Canon unveiled a raft of consumer imaging products in Las Vegas today including a refresh of its entry-level PowerShot A-series camera line-up; several new camcorders including one designed to capture HD footage in low-light; and five all-in-one printers for the home office.
More details in the press releases below.
Heighten Creativity And Flair With Canon’s New Powershot A-series Digital Cameras
Integrating Canon’s Latest Features in an Easy-to-Use Format, the PowerShot A-Series Cameras Possess HD Video, Advanced Smart AUTO and Creative Filters with Budget-Friendly Pricing
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., January 5, 2011 – When capturing irreplaceable moments, it is important to use a camera that inspires artistic expression in a simplistic format. Instituting new, creative options with user-friendly functionalities, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced the expansion of the popular PowerShot A-series with four new compact models, the PowerShot A3300 IS, A2200, A1200 and A800 Digital cameras, that allow you to easily capture the moment with creative style. For the first time, three of the PowerShot A-series cameras will have 720p HD video, advanced Smart AUTO including Subject Detection, and Creative Filters including Toy Camera and Monochrome mode, providing an increase in overall convenience and efficiency.
“With a strong dedication to outstanding image output and digital innovation, Canon believes quality is not a commodity, but a requirement when capturing cherished moments,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. “With the inclusion of new Smart AUTO features and HD video capabilities in these budget-friendly PowerShot A-series models, images can be easily personalized and enhance consumers’ photographic memories.”
Beautiful images made simple
Whether at a concert or taking a bike ride with the family, the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS, A2200 and A1200 cameras now have 32 predefined shooting situations in its advanced Smart AUTO feature, with the new addition of Subject Detection, where a specific object is the main focal point of the image.
Live View Control is another useful facet in these three new models, providing beginners with user-friendly terms for altering features within the camera. Brightness, vividness and color tone, can be quickly adjusted, making it easier for entry-level users to adjust the look and feel of an image.
Ensuring a low-disturbance when capturing photos of a sleeping baby or a wedding ceremony, the PowerShot A3300 IS, A2200 and A1200 models come equipped with a new Discreet Mode. With the press of a button, the camera’s auto-focus assist beam, sound and flash are turned off, making it easier to capture a photo without unnecessary sound or distractions.
For consumers who are transitioning from film to digital, another great feature is the Optical View Finder found in the PowerShot A1200 model. The Optical View Finder offers an easy way to frame shots on a sunny day and is a good option to conserve battery power. Another technology to compensate for potential camera shake, the PowerShot A2200, A1200, A800 cameras feature Blur Reduction, helping to reduce image distortion and to ensure crisp photos.
Express imagination with Creative Filter
Offering users a convenient way to access cool scene modes, the PowerShot A3300 IS, A2200 and A1200 Digital cameras possess Canon’s Creative Filter option. Two new shooting scenes, Toy Camera and Monochrome, join Super Vivid, Fish-eye, Poster Effect and Miniature Effect to make up the suite of Creative Filters offered on the new A-series models. Toy Camera Effect adds a grainy, blurred look to soften photos, illustrating an old-school, 1960’s appearance and Monochrome mode attaches black-and-white, blue or sepia tones to images, displaying a more classic, antiqued appearance.
Canon PowerShot A3300 IS and A2200 Digital Cameras:
Both the PowerShot A3300 IS and A2200 come equipped with 720p HD video. The Canon PowerShot A3300 IS is available in five vibrant colors – grey, red, blue, silver and pink and features a 16.0-Megapixel CCD sensor along with a 5x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer, a wide angle 28-140mm equivalent lens and 3.0-inch LCD screen. The PowerShot A2200 Digital camera has a 14.1-Megapixel CCD sensor, 4x Optical Zoom, a wide angle 28-112mm equivalent lens along with a 2.7-inch LCD screen and comes in black, blue, silver and red.
The PowerShot A3300 IS is scheduled to be available in late February for an estimated selling price of $179.99. The PowerShot A2200 is scheduled to be available in early March for an estimated selling price of $139.99.
Canon PowerShot A1200 and A800 Digital Cameras:
The Canon PowerShot A1200 Digital camera features 720p HD video and an Optical View Finder. The PowerShot A1200 Digital camera also includes Canon’s basic and easy-to-use mode dial, a 12.1-Megapixel CCD sensor, 4x Optical Zoom, a wide angle 28-112mm equivalent lens and a 2.7-inch LCD screen, AA battery-powered and is available in both black and silver. For the value-conscious consumer, the PowerShot A800 will offer a 10-Megapixel CCD sensor in addition to 19 Smart AUTO scene modes, a 3.3x Optical Zoom with a 37-112mm equivalent lens, a 2.5-inch LCD screen and AA battery-powered.
The PowerShot A1200 is scheduled to be available in early March and will have an estimated selling price of $109.99. The PowerShot A800 is scheduled to be available in mid-February for an estimated selling price of $89.99.
New 2011 Canon VIXIA Camcorders Enable Users To Easily Capture Stunning HD Video Quality And Push Their Creative Limits
Features Include a Newly Designed HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor to Improve Resolution, Enhance Low-Light Performance and Expand Dynamic Range
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., January 5, 2011 – Canon U.S.A., Inc, a leader in digital imaging, today announced an exciting new line of eight VIXIA High Definition flash memory camcorders. The 2011 high-definition lineup includes Canon’s new flagship model the VIXIA HF G10, the high-end VIXIA HF S30, three compact VIXIA HF M-series models and three entry-level VIXIA HF R-series models. Constantly pushing digital imaging forward, Canon has improved upon its Full HD CMOS image sensor, with the introduction of the new HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor, available in the VIXIA HF G10 and VIXIA HF M-series camcorders. This new sensor incorporates larger, more sensitive pixels resulting in high video resolution, outstanding low-light performance and an expanded dynamic range [www.usa.canon.com/HDCMOSPro]. Other new features enhancing Canon’s 2011 VIXIA lineup include dual SDXC-compatible memory card slots for maximum storage capacity, Cinema-Look Filters that add various cinematic effects, and new Story Creator and Touch Decoration features for an easy and fun way to shoot great video and add creative flair.
“Canon’s tradition of delivering best-in-class image quality and performance is continued with the introduction of the new HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor. Our enhanced sensor technology helps deliver better overall image quality with stunning resolution and low-light performance for HD video,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.
All of the 2011 VIXIA High Definition camcorders retain Canon’s proprietary imaging technologies – a Genuine Canon HD Video Lens, Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor, and Canon Full HD CMOS Image Sensor. Additional advanced features include:
New Advanced Technologies and Features:
• Canon HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor: A new 1/3-inch native 1920 x 1080 sensor which delivers professional-level HD video performance. Unlike image sensors found in other consumer camcorders, Canon HD CMOS Pro uses fewer pixels, which are significantly larger (61 percent) and more sensitive, resulting in high video resolution, outstanding low-light performance, and expanded dynamic rangei:
◦ Video resolution of 900 horizontal and 800 vertical TV lines, for Full HD video with professional precision
◦ A 25 percent improvement in low-light sensitivity with a minimum illumination rating of 1.5 Lux, Canon’s lowest Lux rating to date in a consumer HD camcorderii
◦ A 280 percent improvement in dynamic range for exceptional reproduction of both highlights and shadowsiii
• Dual SDXC-compatible Card Slots: Each new model in Canon’s 2011 VIXIA lineup includes two card slots which ensure that users always have multiple sources of memory and allow for super-high capacity storage that expands as the capacity of SDXC memory cards increases.
• High-Quality Microphone: Canon has enhanced the internal microphones on its 2011 VIXIA models to give users the high-quality sound to match their HD video. With four directional options, users can set internal microphones to Monaural, Normal (Stereo), Wide, and new Synced with Zooming mode. When in Synced with Zooming mode, the microphone will adjust directionality to coincide with the lens’s focal length position to properly match the audio with the portion of the scene being captured. Users can also adjust frequency response characteristics to dampen the effect of unwanted noise.
• Tele Macro: Reduces the minimum focusing distance at the telephoto end of the zoom range to 1.3 feet (from 3 feet) allowing users to capture spectacular close-ups at full telephoto with the appearance of a shallow depth of field for stunning imagery. This is one of 38 scenes available in Canon’s Smart Auto mode.
• Cinema-Look Filters: Nine different built-in cinema filters – Cinema Standard, Cool, Dramatic B&W, Dream, Memory, Nostalgic, Old Movie, Sepia, Vivid – allow users to create video with a variety of professional cinematic looks.
• Story Creator: Canon’s new Story Creator assists you in the process of storyboarding an organized and sophisticated video shoot. Choose one of five themes – Travel, Kids & Pets, Party, Ceremony, and Blog – and the camcorder provides a list of suggested scenes to shoot to help walk users through the process of creating a complete video storyline.
• Touch Decoration: While shooting, Touch Decoration allows users to add creative flairs to video via the Touch Panel LCD screen. Users can superimpose fun images into their video, such as animations (i.e. shooting stars or thought bubbles), freehand drawing or writing, clip art, or decorative frames.
Popular VIXIA Features:
The 2011 VIXIA line-up retains many popular features that make it easy to record outstanding HD video, such as Canon’s Smart Auto mode which intelligently detects and analyzes brightness, color, distance and movement and automatically selects the best setting for the scene being recorded. Canon’s Touch & Track feature allows users to select any subject on the Touch Panel LCD screen with their finger, the camcorder will then track the subject ensuring sharp focus and proper exposure. All 2011 VIXIA models have Relay Recording for seamless uninterrupted video recording from one memory source to the next. When the primary recording media is full the camcorder continues to record the scene by switching to the next memory source, so that users won’t miss a moment of action. Canon’s Powered IS provides a higher level of compensation for subtle hand movement at the telephoto end of the zoom range. In addition, all VIXIA camcorders with built-in memory feature HD-to-SD Downconversion which enables users to convert recorded high-definition video to standard-definition files while preserving the original HD footage. These down-converted files make it even more convenient to share video online or create a DVD. Each new model is also compatible with Eye-Fi SD Memory Cards, allowing for wireless uploading of video content to a computer, social networking site or video sharing website.
VIXIA HF G10:
Packing in every feature a video enthusiast could ask for, the VIXIA HF G10 Flash Memory camcorder is Canon’s new flagship consumer camcorder providing the ultimate in HD video performance and quality. Recording Full HD 1920 x 1080 video, this camcorder features a Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens (35mm equivalent of 30.4mm-304mm) with an 8-blade iris providing smooth background blur and reduced lens diffraction. The lens also includes a dedicated manual-focus ring for enhanced control. The VIXIA HF G10 features the new HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor for high video resolution, outstanding low-light performance and an expanded dynamic range. It also features a 3.5-inch High Resolution (922,000-dot) Touch Panel LCD screen for a large, bright display and easy menu navigation. A Custom Key and Dial can also be used to assign commonly used functions for quick and easy access. As the flagship model in the lineup the camcorder includes, selectable zooming speed, Face-Only AF, Canon’s new customizable Cinema-Look Filters and Tele-Macro as well as Touch & Track technology, Smart Auto, Relay Recording, Powered IS, and HD-to-SD Downconversion. The VIXIA HF G10 comes with 32GB of internal flash memory and dual SDXC-compatible card slots which allow for simultaneous card recording enabling users to create immediate back-up.
For more advanced videographers, the VIXIA HF G10 includes manual color temperature adjustment (2,000K-15,000K in 100K increments), color bars with test tone, manual shutter speed and aperture control, a built-in Remote Control Terminal (which supports LANC protocol), and Native 24p recording. For shooting on a sunny day, the camcorder also includes a color viewfinder which offers a reliable viewing environment when shooting in bright conditions. The VIXIA HF G10 Flash Memory camcorder is scheduled to be available in March with an estimated retail price of $1,499.99.
VIXIA HF S30:
The Canon VIXIA HF S30 Flash Memory camcorder continues the appeal of Canon VIXIA HF S-series camcorders with professional and easy-to-use features to allow anyone to capture outstanding HD video quality and high resolution photos in one device. The camcorder captures Full HD 1920 x 1080 video and features a Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens and a Canon 1/2.6-inch, 8.59-megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor for stunning video and outstanding eight megapixel photos. Equipped with 32GB of internal memory and two SDXC-compatible card slots, the camcorder features Canon’s 3.5-inch High Resolution (922,000-dot) Touch Panel LCD screen and a color viewfinder. The VIXIA HF S30 offers Canon’s Touch & Track technology, Smart Auto, Relay Recording, Powered IS, HD-to-SD Downconversion, and Advanced Video Snapshot. Users can also to assign commonly used functions to the Custom Key and Dial for quick and easy access.
The VIXIA HF S30 includes a host of professional features such as color bars and selectable Zebra patterns, a built-in Remote Control Terminal (which supports LANC protocol), and Native 24p recording. The VIXIA HF S30 Flash Memory camcorder is scheduled to be available in March for an estimated retail price of $1,099.99.
VIXIA HF M-series:
The Canon VIXIA HF M41, VIXIA HF M40 and VIXIA HF M400 Flash Memory camcorders offer consumers stunning HD video in an ultra-sleek, compact and lightweight body. Recording Full HD 1920 x 1080 video, the new VIXIA HF M-series feature a Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens and Canon’s new HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor for high video resolution, outstanding low-light performance and a wide dynamic range. All three models include Canon’s 3.0-inch Touch Panel LCD screen for a large display and easy menu navigation. The VIXIA HF M-series include Canon’s new Cinema-Look Filters, Story Creator and Touch Decoration, as well as Touch & Track technology, Smart Auto, Powered IS, Tele Macro, and Advanced Video Snapshot. The VIXIA HF M41 and VIXIA HF M40 incorporate 32GB and 16GB of internal flash memory, respectively, and feature HD-to-SD Downconversion. The VIXIA HF M400 records directly to dual SDXC-compatible card slots. The VIXA HF M41 features a color viewfinder which helps provide a reliable viewing option, free from glare, when shooting in bright conditions. The new VIXIA HF M-series is also compatible with the new Canon WP-V3 Waterproof Case. The VIXIA HF M41, VIXIA HF M40 and VIXIA HF M400 Flash Memory camcorders are scheduled to be available in March for an estimated retail price of $799.99, $699.99 and $649.99 respectively.
VIXIA HF R-series
The Canon VIXIA HF R21, VIXIA HF R20 and VIXIA HF R200 Flash Memory camcorders offer the ideal combination of price and performance for the budget-conscious consumer who wants Full HD 1920 x 1080 video. All three models include a Genuine Canon HD Video Lens with 28x Advanced Zoom, 3.28-megapixel Canon Full HD CMOS Image Sensor, a 3.0-inch Touch Panel LCD screen, Touch Decoration, Dynamic IS, Smart Auto and Advanced Video Snapshot. All three models feature Relay Recording while both the VIXIA HF R21 and VIXIA HF R20 include Canon’s HD-to-SD Downconversion. Additionally the VIXIA HF R20 will be available in three stylish colors, black, red, and silver. The VIXIA HF R21 and VIXIA HF R20 models incorporate 32GB and 8GB of internal flash memory, respectively, and the VIXIA HF R200 records directly to dual SDXC-compatible memory card slots. The VIXIA HF R21, VIXIA HF R20 and VIXIA HF R200 Flash Memory camcorders will be available in February for an estimated retail price of $499.99, $399.99 and $379.99 respectively.
In addition to the new VIXIA High Definition lineup, Canon is also introducing two standard-definition models, the FS40, and FS400 Flash Memory camcorders. The Canon FS40 model records to 8GB of internal flash memory, while the FS400 records video directly to an SDXC-compatible memory card slot. Compact and lightweight (approximately 7.8 oz.), both new FS models offer 41x Advanced Zoom to help capture great video even at extreme telephoto distances, as well as Dynamic IS. In addition, the Canon FS400 will be available in three eye-catching colors, silver, red, and blue. The Canon FS40 and FS400 Flash Memory camcorders are available in February for an estimated retail price of $299.99 and $279.99 respectively.
New Optional Camcorder Accessories
The new Canon WP-V3 Waterproof Case helps protect any of the 2011 VIXIA HF M-series Flash Memory camcorders in depths of water up to 130 feet, allowing users to capture exciting HD footage even underwater. The ultimate camcorder accessory for diving and snorkeling enthusiasts, this compact and lightweight housing seals the camcorder, allowing easy on-camera operation and control. The Canon WP-V3 Waterproof Case will be available in February for an estimated retail price of $599.00.
Also new from Canon is the WM-V1 Wireless Microphone* for recording accurate audio without cumbersome wires from up to 164 feet away, ideal for ceremonies, family events and recitals. This new WM-V1 Wireless Microphone is compatible with the new 2011 VIXIA HF G10, VIXIA HF M-series, and VIXIA HF R-series camcorders and will be available in May for an estimated retail price of $250.00.
Canon U.S.A. Announces Five New PIXMA Office Printers To Its Award-Winning Lineup
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., January 5, 2011 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced the launch of five new PIXMA Office printers, four of which have the ability to print, copy, scan and fax while the remaining printer has 13″ x 19″ printing capabilities. With features such as Advanced Media Handling, an Auto Document Feeder (ADF) and Full HD Movie Print, the new Canon PIXMA Office printers can help keep businesses running efficiently throughout the work day, while also allowing users to complete the family photo album at night.
The Canon PIXMA MX882, MX420 and MX410 Wireless Office All-In-One (AIO) printers help make daily office tasks more convenient by printing from almost anywhere1. Whether working in the office, kitchen area or outside enjoying a sunny day, printing a presentation to be shared with business partners or the annual family holiday card can be seamlessly accomplished. In addition, each of these Wireless AIO models are 802.11n Wi-Fi certified allowing for a faster network performance. For the business owner who does not need the wireless option, the Canon PIXMA MX360 Office AIO model, also announced today, is a viable option with its wide array of features.
Canon recognizes the needs of small businesses to have a desktop printer that prints spreadsheets or ledger-sized documents in addition to high-quality photos as large as 13″ x 19″. The Canon PIXMA iX6520 Inkjet Business printer has a compact design allowing this new model to be used on standard-sized desktops along with a computer.
“The addition of these new PIXMA models further solidifies Canon’s objective to provide end-users with a variety of options when making the decision to purchase a new office printer,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. “When it comes to providing professional quality documents for important meetings or superb image quality on your personal photos, these new PIXMA models are up to the task.”
Each of the new Canon PIXMA Office printers come equipped with superb technology such as Auto Document Fix which simultaneously helps deliver easy-to-view scan results for easy sharing and repurposing while sharpening and blackening document text to increase readability. Helping to reduce overall paper consumption is the Easy-WebPrint EX software which helps make printing documents from the internet amazingly simple.
Helping to turn the home office into a family room is the inclusion of Full HD Movie Print2, which was introduced in mid-2010 with the Canon PIXMA Photo AIO printers. When using compatible Canon EOS and PowerShot HD Digital cameras, consumers can print individual frames of movies captured from scenes such as a child’s laugh or of a special holiday celebration which can be shared for years to come.
Canon has addressed the growing need to unlock memories from mobile devices with the free Easy-Photo Print application allowing images to be printed quickly and shared with friends and family. In the past, these memories would be trapped in the phone only to be shared when having the device in hand. Now, the opportunity is there for users of Android™ equipped mobile phones to unlock these moments with the Canon Easy-Photo Print for Android application available for download for free on the Android Market. For Apple iPod touch®, iPad®, and select iPhone® mobile device users, the Canon Easy-PhotoPrint for iPhone (iEPP) application9 is available for free on the App Store.
PIXMA MX882 Wireless1 Office AIO Printer
The Canon PIXMA MX882 Wireless Office AIO printer is the perfect addition to any home or small office looking for a printing powerhouse with high-quality copy functionality. The new Dual Function Panel makes navigating through menus and functions a much smoother process. When switching between the fax function and either print, copy or scan functions, the keypad will switch from the standard numbers to a directional keypad thus making the printer look sleek, clean and easier to use. The Advanced Media Handling capabilities with Auto Duplex copying, printing, incoming black and white fax documents can help reduce paper usage. Further adding to the printers overall appeal is its networkability through the included Ethernet port, built-in memory card reader along with a large 3.0-inch LCD screen for improved viewing of images and menus. With five-individual ink tanks utilizing the ChromaLife100+ ink system3, a maximum color resolution of 9600 x 2400 dpi3 and ink droplets as small as one picoliter in size, this printer can produce a high-quality 4″ x 6″ photo in approximately 20 seconds5, a 50-percent reduction in time from its predecessor. This new PIXMA office machine will deliver output at approximately 12.5 ipm for black-and-white documents6 and approximately 9.3 ipm for color6. The estimated selling price of the PIXMA MX882 Wireless Office AIO printer is $199.997.
PIXMA MX420 and MX410 Wireless1 and PIXMA MX360 Office AIO Printers
Providing versatile, high-quality products at an affordable price is what helps separate Canon from the competition with the Canon PIXMA MX420 and MX410 Wireless in addition to the PIXMA MX360 Office AIO printers help continue this momentum. The PIXMA MX420 Wireless Office AIO printer is ideal for any business owner interested in an affordable printer with exceptional results. The included Ethernet port makes for easy networking by multiple users in the office and the compatibility with multiple memory cards and the 2.5-inch LCD screen makes it easier to print images to be shared with friends and family. The estimated selling price of the PIXMA MX420 Wireless Office AIO printer is $149.997. Available at an estimated selling price of $99.997, The PIXMA MX410 Wireless Office AIO printer’s feature set help make this printer the ideal choice for the home office worker interested in an easy to use product at an affordable price. The Canon PIXMA MX360 Office AIO printer is perfect for the home office worker who does not necessarily need a wireless compatible machine. This four-in-one printer carries an estimated selling price of $79.995 with a competitive feature set.
PIXMA iX6520 Inkjet Business Printer
Many business owners require a printer which can not only print standard sized documents but also 13″ x 19″ photos as well. Canon’s new PIXMA iX6520 Inkjet Business printer is ideal for printing out those large spreadsheets used by accountants and financial advisors throughout the fiscal year. This new model utilizes five individual ink tanks in conjunction with the ChromaLife100+ ink system to produce an exceptional 4″ x 6″ photo in approximately 36 seconds5 at a maximum color resolution of 9600 x 2400 dpi4. This new PIXMA office machine delivers output at approximately 11.3 ipm for black-and-white6 documents and approximately 8.8 ipm for color6. Exclusive to this printer are downloadable Solution Templates where users can print business documents such as menus and signs such as “For Sale” or “New Arrivals.” With an estimated selling price of $199.997, the PIXMA iX6520 Inkjet Business Printer is a smart addition to any home office or emerging business.