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Canon PowerShot Pro90 IS

By dpreview staff on Jan 6, 2001 at 04:00 GMT

CES 2001: Today, Canon announce the sucessor to their ever popular Pro 70, the all new Pro90 IS, featuring the previously announced 10x optical stabilised lens, 2.6 megapixels of resolution and an electronic TTL viewfinder the Pro90 is a feature packed and attractive offering. We have the pictures, press release and specifications.

Full press release:

CANON LAUNCHES THE POWERSHOT PRO90 IS AS THE FLAGSHIP OF THE POWERSHOT DIGITAL CAMERA RANGE

This visually stunning camera is fitted with an astounding 10x zoom lens and incorporates Canons patented Image Stabilisation technology. The camera delivers 2.6M pixel resolution images from a 3.34M pixel CCD, ensuring crisp, clear images every time.

Lightning fast photo capture, a 'state of the art' image stabiliser to reduce camera shake, a subtle ergonomic design and outstanding photographic flexibility makes the Canon PowerShot Pro90 IS the only practical choice for advanced digital photographers.

Canon is renowned for developing truly inspired technology that delivers real user benefits and this model is no exception. The Canon PowerShot Pro90 IS offers complete control over the image capture process at all times.

Fully automatic operation is possible with Program AE mode, plus shutter priority AE, aperture priority AE or fully manual exposure control means the Canon PowerShot Pro90 IS will deliver sophisticated levels of creative functionality, on a level with the Canon EOS range of SLR cameras. Versatile centre weighted and spot metering means that the Canon PowerShot Pro90 IS performs with unfailing accuracy.

Outstanding features include a movie with sound and record playback facility, five mode pop-up flash and auto-exposure bracketing to make sure the final photograph is exactly what the photographer needs.

Stunning good looks and inspired technical performance are not the whole story. The demanding photographer will appreciate the Canon PowerShot Pro90 IS's vari-angle LCD monitor that can be swivelled to suit light conditions and the high power Lithium-Ion power pack that delivers more pictures-per-battery than ever before.

The PowerShot Pro90 IS offers compatibility with both PowerShot and EOS accessories including the Canon EX series of Speedlite flash units and dedicated wide angle and close up lenses.

Downloading images from the Canon PowerShot Pro90 IS could not be simpler or more reliable thanks to fast USB technology. Built in to the PowerShot Pro90 IS camera body is a CompactFlash Type II slot that will accommodate dedicated storage cards of up to 1GB in capacity, enabling hundreds of images to be taken and stored.

Photo storage, manipulation and printing are made easy with the advanced integrated software supplied with the Canon PowerShot Pro90 IS. Applications include Adobe Photoshop LE, Canon's Photostitch, ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser, PhotoRecord and RemoteCapture.

The Canon PowerShot Pro90 IS delivers outstanding photographic image quality, and is ideally matched to a Canon photo-quality Bubble Jet printer.

Canon PowerShot Pro90 IS Specifications

CCD:
� Size
� Recording pixels
� Total Number of Pixels


1/1.8 inch
Approx. 2.6M Pixels
Approx. 3.34M pixels

Lens:
� Focal Length (optical)
� Aperture Range
� Construction

7.0 (W) � 70.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 37 � 370mm)
F2.8 (W) / F4 (T) to F8.0
13 elements in 10 groups (including 2 aspherical lenses)

Digital Tele-converter:

2x, 4x [Maximum 40x digital zoom is available combined with optical zoom]

Focusing Method:

TTL auto-focus (Continuous)
Focus lock and Manual focus are available

Focusing Range:

Wide: 10cm � infinity
Tele: 1m � infinity

Light Metering Method:

Centre-weighted average or Spot metering

Exposure Control Method:

Programme AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture-priority AE and Manual.� AE Lock is available

Exposure Compensation:

+/- 2.0EV [at every 1/3-stop]
Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) is available

White Balance Control:

TTL auto white balance, Pre-set white balance [5 settings] and Custom white balance

Shutter Speed:�

8 � 1/1,000 s
8 s shutter is available in Shutter priority AE mode or Manual mode
All shutter speeds operate with noise reduction.

Equivalent Film Speed:

Auto (ISO 50 � ISO 100)
ISO 50
ISO 100
ISO 200
ISO 400

Viewfinder:

Colour electronic viewfinder with dioptre correction

LCD Viewfinder/Monitor:

1.8" Low-temperature Polycrystalline Silicon TFT Colour LCD (100% coverage)

Built-in Flash:

Flash Range: 0.7 � 4.2m (W), 1 � 3.4m (T) [at ISO100 equivalent]

Flash Modes:

Auto, Red-eye reduction auto, Red-eye reduction on, On and Off

Flash Exposure Compensation:

+ / - 2.0EV (at every 1/3-stop)

External Flash Support:

Canon Speedlite 220EX, 420EX and 550EX

Shooting Modes:

Auto, Creative Zone (Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE and Manual), Programmed Image Control Zone (Pan-focus, Portrait, Landscape, Night scene, B&W, Stitch assist* and Movie).� * Stitch assist mode integrates with PhotoStitch software (supplied).

Continuous Shooting:

Approx. 0.7 images / s
[at Large/Fine mode, when LCD monitor is turned off]

Movie Recording:

Approx. 15 frames/seconds, for up to approx. 30 seconds/shot

File Format:

Design rule for Camera File system [DCF*]
* "DCF" is an abbreviation of "Design rule for Camera File system" standardised by Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA).

Image Recording Format:
� Still image
� Movie


JPEG or RAW
AVI [Image data: Motion JPEG, Audio data: WAVE (monaural)]

JPEG Compression Levels:

Super-Fine
Fine
Normal

Recording Pixels:
Large
� Middle
� Small
� Movie


1,856 x 1,392 pixels
1,024 x 768� pixels
640 x 480� pixels
320 x 240� pixels

Image Storage Capacity:
(with supplied 16MB CF card)
� RAW
� Large/Super Fine
� Large/Fine
� Large/Normal
� Middle/Super Fine
� Middle/Fine
� Middle/Normal
� Small/Super Fine
� Small/Fine
� Small/Normal
� Movie



6 images [Approx.]
9 images [Approx.]
17 images [Approx.]
35 images [Approx.]
25 images [Approx.]
45 images [Approx.]
84 images [Approx.]
54 images [Approx.]
94 images [Approx.]
161 images [Approx.]
62 seconds
*Storage capacity varies depending on the scene or subjects. This data is estimated from Canon�s standard shooting conditions.

Print Order Format:

Digital Print Order Format [DPOF]

Other Features:
� Self-timer
� Signal Sound

� Wireless Control
� Remote Capture from PC


10 seconds
Camera Status and Warnings
Virtual shutter release sound is available.
Shooting and Playback
Available with USB interface only (exclusive software is supplied)

Other Operations:
� Camera Settings
  File Operations
� Playback Operations


Date/Clock, LCD Menu Languages [English, French, German Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish]
Single Erase, All Erase, Protect, DPOF Marking, CF Card Formatting
Single, Multi, Magnification [approx. 2.5X or 5X on built-in LCD monitor screen] and Slide show

Interface:

USB, RS-232C *
Audio/Video Output (PAL or NTSC selectable)
CompactFlash�� type I & II
*To use RS-232C an optional cable must be purchased.

Supported Operating Systems:

PC: Windows� 95/98 (including second Edition)/Me/NT 4.0 (Service Pack 3 or higher)/2000
Mac: OS 8.1 or higher, QuickTime 3.1 or higher

Power Source:
Camera

� Date/Clock backup


BP-511 Li-ion rechargeable battery*, AC adapter* and Car battery adapter
CR2016 lithium battery
*Li-ion rechargeable battery and AC adapter are supplied.

Operating Environment:
� Temperature
� Humidity


0 � 40 �C
10 � 90 %

Weight:

Approx. 680g [excluding batteries and CF card]

Dimensions (W x H x D):

126.5 x 83.9 x 139.1mm [excluding protruding parts]

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