Canon unveils latest EOS digital camera

Canon unveiled its latest digital still camera Tuesday, a 4.15 million-pixel model intended for professional users, which features what the company claims is the world's fastest continuous shooting speed.

The EOS-1D, a SLR (single lens reflex) digital still camera with interchangeable lenses, allows photographers to shoot eight frames per second for up to 21 consecutive frames at the highest resolution large/fine mode.

In comparison, its predecessor the EOS-D2000 had a continuous shooting speed of just 3.5 frames per second, according to Jun Misumi, a spokesman for Canon.

While a digital still camera takes longer to release a shutter than a film camera does, the new EOS model gets closer to the performance of a film SLR camera by narrowing the shutter release lag time to 0.55 seconds and also has a blackout time, the time nothing can be seen through the viewfinder while the picture is being taken, of 0.87 seconds, the company said in a statement.

Images are captured on a 4.15 million-pixel CCD (charge coupled device) and stored in JPEG format. In the highest-resolution mode, the images are 2,464 by 1,648 pixels and are 2.4M bytes in size. A 128M-byte Compact Flash card can hold up to 53 images at this mode, according to a company statement.

The camera is equipped with an IEEE1394 interface to download images quickly to a PC.

Canon will roll out the EOS-1D in mid-December in Japan at 750,000 yen (US$6,379), and worldwide around the same time, said Misumi. It has set initial production at 3,000 units per month.

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