May 17
Canon Debuts Compact Cameras
Smallest 2 and 3 megapixel cameras in Canon's line

by David Nagel
Senior Producer

Canon today introduced two new digital cameras, the smallest in its lineup of 2 and 3 megapixel products. The EOS D30 is a 3 megapixel single-lens reflex digital camera measuring 5.9" x 4.2" x 3" and weighing in at 1.6 lbs. It uses a new large-area CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) imaging sensor for producing color prints up to 11" x 14". It accommodates all Canon EF lenses plus a wide range of EOS system accessories.

New features in the camera include recording format (Large/Fine, Large/Normal, Small/Fine, Small/Normal and Raw) and white balance adjustment; a 1.8" LCD color monitor on the back panel for viewing and confirming images, as well as screens for 13 types of custom functions and a variety of camera settings, including shutter speeds, aperture and exposure; fully automatic operation with 11 shooting modes; a high-speed three-point autofocusing system; a 35-zone evaluative metering sensor linked to each focusing point; 13 Custom Functions; seven white balance modes; a built-in USB interface; a PC socket for studio-type strobes; and a built-in E-TTL flash system. The camera also allows high-speed shooting at a speed of approximately three frames per second for up to eight continuous images at the default image quality setting.

Image data is stored on CompactFlash cards, storing about 12 pictures on a 16 MB card when shooting in the "Large/Normal" mode. The camera is also compatible with the CompactFlash Type II cards.

The EOS D30 is bundled with Canon's TWAIN driver software; ZoomBrowser for acquiring, viewing, filing and printing captured images; PhotoStitch for creating panoramas; and Photoshop LE retouching software. All packaged software will run on Windows (95/98/2000/NT 4.0) and Macintosh (Mac OS 7.5.3 or higher, QuickTime 2.1 or higher).

Canon also introduced the PowerShot S100 today. The 2.1 megapixel digital camera with a zoom lens measures just 3.4" x 2.2" x 1.1". It comes bundled with a suite of programs for image management, editing, compositing and printing, including Adobe PhotoDeluxe and PhotoStitch for both Macintosh and Windows, as well as with ZoomBrowser EX for Windows and ImageBrowser for the Mac.

The EOS D30 is expected to be available in the fall of this year for $3,500. The PowerShot S100 will be available in June for $699. For more information, visit http://usa.canon.com.

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