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Canon's PowerShot S1 IS digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon announces PowerShot S1 IS digital camera
By Luke Smith, The Imaging Resource
(Monday, February 9, 2004 - 09:00 EST)

In its second last announcement of the day, Canon U.S.A. Inc. has introduced the new PowerShot S1 IS digital camera, featuring an image-stabilised 10x optical zoom lens and a three megapixel image sensor.

Set to ship in April at a price of $499, the S1 IS will couple its 5.8 - 58mm (38 - 380mm equivalent) optically stabilised lens with a 1/2.7" 3.2 megapixel CCD imager, 1.5-inch LCD display, 114,000 pixel electronic viewfinder, built-in popup flash, CompactFlash Type-I and Type-II storage, USB and NTSC / PAL video output with sound, shutter speeds from 15 - 1/2000 second, automatic and manual controls, evaluative / center weighted / spot metering, 8 white balance modes, and ISO ratings from 50 to 400. The PowerShot S1 IS weighs 13.1 ounces without batteries, and has dimensions of 4.4 x 3.1 x 2.6".

Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Canon's PowerShot S1 IS digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Type: Compact digital still camera with built-in flash and 10x optical zoom and Image Stabilizer System
Image Capture Device: 3.2 M pixel, 1/2.7 inch charge coupled device (CCD)
Sensitivity: Auto; ISO 50/100/200/400 (Equivalent to ISO)
Resolution (Recording Pixels): 2,048 x 1,536 (Large), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 1), 1,024 x 768 (Medium 2), 640 x 480 (Small); Movie: 640 x 480 or 320 x 240
JPEG Image Quality Modes: Normal, Fine, Super Fine
File Format: Design rule for Camera File system, Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) Version 1.1 compliant
Image Recording Format: Still Image: JPEG (Exif 2.2 compliant); Movie: AVI
Recording Media: CompactFlash (CF) card, Type I and Type II
Shooting Modes: Auto, Creative (P, Av, Tv, M), Image (Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Fast Shutter, Slow Shutter, Stitch Assist, Movie) and Custom
Photo Effect: Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Sepie, Black & White, Custom
Playback Modes: Single, Index (9 thumbnail image), Magnification (Approx. 2x to 10x), Slide Show or Movie
Erase Modes: Still image: Single images, All images; Movie: Part of Movie, All of Movie
Interfaces: USB, A/V out (Video: NTSC or PAL selectable; Audio: monaural)
Direct Printing: Direct connection with Canon Direct Photo Printer, Card Photo Printer and PictBridge supported printers
Lens: 5.8-58mm, f/2.8-f/3.1 zoom lens (equivalent to 38-380mm in 35mm format)
Shutter Speed: 15-1/2000 sec. Slow shutter operates with noise reduction
Focus Range: Normal AF: 3.9 in/10cm-Infinity (WIDE); 3.1 ft./93cm-Infinity (TELE). Manual: 3.9 in/10cm-Infinity (WIDE); 3.1ft./93cm-Infinity (TELE)
Light Metering Method: Evaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot metering
Exposure Control: Program AE, Shutter speed-priority AE, aperture-priority AE or Manual
Compensation: +/- 2.0 EV in 1/3-step increments
Built-in Flash: Auto, On/Off, Red-Eye Reduction On/Off
Flash Range: 3.3 ft./1m-14 ft./4.2m (WIDE); 3.3 ft./1m-12ft./3.8m (TELE) (When ISO speed is set to 100 equivalent)
White Balance Control: Auto, Pre-set (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash) and Custom White Balance
Electronic Viewfinder: Color LCD viewfinder
LCD Viewfinder: Low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD
Power Sources: Size AA Alkaline battery (x4) or Size AA NiMH battery (NB-2AH/NB-1AH) (x4)
Dimension: 4.4 (W) x 3.1 (H) x 2.6 (D) in. / 111.0 (W) x 78.0 (H) x 66.1 (D) mm
Weight: (w/o battery and CF card) 13.1 oz./370g
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Canon's PowerShot S1 IS digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

Original Source Press Release:


LAS VEGAS (PMA, BOOTH # E11), Feb. 9, 2004 - The era of the two-in-one camera for capturing vacations, birthday parties, anniversaries, graduations, baby's first steps or any other family function or momentous milestone has arrived thanks to Canon and the all new PowerShot S1 IS digital camera. Indeed, capturing moving video memories of special occasions is no longer a reason for compromise when it comes to image resolution, sound reproduction and movie "clip" duration from a digital camera.

"With this new PowerShot S1 IS digital camera, Canon pushes the optical imaging envelope as consumers enjoy the quality of a digital still camera with video capabilities substantially enhanced over other digital cameras," stated Yukiaki Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of the consumer imaging group at Canon U.S.A., Inc, a subsidiary of Canon Inc. (NYSE: CAJ). "At the same time, the camera's 10x zoom combined with Canon's advanced Image Stabilization system gives still photographers greater flexibility and stability for long-range, hand-held telephoto shooting."

Unlike other digital cameras with short duration movie mode features that capture a clip ranging from a few seconds to a few minutes depending on the resolution, the PowerShot S1 IS digital camera captures full 640 x 480 high-res movies at up to 30 frames per second, ensuring smooth video motion. What's more, individual movie clips can now last as long as one hour depending on the capacity of the memory card or the charge in the battery.

Hashimoto emphasized that the PowerShot S1 IS digital camera equipped with a fast, one-gigabyte compact flash card -- now readily available and easily affordable in the digital marketplace -- will record a solid-hour of continuous movies. Additionally, the PowerShot S1 IS digital camera is compatible with Type 1 and Type II CF cards up to and over 2GB in size, making its movie capture capability "virtually unlimited for all practical purposes."

The movie mode enhancements also include the ability to zoom and change auto exposure and auto white balance settings during a movie clip. They feature enhanced 16 bit sound quality with 22 KHz sampling frequency (double that of any other PowerShot camera model in movie mode) and an easily accessed movie start/stop button on the back of the camera are impressive advances, the PowerShot S1 IS is first and foremost, a Canon digital camera.

Sharp Shooting
With its 3.2 megapixel CCD imaging sensor and exclusive DIGIC image processor, the PowerShot S1 IS digital camera provides the high quality resolution, color and low noise consumers have come to expect from Canon digital technology starting with the fast f/2.8-3.1 image stabilized 10x zoom lens (38-380mm equivalent) that makes tack-sharp long telephoto shooting positively practical. When the optical zoom is augmented with the camera's 3.2x digital zoom, the range effectively becomes the equivalent to a 1,216mm lens. Despite its extensive optical range, the lens is ultra-compact and retracts securely into the camera when it is powered down.

Renowned for the virtuosity and quality of its "glass," Canon designed the PowerShot S1 IS digital camera's lens with 11 elements including one aspherical element to reduce size and weight and ensure image sharpness, particularly at wide-angle settings. Thanks to Canon's optical Image Stabilization technology, users have the flexibility of actually shooting at shutter speeds two stops lower than would otherwise be possible.
Similar to SLR models, PowerShot S1 IS digital camera users also enjoy the flexibility of a full array of exposure control settings including ProgramAE, Shutter-priority, Aperture-priority, Manual Mode and full-auto P.I.C. modes.

Fast Focus And Zoom
The PowerShot S1 IS is equipped with a single-point TTL AF system that achieves sharp focus quickly and silently. Although the AF frame is normally positioned at the center of the viewfinder, the user can move it freely to almost any section of the picture area using Canon's innovative FlexiZone AF/AE system. The new camera also features manual focus override as well as a Focus Bracketing function. Close focus is possible down to 3.9 inches at the wide-angle setting and 3.1 feet at the maximum telephoto setting, which fills the frame with subjects as small as 3 x 4 inches.

The PowerShot S1 IS also offers high-speed and variable speed virtually silent zooming thanks to its Canon Ultrasonic Motor (USM), a feature it shares with the new, top-of-the-line PowerShot Pro1digital camera. The silence of the USM is particularly beneficial in the S1's movie mode to preserve and enhance the quality of the audio recording.

With the use of Canon's new optional Conversion Lens Adapter, the PowerShot S1 IS accepts an optional Tele-Converter that increases the optical range of the lens to a maximum equivalent of 608mm and an optional Wide Converter that yields a 24.5mm equivalent at the widest zoom setting. There is also an optional underwater housing rated for use at depths as low as 130 feet.

The camera's compact ergonomic design includes strategically placed controls for convenient telephoto and movie shooting; a large rubberized grip, which makes holding the camera easy, well balanced and secure. The grip even includes a soft back and bottom to maximize comfort during long periods of shooting. The PowerShot S1 IS also features a variable-angle 1.5 inch, 114,000 pixel LCD Monitor that can be folded in or out and has the same range of movement found on the popular Canon PowerShot G5 and A80 digital cameras. While there is no optical viewfinder, the PowerShot S1 IS features an electronic, eye-level viewfinder with approximately 114,000-pixel resolution and built-in diopter correction, giving users the choice of viewing their subject on the monitor or through the viewfinder.

For all of its features, versatility and capabilities, the camera is powered by four easily accessible AA batteries and accepts either Alkaline (disposable) batteries or rechargeable Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) batteries. Alkaline batteries are rated for approximately 120 shots before they need to be replaced, while Canon Alkaline NiMH (Nickel Metal Hydride NB4-200 AA-size batteries) provide peak performance and approximately 550 shots on a single charge.

The DIGIC Difference
Canon developed the proprietary DIGIC (Digital Imaging Integrated Circuit) image processor specifically for use with its line of digital cameras. The technology combines the 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 the camera or camcorder. The result is a product that offers faster auto focus than ever before, faster image processing, better image quality and longer battery life.

Direct Printing Plus
Direct Printing significantly expands the appeal of the PowerShot S1 IS digital camera by making it simple, quick and convenient to produce high-quality photos without the need for a personal computer. Beyond its Direct Print capability with Canon's Card Photo Printers and acclaimed Canon Direct Photo Printers, the camera is also compatible with PictBridge, an industry protocol that offers the flexibility of direct printing to other brands of PictBridge compatible printers.

The PowerShot S1 IS digital camera supports Exif Print, a worldwide standard that transfers important camera settings and data from the camera to the printer ensuring the photos you print will look true to life. Moreover, DPOF 1.1 (Digital Print Order Format) lets users specify the images to be printed or execute batch printing of selected images.

In stores April, the Canon PowerShot S1 IS digital camera kit includes two dedicated software CDs, four AA Alkaline batteries, a neckstrap, a lens cap, USB and AV cables and a 32MB CompactFlash card as well as printed manuals and a Canon USA limited warranty card. The estimated street price will be *$499.00.

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 ranked #39 on the Business Week 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 2003, with global revenues of $24.5 billion. Canon U.S.A. employs more than 10,000 people at over 30 locations. For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com.

DIGIC is a trademark of Canon Inc.
PictBridge is a trademark.
All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.
* Estimated Selling Price: Actual prices set by dealer are subject to change.

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