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NEWS

Butler Creek's New Sidewinder Flip Covers from Butler Creek Tactical Offer Added Protection for High Performance Optics

A leader in innovative hunting and shooting accessories, Butler Creek has introduced a new patented sight cover designed for the leading electronic sights
on the market. In the field or during transport, the Sidewinder Flip Cover provides complete protection from the elements with a zero-clearance flip lens cover for rapid target acquisition.

Available for both objective and eyepiece lenses, the Sidewinder features a patented
zero-clearance design that allows it to be used on combination optics (e.g. electronic
sight with a magnifier). With the flick of a finger, the cap quickly flips straight
up and out of the way.

Field tested and built to function in a wide temperature range, the Sidewinder offers
professional operators and marksmen added protection in the field or during transport.

Available for a MSRP of $21.95, the Sidewinder Flip Cover is available to fit eyepiece lenses with a 30mm diameter and objective lenses with a 38mm diameter,
including some of the most popular sights on the market today:

* Aimpoint CompM2
* Bushnell TRS-32
* Burris 332 EP
* Sightmark Tactical Red Dot

For information about Butler Creek and its complete line of shooting accessories,
visit www.butlercreek.com or call 1-800-423-3537.

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BINOCULARS

LEICA BINOCULARS

Leica's Aquadura Hydrophobic Coating Provides Significant Performance Enhancement In Any Weather

Leica's AquaDura hydrophobic lens coating meets the high demands of hunters, birdwatchers and outdoor enthusiasts around the world. This new coating, currently available on the new Ultravid HD binoculars and the coming new Televid 82 mm and 65 mm spotting scopes, provides significant performance enhancement in adverse weather conditions.

The AquaDura˙lens coating allows water to run off of external lens surfaces. The coating keeps lenses cleaner as dust, dirt and oily fingerprint residues will no longer adhere to the lens surfaces. This new coating will prove ultra-useful in the field as it will allow the user to spend more time viewing the subject and less time wiping off and cleaning the optical lenses.

For over 158 years Leica has led the industry in producing the most innovative, highest performing optical instruments in the world. This tradition continues with the introduction of the new Ultravid HD binoculars and Televid spotting scopes with the AquaDura˙ coating.

Headquartered in Germany, Leica has been an acknowledged leader in the optics industry for over 150 years. Throughout that time, the company has built a solid reputation for producing high quality, durable products due to their commitment to optical perfection and mechanical precision.

For more information visit the new Leica web site at www.leica-camera.com/sportoptics.

Leica Began Manufacturing Binoculars Over 100 Years Ago

In May 14, 1907 the first binocular designed by Ernst Leitz went into serial production. After three years of research and many different design changes, the 6x18 binocular was ready for production in the Leitz/Leica facility in Wetzlar Germany. Therefore, this year Leica is proud to celebrate its 100th anniversary of binocular production.

Two initial patents, No. 191758 and No. 192762 were dated June 14, 1906 and September 25, 1906 respectively and were the basis for the development of the first Leica binocular. However, after continued research and the desire to improve the design, the Leica engineers decided to design the binocular housing out of a very light weight and durable material called Magnalium (a mixture of Magnesium and Aluminum). The drive for perfection also continued as engineers patented a better protection system for the inside of the binoculars against dust and moisture. The final production of the first binocular was further delayed by a final patent that allowed for a new and innovative mounting of the prisms.

Founded in 1849, Leica‚s capabilities in producing Legendary Lenses provided the foundation for the long history of precise, high performance sport optics products.   From the initial binocular introduction in 1907, Leica continues to develop innovate cutting edge products that sets today's standards for optical performance and field reliability.

Leica will continue its historical platform of providing the most state-of-the-art, high performance sports optics products available. New innovative products are continuously in the pipeline and will be introduced over the coming years. Headquartered in Germany, Leica has been an acknowledged leader in the optics industry for over 150 years. Throughout that time, the company has built a solid reputation for producing high quality, durable products due to their commitment to optical perfection and mechanical precision.

Fun Facts About Leica

Leica continues to make history today. Here are some fun facts about Leica that you may not have known:

Leica first began operations under the name Leitz in 1849 as a maker of precision microscopes.

The name Leica was registered as a trademark in 1924 - it combines the words Leitz and camera.

Leica produced its first binocular is 1907 - the sport optics tradition was born.

Leica produced the world's first 35mm still camera, the "Ur-Leica," in 1914.

Despite Leica's company-wide opposition to Hitler and his army, Leica was chosen as one of the premier optics manufacturers for the German army during World War II.

Due to a lack of raw materials and constant Allied bombings, the Leica factories shut down for a period of time during 1943.

Leica uses over 150 different types of glass in its various optical products.

Leica owns more glass patents than any other optics company in the world.

A mint condition 1953 Leica M3 camera can be worth up to $110,000!

Leica binoculars boast an industry-leading waterproof submersion rating of 16.5 feet.

With the introduction of the first Leica Geovid at the 1993 SHOT Show, Leica became the first company to introduce laser rangefinding technology to the general public.

Headquartered in Germany, Leica has been an acknowledged leader in the optics industry for over 150 years. Throughout that time, the company has built a solid reputation for producing high quality, durable products due to their commitment to optical perfection and mechanical precision.

Visit the new Leica Web site at www.leica-camera.com/sportoptics.

More Leitz/Leica Binocular History

June 14, 1906                                     Binocular design Patent No. 191758 filed.

September 25, 1906                          Binocular design Patent No. 192762 filed.

May 14, 1907                                      First binocular made by Ernst Leitz, a 6x18 went into serial production.

By 1911                                               Full line of binoculars available from 4x to 8x, as well as military versions. The military glasses offered a terrain scale in the eyepiece for estimating distances.

1912 to 1914                                       Some new binoculars were introduced and the existing line was redesigned. Two high powered glasses of 10x and 12x magnifications offered curly shaped barrels.

Military binoculars were available in black, khaki or brown with or without the terrain scale. They came equipped with a leather case, belt loop, compass on the lip of the case, carrying strap, rain protection cap and a leather loop for attaching the binocular to the uniform.

1919 Civilian production resumed after the war. Leitz offered most of the pre-war models as well as three new Porro II optical designs that replaced the 10x and 12x curly barrel design.

1920s                                                  All pre-war models were replaced and redesigned sometime between 1924 and 1927. Exact dates are not known.

1932                                                    All classes of the Leitz binoculars not of the Porro I type were redesigned for higher magnification and greater performance. This established the line with little change for 30 years.

1950s                                                  Leitz manufactured a series of riflescopes including a 4x28, 4x36 and 6x42.

1960s                                                  Leitz introduced the state-of-the art Trinovid binocular line. A compact, roof prism binocular that remained in the line until 1990 when it in turn was replaced by another totally new, more innovative design.

1990                                                    The entire line of Trinovid binoculars, with the exception of the compact models, was replaced with a new construction based on a pentaprism. The new binoculars offered closer focusing, wider field of view, nitrogen purging and waterproofing up to 5 meters.

Leica introduced a bright orange, buoyant strap to accompany the binoculars. This kept them afloat should they fall overboard. Three models were introduced 7x42m 8x42 and 10x42.

1992                                                    Revolutionizing binoculars, Leica introduced the Geovid which combined optics and electronics to provide an eye-safe infrared laser rangefinder and an electronic compass in a compact handheld instrument. It was introduced in a 7x42 model.

1994                                                    Leica introduces its first spotting scopes. The two models included the Televid 77 and Apo-Televid 77. Each offered the option of straight or angled viewing eyepieces.

1996                                                    New versions of the 8x20BC and 10x25BC and the rubber armored 8x20 BCA and 10x20 BCA were launched with improved optical performance and design. A phase correction coating improved the resolution and contrast by 30%.


1998                                                    Leica briefly re-entered the riflescope arena in North America with three models: the Ultravid 1.75-6x32, the Universal 3.5-10x42 and the Ultravid 4.5-14x42F. While the riflescopes were made with Leica-supplied optical elements, final assembly was completed by Leupold and Stevens of Oregon.

2000                                                    This year marked the introduction of the LRF 800 Rangemaster, a compact and lightweight rangefinder.

2002                                                    Innovation in the spotting scope line continued with the introduction of two lighter and more compact models, the Televid 62 and Apo-Televid 62. Both accepted the same eyepieces and accessories as the '77' models.          

                                                           The LRF 1200 Rangemaster was added to the line of rangefinders, as was the Leica Pinmaster, a rangefinder specifically designed for the golfer.

2003                                                    Leica launched a new revolutionary high end line of binoculars called Ultravid. This line offered a 7x42, 8x42, 10x42, 10x50, 12x50, all in BR (which means black or green in rubber armoring.)

2004                                                    Leica introduced the next generation of Geovid range finding binoculars with two models, the Geovid 10x42 BRF and the Geovid 8x42 BRF.

2006                                                    Leica added two new models to the Geovid line, a Geovid 8X56 BRF-Y and Geovid 15X56 BRF-Y.

LEUPOLD BINOCULARS

Leupold Full Golden Ring Product Lifetime Warranty

If any Leupold Golden Ring product is found to have defects in materials or workmanship, the company will, at its option, repair or replace it. FREE. Even if you are not the original owner. No warranty card is needed. No time limit applies.

The Leupold Full Lifetime Guarantee is the company's promise to you that you will always get a square deal. It is in effect on all of the products that carry the Golden Ring, and it applies to any owner, requires no paperwork, and has no expiration date. Leupold can offer this incredible benefit because it built the Golden Ring Products to deliver generations of exceptional performance.

In keeping with this strong tradition of excellence and fairness, Leupold has established a network of thousands of Authorized Golden Ring Dealers worldwide. The company says, "We strongly encourage you to take advantage of the exceptional benefits and resources that these dealers provide to you, the customer. Purchasing a Leupold Golden Ring product from a Leupold Authorized Dealer confers the following:

• Product Authenticity. Serial numbers of every Golden Ring product shipped to Leupold Authorized Golden Ring Dealers are recorded and tracked. This provides you with the knowledge that your product arrived at the dealer directly from the factory and its authorized distributors, has passed our stringent quality control testing regimen, and is ready for a lifetime of hard use and stellar performance. It's your assurance that you are getting a square deal.

• Complete dealer support. Leupold has taken considerable care to establish and train a network of Authorized Golden Ring Dealers so that you will benefit from the very best customer service experience. Every Leupold Authorized Golden Ring Dealer must meet a strict standard of qualification to become a sales partner for Leupold products. Authorized Golden Ring Dealers possess the product expertise necessary to help you select equipment that is right for you. They are also able to assist in the proper installation, set-up, and care of your Leupold product.

• Access to online customer support. Track your product service status, find an answer to your product-related questions, and gain access to additional features available in the "My Info" section of the Leupold website.

• Eligibility to participate in special promotions and receive advance news and announcements. Our goal is to ensure that every Leupold customer is absolutely satisifed with their purchase. That's why Leupold has developed a comprehensive dealer network equipped to best meet your needs. By purchasing from a Leupold Authorized Golden Ring Dealer, you can be assured of the utmost in quality and service, every step of the way.

How can you be sure that a dealer is authorized by Leupold?

Take advantage of the resources provided in the "WHERE TO BUY" section of web site www.leupold.com to find an Authorized Golden Ring Dealer near you or call Leupold customer service at (503) 526-1400. If you have any questions, a Leupold Product Specialist will be happy to assist you at (503) 526-1400. Select from the links provided here to find your Leupold Authorized Golden Ring Dealer.

Leupold Increases Number of Binoculars With Natural Armor Coating

Leupold® has expanded the number of binoculars protected by its most popular armor coating, natural.  Leupold’s Green Ring Cascades, Olympic and Pinnacles series are now available with natural armor coating.

Blending well with most camouflages, the natural armor coating provides protection against the bumps and knocks that occur in the field.  The coating protects the binoculars from the elements and provides a sure grip in all conditions.

Available in 8x42mm and 10x42mm models, the Cascades have a roof prism design, and feature multi-coated lenses and phase coated prisms to enhance clarity, color fidelity and contrast while delivering a bright sight picture from dawn to dusk.

The Olympic binocular features aluminum enhanced, phase coated prisms.  Combined with fully multi-coated lenses, the Olympic’s lens system optimizes image brightness, clarity, contrast and color fidelity.  Olympic Series binoculars with natural armor coating are available in 8x42mm, 10x50mm and 12x50mm.

Featuring interchangeable eyecups, the Pinnacles series binoculars have L-coated prisms and silver enhanced, phase coated prisms to reduce glare.  The binoculars are available in 8x42mm, 10x50mm and 12x50mm models with natural armor coating.

Green Ring binoculars are completely waterproof and feature Leupold’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

For more information or to locate a local Leupold dealer, contact Leupold & Stevens, Inc., P.O. Box 688, Beaverton, OR 97075-0688; (800) LEUPOLD, (503) 526-1400; or check web site www.leupold.com.

Leupold & Stevens, Inc., the only prominent American-owned and -operated optics company, employs more than 650 people in its state-of-the-art Beaverton, Ore., facility where rugged, dependable, high-performance Golden Ring® sports optics are designed, machined and assembled.  Founded in 1907 and celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2007, Leupold was named the 2006 National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers, Accessories Manufacturer of the Year.  Leupold is a fifth-generation, family-owned company with products sold worldwide to hunters, wildlife observers, competitive shooters, law enforcement officers and special operations military personnel.  The product line includes rifle, handgun and spotting scopes; binoculars; mounting systems; and optical tools and accessories.:

Leupold Golden Ring Binoculars With Switch/Power Technology

New Golden Ring® roof prism binoculars with Leupold’s® exclusive Switch/Power Technology allow hunters to make instant transitions between magnification levels while keeping game centered in the view, with minimal need to readjust focus.

 “With Switch/Power Technology, hunters will be able to change from 7x to 12x or from 10x to 12x with the flip of a switch,” said Mike Slack, marketing communications manager for Leupold.  “When zoom binoculars move up in magnification, the visual field narrows and doesn’t remain in focus – this can cause the hunter to lose sight of game.  Switch/Power Technology allows users to experience a full, immediate power setting transition without having to lower the binocular.  No other binocular has this capability.”

With Switch/Power Technology, users can go from power settings of 7x to 12x or from 10x to 17x, depending on model.  Regardless of magnification, the object being viewed remains in the center of the visual field between transitions.  Other multi-magnification binoculars can be very large and heavy, or require changing each eyepiece individually.  The 7/12x32mm and 10/17x42mm Golden Ring binoculars with Switch/Power Technology are 5 and 6 inches in length and weigh only 21.4 and 23.9 ounces, respectively.

To ensure the highest image quality, the binoculars feature multicoated lenses for superb brightness, resolution, contrast and color fidelity.  The binoculars have phase coated roof prism and L-coat enhanced auxiliary prisms that give hunters a sharp, distinct image.

Available in both 7/12x32mm and 10/17x42mm models, the binoculars come with  contoured, side-flared eyecups for normal use as well as flat, padded eyecups for use with eyeglasses.  Rugged and waterproof, the binoculars are covered by Leupold’s Full Lifetime Guarantee.

For more information on the Leupold Golden Ring binoculars with Switch/Power Technology or to locate a local Leupold dealer, contact Leupold & Stevens, Inc., P.O. Box 688, Beaverton, OR 97075-0688; (800) LEUPOLD; or check web site www.leupold.com.

Leupold Green Ring Yosemite Model Binoculars

Leupold® has expanded the Green Ring Yosemite Series porro prism binoculars to include an 8x30mm model.

The Yosemite is the first series of binoculars designed for use by people of all sizes.  At 18.5 ounces and measuring 4.5 inches in length, the Yosemite 8x30mm is ideal for families with young children.  The binocular can be adjusted to fit the interpupillary distances of children and smaller adults, or widen to perfectly fit the eye spacing of larger individuals.  With a generous eye relief of 14mm, the Yosemite can easily accommodate users with eyeglasses as well.

In addition, the binoculars also feature multi-coated optics for a bright sight picture with the contrast and color fidelity necessary for an optimal view, while the porro prism design of the Yosemite 8x30mm binocular allows for greater depth perception. 

Ergonomically designed for comfort and balance, the binocular has a large focus knob and diopter that are easily adjusted by small, large or even cold hands.  Available in three colors (red, black or natural), the Yosemite’s rubber armor coating provides protection against the elements and a sure grip, wet or dry. The binoculars are fully waterproof and backed by Leupold’s Green Ring Limited Lifetime Warranty.

For more information on the Leupold Green Ring Yosemite 8x30mm binocular or to locate a local Leupold dealer, contact Leupold & Stevens, Inc., P.O. Box 688, Beaverton, OR 97075-0688; (800) LEUPOLD or (503) 526-1400 – phone; (503) 352-7621 – fax.  Or, go to web site www.leupold.com.

STEINER BINOCULARS

Steiner's New Predator Xtreme Roof-Prism Binoculars

Continuing to produce state-of-the-art optical innovations that outperform its competition, Steiner introduces the new Predator Xtreme roof-prism binoculars, which offer a special proprietary lens coating that filters light and adds contrast at the peak sensitivity range of the human eye. Steiner has been perfecting its high-contrast lens coating for many years and the innovative Dynamic Coating Technology available on the new Predator Xtreme represents the sixth generation of the company‚s exclusive contrast-enhancing optics.

Steiner's Predator Xtreme binoculars overcome the challenges associated with high-contrast coatings, which previously resulted in decreased brightness, reduced light transmission or altered colors. The Dynamic Coating Technology filters out a small amount of light in the middle of the visible color spectrum, making your eyes more perceptive to certain colors, especially in low-light conditions. The increased perception occurs because the human eye reacts differently to different color wavelengths. The end result is that browns, reds and other wildlife colors found on most game animals pop out against green backgrounds.

A new ergonomic design employs a rigid polycarbonate chassis that is extremely durable and waterproof. The binoculars are positively pressure-purged to 14 psi with dry nitrogen and argon gases for absolutely leakage-free performance in all weather conditions.

The Predator Xtreme lineup features 8x22, 8x42, 10x26 and 10x42 models. Each binocular comes equipped with a padded travel case, removable neoprene rain-guards for the ocular lenses and objective lens caps. A padded neck strap is included with the 42mm models for comfortable carrying and viewing at all times.

Available at retailers nationwide, the suggested retail price for the new roof-prism Predator Xtremes are 8x22- $179; 8x42 - $399; 10x26 - $199 and 10x42 - $499.

Headquartered in Germany, Steiner has been widely acknowledged as a world leader in the manufacturing of high quality optics since 1947. In addition to the outdoor, hunting and marine markets, Steiner provides products to military and law enforcement worldwide. Allied forces around the world˜including the U.S. Army and countless law enforcement agencies˜have made Steiner their binocular of choice. For more information, contact: Steiner Optik, 920 54th Avenue, Suite 200, Greeley, CO 80634; call (970) 356-1670; or visit the company web site at www.steiner-binoculars.com.

Steiner Predator Xtreme Technical Specifications:

Product Item No. Weight Field of View Eye Relief  @ 1,000 yards

8x22 2341 9.32 oz. 404 ft. 9.5 mm

10x26 2361 10.6 oz. 315 ft. 9.0 mm

8x42 2481 25.7 oz. 381 ft. 18.5 mm

10x42 2581 25.8 oz. 328 ft. 16.5 mm

Steiner binoculars offers state-of-the-art, versatile binocular lines for all outdoor, military and law enforcement applications. You clearly don’t want to miss this opportunity to own the world’s best binoculars and save some money. Now is the time to invest in a Steiner binocular. To find a retail location near you, visit the Steiner website at www.steiner-binoculars.com/dealer.html.

Legendary Predator C5 Binocular Line Has Been Expanded

Designed for hunters and nature observers, the Predator C5 binocular line has expanded its offerings to include two new binoculars to this popular line. A new 8x56 and 10x56 offer larger objective lenses for even better light gathering, higher resolution and greater detail.

Like the 10x42 and 12x42 Predator C5s, the two new models utilize the unique lens coating that help you spot hidden game by blocking the colors of haze and foliage and enhancing the visibility of browns, reds and other wildlife colors. With the larger objective on the 8x and 10x, viewing times will be extended and images will be brighter and clearer than ever.

The popular design of the Predator C5 uses a rigid polycarbonate chassis that is both durable and waterproof. The ergonomic styling makes this binocular easy to use and focus with gloves in any weather condition. It is nitrogen-purged and comes equipped with a padded travel case, rain guards or the oculars and the attached objective lens caps. A comfortably padded neck strap makes viewing for extended periods very enjoyable.

The new larger objective Predator C5 binoculars will be available at retailers nationwide January 2010. Suggested retail price for the 8x56 is $949 and the 10x56 is $999.

Headquartered in Germany, Steiner has been an acknowledged leader in the manufacturing of quality binoculars since 1947. In addition to the outdoor, hunting and marine markets, Steiner provides products to military and law enforcement worldwide. Allied forces around the world, including the U.S. Army and countless law enforcement agencies, have made Steiner their binocular of choice. For more information contact: Pioneer Research, 97 Foster Road, Moorestown, NJ 08057 or call toll free 1-800- 257-7742 or you can visit the interactive web site at www.steiner-binoculars.com.

Model Name Field of View Weight Approx. Retail

8x56 Predator C5 400 ft./1000 yds. 40.2 oz                         $949

10x56 Predator C5 358 ft./1000 yds.        42.3 oz $999

CAMERAS, CAMCORDERS, PRINTERS and SCANNERS

CANON CAMERAS

Canon's EOS-1D Mark III EOS Digital SLR Is Here --The Fastest, Most Powerful Digital SLR in the World

Canon's flagship EOS-1D Mark III is the most advanced EOS Digital SLR ever produced. It has a new 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensor (APS-H size) with Canon's EOS Integrated Cleaning System and a 3.0-inch LCD monitor with Canon's Live View technology. The 1D Mark III has a redesigned 100% viewfinder, a new 45-point AF system, and can shoot up to 10 fps continuously with a maximum burst of 110 shots. Dual "DIGIC III" Image Processors work in tandem to speed up every process while refining image quality; a new, lighter body has improved weather sealing and shutter durability. Every facet of the EOS experience has been enhanced with the 1D Mark III. It's the new standard.

CANON U.S.A.’S EOS 40D Digital SLR Delivers High-Resolution Image Quality, High-Speed Shooting and High-End Functionality

Building on the success of Canon’s perennially popular “prosumer” EOS 20D and 30D models, the EOS 40D advances the state-of-the-art for mid-range Digital SLR cameras, making it a natural first choice for advanced amateur photographers and entry-level professionals, and an ideal second body for more established photo pros.  Indeed, given the level of feature upgrades and improvements, technological wizardry and user-requested creative controls, the Canon EOS 40D SLR’s “prosumer” appellation may refer more to its accessible price point than to the exceptional quality, clarity and resolution of the images it creates.

From the camera’s newly enhanced, 10.1-megapixel CMOS imaging sensor (designed and manufactured by Canon) and its proprietary and super-efficient DIGIC III image processor, to its completely redesigned autofocus sensor and fast, 6.5 frame-per-second (fps) continuous shooting capability (for bursts of up to 75 Large/Fine JPEGs or 17 RAW images), the EOS 40D SLR puts the fun in functionality and makes serious photo business a positive pleasure.

Indeed, at 6.5 fps, no Digital SLR in the EOS 40D mid-range class and price category has so high a continuous shooting capability, making it ideal for shooting – and actually capturing – speed-sensitive outdoor and wild-nature shots as well as a wide variety of action and sports scenes.  The speed of the EOS 40D SLR comes from Canon’s balanced combination of its latest processor, DIGIC IIII, DDR SDRAM high-speed memory, four-channel-per-line sensor readout, and two separate motors for shutter and mirror operation.

Display

The most easily visible upgrade on the EOS 40D Digital SLR is the camera’s larger three-inch LCD screen (compared with the EOS 30D’s 2.5-inch monitor).  Still, size is only the beginning of the difference between these two cameras’ displays.  In order to increase viewing ease in outdoor conditions such as bright sunlight,  Canon raised the brightness level of the EOS 40D camera’s 230,000-pixel LCD screen,  broadened the color gamut and narrowed the viewing angle from 170 degrees to a still wide 140-degree perspective in all directions.  An added advantage of the larger-sized display is the ability to use a larger font size for text, making it easier to read setting and menu options on the screen. The camera’s menu is organized in the same tabbed format as the EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR.  

Canon extends its “ease-of-reading” policy to the EOS 40D SLR’s viewfinder as well.  The upgraded viewfinder increases optical magnification from 0.90x to 0.95x, expands the viewing angle from 251 degrees to 264 degrees and raises the eye point from 20mm to 22mm.

Enhanced Durability

Recognizing the often rigorous shooting conditions encountered by professional and advanced amateur photographers, Canon design engineers made the EOS 40D SLR’s magnesium alloy exterior even more ruggedly dependable than its predecessors with upgraded dust and weather resistant construction, particularly around the camera’s connection ports, battery compartment and single-slot compact flash memory card door.  Should the user inadvertently open the compact flash card door while the camera is writing to the card, a warning will pop up on the LCD screen and an open door “alarm” will sound, but the image(s) will continue writing to the memory card without interruption.  The EOS 40D SLR also retains many of the outstanding features of the EOS 30D model, such as its fast 0.15-second initial start-up, its extremely durable shutter (rated up to 100,000 cycles), its top shutter speed of 1/8000 sec and 1/250 maximum X-sync flash shutter speed setting.  

Improved Image Quality

Although it is based on the image sensor used in the EOS Digital Rebel XTi, the EOS 40D Digital SLR’s 10.1-megapixel CMOS APS-C size image sensor has been significantly improved thanks to the use of larger microlenses over each pixel to reduce noise and expand sensitivity up to ISO 3200.  The EOS 40D retains the model 30D camera’s 1.6x focal length conversion factor (compared to full-frame digital image sensors or 35mm film) and is compatible with the full line-up of Canon EF lenses as well as the Company’s expanding selection of high-quality, affordable EF-S lenses created specifically for Canon Digital SLRs with APS-C size image sensors.

Adding to the improved virtuosity of the images captured by the EOS 40D SLR is the camera’s 14-bit Analog-to-Digital (A/D) conversion process.  Able to recognize 16,384 colors per channel (four times the number of colors recognized by the EOS 30D SLR’s 12-bit conversion capability), the EOS 40D camera is able to produce images with finer and more accurate gradations of tones and colors. The EOS 40D also incorporates the optional Highlight Tone Priority and High-ISO Noise Reduction functions first introduced earlier this year with the EOS-1D Mark III Professional Digital SLR.

DIGIC III

DIGIC III is the latest generation of Canon’s proprietary image processing engine.  DIGIC III technology ensures that the fine details and natural colors of the images are optimally recorded and, as an added bonus, is also responsible for the EOS 40D SLR’s high-speed performance, faster signal processing and even its efficient energy consumption.  

sRAW

In addition to retaining the RAW image capture capabilities of its predecessors, the EOS 40D SLR now offers a more manageable  “sRAW” recording format.  In sRAW mode, the number of pixels is reduced to one-fourth that of a standard RAW image and the file size is cut in half, while retaining all of the flexibility and creative possibilities associated with full-size, conventional RAW images.  

Improved Autofocus and Exposure Control

While the EOS 40D SLR maintains the nine-point wide area AF coverage first introduced on the EOS 20D camera, Canon has made significant improvements to its speed, precision and functionality, minimizing subject recognition problems in the process.  The EOS 40D camera’s completely redesigned nine-point AF sensor provides cross-type AF measurement at all nine focusing points for maximum apertures up to f/5.6, and for the first time in any EOS camera, the central AF point offers enhanced precision for both vertical and horizontal subject contrast when using EF or EF-S lenses featuring maximum apertures of f/2.8 or faster. AF calculation speed with the EOS 40D camera is 30 percent faster than the EOS 30D model.

The Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR retains the same 35-zone metering sensor as its predecessor. Available patterns include Evaluative metering, which is linked to all AF points and is set automatically in the Basic Zone modes, Centerweighted average metering, Partial metering and Spot metering, covering approximately 9 percent  or 3.8 percent of the viewfinder at center, respectively. The camera’s E-TTL II autoflash and 12 exposure control modes (11 AE modes plus manual) are also unchanged from the EOS 30D SLR model.  However, as a result of consumer input, Canon has added three Custom exposure modes.  As an added convenience, particularly for wireless flash operations, users can adjust the flash settings of the Canon Speedlite 580EX II directly from the camera.

The Canon EOS 40D camera offers ISO speeds from ISO 100 to ISO 1600 in 1/3-stop increments.  Users can also opt for a high-speed setting of ISO 3200. For the first time in any EOS camera, the 40D model offers Auto ISO capability in Creative Zone exposure modes. This valuable new feature adjusts the ISO speed to the optimal setting based on low light or shaky shooting conditions.  Additionally, the EOS 40D provides full-time display of the active ISO speed setting, both in the viewfinder as well as on the top LCD data panel.

The Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR is also the first camera in its class to offer two interchangeable focusing screens in addition to the standard precision matte screen.  Users can opt for a grid-type focus screen that makes it easier to verify horizontal or vertical alignment while determining image composition, as well as the Super-Precision Matte focusing screen that makes it easier to grasp the “sweet spot” of manual focusing when using a lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.8 or faster.

Enhanced Live View

Previously the province of the EOS-1D Mark III DSLR (one of Canon’s top-tier professional cameras), the Live View function now gives EOS 40D camera users an expanded and exceedingly convenient and comfortable set of shooting options.  By permitting the framing and capturing of subjects using the camera’s LCD screen instead of the viewfinder, the shooter gains a 100 percent field view to more easily achieve the desired composition. A new Custom Function on the EOS 40D allows autofocus during Live View by pressing the camera’s AF-ON button. At that point, the reflex mirror goes down and AF is carried out in the normal way. Letting go of the AF-ON button resumes Live View functions. Also, in the Live View shooting mode the user can magnify the image by five or ten times in order to ensure that the shot is optimally focused. Live View is at its best during tripod shooting – particularly for close-up photography where precise focusing is imperative.  As a side benefit, the Live View shooting mode helps to reduce vibration by lifting the reflex mirror out of the optical path well in advance of the exposure, improving image quality at slow shutter speeds.  A new electronic 1st-curtain shutter function in Live View mode reduces release time lag and operational noise even further to avoid spooking wildlife or disturbing people nearby with unwanted camera sounds. Additionally, as the release time lag is miniscule, even instantaneous movements like a bird taking flight can be readily captured.

EOS Integrated Cleaning System

First introduced on the EOS Digital Rebel XTi camera, the EOS Integrated Cleaning System is a prime example of trickle-up technology and is now becoming a standard feature on all new EOS Digital SLRs.  The camera’s Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit uses ultrasonic vibrations to literally shake dust particles off of the low-pass filter in front of the sensor each time the camera is powered up or shut down.  Users also have the option of engaging the “clean now” function at will or bypassing it altogether.  Additionally, the EOS 40D SLR’s manual sensor cleaning function raises the mirror and allows users to clean dust that has stuck to the low-pass filter.  Dust that has been shaken or blown loose is then trapped by adhesive at the base of the sensor unit housing, preventing the problematic particles from reattaching themselves to the filter when the camera moves. The second part of the cleaning system is a software solution that maps the location of any spots that may remain on the sensor.  The mapped information is saved as Dust Delete Data and attached to the image file.  Subsequently, the offending dust information is subtracted from the final image during post processing with a compatible personal computer, using the supplied Digital Photo Professional software.

Improved Software

Among the most valuable features of the Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR is its compatibility with Canon’s Picture Style Editor (PSE) 1.0 software. With PSE, shooters can actually design the look of their photographs by inputting their own preferred style, color and tone curves.  The EOS 40D Digital SLR also ships with the latest versions of Canon's powerful software applications, including Digital Photo Professional 3.1 and EOS Utility 2.1, which now support the camera's Remote Live View and Dust Delete Data functions, as well as incorporating a broad range of additional improvements designed to improve image quality and speed up workflow. Also included are ZoomBrowser EX 5.8 and ImageBrowser 5.8 for easy browsing, viewing, printing and archiving with compatible computer operating systems, including Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows XP, as well as Mac OS X.

Accessories

New system accessories for the EOS 40D SLR include the redesigned high-capacity Battery Grip BG-E2N, which facilitates high-volume shooting and easier vertical shooting.  Compatible with up to two BP-511A battery packs or a set of six AA-size batteries, the battery grip approximately doubles the number of shots that can be taken, compared with the battery power of the EOS 40D SLR alone.  The BG-E2N grip features new sealing material around the battery compartment to better resist water and dust.  The new model replaces the original BG-E2 grip and is compatible with the EOS 20D, 30D and 40D models.

Designed exclusively for the EOS 40D SLR, the new Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E3A*/** permits wireless transfer and back-up, as well as remote control of the camera in Live View mode.  It can also be connected to various GPS receivers or Hi-Speed USB 2.0 external storage devices such as convenient flash drives or high-capacity hard drives with much larger storage capacity than the memory cards in the camera for instant back-up as images are captured. Compact and affordable, the WFT-E3A wireless transmitter also doubles as a vertical grip and requires its own BP-511A battery pack in addition to the battery installed in the camera body.  

EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens

Developed in response to consumer demand for a high-quality yet affordable optically image stabilized lens, the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS standard zoom lens adds a phenomenally flexible lens to the EOS 40D SLR shooter’s imaging arsenal.  While it features the wide-angle to mid-range zoom flexibility of its non-IS predecessor, this new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens offers the significant advantage of a true lens-shift image stabilization system that yields up to a full four stops of image-shake correction.

The higher performance provided by Canon’s lens shift IS system (compared with the in-camera sensor shift type offered in some competitive SLRs) includes the ability to optimize the lens performance for specific shooting situations such as low-light, long-zoom or movement while shooting (or virtually any combination of the three).  What’s more, the shooter can see the image stabilization effect in the viewfinder.  As the image already appears steady, more accurate framing and composition is possible, the AF point can be placed more precisely, and the photographer can concentrate on the optimal shot more comfortably.

Compact and lightweight, the optional EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens is manufactured by Canon specifically for the EOS 40D SLR and any other EOS SLR that takes EF-S lenses including the EOS 30D, EOS 20D, EOS 20Da, EOS Digital Rebel XTi, EOS Digital Rebel XT and the original EOS Digital Rebel camera.  An ideal complement to the EOS 40D SLR, the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens is scheduled to be in stores in October at an estimated selling price of $199.99.i

The Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR is scheduled for early September delivery and will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated selling price of $1,299.00i. It will additionally be offered in a kit version with Canon’s EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM zoom lens at an estimated selling price of $1,499.00i.  

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions.  The Company is listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America and is on the BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands.”  Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ) is a top patent holder of technology, ranking third overall in the U.S. in 2006†, with global revenues of $34.9 billion.  For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com.

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CANON U.S.A.’s 21.1-Megapizel, Full-Frame EOS-1Ds Mark 111 Digital SLR

The new 21.1-megapixel, full-frame Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR* camera brings the power of Canon U.S.A., Inc.’s professional imaging excellence and innovation into sharper focus than ever before.  While Canon’s EOS-1D series has dominated the 35mm-based professional Digital SLR market for the past six years, the new EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR takes Canon’s pro-digital prowess into and the realm of high-fashion and commercial photo studios where bulkier, medium-format cameras previously reigned.

The Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III’s compact, lighter-weight magnesium alloy body is rugged and versatile enough to take out of the studio and into the field.  The camera’s fast, five-frame-per-second (fps) shooting rate for bursts of up to 56 Large/Fine (21-megapixel) JPEGS or 12 RAW images is unmatched in its class, making it the ideal instrument for capturing the fluid motion and free-flowing lines of location-based fashion photography as well as a wide range of other professional photographic applications.

The Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III professional digital single lens reflex camera 's estimated selling price is $7,999†  (the same price as its predecessor, the 16.7 megapixel EOS-1Ds Mark II).

Revolutionary Resolution

Developed and manufactured by Canon specifically for the EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR, the camera’s new full-size 36 x 24 mm CMOS image sensor offers the highest resolution in its class, and is comprised of approximately 21.1 million effective pixels (5632 x 3750) set at a pitch of 6.4 microns.  The user can select any one of six recording formats ranging from 21.0 megapixels in Large JPEG or RAW format, 16.6 or 11.0 megapixels in the two medium JPEG sizes, or 5.2 megapixels in the small JPEG or “sRAW” formats.  In any JPEG format, the user can set one of ten compression rates for each image size. In sRAW mode, the number of pixels is reduced to one-fourth that of a standard RAW image and the file size is cut in half, while retaining all of the flexibility and creative possibilities associated with full-size, traditional RAW images.  

Dual “DIGIC III” Image Processors

Fulfilling the ultra-low noise, ultra-high image quality promise of the EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR camera requires handling the enormous signal processing requirements of the camera’s 21-megapixel resolution and top continuous shooting speed of five fps.  To accomplish this, Canon has incorporated two identical DIGIC III imaging engines into the camera for parallel (and hence, faster) signal processing.  The CMOS sensor reads out to the dual “DIGIC III” processors simultaneously in eight channels.  DIGIC III is the next generation of Canon’s proprietary image processing engine.  This technology ensures the fine details and natural colors of images are optimally recorded and, as an added bonus, is responsible for the EOS-1Ds Mark III SLR’s high-speed performance, faster signal processing and more efficient energy consumption.  

Adding to the improved virtuosity of the images captured by the EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR camera is the camera’s 14-bit Analog-to-Digital (A/D) conversion process.  Able to recognize 16,384 colors per channel (four times the number of colors recognized by the EOS-1Ds Mark II Digital SLR camera’s 12-bit conversion capability), this line-leading model is able to produce images with finer and more accurate gradations of tones and colors.  Additionally, given the significantly larger image file sizes created by the EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR camera, Canon has provided compatibility with the new Ultra Direct Memory Access (UDMA) compact flash memory card specification, which enables ultra-high-speed data transfer to the card.  Utilizing a UDMA compliant card doubles the data transfer speed compared to a conventional memory card, putting the new EOS-1Ds Mark III on par with the 10.1-megapixel EOS-1D Mark III camera, even though the pixel count of this new model is more than twice as large.

Advanced Autofocus Technology

The EOS-1Ds Mark III autofocus system – first introduced earlier this year on the EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR – has 45 AF points including 19 high-precision cross-type points and 26 Assist AF points. This new array allows the 19 cross-type points to be divided into groups of nine inner and nine outer focusing points plus a center point, which makes picking an individual focusing point much faster and easier than going through all 45.  During manual AF point selection, the AF point area is expandable in two stages via Custom Function control.  

At the request of sports and wildlife photographers, a new micro-adjustment feature allows for very fine changes in the AF point of focus for each lens type in use, along with the addition of adjustable focus-tracking sensitivity as another sophisticated new AF feature.  Other new components in the AF system include the reconfigured concave submirror and the secondary image formation lens, both products of Canon's vast expertise in optical engineering.  Finally, the low-light sensitivity of the new AF sensor has been doubled to EV-1 for superior performance, compared with earlier EOS digital SLRs.

Live View

One of the dynamic innovations incorporated into new EOS digital SLRs – and optimized for professional shooters on the EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR – is Canon’s Live View shooting mode which provides photographers with an expanded and exceedingly convenient set of shooting options beyond the conventional SLR through-the-lens viewing. Framing and shooting subjects using the camera’s LCD screen affords the shooter the same 100 percent field of view provided by the optical viewfinder – this is a full-frame Digital SLR after all – but Live View has the added advantage of allowing the image to be more easily composed on the camera’s bright and brilliant 230,000-pixel, three-inch LED screen.  Additionally, the LCD-viewed image can be magnified by five or ten times in order to ensure that the shot is optimally focused.

Live View is at its best during tripod shooting, particularly for close-up photography where precise focusing is imperative.  As a side benefit, the Live View shooting mode helps to reduce vibration by lifting the reflex mirror out of the optical path well in advance of the exposure, improving image quality at slow shutter speeds.  Additionally, as the release time lag is miniscule, even instantaneous movements like a bird taking flight can be readily captured.  The shutter charge sound can be delayed and made quieter than normal in Live View mode to avoid spooking wildlife or disturbing people nearby with unwanted camera sounds.

If a user is going to be several feet away from the camera, such as in some studio settings, the EOS-1Ds Mark III can be connected by cable to a computer via its USB 2.0 High-Speed interface.  The camera can also be operated remotely at distances up to 492 feet with the assistance of the optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2A which allows users to view images directly off the camera's sensor in virtually real-time, with the ability to adjust many camera settings quickly and easily.  

Viewing Display

Easy to read, even in outdoor conditions such as bright sunlight, the EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR camera features a three-inch, 230,000-pixel wide angle LCD display screen.  The TFT color liquid-crystal monitor features seven user-settable brightness levels and a wide, 140-degree viewing angle, both horizontally and vertically.  An added advantage of the large, three-inch display size is the ability to utilize a larger font size for text, making it easier to read setting and menu options on the screen.

Canon extends its “ease-of-reading” policy to the EOS-1Ds Mark III’s viewfinder as well.  Bright and clear with zero distortion and a 100 percent picture coverage and a magnification factor of .75x, it is the finest viewfinder ever placed in an EOS camera.

EOS Integrated Cleaning System

Another first for a professional digital SLR of this caliber is Canon’s complete dust management solution, called the EOS Integrated Cleaning System.  The new CMOS image sensor is designed with a lightweight infrared absorption glass cover that vibrates for 3.5 seconds when the camera is turned on or off.  This brief delay can be cancelled immediately upon start-up by pressing the shutter button half way.  Dust that has been shaken or blown loose of the sensor is trapped by adhesive surfaces surrounding the sensor unit housing, preventing the problematic particles from reattaching themselves to the filter when the camera moves.

Like its sibling, the EOS-1D Mark III, the shutter of the EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR camera carries a durability rating of 300,000 cycles and, though it generates less dust, it still charges itself three times during the manual cleaning process so that dust is shaken off the shutter curtains as well.  This cleaning system uses very little battery power and can be turned off in the custom function menu.

The second part of the dust management system is a software solution that maps the location of any spots that may remain on the sensor.  The mapped information is saved as Dust Delete Data and attached to the image file.  Subsequently, the offending dust information is subtracted from the final image during post processing, using the supplied Digital Photo Professional software.

Rock Solid Reliability

The entire body of the EOS-1Ds Mark III, including its internal chassis and mirror box, is made of an advanced magnesium alloy for exceptional strength and rigidity. Comprehensive weatherproofing at 76 locations on the camera body ensures superior reliability, even when shooting in harsh environments. Together with the 300,000-cycle shutter durability rating, these features result in a camera that, even though it is six ounces lighter than the EOS-1Ds Mark II, can truly withstand even the most severe shooting conditions.

Improved Software

Among the most valuable features of the EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR is its compatibility with Canon’s new Picture Style Editor 1.0 software. With PSE, photographers can personalize the look of their photographs by inputting their own preferred image processing parameters, including custom tone curves.  The EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR also ships with the latest versions of Canon's powerful software applications, including Digital Photo Professional 3.2 and EOS Utility 2.2, which support the camera's Remote Live View and Dust Delete Data functions, as well as incorporating a broad range of additional improvements designed to improve image quality and speed up workflow. Particularly noteworthy in DPP 3.2 is a new Lens Aberration Correction Function that corrects various image defects such as chromatic aberration, color blur, vignetting and distortion. Initially, the Lens Aberration Correction Function will support images captured by the EOS-1Ds Mark III and 11 other EOS Digital SLRs using any of 29 individual EF and EF-S lenses.  Also included are ZoomBrowser EX 6.0 and ImageBrowser 6.0 for easy browsing, viewing, printing and archiving with compatible computer operating systems, including Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows XP, as well as Mac OS X.

Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens

Designed primarily for discerning landscape and architectural photographers, the Canon EF14mm f/2.8L II USM lens is ideally suited to the EOS-1Ds Mark III’s full-frame capability.  Measuring 3.7 inches in length and weighing in at under 23 ounces, this ultra-wide angle L-series prime lens is well corrected for rectilinear distortion, provides a 114-degree diagonal angle of view, and delivers high-speed autofocus with higher image quality overall including superior peripheral image quality, compared to its predecessor, the stalwart EF 14mm f/2.8L USM lens.  

While its large diameter, high-precision aspherical and UD elements, optimized lens element positioning, and flare and ghost-reducing lens coating ensure that this lens delivers the top optical performance in its professional class, Canon has added other features photographers have been asking for – improved dust and water resistance incorporated around the mount, switch panel and focusing ring, and a round aperture that creates a nice background blur and makes it easier to recognize an out-of-focus scene in less than brightly lit conditions. Furthermore, Canon has created a new lens cap specifically for the EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM that is held to the lens by a stopper. The Canon EF14mm f/2.8L II USM lens is scheduled to begin shipping to stores in October at an estimated selling price of $2,199† .


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Canon U.S.A.s Ultra-Zoom Line of Popular Powershot Family of Compact Digital Camera

Canon U.S.A., Inc. introduced a brand new PowerShot line – the SX series – and the first camera in that line-up, the ultra-zoom PowerShot SX100 IS digital camera.  The PowerShot SX100 IS digital camera features a 10x optical zoom, an Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) and an extended grip, making this light and small shooter capable of capturing magnificent images clearly, even at long range.  

In addition to its powerful zoom lens, the PowerShot SX100 IS digital camera is loaded with a full complement of performance and convenient features that camera aficionados have come to expect from Canon – 8.0 megapixel resolution for crisp, vibrant images, a DIGIC III image processor for speed, power and performance, Canon’s Genuine Face Detection Technology (with Face Selector capability), a large 2.5-inch LCD screen for easy image previews and reviews, and much more.

This technology, coupled with a 10x optical zoom and OIS, enables soccer moms who are perched in the bleachers to have the ability to shoot photos of their superstars playing on the field that will look like photos taken from the sidelines.  Alternatively, a parent sitting in the balcony with their sights set on capturing their little ballerina’s face as she pirouettes through the air for the first time can easily keep the focus framed on their daughter’s moving image throughout the performance.  And, since the PowerShot SX100 IS Digital Camera is part of Canon’s “A-Team” (powered by AA batteries), it’s quick and simple to power up.

Though simple to operate, the PowerShot SX100 IS digital camera offers photo enthusiasts many creative possibilities, including the ability to shoot VGA movies of the very highest quality.  In fact, the PowerShot SX100 IS provides two VGA 30 fps recording modes: Standard mode for maximum image quality, and the new 640 LP mode for maximum recording time and reduced file sizes. In either mode, the PowerShot SX100 IS can capture individual movies up to one hour or 4GB per clip, whichever comes first.  Budding filmmakers simply switch to movie mode to capture video more easily than ever before, and then clearly view it on the bright 2.5-inch wide-angle LCD display or through a connected TV set or video monitor. Movie clips can also be uploaded to compatible personal computers for sharing on the World Wide Web.

Additionally, the PowerShot SX100 IS digital camera comes equipped with 19 shooting modes, ranging from fully automatic to fully manual, and easily accessible through an SLR-style mode dial on top of the camera. Shooting modes include Full Auto, Program, Shutter-Priority, Aperture-Priority and Manual, as well as special scene modes including Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Sports, and Kids & Pets.  

Setting it apart from competitors, the PowerShot SX100 IS digital camera gives consumers interested in the ease of a point-and-shoot camera many of the technological advancements that are the result of Canon’s 70-year heritage as an imaging innovator.

New Canon PowerShot Digital Camera Lines’ Shared Technological Advancements
DIGIC III

The "brain" of this new PowerShot camera is DIGIC III, the gold standard on all new Canon digital cameras. The DIGIC III image processor accounts for the camera's higher performance levels, including faster start-up, faster autofocus and quicker shutter response times that leave long-lag competitors in the dust. The DIGIC III chip design improves image quality and offers more efficient power consumption, resulting in extended battery life under typical shooting conditions.

ADVANCED FACE DETECTION

With Canon’s new Genuine Face Detection technology, the camera can detect, lock-on and track multiple human faces in a scene. The Face Detection algorithm automatically prioritizes and selects faces and not simply the closest object (based on Canon’s Intelligent Scene Analysis/iSAPS technology). It will then optimize the focus, exposure and flash to ensure the best possible results. Using Canon’s Face Detection, photographers can keep up to nine forward-looking faces in focus at any one time no matter where they are within the image. The PowerShot SX100 IS digital camera also introduces an exclusive new function called Face Select and Track using the convenient Face Selector button. With this feature, when multiple faces are detected, photographers can select any individual face they want the camera to track. This feature is ideal for many shooting situations such as birthday parties or graduation ceremonies, where many people are present, but the photographer is primarily interested in just one of them. Working in concert with Face Detection, the SX100 IS’s “Red-Eye Correction” feature helps to detect and correct red-eye during playback mode. Images can be corrected automatically or manually while viewing photos on the LCD screen. All in all, Canon’s new Face Detection Technology makes for even easier picture-taking moments, helping users ensure in-focus smiles and accurately exposed faces.

OPTICAL IMAGE STABILIZATION (OIS)

The extended zoom range of the camera makes optical image stabilization (OIS) essential. Canon's lens shift OIS provides an effective antidote to camera shake, particularly at longer zoom focal lengths or during long exposures when even the slightest hand-held shake is magnified to picture-blurring proportions. Superior to electronic image stabilization systems that simply use software to mask movement, OIS actually shifts the lens proportionately to compensate for unwanted motion, making it easier to snap great images. The OIS found in Canon PowerShot digital cameras is based on technology originally developed for Canon’s renowned high-end professional EOS SLR cameras.

The steady effectiveness is further enhanced when paired with the new "Auto ISO Shift" feature which, at the touch of a button, can automatically increase the ISO speed setting as required to maintain fast shutter speeds when shooting in low light conditions without a flash.

PRINTING MADE EASY

All Canon PowerShot digital cameras work seamlessly with Canon’s compact photo printers to deliver stunning high-quality borderless prints. Consumers simply connect their PowerShot digital camera to a Canon compact photo printer, press the Print/Share button, and moments later a brilliant, borderless 4” x 6” print begins to emerge; it’s that simple. Canon’s compact photo printers are PictBridge compatible, so they work with PictBridge enabled digital cameras to provide users with excellent image quality and ease-of-use, especially when paired with a Canon digital camera.

HIGH-CAPACITY MEMORY CARD CAPABILITY

As an added convenience, Canon PowerShot digital cameras also accommodate MultiMedia MMC memory cards, as well as standard SD memory cards and the new, high-capacity SDHC memory cards. This way, consumers do not have to carry around multiple memory cards in order to be able to continue to save those special moments during extended vacations or high-photo-taking adventures. Canon PowerShot camera owners can shoot uninterrupted.  

The PowerShot SX100 IS digital camera will be available in ever-classic, never goes out of style black or silver colors. In stores beginning in October 2007, the PowerShot SX100 IS camera kit includes two AA Alkaline batteries, a 16MB MMC plus memory card, a USB interface cable, an AV cable, a neck strap, and Canon’s software suite at an estimated selling price of $299.99*.

CANON U.S.A.’S POWERSHOT G9 CAMERA

Canon U.S.A., Inc. announced that its acclaimed G-series has a new top-of-the line model – the PowerShot G9 digital camera. The PowerShot G9 digital camera offers serious shooters and value-minded professionals a feature-packed camera with many of the advanced photographic capabilities of a high-end Digital SLR camera, in a lightweight, compact package at an affordable price.

The PowerShot G9 digital camera features the same matte black, retro-hip design that G-series fans have come to appreciate, with a simplified control layout that is versatile yet easy to understand.  This camera is loaded with Canon’s latest and most advanced technologies, while raising the bar with the addition of RAW Mode, usually reserved for larger and more expensive SLR cameras.  Advanced photographers also have the option of using RAW+JPEG simultaneous capture functionality, giving photographers the best of both worlds – JPEGs for immediate use and RAW images for faithful image reproduction, and extensive, non-destructive image editing capability.

The PowerShot G9 digital camera features class-leading 12.1-megapixel resolution for stunning, deeply detailed images that allow enlargements up to poster size with cropping.  A 6x optical zoom lens brings the photographer right into the action, and by incorporating Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS), excellent-quality images are assured in situations prone to camera shake and image blurring.  So, whether you are shooting outdoors at dusk or inside without a flash, camera shake is detected and effectively canceled.  Photographers will find it quick and easy to review and compare photos for printing with Canon’s Image Inspection Tool.  And, because Image Inspection is now linked with Advanced Face Detection technology, they can save considerable time while reviewing, because the main subject is automatically detected and enlarged, eliminating the need to zoom and scroll manually, while at the same time making it simple to determine if facial expressions are pleasing before moving on to the next photo.

The PowerShot G9 digital camera  comes equipped with 23 shooting modes, allowing for a myriad of different photo preferences and conditions including Automatic, Manual, Shutter-speed-Priority, Aperture-Priority, and two Custom modes as well as special scene modes such as Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Sports, Indoor, Beach and Snow, offering users Digital SLR-like capability in a compact digital camera. The PowerShot G9 also features Canon’s powerful DIGIC III Image Processor, delivering superior image quality, ultra-responsive performance, extended battery life and advanced Face Detection technology, so users can be confident that the face they want, is the face that they capture.  And, with a new large, three-inch PureColor LCD II screen and easy-to-access ISO and manual mode dials, customized shooting, reviewing and menu adjustments are especially convenient.  The PowerShot G9 digital camera is also compatible with optional high-quality Canon wide-angle, telephoto and macro supplementary lenses, as well as EOS Speedlite flashes and a waterproof case rated to a depth of 40 meters/130 feet, giving photographers more robust photographic capabilities that are in line with professional and expensive SLRs.  

True to Canon’s industry leadership position, the PowerShot G9 digital camera gives consumers interested in the ease of a compact camera many of the technological advancements that are the result of Canon’s 70-year heritage as an imaging innovator, differentiating it from competitive products.

New Canon PowerShot Product Lines’ Standard Advanced Technologies
DIGIC III

The "brain" of this new PowerShot camera is DIGIC III, the gold standard on all new Canon digital cameras. The DIGIC III image processor accounts for the camera's higher performance levels, including faster start-up, faster autofocus and quicker shutter response times that leave long-lag competitors in the dust. The DIGIC III chip design improves image quality and offers more efficient power consumption, resulting in extended battery life under typical shooting conditions.

ADVANCED FACE DETECTION

With Canon’s new Genuine Face Detection technology, the camera can detect, lock-on and track up to nine forward-looking human faces in a scene. The Face Detection algorithm automatically prioritizes and selects faces and not simply the closest object (based on Canon’s Intelligent Scene Analysis/iSAPS technology). It will then optimize the focus, exposure and flash to ensure the best possible results. Using Canon’s Face Detection, photographers can keep up to nine faces in focus at any one time no matter where they are within the image. The PowerShot G9 camera also introduces an exclusive new function called Face Select and Track. With this feature, when multiple faces are detected, photographers can select any individual face they want the camera to specifically track and be a primary focus. This feature is ideal for many shooting situations such as birthday parties or graduation ceremonies, where many people are present, but the photographer is primarily interested in just one of them. Working in concert with Face Detection, the G9’s “Red-Eye Correction” feature helps to detect and correct red-eye during playback mode. Images can be corrected automatically or manually while viewing photos on the LCD screen. All in all, Canon’s new Face Detection Technology makes for even easier picture-taking moments, helping users ensure in-focus smiles, and assisting in the elimination of over-exposed faces.

OPTICAL IMAGE STABILIZATION (OIS)

The extended zoom range of the PowerShot G9 camera makes optical image stabilization (OIS) essential. Canon's lens shift OIS provides an effective antidote to camera shake, particularly at longer zoom lengths or during long exposures when even the slightest hand-held shake is magnified to picture-blurring proportions. Superior to electronic image stabilization systems that simply use software to mask movement, OIS actually shifts the lens proportionately to compensate for unwanted motion, making it easier to snap great images. The OIS found in Canon PowerShot digital cameras is based on technology developed for Canon’s renowned high-end professional SLR cameras.

The steady effectiveness is further enhanced when paired with the new "Auto ISO Shift" feature which, at the touch of a button, can automatically increase the ISO speed setting as required to maintain fast shutter speeds when shooting in low light conditions without a flash.

PRINTING MADE EASY
All Canon PowerShot digital cameras work seamlessly with Canon’s compact photo printers to deliver stunning high-quality borderless prints. Consumers simply connect their PowerShot digital camera to a Canon compact photo printer, press the Print/Share button, and moments later a brilliant, borderless 4” x 6” print begins to emerge; it’s that simple. Canon’s compact photo printers are PictBridge compatible, so they work with PictBridge enabled digital cameras to provide users with excellent image quality and ease-of-use, especially when paired with a Canon digital camera.

HIGH-CAPACITY MEMORY CARD CAPABILITY
As an added convenience, Canon PowerShot digital cameras also accommodate MultiMedia MMC memory cards, as well as standard SD memory cards and the new, high-capacity SDHC memory cards. This way, consumers do not have to carry around multiple memory cards in order to be able to continue to save those special moments during extended vacations or high-photo-taking adventures. Canon PowerShot owners can travel in sleek style.

Powerful Software
The PowerShot G9 is bundled with the latest versions of Canon’s powerful digital imaging software, including ZoomBrowser EX 6.0 and ImageBrowser 6.0 for easy downloading, viewing and printing. RAW Image Task software is also supplied to facilitate high-quality processing of the PowerShot G9’s new RAW images.

In stores in October, the PowerShot G9 camera kit includes a lithium-ion rechargeable battery and battery charger, a 32MB MMC plus memory card, a USB interface cable, an AV cable, a neck strap, and Canon’s software suite at an estimated selling price of $499.99*.

Cannon U.S.A. Has Two new Digital Elph Cameras That Have Style and many Powerful Features

Canon U.S.A., Inc. introduced two new compact PowerShot Digital ELPH Cameras – the top-of-the line 12.1-megapixel PowerShot SD950 IS Digital ELPH and the status-setting 8.0-megapixel resolution PowerShot SD870 IS Digital ELPH.  Both cameras still have the alluring charm and color that keep them ahead of the aesthetic curve, but now they are also loaded with advanced features and functions, making them perfect for the trend-setting techie.  For the consumer attending a sunny backyard soiree, a relaxing respite getaway or an electrifying night on the town, these two Digital ELPH cameras continue to hold court as the perfect combination of beauty and brains. Canon’s PowerShot Digital ELPH cameras verify the adage that you can never be too (feature) rich or too stylishly thin.

The PowerShot SD950 IS Digital ELPH and SD870 IS Digital ELPH cameras build on Canon’s original, iconic box and circle design while maintaining their own identity.  The PowerShot SD950 IS Digital ELPH camera is sophisticated, sensual and strikingly elegant, while the PowerShot SD870 IS Digital ELPH camera is sleek, sassy and serves as a fashion statement.  Both Digital ELPHs are lightweight and compact, allowing them to fit unobtrusively into a small purse or shirt-pocket, and be whipped out easily to capture a memorable moment.  

“Don’t be fooled by their stunning good looks,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.  “The PowerShot SD950 IS Digital ELPH and SD870 IS Digital ELPH cameras are filled with top-performing features that deliver extraordinary results.”

The PowerShot SD950 IS Digital ELPH Camera is designed for the sophisticated point-and-shoot user looking for top-level functionality in a compact, elegant package.  This camera continues the ELPH tradition with its full-body titanium good looks, featuring sinuous curves and advanced design, while standing on its own with optimal performance.  The PowerShot SD950 IS Digital ELPH camera is equipped with upgraded features such as 12.1-megapixel resolution, 3.7x optical zoom with optical image stabilizer (OIS) for steady shooting and a next-generation version of Canon’s Genuine Face Detection technology.  This pure titanium powerhouse has a DIGIC III image processor, red-eye correction, an optical viewfinder and a 2.5-inch PureColor LCD screen with scratch-resistant and anti-reflection coating for easy viewing at any angle.  All of this packs a powerful punch, but takes it easy on the pocketbook at an estimated selling price of $449.99*.

The PowerShot SD870 IS Digital ELPH Camera is ideal for style-conscious photo enthusiasts with impeccable taste who want their substance to keep pace with their style.  The PowerShot SD870 IS Digital ELPH camera is built on a foundation consisting of one-part Canon technology – 8.0-megapixel resolution, 3.8x wide-angle optical zoom with optical image stabilization and a DIGIC III processor with Advanced Face Detection Technology– and one-part fashion accessory – with its smooth curves, sleek mode dial and the option of a black or silver lens ring that’s sure to complement any taste or style.  This sassy shooter’s wide-angle zoom lens makes it a snap to capture large group shots at a favorite hang-out, the wide expanse of a sandy beach on a vacation or the throngs of people at a red-carpet event.  The extra-large three-inch PureColor LCD screen with scratch-resistant and anti-reflection coating also makes it easy to view and review these great shots.  All this great photo-creating fun is available for an estimated selling price of $399.99*.

New Canon PowerShot Digital Camera Lines’ Shared Technological Advancements
DIGIC III
The "brain" of these new PowerShot cameras is DIGIC III, the gold standard on all new Canon digital cameras. The DIGIC III image processor accounts for the camera's higher performance levels, including faster start-up, faster autofocus and quicker shutter response times that leave long-lag competitors in the dust. The DIGIC III chip design improves image quality and offers more efficient power consumption, resulting in extended battery life under typical shooting conditions.

ADVANCED FACE DETECTION
With Canon’s new Genuine Face Detection technology, the camera can detect up to nine forward-looking human faces in a scene. The Face Detection algorithm automatically prioritizes and selects faces and not simply the closest object (based on Canon’s Intelligent Scene Analysis/iSAPS technology). It will then optimize the focus, exposure and flash to ensure the best possible results. Using Canon’s Face Detection, photographers can keep up to nine faces in focus at any one time no matter where they are within the image. Working in concert with Face Detection, the “Red-Eye Correction” feature helps to detect and correct red-eye during playback mode. 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 ensure in-focus smiles, and assist in the elimination of over-exposed faces.

OPTICAL IMAGE STABILIZATION
The extended zoom range of the camera makes optical image stabilization (OIS) essential. Canon's lens shift OIS provides an effective antidote to camera shake, particularly at longer zoom lengths or during long exposures when even the slightest hand-held shake is magnified to picture blurring proportions. Superior to electronic image stabilization systems that simply use software to mask movement, OIS actually shifts the lens proportionately to compensate for unwanted motion, making it easier to snap great images. The OIS found in Canon PowerShot digital cameras is based on technology developed for Canon’s renowned high-end professional EOS SLR cameras.

The steady effectiveness is further enhanced when paired with the new "Auto ISO Shift" feature which, at the touch of a button, can automatically increase the ISO speed setting as required to maintain fast shutter speeds when shooting in low-light conditions without a flash.

PRINTING MADE EASY
All Canon PowerShot digital cameras work seamlessly with Canon’s compact photo printers to deliver stunning high-quality borderless prints. Consumers simply connect their PowerShot digital camera to a Canon compact photo printer, press the Print/Share button, and moments later a brilliant, borderless 4” x 6” print begins to emerge; it’s that simple. Canon’s compact photo printers are PictBridge compatible, so they work with PictBridge enabled digital cameras to provide users with excellent image quality and ease-of-use, especially when paired with a Canon digital camera.

HIGH-CAPACITY MEMORY CARD CAPABILITY
As an added convenience, Canon PowerShot digital cameras also accommodate MultiMedia MMC and MMC+ memory cards, as well as standard SD memory cards and the new, high-capacity SDHC memory cards. This way, consumers do not have to carry around multiple memory cards in order to be able to continue to save those special moments during extended vacations or high-photo-taking adventures. Canon PowerShot owners can travel in sleek style.  

The PowerShot SD950 IS Digital ELPH and SD870 IS Digital ELPH Cameras are scheduled to be available in stores in September. Both new cameras kits provide everything a photographer needs to start enjoying these wonderful products as soon as they are purchased, including a rechargeable battery pack, battery charger, 32MB MMC memory card, and software as well as USB interface cable,  AV interface cables and wrist strap.

PRINTERS

CANON U.S.A. PHOTO PRINTERS

Canon's Two New Pixma Inkjet Photo Printers Offer Style and Quality

High quality, ease of use and stylish design continue to be the cornerstones of the Canon PIXMA Photo Printer line-up, and the newest entries deliver on that strong reputation. The new PIXMA iP3300 and PIXMA iP1800 Photo Printers offer high-end features and new stylish designs while at an estimated selling price of $79.99 and $49.991, respectively. These prices put these printers into the very important value category while their sleek new designs set them head and shoulders above the competition.

Both printers feature Canon FINE (Full-Photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) print head technology. Delivering microscopic ink droplets as small as 2 picoliters, at up to 4800x1200 dpi color resolution2, it is obvious that these printers do not sacrifice quality for their value price points.

The PIXMA iP3300 Photo Printer

Featuring a clean, elegant, yet modern design, the PIXMA iP3300 Photo Printer offers consumers a stylish addition to the home, and a functional device to print photos, documents and more. The iP3300 Photo Printer utilizes Canon's individual ink tank system and FINE print head technology that enables ink droplets to fire as small as 2 picoliters while delivering fast, borderless, photo lab quality photos up to 8.5 x 11 - inch. This printer offers consumers high-end functionality at a value price point, such as selectable dual paper paths, and a PictBridge port for printing from select digital cameras and camcorders. The iP3300 Photo Printer has received the Certified for Windows Vista logo, indicating that it has met Microsoft's rigorous new standards for performance and functionality with Windows Vista.

The PIXMA iP1800 Photo Printer

With an attractive design and a price point to match, the sweeping lines and glossy black finish of this desktop dynamo are a welcome departure from the boring beige box typically found in the value class of printer products. Canon brings high-end features into this category with blazing speeds and microscopic ink droplets being placed as small as 2 picoliters. The PIXMA iP1800 Photo Printer can deliver photo-lab quality borderless 4x6 - inch photos in approximately 70 seconds.3 Unlike some leading competitors, the iP1800 Photo Printer will be a $49 printer capable of printing borderless photos from wallet size straight through letter size without purchasing any optional accessories. As an attractive addition to the home office or a student's desktop, printing from 1,472 nozzles helps to ensure speedy printing of documents, presentations and web pages at up to 20 pages/minute (ppm) for monochrome, and up to 16 ppm for color. 3

With only two FINE ink cartridges for consumers to concern themselves with, ink management is fast and easy. Included with the iP1800 Photo Printer is a pigment-based black ink cartridge, allowing for improved text printing without relying on a composite black, plus increased highlighter stability on plain paper.

To help meet the demands of any family printing at home, Canon is introducing a new line of ink cartridges to be used with the PIXMA iP1800 Photo Printer. The new PG-30 (pigment black ink cartridge) and CL-31 (tri-color ink cartridge) will offer consumers a new low cost option when purchasing ink. The new PG-30 and CL-31 ink cartridges will retail for an estimated selling price of $15.99 and $19.99 respectively.1

The iP1800 has received the Certified for Windows Vista logo, indicating that it has met Microsoft's rigorous new standards for performance and functionality with Windows Vista.

ChromaLife100 System

The PIXMA iP3300 and iP1800 Photo Printers use the Canon ChromaLife100 system to produce prints on select genuine Canon photo papers that resist fading for up to 100 years4 when stored in an archival quality photo album. The 100-year-lifespan rivals that of many traditional film based photos, long considered by consumers to be the benchmark for image permanence.

Unlike some competitors that only test for ozone degradation, Canon has tested the ChromaLife100 system against three types of gases to simulate realistic conditions - ozone, nitrogen oxide and sulfur oxide. Prints produced on Canon Photo Paper Pro with the other elements of the ChromaLife100 system had an up to ten-year gas fastness4 when exposed to open air. ChromaLife100 prints also had up to 30-year light fastness4 when displayed under glass.

Compatible with Windows Vista

The newest Canon PIXMA printers address different styles and needs, and are now compatible with most computer operating systems, including Windows Vista. As a Premier Launch Partner of the Windows Vista operating system, Canon ensured that the latest Canon PIXMA photo printers work directly in tandem with Microsoft's operating system, without any extra downloads or upgrades. Both printers still offer full compatibility with other operating systems. The iP3300 Photo Printer will also be compatible with such as Windows 98/Me/2000/XP, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98 and Mac OSX v10.2.8, while the iP1800 Photo Printer will function with Windows 2000/XP and Mac OSX v10.2.8 operating systems.

Canon Creative Park

Looking to extend creativity beyond just photos and documents? Consumers can now try Canon's Creative Park Web site at www.canon.com/c-park. The site offers free 3-D paper craft projects, scrapbooking templates and embellishments, novel greeting cards, educational materials and the opportunity to learn more about digital photography.

Canon's New 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 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 $249.99.1

Additional features of the PIXMA iP90v Photo Printer include Canon's exclusive FINE high-performance print head. FINE technology "Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering" helps ensure sub-micron level precision during the manufacturing process. The PIXMA iP90v Photo Printer has a FINE print head with 1,088 total nozzles – the most of any printer in its class – which allows for high-speed printing over wide areas in a single pass. With a maximum color resolution of 4800 x 1200 dpi2 and droplets as small as 2 picoliters, the PIXMA iP90v Photo Printer produces exceptional photographic results with smooth gradations, accurate skin tones and rich, vibrant colors.

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.3

From the boardroom to the back nine, business doesn't always happen where ink tanks are available, Canon's Use Composite Black Mode will allow the user to switch the printer to composite black for printing of text and other professional looking documents when the standard black ink tank has run out. Composite black is created by mixing cyan, magenta and yellow inks together, which can provide the critical ink needed if the black tank runs dry at an inopportune moment.

The printer's PictBridge port allows users of all levels the option to print high-quality photographs without a computer. This is an ideal solution for real estate professionals who are now able to let clients take home images of a prospective house, or help insurance investigators document claims faster and more efficiently. Consumers also have the option to print wirelessly from select Bluetooth enabled cellular phones and computers with the optional user installable Bluetooth Unit (BU-10)4, which will have an estimated selling price of $79.991. The PIXMA iP90v Photo Printer also includes a built-in IrDA port (IrDA version 1.1)5

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 $99.991 (extra Lithium Ion battery inserts are available for a suggested list price of $89.991). 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 $139.991. 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 $89.991.

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 (Mac OS X v 10.2.1 to 10.3.x.).

CANON U.S.A.'s Compact Photo Printer PIXMA mini320 Brings 5"x7" Printing Capabilities to the Canon Compact Line-up.

Canon U.S.A., Inc. has announced an addition to its high-quality compact photo printer line-up –  the PIXMA mini320 Compact Photo Printer.  This compact photo printer will allow consumers to bring to life those images captured at important moments, such as a wedding or a child’s first day of school, in an easy-to-use and affordable fashion.

The Canon PIXMA mini320 Compact Photo Printer is the first in the Canon compact photo printer line-up to be able to print photo lab-quality images up to 5 inches x 7 inches, which will make finding a frame for those unforgettable memories that much easier.  Equipped with a bright, high-definition 2.5” LCD screen with wide viewing angles, and the Easy-Scroll Wheel interface, the PIXMA mini320 Compact Photo Printer enables consumers to navigate through menus and images in a snap.  An optional battery (LK-61 model, estimated selling price $79.99 <http://vocuspr.vocus.com/VocusPr30/XR/SupportFilesEdit.aspx?SupportFileID=65&ReturnURL=&AdminSection=SupportFiles+&SupportFileTableID=37&HTMLTemplateLoad=true#_ftn1>1 ) is available for portable printing from almost any location, enabling parents to print out an image of their child’s tee-ball game while sitting in the bleachers.

CANON PIXMA Mini320 COMPACT PHOTO PRINTER
The inkjet-based PIXMA mini320 Compact Photo Printer has a maximum resolution of 9600 x 2400 color dpi for vibrant color printouts of a borderless 4” x 6” photo lab-quality print in approximately 40 seconds and a borderless 5” x 7” photo in approximately 52 second.  Consumers can print photos from compatible memory cards, digital cameras or camcorders, Bluetooth devices or even a compatible camera phone. With the optional battery, vivid action shots from a child’s soccer game can be shared with other parents right from the sidelines.  The retractable handle, and fold-up design, makes it easy to tote the PIXMA mini320 Compact Photo Printer to any room in the house to make a photo print at the location of the user’s choice.  

Having to endure a long wait for a printer to start up is now a thing of the past.  The PIXMA mini320 Compact Photo Printer features the new Canon Quick Start technology which starts up the user interface in just a matter of seconds, enabling the user to start viewing and printing their photos quicker than ever before.  To provide the optimum image quality in a simplified manner, the new Auto Image Fix technology has been engineered.  This new technology analyzes images to make sure each scene is optimized when compared with similar scene types such as Portrait, Snapshot, Night Snapshot, etc.  For the parent who wants to produce a memorable scrapbook, the Auto Image Fix technology helps to create beautiful images without the hassle of manually editing each individual photo.  The estimated selling price of the PIXMA mini320 Compact Photo Printer is $179.99.1

Advanced Easy-Scroll Wheel
The Easy-Scroll Wheel user interface will be familiar with consumers who have popular portable digital music players, helping them immediately understand the operations that the wheel controls, including editing and printing.  With the improved “NAVI” function, it not only displays the machine’s on-screen guide, but it even navigates the user to the function they desire.  

ChromaLife100 System
The PIXMA mini320 Compact Photo Printer employs Canon's ChromaLife100 system, along with FINE print head technology for long-lasting photo prints. When using select genuine Canon photo papers and dye inks, prints can resist fading for up to 100 years when stored in an archival quality photo album. The 100-year-lifespan rivals that of many traditional film-based photos, long considered by consumers to be the benchmark for image permanence. Prints produced on Canon Photo Paper Pro with ChromaLife100 have up to a ten-year gas fastness when exposed to open air, and up to a 30-year lightfastness when displayed under glass. 7

Creative Park/Easy-PhotoPrint EX
More than ever consumers are diving into digital scrapbooking, photo albums, calendars and crafting projects.  Canon's Creative Park Web site at www.canon.com/c-park offers 3-D paper craft projects, scrapbooking templates, novel greeting cards, educational materials, and the opportunity to learn more about digital photography.  Easy-PhotoPrint EX photo printing software is included with the PIXMA mini320 Compact Photo Printer and makes printing multiple size prints on a variety of Canon papers a snap.  Other features such as cropping, increasing saturation and correcting red eye are also included to allow the user to make corrections to images without having to use additional software.

1 Pricing subject to change at any time.  Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary
2 Resolutions may vary based on printer driver settings. Color ink droplets can be placed with a horizontal pitch of 1/9600 inch at minimum.
<http://vocuspr.vocus.com/VocusPr30/XR/SupportFilesEdit.aspx?SupportFileID=65&ReturnURL=&AdminSection=SupportFiles+&SupportFileTableID=37&HTMLTemplateLoad=true#_ednref2>3 Photo print speeds are based on the default mode driver setting using photo test pattern(s) and select Canon Photo Paper. Print speed measured as soon as first page begins to feed into printer and will vary depending on system configuration, interface, software, document complexity, print mode, types of paper used and page coverage. See www.usa.canon.com/printspeed for additional information.

CANON U.S.A. INC. Has Three New Office All-In-One Printers for Home Office Functionality & Beautiful Photo Prints

Canon U.S.A., Inc. announced three new Office All-in-One (AIO) products, further expanding its current line to cover a larger variety of market segments and price points.  The Canon PIXMA MX700, MX310 and MX300 Office All-in-One Printers offer printing, scanning, copying and faxing capabilities, while the PIXMA MX700 Office All-in-One Printer will also offer users Ethernet connectivity for networked capability.  These new models provide an ideal solution for users looking to combine outstanding office functionality with the cutting edge of home photo printing. Exclusive Canon printing, copying and scanning technologies deliver the highest quality output for business, as well as photo projects.  All three AIO printers feature sleek and stylish designs to match modern office decors while saving space at the same time.

“Canon’s line of business All-in-One printers is designed to deliver excellent business documents and applications during work hours and at the same time exceptional photo quality to serve business or personal needs,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.  “Canon customers no longer have to choose between a business machine or a photo printer, as this product segment fulfills both requirements.”

CANON PIXMA MX700 OFFICE ALL-IN-ONE PRINTER

The PIXMA MX700 Office All-in-One Printer delivers quality output by using a maximum of 4800 x 1200 color dots-per-inch (dpi) resolution1 and four individual ink tanks for long-lasting prints and laser-sharp documents.  Printing and copying speeds of up to 30 pages per minute (ppm) in black and 20 ppm in color2 gets any job done quickly.  Need to connect this printer to a network?  Ethernet connectivity allows for multiple workstations in the same small office to benefit from the advanced features of the PIXMA MX700 Office All-in-One Printer.  

In the small office environment, efficiency can directly impact the bottom line.  These new models feature the Canon Quick Start capability. The Quick Start feature allows the user to start using the AIO in a matter of seconds, rather than waiting up to two minutes for the product to warm up. Now users can press the power button and watch their AIO start up almost immediately, without long delays between pressing the power button and actually seeing the user interface on the screen.  With an improved, faster 30-page Auto Document Feeder (ADF), business documents can be scanned and copied in a flash.

The PIXMA MX700 Office All-in-One Printer is the quintessential small office workhorse.  The copy function features new Advanced Copy Technology to master the most common copy needs.  This copy technology allows users to easily erase the frame created around a small scan, trim any desired area on the original to be copied, and even white-out an unwanted area of the original before copying it– all right from the control panel.  Super G3 fax technology3 transmits faxes very quickly for even greater efficiency.  All this adds up to increased productivity in the office and fast quality output for business documents as well as photos.  The estimated selling price of the PIXMA MX700 Office All-in-One printer is $199.99.4

CANON PIXMA MX310 OFFICE ALL-IN-ONE PRINTER
The Canon PIXMA MX310 Office All-in-One Printer provides printing, scanning, copying and faxing capability, including a 30-sheet Auto Document Feeder (ADF) that completes today’s home office.  The ADF allows for quick processing of multiple sheets for scanning, copying or faxing.  Quality output is achieved by using up to 4800 x 1200 color dpi resolution1 while the ChromaLife100 system delivers longevity for long-lasting photo prints.5  Canon exclusive Advanced Copy Technology delivers faithful photo and document reprint quality even on second-generation copies.  The estimated selling price of the PIXMA MX310 Office All-in-One printer is $129.99.4

CANON PIXMA MX300 OFFICE ALL-IN-ONE PRINTER
Designed for those with limited desk space, the PIXMA MX300 Office All-in-One Printer has the smallest footprint of the Canon Office AIO line, but still includes printing, scanning, copying and faxing applications.  Scanning is made easy with the flatbed scanner while Super G3 fax technology transmits faxes rapidly and Canon’s Advanced Copy Technology delivers faithful photo and document reproduction.  The estimated selling price of the PIXMA MX300 Office All-in-One Printer is $99.99.4

Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering (FINE)
The new Canon Office All-in-One products can also produce beautiful photo prints thanks to FINE technology. Launched globally by Canon in 1999, the Canon FINE advanced print head technology is one of the keys to the impressive speed and high photo quality in PIXMA Photo All-in-One Printers. FINE technology uses a high-performance multi-nozzle print engine that ejects consistent and microscopic ink droplets. The results are high-resolution photos with great detail and clarity in less time.  

[1] Resolutions may vary based on printer driver settings. Color ink droplets can be placed with a horizontal pitch of 1/4800 inch at minimum.
2 PPM print speeds are based on the highest speed printer driver mode using black and white and color text patterns.  Photo print speeds are based on the default mode driver setting using photo test pattern(s) and select Canon Photo Paper. Print speed measured as soon as first page begins to feed into printer and will vary depending on system configuration, interface, software, document complexity, print mode, types of paper used and page coverage. CPM copy speeds are based on fast mode setting using plain paper. Copy speeds will vary depending on system configuration, interface, software, document complexity, print mode, types of paper used and page coverage. See www.usa.canon.com/printspeed for additional information.
3 The Public Switched Telephone Network currently supports FAX modem speeds of 28.8 kbps or lower, depending on telephone line conditions.  Sending and receiving FAX machines need to conform to ITU-T v.34 guidelines.  
4 Pricing subject to change at any time.  Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.
5  Based on accelerated testing by Canon under controlled temperature, humidity, and gas conditions. For the 100-year figure, Canon simulated storage in an album with plastic sleeves. For the 30-year lightfastness figure, Canon simulated display of a photo in a glass frame in an indoor location without direct sunlight or other high intensity light. The 10-year gas fastness figure is based on a testing ratio of gases typical to an indoor air composition (O3: NOx:SOx=3:19:1) with 100 times concentration in order to accelerate color fading. Canon cannot guarantee the longevity of prints; results may vary depending on printed image, drying time, display/storage conditions and environmental factors. See www.consumer.usa.canon.com/ChromaLife100 for additional details.

CAMCORDERS

CANON U.S.A.

Higher Quality Web Video With High-Definition Viral Video

Web video fans have a new reason to celebrate - Canon U.S.A., Inc. has announced an exclusive alliance with Web video’s elite to create high-quality content for the world’s viewing pleasure. Well-known viral video personalities such as Barats & Bereta, Ricky “Lazy Dork” Stern, Gary “Numa Numa” Brolsma, Ben “Obama Girl” Relles, Chad Vader’s Matt Sloan & Aaron Yonda and Glenn “lonelygirl15/OpAphid” Rubenstein were brought together and split into two teams to compete in a viral video showdown. Their mission was to create a never before seen viral video that answered Canon’s challenge “if the internet were to shutdown next week, what would your last video be?”

Viewers can vote for their favorite videos at web site www.usa.canon.com/videobattle .

Using Canon’s HG10 AVCHD Hard Disk Drive camcorder, each team had only three days to shoot and edit their video. The teams, named Team Wolf and Amazing Falcons,  took two different approaches to accomplish their tasks; shooting in different locations in and around New York City.

“Web videos are the core element of a new renaissance of self expression,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. “So many videos online are shot in a lower resolution, Canon is excited to help capture new and interesting video with high-definition technology and support creative expression that today’s Web users demand.”

Saving time and resources, Canon’s HG10 AVCHD Hard Disk Drive camcorder records footage directly onto a 40 GB internal hard disk drive, which allows users to capture up to 15 hours of video without having to use a mini-DV tape or DVD. Additionally, the HG10 AVCHD HDD camcorders high-definition recording capabilities introduced an unusually sharp look to the web videos.

“Looking at the quality of the video we shot, it’s hard to believe that it was straight off the camcorder. Usually I have to use expensive video effects to achieve a similar look and feel,” stated Glenn Rubenstein. Also created was a “making of” video, shot by the Canon XH A1 HD camcorder, which documents the creative process and development of the videos; two “team” videos, which highlight the creative product of the all-star teams; and the contest “trailer” video, which was featured as today’s YouTube.com video of the day.

The Battle concept and campaign was developed and produced by Canon’s advertising agency, Dentsu America. The agency tapped into the web video community and recruited some of the most viewed online creators to participate. As online videos are the most progressive use of the video medium today, the agency realized that the connection between Canon and the web video community was a natural one.

SCANNERS

CANON U.S.A.

CANON U.S.A. Adds Speed to Two Easy-To-Use Scanners

Canon U.S.A, Inc. announced two new color image scanners to the industry’s best-selling line-up, the CanoScan 8800F and CanoScan LiDE90.  In the emerging world of digital imaging, consumers desire easy-to-use products like these new Canon scanners that offer exceptional image quality in a compact and stylish design, making archiving old shoeboxes of photos an enjoyable trip down memory lane.

In addition to the stunning image quality that has become synonymous with Canon scanners, speed takes on a whole new meaning with the Company’s latest products. The Canon CanoScan 8800F Color Image Scanner is the first Canon scanner to come equipped with a high-luminance white LED lamp (instead of a traditional fluorescent lamp). The white LED technology virtually eliminates warm-up time <http://vocuspr.vocus.com/VocusPr30/XR/SupportFilesEdit.aspx?SupportFileID=65&ReturnURL=&AdminSection=SupportFiles+&SupportFileTableID=37&HTMLTemplateLoad=true#_edn1>1 and allows for scanning to begin instantaneously from sleep mode, and be completed three times faster than in previous models.  By improving data reading methods, the scan speed at 300dpi (the most common resolution used for reflective scans) is only approximately seven seconds for an 8.5” x 11” color scan. <http://vocuspr.vocus.com/VocusPr30/XR/SupportFilesEdit.aspx?SupportFileID=65&ReturnURL=&AdminSection=SupportFiles+&SupportFileTableID=37&HTMLTemplateLoad=true#_edn2>2

The inclusion of seven “EZ Buttons” on the CanoScan 8800F Color Image Scanner and four on the CanoScan LiDE90 Color Image Scanner enables consumers to quickly copy, scan, e-mail or create a PDF file with just one push of a button.  Perfect for the crowded desktop, the new CanoScan LiDE90 Color Image Scanner is the smallest ever in the popular LiDE scanner series.  

CANON CANOSCAN 8800F COLOR IMAGE SCANNER
The CanoScan 8800F Color Image Scanner provides consumers with a solution for all photo archiving needs with the ability to scan up to twelve 35mm slides and negatives at a time along with standard documents and images.  The maximum optical resolution for the CanoScan 8800F Color Image Scanner is 4800 x 9600 dots-per-inch (dpi). <http://vocuspr.vocus.com/VocusPr30/XR/SupportFilesEdit.aspx?SupportFileID=65&ReturnURL=&AdminSection=SupportFiles+&SupportFileTableID=37&HTMLTemplateLoad=true#_edn3>3 Equipped with Film Automatic Retouching and Enhancement (FARE) Level 3 technology, which aids in automatic dust, scratch, fading and graininess reduction, consumers can be comfortable knowing memories can be preserved the way they were meant to be.  With its height designed 17 percent smaller than its predecessor, the Canon CanoScan 8800F Color Image Scanner provides consumers with further desktop space to work on additional projects.  The estimated selling price for the CanoScan 8800F Color Image Scanner is $199.99.4

CANON CANOSCAN LiDE90 COLOR IMAGE SCANNER
Using a Contact Image Sensor (CIS), and new drive system designs, the Canon CanoScan LiDE90 Color Image Scanner is considered to be one of the world’s thinnest scanners, and the smallest ever in the Canon LiDE scanner series.  A stand is included, enabling the scanner to be positioned vertically so even less desktop space is required.  This successor model to the popular CanoScan LiDE70 Color Image Scanner can reproduce images and documents with stunning quality thanks to a maximum optical resolution of 2400 x 4800 dpi. <http://vocuspr.vocus.com/VocusPr30/XR/SupportFilesEdit.aspx?SupportFileID=65&ReturnURL=&AdminSection=SupportFiles+&SupportFileTableID=37&HTMLTemplateLoad=true#_edn4>3 Only one USB 2.0 high-speed cable is necessary for connecting to a computer and providing the necessary power thus eliminating an extra wire from behind a desk.  Additional features such as the Quick and Automatic Retouching and Enhancement (QARE) Level 3 technology for quick, automatic removal of dust and scratches from scanned images and an Advanced Z-Lid for scanning bulkier items, makes the task of scanning old photos for a students’ class project more enjoyable. The estimated selling price of the CanoScan LiDE90 Color Image Scanner is $79.99. 4

CAMERAS

LEICA CAMERAS

Leica Rangemaster CRF 1200

The Leica Rangemaster CRF 1200 offers a large lens diameter of 24 mm, allowing an enhanced image performance.  Additionally, the design and operation of this popular rangefinder is optimally geared to the needs of the user. Due to its highly accurate performance at various ranges out to approximately 1,200 yards, the Leica Rangemaster CRF 1200 is popular with all types of users. The superior design makes handling and using the unit fast and simple. The versatile scan mode allows for accurate ranging of multiple or moving targets with the push of a button.

For more information on the rebate program or to find an authorized dealer near you, call 1-800-222-0118 or check Leica's web site at www.leica-camera.us/hunting_optics

NIKON CAMERAS

Nikon's New Rangefinder Thether

Nikon Sport Optics is proud to announce a new solution to a problem all hunters have faced while in the field. For years bow and gun hunters have struggled with managing a rangefinder and binocular while allowing fast, quiet access to both.

The Nikon Rangefinder Tether features a thin rubber-coated cable that secures the hunter's rangefinder for hassle-free, quick access. The auto-retract feature keeps the line, and the rangefinder, out of the way while glassing for an animal, and during the shot. The special clip on the tether allows easy attachment to a belt loop, safety harness or other point making it fast and easy to range. Compact and easy to use, the Rangefinder Tether will quickly become an essential part of every hunters gear.

Nikon's Rangefinder Tether is available in a matte finish or Team REALTREE® Hardwoods Green HD. The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the matte version is $22.95, and $28.95 for the Team REALTREE model. The Nikon Rangefinder Retractor is an economical way to be a better organized, and more effective, hunter.

For more information on the Nikon Sport Optic's maintenance accessories or the full line of Binoculars, Riflescopes, Spotting Scopes, Fieldscopes and Laser Rangefinders, contact Nikon Sport Optics, 1300 Walt Whitman Rd., Melville, NY 11747-3064, 1-800-248-6846; or check web site www.nikonsportoptics.com.

SECURITY CAMERAS

CANON U.S.A. SECURITY CAMERAS

Canon's VB-C300 PTZ Security Camera Delivers Widest Angle

Canon expands its acclaimed line of Network Video Solutions products with the addition of the VB-C300 Wide-Angle Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) network camera, addressing the confined quarters and wiring limitations often faced by small businesses. Offering the widest angle of view of any PTZ camera on the market, the new feature-packed VB-C300 PTZ Camera, along with the introduction of Version 1.3 of Canon's versatile VK-64 / VK-16 Network Video Recording Software, are the company's latest innovations for security and video-monitoring professionals needing to capture high-quality video and deliver it via a LAN or the Internet.

Offering a wide 70˚ horizontal angle of view, the VB-C300 PTZ Camera pans bi-directionally at ± 170˚ to deliver a total viewing angle that exceeds 360˚. This feature makes the VB-C300 PTZ Camera well-suited to tight, indoor spaces. The camera comes equipped with a high-sensitivity progressive-scan 310,000-effective pixel CCD that helps deliver crisp, well-defined images of even rapidly moving objects, as well as powerful low-light (1 Lux at 1/30 shutter speed) performance. In addition, an Automatic Day and Night Mode switches from color video to light-sensitive black & white video, depending on available illumination. Incorporating a Genuine Canon 2.4x Optical Zoom Lens with 4x Digital Zoom, the VB-C300 PTZ Camera has an Auto Focus system designed to keep the majority of the camera's image plane in sharp detail. The advanced lens design reduces the "fish-eye" distortion typical of extreme wide-angle lenses.

The integration of Canon's next-generation video codecs in the VB-C300 PTZ Camera provides many additional advantages, including high-performance data transmission that maintains a high video frame rate even during simultaneous access by multiple viewers. The VB-C300 PTZ Camera's built-in network server allows for viewing for up to 15 clients at the same time.

Full duplex, two-way audio support allows the VB-C300 PTZ Camera to both send and receive audio simultaneously, which enables security professionals monitoring its video to hear and speak to people appearing on-camera, while using a microphone. Security professionals can speak into a microphone connected to their monitoring PC and be heard at the camera's location through a powered speaker connected to the VB-C300 PTZ Camera. VB-C300 PTZ Camera also offers 20 pre-set pan, tilt, and zoom positions to further facilitate monitoring.

The VB-C300 PTZ Camera's Power Over Ethernet feature allows the camera to utilize a single Ethernet cable for data transmission and to power the camera. Because Power Over Ethernet makes a separate cable for electrical power unnecessary, this feature simplifies installation in single or multi-camera systems, particularly at sites where AC outlets are not readily accessible, resulting in faster and more cost effective installation. For installations not requiring Power Over Ethernet, however, the VB-C300 PTZ Camera has connectors enabling it to be powered via a 24V AC or 12V DC source. Built-in terminals for connection to external devices such as alarms and sensors are also included.

Optional indoor Dome Housings with either a Clear or "Smoke"-tinted dome and a Ceiling Bracket for the VB-C300 PTZ Camera provide a compact and attractive installation designed to provide an effective range of view while also being unobtrusive. In addition to its ability to pan bi-directionally at ± 170˚, the VB-C300 PTZ Camera also tilts at -25/+90 in upright mode, and +25˚/-90˚ in reverse mode installations.

VK-64 / VK-16 Version 1.3 Network Video Recording Software
Complementing the new VB-C300 Wide-Angle PTZ network camera is Canon's introduction of Version 1.3 of its optional VK-64 / VK-16 Network Video Recording Software. This software enables the VB-C300 PTZ Camera to interface over IP with all existing Canon Network Video Solutions PTZ and stationary ("fixed") cameras. Canon's VK-64 Version 1.3 Network Video Recording Software provides the ability to view and record high-quality, full-motion video over IP from as many as 64 Canon Network Cameras on a single PC storage server, while the VK-16 Software provides the same functionality and control for up to 16 cameras. Because this video is nonlinear, archiving and search functions are fast and efficient. Video can be recorded, managed, and accessed by computer, simplifying storage and playback.

Canon's VK-64 / VK-16 Version 1.3 Network Video Recording Software features a wide variety of new recording and playback options, including Camera Control, which gives viewers an array of camera-adjustment choices such as exposure, white balance, and auto panel. A new Status-bar display shows total frame rate, CPU activity, a video window, and display events. VK-64 / VK-16 Version 1.3 Network Video Recording Software also provides support for NAS (Network Attached Storage) to enable users to expand the storage area over their network easier than if they expanded their PC servers.

When used in combination with other Canon Network Video Solutions products–such as the new VB-C300 Wide-Angle PTZ camera–Canon's VK-64 / VK-16 Version 1.3 Network Video Recording Software provides security professionals with a versatile means of addressing their unique needs and applications. For more information on Canon's Network Video Solutions products log on to www.canondv.com/nvs.

The Canon VB-C300 PTZ Camera has an estimated selling price of $999.* Canon's VK-64 / VK-16 Version 1.3 Network Video Recording Software has an estimated selling price of $2499 and $999, respectively.*

All models may be purchased at authorized Canon dealers.

OPTICS

WIND RIVER OPTICS

Wind River Wilderness Optics

The company has introduced two new binocular models - the 8x42mm Center Focus Roof Prism P1 and the 10x50mm Center Focus Roof Prism P1. Both models feature phases-coated roof prisms -- a process for treating the surface of a prism with a special compound to ensure that a sharp image is presented to the user. Both models offer fully multicoated lenses to enhance brightness and clarity; a convenient center focus adjustment design, plus 2 to minus 4 diopter adjustment on the right eyepiece to help achieve optimum focus; twist-up eyecups to provide precise, easy-to-adjust eyecup extension; and durable black rubber armor to ensure protection against all the normal scrapes and bumps common to the outdoor sports.

Both CF P1 models are nitrogen filled and sealed to make them fully waterproof, and are equipped with a standard tripod screw adapter to allow mounting on a standard tripod or shoulder pod, and come with neoprene neck straps and cases. Special features of the 8x42mm CF P1 include a 2.3-meter minimum focus distance (ideal for birders), a 6.2-degree field of view for easy object location, and an easy-to-carry weight of 618.5 grams. The 10x50mm CF P1 offers a 3.2-meter minimum focus distance, a 5.0-degree field of view, and a weight of 728 grams. Suggested retail prices are $489.30 for the 8x42mm and $567.90 for the 10x50mm.

For more information, contact Wind River Wilderness Optics, PO Box 688, Beaverton, Oregon 97075; 503-526-1400 or check web site www.leupold.com/products/wind_river.htm, or call 1-800-929-4949 for the nearest dealer.

EYE GLASSES & SUN GLASSES

FITOVER SUNGLASSES

Fitover Trilenium Gold Lens Sunglasses

Fitover Eyewear now offers Fitover Trilenium Gold Lens Sunglasses made by Jonathan Paul Eyewear. These lightweight, comfortable sunglasses are made to fit over prescription eyeglasses, thus providing eye protection when vacationing, driving, bike riding, boating, fishing, hiking, hunting, or skiing, or any outdoor activity. The polarized lens system provides 99.9% polarizing efficiency and superior protection against glare & bounce-back reflection. The glasses are also distortion-free; have a scratch-guard coating; are impact resistant; and the patented Tri-Lenium gold lens technology offers an exclusive triple-layer lens with maximum protection against harmful Ultraviolet and blue light while enhancing objects and backgrounds. This results in seeing better in the sun, smog, snow and rain, which also helps prevent cornea and retina damage.

Fourteen styles are available to choose from, with a choice of amber, gray, blue mirror or Trilenium gold lenses. Three frame sizes, depending upon your prescription eyeglass frame, are also available in Unisex styles, and each pair comes with a soft pouch and safety strap. The premium polarized side lenses serve to block the sunlight,

            Available at sporting goods and department stores. For more information, check www.fitovers.com or call 1-888-834-8872.

Winchester Sport Glasses

Winchester® Sport Glasses˜Eye Protection in Style

Eye wear - whether it's for the sun or the shooting range, it's a necessity. That's why Winchester Ammunition signed a licensing agreement with Jackson Safety to produce a high quality, affordable line of both shooting and sunglasses.

The sporty eye wear features contemporary styling with a variety of lens colors including clear, yellow, copper, brown, gray and smoke to accommodate different shooting conditions. Models that will be available include the Supreme Elite, XP3, 30-30, 270, 243 and Polar Blue polarized sunglasses. Each model offers different key features including: interchangeable lenses, polycarbonate lenses for 99.9 percent Ultra Violet protection, magnification inserts for reading or precision work as well as certification for safety eyewear.

Suggested retail prices for the new Winchester Series sunglasses:

Supreme Elite Series                        $95.14

XP3 Series $18.96

Polar Blue Polarized Sunglasses $28.48

30-30 Readers $13.88

243 Series $12.86

270 Series (black frame) $12.44

270 Series (camo frame) $13.32

For Jackson Safety product information, visit www.jacksonsafety.com. For more information on Winchester® products, visit www.winchester.com.

PROJECTORS

CANON U.S.A. PROJECTORS

CANON U.S.A. Featuresw Rich Portable Multimedia Projector for Business & Education

Canon U.S.A., Inc. has expanded its line of LCD Projectors with two new XGA-resolution models, both of which offer a wealth of advanced features designed to benefit their respective markets. The new high-performance Canon LV-7585 Multimedia Projector, designed for the installation market, is a large-venue model engineered for use in lecture halls, college auditoriums, houses of worship, museums, indoor shopping centers, corporate office lobbies and similar environments. Featuring 6500 ANSI Lumens of brightness, a contrast ratio of 1600:1, auto-winding filter system, numerous installer-friendly innovations and a standard 1.3x Genuine Canon Optical zoom lens (or a choice of four different optional high-quality interchangeable lenses), the Canon LV-7585 Multimedia Projector is an exceptionally impressive performer.

The Canon LV-7365 Multimedia Projector, meanwhile, is Canon’s brightest, compact portable model, which is designed for teachers, businesspeople and other professionals needing the advantages of powerful yet affordable presentation features while being simple, convenient to operate and lightweight.

The LV-7585 Multimedia Projector

Featuring many innovations for installers and users in ceiling-mount configurations, Canon’s new LV-7585 Multimedia Projector has a bold new design in which the lens is centered on the front panel of the projector for ease of projector placement during installation. The Canon LV-7585 Multimedia Projector also features a side-loading, easy access replacement lamp and a revolutionary auto-winding filter system, which automatically winds the filter element forward to expose a new, clean section of filter The filter can also be advanced manually using the remote control. In addition, an easy-maintenance design makes removal of the projector’s top cabinet (for panel cleaning and maintenance of optical parts) unnecessary. All of these features make installation easier and maintenance simpler, especially if the projector is in an inaccessible location.

The large-venue Canon LV-7585 Multimedia Projector provides users and installers with the flexibility of using its standard 1.3x Genuine Canon Optical zoom lens with Power Lens Shift (horizontal and vertical) or any one of four optional high-quality Genuine Canon interchangeable lenses, including an Ultra Wide Angle, Wide Angle Zoom, Long Focus Zoom or Ultra Long Focus Zoom. Images can be projected from 3l inches to 400 inches (measured diagonally). The optional LV-NI02 Network Imager enables users to send presentations to the Canon LV-7585 Multimedia Projector via the network while allowing for a variety of network control, monitoring, and image-projection functions.

The LV-7365 Multimedia Projector

The advantages of Genuine Canon Optics, in the form of the new Canon LV-7365 Multimedia Projector’s advanced 1.6x projection zoom lens, provide many user benefits. Chief among these is the Canon LV-7365 Multimedia Projector’s short throw distance, which provides flexibility in projector placement and enables teachers, lecturers, and business professionals to display large images in classrooms, conference rooms, and other moderately sized presentation environments. The Canon LV-7365 Multimedia Projector can display a full 100-inch picture (measured diagonally) from only 9.2 feet away. Another benefit of the Canon LV-7365 Multimedia Projector’s Genuine Canon Optics are the new multi-layer coatings on its 1.6x projection zoom lens, which minimize internal reflection, flare and ghosting while also increasing contrast. Outputting a full 3000 ANSI Lumens with a contrast ratio of 500:1, the Canon LV-7365 Multimedia Projector displays bright, crisp, full-color images for maximum presentation impact.

Further enhancing the quality of the pictures from the Canon LV-7365 Multimedia Projector projects is its DVI-I interface, which provides an all-digital connection between the projector and digital input sources, such as DVD players and PC’s. The DVI-I interface maintains high signal integrity and avoids the signal-conversion step required by an analog RGB interface. The DVI-I interface provides a clearer picture with no flickering, blurred lines, ghost images or coloration artifacts with text display, an important benefit when projecting spread sheets, technical diagrams or Web pages.

In addition to its DVI-I interface, the Canon LV-7365 Multimedia Projector includes other advanced features usually found only on high-end models. These user-friendly innovations are designed to assist teachers, business professionals, and others for whom presentations are not a primary occupation. Innovations include 5W Built-in Speakers, Quick Start/Quick Cooling, Enhanced Wall Color Correction, Flexible Image Settings, and an advanced (but simple-to-use) onscreen Control Panel, which is adjustable using buttons on the top of the Canon LV-7365 Multimedia Projector or with a wireless remote with matching icons.

Weighing only 7.3 lbs., the new Canon LV-7365 Multimedia Projector is a compact, highly portable, fully featured presentation solution. It is scheduled to be available in mid-November at a manufacturer’s suggested list price of $1,499.00*.

For more information, visit www.canonprojectors.com .

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranking third overall in the U.S. in 2006†, with global revenues of $34.9 billion, is listed as one of Fortune’s Most Admired Companies in America and is on the 2007 BusinessWeek list of “Top 100 Brands.”
Specifications and availability are subject to change without notice.

*Pricing subject to change at any time. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.

CANON's Three New LCD Projectors Combine Short Throw Distance with a 1.6X Zoom Lens to Give Users maximum Versatility

Canon's LV-Series Multimedia Projectors Now Include the LV-7265, LV-7260, and LV-X7, Which Offer Ease-Of-Use and Advanced Features to Maximize Professional Presentations

In an age when vivid, big-screen image display has become so essential to business, education, and many other fields, Canon has once again increased the price-performance impact of its affordable LV Series of LCD-based Multimedia Projectors.

Three new compact, feature-packed models- the LV-7265, LV-7260, and LV-X7 Multimedia Projectors- all deliver bright, high-quality XGA images, and provide users with a stellar blend of an extremely short throw distance, and a powerful yet versatile 1.6x Canon wide-angle zoom lens.

The product of genuine Canon Optics, this new seven-group projection lens provides greater flexibility in projector placement. The combination of the short throw distance and optical zoom of these three new projectors adapt to many environments, which is an essential feature for classrooms, conference rooms of almost any size, and other situations that require bright, "large-screen," high-fidelity images. Canon's new LV-7265, LV-7260, and LV-X7 Multimedia Projectors are well-suited for presenting graphics and video from laptop computers, video from DVDs and VCRs, or live images from the Canon RE-455X Visualizer. These new LV Series projectors can also easily connect to Canon digital camcorders and digital cameras for fast, seamless video projection. Incorporating a fresh, new design, Canon's LV-7265, LV-7260, and LV-X7 Multimedia Projectors offer a host of new features for great display performance and convenient operation.

"Our customers not only expect advanced features in their projectors that enable them to make great presentations, they also want innovative user-friendliness and flexible placement options that makes delivering an impactful presentation easier," said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "These new LV-7265, LV-7260 and LV-X7 Multimedia Projectors satisfy both needs because they're affordably engineered to provide crisp, clear, and bright images for presentation audiences and versatile ease-of use for the presenters themselves."

Canon's new LV-7265, LV-7260 and LV-X7 Multimedia Projectors output high-quality XGA (1024 x 768) resolution imagery and also support UXGA (1600 x 1200) and SXGA (1280 x 1024) resolution display through high-quality compression. The top-of-line LV-Series LV-7265 Multimedia Projector delivers a powerful 2500 ANSI Lumen (the LV-7260 Multimedia Projector provides 2000 ANSI lumens, the LV-X7 Multimedia Projector 1500 ANSI lumens). The LV-7265 and LV-7260 Multimedia Projectors also feature a contrast ratio of 600:1 (with 500:1 provided by the LV-X7 Multimedia Projector).

The LV-7265 Multimedia Projector offers a host of features usually found only on far more expensive models. Such features include a high-speed DVI-I interface, which provides an all-digital connection between the LV-7265 Multimedia Projector and digital video or computer input sources. DVI-I maintains the integrity of the digital signal from source to screen, providing audiences with optimum quality. This means that there is no flickering, blurred lines, ghost images, or coloration problems with text display. The DVI-I interface includes a pixel clock to accurately reconstruct the timing of the digital signal. Other LV-7265 Multimedia Projector connectors include a VGA output terminal for an external (optional) video monitor, and an audio output. All three projectors provide S-Video, Composite, Component (through the VGA terminal via an optional cable), a VGA input, and audio input.

Engineered for a range of users and budgets, the LV-7265, LV-7260, and LV-X7 Multimedia Projectors offer many price-performance enhancements designed to enhance operation and ease of use. These include Quick Start and Quick Cooling for faster set-up and break-down of presentations. All three models will illuminate in only eight seconds and cool down in approximately 30 seconds, so the projectors can be put away quickly after the presentation ends. An automatic power-off timer lets users select any period between 30 minutes and 16 hours, which maximizing power management and energy efficiency.

All three projectors also feature: Flexible Image Settings with five automatic image modes (Presentation, Video, Cinema, Standard, sRGB) and manual settings for each mode to create custom presets; Enhanced Wall Color Correction for projecting on blackboards, walls, or partitions (eight different adjustments are available); an improved control panel that's easier than ever, with icons that match the wireless remote; a User-Friendly On-Screen Menu inspired by Canon's advanced REALiS Multimedia Projector line, this updated list of on-screen adjustments are clearly labeled, allowing users to change settings quickly and easily (in one of 16 different languages); an Automatic Power Off Timer with eight selectable pre-sets to program the LV-7265, LV-7260, and LV-X7 Multimedia Projectors to turn-off at specified times; Automatic Vertical Keystone Adjustment for the LV-7265 Multimedia Projector (the LV-7260 and LV-X7 models feature manual vertical keystone adjustment); quiet operation; ideal for small conference rooms, fan noise can be reduced to just 29dB on the LV-7265 and the LV-7260 and 25dB on the LV-X7; a long-life lamp offering 3000 hours of operation on the LV-7265 and LV-7260 Multimedia Projectors, and 4000 hours on the LV-X7; and Wireless Mouse Control, which is ideal for presentations and allows the remote controller of these Multimedia Projectors to be used just like a computer mouse. A drag-and-drop feature is also provided.

The Canon LV-7265 Multimedia Projector weighs 6.8 lbs; the LV-7260 Multimedia Projector weighs 6.6 lbs and LV-X7 Multimedia Projector weighs 6.4 lbs. All three projectors include a three-year parts and labor/120-day lamp-life limited warranty. The Canon LV-7265, LV-7260, and LV-X7 Multimedia Projectors have a manufacturers' suggested list price of $1,499, $1,199, and $999*, respectively.

For more information, visit web site www.canonprojectors.com.

STAFFS/TRIPODS

STONEY POINT PRODUCTS

Stoney Point Products, known for its innovative products designed for shooters and outdoors enthusiasts, has developed its most versatile outdoor travel accessory - the PoleCat™ Hike ‘n Hunt™ Combo. Easily converting from two multi-purpose staffs to a bipod for rock-steady shooting, the new Hike ‘n Hunt Combo provides support for virtually any outdoor activity, such as hiking, shooting, hunting, wildlife watching, photography, wading, and much more.

Included in the combo package are a pair of four-section aluminum Navigator Hiking Staffs with carbide tips, plus a full range of accessories that adapt the Hike ‘n Hunt Combo to virtually any activity and terrain. Both poles telescope from a compact 21 inches to 61 inches to allow just the right height for sitting, kneeling or standing use by any size person. The pole sections lock at any length needed with Stoney Point’s exclusive Posi-Lock adjustment system, which locks the poles securely with a  simple twist. Cushion-foam hand grips ensure comfortable use. The two staffs convert to one bipod for shooting with the simple addition of the rubber-covered bipod cradle that screws onto the standard 1/4--20 threads. Shooters can also use one staff as a monopod with the furnished rubber-covered V-Yoke attached. The rubber overmolding on both shooting rest attachments protects the gun’s finish and helps ‘grip’ the firearm in place.

To allow use of the staffs separately for walking, a hardwood Hiking Knob is included. Since the V-Yoke and Hiking Knob are attached to standard camera studs, either staff can be used as an ideal rest for a spotting scope or camera. Additional accessories include snow and tundra boots, rubber PoleCat tips for use on terrain where traction is needed, two detachable wrist straps, a detachable shoulder strap, and a clip-on belt sheath. The bottom two sections of each staff are made of 7000 alloy tempered aluminum for extra strength, durability, and trouble-free use. The matte black anodized finish, both inside and outside the tubes, provides corrosion resistance even in adverse outdoor conditions. Each staff weighs just 7 ounces, while the bipod configuration with bipod cradle weighs 18 ounces.

For more information, contact Stoney Point Products, Inc., 1822 North Minnesota Street, New Ulm,  MN 56073; 507-354-3360 or web site www.stoneypoint.com.

LIGHTING - FLASHLIGHTS & OUTDOOR/INDOOR PRODUCTS

ACR ELECTRONICS

ACR Introduces the MicroFix™ 406 MHz GPS Personal Locator Beacon

ACR Electronics, Inc., the leader in safety and survival technologies has introduced the world’s newest and smallest Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)—the MicroFix™, a one-button activated, emergency signaling device for hunters, hikers, climbers and outdoorsmen.

The MicroFix™, which has just received FCC approvals, is 35% smaller, 25% lighter and offers a minimum nine more operating hours than its predecessor, the ACR TerraFix™, a PLB that aided in the rescue of a number of distressed outdoors enthusiats around the world over the course of the last two years.

The suggested MSRP for the MicroFix™ is $750.  Now FCC approved, MicroFix™ units will ship to retailers starting in February 2007.

“In spite of developing a more technologically advanced Personal Locator Beacon that requires a more efficient use of power, features a more sensitive, built-in GPS receiver and employs components more typically found in the latest generation cell phones, we managed to keep the MicroFix™ at the same consumer price point as the TerraFix™ I/O, its predecessor,” said Chris Wahler, director of marketing for ACR.

Weighing in at just 10 oz (285 g), the MicroFix™ is easily carried in a pack or pocket and is small enough to be worn by hunters, skiers, hikers, kayakers, climbers, snowmobilers or any outdoor enthusiasts looking for a reliable way-out-of-trouble in a life-threatening situation.  A lanyard and  clip provide functionality and allow for multiple mounting options.

In an emergency, the MicroFix™ transmits on 406 MHz via the COSPAS-SARSAT satellite system with the sender’s unique registered, digitally coded distress signal. Emergency officials monitoring the system not only will be able to tell who is sending the signal (thanks to the coding and registration data) but precisely where the signal is coming from as a result of the built-in GPS engine. The beacon’s highly-sensitive, built-in -136 dBm GPS receiver provides for faster acquisition, a bonus in any rescue where every second counts.

Once activated by a single button, the MicroFix’s built-in 12 channel, parallel GPS acquires, then transmits LAT/LON, dramatically saving valuable time for the distress message to reach local rescue centers with exact coordinates to within 110 yards (100 meters). The MicroFix™ also simultaneously transmits a signal on the 121.5 MHz (SAR homing frequency) to assist rescuers home in once in the general area.

Additional unique MicroFix™ features include:

Full functional self-test of internal circuitry, battery voltage and power, 406 MHz transmission and GPS acquisition—an ACR exclusive.

The MicroFix™ is the smallest, 1.4 x 5.85 x 2.21 (35.5 x 149 x 56 cm), lightest, 10 oz (285 g), and most function-rich in existence.

Typical operating life: 40 hrs at -4°F (-20°C) and 8 hrs at -40°F (-40°C).

Two Class II lithium battery packs.  Batteries are non-hazmat making shipping safe, fast and easy. Five-year replacement cycle (11-year storage).

Waterproof up to 16 ft (5 m) at one hour and 33 ft (10 m) at ten minutes.

A flat, stainless steel antenna wraps compactly around the unit for easy stowage, and is ready for rapid deployment.

-----The combination of functional design, high quality raw materials and quality controlled manufacturing produce an emergency beacon that can be relied upon to perform consistently every time. The test facility at ACR can reproduce some of the harshest environmental conditions known to man. This assures that the MicroFix™ can stand up to rigors found in any environment on earth.

A PLB/P-EPIRB/P-ELT is a satellite-signaling device of last resort, for use when all other means of self-rescue have been exhausted and where the situation is grave and imminent and the loss of life, limb, eyesight or valuable property will occur without assistance. All beacons must be registered following purchase-- a simple and quick process, now with a web-base internet filing option. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) manages the registration database in the U.S. for all PLBs, EPIRBs and related beacons.

ACR Electronics, Inc., a Cobham plc Company, designs and manufactures a complete line of safety and survival products including EPIRBs, P-ELTs/P-EPIRBs/PLBs, AIS, SARTs and safety accessories.  The quality systems of this facility have been registered by UL to the ISO 9001:2000 Series Standards.  Recognized as the world leader in safety and survival technologies, ACR has provided safety equipment to the aviation and marine industries as well as to the military since 1956. 

GREATLITE

GREATLITE® Outdoor Flashlights, Lanterns and Spotlights Are Illuminating!

The ultimate outdoor accessory is a gift of light from GreatLITE®, a leading U.S. supplier of multipurpose flashlights, lanterns and spotlights.  Whether you're into grilling, fishing, camping or extreme sports, GreatLITE can expertly provide him with a reliable source of portable light when he needs it.  These outdoor flashlights are especially engineered to withstand the rugged outdoor elements and perform when it counts. 

A selection of the most popular GreatLITE outdoor items includes the following:

Grill Light

Grill all night and never under or over cook dinner again with the Grill Light.  Both hands are free to man the grill while the Grill Light illuminates the main course with six high intensity LED bulbs that can be used on an area up to 34 inches in diameter thanks to the 24-inch flexible shaft.  The Grill Light attaches to the grill or any work surface with two strong magnets and a clamp, the body is water and fog resistant and the light can also be used in the workshop.  The MSRP is $34.99.

GreatLITE Outdoor Series

A rechargeable spotlight, a replacement battery and a water-resistant marine light are part of the GreatLITE Outdoor Series.  The Marine Lamp is made from lightweight plastic and designed to be weather- and water-resistant and it also floats.  The lamp is equipped with an easy-grip handle and the large head houses two high-intensity light bulbs – one to shine and one to replace.  The Rechargeable Spotlight features a high-intensity discharge bulb capable of producing up to one million candlepower.  It is powered by a six-volt rechargeable battery and includes both AC and DC adapters.  The bulb and battery are encased in a heavy duty camouflage plastic shell.  An extra battery is also available for extended use situations.  The MSRPs are $9.99 and $24.99, respectively.

Lantern Series

This line of LED and fluorescent lanterns provides an array of portable outdoor lighting options.  The MSRPs range from $19.99 to $37.99 and the product line includes:

The Rechargeable Fluorescent Lantern features an energy-saving fluorescent U-tube, has a run time of 8-10 hours, is powered by a 6-volt battery and includes both AC and DC adapters. It includes an energy-saving fluorescent U-tube, is powered by four D batteries (included), is water- and weather-resistant and easy to carry. 

The 8-LED Lantern is equipped with a dual mode LED light – push it once for the 4-LED optimal battery life mode or twice for the 8-LED maximum brightness mode.  An angled reflector illuminates a wide radius and four AA batteries are included. 

12-LED Lantern sports a high-impact plastic body that is well-suited to the trials of outdoor use.  The lantern is lightweight, weather-resistant and throws a wide pattern of light.  Includes four AA batteries. 

TactLITE© Series

Outdoor enthusiasts who delight in extreme adventure know how important a rugged flashlight is to help illuminate the way on hunting, camping, hiking, spelunking and other outdoor trips.  The TactLITE© Series features three powerful and long-lasting tactical flashlights designed for extreme outdoor needs that utilize a 1-watt Luxeon® star white to deliver up to 40 lumens of output and run continuously for up to six hours.  The TactLITEs can even deliver super-bright, energy-efficient light in temperatures reaching -400C and the anodized aluminum non-slip casing is sealed with O-rings for water resistance.  The series includes 1AA, 2AA and 2D flashlights and the MSRPs are $23.99, $43.99 and $55.99.

Great Swivel™ Series

Great Swivel Aluminum and Great Swivel Plastic flashlights feature a head that can rotate up to 120 degrees, making it perfect for outdoor projects that require two free hands.  The flashlights come with either a krypton bulb or multiple super bright LEDs, providing more light and longer runtime.  Available in a variety of heavy duty aluminum and lightweight plastic models, all of which feature no-roll end caps.  The MSRPs range from $9.99 to $19.99.

“No matter where your taste in outdoor adventure lies, GreatLITE has a flashlight for him,” said Steve Maltese, Vice President, E-Commerce & Public Relations for GreatLITE.  “The complete product line encompasses nearly 60 unique flashlights in eight collections and all GreatLITE products are water- and shock-resistant and available in a full range of sizes, making them especially appealing to sportsmen and outdoor adventurers.”

The GreatLITE series is a high quality, competitively priced product line that comes with a limited lifetime warranty.  GreatLITE products can be purchased at fine sporting goods and hardware stores nationwide.  For more information about any GreatLITE product, visit www.great-lite.com or call toll-free (800) 457-0600. 

About GreatLITE

GreatLITE is a leading supplier of superior multi-purpose flashlights at competitive prices for the outdoor, hardware and do-it-yourself markets and one of the many quality brands from Great Neck Saw Manufacturers.  Great Neck’s  products, including the Sheffield™, GreatLITE™, Great Neck™, Mayes™ and OEM™ brands, are carried by leading national and local retailers.  All products manufactured by Great Neck Saw carry a limited lifetime warranty.  The company is headquartered in Mineola, New York.

For more information, check web site www.great-lite.com

WEATHER GLASS & TEMPERATURE METERS

CAPE COD WEATHER GLASS

Tired of relying on inaccurate weather forecasts? Do what I did -- buy a Cape Cod Weather Glass. It’s a fun way to predict weather changes, and just as sailors who navigated clipper ships had to rely on weather glasses to warn of approaching storms, today’s weather glasses can be even more accurate than the weather station’s news. All you have to do is watch the rise and fall of colored water in the glass. Predicting weather up to 24 hours away, a rise means a storm is approaching; a fall means clear weather.

Available from Gardener’s Supply Company (128 Intervale Road, Burlington, VT05401; 1-800-427-3363), it’s available in a brass holder or black holder for $26.95 plus postage.

DAVIS INSTRUMENTS

Davis Instruments Ultrasonic Wind & Temperature Meter Offers High Accuracy

Sailors and boaters can now measure wind and temperature using a handheld device with no moving parts and nothing to wear out or break. The sophisticated WindScribe from Davis Instruments uses patented ultrasonic technology to read wind speed, temperature and wind chill.  An ultrasonic wind barrel employs advanced sensors and microprocessor circuitry.

Simple to operate, the portable WindScribe just has to be pointed into the wind. The versatile unit calculates wind speed from 0 to 150 mph, highest positive speed (headwind), lowest negative wind speed (tailwind), 5-second average and running average. Users can select from mph, km/h, m/s (meters per second), f/s (feet per second), f/m (feet per minute) or knots. It's accurate within ±3%.

The state-of-the-art WindScribe can determine current temperatures from -40° to +150°F, maximum and minimum temperature and wind chill. The precision instrument measures temperatures in tenths of a degree and can also display temperatures in °C.

An easy-to-read, large LCD display has an update interval of 1.25 seconds. Convenient buttons allow for quick change of temperature and wind display modes and units. Compact, the 5" L x 3" W x 9/10" D unit weighs only 4 oz. The resilient unit is constructed from durable ABS plastic. A CR2032, 3-volt lithium cell battery has a life over 600 hours. To save power, after 5 minutes of no button use and zero wind speed the unit will automatically shutdown.

The user-friendly WindScribe doesn't require calibration.  For multiple application and installation options, the unit includes a lanyard, tripod mount and mounting bracket.

The suggested retail price of the innovative WindScribe from Davis Instruments is just $129. Incredibly handy, the WindScribe is an advantageous tool in a variety of fields and sports, including windsurfing, aviation, mountaineering, weather forecasting and numerous other uses.

For more information contact Davis Instruments, 3465 Diablo Ave., Hayward, CA 94545. 510-732-9229; Fax: 510-732-9188. info@davisnet.com; www.davisnet.com.

  

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