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Canon Launches a New 6 MegaPixel Digital SLR – The EOS D60

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Canon is proud to announce the EOS D60 featuring a 6.3 megapixel ultra-fine CMOS sensor. The EOS D60 builds on the acclaimed Canon EOS D30 model increasing resolution by a staggering 100% and adding a number of high-end professional level features.

“Canon’s long-term investment in CMOS chip technology has really paid off,” says Mr Komatsuzaki, Executive Vice President of Canon Consumer Imaging. “As a technology leader Canon pioneered CMOS sensors which are unique in providing high image quality at low production costs, making the EOS D60 an extremely attractive proposition to the advanced amateur photographer.

Even though image resolution and file size has increased radically, the camera still maintains the high-speed shooting of approximately 3 frames per second in a burst of 8 frames.

Additional professional features are now included. Images can even be saved in both lower resolution JPEG, for quick and easy review & transmission, and Canon’s RAW file format, for high quality archiving and image control.

On top of the improved resolution, a number of other features have been added aimed at improving performance of the camera.

For example, AF performance in low light environments has been improved along with enhanced metering algorithms. This combination delivers greater image quality in difficult shooting conditions. To capture that critical moment, the shutter release lag time has been dramatically reduced ensuring photographers can activate the camera almost instantly.

Other new features aim to further improve overall ease of use. The upgraded 1.8-inch LCD monitor located on the back of the camera offers improved brightness and provides a greater angle of visibility. The LCD permits the viewing of captured images, or information, such as the shutter speed, aperture value, exposure mode and histogram.

Viewfinder information is now more comprehensive indicating flash exposure compensation, maximum burst count as well as the number of shots remaining on the CF card.

Auto focus (AF) points are now superimposed in the viewfinder for faster, easier operation.

Standard features include high-speed, high-performance 3-point autofocus; a range of shooting modes, including five Programmed Image Control modes; a 35-zone evaluative metering sensor that is linked to each focusing point; and a built-in E-TTL (Evaluative Through-The-Lens) flash system.

Entirely new software is available for the EOS D60 with powerful new tools for image control and camera customisation for both Windows and Mac including the user-friendly Adobe Photoshop Plug-in Module, USB Mounter, RAW Image converter, Image Browser, Remote Capture and PhotoStitch editing packages.

The EOS D60 is compatible with over 60 Canon EF lenses.

Image data is stored on CompactFlash™ cards, permitting the storage of up to approximately 92 images on a 128 MB card when shooting in the “Large/Normal” mode. The EOS D60 is compatible with CompactFlash Type I and II, enabling users to take advantage of the IBM Microdrive and other high-capacity storage media. The high-capacity Battery Pack BP-511, which is included with the unit, provides enough power to take up to approximately 620 shots. For extended shooting the optional Battery Grip BG-ED3, which accommodates two battery packs, can be used.

The Canon EOS D60 will go on sale in Europe from late March 2002.

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