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Creo's Leaf Valeo WI digital camera back. Courtesy of Creo, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Creo introduces Leaf Wireless family
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(Friday, May 14, 2004 - 11:46 EDT)

A press release from Creo Inc. heralds the launch of its new Leaf Valeo Wi family of digital camera backs at the Drupa 2004 show in Dűsseldorf, Germany.

First announced in late March, the new Leaf Valeo 22Wi and Leaf Valeo 17Wi have CCD sensor resolutions of 22 and 17 megapixels respectively, with 16-bit A/D processing, shutter speeds up to 1/500 second and ISO sensitivity from 25 to 200.

Leaf Valeo Wi
Creo's Leaf Valeo WI digital camera back. Courtesy of Creo, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Technology
Full frame CCD
DSR (Dual Sensor Readout) for double capture speed (patent pending)
Resolution
Leaf Valeo 22Wi: 5356 x 4056
Leaf Valeo 17Wi: 3576 x 4716
Dynamic Range 12 f-stops
Color Depth A/D 16-bit (65,536 levels per color)
File Size

Leaf HDR 16-bit color depth:

Leaf Valeo 22Wi : 126MB

Leaf Valeo 17Wi : 99MB

RGB 8-bit:

Leaf Valeo 22Wi : 63MB

Leaf Valeo 17Wi : 48MB

CMYK 8-bit:

Leaf Valeo 22Wi : 84MB

Leaf Valeo 17Wi : 65MB

Sensitivity ISO 25-200
Lighting Compatible with all lighting conditions
Portable Configuration (optional)

Leaf Digital Magazine: 10GB / 20GB disk

Two lithium ion batteries plus charger, tripod adapter, AC adapter

Leaf DP-67:

  • 6 x 7 cm Digital Proof and photographic assistant application
  • Color display: 3.9 in. (10 cm) diagonal; 64k color
  • Features: Exposure meter, Histogram, Over/Under exposure indicators, Contact Sheet, Zoom 1:1, ISO Speed, Develop Curve, ICC profile, format ratio and gray balance presets, and manua selection
Dimensions – Digital Back
Size (W x H x D): 94 x 90 x 57 mm / 3.7 x 3.5 x 2.2 in.
Weight: 450g / 1lb
Operating Conditions

Temperature: 0-50 C (32-122 F)

Digital Magazine: 5-50 C (41-122 F)

Humidity: 15-80% RH (non-condensing)

System Requirements
Minimum Recommended
Mac/PowerBook G4 G5
Processor: 867MHz Dual 2GHz
RAM: 512MB 1GB
Free disk space: 1GB
Mac OS: 10.2.4
Conforms to

CE Mark, FCC, UL

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Original Source Press Release:

CREO INTRODUCES LEAF VALEO WIRELESS DIGITAL CAMERA BACK FAMILY AT DRUPA 2004

  • The new Leaf Valeo Wi family uses built-in Bluetooth wireless technology for two-way communication between the camera and the Leaf DP-67, a 6 x 7 cm (3.9 inch) image display and control unit, based on the HP iPAQ pocket PC;
  • The Leaf Valeo Wi family is the fastest digital back system in the market at 1.2 sec/frame;
  • The 16-bit A/D (analog to digital) converter assures the widest tonal range for rich and smooth tonal transitions.
DRUPA 2004, DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY -- May 13, 2004 -- Creo Inc. (NASDAQ: CREO: TSX: CRE) is launching the next generation Leaf(tm) Valeo digital camera back with an innovative wireless display at Drupa 2004, the largest international trade show for print media production. The Leaf Valeo 22Wi (22 million pixels) and the new Leaf Valeo 17Wi (17 million pixels) digital camera backs are featured in both still life and live action photography on the Creo stand B10, Hall 4 at Drupa 2004.

Bluetooth Wireless for Leaf...

The new Leaf Valeo Wi family uses built-in Bluetooth® wireless technology for two-way communication between the camera and the Leaf DP-67, a 6 x 7 cm (3.9 inch) image display and control unit, based on the HP iPAQ pocket PC. Users can zoom-in on high resolution images that display instantly on the Leaf DP-67 image display and control unit. They can verify focus, set camera parameters and even manage files and folders from a distance of up to 10 meters (33 feet). The DP-67 acts as both a "digital proof" and a "personal photographic assistant".

The Leaf Valeo Wi family is the fastest digital back system in the market at 1.2 sec/frame with its unique DSR (Dual Sensor Readout) technology (patent pending). DSR technology achieves record capture rate by utilizing the CCD two-channel simultaneous readout. Both the 17 mega pixel and the 22 mega pixel CCDs present an optimized 3:4 format for a classic photographic ratio that's efficient and minimizes cropping.

Leaf's Large Format Power turns existing large format analog cameras into digital systems, allowing users to control aperture and shutter speed from their computer. The electronic lens control allows speeds up to 1/500 sec in 1/10 f-stop intervals producing accurate and consistent shutter performance. A Live Video View feature enables easy and accurate composition by superimposing a designer layout over the live image as well as on sensor absolute focusing.

The 16-bit A/D (analog to digital) converter assures the widest tonal range for rich and smooth tonal transitions. An advanced scaling algorithm enables a smooth film-like look in high-scale enlargements for files over 300 MB.

Creo Leaf: A History of Innovation...

In 1992 Leaf introduced the world's first digital camera back, the Leaf DCB. Since then Leaf has continuously led the professional digital market by developing innovative award-winning solutions. For more information about Leaf, visit www.creo.com/leaf.

At Drupa...

Every four years, Drupa transforms the city of Düsseldorf into the print media capital of the world. From May 6 to 19, more than 1,900 exhibitors, including Creo, from 49 countries are presenting the most comprehensive overview of print media production in the graphic arts industry. More than 375,000 visitors from 170 countries are expected to attend.

Images available at www.creo.com/imagebank

About Creo...

Creo Inc. is a global company with key strengths in imaging and software technology. The leading provider of prepress systems, Creo helps over 25,000 customers worldwide adopt digital production methods which reduce costs, increase print quality and allow them to serve their customers more efficiently. Based on a solid foundation of intellectual property, Creo has an unmatched range of technology solutions that address the needs of commercial, publication, on demand, packaging, and newspaper printers, and creative professionals. Creo product lines include software and hardware for computer-to-plate imaging, systems for digital photography, scanning, and proofing, as well as printing plates and proofing media. Creo also supplies on-press imaging technology, components for digital presses, color servers, and high-speed digital printers.

Based in Vancouver, Canada, Creo employs more than 4,200 people and reported fiscal 2003 revenue of US$578 million. Creo trades on NASDAQ (CREO) and the TSX (CRE). www.creo.com

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