Pre-PMA 2003, 14:00 GMT: Canon has today announced the new PowerShot S50, the new head of their 'S' product range with a five megapixel sensor and three times optical zoom lens. This camera is based on the S45 with which it shares its lens, body and controls. The S50 also gets many of the features enabled by the DiGiC processor, these include nine point AiAF, flexizone focus selection, three minute movie clips and automatic image rotation thanks to the orientation sensor. List price: $699 / €799. (Black body in North America, Silver in the rest of the world).
Press Release (Canon Europe):
Canon launches new top of the range PowerShot S50 - the compact digital camera with 5 Megapixel CCD
|North America model: Black, Rest of the world: Silver|
Amstelveen, February 2003 - Canon, a leader in photographic and imaging technology, introduces a high specification 5 Megapixel camera to head the "S" range of PowerShot models - the new PowerShot S50. Fitted with a 3x f/2.8-4.9 optical zoom, covering focal lengths of 35-105mm, it offers a wide range of photographic controls, presented in an easy to access format, that will satisfy seasoned photographers and advanced users.
Leading the PowerShot range, the new PowerShot S50 features many of the same facilities as the popular PowerShot S45, such as the 9-point AiAF (Artificial intelligence Auto Focus) system, the flexizone focus selector and Canon's unique DIGIC (DIGital Imaging Core) processor.
"The PowerShot S50 is well equipped to head-up the S series of cameras," says Hiroshi Komatsuzaki, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging Europe. "The level of control it offers the user is quite exceptional for any camera, let alone a pocket-sized model like this, and the quality of image it produces enables users to comfortably print right up to A3."
Maximum image quality
Canon's powerful DIGIC processor is used in this camera to provide a huge capacity for complex assessment of the scene to be captured. The PowerShot S50 uses information from the zoom position, scene brightness and other systems to determine what sort of subject is being photographed in order to optimise AF speed, exposure accuracy and white balance performance.
For maximum image quality, the PowerShot S50 provides RAW file capture as well as various JPEG settings. It is also possible to save an image in the RAW format even when it was shot in a JPEG mode, should the user choose to do so when viewing the image in Record mode. Further user control comes in the form of three metering modes, ISO settings from ISO 50-400 and a shutter speed range of 15-1/1500sec. The camera allows 2 custom white balance settings, in addition to the 6 pre-set programs, for perfect colours every time.
The camera's built-in flash is both powerful and flexible, offering a range of features including second curtain synchronisation, manual output control, plus a maximum range of 4m at ISO 100.
13 shooting modes
Combining automatic functions and manual selections the PowerShot S50 features 13 shooting modes, including subject-based modes and semi-auto modes such as aperture priority. A fast sequence mode allows a maximum frame rate of 2 frames per second, maintained for up to 8 images, while Photo Effect modes give users access to sharpening, contrast and colour saturation controls.
Movie mode and printing
A movie mode permits movie clips of up to a full 3 minutes each, complete with sound and the option to cut and edit them on the camera's own screen. The camera can also attach voice memos or sound files of up to 60 seconds to each image.
As with all the latest Canon digital cameras the PowerShot S50 supports Canon's Direct Print system, for printing with the camera linked straight to a Bubble Jet Direct Printer or Card Photo type printer. In-camera controls allow users to select the number of prints to be made, image cropping and print size. In addition users will gain access to the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY online service where users may share and store their images and the 'My Camera' function allows sound and image files may be downloaded to the camera.
Accessories and software
The PowerShot S50 is compatible with CompactFlash memory cards type I and II, including the IBM Microdrive , and is compliant with FAT32 for the use of cards with a capacity of over 2GB. The camera is supplied with a 32MB CF card, rechargeable lithium ion battery pack (NB-2L), battery charger and connecting cables.
The software included is Canon's ZoomBrowser EX (Windows), Image Browser (Mac), PhotoRecord, PhotoStitch and RemoteCapture software. As the camera is PTP compatible no additional drivers are needed in Windows XP or MAC OS X environments.
The optional waterproof case (WP-DC300) allows users to even enjoy the
PowerShot S50 underwater, up to a depth of 30m.
Canon PowerShot S50 specifications
|List price|| US: $699 (Black body)
EU: €799 (Silver body)
UK: £549 (Silver body)
|Sensor|| 1/1.8" CCD
RGB Color Filter Array
5.2 million pixels total
|Effective pixel count||5.0 million|
|Image sizes|| 2592 x 1944
1600 x 1200
1024 x 768
640 x 480
|Movie clips *|| 320 x 240, 15 fps, up to
160 x 120, 15 fps, up to 3 mins
|File formats|| Still: RAW, JPEG EXIF 2.2
(Super-Fine, Fine, Normal)
Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG + Wave audio)
|Lens|| 3x optical zoom
35 - 105 mm equiv.
F2.8 - F4.9
|Digital zoom||Up to 4.1x|
|Focus|| 9-point AiAF
1-point AF (any position)
AF assist beam (on/off)
|Focus range|| Normal: 50 cm - Infinity
(1.6 ft - Infinity)
Macro (Wide): 10 - 50 cm (3.9 - 19.7 in)
Macro (Tele): 30 - 50 cm (11.8 - 19.7 in)
Center weighted average
Spot (center or Af point linked)
|Exposure compen.||+/-2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps|
|Shutter|| 15 - 1/1500 sec
1.3 sec or slower only in Manual or Shutter Priority modes
Auto noise reduction slower than 1.3 sec
|White balance|| Auto
|LCD monitor|| 1.8" TFT LCD
Modes: Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Manual
Slow Sync: On, Off (1st or 2nd curtain selectable)
Red-Eye Reduction: On, Off
Flash compensation: +/-2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps
Manual power selection: 3 levels
Range (ISO 100, Wide): 0.55 - 4.0 m (1.8 - 13.1 ft)
Range (ISO 100, Tele): 0.55 - 2.5 m (1.8 - 8.2 ft)
|Photo effects|| Vivid
Black & White
Custom (Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation control)
|Drive modes|| Single
Continuous High: 2.0 fps, up to 8 frames
Continuous Normal: 1.5 fps, up to 8 frames
Interval shooting: 1 - 60 min intervals, up to 100 images
|Direct printing|| Canon Card Photo Printers
Canon Bubble Jet Printers with direct print function
|Other features|| My Camera
Sound memo (up to 60 secs)
Magnify Zoom (2 - 10x)
DPOF / Transfer Order
|Self Timer||Yes, 2 or 10 sec|
|Connectivity|| USB 1.1 (inc PTP)
|Storage|| Compact Flash Type I or II
FAT 12/16 and FAT 32 support
32 MB CF card supplied
|Power|| Lithium-Ion NB-2L rechargeable
battery (supplied & charger)
Optional AC adapter
|Dimensions||112 x 58 x 42 mm (4.4 x 2.3 x 1.7 in)|
|Weight (no batt)||260 g (9.2 oz)|
|External links|| Canon
Canon S50 sample images
* Three minute video clips require a high speed Compact Flash card
|PowerShot S50 in silver with lens cover closed||PowerShot S50 included accessories|
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