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Pre-Photokina 2006: Next up from Canon today is the PowerShot SD 900 Digital ELPH (Ixus 900 Ti in Europe), a titanium-bodied compact with a close family resemblance to the SD550 and SD700IS. Aside from the solid titanium body the SD900 sports Canon's new Digic III processor (with face detection), a 10MP CCD and ISO 1600 top sensitivity setting. Pricing is around $450 / €450.
Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 14 September, 2006: Canon today launches the new flagship of the Digital IXUS range – the Digital IXUS 900 Ti (US name: SD900 Digital ELPH). Finished in precision-crafted titanium with the renowned Perpetual Curve design of its predecessors, the slender Digital IXUS 900 Ti offers class-leading technology to match its exclusive exterior: 10.0 Megapixel resolution, an ultra-compact 3x optical zoom lens and Canon's new DIGIC III image processor with advanced Noise Reduction technology.
DIGIC III also drives Face Detection AF/AE , a new Canon technology that automatically detects faces in people shots and optimises focus and exposure accordingly. Other key advancements include a Touch Control Dial, super-high resolution 2.5" wide angle LCD screen and ISO 1600 shooting.
The Digital IXUS 900 Ti will be available from late September
"Since our first APS camera in 1996, the IXUS range has consistently set new benchmarks for camera technology and design," explains Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging, Europe. "The Digital IXUS 900 Ti is a fitting addition to mark a decade of IXUS innovation."
Further developing the Perpetual Curve design, the Digital IXUS 900 Ti's accentuated contours are realised through a solid titanium body. Extensively used in the aerospace, medical and defence industries, titanium is stronger than steel but significantly lighter. Its strength and anti corrosion properties combine with the camera's high build quality to offer durability without compromising size or weight. True to tradition, the Digital IXUS 900 Ti matches stylish form with innovative function, highlighted by the addition of a Touch Control Dial that provides fingertip access to camera settings while allowing the camera to maintain a sleek profile.
The camera's 10.0 Megapixel CCD sensor offers the highest resolution in the Digital IXUS range to date, providing enough detail for high quality poster size prints with room for creative cropping. A new Safety Zoom feature uses the high resolution to offer extra magnification without affecting image quality – up to 12x zoom when shooting Small size images. Users can also activate the Digital Tele-Converter for extra telephoto reach on all shots, similar to adding an optical tele-converter lens to the camera.
DIGIC III with Face Detection AF/AE
The third generation of Canon's celebrated DIGIC processor offers increased responsiveness and improved image rendering, as well as several new functions such as Face Detection AF/AE . This proprietary Canon technology works in partnership with 9-Point AiAF to quickly detect the main subjects in a people shot and optimise focus and exposure accordingly. Fast and highly accurate, the system is capable of distinguishing up to nine faces in a scene. If Face Detection AF/AE determines that the main subject is non-human, the camera reverts to
9-point AiAF. DIGIC III also incorporates advanced Noise Reduction technology to enable shooting at ISO 1600, for reduced blur in low-light conditions.
In addition to DIGIC III's speed, the Digital IXUS 900 Ti uses DDR-SDRAM similar to that found in Canon’s EOS DSLR cameras to substantially increase data throughput rates.
The Digital IXUS 900 Ti offers photographers a range of 18 shooting modes, including two new Special Scene modes – Aquarium and ISO 3200. Aquarium mode turns off the flash, raises the ISO and adjusts the white balance to return quality images when shooting aquatic life through glass tanks. ISO 3200 allows users to capture high quality images at 1600x1200 pixels in very dark environments where flash cannot be used. Users can expand their creativity further with My Colors, which allows artistic photo effects to be applied in-camera both during and after shooting.
The Digital IXUS 900 Ti's range-leading movie functions include ultra-sharp XGA (1024x768) quality recording with sound (15fps) – a first for Digital IXUS – and smooth VGA movies at 30fps.
Featuring a range-leading 230,000 pixel display with wide viewing angle and anti-reflective coating, the 2.5" LCD screen allows for comfortable composition and playback even on bright days. The Image Inspection Tool makes use of the large screen by simultaneously displaying a newly shot image and a magnified section – ideal for checking details such as facial expressions before leaving the scene. Users can also enable a helpful 3:2 ratio overlay during shooting to display the printable area for standard photo prints. The camera retains a real-image optical viewfinder for accurate framing without the LCD.
Managing images in playback is made easier by My Category , which automatically tags each image with a category - People, Scenery or Event – according to face detection and shooting mode used. These categories - which can be manually assigned in camera - are also recognised by Canon’s ZoomBrowser EX software for easy filtering of images on a PC.
1/1.8 " Type CCD
|Image sizes|| 3648 x 2736
3648 x 2048
2816 x 2112
2272 x 1704
1600 x 1200
640 x 480
|Movie clips|| 1024 x 768 @ 15fps
640 x 480 @ 30 / 15fps
320 x 240 @ 30 / 15fps
160 x 120 @ 15fps
|File formats|| JPEG Exif 2.2
AVI Motion JPEG with WAVE monaural
|Lens|| 37-111mm (35mm equiv)
3x optical zoom
|Digital zoom||up to 4x|
|AF area modes|| AiAF (Face Dectection / 9-point)
1-point AF (fixed center)
|AF assist lamp||Yes|
|Focus distance||Closest 5cm|
|ISO sensitivity|| Auto
|Exposure compensation||+/- 2EV in 1/3 stop increments|
|Shuttter speed||15-1/2000 sec|
|Scene modes|| Portrait
Kids & Pets
|White balance|| Auto
|Continuous shooting||approx 2.1fps|
|Image parameters||My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B&W, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)|
|Flash|| Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Sync, Red-eye reduction
Range: 30cm - 5.1m (wide) / 3.1m (tele)
|LCD monitor|| 2.5-inch P-Si TFT
|Connectivity|| USB 2.0 Hi-speed
|Print compliance|| PictBridge
Canon Selphy / Pixma
|Storage|| SD / SDHC / MMC card compatible
32 MB card supplied
|Power|| Rechargeable Li-ion battery NB-5L
Optional AC adapter kit
|Weight (no batt)||165 g|
|Dimensions||91.2 x 59.6 x 28.2 mm|