Canon Image Gateway is a consumer digital imaging web site that provides members
with new and inventive ways to capture, hold and share their digital pictures
and personalise their digital camera. In all it provides users with a broad
range of services to maximise their digital imaging experience.
Canon Image Gateway lays the foundation for customer relationship management
through a one-to-one channel with users. It also serves to establish an Internet-based
platform in the critical deployment of Web solutions to support Canon hardware
for the 70 percent of digital owners who also use the Internet.
Unique to the Canon Image Gateway site the "My Camera" feature allows
Canon users to individualise and update the software in their digital cameras.
The first cameras to support this new direction will be the new PowerShot G3,
the PowerShot S45 and the IXUS V3. Additional new models to the Canon range
will continue to follow this direction.
Initially the "My Camera" function will allow users to change the
starting image, sound effects, such as shutter speed, and function icons on
their camera whilst more advanced functions will be added in the future.
"This new approach is exclusive to Canon users and allows us to build
and create an interactive relationship to enhance and extend our contact and
feedback," says Hiroshi Komatsuzaki, Head of Consumer Imaging in Europe.
"Presently, we are seeing the biggest single change in imaging in 50
years impacting virtually every aspect of how people take photos, develop or
print photos and share photos across the web. CIG strengthens Canon's position
as a leading digital imaging expert in what is described as a digital revolution,"
To access this service, registration is provided via bundled Canon software
ImageBrowser and ZoomBrowser. This enables users to share their digital photos
on line with family and friends and each member will receive 100 megabytes storage
free of charge to store their prints. Online printing functions will follow
the launch of My Camera, which will allow images to be delivered straight to
the users home from uploaded images on the Internet.
CIG will offer a complete and ongoing support platform to Canon users and it
is also predicted that it will speed up feedback to Canon's Research and Development
Canon Inc has already launched CIG in Japan as a global initiative.
The European launch is being planned between December 2002 and January 2003.