Brace of compacts and printer from Canon
By Ian Burley
Besides the new Canon D60 SLR (click here), today Canon has announced four new compact cameras, the G2 Black, PowerShot A30, A40, A100 and a new compact dye-sublimation colour printer, the CP-100.
G2 Black Kit
Top of the Canon compact digicam range is the G2. Todayís G2 announcement reveals a new all-black finished version to complement the existing silver version. This 4 megapixel camera, with swing-out LCD viewscreen is basically unchanged in black Ďkit form, but is supplied as standard with a 1GB microdrive. Itís priced £899 and will be available from mid-March. Read the press release - click here.
PowerShot A30, A40
If you were hoping that these new Canonís are cheaper, less fancy, versions of the PowerShot 3 megapixel S30 and 4 megapixel S40, you may be disappointed. Instead, the A30 and A40 are, respectively, updated 1.3 megapixel A10 and 2.1 megapixel A20 PowerShot replacements. The main improvement is the inclusion of a movie clip shooting mode and ArcSoft movie editing software. Itís now possible to connect the camera to a TV using a composite video cable. The A30 and A40 are priced £249 and £299, respectively and will be available from next month. Read the press release - click here.
Canonís fourth new compact camera is the PowerShot A100 (pictured right and below with CP-100 printer). The bigger model number is a little confusing as this is another entry-level model with a basic resolution CCD sensor of just 1.3 megapixels. The asking price is just £189, but that doesnít buy you an optical zoom lens, though there is a 3.2x digital zoom. A movie clip shooting mode is featured, maximum shutter speed is an impressive 1/2000th second, the lens has a respectable maximum aperture of f/2.8 and a 3-point intelligent autofocus system is employed. You can expect the A100 to ship in May. Read the press release - click here.
Following the introduction of the CP-10 mini dye-sublimation photo printer last year, Canon has come up with the CP-100. This can print the same credit card sized photos as the CP-10 as well as 10x15cm (approximately 4x6 inches) prints that are well suited to standard sized photo albums. It can also print smaller sticker media. The CP-100, like the CP-10, can print directly from a selected Canon cameras via a special USB cable. These include the G2, PowerShot A10, A20, A30, A40, A100, Digital Ixus v (S110) and the Ixus 300 (S300) as well as the PowerShot S30 and S40. Some models may require a downloadable software upgrade to work with the CP-100.
The CP-100 has access to an optional rechargeable battery pack. Canon has been promising a PC connection kit for the CP-10 for some time, but it hasnít appeared so far. A similar kit for Mac and PC is promised for the CP-100, but itís not scheduled for release until this autumn. The Canon CP-100 will cost around £249 an should be available from May. Read the press release - click here.