Canon announces new digital camera, projector

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Canon U.S.A. Inc. has announced a new five megapixel PowerShot G5 digital camera and a new LV-7555 LCD multimedia projector.

Due in June at a suggested retail price of US$899, the PowerShot G5 digital camera features a five megapixel CCD sensor that captures 2592 x 1944 pixel images. Its 4x all-glass optical zoom lens provides a 35mm equivalent range of 35-140mm, a maximum aperture of f/2.0-3.0, and macro focusing down to two inches. The additional 4x digital zoom extends the camera's telephoto capabilities to provide photographers with 16x zoom functionality.

The PowerShot G5 boasts a Wide-Area FlexiZone AF/AE system that lets you focus on off-center subjects without repositioning the camera. It has three metering systems, including Spot Metering; and up to 10X Zoom Playback. An Intelligent Orientation Sensor automatically rotates images for proper viewing during playback. The digital camera also has a 270 Swivel LCD, Vari-Angle monitor, and an EOS-style control layout.

When it comes with flash photography, the PowerShot G5 includes a three-mode built-in flash with red-eye reduction and first or second curtain sync; the flash can be operated manually or automatically. Additionally, the camera is compatible with Canon's EX-series Speedlites and E-TTL wireless flash accessories and with Canon supplementary lenses.

Like other PowerShot series cameras, the PowerShot G5 has a Direct Connect print function that allows printing without a computer via Canon's line of dye-sublimation and Bubble Jet printers.

Canon's ImageBrowser software for the Mac is bundled with the PowerShot G5. The camera's kit also includes: a 32MB CompactFlash Card, BP-511 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery, power adapter with A/C cable, USB interface cable, AV cable, wireless remote control, neck strap, and lens cap.

Targeted to meeting centers, big conference rooms, and university theaters, the LV-7555 LCD multimedia projector boasts 4600 ANSI lumens brightness, 35dB of fan noise, a 900:1 contrast ratio, and native XGA resolution. This new unit will also support SXGA resolution through high-quality compression.

The projector features a new Integrated Circuit (IC) that purportedly improves picture quality through a number of features, including: a Color Management function that lets you identify a specific color for manual adjustment; a 2-3 Pull-Down option that minimizes motion artifacts on DVDs that were transferred from film; an Auto Picture Control that automatically optimizes image quality; and an Intelligent Image Sharpness function for analyzing an incoming signal and sharpening only the areas that need attention. The IC chip will convert all interlaced signals, including 1080i HDTV.

The Canon LV-7555 provides connectivity via a DVI terminal, as well as inputs for a range of devices including DVD, HDTV, VCR, digital camcorder and digital cameras. It's available with four optional Canon quality lenses, including Ultra Wide Angle, Wide Angle Zoom, Long Focus Zoom, and Ultra Long Focus Zoom.

The multimedia projector will be available in mid-July at a suggested list price of $7,999.

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