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Introducing the new Canon PowerShot A80 with revolutionary PictBridge support

  • 22 August, 2003 16:53

<p>Introducing the new Canon PowerShot A80 with revolutionary PictBridge support</p>
<p>Intuitive operation and value packed performance.</p>
<p>Key Points:
· High-resolution 4.0 megapixel CCD sensor;
· Powerful Canon 3x optical lens;
· Vari-angle LCD monitor allowing for 180 degree rotation of LCD monitor for angled shooting and viewing; and
· Direct Print and PictBridge enabled printing straight from the camera to any Direct Print or PictBridge compatible printer.</p>
<p>Sydney, 21 August 2003 – Canon Australia today announced the PowerShot A80 digital camera, bringing a new level of higher specifications, advanced features and exceptional value to the digital still camera market. Affordably priced, the PowerShot A80 comes equipped with a 4.0 megapixel CCD sensor, Canon 3x optical zoom, movie recording and audio playback capabilities, PictBridge compatibility and a vari-angle LCD monitor.</p>
<p>“The availability of this combination of technologies at this price point makes the PowerShot A80 exceptional value for money,” said Shannon Tweedie, Product Manager, Consumer Imaging Products Group, Canon Australia.</p>
<p>“The PowerShot A80 is leading an emerging trend within the digital still camera market where we are seeing increasing specifications and operability within all levels of the market,” commented Ms Tweedie.</p>
<p>The PowerShot A80 maintains its ease of use and intuitive interface, whilst incorporating many of the features previously reserved for high-end or ‘enthusiast’ level digital cameras. This makes the camera ideal for the user who is familiar with 35mm film cameras and the principles of photography as well as those new to digital imaging and photography. The intuitive and easy to use interface allows simple point-and-shoot operation, or full manual control for those wanting to take their photography further.</p>
<p>The PowerShot A80 is the newest addition to the hugely popular PowerShot range. Building on the features of the PowerShot A70, the PowerShot A80 has an extra megapixel, an even sturdier body and a clever vari-angle LCD monitor.</p>
<p>“We expect the popularity of the PowerShot A80 to mirror that of the widely acclaimed PowerShot A70 which has been a hit due to its useability, feature set and value,” added Ms Tweedie.</p>
<p>The PowerShot A80’s ease of use and adaptability make it a very versatile camera perfect for many uses including family photos, holidays and even underwater photography. Like many of Canon’s digital cameras, the PowerShot A80’s optional waterproof case allows full use of the camera at depths of up to 40 metres.</p>
<p>Introducing PictBridge - Direct Printing straight from the PowerShot A80 to any enabled printer
All current Canon compact digital cameras are Direct Print enabled allowing users to produce prints without a PC by connecting the camera straight to Canon Bubble Jet printers. The PowerShot A80 is the first Canon digital camera to feature the revolutionary technology PictBridge, which facilitates printing directly to any PictBridge compatible printer.</p>
<p>PictBridge is the new industry standard in direct photo printing that enables consumers to connect PictBridge compatible digital cameras or digital video (DV) cameras directly to any PictBridge enabled printer, making it easy to print pictures at home, the office or while travelling.</p>
<p>Leading Technology, Advanced Features
· DiG!C Digital Imaging Processor combines camera controls and image signal processing to deliver better digital pictures;
· Vari-angle LCD monitor allowing angled shooting and viewing;
· Selectable 9-point AiAF (Artificial Intelligence Auto Focus) and 1-point AF ensures sharp, clear images;
· Canon aspherical zoom lens produces sharp distortion-free images and clear macro photography meaning users can focus the lens from as close as 5cm from the subject; and
· IO sensor detecting vertical/horizontal shooting to ensure correct AF, AE/AWB weighting and replay orientation.</p>
<p>Intelligent Photographic Control
· High-precision white balance including Auto, five Preset Modes and a programmable custom setting;
· Wide range of ISO-equivalent speed settings (Auto/ISO50/100/200/400 equivalent);
· Selectable evaluative, centre-weighted and spot metering for optimum exposure settings; and
· Histogram display allowing accurate exposure evaluation.</p>
<p>Fun, Easy Operation
· Ergonomic grip and cross-configured buttons ensure intuitive operation;
· Five Photo Effects (Vivid Colour, Neutral Colour, Low Sharpen, Sepia, and Black &amp; White);
· “My Camera” function for customisable screen images and operation sounds; and
· Movie recording and playback with audio up to three minutes.</p>
<p>Image Management Software
· Digital Camera Solutions Disk, a complete software suite for fast and easy download, display, image management, email and printing of images, as well as creating panoramic pictures and computer controlled image capture and storage.
· Applications include: ZoomBrowser EX, PhotoRecord, ImageBrowser, PhotoStitch, RemoteCapture, WIA and TWAIN Driver, USB Mounter, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Apple QuickTime and ArcSoft Camera Suite.</p>
<p>Accessories
· Standard accessories include Wrist Strap WS-200, 4 x AA Alkaline Batteries, 32MB Compact Flash Card, AV Cable AVC-DC100, USB Interface Cable IFC-300PCU, Camera User Guide, Software Starter Guide, Quick Start Guide, System Map.
· A host of optional accessories provide added versatility and functionality to the PowerShot A80. These optional accessories include a waterproof case, AC adaptor kit, battery and charger kit, conversion lens adaptor, tele-conversion lens, wide converter, close-up lens and and Canon Direct Print photo printers.</p>
<p>The PowerShot A80 will be available from Canon resellers on 1 October 2003 at a recommended retail price to be advised.</p>
<p>Customers can contact Canon on ph: 1800 021 167 or visit the web site at www.canon.com.au</p>
<p>-ENDS-</p>
<p>About Canon
Canon Australia (www.canon.com.au) was established in Australia in 1978 and is a subsidiary of the US$24.5 billion Canon Inc. group. The company is an industry leader in professional and consumer imaging solutions with a comprehensive product line that includes: printers, scanners, fax machines, video cameras, cameras and lenses, video conferencing, image filing systems, networked multifunction devices, digital and analogue copiers (colour and black &amp; white). Canon Australia also operates its own lease finance service, Canon Finance Australia, which facilitates "one stop" shopping for customers wanting to lease or finance their equipment solutions. Canon Inc. is a top patent-holder of imaging technologies with a local R&amp;D centre - CISRA (Canon Information Systems Research Australia) - based in Sydney.</p>
<p>Media contacts:
Georgina Pickett-Heaps
Assistant Executive
Hill &amp; Knowlton
T: 61 2 92861236
E: gpickett@hillandknowltom.com.au</p>
<p>Shannon Tweedie
Product Manager
Consumer Imaging Products Group
Canon Australia
E: tweedie_Shannon@canon.com.au
T: 02 9805 2732</p>
<p>Product Reviews:
Annabel Berkman
Assistant Executive
Hill &amp; Knowlton
E: aberkman@hillandknowlton.com.au
T: 02 9286 1240</p>

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