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  • Canon to Sell Compact, Lightweight Digital Cameras
  • March 19, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Canon Inc. said it will start sales April 20 of the PowerShot A5, a compact, lightweight digital camera equipped with a charge-coupled device (CCD) with 810,000 pixels.
    Canon also announced the summer launch of the PowerShot Pro70 (See chart.), a high-end model equipped with a 1,680,000-pixel CCD and a powerful 2.5 x zoom lens.

    The PowerShot A5 will be priced at 74,800 yen (US$580), and the PowerShot Pro70 at 150,000 yen (US$1,163). A total of 30,000 units of the PowerShot A5 will be produced a month.

    The PowerShot A5, which comes with a body case made of duralumin compound measuring 103mm (w) x 68mm (h) x 32.5mm (d) and weighing 230g, resembles the "IXY," a silver-halide film camera made by Canon. The CCD is a 1/3-inch type.

    Canon said that JPEG is used as an image compression method and the recording format is the camera image file format (CIFF). A compact flash, which is a postage stamp-size memory card, is used as a recording medium. The standard model comes with an 8MB compact flash card.

    It is also equipped with an optical finder as well as a 2-inch color thin film transistor-liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD). As an input/output interface, the camera is equipped with one serial, one NTSC video output terminal, and one compact flash slot.

    Driver software and image processing applications will be bundled either for Windows 95 or for the Macintosh system.

    The PowerShot Pro70 is equipped with a 1,680,000-pixel, 2.5x zoom lens. Canon said it has an iris diaphragm preference and a minimum shutter speed of 1/8000 second. The body measures 145mm (w) x 85mm (h) x 132mm (d) and weighs 650g. The CCD is a 1/2-inch type.

    It uses the CIFF image recording format and the JPEG image compression method. A maximum of two compact flash cards can be used as a recording medium. The camera can shoot about 20 photos with one 8MB compact flash card in a high-resolution mode of 1,536 x 1,024 pixels. Also available is the mode of 768 x 512 pixels.

    In addition to an optical finder, it is equipped with a 2-inch color TFT-LCD. As an input/output interface, it has one serial, one NTSC video output terminal, two compact flash slots, and one remote release terminal.

    Chart : PowerShot Pro70

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