Canon delivers hatrick with G3

Fresh on the heels of Photokina, Canon is bringing a glut of new products to Gitex.

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By  Kieran Potts Published  October 13, 2002

Fresh on the heels of Photokina, the world’s largest photography and imaging exhibition held in Cologne, Germany last month, Canon is bringing a glut of new products to Gitex.

Most attention will be fixed on the PowerShot G3, the third generation model in the G series line-up of digital cameras that is already popular with amateur and enthusiast photographers alike. Updating the G2, the G3 comes in a re-designed body with improved handgrip and flash as well as a host of new features.

It boasts nine-point auto-focus, a 4x optical zoom lens with fast f2.0-3.0 aperture and four megapixel CCD sensor. In specifications it improves upon its predecessor, the G2, which won European Digital Camera of the Year Award in 2002.

The G3 complements two other major launches by Canon, announced at Photokina, completing a mighty trio for the next year. They are the PowerShot S45 and the Ixus V3.

The S45 is an update to the S40 with most of the new features of the G3, including the ability to take long movie clips with a fast-writing CF card. Finally the tiny Ixus V3, the third instalment of the Ixus V series, is based on the previous version but is upgraded to three megapixels in resolution.

Gordon Jones, president of Canon Middle East, recently said in an interview with ITP: “Canon want to be number one in the digital photography market. We have 65 years of background in the manufacture of optics and we are the largest producer of cameras in the world. We are well placed, therefore, to realise our vision.”

Also on show is Canon’s latest range of wide-format printers for pre-press, advertising and design agencies. The W2200 is a wide-format printer ideal for graphic art proofing with its emphasis on colour reproduction using six separate ink tanks.

It prints up to A3 in size, while the W7200 offers the same technology for printing on paper up to 35-inches in size. Also on show are two new digital camcorders and Canon’s EOS lens range.

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