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Canon Intros 6.3 Megapixel Camera

New model aimed at pro market By Dave Nagel
Canon has introduced a new model in its line of professional-level digital cameras. The new EOS D60 is a 6.3 megapixel digital SLR that supports interchangeable lenses and offers 12-bit analog to digital conversion. Canon also introduced a new card photo printer designed for use with the company's PowerShot consumer cameras.

The EOS D60 replaces the EOS D30 digital SLR model, keeping several of the older camera's features while adding some new ones, including a three-point AF system, three illuminated viewfinder focusing points and the ability to capture images simultaneously in RAW and JPEG. It also now allows for exposures up to 30 seconds without the need for noise reduction.

The camera uses a 6.52 megapixel (6.3 megapixel effective), single-plate CMOS sensor with 3,072 x 2,048 square pixels, 12-bit analog to digital conversion and an on chip RGB primary color filter array. The sensor is the same size as the EOS D30's at 15.1 mm x 22.7 mm, resulting in a focal length conversion factor of 1.6x compared with the 35 mm format.

The EOS D60 can record images in six JPEG settings, plus RAW. Its autofocusing system is three times more sensitive in low light than the EOS D30's (EV 0.5 versus EV 2), according to Canon. Other features include

  • An illuminated LCD data panel on top of the camera.
  • brighter LCD monitor.
  • New in camera settings that allow photographers to store up to three sets of shooting parameters, including contrast, saturation, sharpness and color tone.
  • Built-in E-TTL flash.
  • Eleven shooting modes, three AF modes and three metering patterns.
  • Shutter speeds ranging from 1/4000 to 30 seconds plus Bulb.
  • Burst mode for up to eight consecutive images at three frames per second at all image quality settings, including RAW.

The D60 is equipped with USB 1.1 and NTSC/PAL video out ports, as well as an N3-series remote control socket, a dedicated hot shoe for EX-series Speedlites and a terminal for external flash units. Image data is stored on CompactFlash cards including CompactFlash Type I and II. The lithium-ion Battery Pack BP-511, which is included with the camera, provides enough power to take approximately 490 images at normal temperatures, according to Canon.

Canon also says it's working with Apple to make sure the camera is supported by the image capture feature of Mac OS X. The camera will be released in April for $2,999.

In other news, Canon also introduced its new CP-100 color photo printer, which is designed for direct photo printing from digital cameras. It offers 300 DPI resolution and prints images up to 4" x 6". It can produce labels and postcards and includes a UV overcoat. It will be available in May for $249.

The company also announced several new PowerShot digital cameras, including the A30, A40 and A100. The cameras range in resolution from 1.2 megapixels to 2.0 megapixels and offer a variety of consumer features, including image effects, movie mode and the like. The models run $399 for the A40 and $279 for the A100. (Pricing for the A30 has not yet been determined.) The A40 will be available in March, and the A100 will be available in April.

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Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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