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Canon Intros 6.3-Megapixel SLRSub-$1,000 kits coming in September
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.
For more information, visit http://www.usa.canon.com.
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