Canon Offers Vista-Ready Cameras and Printer
PIXMA iP90v Photo Printer
What’s smaller than a breadbox, lighter than most laptops, and fits easily in most carry-on bags? It’s none other than the new portable PIXMA iP90v Photo Printer. The PIXMA iP90v Photo With the introduction of the PowerShot A570 IS and A560 digital cameras, Canon’s A-Series digital cameras have once again come to the rescue of real estate agents just joining the digital photo revolution, as well as those who are already in the photo-fray, and are waiting for top-tier technology to trickle down before they trade-up.
Although the line’s “A” designation stands for the convenient AA batteries it accepts, it could easily stand for “affordable.”
The PIXMA iP90v Photo Printer delivers versatility by providing quality output in color and black and white business documents, charts and graphs, as well as stunning photo quality in 4x6 – inches, 5x7 – inches, and 8.5x11 - inches borderless photo prints. Print jobs will be completed in a hurry with speeds up to 16 pages-per-minute (ppm) in black and up to 12 ppm in color. Borderless, photo-lab quality 4” x 6” photos from the computer, print in approximately 81 seconds.
Users have the option to purchase a Portable Kit (LK-51B), which includes a Lithium Ion battery with an approximate 450 page life per two-hour charge, along with the battery housing that connects the battery to the printer, for a suggested list price of $99.99 (extra Lithium Ion battery inserts are available for a suggested list price of $89.99). An optional Cradle Kit (CK-51B) that includes the Lithium Ion battery, the battery holder and a charging cradle for the printer is also available, and has an estimated selling price of $139.99. Mobile professionals on the go will especially benefit from the optional Automobile Power Unit (PU-100U). Users who frequently work from their car can use the Automobile Power Unit to power their PIXMA iP90v Photo Printer directly through a car power socket to help ensure that they can print almost anywhere. The Automobile Power Unit will have an estimated selling price of $89.99.
The PIXMA iP90v Photo Printer includes Easy-PhotoPrint software (for Windows or Mac), which allows consumers to print photos quickly using simple menu choices to locate digital images, pick paper size and type, choose the layout and print. Also included in the box for Windows OS users, and available for free downloading for Mac OS users, is the Easy-LayoutPrint software, which offers enhanced capabilities including calendar, album, sticker and layout printing.
As one of Microsoft’s Premier Launch Partners, Canon ensured the PIXMA iP90v Photo Printer is fully compatible with the new Windows Vista operating system6, while remaining compatible with other earlier versions of Windows (Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Millennium Edition and Windows 98) and Mac platforms.
DIGIC III Camera
The "brain" of these new PowerShot A-Series digital cameras is DIGIC III, the newest iteration of Canon's ultra-efficient (and proprietary) image processor. Previously available only on Canon’s most advanced digital cameras, the DIGIC III image processor accounts for the camera's higher performance levels including faster start up, autofocus and shutter response times, improved image quality and more efficient power consumption; resulting in extended battery life under typical shooting conditions.
With Canon's new Face Detection AF/AE/FE technology, the camera can detect, lock on and track multiple human faces in a scene simply by pressing the shutter button halfway. The face detection algorithm automatically prioritizes and selects faces and not simply the closest object. It will then optimize the focus, exposure, and flash to help ensure the best possible results. Working in concert with Face Detection, the “Red-eye Correction” feature helps to detect and correct red-eye during playback mode. In addition, images can be corrected manually while viewing photos on the LCD screen. Canon’s new Face Detection Technology makes for even easier picture taking moments, helping users to ensure in-focus smiles, and assist in the elimination of overexposed faces.
In addition, the DIGIC III image processor has a more aggressive noise reduction algorithm enabling PowerShot A-Series owners to shoot at ISO equivalent speed ratings from 80 to a super high 1600 for increased low light photo flexibility. This sensitivity at the top-end allows the camera to utilize faster shutter speeds, significantly reducing the effects of camera shake and subject movement during hand- held or low-light photography.
The PowerShot A570 IS Digital Camera
The 7.1 megapixel PowerShot A570 IS digital camera takes its place as the new “A” team value champ with its impressive 4x (35mm-140mm equivalent) zoom lens and Canon’s advanced Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) that significantly reduces the effects of camera shake (and the ruined pictures they cause). No mere electronic optical illusion that can diminish image quality in the cause of modest image stability, Canon’s “lens shift” optical system actually allows the lens to physically compensate for camera movement, even when that movement is caused by extended telephoto or low-light shooting conditions. The PowerShot A570 IS Digital Camera’s OIS is firmly rooted in the technological advances made by Canon in the design and construction of its professional EOS SLR and professional video lenses.
Adding to the camera’s optical excellence is its fast lens (opening up to f/2.6 at wide-angle settings and f/5.5 at telephoto settings). The PowerShot A570 IS digital camera’s great range of functions can be enhanced and expanded with any one of three optional converter lenses –- a tele-converter, a wide converter or a close-up lens for macro photography -– that attach to the camera’s zoom with the addition of an optional conversion lens adapter. The PowerShot A570 IS digital camera accommodates MultiMedia MMC memory cards as well as standard SD memory cards and the new, high capacity SDHC memory cards.
Fitting firmly and comfortably into a user’s hand, the PowerShot A570 IS digital camera continues the line’s characteristic grip design and easy-to-use intuitive interface with the added accent of a new champagne color grip.
The PowerShot A570 IS digital camera kit carries an estimated selling price of $279.99 and includes two standard AA alkaline batteries, a 16MB MMC Memory card, a USB interface cable, an AV cable a wrist strap, and Canon’s software suite.
The PowerShot A560 Digital Camera
The 7.1 megapixel PowerShot A560 digital camera captures nearly all of the imaging advances of the PowerShot A570 IS digital camera. Like its image stabilized A-series teammate, the PowerShot A560 digital camera features a smooth 4x (35mm-140mm equivalent) zoom lens and a bright 2.5-inch LCD screen. Here again, its comfortable construction and grip snugs the camera firmly into the user’s hand and its automatic, intuitive features make the PowerShot A560 digital camera a snap to use under virtually any shooting conditions, including often difficult low-light circumstances. This low-light effectiveness is due in large part to the pairing of the camera’s fast (f/2.6 - f/5.5) lens, it’s top-end super-high ISO of 1600 and of course, the myriad blessings bestowed by the DIGIC III image processor.
Formidable yet phenomenally user-friendly, the PowerShot A560 digital camera maintains the high quality and high affordability factors that PowerShot A-Series cameras have come to represent. The PowerShot A560 digital camera accommodates MultiMedia MMC memory cards as well as standard SD memory cards and the new, high capacity SDHC memory cards. In stores beginning in March 2007, the camera includes two standard AA alkaline batteries, a 16MB MMC memory card, a USB interface cable, an AV cable, a wrist strap, and Canon’s software suite at an estimated selling price of $229.99.
All PowerShot cameras announced in 2007 are Certified for Windows Vista according to Microsoft standards, without any extra downloads or upgrades. Additionally, all current models are fully compatible with other operating systems including Windows XP and Mac OS X.
Printer delivers high print quality, speed, and innovative features that are a necessity for today’s mobile business professional and home consumer. Building on the success of the PIXMA iP90 Photo Printer, the PIXMA iP90v Photo Printer will continue to offer a broad range of compatible features such as wireless printing and even a new software program called Easy-LayoutPrint.
With a sleek and stylish body that is small enough to be transported in many of today’s laptop bags or remain stationary in the comfort of the home office, the PIXMA iP90v Photo Printer will be available for an estimated selling price of $249.99.
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