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Canon announces PowerShot SD780 IS & SD1200 IS

By dpreview staff on Feb 18, 2009 at 04:00 GMT

Pre-PMA 2009:Canon has announced its slimmest compacts, the PowerShot SD780 IS (Digital IXUS 100 IS in Europe) and PowerShot SD1200 IS (Digital IXUS 95 IS in Europe), replacing the SD770 IS and SD1100 IS respectively. Both the 12.1 megapixel SD780 IS and 10 megapixel SD1200 IS offer similar features including 3x optical zoom, optical viewfinders, 2.5" LCDs, Optical Image Stabilization, Smart Auto mode with Scene Detection and i-Contrast. Furthermore, the SD780 IS can also record High Definition movies.

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New Digital IXUS models feature ultra-smart technology and slimmest ever design

Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 18 February 2009: Canon today strengthens its reputation for excellence in digital compact camera design with two new models: the slimmest ever Digital IXUS model, the 12.1 Megapixel Digital IXUS 100 IS, and the 10 Megapixel Digital IXUS 95 IS. Both models feature a new Smart Auto mode, which uses Canon’s Scene Detection Technology to help users take great shots with ease. The Digital IXUS 100 IS also includes the option to shoot HD movies (1280 x 720, 30fps) and HDMI connectivity.

Replacing the Digital IXUS 85 IS, the Digital IXUS 100 IS features a striking, 18.4mm wide stainless steel body, finished in a choice of silver, black, gold or red – making it ideal for the most prestigious of occasions. The Digital IXUS 95 IS, successor to the Digital IXUS 80 IS, offers an ultra-stylish, take-anywhere alternative in silver, grey, blue or pink. Both models offer framing flexibility via a 3.0x optical zoom, with consistently blur-free results provided by Canon’s optical Image Stabilizer.

Built for stunning images
Generous resolutions of 10.0 Megapixels and 12.1 Megapixels allow for huge A2+ size prints or the freedom to crop images to improve composition while retaining outstanding image detail. The addition of Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor allows both models to deliver ultra-fast operation, and rich, low-noise images with outstanding clarity and colour reproduction.

Beauty and brains
For incredible pictures with extreme ease, both models incorporate a new
Smart Auto mode. This uses Canon’s Scene Detection Technology to analyse the shooting scene in detail – checking subject brightness, contrast, distance and overall hue. The camera then instantly selects one of 18 possible modes, to ensure perfect settings for the scene.

Thanks to DIGIC 4 processing, Canon’s intelligent technologies are now more accurate than ever. Improved Motion Detection aids blur-free capture of moving subjects. i-Contrast brightens the dark areas of a photo without blowing out correctly-exposed areas. Face Detection Technology can register multiple faces in a frame and adjusts settings for better results; with the Digital IXUS 100 IS, this includes new Blink Detection, which helps avoid the disappointment of a mistimed portrait shot. FaceSelf-Timer simplifies group shots or self portraits by waiting until the user enters the frame before shooting. Auto Red-Eye Correction removes the unwanted red-eye effect caused by flash photography, either during or after shooting.

In addition, both models offer a smarter, newly improved User Interface – making functions even easier and more intuitive to access.

Movies and more
Despite its tiny proportions, the Digital IXUS 100 IS includes the ability to shoot pin-sharp, ultra-detailed video clips in High Definition (1280 x 720) – which can be played back on any HDTV via an HDMI connection. The Digital IXUS 95 IS offers fun movie capture at VGA resolution, with the option of Long Play movies for extended shooting.

On both models, a 2.5” PureColor LCD II offers bright, detailed image preview and review. The inclusion of an optical viewfinder offers users an alternative way to compose shots. 
“United by some of our smartest technology yet, these models offer two compelling new choices to Digital IXUS fans: prestige, slimline design, or great style for everyday use,” commented Rainer Fuehres, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging Europe.

  • Digital IXUS 100 IS: ultra-slim IXUS design in silver, black, gold or red
  • Digital IXUS 95 IS: slim, stylish IXUS design in silver, grey, blue or pink
  • 12.1 Megapixels (Digital IXUS 100 IS), 10.0 Megapixels (Digital IXUS 95 IS)
  • 3.0x optical zoom with optical Image Stabilizer
  • Smart Auto mode with Scene Detection Technology
  • DIGIC 4 for ultra-fast responsiveness and superb image quality
  • Combats blur with IS and Motion Detection Technology
  • People shots made easy with Face Detection Technology, Blink Detection (Digital IXUS 100 IS only) plus FaceSelf-Timer and Auto Red-Eye Correction
  • 2.5” PureColor LCD II
  • i-Contrast brightens dark areas without blowing out correctly-exposed areas
  • HD movies and HDMI connection (Digital IXUS 100 IS only)

Printing
The Digital IXUS 100 IS and Digital IXUS 95 IS feature a dedicated Print menu for quick access to direct print options. Full PictBridge support means users can print directly to any PictBridge compatible printer without the need for a PC.

Language
The Digital IXUS 100 IS and Digital IXUS 95 IS feature a user interface that supports 26 languages: English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian and Farsi.

Memory Card Support
In addition to SD, SDHC and MMC memory cards, the Digital IXUS 100 IS and Digital IXUS 95 IS support MMCplus and HC MMCplus card formats.

Software and CANON iMAGE GATEWAY
The Digital IXUS 100 IS and Digital IXUS 95 IS come bundled with the following Canon Software:

  • ZoomBrowser EX 6.3 (Windows), ImageBrowser 6.3 (Macintosh): For organising and editing images, movies and slideshows, or creating and printing digital photo albums.
  • PhotoStitch 3.1 (Windows), PhotoStitch 3.2 (Mac): For creating panoramic photos from multiple images.

The bundled software supports Windows Vista (including SP1) / XP SP2-3 and Macintosh OS X v10.4-10.5. Both cameras support PTP for driverless transfer to Windows XP and Macintosh OS X, along with MTP for image and movie transfers to Windows Vista.
Purchasers of the Digital IXUS 100 IS and Digital IXUS 95 IS are eligible for free membership of CANON iMAGE GATEWAY: 100MB of online ‘personal gallery’ space for sharing stills and video with family and friends.

Optional Accessories
The Digital IXUS 100 IS and Digital IXUS 95 IS can be combined with the following accessories:

  • Soft Case (DCC-60) for Digital IXUS 95 IS, (DCC-1200) for
    Digital IXUS 100 IS
  • Digital IXUS Metal or Leather Strap
  • High Power Flash (HF-DC1)
  • AC Adapter Kit (ACK-DC40) for Digital IXUS 95 IS, (ACK-DC10) for
    Digital IXUS 100 IS
  • Waterproof case (40m) (WP-DC31) for Digital IXUS 100 IS, (WP-DC29) for Digital IXUS 95 IS
  • Waterproof Case Weight (WW-DC1)

Technologies Explained

Key Messages:

  • AUTO mode is new for 1H09 in February launched Canon Cameras
  • Latest Smart AUTO mode now incorporates advanced Scene Detection Technology
  • Smart Auto makes it even easier for users to get better quality images with a press of the shutter button
  • DIGIC 4 enables Smart Auto to be more accurate and give better images.

Introduction
Spring 2009 sees the launch of a new step-change in image quality for Canon cameras. For as long as most users can remember, AUTO mode has been a feature of point and shoot cameras -allowing minimal intervention or expertise needed to achieve satisfactory focus and exposure.  Since the introduction and rise of digital photography, there have been many technological advances and additional shooting modes, yet AUTO mode remains the staple favourite of many snappers.  Research conducted by Canon also reveals that AUTO is one of the most frequently used shooting modes.

Cameras with IQ
From today Canon are making AUTO mode different. The latest range of Digital Still Camera products launched incorporate a new smart system that uses Scene Detection Technology, which along with other advanced Canon technologies, leads to one of the most comprehensive and clever AUTO modes ever seen on a digital camera. Whilst complex in technology, Smart AUTO still delivers the peace of mind and ease of use for point and shooters that has always been expected from selecting the familiar green icon mode.

With intelligent and integrated use of key functions such as focus, exposure, ISO sensitivity, flash, dynamic range adjustments and Intelligent Contrast Correction, Canon Cameras have never been so smart.  Added to these Canon Motion Detection and Face Detection Technology plus advanced Noise Reduction, together with pleasing colour rendition all delivered by the DIGIC 4 processor, mean when selecting AUTO mode on these latest models, users can be assured of the best in image quality even in more challenging shooting conditions.

Smart Auto overview:
Using Scene Detection Technology, Smart AUTO can distinguish parameters allowing the camera to carry out optimum processing for a shot by:

  • Detecting people
  • Evaluating Distances
  • Evaluating Subject and camera movement information
  • Analysing Scene Brightness
  • Analysing Colour

Powershot SD780 and SD1200 specifications

  SD780 SD1200
Sensor

• 1/2.3" Type CCD
• 12.1 million effective pixels

• 1/2.3 " Type CCD
• 10 million effective pixels
Image sizes • 4000 x 3000
• 3264 x 2448
• 2592 x 1944
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
• 320 x 140
• 4000 x 2248
• 3648 x 2736
• 2816 x 2112
• 2272 x 1704
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
• 3648 x 2048
Movie clips • 1280 x 720 @ 30fps [HD]
• 640 x 480 @ 30fps [L]
• 320 x 240 @ 30fps [M]
• 640 x 480 @ 30fps [L]
• 320 x 240 @ 30fps [M]
Maximum clip length

• Upto 4GB or 1/2 hour [HD]
• Upto 4GB or 1 hour [L or M]

• Upto 4GB or 1 hour [L or M]
File formats

• JPEG (Exif v2.2)
• DPOF 1.1
• MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (Monaural)
• WAVE (Sound Files)

Lens • 33 - 100mm (35mm equiv)
• 3x optical zoom
• F3.2-5.8
• 35-105mm (35mm equiv)
• 3x optical zoom
• F2.8-4.9
Image stabilization Yes (Lens-Shift)
Digital zoom up to 4x
Focus TTL
AF area modes

• Face Detection AiAF / 9 point
• 1-point AF (center or Face Select and Track)

AF lock Yes (on/off selectable)
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance Closest focus distance 3 cm
Metering • Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame)
• Center-weighted average
• Spot (center or linked to Face Detection)
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• High ISO Auto
• ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
AE lock Yes (on/off selectable)
Exposure compensation +/- 2EV in 1/3 stop increments
Shutter speed 15-1/1500 sec
Modes

• Auto
• Scene
• Movie

Scene modes

• Program
• Portrait
• Night Snapshot
• Kids & Pets
• Indoor
• Sunset
• Fireworks
• Long Shutter
• Beach
• Underwater
• Aquarium
• Foliage
• Snow
• ISO 3200
• Digital Macro
• Color Accent
• Color Swap
• Stitch Assist

White balance • Auto (including Face Detection WB)
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Fluorescent H
• Custom
Self timer

• 2 or 10sec,
• Custom or FaceSelf Timer

Continuous shooting • Approx 0.8fps • Approx1.4 fps
Image parameters My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color) My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Custom Color)
Flash Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync
• Face Detection FE compensation
• Flash exposure lock
• Range (30cm - 3.5m (W) / 2m (T)
• External HF-DC1 flash (optiona
Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync
• Face Detection FE compensation
• Flash exposure lock
• Range (30cm - 4.2m (W) / 2m (T)
• External HF-DC1 flash (optiona
Viewfinder Optical Viewfinder
LCD monitor • 2.5" TFT
• 230,000 pixels
• 100% coverage
• Adjustable
Connectivity • HDMI connector
• USB Hi-Speed
• AV out (PAL / NTSC switchable)
• USB Hi-Speed
• AV out (PAL / NTSC switchable)
Storage • SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus
Power Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-4L Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-6L
Weight (no batt) 160 g 120 g
Dimensions 87 x 56 x 18 mm 86 x 55 x 22mm

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