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Press Releases - February 1, 2005



Canon's New 4.0 Megapixel Powershot A520 Digital Camera Offers Consumers Lightweight Design With Heavyweight Results

New PowerShot A520 Digital Camera Features 4x Optical Zoom, SD/MMC Media And More Compact Than Previous Models


Canon Powershot A520


LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Feb. 1, 2005 Ś Canon's new PowerShot« A520 compact digital camera combines the sought after simplicity of a family-focused camera, a phenomenally faithful four megapixel image sensor and a powerful 4x optical zoom to produce pictures that all can be proud of with the image quality Canon is renowned for. The camera will be in stores this March for an estimated street price of .99*.

Named for their use of AA batteries, Canon's A-series digital cameras offer comfortably placed controls and feature high image quality in order for consumers to capture, save and share images of meaningful memories, personal milestones and family functions.

"We created the A520 model to give consumers an enhanced level of image quality and resolution without sacrificing the flexibility, freedom and fun that digital photography can be," explained 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). "The PowerShot A520 digital camera continues Canon's long-standing tradition of providing consumers with imaging excellence in an affordable and uncomplicated package."

PowerShot A520 Digital Camera

Like its little brother, the PowerShot A510 digital camera, the new PowerShot A520 model also is 13 percent smaller and 10 percent lighter than previous models, and is also 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 A520 model to accept SD and MMC media. Even with its small size, the camera sports a large 1.8-inch LCD screen for easy preview and review. It also includes Canon's exclusive DIGIC image processor for fast processing speed, excellent image quality, and crisp, vibrant colors.

The PowerShot A520 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.

The PowerShot A520 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 modes, which helps make 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 A520 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 camera's 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 from previous models.

The DIGIC« Difference

Image quality is enhanced and improved as a result of Canon's 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.

Print/Share Button

Located on the backside of the PowerShot A520 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 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 via the supplied USB cable, the Print/Share button illuminates to let the user know to press the Print/Share button to begin the printing or downloading process.

The PowerShot A520 digital camera kit includes a USB cable, audio and video cable, wrist strap, 16MB MultiMediaCard and two AA-size Alkaline batteries as well as the Canon Digital Camera Solution Disc Version 22, featuring the latest versions of Canon's powerful software and ArcSoft PhotoStudio.

Optional Accessories

In addition to its rich feature set, the PowerShot A520 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 camera's versatility and make it easier to use in specialized applications such as real estate and insurance photography. An underwater housing, WP-DC60, is also available and can be used at depths up to 130 feet. The combination of the A520 digital camera with the WP-DC60 housing unit is great for family vacations at the beach, while skiing, or simply to help protect the camera from the elements.

New High Power Flash HF-DC1

Canon Powershot A510

Canon was able to improve the performance of the A520 digital camera's built-in flash relative to its predecessor - the PowerShot A85 digital camera, with a maximum distance range of approximately 11 feet at ISO 100. To further enhance the built-in flash of the A520 digital camera, Canon has developed a new optional accessory called the High Power Flash HF-DC1. The flash is a supplementary unit that operates wirelessly and increases the effective flash range up to approximately 30 feet. The HF-DC1 flash is supplied with a mounting bracket so it can be attached to the camera, but it can also be hand-held or mounted on a tripod or accessory light stand to adjust the lighting angle for pro-like quality results. Multiple HF-DC1 units can be synchronized with a single camera for even greater lighting flexibility. This smart high powered slave flash unit is compact and compatible with almost every PowerShot digital camera**.

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 Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America and is rated #35 on the BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands." Its parent company Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ) is a top patent holder of technology, ranking third overall in the U.S. in 2004, with global revenues of .3 billion. For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com.



Powershot A520 Specifications

Camera Effective PixelsApprox. 4.0 million
Image Sensor1/2.5-inch CCD (Total number of pixels: Approx. 3.3 million)
Lens

5.8 (W) - 23.2 (T)mm (35mm film equivalent: 35 - 140mm)
f/2.6 (W) - f/5.5 (T)

Digital ZoomApprox. 3.6x (Up to approx. 14x in combination with the optical zoom)
Optical ViewfinderReal-image zoom viewfinder
LCD Monitor1.8-inch, low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD, approx. 115,000 pixels
AF SystemTTL 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)
Normal AF 45cm (1.5ft.) - infinity
Macro AF 5 - 45cm (2.0in. - 1.5ft.) (W)/
30 - 45cm (11.8in. - 1.5ft.) (T)
Manual focus 5cm (2.0in.) - infinity (W)/
30cm (11.8in.) - infinity (T)
ShutterMechanical shutter + electronic shutter
Shutter Speeds
15 - 1/2000 sec.
The shutter speed varies according to the shooting modes.
Slow shutter speeds of 1.3 sec. or slower operate with noise reduction.
Metering SystemEvaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot (Center)
Exposure Control SystemProgram AE, Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Manual exposure control
Exposure Compensation▒ 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
SensitivityAuto*, ISO 50/100/200/400 equivalent
* Camera automatically sets the optimal speed.
White BalanceAuto, pre-set (available settings: Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent or Fluorescent H) or custom
Built-in FlashAuto*, on*, off
* Red-eye reduction available.
Flash Range
Normal45cm - 3.5m (1.5ft. - 11.5ft.) (W)
45cm - 2.2m (1.5ft. - 7.2ft.) (T)
Macro30 - 45cm (11.8in. - 1.5ft.) (W/T)
when ISO speed set to Auto
Shooting Modes
Auto
Creative zone Program, Shutter-speed priority, Aperture priority, Manual
Image zone Portrait, Landscape, Night scene, Fast shutter, Slow shutter, Special Scene (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Underwater, Indoor, Kids & Pets and Night Snapshot), Stitch assist and Movie
Continuous Shooting
Approx. 1.9 shots/sec.
(Large/Fine mode, LCD monitor off)
Self-timerActivates shutter after an approx. 10-sec./2-sec. delay. Can be set using the custom settings.
PC-controlled ShootingAvailable (USB connection only. Exclusive software program is included in the camera kit.)
Recording MediaSD memory card/MultiMediaCard
File FormatDesign rule for camera file system and DPOF compliant
Data Type
Still imagesExif 2.2 (JPEG)*1
MoviesAVI (Image data: Motion JPEG; Audio data: WAVE (monaural))
CompressionSuperfine, Fine, Normal
Number of Recording Pixels
Still images
Large:2272x1704 pixels
Medium 1:1600x1200 pixels
Medium 2:1024x768 pixels
Small:640x480 pixels
Movies
640x480 pixels, 10 frames/sec. (Approx. 30 sec.)
320x240 pixels, 15 frames/sec. (approx. 3 min.)
160x120 pixels, 15 frames/sec. (approx. 3 min.)
The data in parentheses refer to the maximum movie length per shooting.
Playback ModesSingle (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 PrintCanon Direct Print and Bubble Jet Direct compatible, and PictBridge compliant
My Camera SettingsThe start-up image, start-up sound, shutter sound, operation sound and self-timer sound can be customized using the following methods:
1.Using the images and sounds recorded on the camera.
2.Using downloaded data from your computer using the supplied software.
InterfaceUSB (mini-B, PTP [Picture Transfer Protocol])
Audio/Video output (NTSC or PAL selectable, monaural audio)
Power Source
AA-size alkaline batteries (included in the camera kit)
AA-size rechargeable NiMH batteries NB4-200 (sold separately)
AC Adapter Kit ACK800 (sold separately)
Operating Temperature0 - 40 degrees C (32 - 104 degrees F)
Operating Humidity10 - 90%
Dimensions90.7x64.0x38.4mm (3.6x2.5x1.5in.) (excluding protrusions)
WeightApprox. 180g (6.3oz.) (camera body only)




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