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Canon digital SLR and 10 compact cameras unveiled

Claims EOS 1D Mark III is world's fastest

Canon today announced 43 new products, ranging from compact cameras and DVD camcorders to photo printers and a surveillance camera. Crowning jewel was the EOS 1D Mark III – a successor to Canon's existing and hugely popular EOS 1D digital SLR camera.

The EOS 1D Mark III is a 10.1 megapixel camera and is appreciably lighter and marginally smaller than the EOS 1D. It uses two Digic III image processors, enabling it to churn through 100MB of data per second and to write to media cards much faster. The result is that you can take as many as 10 shots per second, making the Mark III well-suited to fast action shots. A burst phase lets you fire off up to 110 shots in fast succession. For those who prefer to shoot RAW images, the burst mode can take 30 uncompressed shots.

To combat image noise and degradations that may arise from using the Mark III in unforgiving terrain, Canon has added a self-cleaning lens, while another important feature is Live View which displays a preview of your shot in the 3in LCD to aid composition.

Canon says the digital SLR camera market grew by 55 percent last year and camera companies have been quick to offer pre-orders of what is bound to be a huge seller. Jacobs, for example, is accepting £50 deposits on the EOS 1D Mark III and states that it expects the RRP to be £3,049. The EOS 1D Mark III looks set to arrive in shops sometime in April.

Canon’s Digital Ixus 60 was the UK's best-selling compact camera last year, so it was little surprise to find the company updating this range, with the Ixus 70 and 75. The Ixus 70 has a slimmer body than previous models but packs in a 7.1Mp image sensor, a 3x optical zoom and a 2.5in LCD. It will cost around £249 and will launch in early March.

The Ixus 75 is also a 7.1Mp compact but has a 3in LCD and an SD Card slot capable of taking high-capacity memory cards. A time lapse feature lets you take stop-action movie clips. It will cost around £269 when it launches in mid-March.

Both new Ixus models have an ISO rating of 1600, face-detection that autotracks the subject or subjects, and are able to correct red-eye during in-camera playback.

Other highlights in Canon's 43-strong product announcement list include a £149 MiniDV camcorder, an HDCP-compliant (high-definition content protection) digital projector capable of displaying 'true' high-def 1080i content known as the HV20, and Pixma photo printers starting at just £39.


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