Canon is pleased to announce the launch of the Digital Ixus that
advanced photographers have been waiting for the 6.0
Megapixel Digital Ixus 800 IS. Redefining the boundaries of compact
camera design, the new flagship of the Digital Ixus range fits a 4x
optical zoom lens and Canon's optical Image Stabiliser (IS) technology
into an incredibly slender body.
Exquisitely styled with a unique 'Curvature and Stream' design, the
camera incorporates a host of cutting-edge features and shooting
options to satisfy the most demanding of photographers, including:
- ISO 800 and optical IS for flash-free indoor shooting
- Canon's DIGIC II image processor, iSAPS and 9-point AiAF1
- Wide viewing angle 2.5" LCD screen
- 16 shooting modes
- My Colors photo effects
- Widescreen (16:9) stills recording
- 30fps VGA movies
"Ixus is synonymous with distinctive style and leading
" comments Mogens Jensen, head of Canon Consumer
Imaging Europe. "The Digital Ixus 800 IS adds another
dimension to the range with a new level of functionality that will
thrill serious photo enthusiasts.
4x optical zoom with Image Stabiliser
Smaller, lighter camera bodies are more susceptible to camera shake
from handheld shots, especially in low light situations. The Digital
Ixus 800 IS employs the same optical Image Stabiliser (IS) technology
used in Canon's professional EF lenses to reduce the image blur caused
by camera shake. IS allows for sharper flash-free shooting by enabling
photographers to shoot at shutter speeds up to 3 stops slower. It also
allows for steadier macro shooting when using the camera's 2cm Macro
mode. To incorporate this technology into such a compact
space, a new IS processor chip was developed by Canon's engineering
team. The new chip accurately controls the movement of lens elements,
delivers fast, precise shake correction processing up to
4000 signals per second and contributes to lower power
The 4x optical zoom lens incorporates an Ultra-High Refractive Index
Aspherical (UA) lens to achieve a focal length range of 35-140mm (35mm
equivalent) while allowing the camera to maintain a slender profile.
The camera retains a real-image optical viewfinder despite its compact
size, enabling users to frame without the LCD and further extend the
camera's impressive 240-shot1 battery capacity.
Increased ISO speed
The Digital Ixus 800 IS incorporates ISO 800 to facilitate flash-free
shooting indoors - ideal in low-light environments where the use of
flash is not desirable or appropriate, such as churches and concerts. A
new High ISO Auto setting automatically sets exposure using the higher
range of ISO sensitivities, prioritising faster shutter speeds to avoid
blur from camera shake or moving subjects.
In keeping with its status as a new class of Ixus, the Digital Ixus 800
IS has a resolutely unique appearance that sets it apart from its
predecessors. In an evolution of the Perpetual Curve design found on
the Digital Ixus 750, the camera's elegant contours are accentuated by
a striking tri-coloured design 'ice metal' silver and
'moonlight' silver in satin and glossy finishes, complemented by an
ebony black gloss surrounding the LCD screen. Designer Kosei Takahashi
has dubbed his concept 'Curvature and Stream', a reference to the
elliptic curves of each coloured segment and the bold, flowing lines
that appear where segments meet.
The large 2.5" LCD screen gracing the back of the camera features a
wide viewing angle for easy sharing of images. A selectable Grid Line
Display helps with image composition, while Night Display aids screen
visibility after dark. The camera's mode dial is embedded into the body
of the camera, leaving thumb space clear for an easier grip.
Canon's My Colours photo effects can now be applied to images both
before and after shooting, offering users more opportunities to
customise their creations without having to connect to a PC. The
Digital Ixus 800 IS offers 16 shooting modes including Manual mode.
Preset scene modes assist with tricky lighting conditions, including an
Underwater mode for shooting underwater with the optional Waterproof
Case. Colour Accent and Colour Swap modes enable dramatic
colour effects to be applied to both images and movies.
A new Widescreen recording mode (2816 x 1584 recording pixels) allows
for still image capturing in 16:9 format perfect for
viewing images on widescreen television or printing wide photos with a
SELPHY CP series Compact Photo Printer2.
The camera's powerful movie features enable recording of 30fps VGA
movie clips of up to 1GB3. A 60fps QVGA mode is ideal for recording
fast action sequences and analysing them in slow motion, while the
handy Compact mode records up to three minutes of footage in low
resolution for easy sharing via email.
Printing and other new features
A new Print menu simplifies printing of multiple images. Full
PictBridge support means users can print directly to any PictBridge
compatible printer without the need for a PC. The camera's ID photo and
movie stills features are also available when connected to a Selphy CP
Compact Photo Printer. A Print/Share button allows one-touch printing
and easy uploads to Windows or Mac systems.
The camera's menu system now features support for Arabic, bringing the
total number of supported languages to 23.
Pricing and availability
The Digital Ixus 800 IS will be available from April 2006, priced at
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