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Canon's PowerShot SD40 digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon: Three new Digital ELPHs
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 06:00 EDT)

Rounding out its camera announcements for the day, Canon has unveiled three new models for its Digital ELPH lineup.

The Canon PowerShot SD900 is a ten megapixel compact model with a 3x optical zoom lens, and offers both optical viewfinder and 2.5" LCD display at $499.99. The PowerShot SD800IS drops the resolution to seven megapixels, but adds a CCD shift-type image stabilizer and a 3.8x optical zoom lens, at a cost of $399. Finally, at $349.99, there's the Canon PowerShot SD40 Digital ELPH - also seven megapixels, but with a smaller 1.8" LCD, no optical viewfinder, a 2.4x optical zoom lens, and a bundled camera dock for charging and connectivity.

All three cameras store images on SD / MMC / SDHC cards and offer USB 2.0 connections, and all will be available from October.

Canon PowerShot SD900 Digital ELPH
Canon's Powershot SD900 digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael. R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Camera Type Compact
Manufacturer Canon
Model Number SD900
Dimensions 3.6 x 2.3 x 1.1"
91.2 x 59.6 x 28.2mm
Weight 165.0 g
5.8 oz
Planned Price $499.99
Planned Availability Oct 2006
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/1.8" CCD
10.00 megapixels (effective)
Filter Type RGBG
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 3:2
Image Dimensions 3648 x 2736 (10.0 megapixels)
3648 x 2048 (7.5 megapixels)
2816 x 2112 (5.9 megapixels)
2272 x 1704 (3.9 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Quality 3 levels
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder Yes, Real-image optical zoom
LCD 2.5", 230,000 pixels
100% field of view
Playback Zoom 10.0x max
Lens
Lens Type Canon Zoom Lens
3x optical zoom
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 7.7 - 23.1mm (actual)
37 - 111mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.8 (W) / f/4.9 (T) - ???
Focusing System 9-point TTL w/ face detection with AF assist lamp
Focusing Range Normal: 2" - infinity (5 cm - infinity)
Exposure
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Shutter Speed 15 - 1/2000 second
Metering Modes Evaluative, Center-weighted ave rage, Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom, Manual
Internal Flash Range: ISO Auto: Wide: 30cm - 5.1m; Tele: 3.1m
Creative
Scene Modes Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, ISO 3200
Digital Zoom 4x
Movie Format AVI (Motion JPEG) with audio
1024x768 and 640x480
Max. frame-rate: 15 frames per second
Storage
Recording Medium SD/MMC, SDHC
File System Complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Connectivity
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 2.0 High Speed
Other DC In
Power
Battery Type Lithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary NB-5L
Product Bundle
Software ZoomBrowser EX, ImageBrowser, PhotoStitch
Battery / Charger Proprietary NB-5L Lithium Ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory 32.0MB memory card (type unspecified)
Other
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
 

Canon PowerShot SD800IS Digital ELPH
Canon's Powershot SD800IS digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael. R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Camera Type Compact
Manufacturer Canon
Model Number SD800IS
Dimensions 3.5 x 2.3 x 1.0"
89.5 x 58.0 x 25.1mm
Weight 150.0 g
5.2 oz
Planned Price $399.99
Planned Availability Oct 2006
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/2.5" CCD
7.10 megapixels (effective)
Filter Type RGBG
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 3:2
Image Dimensions 3072 x 2304 (7.1 megapixels)
3072 x 1728 (5.3 megapixels)
2592 x 1944 (5.0 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Quality 3 levels
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder Yes, Real-image optical zoom
LCD 2.5", 207,000 pixels
100% field of view
Playback Zoom 10.0x max
Lens
Lens Type Canon Zoom Lens
3.8x optical zoom
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 4.6 - 17.3mm (actual)
28 - 105mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.8 (W) / f/5.8 (T) - ???
Focusing System 9-point TTL w/ face detection with AF assist lamp
Focusing Range Normal: 1" - infinity (3 cm - infinity)
Exposure
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Shutter Speed 15 - 1/1600 second
Metering Modes Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom, Manual
Internal Flash Range: ISO Auto: Wide: 50cm - 4.0m; Tele: 2.0m
Creative
Scene Modes Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater
Digital Zoom 4x
Movie Format AVI (Motion JPEG) with audio
640x480 and 320x240
Max. frame-rate: 60 frames per second
Storage
Recording Medium SD/MMC, SDHC
File System Complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Connectivity
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 2.0 High Speed
Other DC In
Power
Battery Type Lithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary NB-5L
Product Bundle
Software ZoomBrowser EX, ImageBrowser, PhotoStitch
Battery / Charger Proprietary NB-5L Lithium Ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory 16.0MB memory card (type unspecified)
Other
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
 

Canon PowerShot SD40 Digital ELPH
Canon's Powershot SD40 digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael. R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Camera Type Compact
Manufacturer Canon
Model Number SD40
Dimensions 3.8 x 1.8 x 0.9"
96.1 x 45.1 x 23.9mm
Weight 105.0 g
3.7 oz
Planned Price $349.99
Planned Availability Oct 2006
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/2.5" CCD
7.10 megapixels (effective)
Filter Type RGBG
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 3:2
Image Dimensions 3072 x 2304 (7.1 megapixels)
3072 x 1728 (5.3 megapixels)
2592 x 1944 (5.0 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Quality 3 levels
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder No
LCD 1.8", 118,000 pixels
100% field of view
Playback Zoom 10.0x max
Lens
Lens Type Canon Zoom Lens
2.4x optical zoom
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 6.3 - 14.9mm (actual)
38 - 90mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/3.2 (W) / f/5.4 (T) - ???
Focusing System 9-point TTL w/ face detection with AF assist lamp
Focusing Range Normal: 4" - infinity (10 cm - infinity)
Exposure
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Shutter Speed 15 - 1/1600 second
Metering Modes Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom, Manual
Internal Flash Range: ISO Auto: Wide: 30cm - 2.0m; Tele: 1.3m
Creative
Scene Modes Kids & Pets, Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater
Digital Zoom 4x
Movie Format AVI (Motion JPEG) with audio
640x480 and 320x240
Max. frame-rate: 60 frames per second
Storage
Recording Medium SD/MMC, SDHC
File System Complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Connectivity
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 2.0 High Speed
Other DC In, Camera Cradle
Power
Battery Type Lithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary NB-4L
Product Bundle
Software ZoomBrowser EX, ImageBrowser, PhotoStitch
Battery / Charger Proprietary NB-4L Lithium Ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory 16.0MB memory card (type unspecified)
Other
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
Remote Control Yes, Wireless
 

Original Source Press Release:

FASHION FORWARD AND FEATURE FILLED, CANONíS THREE NEW DIGITAL ELPH CAMERAS TAKE SIZZLING STYLE, COOL CURVES AND GREAT PICTURES TO THE WINNERíS CIRCLE FOR A POWERSHOT TRIFECTA

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Sept. 14, 2006 – America’s love affair with Canon’s Digital ELPH cameras is heating up once again as three streamlined new sisters join the PowerShot Digital ELPH family – just in time for the popular camera line’s tenth anniversary. Reprising the discrete, petite profiles, curved bodies, smooth lines, and lustrous eye-catching allure that define the outer-design of Digital ELPH camera models, the 10.0 megapixel PowerShot SD900 Digital ELPH and the 7.1 megapixel PowerShot SD800 IS and PowerShot SD40 Digital ELPH cameras take the marriage of style and substance to a new level. They do it with an array of new user-friendly features, innovations and enhancements ranging from a dramatically faster response time to a new face detection autofocus system that keeps subjects in focus no matter where in the frame they appear.

Arriving in stores in October, these power-packed digital denizens of pocket or purse continue to champion the go anywhere, shoot anytime philosophy that keeps picture-taking fun and preserves memorable moments in a flash.

“The PowerShot Digital ELPH line of cameras has always been characterized by the sleek contoured look, the full array of features and the extraordinary picture quality they deliver,” states Yukiaki Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of the consumer imaging group at Canon U.S.A., Inc. “These newest Digital ELPH cameras continue that tradition of innovation, eye appeal, ease of use and imaging excellence, and will no doubt continue to delight our users and confound our competitors.”

The Eyes Have It
The brain behind these beauties is DIGIC III, the newest iteration of Canon’s ultra-efficient (and proprietary) image processor. Shared thus far only with Canon’s new flagship PowerShot G7 model – it is the DIGIC III chip that accounts for these cameras’ higher performance levels including faster start up, autofocus and shutter response times; improved maximum processing speed; and of course, enhanced image quality and more efficient power consumption; resulting in extended battery life under typical shooting conditions.

What’s more, thanks to the DIGIC III chip’s more aggressive noise reduction, these Digital ELPH cameras are able to shoot at ISO equivalent speed ratings from 80 to as high as 1600. This increased sensitivity at the top-end allows the use of faster shutter speeds, significantly reducing camera shake and subject blur during hand held low-light photography.

With Canon’s new Face Detection AF/AE technology (working in concert with Canon’s 9-point Autofocus system), all three of these Digital ELPH models can detect, lock on and track up to nine human faces in a scene simply by pressing the shutter button halfway. The face detection algorithm automatically prioritizes and selects the optimum subject and not simply the closest face (based on Canon’s Intelligent Scene Analysis/iSAPS technology). It will then optimize the focus and exposure to ensure the best possible results for easy picture taking moments.

All three of the new Digital ELPH cameras make taking and sharing better pictures simple, thanks to such onboard innovations as:

  • Expanded special scene modes that include ISO 3200 and Aquarium settings. The extremely high-speed ISO 3200 mode enables shooting without a tripod and flash were previously required, while Aquarium mode reproduces vivid images of swimming fish inside an aquarium without blurring;
  • A widescreen 16:9 ratio resolution setting that facilitates creating panoramic prints or image “slide shows” viewable on widescreen format televisions;
  • There’s even a convenient 3x2 composition guide which displays horizontal gray bars at the top and bottom as an overlay on the LCD screen so that users can compose and shoot their images in the proportion best suited to the size print they wish to make (typically 4x 6-inches);
  • A new My Category feature to streamline the categorizing of still and movie images for quicker and easier printing or playback;
  • A Safety zoom function allows users to comfortably explore digital zoom without sacrificing image quality while a new Digital Tele-converter digitally emulates traditional optical tele-converters.

The PowerShot SD900 Digital ELPH: Titanium Body and Ten Megapixels Too
The flagship of the Digital ELPH camera line, the 10-megapixel PowerShot SD900 Digital ELPH takes the attractive and comfortable feel of the “perpetual curve design” and for the first time ever, renders that body in strong and durable yet lightweight Titanium. The result is a high-res digital camera with smooth lines, an elegant satin finish, and an impressive (though petite) package of top-tier photo features. About the size of a deck of playing cards, the SD900 Digital ELPH camera measures fractionally more than an inch thick with its 3x (37-111 mm equivalent) optical zoom lens retracted safely into the case; a mere 2.35 inches high and less than 3.6 inches long.

The successor to Canon’s popular SD550 Digital ELPH camera, the SD900 also features a brilliantly enhanced, 2.5- inch, 230,000-pixel, color TFT LCD screen with a wide viewing angle making images easier to preview and review, and camera menus easier to read in a wide range of lighting conditions. For still more flexible digital imaging power, the SD900 Digital ELPH camera also includes a new 1.4x/2.3x digital tele-converter for extended shooting capabilities. Finally, for those who wish to shoot dramatically higher resolution video sequences, the camera’s XGA 15fps movie mode is just the ticket. When combined with the new optionally available high capacity 4GB SDHC memory cards, this digital dynamo can capture action for up to 33 minutes per clip. The Canon PowerShot SD900 Digital ELPH carries an estimated selling price of $499.99*.

The PowerShot SD800 IS Digital ELPH: Simple, Sophisticated and Image Stabilized
The 7.1 megapixel SD800 IS Digital ELPH camera is the second and newest Optical Image Stabilized Digital ELPH model in the PowerShot line, and is now the top-of-the-line Digital ELPH IS entry. Canon based the optical image stabilization system on advancements made in the development of the company’s EF and video lenses, and then scaled it down to fit the diminutive Digital ELPH camera profile. Unlike electronic or “digital image stabilization systems” that typically degrade image quality, Canon’s lens shift-type stabilization system preserves maximum optical quality while providing up to three stops of shake correction in shutter speed equivalent.

This new SD800 IS model features a number of significant advancements, including improved low-light performance due to the combination of optical IS and a top ISO speed of 1600, and for the first time in the Digital ELPH series, an optical 3.8x wide range zoom lens (28-105mm equivalent), which employs Canon’s UA lens technology that permits a longer zoom capability in a smaller amount of space.

The camera’s large, 2.5-inch high resolution LCD screen has been enhanced to approximately 207,000 pixels with a bright, wide, easy to read viewing area and is set attractively into the Digital ELPH’s rugged, stainless steel shell with its iconic perpetual curve design. In keeping with a decade of ELPH philosophy that proclaims, “great things come in small packages,” this pocket-sized photo powerhouse measures just under an inch thick with lens retracted, 2.28 inches high and 3.52 inches long. The Canon PowerShot SD800 IS Digital ELPH carries an estimated selling price of $399.99*.

The PowerShot SD40 Digital ELPH: Elegant, Economical and Easy–to-Use
The fashion plate of the Digital ELPH line of cameras, Canon’s new SD40 Digital ELPH packs 7.1 megapixels of righteous resolution into a color-keyed, stainless steel case that bespeaks luxury and is a must have accessory for a memory-making night on the town. Similar in design to its 5.0 megapixel predecessor (SD30 Digital ELPH model), the SD40 Digital ELPH series offers four new elegant shell tones in Twilight Sepia, a dark rich brown with gold accents; Precious Rose, a blushing pink attention-getter; Noble Blue, a shade worthy of the finest designer navy suit and, the soft yet solid sophistication of Olive Grey.

With any of these four fashion finishes, the SD40 Digital ELPH camera is a formidable, fine and fun to use camera. From the virtuosity of its 7.1 megapixel CCD and its retractable 2.4x optical zoom lens (38-90 mm equivalent) to its easy-to-read 1.8-inch backlit LCD monitor with 15 brightness settings the SD40 Digital ELPH camera is Canon to the core.

Canon supplied the PowerShot SD40 Digital ELPH camera with an easy to use camera station that serves as a charger, enables Hi-Speed USB 2.0 for direct printing and image transfer to a PC, and is even supplied with a wireless remote to facilitate slide show displays when sharing images on a television screen. A mere 0.94-inches thick with the lens retracted, 1.78-inches high and 3.78 inches long, the camera body weighs in at a very modest 3.7 ounces. The Canon PowerShot SD40 Digital ELPH camera carries an estimated selling price of $349.99*.

10 Years of Iconic Style
2006 marks the 10th Anniversary of Canon’s ELPH brand. Canon pioneered the stylish camera concept in 1996 with the first ELPH camera, an APS film model designed to take great pictures and fit stylishly into the consumer lifestyle. With each PowerShot Digital ELPH camera that Canon introduces, the company continues to focus on style, fashion and the distinctive look and feel of the ELPH line, a look that many competitors have often imitated, but never duplicated. Canon’s new PowerShot Digital ELPH cameras honor the ELPH heritage of ultimate style while incorporating the latest imaging technologies, such as the DIGIC III image processor.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. The company is listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America and is rated #35 on the BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands." Its parent company Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ) is a top patent holder of technology, ranking second overall in the U.S. in 2005, with global revenues of $31.8 billion. For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com.

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