Steve's Digicams - Breaking News - Canon 09/12/03 Press Release
Press Releases - September 12, 2003
Canon's New 4 Megapixel Powershot Digital ELPH SD10 Cameras Combine Imaging Excellence With Colorful Elegance
World's Smallest*** Four Megapixel Cameras Debut on Patricia Field's Runway Sept. 17 At House of Field Show
Four Way Photo Finish
Call it Canon couture, designer digital or simply a photo phenomenon, the PowerShot Digital ELPH SD10 cameras are offered in four art deco-tech colors that will accent an outfit or blend unobtrusively depending on the mood and the moment. Those feeling formal can select the lacquer-like shine of grand piano black or the subtle shimmer of an SD10 adorned in iridescent white. For those who prefer their megapixels to sport a more metallic motif, the SD10 is also available in a satin bronze patina or a platinum silver finish.
The four color-keyed iterations of the new Canon PowerShot Digital ELPH SD10 camera debut as the Fall season's sizzling new fashion accessory when mega-hot fashion designer and star costumer Patricia Field pairs them with her latest line and her models take the cameras on her Fashion Week catwalk. In addition to her "House of Field" fashions, Patricia Field is the costume designer for HBO's hit series Sex & The City and, with partner David Dalrymple, has created some of the most memorable outfits worn by such scintillating stars as Sarah Jessica Parker, Britney Spears, The Dixie Chicks and Joan Collins.
Form Follows Function
"These new Digital ELPH cameras are small enough and light enough to go anywhere and stylish enough to go with any outfit from casual comfort to cutting edge chic without compromising image quality," states 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 Digital ELPH SD10 cameras deliver the brilliant optics, technological innovations and design elements Canon users have come to expect, making this camera model one fashion accent that speaks louder than the proverbial thousand words."
"Today, we are seeing more of a trend toward unconventional accessories. More than just belts and hats, today's fashions are accompanied by cameras and PDA devices," said fashion designer, Patricia Field. "With its sleek design and great colors, the Canon SD10 digital camera compliments every outfit and takes fabulous photos."
Image Excellence and the DIGIC Difference
Despite its diminutive size, the SD10 camera's high-resolution four-megapixel CCD captures brilliant images and then - thanks to Canon's exclusive DIGIC (Digital Imaging Integrated Circuit) Imaging Processor - takes image quality to a new level.
Canon developed the proprietary DIGIC image processing technology specifically for use with its line of digital cameras. DIGIC combines the roles of image processing and camera function control into one chip and because it was 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 a digital camera. The DIGIC Processor offers the added benefit of faster display and write-times for each image and low power consumption, saving valuable battery power.
Direct Printing Plus
Direct Printing significantly expands the appeal of the PowerShot Digital ELPH SD10 cameras by making it simple, quick and convenient to produce high-quality photos without the need for a personal computer. Beyond its Direct Print capability with Canon's Card Photo Printers and acclaimed Bubble Jet Direct Photo Printers, the camera is also compatible with PictBridge,** a new industry protocol that offers the flexibility of direct printing to other brands of PictBridge compatible printers.
The Digital ELPH SD10 cameras support Exif Print, a worldwide standard that transfers important camera settings and data from the camera to the printer ensuring the photos you print will look true to life. Moreover, DPOF 1.1 (Digital Print Order Format) lets users specify the images to be printed or execute batch printing of selected images.
The PowerShot Digital ELPH SD10 cameras feature a high-quality four-element 6.4mm (equivalent to 39mm in 35mm format) f /2.8 single focal length lens and a 5.7x digital zoom. The camera also features an easy to read 1.5-inch (diagonally measured) color LCD Monitor, and through the lens (TTL) 5-point AiAF autofocus. The camera's shutter speeds (mechanical and electronic) range from 15 to 1/1500 of a second and there are 6 white balance modes including Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent and Fluorescent H settings.
Appearing for the first time with any PowerShot camera are three new camera settings: Super Macro mode supports auto-focusing on subjects as close as 1.2 inches from the tip of the lens, resulting in impressive close-ups; Quick Shot mode reduces the time lag between pressing the shutter button and starting the exposure, thus improving the SD10 cameras' ability to capture spontaneous moments; and a new Clock Display mode shows year/month/day and hour/minute/second displays in Shooting Mode by pressing two buttons at once.
The Digital ELPH SD10 cameras' built-in flash features auto/on/off/slow sync operation modes and covers a span of one to six feet in normal shooting mode when ISO sensitivity is set to 100. Maximum distance can be increased to approx. 13 feet at ISO 400. Red-eye reduction is also available in Auto mode.
The Digital ELPH SD10 cameras offer Super Fine, Fine and Normal JPEG compression modes and features resolution settings of 2272 x 1704, 1600 x 1200, 1024 x 768 and 640 x 480 (VGA) for still images. The Digital ELPH SD10 cameras can also shoot movie clips with sound up to 3 minutes apiece at resolutions of 320 x 240 or 160 x 120. Sound memos up to 60 seconds can be recorded with the cameras' built-in microphone and attached to individual still images during playback The camera is supplied with an ultra-compact 32MB SD memory card and features video out and USB ports. Canon supplies a comprehensive software bundle with multiple features, but the SD10 can also be connected directly to Mac OS X and Windows XP computers for basic downloading without installing any software.
Dedicated accessories will include color-coordinated soft cases and an attractive All-Weather Housing that allows underwater photography at depths up to 9.8 feet. This accessory also comes in handy when using the SD10 to photograph outdoor activities such as snow or water skiing, white water rafting, etc.
Carrying a suggested retail price of ,* the Canon PowerShot Digital ELPH SD10 cameras will be available in stores around mid-October.
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 #39 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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