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Canon Intros 4 Megapixel Camera

Film scanner also unveiled By Dave Nagel
Canon has introduced its new PowerShot G2, the company's first 4 megapixel digital camera. It will be available in September. Canon also unveiled its new 35 mm film scanner, which will also ship in September.

The PowerShot G2
The Canon PowerShot G2 is based on the PowerShot G1, with a champagne metallic coverplate and an enlarged handgrip. The two share several features, including a 7-21mm f/2.0-2.5 zoom lens (equivalent to 34-102mm in the 35mm format), an LCD viewfinder, a conventional camera body design, a USB interface, compatibility with Canon EX-series Speedlite flash units and compatibility with Type I and II CompactFlash memory cards, including IBM's series of Microdrives.

According to Canon, the new model improves in almost every way over its predecessor, including higher resolution, better image quality, faster signal processing, lower power consumption, more focusing points, improved manual focusing, faster continuous shooting, more shooting modes and metering patterns, additional playback options and accessory compatibility and direct print capabilities with the Canon CP-10 printer.

The Canon PowerShot G2 uses RGB primary color filters on the CCD chip and proprietary noise reduction and digital signal processing. It includes a selection of 13 image quality settings.

It incorporates a three-point autofocus system, and the user can manually select any of the three focusing points by pushing a button on the back of the camera and using a selector switch. (The active focusing point is indicated by a white box on the LCD monitor. When the shutter button is pressed halfway, the box turns green or yellow to indicate autofocus completion status.)

In addition to the normal continuous shooting mode, which allows digital capture at 1.5 frames per second for up to nine frames in Large/Fine mode, the Canon G2 also offers a High-Speed Continuous mode. When High-Speed Continuous mode is selected, pictures can be shot continuously at 2.5 frames per second for up to five frames in Large/Fine mode.

The PowerShot G2 comes with Adobe Photoshop 5.0 LE and Apple QuickTime 5.0, ZoomBrowser EX 2.8 (for PC) and ImageBrowser 1.8 (for Mac); PhotoRecord 1.2.4 (Windows only); PhotoStitch 3.1.3 (Windows) and PhotoStitch 3.1.2 (Mac) and RAW Image Converter 1.1.

The camera kit includes a 32 MB CompactFlash card, a BP-511 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery, a CA-560 compact power adapter with AC cable, a USB cable, an AV cable, a wireless remote controller, a neck strap and bundled software. The PowerShot G2 will be available next month for $999.

The CanoScan FS2720U
The company has also introduced a new high-speed desktop film scanner for use with 35 mm and Advanced Photo System films. The new scanner has a USB interface and will be available in September for $599.

The CanoScan FS2720U offers a maximum scanning speed of 13 seconds per frame for 35 mm, 10 seconds per frame for APS; 2,720 DPI optical resolution; 12-bit RGB input and output; and the ability to accept slides or negatives, color or black-and-white in either the 35mm or APS formats.

The CanoScan FS2720U is compatible with Mac OS 8.6 through 9.1 and some Windows systems. For more information, visit

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