News tagged with "canon"
Tokyo, 13:00. As part of a worldwide announcement of new digital camera products Canon today revealed the smallest, lightest 2.1 megapixel digital camera yet - Digital Ixus (known as the Powershot S100 Digital Elph in the USA). Clad in a strong steel case with a completely flat face (switched off) it measures a minuscule 87 x 57 x 26.9mm (3.4 x 2.2 x 1") - front on that's about the same size as a credit card, weighs in at just 190 g (6.7 oz).
There'll be a collective sigh of relief from S10 owners. Canon have release firmware 220.127.116.11 for download which has been seen already on new S10's. The procedure for update is different depending on whether you have a CF card reader or not so read the download page very carefully. Fixes are: IBM Microdrive compatibility, faster (1/30s) shutter speed for flash shots, auto whitebalance automatically for flash shots.
Wim Pollet, a regular poster on our Canon Talk forum has put together a page exploring the possibilities of macro shots using the Canon S10 (or S20 for that matter) and a 10x Peak Scale Loupe. His results are outstanding and show that you don't always have to work within the limitations of your particular camera. The Loupe he uses is of high quality, it has a 20mm eyepiece and adjustable focus ring.. Cheap at about $60. He's got over 76 sample shots in the Albums section of his site.
Hats off to David over at Imaging Resource for pumping out regular reviews, this time he's completed a review of Canon's S20 he says "...They also gave it an exceptionally sharp lens to match the sensor's resolution (producing the highest resolution we've measured on a digicam to date, as of late March, 2000). We found its color to be very good as well, both hue-accurate and properly saturated. (Neither over-bright nor dull.) While it lacks traditional aperture- and shutter-priority metering modes, much the same effects can be achieved through the "Fast Shutter" and "Slow Shutter" exposure modes. Overall, a great camera and a great extension of Canon's "Elph-like" digicam line. Highly recommended!"
We have just been told that State Street Direct is offering a special price on the Canon Powershot S10 - that is so low - we are not allowed to quote it here. When you visit their site (via this link) you will need to enter your e-mail address in - and the special price and buy link will be e-mailed to you. This offer is ONLY for online orders and will end as soon the current inventory is depleted.
This news leaked to me last night, I've just verified it with another industry source. Canon, in association with an undisclosed partner are developing a totally new class of CCD which will revolutionize digital cameras. Their so called multi-layer CCD uses the properties of a specially developed glass membrane which spreads the light equally to each layer.
Jeff over at DCResource has finished his Canon PowerShot S20 review, here's what he says "One of my favorite cameras of 1999 was the Canon PowerShot S10. Why? Well, it was light, easy to use, fast, and took great photos too! When the S20 was announced, I was excited -- it took everything that made the S10 so great, and added a 3.3 megapixel CCD!"
Steve posts a review of Canon's Champagne S20, he says "Like the PowerShot S10, the S20 is a super-compact, all-metal bodied camera that is ready to easily take on life's little bumps and knocks. For a palm-sized camera the 3-megapixel images are simply gigantic and guarantee photo-quality prints to 8x10" and beyond. Canon has got another mini-sized winner here. "
Exclusive: we bring you the first review of the 3.3 megapixel Canon PowerShot S20, a small yet perfectly formed digicam which produces impressive results and a true gain from its extra pixels. "Well, I loved the S10.. For me it was the first digital camera to have the quality of the best compact film cameras with great features, pocketability, image quality and a robust build. The S20 takes that to the next level with even better image quality..."
Canon Japan has now confirmed what we've already seen, the development of an EOS Digital SLR camera, the press release offers little more to what we've already gleaned: a 3+ megapixel CCD, Canon-EF lens mount, Canon-EF lenses. Expected "Sale Time" Autumn 2000. They also include a calendar of dates when the reference camera will be exhibited.
Say hello to the Canon Powershot S20, a 3.34 Megapixel version of the S10, it's almost identical (except for its new golden skin) in specification to the S10, the big difference is the 40% increase in image area (2048 x 1536 vs. 1600 x 1200) due to the new big CCD. The Canon BeBit site have just posted specifications and four sample images.
After reading the "rumor" on Steves-Digicams about the Canon S20 I contacted one of my industry contacts who confirmed: Canon S20 (name may change), Same form factor as S10, 3.3 Megapixels, 2x zoom, USB, CF I & II, shipped with 16MB CF card.
The guys over at Imaging Resource have just posted a Canon S10 review, looks like they came to a very similar conclusion as me "Canon's remarkable little 2.1 megapixel digicam, the PowerShot S10. We say "remarkable", because it's not only the smallest digicam currently on the market, but it takes pictures of exceptional quality: Color, detail, and tonal range are all excellent, comfortably in the top tier of the current two megapixel marketplace."
Jeff over at DC Resource has just posted a review of Canon's ever-so-interesting 2.11 megapixel pocket wonder the S10. And, he likes it "The Canon PowerShot S10 is a fantastic camera. It's very small and light, and really stands out in a crowd, and the photo quality is very good. You can easily use it with one hand, and it's fast processing speeds let you record and view photos quickly. And the built-in USB support helps you get the photos onto your PC just as quickly. "