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January 11, 2010

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Panasonic Unveils World's First Integrated Full HD 3D Camcorder at CES 2010
Canon U.S.A. Empowers Professional Photographers Via Fast Wireless Connectivity and Innovative Transfer Modes
LaCie Reveals New Server Technology For Small Businesses
Digital Hotcakes Sports Series Scores With Soccer
iKan Introduces Elements Modular Camera Support System
iStoragePro Introduces Six New Portable External Single & Dual Drives
Canon U.S.A. Introduces a Powerful New VIXIA Lineup to Meet the Needs of Every User

Panasonic Unveils World's First Integrated Full HD 3D Camcorder at CES 2010

Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC) will release the world's first* professional, fully-integrated Full HD 3D camcorder in Fall 2010. The company will begin taking orders in April. Engineering samples of the professional Full HD 3D solid-state camcorder will be exhibited at the Panasonic booth (Las Vegas Convention Center, Main Hall, #9405) at the 2010 International CES in Las Vegas, USA, from January 7-10.

This Full HD 3D camcorder will offer the following core benefits:

Easier to Use
Current 3D systems are large-scale setups in which two cameras are fitted to a rig in parallel, or vertically intersect across a half-mirror. Separate recorders are also required. In Panasonic's new Full HD 3D camcorder, the lenses, camera head, and a dual Memory Card recorder are integrated into a single, lightweight body. The camcorder also incorporates stereoscopic adjustment controls making it easier to use and operate.

The twin-lens system adopted in the camcorder's optical section allows the convergence point** to be adjusted. Functions for automatically correcting horizontal and vertical displacement are also provided. Conventional 3D camera systems require these adjustments to be made by means of a PC or an external video processor. This new camcorder, however, will automatically recalibrate without any need for external equipment, allowing immediate 3D image capture.

More Flexible
The solid-state memory file-based recording system offers greater flexibility to produce Full HD 3D videos in more challenging shooting environments. The camcorder is lighter weight and smaller than current 3D rigs, while providing the flexibility of handheld-style shooting. Setup and transportation is simplified, making it ideal for sports, documentary and filmmaking projects.

Solid-State Reliability and Workflow
Right and left Full HD video streams of the twin-lens 3D camcorder can be recorded as files on SDHC/SD Memory Cards, ensuring higher reliability than on other tape, optical disc, HDD or other mechanical-based recording systems. This solid-state, no-moving-parts design will help significantly reduce maintenance costs, and the 3D camcorder will be better able to perform in extreme environments and be more resistant to temperature extremes, shock, and vibration.

And users will enjoy a fast, highly-productive file-based workflow, with instant, random access to recorded content; easy plug-in to both Mac and PC-based platforms; and longer recording capacity.

More Affordable
Using a standardized, fully integrated design, the Full HD 3D camcorder will be offered at a much lower price than traditional 3D rigs. Transportation expenses for this handheld unit will be less and faster setup times reduce labor costs. Using standard, re-recordable SDHC/SD Memory Cards available already everywhere, media costs become almost insignificant.

In addition to a camcorder, Panasonic also plans to offer a professional-quality 3D Full HD LCD monitor for field use as well as a professional HD digital AV mixer for live event production. Panasonic will offer professional production equipment to allow video professionals to efficiently create 3D content, so consumers can enjoy 3D video using Panasonic 3D home theater systems.

Major Specifications (tentative)

* Product Name: Twin-lens Full HD 3D camcorder (made-to-order)
* Suggested Retail Price for Main Unit: $21,000
* Available: Fall 2010 (made to order)
* Power Consumption: Under 19 W (main unit only)
* Weight: Under 3 kg (main unit only)
* Recording Media: SDHC/SD Memory Card


* As an integrated twin-lens Full HD 3D camcorder capable of recording Full HD 3D video to Memory Cards. As of January 2010 (based on our investigation)
** The point at which the left and right-camera lenses' optical axes converge

Development Background
Movie companies and content producers are eager to produce more 3D content. 3D video is set to become a mainstream motion picture technology. In response to the resurgence of 3D movies, in September 2009, Panasonic proposed the world's first 3D home theater systems, based around 3D-enabled Blu-ray Disc players and Plasma TVs (announced and exhibited at CEATEC 2008). In February 2009, the company established the Advanced Authoring Center (within Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory) - at which 3D movies are authored for replication on 3D Blu-ray Discs (announced at CES 2009). Currently, producing 3D movies is a painstaking process. Panasonic intends to promote the production of high-quality 3D video content by accelerating the development of 3D video production systems designed to boost production speed and efficiency.

www.panasonic.com/broadcast

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Canon U.S.A. Empowers Professional Photographers Via Fast Wireless Connectivity and Innovative Transfer Modes

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, is announcing a step forward in the digital integration of professional photography workflows with the introduction of three new Wireless File Transmitter units to accompany each of the Company's three professional Digital SLR Camera models.

The new WFT-E2 II A Wireless File Transmitter, WFT-E4 II A Wireless File Transmitter and WFT-E5A Wireless File Transmitter for the EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 7D, respectively, provide professional photographers with a range of innovative wireless connectivity options for all photographic disciplines.

For example, by coupling each compatible camera with one of the new WFT units, professionals can fire up to 10 cameras simultaneously with Canon's new Camera Linking function, which is perfect for getting that split-second shot from multiple angles. The new WFT units also enable the roaming photojournalist or back-country nature photographer to geotag images easily through hard-wired or Bluetooth-connected GPS devices and append coordinates to the image's EXIF data. Additionally, reliable file transfer options such as FTP Mode provide wedding and event photographers with the ability to send images in real-time to a computer for instant prints or projection onto event screens while allowing the photographer to operate wirelessly.

"The high-tech world of digital photography has presented professional photographers with new methods for image capture and delivery, streamlining workflows and providing digital delivery from across a room, or across the world. The level of connection and control offered by our new WFT units along with their enhanced ease-of-use will change the methods and speed by which professionals deliver images and conduct business," said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.

802.11 a/b/g Compatible
All three new Canon WFT units provide a wide range of different wireless compatibility options, as well as a wired option to ensure the unit will sync into any professional workflow. For this new series of professional WFT units, Canon has added IEEE802.11a connectivity, the preferred wireless networking transmission method for commercial and corporate environments, offering reliable data transfer rates, strong resistance to electronic interference, and worldwide acceptance in heavy bandwidth environments, particularly within sporting arenas, entertainment venues and retail establishments.

WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup)
To help make connecting the WFT unit to a wireless network even easier than before, Canon has added a Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) option for a one-touch connection to local wireless networks. This easy option helps ensure that photographers not familiar with wireless LAN setups can just touch a button on their WPS-compatible wireless router to connect it to their camera.

FTP transfer mode
The WFT units provide access to the camera from anywhere in the world via the internet as if it were an FTP site and can allow a photo editor download images with ease. Canon's FTP connection is a direct file transfer mode that allows for the instant transfer of files across a local network or across the world via the internet. This is the connection of choice for many professional photographers looking to deliver their images with a wireless connection back to a computer as they are shot.

New WFT Server mode
The new WFT Server mode, previously called HTTP mode on legacy WFT units, allows up to three users to remotely connect to a camera via any standard Web browser for global access of images in real-time. Canon's WFT Server mode allows for multiple connected users to download both images and video files from a camera, as well as view still images, see a remote live view of the camera's rear LCD screen and remotely fire a camera all through the Web. The ability to initiate remote capture to a compatible personal computer while viewing the Live View display from either a computer terminal or mobile device such as a netbook, iPhone, or iPod Touch is an exciting and extremely useful feature that can be performed from within a local network or from across the globe over most web browsers. Multiple photo editors can now have instant access to a photographer's images, or photographers can remotely control a camera and transfer images to a compatible computer from the comfort of their mobile devices.

"EOS Utility" mode
The EOS Utility mode, previously called PTP mode on legacy WFT units, provides full-camera control while remote shooting with a complete full Live View preview on-screen, allowing a photographer to see and shoot from a computer as if the camera were in-hand. EOS Utility mode is essentially a wireless version of a direct USB connection, and the ideal mode for a commercial or portrait studio that needs full camera control and instant feedback across a local network.

New Camera Linking function
The new Camera Linking function enables photographers to link up to 10 "slave" cameras wirelessly to one "master" camera and fire all eleven cameras simultaneously for multiple images from various vantage points. Imagine being able to capture the crowd's reaction while shooting the play on the field, or having a camera capture the view from the stage while shooting the event from the pit; with Canon's new easy camera linking function the way a moment is preserved may never be the same. Each linked camera must be equipped with a compatible WFT unit.

USB Host function
While each Canon camera has a small USB port, the WFT unit includes a USB Host port, allowing photographers to connect large capacity storage devices or GPS units directly to the camera for maximum storage capacity or geotagging images. This allows for a huge amount of storage possibilities, as well as allowing for coordinate data input on image files. The new WFT unit is now also compatible with Canon Bluetooth unit BU-30, allowing Bluetooth compatible GPS devices to connect and append information to images wirelessly. This allows the photographer to be completely free of wires while shooting and still tag GPS coordinates to images.

New Media Server function
With the WFT-E5A's new Media Server function, EOS 7D photographers can wirelessly transfer and display images on DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) -compatible televisions and photo frames, ideal for photo presentations and workshops. This feature is available exclusively with the WFT-E5A Wireless File Transmitter.

Pricing and Availability
The Canon WFT-E4 II A Wireless File Transmitter and WFT-E5A Wireless File Transmitter are currently available and sell at an estimated retail price of $699.99i each. The WFT-E2 II A Wireless File Transmitter is scheduled to be available in the first quarter of 2010, price to be determined.

Canon Digital Learning Center
Online visitors and Web surfers are encouraged to browse the Canon Digital Learning Center and take advantage of the various educational resources that Canon has to offer for novices and advanced photographers alike. The Canon Digital Learning Center provides a schedule for a wide variety of Live Learning classes across the country with renowned photographers as well as online resources and tips. The site also features online tutorials for beginners and professionals to learn their way around a digital SLR camera and inkjet printer and unlock the full creative control of digital photography. To learn more about each program and register, please visit: http://www.usa.canon.com/canonlivelearning

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked third overall in the U.S. in 2008†, with global revenues of US $45 billion, is listed as number four in the computer industry on Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies 2009 list, and is on the 2009 BusinessWeek list of "100 Best Global Brands." Canon is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all products.

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LaCie Reveals New Server Technology For Small Businesses

Today LaCie demonstrates a new network storage server based on the Microsoft® Windows® Home Server platform. The product will be shown for the first time at the CES.

This server leverages the success of LaCie's award-winning 5big Network, which features five user-replaceable drives, Gigabit Ethernet, and data protection support for data integrity. The technology demonstration shows that by combining Microsoft and LaCie technologies on a single platform, small business users can enjoy a seamless interface to automatically back up computers to a single server. The server secures their backup both locally and remotely by automatically copying their critical data to the cloud, using LaCie's Wuala technology.

"LaCie's network server offers an exciting design and provides plenty of storage options with terabytes of capacity and the ability to back up data from local computers and to cloud-based services," said Leslie McGuire, Director of Windows Server Marketing at Microsoft. "We're pleased to have LaCie join us as a Windows Home Server partner."

"Our aim with this technology demonstration is to show that by teaming with Microsoft and through our Wuala cloud storage technology, we can provide an enterprise-grade, data protection solution with both local backup and off-site replication in one low-cost, compact system," said Erwan Girard, Solutions Business Unit Manager. "By leveraging the groundbreaking Wuala cloud technology, which ensures the highest speed in data upload and download, our server will provide truly usable cloud-based data backup and restore to accommodate the large amounts of data generated by small businesses."

About LaCie
Located in the USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, Europe, Singapore and Hong Kong, LaCie is the leading manufacturer of computer peripherals for Windows, Apple and Linux users. LaCie creates external storage solutions and color monitors that help professionals and everyday people easily manage their digital lives. LaCie has differentiated its products through original designs and leading-edge technology. Established in France in 1989, LaCie is listed on Euronext under FR0000054314 (LAC). For more information, visit http://www.lacie.com

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Digital Hotcakes Sports Series Scores With Soccer

Maintaining the fresh, imaginative quality of the Digital Hotcakes Sports Series, TriLab Productions releases Volume 4 Soccer. This volume includes 3d action figures, video intros, looping backgrounds, transitions, lower-thirds, and overlays. File types are AVI and Quicktime movie files. All animations are included in both standard (4:3) and widescreen (16:9) format and feature synchronized sound effects.

Pricing and Availability
The Sports Series is offered at a price of $79 per volume. Bundle pricing includes any 2 Sports Series volumes for $119 or all 4 for $197. They can be purchased directly from Digital Hotcakes. For more information, visit our web site or call 866-745-7334.

About TriLab Productions
TriLab Productions is the developer and marketer of the Digital Hotcakes series of affordable motion graphics for video editing – the leader in affordable professional motion graphics. The Digital Hotcakes product line includes: Vol 1 Animated Backdrops, Vol 2 Organic Backdrops, Vol 3 Skydrops, Vol 4 Aquadrops, Vol 5 Pyromations, Vol 6 AcidDrops, Vol 7 Grids & Grunge, Vol A Alpha Mattes, Vol 9 FilmFX, Wedding Essentials Vols 1 - 5, Wedding Essentials Vol 1 & 2 HD, Home Movie Essentials Vols 1 – 4, Worship Series Vols 1 – 14, and Sport Series Vols 1 – 4.. The company is headquartered in Shreveport, LA and can be reached by phone at 866-745-7334, by fax at 318-603-9022 or on the Web at www.animationsforvideo.com.

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iKan Introduces Elements Modular Camera Support System

As the world of camera support embraces the Digital Stills & Motion Cameras (DSMC), ikan introduces the ikan Elements line. One size does not fit all in regards to camera rigs or operators, so we designed a system that is customizable in an infinite amount of configurations so you get the support you want no matter what you need.

More cost effective than anything on the market, our simple, ergonomically designed system consists of multiple pieces intended to work together. This gives you unlimited options that can change and grow as you see fit. With the Elements, you can feel confident you are buying camera support gear that will not be obsolete in six months. The system is so versatile, you can literally configure it for any camera setup with your existing gear and our ever expanding inventory of available parts.

FEATURES
• ¼-20 and 3/8 threads on all pieces
• 5 easy-to-assemble parts
• All hardware included
• Smaller & lighter than a traditional rail system
• Easy upgradeable with a wide variety of options
• Compatible with all 15mm rail systems
• Constructed out of anodized aluminum

The Flyer
Our first Elements bundle, the Flyer, has the convenience of a flash bracket with the ergonomics of a hand-held system. What it doesn't have is the heavy, cumbersome weight of a full rail-based system. The Flyer was created specifically for DSMC's, but it can be used with smaller handycams as well, providing unmatched comfort in handheld situations.

The Flyer kit consists of two durable foam-grip handles, two attaching arms and a cheeseplate style base plate. As the Elements line continues to grow, so will your ability to customize the Flyer to suit your needs.

3 Bundles available:
ikan Flyer Basic
$249.00

ikan Flyer Deluxe
$349.00

ikan Flyer Ultimate
$449.00

www.ikancorp.com

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iStoragePro Introduces Six New Portable External Single & Dual Drives

iStoragePro proudly announces six superior performance portable media external storage drives with stylish, compact, high quality aluminum enclosure design. Six new models include Single bay 2.5" Pocket / 3.5" Dock, Dual Bay 2.5" Pocket II / 3.5" Dock II and Dual Bay with LCD screen 2.5" Pocket View / 3.5" Dock View.

The iStoragePro FireWire series is designed very compact in size, rugged, stylish finished and equipped with built-in heat-sink technology, multi-interface including FireWire 400, FireWire 800, USB 2.0 ports bus powered (2.5" models) and eSATA ports (except Pocket) making the series a perfect portable media storage solution for traveling business professionals to bring it along to anywhere, anytime to back up valuable data, high-resolution video and digital photos.

Stylish aluminum enclosure is designed with one piece of aluminum sheet metal and heat-sink integrated. The thermal conductive design is the best for heat dissipation to ensure data integrity and reliable operation. "a portable drive, requiring no external AC adapter, that has its' own heat sink, with the ability hold 500 GB worth of media while easily fitting in a laptop case is a modern miracle", "system has brought together the perfect combination of form and function without sacrificing stability." The editor of Reelgrok, Scott Amendolare said for iT1PKT54500.

The iStoragePro Firewire portable storage drives offer ultra fast transfer read/write rate. The editor of MacWorld, Chris Holt commented iStoragePro Pocket "one of the fastest portable hard drives we've ever looked at." They can easily handle advanced video formats, support multi-track audio with protocols and multi-stream video formats include DV, HDV, DVCPRO HD, ProRes 422 and compressed HD Capture and playback mode. Jerry Hofmann, the editor of Creative Cow commented, "iStoragePro pocket drive performs admirably. Great unit, competitive pricing I can heartily recommend this drive to anybody looking for a top of the line portable solution."

As heat can cause damage to hard drive, iStoragePro Dual Bay portable units are specially designed with a studio-style low noise fan module, an aluminum enclosure with heat sink integrated to keep the unit both cool and quiet. Dual Bay units support Raid 0, 1. Pocket View and Dock View are featured a light blue LCD display at the front to show drive and fan status for precision monitoring. The Raid 1 feature allows your data mirroring on both drives which provides the maximum protection for important data, and greatly increases the level of data storage reliability, making it an ideal storage solution to backup any file types including personal data, music MP3s, high-resolution video, digital photos and Apple Time Machine system backup application.

Availability
The iStoragePro FireWire Series including Pocket (Single Bay 2.5"), Dock (Single Bay 3.5"), Pocket II (Dual Bay 2.5") and Pocket View (Dual Bay 2.5" with LCD) are available now, Dock II (Dual Bay 3.5") and Dock View (Dual Bay 3.5" with LCD) will be available early January 2010. Please visit iStoragePro at http://www.istoragepro.com for further information or to find a reseller.

About iStoragePro
iStoragePro, a division of Ci Design, is a professional storage solutions provider that meets both high-end performance and audio/video requirements. We manufacture and custom design storage systems for the OEM, VAR, and reseller markets. The new iStoragePro series includes all new SATA, SAS, FireWire, SSD, and Fibre chipsets backplane technology. It is now available in a variety of models and interfaces such as eSATA, MiniSAS, SCSI, iSCSI, USB, FireWire, SSD, Fibre, and SAS Expander connections.

www.iStoragePro.com

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Canon U.S.A. Introduces a Powerful New VIXIA Lineup to Meet the Needs of Every User

Canon U.S.A., Inc, a leader in digital imaging technology, today announced an exciting new line of nine VIXIA High Definition flash memory camcorders. The 2010 high-definition lineup includes Canon's flagship VIXIA HF S-series, the compact VIXIA HF M-series and a new entry-level VIXIA HF R-series.

Some new features enhancing Canon's 2010 lineup include a new Touch Panel LCD with an advanced tracking feature helping keep any subject - such as people, pets, or cars - in focus and properly exposed, even in a busy scene. Canon's new VIXIA lineup also includes an enhancement to its image stabilization system and an all-new HD-to-SD Downconversion feature allowing video to be easily uploaded to the web or burned onto DVDs. Select 2010 VIXIA camcorders are compatible with Eye-fi SD Memory Cards, allowing for wireless uploading of video content to a computer or favorite video sharing site via the Eye-fi card's wireless capabilities.

"Canon's new 2010 VIXIA Flash Memory camcorders deliver superior high-definition image quality in a compact, lightweight design and offer a host of new features to make capturing and sharing video easier than ever before," said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.

All of the new 2010 VIXIA High Definition camcorders retain Canon's proprietary imaging technologies - a Genuine Canon HD Video Lens, HD CMOS Image Sensor and DIGIC DV III Image Processor. The Canon Full HD CMOS Image Sensor and DIGIC DV III Image Processor have been further improved to reduce noise under low-light conditions and enhanced to deliver more faithful reproduction of purple and blue tones - for both video and photos. All of these proprietary technologies combine together to produce Full HD video that is stunningly lifelike with astonishing detail and clarity.

New Advanced Features:

* Smart Auto: The Smart Auto mode makes shooting great video even easier by utilizing Canon's DIGIC DV III Image Processor to intelligently detect and analyze brightness, color, distance and movement and automatically select the best setting for the scene being recorded.
* Touch & Track: Canon's new Touch & Track technology enables users to select a subject on the Touch Panel LCD that the camcorder will then recognize and track. This sophisticated technology recognizes faces, objects, even animals, ensuring that your subject will always be in focus and properly exposed.
* Relay Recording: Relay Recording allows users to capture uninterrupted video when the primary recording media is full. The camcorder will continue to record a scene by switching from one memory source to the other as it fills up, so that you won't miss a moment of action.
* Powered IS: In addition to Canon's Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabiliz ation, Powered IS provides an even higher level of compensation for subtle hand movement at the telephoto end of the zoom range. This new enhancement can be engaged by pressing the Powered IS button on the LCD panel.

* HD-to-SD Downconversion: A new HD-to-SD Downconversion feature enables users to convert recorded high-definition video to standard-definition files while preserving the original HD video. These standard-definition files make it even more convenient to share video online or create a DVD.
* Advanced Video Snapshot: Advanced Video Snapshot mode has been upgraded to provide the flexibility of capturing 2, 4, or 8 second video clips while recording or during playback.

VIXIA HF S-series:
The Canon VIXIA HF S21, VIXIA HF S20, and VIXIA HF S200 Flash Memory camcorders are Canon's premiere camcorders with professional and easy-to-use features to allow anyone to capture outstanding HD video quality. The VIXIA HF S-series comes equipped with varying levels of internal flash memory and all feature two SD card slots for maximum storage capacity and easy video transfer. The VIXIA HF S21 and VIXIA HF S20 camcorders incorporate 64GB and 32GB of internal flash memory, respectively, and the VIXIA HF S200 records video directly to removable SD memory cards. Recording Full 1920 x 1080 HD video, these camcorders feature a Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens and a Canon 1/2.6-inch, 8.59-megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor for stunning video and outstanding photos up to 8.0 megapixels. All three models in the VIXIA HF S-series include Canon's new 3.5-inch High Resolution (922,000-dot) Touch Panel LCD screen for a large, bright display and easy menu navigation, incl uding Touch & Track technology. All of the models in this series also feature Canon's Smart Auto, Relay Recording, Powered IS, HD-to-SD Downconversion, and Advanced Video Snapshot.

In addition, the VIXIA HF S-Series includes a host of professional features such as a built-in LANC terminal, and Native 24p (AVCHD) recording. For shooting outside on a sunny day, the VIXIA HF S21 includes a viewfinder which offers a reliable viewing environment when shooting in bright outdoor conditions. The VIXIA HF S21, VIXIA HF S20 and VIXIA HF S200 Flash Memory camcorders are scheduled to be available in April, and will have an estimated retail price of $1399.99, $1099.99 and $999.99 respectively.

VIXIA HF M-series:
The Canon VIXIA HF M31, VIXIA HF M30, and VIXIA HF M300 Flash Memory camcorders offer consumers stunning HD video in an ultra-sleek, compact and lightweight body. The VIXIA HF M31 and VIXIA HF M30 incorporate 32GB and 8GB of internal flash memory, respectively, and the VIXIA HF M300 records video directly to an SD memory card. Recording Full 1920 x 1080 HD video, these camcorders include a Genuine Canon 15x HD Video Lens, a 2.7-inch Touch Panel LCD with Touch & Track technology, Smart Auto, Powered IS and Advanced Video Snapshot. In addition, the VIXIA HF M31 and VIXIA HF M30 models both include Canon's Relay Recording and HD-to-SD Downconversion. The VIXIA HF M31, VIXIA HF M30 and VIXIA HF M300 Flash Memory camcorders are scheduled to be available in April for an estimated retail price of $799.99, $699.99 and $679.99 respectively.


VIXIA HF R-series
The Canon VIXIA HF R11, VIXIA HF R10, and VIXIA HF R100 Flash Memory camcorders are perfect for the budget-conscious consumer who wants Full 1920 x 1080 HD video. The VIXIA HF R11 and VIXIA HF R10 models incorporate 32GB and 8GB of internal flash memory, respectively, and the VIXIA HF R10 records directly to an SD memory card. All three models also include a Genuine Canon 20x HD Video Lens, Dynamic IS, Smart Auto and Advanced Video Snapshot. Both the VIXIA HF R11 and VIXIA HF R10 feature Canon's Relay Recording and HD-to-SD Downconversion. Additionally the VIXIA HF R10 will be available in three stylish colors, black, red, and silver. The VIXIA HF R31, VIXIA HF R30 and VIXIA HF R300 Flash Memory camcorders will be available in March for an estimated retail price of $699.99, $549.99 and $499.99 respectively.

FS series:
In addition to the new VIXIA High Definition lineup, Canon is also introducing two standard-definition camcorders, the FS31 and FS300 Flash Memory camcorders. The Canon FS31 model records to 16GB of internal flash memory, while the FS300 records video directly to an SD memory card. Wrapped in a small and attractive package, the FS-series offers 41x Advanced Zoom to help capture great video even at extreme telephoto distances, as well as Dynamic IS. In addition, the Canon FS300 will be available in three fashionable colors, silver, red, and blue. The Canon FS31 and FS300 Flash Memory camcorders are available in March for an estimated retail price of $349.99 and $299.99 respectively.

New Optional Camcorder Accessories
The new Canon WP-V2 Waterproof Case allows you to capture exciting HD footage underwater, up to depths of 130 feet, with any of the VIXIA HF M-series Flash Memory camcorders. The ultimate camcorder accessory for underwater enthusiasts, this compact and lightweight housing seals the camcorder, allowing easy on-camera operation and control. The Canon WP-V2 Waterproof Case will be available in April for an estimated retail price of $599.

Also new from Canon is the SM-V1 5.1-Channel Surround Microphone for the ultimate home theater experience. This new microphone is compatible with the VIXIA HF S-series and VIXIA HF M-series, allowing you to capture lifelike sound from all directions. The Canon SM-V1 5.1-Channel Surround Microphone will be available in April for an estimated retail price of $250.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked third overall in the U.S. in 2008†, with global revenues of US $45 billion, is listed as number four in the computer industry on Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies 2009 list, and is on the 2009 BusinessWeek list of "100 Best Global Brands." Canon is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all products.

http://usa.canon.com

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