||Ī 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments|
|Sensitivity||Auto*, ISO 50/100/200/400 equivalent|
* Camera automatically sets the optimal speed.
|White Balance||Auto, pre-set (available settings: Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent or Fluorescent H) or custom|
|Built-in Flash||Auto*, on*, off|
* Red-eye reduction available.
|Self-timer||Activates shutter after an approx. 10-sec./2-sec. delay. Can be set using the custom settings.|
|PC-controlled Shooting||Available (USB connection only. Exclusive software program is included in the camera kit.)|
|Recording Media||SD memory card/MultiMediaCard|
|File Format||Design rule for camera file system and DPOF compliant|
|Compression||Superfine, Fine, Normal|
|Number of Recording Pixels|
|Playback Modes||Single (histogram displayable), Index (9 thumbnail images), Magnified (approx. 10x (max.) in LCD monitor, advance or reverse through magnified images possible), Auto play, Sound memos (up to 60 sec.) or Movie.|
|Direct Print||Canon Direct Print and Bubble Jet Direct compatible, and PictBridge compliant|
|My Camera Settings||The start-up image, start-up sound, shutter sound, operation sound and self-timer sound can be customized using the following methods: |
|Interface||USB (mini-B, PTP [Picture Transfer Protocol])|
Audio/Video output (NTSC or PAL selectable, monaural audio)
|Operating Temperature||0 - 40 degrees C (32 - 104 degrees F)|
|Operating Humidity||10 - 90%|
|Dimensions||90.7x64.0x38.4mm (3.6x2.5x1.5in.) (excluding protrusions)|
|Weight||Approx. 180g (6.3oz.) (camera body only)|
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