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Canon Launches New Cameras, Scanners, Printers

EOS 10D digital SLR offers 6.3 megapixel resolution By Dave Nagel
Canon has announced several additions to its lines of consumer and professional digital cameras, scanners and printers. These include five printers, two scanners and six digital cameras, including the new EOS 10D digital SLR with a 6.3 megapixel resolution.

On the camera front, most of the new models are targeted toward consumers. These include five new PowerShot models--the A300, A60, A70, S400 Digital Elph and S50. All of the new models incorporate Canon's new Digic image processor and direct printing capabilities with Canon's dye-sub and BubbleJet inkjet printers. The A300, which will be available in April for $299, offers a 3.2 megapixel resolution. The A60, with a 2.0 megapixel resolution, will be available next month for $349. The A70 will be available next month for $449 and offers a 3.2 megapixel resolution. The S400 Digital Elph, with a 4 megapixel resolution, will be available next month for $599. And the S50 will offer a 5.0 megapixel resolution when it ships next month for $699.

The higher-end EOS 10D is a digital SLR with a resolution of 6.3 megapixels. It too uses Canon's new Digic technology and includes direct print capabilities. It offers a wide-area, seven-point autofocus system; three frame per second drive speed in nine-frame bursts in either JPEG or simultaneous RAW and JPEG capture settings; an extended ISO range of 100 to 3,200; manual white balance mode; selectable color space options including Adobe RGB and sRGB; and a scrollable 10x zoom playback mode. The camera supports EXIF 2.2, DPOF 1.1, FAT32, and Compact Flash Type I and II, and is completely compatible with all EF-series lenses, including the new EF 17-40mm f/4L USM.

The EOS 10D will be available next month for $1,999.

Canon has also introduced two new models in its line of CanoScan flatbed scanners. The new 9900F offers FireWire and USB 2.0 connectivity, 48-bit color depth and a resolution of 3,200 x 6,400 DPI. It offers automatic retouching capabilities, grain correction, fading correction and scratch and dust removal. It supports documents up to 8.5" x 11" and includes two film guides for batch scanning up to 24 negative frames or eight mounted slides. It also supports 4" x 5" film. The scanner will support Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows and will ship in March for $399.99.

The new lower-end 3000F will support Windows only and will offer USB 2.0 connectivity. It will be available in March for $129.99.

On the printer front, Canon has introduced a new portable inkjet, two new BubbleJet Direct models and two photo printers. The new BubbleJets include the i450 Color Bubble Jet and i470D Photo Printer. Both offer 4,800 x 1,200 DPI resolution and combined 5 picoliter and 2 picoliter ink drops. Both also support direct printing via USB, and the i470D also includes a memory card reader. The models support paper sizes up to 8.5" x 11" and will run standalone or attached to systems running Mac OS 9, Mac OS X or Windows. The i450 will sell for $99.99; The i470D will sell for $149.99. Both will be available in April.

New photo printers include the i950 and i9100. The i9100 replaces the S9000 in Canon's high-end lineup. It offers borderless printing up to 13" x 19" at a resolution of 4,800 x 1,200 DPI. Few details of the i950 were available at press time, though Canon says it uses six individual ink tanks and offers 3,072 nozzles, all outputting 2 picoliter ink droplets. The i9100 will be available in April for $499.99 and will support Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows.

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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, 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 [email protected].

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