Canon intros PowerShot SD100 ELPH camera

PowerShot SD100 Digital ELPH Camera Records Life On-the-Go
The PowerShot SD100 is the first Canon digital camera to exclusively record all images to a Secure Digital (SD) Memory card. Featuring a 3.2 megapixel CCD, the camera provides consumers withhigh-quality images for making prints up to 8.5 x 11-inches.

With its ultra-compact size and new white-platinum finish crafted in stainless steel, the PowerShot SD100 digital camera represents the ultimate in portability, durability and elegance. The size ofthe PowerShot SD100 digital camera was made possible through the process of miniaturization, beginning with a new optical zoom lens design so small it can literally hide under a U.S. dime, to theextremely small built-in flash unit, a new condensed battery and use of the SD media format.

The PowerShot SD100 Digital ELPH camera is approximately 15 percent smaller in volume and eight percent lighter than the current PowerShot S230 Digital ELPH camera. The new SD100 camera offers thesame high quality features and functions as the PowerShot S230 camera. These features include its ability to capture up to three minutes of video at resolutions up to 640 x 480 pixels and a 9-pointAiAF autofocus system, which makes focusing quick and easy, even with off-center subjects.

Canon’s new PowerShot SD100 Digital ELPH camera features the world’s smallest retractable 2X optical zoom lens. When retracted, the f2.8 – f3.9 lens measures a mere 17.9mm in length, almost the sameas the diameter of a U.S. dime and approximately 20% shorter than 2X zoom lenses used in previous Digital ELPH cameras. As pixel counts go up and lens sizes come down, lens quality becomes thecrucial element to image quality. Canon’s expertise in advanced optical and glass-molding technologies allows aspherical lenses to be incorporated in the zoom, delivering small size and imagesharpness not possible with conventional lenses. A 3.2X digital zoom is combined with the 2X lens to achieve a powerful maximum 6.4X combined zoom.
Canon developed the proprietary DIGIC (Digital Imaging Integrated Circuit) image processor specifically for use with its line of digital cameras, including the SD100 camera. The technology combinesthe jobs of image processing and camera function control into one chip. Because it was specifically designed for use in digital cameras, it is also capable of handling JPEG compression/expansion;memory card control; LCD/Video control and processing; gain control (control of CCD signal amplification); Auto Exposure; Auto Focus; Auto White Balance control and most other functions of thecamera. The result is a product that offers faster and more powerful auto focus than ever before, faster image processing, longer battery life, and the ability to record three-minute movie clips withsound.
DIGIC’s high-speed processing enables Canon’s exclusive iSAPS (an acronym for Intelligent Scene Analysis based on Photographic Space) technology that improves picture quality by “predicting” certaincamera settings like focusing distance, exposure and optimum white balance based on zoom focal length, overall light level and tonal distribution data. With iSAPS, the PowerShot SD100 Digital ELPHcamera can analyze a scene just before the image is made and in doing so, increase the speed and precision of the camera’s autofocus, auto exposure and auto white balance. The result is high-qualityimages and fast response to help capture the “decisive moment.”
The camera comes bundled with a USB cable, an A/V cable and an SD memory card (16MB). The software included is Canon’s ZoomBrowser EX (Windows), ImageBrowser (Mac), PhotoRecord, PhotoStitch andRemoteCapture software. For more advanced photo and video manipulation, Arcsoft PhotoImpression and VideoImpression are included. As the camera is PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) compatible, noadditional drivers are needed to transfer images to Windows XP or Mac OS X (v10.1/v10.2) environments.

Underwater Housing Certified to 130 Feet
Canon is adding a new optional underwater housing for the PowerShot SD100 that has been tested at depths up to 130 feet. The new housing is equipped with a flash diffusion plate for softer, moreevenly illuminated light and the front lens glass is constructed in two separate layers to prevent fogging when submerged under water.

CP-200 and CP-300 Card Photo Printers Let Digital Camera Owners Print Direct
Canon’s two new dye-sublimation printers are approximately 40 percent smaller and 13 percent lighter than current models in the line. The Canon Card Photo Printer CP-200 / CP-300 dye-sub printersallow users to create extremely high quality color prints directly via USB cable from any current model PowerShot camera in about 85 seconds. The CP-200 and CP-300 are also Pictbridgetechnology-compatible. Pictbridge technology is a new worldwide direct printing standard that allows any Pictbridge technology-compatible printer to print directly from any Pictbridge-technologycompatible digital camera.

Consumers can make different sized bordered or borderless prints, ranging from miniature stickers and wallet-sized prints to 4×6-inch photo postcards. While the CP-200 printer requires AC power, theCP-300 can run with AC or battery power. The CP-300 printer kit includes a rechargeable battery pack. With their compact size, the units can create beautiful color prints quickly and easily fromwherever the photographs themselves are taken.

The combination of the PowerShot SD100 camera and a CP-200 or CP-300 printer takes the entire photographic process and puts it in a consumerâ