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Press Releases - August 20, 2003



Canon's Powershot A80 Digital Camera Packs Four Megapixels Into Portable Package For Powerful Picture Taking

Canon's New PowerShot A80 Delivers Professional Features at an Entry-Level Price


Canon A80


LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Aug. 20, 2003 Canon's rugged new four-megapixel PowerShot A80 Digital Camera combines brilliant image quality, crisp Canon optics, and advanced features including a 3X optical zoom and a Vari-Angle LCD Monitor in an affordable and easy-to-use package.

The PowerShot A80 is the new flagship of the PowerShot A-series line-up, which also includes the A60, A70, and A300. The new model is also the first PowerShot to support PictBridge*, the new standard for high-quality direct printing. The PowerShot A80 will be delivered to authorized dealers in October at a suggested list price of just .

"We packed advanced features into an entry-level PowerShot digital camera to provide consumers with professional capabilities at an affordable price," 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). "This lightweight durable digital camera also captures eye-catching high-resolution photos with its sharp Canon zoom lens and exclusive DIGIC image processor."

Housed in a compact metal body, the PowerShot A80 digital camera is solidly built yet light weight at 8.8 ounces. The camera features a 1/1.8 inch, 4.0 megapixel CCD sensor that captures images up to 2272 x 1704 pixels with exceptional detail and color fidelity. Canon's exclusive DIGIC processor improves image quality and increases camera responsiveness and image processing speeds compared to general purpose CPUs found in other comparable digital cameras.


PowerShot A80 Key Features:

  • 4.0 Megapixel digital camera with 3X optical zoom/11X combined zoom

  • Durable and compact metal body equipped with a 14-mode Command Dial, 9-point AiAF and 270 Vari-Angle LCD Monitor for flexibility and ease of use

  • Canon-exclusive DIGIC image processor with iSAPS technology for fast, high-quality image processing, improved responsiveness and decreased power consumption

  • Intelligent Orientation Sensor for automatic rotation of vertical-format shots

  • Improved control layout with larger dial and buttons

  • Multiple manual overrides and customizable My Camera function plus Movie Mode (max 3 min) and voice memos with sound and speaker

  • Broad range of optional accessories including wide converter (0.7x), tele-converter (1.75x), close-up lens, waterproof case (up to depths of 130 ft.), AC adapter and car battery cable

  • Uses easy to find AA-size batteries and Type I CF card removable storage

  • Supports PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) driverless PC connection with Win XP and Mac OS X.


With *PictBridge compatible cameras or camcorders, consumers can easily print pictures at home, the office or while traveling, with any PictBridge compatible printer. Users simply connect the camera or camcorder to the printer with a USB cable and then select images and print settings from the camera's LCD monitor. The PowerShot A80 Digital Camera can also print directly to any Canon dye-sublimation or Bubble Jet Direct compatible printer for fast, high-quality photos.

Canon developed the proprietary DIGIC (Digital Imaging Integrated Circuit) image processor specifically for use with its line of digital cameras. The technology combines the jobs of image processing and camera function control into one chip. Because it was specifically designed for use in digital cameras, it is also capable of handling JPEG compression/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 of the camera or camcorder. The result is a product that offers faster and more powerful auto focus than ever before, faster image processing, longer battery life, and the ability to record 3-minute movie clips with sound.

The DIGIC chip's high-speed processing enables Canon's exclusive iSAPS (an acronym for Intelligent Scene Analysis based on Photographic Space) technology that improves picture quality by "predicting" certain camera settings like focusing distance, exposure and optimum white balance based on zoom focal length, overall light level and tonal distribution data. With iSAPS, the PowerShot A80 camera can analyze a scene just before the image is made and in doing so, increase the speed and precision of the camera's autofocus, auto exposure and auto white balance.

Canon's PowerShot A80 Digital Camera will be available in October for a suggested retail price of .

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 ranked #43 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 2002, with global revenues of .5 billion. Canon U.S.A. employs more than 10,000 people at over 30 locations. For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com.

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Specification and prices subject to change without notice. Actual price is determined by retailers and may vary.

*For a list of PictBridge enabled printers visit http://www.cipa.jp/pictbridge/.

DIGIC is a trademark of Canon Inc.

PictBridge is a trademark.

All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.







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