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Fox Business Network anchor Stuart Varney to interview industry visionaries at PMA 08 Official Business Session
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A panel of imaging experts will discuss the evolution of the imaging business and the impact of new technology at the first Official Business Session at PMA 08, on Jan. 31, from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nev. Panelists will be interviewed by Stuart Varney of the FOX Business Network. Varney is a financial and economic journalist and formerly the host of the CNBC's broadcast of "The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board with Stuart Varney" and co-host of CNN's "MoneyLine News Hour" from 1999 to 2001. Varney joined the Fox News Network in December 2003 as a contributor to a variety of shows.

  The panel of visionaries includes:

  Quincy L. Allen, president of the Production Systems Group at Xerox Corp., is responsible for the company's high-end systems, software and service offerings for the graphic communications industry. He leads Xerox's efforts to leverage the power of digital printing in the offset printing market, targeting growth opportunities in just-in-time printing, customized printing and on-demand book publishing.

  F. Mark Gumz, president and chief operating officer of Olympus Imaging America, was appointed to the position in January 2000. He brings experience in e-business, international trade and new business development to the panel. Gumz directs efforts to capture and package Olympus' industry expertise in a consultative offering in the healthcare industry. 
  Brad Kruchten, general manager of Retail Printing, and vice president with Eastman Kodak Co.is responsible for the products and services that enable retailers to offer an integrated retail solution to analog and digital photographers. These products and services include kiosks, paper, retail workflow software, service and support. Kruchten also has responsibility for Qualex and Event Imaging Solutions, which are wholly-owned subsidiaries that provide photo services to retail consumers and guests at theme parks and other attractions.

  David Murphy is senior vice president, IPG Web Services & Software Business, for HP Co. He is responsible for driving IPG's Web service and software growth across all customer segments. Prior to joining HP, Murphy's most recent role was CFO for Mercury Interactive.
  John Prendergast is vice president, Product and System Development, for the Imaging Group at Fujifilm U.S.A. Prendergast is responsible for the development of retail imaging solutions, including hardware, workflow software and system integration for Frontier and GetPix kiosk solutions.


Business

 

Sprint reshuffles top management

Sprint Nextel Corp., Reston, Va., announced the departure of three senior executives, including the finance chief, as the new chief executive, Dan Hesse, moves quickly to put his stamp on the wireless-phone company, reports The Wall Street Journal. Sprint said Paul Saleh, its chief financial officer since 2001, would leave today. Chief Marketing Officer Tim Kelly and Mark Angelino, president of sales and distribution, are also departing.

  Sprint has been losing wireless customers to rivals while sales have been falling. Analysts say the company's problems stem from poor customer service, excessive reliance on customers who are poor credit risks, and a muddled marketing message, among other things.

  Hesse said he would "act as quickly as possible" to fill the positions on a permanent basis with internal or external candidates, reports The Wall Street Journal. In the interim, Sprint named William G. Arendt as acting finance chief, John Garcia as acting chief marketing officer, and Paget Alves as acting president of sales and distribution.

  The executive reshuffle represents Hesse's second major move in a week. Last Friday, Sprint said it would eliminate 4,000 jobs, or nearly 7 percent of its work force, and close 8 percent of company-owned retail stores, says the article.


Imaging News

 

Kingston Technology posts new amateur images critiqued by professional photographers
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Kingston Technology Co. Inc., Fountain Valley, Calif., a company involved in memory products, has posted the latest series of images submitted by aspiring photographers worldwide seeking advice for taking better pictures from its Icons of Photography members.

  Critique My Image, a feature offered through Kingston's Icons of Photography microsite, provides professional and aspiring photographers with an opportunity to have their images reviewed by some of the best photographers in the world, says the company. In this installment, each photographer selected several images from the scores of photographs submitted and provided constructive advice for improving or enhancing each photograph. From lighting and exposure to composition and styling, each critique is constructed as a lesson that can be applied by all viewers to their respective photography. Visitors are encouraged to upload images for critique by logging onto www.kingston.com/iop.

  Kingston's Icons of Photography includes documentary photographer and photojournalist, Colin Finlay, National Geographic photographer Gerd Ludwig, and Sports Illustrated photographer Peter Read Miller.


Trends

 

Sanyo to reportedly produce 60 percent more digital cameras than last year

Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, intends to produce 15 million digital cameras during fiscal 2007, reports JPEA International PEN News Weekly. That number is 60 percent more than last year, and all models will be produced outside Japan, says an executive from Sanyo's digital imaging division. The 60 percent increase is above the expected average industry increase level of 10 percent, and indicates the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) digital camera business of the firm is rebounding. Sanyo used to be the largest supplier of digital cameras in Japan but business has fallen in recent years, says PEN News Weekly.

  Development of the digital cameras now increasingly calls for close cooperation with brand-owning marketers, and the OEM supplier has to take part in the development. Sanyo's production of Xacti brand of digital camcorders has been increasing 40 percent to 50 percent each year, according to PEN News Weekly. The company plans to turn out 500,000 units in the new fiscal year starting in April. The camera maker reportedly targets shipments of 1.5 million units in 2010.


Professional Markets

 

Samsung introduces 14.6-megapixel DSLR with live view LCD screen and RAW format support
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The new 14.6-megapixel GX-20 will be avilable in March for $1,399.95.

In anticipation of the upcoming PMA 08, Samsung Opto-Electronics America Inc., Ridgefield Park, N.J., introduces the 14.6-megapixel GX-20, its next generation DSLR aimed at the pro market with a price tag under $1,500. The GX-20 is highlighted by its high-performance CMOS sensor equipped with 14-megapixel resolution, and can capture 14-bit RAW images. The GX-20 also incorporates improved sensor-based shake-reduction as well as a double dust-removal system, which is designed to prevent specs of dust from ruining an image. The GX-20 also features a large 2.7-inch Live View LCD screen, which allows users to check composition and focus directly on the LCD in real time.

  The GX-20's sensor-based shake reduction system, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), helps photographers overcome the effects of hand shake and helps minimize blur in situations where the camera is unstable or in low-light conditions. Because it resides in the camera body, as opposed to the lens, the OPS feature works with a wide range of lenses, including Samsung's Schneider D-XENON line and the full range of Pentax KAF2, KAF, and KA mount lenses. 

  Samsung's optics include two zooms, the 18-55mm and 50-200mm Schneider D-XENONs, as well as five Schneider D-XENON lenses. The new Schneider D-XENON lenses are available for use with the entire GX-Series of DSLRs and consist of a 10-17mm, F3.5-4.5  fish-eye zoom, a 12-24mm, F4 ultra-wide zoom, a 16-45mm, F4 wide zoom, a 35mm, F2 fixed focus and a 100mm, F2.8 macro lens.

  Additionally, the GX-20 features a Pentaprism viewfinder that yields a 95 percent wide field of view, says the company. The camera features a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000 second. The GX-20 incorporates a new double dust-removal system is designed to prevent dust from threatening the quality of images captured with the camera. Samsung has added an advanced dust-removal system that can be set to automatically vibrate the CMOS sensor when the GX-20 is powered on or engaged independently by the shooter, and has also manufactured the GX-20's proprietary sensor with a special dust resistant coating.

  The camera also features RAW image format support. The one-touch RAW shooting button enables users to capture 14-bit RAW images, which can then be viewed on the LCD screen. The RAW image can also be converted to JPEG format directly on the camera. The continuous shooting mode is capable of capturing up to three pictures per second. Depending on available memory, shooters can capture an unlimited number of JPEG images in continuous shooting mode, and up to nine images in RAW format.
 
The GX-20 features an 11-point TTL, wide-area Auto Focus system. The GX-20 also features a TTL open-aperture 16-segment metering system for accurate exposures, as well as center-
weighted and spot metering. The Samsung GX-20 will be available in March for $1,399.95

 

liveBooks includes new customized, professional video options for photographer websites

liveBooks Inc., San Francisco, Calif., provider of customized portfolio websites and marketing software for professional photographers, announces the launch of Luminance. The new online solution combines a personalized website created by liveBooks with a custom promotional video that is professionally-produced by Cinematic Studios Inc. This enables photographers to differentiate themselves from their competition, says liveBooks.

  Luminance offers professional photographers a way to create a branded, multimedia presence online that can integrate into a photographer's existing Web presence, or as a standalone site. The Luminance package brings together two primary components, with the first component being a custom liveBooks Flash website with design time from the liveBooks in-house design team; one portfolio of up to 64 images; one uploadable contact page designed by the photographer; one promotional Video page created by liveBooks; a promo video; links to outtakes and optional downloads of video in QuickTime and iPod formats.

  The second part of the Luminance package includes a Custom Promotional Video produced and edited by Cinematic Studios, which includes one 3 to 4 minute video and one or more outtake videos.

  Luminance is available for immediate purchase through liveBooks. Two product options are available, depending upon which video option the photographer selects. With Luminance On Location, a custom Cinematic Signature video is shot on location with the photographer as they work with one of their clients. With Luminance In Studio, a custom Cinematic Exposť video is shot while the photographer is seated at a single location such as their studio.

  Both versions include a liveBooks Website that is exclusive to the Luminance package, consisting of: one Homepage, one Contact page and one portfolio that allows up to 64 images. The Luminance On Location package is $2,900 with a $90 annual hosting fee. The Luminance In Studio package is $2,100 with a $90 annual hosting fee.

  Current liveBooks clients can add one of the two custom promotional video add-ons to their existing site. They will receive a new website, and the production and delivery of their video. This new site can live within their existing website or become their new homepage. Current liveBooks Owners can add-on the On Location Video for $2,500 and the In Studio Video for $1,700.

 

Unibind to offer "green" PhotoBooks make from natural and recycled materials

Peleman Industries Inc. is introducing environmentally-friendly Unibind "green" photo books made from natural and recycled materials. The Unibind Green PhotoBooks will debut at the PMA 08, held Jan. 31-Feb. 2 in Las Vegas, Nev. The Green PhotoBooks are manufactured with a natural cover composed of 100 percent cotton-flax, made from natural and recycled materials.

  The environmentally-friendly PhotoBook is one of several initiatives by Unibind to make its operations as safe as possible for the environment. "Guido Peleman [my father], founder of Peleman Industries Worldwide's mission was always to be 'green,'" said Brigitte Peleman-Vantieghem, CEO of Unibind North America. "An example is our commitment to environmental ethics. Thirty-five percent of our products sold are made with recycled materials, and all of our office building's roofs in Belgium are being solar-paneled. In addition, we have implemented recycling programs at both our Belgium and U.S. operations."

  Unibind is the North American arm of Peleman Industries, a privately-held manufacturer of binding, laminating and presentation products founded in 1939. With its worldwide headquarters in Puurs, Belgium, the company opened its U.S. corporate office in Alpharetta, Ga., in 1999. 

 

Amplis Foto offers new products for pro users

Two new products are available through distributor Amplis Foto Inc., Markham, Ontario, Canada. The Modo Pocket is a flexible and ultra compact point-and-shoot camera support. Designed for everyday use, it fits in any pocket. The two "wings" allow a tilt movement so that the user can achieve different angles with the camera. It prevents movement, blurry images and balancing the camera for a self portrait.

  Also, KATA launched new laptop bags and a multi-function camera strap. The RL-302 laptop rucksack and RL-602 Laptop Shoulder Case are designed for professionals. They each offer an integrated and removable padded laptop shoulder bag in the TST-protected mid-section of the bag that allows for quick removal when necessary or use as an independent laptop case. It also has a laptop slot inside the rear compartment, large front and rear padded compartments with organizer panels that will hold folders, paperwork, laptop accessories and more. The RL-302 is a backpack case while the RL-602 is a shoulder case. Also, the Reflex E camera strap is made from durable Elasto-Guard material to provide a dry, well-padded strap which balances the weight evenly for camera equipment. Two small pouches on each end of the strap can store backup media cards or batteries. The Reflex E camera strap includes clips which allow the user to attach the camera to the D rings of the knapsack to relieve stress on the neck without having to reattach the camera straps.

 

Kodak introduces new front ends, more robust S-Class presses, and input and output accessories for NexPress presses

A new series of S-Class branded Kodak NexPress Digital Production Color Presses was introduced this month. The Kodak NexPress S-Class Presses, including the Kodak NexPress S3000, S2500 and S2100 Digital Production Color Presses, offer up to 5-color digital printing capability at speeds ranging from 2,100 to 3,000 sheets per hour, or 70 to 100 A4/letter pages per minute. They offer flexible front end options, input and output accessories, unique security application capabilities and onsite upgradeability. These offerings enable print providers to deliver unique applications, drive more print volume and grow their businesses. Modular features of the new presses include input feeder options with up to 11,000 sheet capacity, collation capability of up to five different media, and both cut sheet and roll fed paper on the same press. Output options support multiple high capacity deliveries, as well as an inline or near-line booklet maker. A near line Kodak NexGlosser Glossing Unit can add a high-gloss finish for surface protection and a professional look.

  Also, new security focused applications are being introduced. These offerings include Magnetic Ink Character Recognition, or MICR printing, which enables print providers to develop secure TransPromo documents, including a check, from blank sheets instead of using pre-printed shells. Kodak's proprietary variable data microprinting enables the addition of secure information to documents such as checks or coupons. In addition, static and variable data watermarking using the Kodak NexPress Fifth Imaging Unit Solution enable another form of security to be applied to documents. These applications provide new capabilities for print providers to offer differentiated services to current users or expand into new market spaces to boost their print volumes. Kodak NexPress S-Class Presses can be upgraded onsite to add color imaging units and input/output options, as well as to increase output speed.


Technology

 

Pentax introduces three compact Optio digital cameras

Pentax Imaging Co., Golden, Colo., introduced three new compact camera models in anticipation of PMA 08 running Jan. 31-Feb. 2 in Las Vegas, Nev. The new 8-megapixel Pentax Optio M50 has a 5x optical zoom and a 2.5-inch LCD monitor housed in an ultra-compact body. The Optop M50 will be available in silver, light blue, and pink.
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The new 8-megapixel Pentax Optio M50 that comes in three colors will be available in March for $229.95.

  The 12-megapixel Pentax Optio S12 has a 3x optical zoom and a 1/1.7-inch CCD. It is designed for an experienced digital camera user looking for an extremely compact camera with advanced features. The Optio S12 is newly equipped with the Dynamic Range Adjustment function that suppresses the generation of white- outs and black-outs by correcting the tones for the highlighted areas and shadowed areas of subjects with significant differences in contrast. The Optio S12 will be available in silver and black. 

  The 8.1-megapixel Pentax Optio E50 has a 3x optical zoom along with advanced functions and high resolution with simple operation that appeal to customers looking for the maximum features and a minimal price, says the company. The Optio E50 is also an excellent travel camera due to compatibility with easy to find AA batteries. The Optio E50 also features a Green mode to automate camera setup especially for digital camera beginners. Press the Green mode button to automatically set exposure, sensitivity, white balance, and other parameters according to the shooting conditions. This function is useful when users allow others to take a picture or when users lose track of camera settings.

  All three cameras include Face Recognition Auto Focus and Auto Exposure, making it able to detect and focus on up to 15 faces and set the optimum exposure. In addition, the Optio M50 and S12 has a Smile Capture function distinguishes smiles on a subject and automatically releases the shutter. Unique to Pentax cameras, is also the Auto Picture mode allows the camera to automatically determine the shooting conditions and program settings for Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, Normal, Flower, and Sports mode.

  Digital Shake Reduction mode reduces camera shake and blur by adjusting sensitivity automatically to as high as ISO 6400 for the Optio M50, as high as ISO 3200 for the Optio S12, and as high as ISO 1600 for the Optio E50. This feature allows photography at faster shutter speeds with less blur. The Optio M50 will ship in March for $229.95. The Optio S12 is scheduled to ship in April for $279.95. The Optio E50 will ship in March for $149.95.

 

Olympus introduces three new ultra-slim Stylus camera models

Olympus America Inc., Center Valley, Pa., also introduced the new 10-megapixel Stylus 1010 and Stylus 1020, boasting an ultra-compact 7x optical zoom lens (37mm-260mm). Also new is the 8.0-megapixel Stylus 840. The Stylus 840 will be available in silver, black, blue, and pink. The Stylus 1010 will be available in silver, black, blue, and purple. The Stylus 1020 will come in blue, pink, black, and silver. The exterior of the Stylus 1020 also has a glossy finish for an ultra-modern look and feel, says the company.

  All three of the new Stylus cameras feature Dual Image Stabilization to prevent blurry images caused by a shaky hand or moving subjects and Perfect Shot Preview to see the effects of the specific settings before pressing the shutter. The Dual Image Stabilization combines mechanical Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization and Digital Image Stabilization to provide a powerful anti-blur solution for capturing images whether the photographer or the subject is moving, says the company. Olympus' mechanical Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization keeps images sharp by adjusting the CCD image sensor to compensate for camera movement, which often occurs in low-light conditions when shutter speeds are slower. Digital Image Stabilization freezes the action with high ISO sensitivity and fast shutter speeds that prevent blurry images often caused by a moving subject.

  The Stylus 1010 and Stylus 1020 feature new lens technology that enables the 7x optical zoom lens (37mm-260mm equivalent in 35mm photography, f3.3-5.3) tucked into a compact body 1-inch thick. The new Stylus 840 has a 5x optical zoom (36-180mm equivalent in 35mm photography, f3.3-5.0), which consists of an ultra-compact lens made from precision-crafted glass.

  The Stylus 840 and Stylus 1010 cameras are equipped with large, high-resolution 2.7-inch HyperCrystal LCD screens with high contrast and anti-glare technology for clear visibility, even when pictures are composed in bright sunlight. Additionally, the Stylus 1020 boasts an advanced HyperCrystal II LCD, which is Olympus' next generation of LCD technology.

  All three new Stylus cameras feature Face Detection, Shadow Adjustment Technology, Perfect Shot Preview, in-camera editing, in-camera panorama mode, a TruePic III Image Processor, and accept xD-Picture Card media. They also come equipped with an adapter, which will enable microSD memory cards to be used when capturing images.

  The Stylus 840 will be available this month for $249.99. The Stylus 1010 and Stylus 1020 will be available in March for $299.99 and $349.99, respectively. The cameras ship with a wrist strap, WIN/Mac USB cable, audio/video cable, LI-42B Li-Ion rechargeable battery and charger (Stylus 840), the new LI-50B Li-Ion rechargeable battery and charger (Stylus 1010 and Stylus 1020), manual, warranty card and a CD-ROM with Olympus Master 2 Software.

 

Sony enhances entry-level Cyber-shot cameras

Sony Electronics Inc., San Diego, Calif., enhanced the features and updated the design of its new Cyber-shot DSC-S750 and DSC-S780 digital still camera models. Both of the new entry-level digital still cameras feature Sony's face detection technology, which identifies up to three faces in the camera's LCD frame and automatically adjusts focus and exposure for well-exposed, natural-looking photos.
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The 8.1-megapixel Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S780 will be available in April for $180.

  Sony has also upgraded the two models' power source to Lithium Ion batteries, instead of AA batteries, to extend battery life and allow for a body design that is just 1-inch slim. The DSC-S780 and DSC-S750 cameras can capture up to 270 and 280 shots on a single full charge, respectively.

  The 8.1-megapixel DSC-S780 and the 7.2-megapixel DSC-S750 models incorporate CCD imagers, 3x optical zoom lenses, and 2.5-inch LCD screens for easy framing and viewing of photos. Higher sensitivity settings up to IS0 1250 have been added to both models to help reduce the risk of blurry photos when shooting in low-light conditions.

  There are seven scene selection modes and the cameras' five-point autofocus system helps take the guesswork out of picture taking by intelligently selecting the best focus for the subject, says the company. The cameras are also equipped with 22MB of internal memory and their capacities can be expanded with an optional Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick PRO Duo media card.

  Available in classic silver, the DSC-S750 model ships in March for about $150, and the DSC-S780 will be available in April for about $180. Options will include travel chargers, batteries, carrying cases, sports packs and other accessories, all sold separately. Pre-orders begin on Jan. 31 at www.sonystyle.com.

 

Fujifilm introduces style-focused 10-megapixel digital camera, aimed at Generation Z
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The new 10-megapixel style-focused FinePix Z20fd will be available in March for $199.95.

Fujifilm U.S.A. Inc., Valhalla, N.Y., unveiled the FinePix Z20fd, a new style-focused digital camera featuring movie additions for Generation Z. The 10-megapixel FinePix Z20fd comes in Jet Black, Wasabi Green, Hot Pink, and Ice Blue, and includes a Fujinon 3x optical zoom lens, 2.5-inch LCD screen and 45MB of internal memory. The FinePix Z20fd also introduces Fujifilm's new Dual Blog Mode that automatically resizes any still image or movie, letting users post pictures and videos to blogs, video-sharing websites like YouTube, or e-mail to others.

  The Z20fd features Face Detection Technology with Automatic Red-Eye Removal for capturing the group shots and Beam It with Fujifilm's IrSimple technology to share the image instantly with others. A one-touch selectable mode that identifies up to 10 human faces in a scene, Face Detection Technology sets the correct focus for a chosen primary face and exposure for all detected faces automatically, regardless of where subjects are located within the frame. After the shot is taken, each detected face is checked for red eye; if found, it is corrected automatically.

  Fujifilm's Picture Stabilization Technology uses higher sensitivities -- up to ISO 1600 in the Z20fd -- and faster shutter and operational speeds that help reduce camera shake. This style-focused camera features a Movie mode that captures full motion MPEG4 video with the touch of a separate movie shutter button. Using the Successive Movie mode, in-camera editing allows for the creation of a 60 second movie clip, even when shooting in two or more scenes is desired. Start and restart multiple times to build a 60-second compilation, and edit the start and end points.

  The FinePix Z20fd also features Dual Shutter Releases with one button for still capture and one for movie record.The i-Flash Intelligent Flash subtle lighting differences within a scene, and then varies the flash intensity accordingly. It also leverages the high sensitivity of the Z20fd to enable the camera to use less flash, preventing the "blasted with light" effect. In the Dual Shot Mode the FinePix Z20fd shoots two images in succession -- one with and one without the flash -- saving both. This function lets the user perform an on-the-spot picture comparison and decide whether the FinePix Z20fd produced the best photo with flash, or without.

  The FinePix Z20fd has 16 scene positions including Fireworks, Beach and Snow, offering a one-touch setting for almost any situation. It features an xD, SD, and SDHC compatible slot. The camera also  allows users to add a variety of designs to up to three detected faces. The FinePix Z20fd will debut in late March at a retail price of $199.95.

 

Canon introduces new PowerShot SD1100 IS camera in five colors

Canon U.S.A. Inc., Lake Success, N.Y., introduced the 8-megapixel PowerShot SD1100 IS Digital ELPH, which is offered in Bohemian Brown, Pink Melody, Rhythm and Blue, Golden Tone, and Swing Silver. The new camera features a 3x optical zoom lens and Canon's advanced Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) system that significantly reduces the image-blurring effects of camera shake by shifting the lens to compensate for the movement. Available for the first time in an entry level Digital ELPH, Canon's OIS technology is proven effective for extended telephoto shots as well as low-light shooting conditions and helps users get the best possible picture quality, says the company.
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The 8-megapixel Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS Digital ELPH will be available in March for $249.99.

  The PowerShot SD1100 IS Digital ELPH also features the latest and most advanced generation of Canon's Genuine Face Detection technology, thus ensuring that up to nine forward-looking faces in the frame are in focus and properly exposed, with or without flash. In addition to focus and exposure control, the SD1100 IS camera's Face Detection feature captures truer, more accurately lit skin tones thanks to Canon's improved face detection white balance, says the company.

  While the face detection algorithm automatically prioritizes up to nine human faces in a scene, it can also be instructed via the Face Select and Track function to lock on to a single face in the crowd, ensuring that the chosen countenance is finely focused, no matter where it appears in the frame. Additionally, a new Motion Detection function linked to the camera's High ISO Auto mode improves image clarity by raising ISO speeds (and shutter speeds) for fast-moving subjects or lowering ISO speeds to reduce noise when the subject is stationary. These automatic advances provide even more ways for the PowerShot SD1100 IS Digital ELPH cameras to optimize picture quality with seamless ease, says the company.

  The "brain" in every new Canon digital camera is Canon's proprietary DIGIC III imaging processor. This chip is responsible for the cameras' higher performance levels including faster start up, faster autofocus and quicker shutter response times that leave long lag competitors far behind. What's more, DIGIC III improves both the image quality and the cameras' power consumption, extending the battery life under typical shooting conditions.

  The PowerShot SD1100 IS Digital ELPH camera also offers users a choice of 18 shooting modes including a fully automatic mode, a semi-automatic "Camera M" mode and various scene selection modes. The PowerShot SD1100 IS Digital ELPH cameras feature Canon's precise 9-point Autofocus system along with the new AF-Point Zoom feature that work together with Face Detection Technology to allow users to double check the facial expressions of their subjects, when shooting under more challenging conditions. After activating the feature in the camera's menu, the AF-Point Zoom can be engaged simply by pressing the shutter button halfway.

  Canon's Intelligent Orientation Sensor determines whether a scene is being shot as a vertical or horizontal image and automatically adjusts it for quick and easy review on the camera's bright, 2.5-inch Pure Color LCD II screen. The Image Inspection Tool feature zooms in on faces automatically during playback to make it even easier to check facial expressions. The new cameras also feature Canon's newly developed Automatic Red Eye Correction that engages in the shooting mode, minimizing the need for correction before printing or sharing images. In-Camera Trimming is yet another new advancement that allows users to adjust and save cropped versions of their images without using a computer.

  The PowerShot SD1100 IS Digital ELPH cameras are compatible with MMC, MMC+ and HC MMC+ memory cards as well as standard SD and SDHC memory cards. Scheduled to be in stores beginning in March, the five color versions of the PowerShot SD1100 IS Digital ELPH camera kit each include a battery pack and charger, a 32MB SD Memory card, a USB interface cable, an AV cable, a wrist strap, and Canon's software suite. Each kit carries an estimated retail price of $249.99.

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