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Canon Intros 6.3-Megapixel SLR

Sub-$1,000 kits coming in September By Dave Nagel
Canon has introduced a new digital version of its Rebel SLR camera. The new EOS Digital Rebel is a 6.3-megapixel autofocus SLR camera. It's expected to be available in September in two configurations, with and without an EF zoom lens. Both versions will sell for less than $1,000. The company has also announced its new Powershot A80, a 4.0-megapixel digital camera.

The EOS Digital Rebel offers a large format 6.3 megapixel CMOS sensor and DIGIC technology, which combines digital image processing and camera functions on a single chip. Features of the new camera include:

  • Seven-point AF sensor with locking and tracking AF modes for motion analysis and choice of automatic and manual focusing point selection;
  • Shutter speed range of 1/ 4,000 of a second to 30 seconds plus Bulb;
  • Built-in motor drive for capturing 2.5 frames per second in continuous shooting mode for bursts of up to four shots;
  • 12 shooting modes, including Program AE, Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Auto Depth-of-Field AE and Manual;
  • 35-zone Evaluative metering;
  • 1.8-inch LCD monitor with 1.5x to 10x magnification;
  • User-adjustable (or automatic) ISO range of 100 to 1,600;
  • Six JPEG settings, along with support for high-resolution RAW;
  • Auto White Balance with eight presets, along with custom white balance;
  • Compatible with more than 50 Canon EF lenses;
  • High profile, built-in retractable flash unit;
  • Direct print option;
  • In-camera processing parameters for contrast, sharpness, color saturation and color tone;
  • Support for Exif Print 2.2 and DPOF1.1;
  • Picture Transfer Protocol for connecting to Mac OS X and WIndows systems without additional drivers;
  • Support for CompactFlash Type I and Type II cards and IBM Microdrives.

The EOS Digital Rebel will be available in September in two configurations: a base camera body without lens for $899 and a complete kit that includes Canon's EF 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens for $999. Both kits will ship in mid-September.

Canon has also introduced the Powershot A80,a 4.0-megapixel digital camera. It offers a 3x optical zoom, DIGIC processing, a Vari-Angle LCD monitor and PictBridge technology for direct printing. It offers several automatic shooting features, as well as manual overrides and a movie mode for up to three minutes of video and audio. Like the EOS Digital Rebel, it also includes PTP technology for connecting to Mac OS X and Windows systems without additional drivers. It's expected to ship in October for $499.

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Contact the author: 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, Mac OS, 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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