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Canon Makes Significant Number of New Product Introductions, Furthering Company Depth in Consumer and Professional Imaging Market.

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12 New Cameras, 2 New DV Camcorders, 3 New Printers, and 2

New Scanners

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Canon Inc. (NYSE: CAJ) today introduces a significant number of new consumer and professional imaging products, including twelve cameras, two DV camcorders, three Bubble Jet printers, and two flatbed scanners, furthering its imaging industry depth and presence in the growing home photo printing market.

"Clearly, with this many number of new products introduced on a single day, Canon is making a strong leadership statement to the imaging industry," said Yukiaki Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of Canon U.S.A.'s Consumer Imaging Group. "Ongoing patent and R&D activity, combined with our history of expertise in optics and print technology will point our customers beyond superior performance specs such as those found on these products. Here they'll find an overall `capture-to-print' experience unique to choosing the Canon brand."

The products introduced today, by category, include:

New Digital Cameras

The Canon PowerShot A60, A70, A300, S400 Digital ELPH, and S50. The EOS 10D.

New Film Cameras

The Canon Sure Shot 80u, 90u, 105u,115u, and BF-10. The Rebel GII 35mm SLR.

New Digital Video Camcorders

The Canon Optura 10 and 20.

New Printers

The Canon i450 Color Bubble Jet Printer, and the i470D and i9100 Photo Printers.

New Flatbed Scanners

The CanoScan 3000F and 9000F.

Enhanced Features on All Canon PowerShots

Canon's new PowerShot models continue the sleek, stylish, and highly functional design the Company's digital cameras have become known for. Enhanced features that are now found on all new PowerShots include:
-- Canon's exclusive DIGIC Image Processor technology, which enhances image quality, autofocus accuracy, and speed.

-- Canon iSAPS, a complex scene analysis technology that allows digital images to rival film quality, creating more natural and realistic images.

-- Direct printing capability to select Canon Bubble Jet photo printers, which can be performed without a personal computer.

-- Intelligent Orientation Sensor, which automatically rotates images for playback while improving auto exposure and white balance.

-- Enhanced Movie Mode with sound that allows up to 3 minutes of recording video.

-- Support for PTP driverless downloads with Windows XP and Mac OS X.

-- Plug-and-Play USB interface that is compatible with popular CompactFlash Type I and II removable storage cards, with support for FAT32, EXIF 2.2, and DPOF 1.1.

The PowerShot A60 and A70 offer 2.0/3.0 megapixel resolution, and 3x optical, 2.5x/3.2x digital, and 7.5x/9.6x combined zoom, respectively. Both models offer multiple shooting modes including Program, Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority AE plus Manual. Close focusing has also been reduced from 6 to 2 inches.

The PowerShot A300 is an ultra compact design 3.2 megapixel digital camera using AA batteries, and features a 33mm f/3.6 all-glass lens with 5.1x digital zoom and 5-point AiAF.

Taking Canon's Digital ELPH to new levels is the PowerShot S400, the first 4.0 megapixel model in the ELPH line. Significantly smaller than the S330, the S400 features a stainless steel construction with new super hard cerabrite laminated finish. With 3x optical, 3.6x digital, and 11x combined zoom capability and 9-point AiAF, the S400 has improved close focus, now reduced from 6 to 2 inches.

As Canon's first 5.0 megapixel digital camera, the PowerShot S50 is available in a matte black finish, and features 3x optical, 4.1x digital, and 12x combined zoom capability. The S50 also features 9-point AiAF and FlexiZone AF/AE.

The advanced Canon EOS 10D is a 6.3 megapixel digital SLR with high-speed, wide-area 7-point AF with superimposed focusing points. Built on a rigid, magnesium body, the camera offers outstanding durability within the harshest of environments, and accepts Canon's full line of EF lenses.

Sure Shot Line With Enhanced Base Features and More Powerful Zoom

Canon's Sure Shot line of ultra-compact film cameras all feature a stylish, durable aluminum body cover, five Programmed Image Control (PIC) modes for optimal settings in attaining the best results, 3-point AiAF "Smart" autofocus with 6-mode light guide zoom flash and red-eye reduction, and date and time imprinting capability.

The Sure Shot 80U and 90U feature fully automatic 2.1x (38mm - 80mm) and 2.3x (38mm - 90mm) zoom, respectively. The Sure Shot 105U and 115U feature fully automatic 2.8x (38mm - 105mm) and 3x (38mm - 115mm) zoom, respectively. The Sure Shot BF-10 is ideal for photographing groups or landscapes with its 26mm wide angle Canon lens and extra large viewfinder.

New DV Camcorders

The new Optura 10 and 20 DV camcorders have 1.33 megapixel resolution with 16x optical, 320x digital zoom. Advanced Dual Image Processing allows separate video and photo processing, while Canon Image Stabilizer technology helps keep a rock steady shot in all conditions. Other features include Direct Print capability to select Canon Bubble Jet printers, color night shooting mode, and Canon DV Messenger software for Internet video conferencing. The Optura 10 features a 2.5" Color LCD screen while the Optura 20 features a 3.5" Color LCD screen, Super Color Night Mode, and extended life battery.

New i-Series Printers With Outstanding Photo Quality and Direct Print Capability

The new i-series Bubble Jet printers introduced today include the i450, i470D, and i9100. In addition to their sleek industrial designs, and excellent photo printing performance and value, all of the i-Series feature Canon's exclusive, advanced MicroFine Droplet Technology for very high reproduction of detail and fast print speeds. The i-series also support the Exif Print standard. Using Canon's exclusive Easy-PhotoPrint software, the printers are able to use recorded data from Exif Print-equipped digital cameras, including the new PowerShot models announced today, for truer reproduction of digital images. Photo Noise Reduction is also designed into the printer drivers for helping eliminate "noise" in digital camera images, for example, from areas of light solid colors such as blue skies, and dark areas such as shadows, for more realistic image reproduction.

The i450 and i470D have printing times of up to 18 pages per minute (ppm) in black and 12 ppm in color(1) with resolution of up to 4800 x 1200 color dpi(2). For outstanding photo detail, the print head on both printers dispenses both 5-picoliter and ultra-fine 2-picoliter droplets. Bubble Jet Direct printing on both models allow consumers to print photos with or without a computer by connecting select Canon digital cameras or camcorders directly to the printer and using the print functions built into the camera. True borderless, edge to edge printing in 4" x 6", 5" x 7" and 8.5" x 11" sizes combined with Canon's Photo Paper Pro or Photo Paper Plus Glossy media deliver excellent photo quality from digital images.

The i470D includes all of the features found on the i450 and adds direct printing support from most major digital camera memory cards available today. Included with the new operation panel of the i470D is the all-new Canon Photo Viewer that turns an attached computer monitor into a full screen photo viewer while using the easy operation panel of the printer to print the pictures.

The i9100 leads the way as Canon's flagship photo printer. It incorporates an ultra high-density multi-nozzle print head featuring 3,072 nozzles (the largest number of nozzles in its class) to achieve print speeds of approximately 37 seconds for a borderless 4" x 6" photo print, approximately one minute for 8" x 10" prints and approximately two minutes and thirty seconds for 13" x 19" prints. With six individual ink tanks, the i9100 also features the Canon Think Tank System for efficient and economical printing costs. New on the i9100 will be edge-to-edge borderless printing support for both 5" x 7" and 13" x 19" in addition to the 4" x 6" and 8.5" x 11" currently available.

High Speed, Professional Scanning for Photos and Film

Covering both film and platen applications, Canon's new CanoScan 3000F and 9900F models deliver professional level scan quality with high performance and style. Both scanners are USB 2.0 Hi-Speed compatible, with the 9900F also offering fast FireWire connection. The 3000F offers up to 9600 dpi resolution (enhanced) with over 281 trillion possible colors (maximum 48-bit) for great looking film or photo scans. The 9900F offers up to 3200 x 6400 dpi optical resolution,can batch scan up to 24 negative frames, and has a lightning fast 3-second preview when scanning photos.

The 3000F and 9900F feature automatic removal of dust and scratches with FARE technology (Film Automatic Retouching and Enhancement). FARE technology uses infrared light source to

detect dust and scratches on the film plane. Automatic dust and scratch reduction is also available for platen scanning on both units.

Pricing and Availability(a)

The PowerShot A60 and A70, which replace the A30 and A40 models, have suggested retail prices of $349.00 and $449.00, respectively, and will be available in March 2003.

The PowerShot A300 replaces the A200 model, and has a suggested retail price of $299.00, and will be available in April 2003.

The PowerShot S400 Digital ELPH replaces the S330 model and has a suggested retail price of $599.00, and will be available in March 2003. The S50 has a suggested retail price of $699.00 and will be available in March 2003.

The Sure Shot 80u and 90u have suggested retail prices of $120.00 and $130.00, respectively, and will be available in March 2003.

The Sure Shot BF-10 has a suggested retail price of $45.00 and will be available in March 2003.

The Sure Shot 105u and 115u have suggested retail prices of $160.00 and $170.00, respectively, and will be available in March 2003.

The EOS 10D has a suggested retail price of $1,999.00 and will be available in March 2003.

The Optura 10 and 20 have suggested retail prices of $899.00 and $999.00, respectively, and will be available in May 2003 and March 2003, respectively.

The i450, i470D, and i9100 have suggested retail prices of $99.99, $149.99, and $499.99, respectively, and will be available in April 2003.

The CanoScan 3000F and 9900F have suggested retail prices of $129.99 and $399.99, respectively, and will be available in March 2003.

Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. In 2001, the Company was listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America, and was ranked #41 on the BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands." Its parent company Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ) is a top patent-holder of technology, ranking second overall in the U.S. in 2002, with global revenues of $24.5 billion. Canon U.S.A. employs approximately 11,000 people at over 30 locations. For more information, visit

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DV Messenger required Windows XP.

(1) 4" x 6" photo print speed based on default mode driver setting using Canon Photo Paper Pro for Borderless Printing 4" x 6" paper. All other print speeds are based on high-speed draft mode. Print speed will vary depending on system configuration, software, document complexity, print mode, and print coverage.

(2) Ink droplets can be placed with a pitch of 1/4800 inch at minimum.

(a) Prices subject to change at any time. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.
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