August 22, 2005 11:42 AM PDT

Canon refreshes camera, printer lineup

Canon on Monday announced the launch of a clutch of new digital cameras--with resolutions ranging up to 12.8 megapixels--along with an array of photo printers.

The highest-resolution camera is a digital SLR (single-lens reflex) model aimed at professionals. For the somewhat more budget-conscious, a new item in the PowerShot line offers 8-megapixel capability.

Canon lineup

The PowerShot S80 also offers a 3.6x wide-angle optical zoom, equivalent to 28mm-to-100mm zoom on a standard film camera. It supports movie recording in XGA size (1024 by 768 pixels) at 15 frames per second, the company said. The S80 is due in October for about $549.99.

The digital SLR camera, the EOS 5D, carries a more substantial price tag of $3,299. It can shoot up to three frames per second and up to 60 full-resolution JPEGs and 17 RAW images in a single burst, Canon said. It too is due in October.

"Wedding and portrait photographers who need facial detail in their group shots require the large file sizes the EOS 5D model can provide," Yukiaki Hashimoto, general manager of the consumer imaging group at Canon USA, said in a statement.

Also new to the PowerShot line are the 7.1-megapixel SD550, priced at $499.99, and the 5.0-megapixel SD450, priced at $399.99. The SD30, meanwhile, also features resolution of 5.0 megapixels and has a $399.99 price tag, but comes in four colors: black, red, gold and violet. All three are due out in September.

Other new cameras include three members of the PowerShot A series: the A620 ($399.99), the A610 ($299.99) and the entry-level A410 ($149.99), also due in September.

Canon also introduced several printers. New models in the Pixma all-in-one series include the MP170, MP450, MP500 and MP800, with prices ranging from about $130 to about $300. Two compact printers--the Selphy CP510 and CP710--can print pictures measuring 4 by 6 inches and cost $100 and $150 respectively. The CP510 is due in September, the CP710 in October; the availability of the Pixma printers was not given.

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Oh well, time has come for update
Now is the time to retire my old ever reliable 30 year old NIKONF 35 mm camera(built like like a heavy cruiser), and update to the newer digital model!
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