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Canon Intros New Cameras, Printers

4,800 DPI wide-format inkjet offers eight-color printing By Dave Nagel
Canon today introduced several new models to its lineup of digital cameras an inkjet printers. The new cameras range from the 8 megapixel PowerShot Pro1 SLR to new lower-end A-series models. New printers include two wide-format models and a portable unit. All of the new products will be rolled out this month through May.

New cameras
On the digital camera front, Canon introduced the PowerShot Pro1, an SLR-style camera offering an 8 megapixel (3,264 x 2,448 pixels) resolution and L-series 28-200mm equivalent f/2.4-3.5 7x zoom lens, the first of Canon's new L-series lenses to be incorporated into a camera. (Previously the L-series lenses were available separately.) It also offers macro shooting, 15 FPS movie capture (640 x 480), automatic capture modes, support for raw and JPEG recording formats, shutter speeds of 1/4,000 to 15 seconds, compatibility twith Canon Speedlites and Macro Lites, DIGIC image processing and direct printing. It will be available in April for $999.

Canon also introduced the PowerShot S1 IS, a 10x optical (and 3.2x digital) zoom camera offering a 3.2 megapixel resolution and the ability to capture 30 FPS video at 640 x 480. It also offers DIGIC image processing, macro shooting, and optional Conversion Lens Adapter, direct printing and various program modes. It will be available in April for $499.

The company has also launched three new models in its Digital ELPH line of consumer-level cameras. These include the S500, the S410 and the SD110. The S500 offers a 5 megapixel resolution, continuous burst mode at 2.2 FPS at full resolution and shutter speeds as fast as 1/2,000. The S410 is the successor to the S400 and offers a 4 megapixel resolution. The SD110 is the successor to the SD100 and offers a 3.2 megapixel resolution. All of the Digital ELPH models offer DIGIC image processing and direct print capabilities, as well as movie capture, macro shooting, in camera editing and other features. The S500, S410 and SD110 will be available in April for $499, $399 and $299, respectively.

Finally, bringing up the lower end, Canon has also introduced two new A-series PowerShot models, the A75 and the A310. Both offer a resolution of 3.2 megapixels, a print/share button, DIGIC image processing and various shooting modes. The A75 offers a 3x optical zoom (plus 3.2x digital zoom), nine-point autofocus and a built-in flash with automatic red-eye reduction. The A310 offers five-point autofocus, a 5.1x digital zoom and movie capture mode. The A75 and A310 will be available in April for $299 and $199, respectively.

New printers
Canon has also debuted three new printer models. These include two wide-format models and a portable model. The new imagePROGRAF W6200 is a 24-inch pigment-based (CcMmYK) inkjet printer that uses a singular bi-directional head and Canon's MicroFine Droplet Technology (uniform 8 picoliters), along with an included PostScript 3-compatible RIP. It uses six individual 130 ml ink tanks and supports roll and cut media. The new model can print 24" x 36" media in 1.5 minutes in draft (300 x 1,200 DPI) mode, 4.5 minutes in standard (600 x 1,200 DPI) mode and seven minutes in high (1,200 x 1,200 DPI) mode. The W6200 printer supports AppleTalk, TCP/IP and IPX/SPX and ships with both Ethernet (10/100) and USB 2.0 interfaces. The included RIP offers features such as hot folder printing workflow, print server capability, ICC profile-based color management, color curve editing and press simulation. It will be available this month with support for Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows for $3,495.

The company has also launched a high-end wide-format desktop photo printer, the i9900. The new model prints on media up to 13" x 19" and offers eight-color printing at 4,800 x 2,400 DPI using 2 picoliter droplets. (The eight colors include CcMmYK and additional red and green inks for a 30 percent increase in green gamut compared with six-color printing.) It supports border-free printing at 13" x 19", 8.5" x 11", 5" x 7" and 4" x 6". It includes FireWire, USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 interfaces and supports Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows. The i9900 will be available in May for $499.99.

And on the mobile front, Canon has introduced the i80. The new portable unit offers resolutions of 2,400 x 1,200 DPI, 2 picoliter droplets and border-free printing up to 8.5" x 11". It also offers a Bluetooth wireless option and a car adapter option. It's compatible with Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and WIndows and will be available this month for $249.99.

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Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the editor and producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Apple DVD Studio Pro, Mac OS, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Corel Painter, 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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