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CANON U.S.A. INTRODUCES THE REALiS WUX10 – THE WORLD’S FIRST WUXGA LCOS PROJECTOR, AND THE REALIS SX80 – THE WORLD’S FIRST PICTBRIDGE COMPATIBLE PROJECTOR

CANON REALiS WUX10LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., June 3, 2008 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, has again advanced the acclaimed REALiS Multimedia Projector line with the introduction of two new models that provide unprecedented performance and features along with cutting-edge technology.
Canon’s top-of-the-line REALiS WUX10 is the world’s first WUXGA-resolution (1920 x 1200) widescreen Multimedia Projector using LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) technology. It delivers the highest resolution of any Canon projector and provides precise color reproduction and exceptional image quality. The WUX10 is the perfect solution for the increasing number of professional users displaying and/or creating widescreen visual content.

Canon’s REALiS SX80 Multimedia Projector is a high-resolution SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) model that combines multiple user-friendly features, including being the world’s first projector to offer PictBridge connectivity. With easy installation and affordability, this projector is ideal for users in corporate, education and other professional fields.

“We are seeing the world rapidly transitioning to high-resolution image display in every sector including HDTV, personal computers, DVDs and Web video, which raises the public’s image-quality expectations,? noted Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. “For this reason, presentation professionals need high-resolution, widescreen, large-image display solutions that are affordable and compact. Answering this need are Canon’s new REALiS WUX10 and REALiS SX80 Multimedia Projectors, which are breakthrough products that are totally manufactured by Canon and engineered to meet the demands of displaying high-resolution digital imagery.?
Both of these new REALiS Multimedia Projectors feature new LCOS reflective LCD panels which were developed by Canon. The REALiS WUX10 incorporates a 0.71-inch WUXGA (1,920 x 1,200 pixels) panel, the world’s first LCOS panel of its size to achieve such a level of resolution. The REALiS SX80 features a 0.55-inch SXGA (1,400 x 1,050 pixels) panel. Compared with devices utilized in projectors employing different types of projection systems, LCOS panels facilitate the reproduction of exceptionally high-resolution images free of the “screen door effect,? a visual distraction common to LCD projectors, in which a faint grid pattern appears over the projected image. Realizing high levels of imaging performance, LCOS technology has garnered considerable attention within the industry.
In addition, both of the new Multimedia Projectors feature Canon’s proprietary AISYS (Aspectual Illumination System) Optical Engine. AISYS equalizes the light from the projection lamp and maximizes the performance of the LCOS panels to achieve high brightness, excellent contrast, exceptional resolution and a more compact projector form factor. Both of these new Multimedia Projectors also feature newly developed Genuine Canon 1.5x Powered Zoom/Focus Lenses that deliver increased resolution and suppression of lens aberrations, and improved 10:0 lens offset, reducing the need for tilting and/or keystone correction. In addition, these lenses include Canon’s new lens coatings, which reduce both glare and ghosting.
The new Canon REALiS WUX10 and SX80 Multimedia Projectors include such unique Canon user-friendly features as: Off and Go, which allows users to pack-up quickly after a presentation by simply unplugging the power cord while internal circuitry continues to run the fan and cool the projector; Auto Set-Up functions for focus, keystone, signal inputs and screen color-correction; and an RJ-45 Network Connection and a built-in network interface for centralized control and monitoring of multiple projector units (both projectors are also compatible with industry-standard controllers).

The REALiS WUX10: The Top-of-the-Line
Responding to the rapidly expanding need for a widescreen, high-resolution projection solution that is also affordable, Canon engineered its top-of-the-line REALiS WUX10 Multimedia Projector to deliver clear, defined WUXGA-resolution (1920 x 1200) images. The REALiS WUX10 supports 1080 video content and WUXGA 16:10 computer resolution. This projector’s significantly larger display area enables Macintosh and Windows users to project their computer’s entire screen in its true proportions, just as it appears on their widescreen desktop or laptop computer monitors.

Rated at 3200 Lumens of brightness and with a contrast ratio of 1000:1, the AISYS-enhanced LCOS REALiS WUX10 Multimedia Projector can project full and precise display of photographs, intricate spreadsheets with small text, CAD drawings and full-motion HD or SD video. In addition, this projector features the ability to process analog RGB and component signals, from input to display, in 10-bit resolution for higher-quality images. The REALiS WUX10 Multimedia Projector weighs 10.8 lbs. and is scheduled to be available in October 2008 at a suggested list price of $12,999.**

The REALiS SX80: The New Generation of SXGA+
Canon’s new REALiS SX80 Multimedia Projector heralds the arrival of a new generation of SXGA+ resolution (1400 x 1050) display excellence. Featuring a new, streamlined, glossy pearl-white design, the projector delivers 3000 Lumens of brightness at a contrast ratio of 900:1. This new projector provides an expanded display area that is compatible with multiple computer-display formats such as WXGA and SXGA, with an entire SXGA screen being displayed in its true proportions – just as it appears on a PC monitor. The screen size of the REALiS SX80 Multimedia Projector can also be changed to accommodate different presentation venues and/or applications.

Convenient interfaces are key features of Canon’s line of REALiS Multimedia Projectors, and the new REALiS SX80 advances these benefits even further. If desired, users can take advantage of the USB/PictBridge connectivity for “PC-Free? presentations. A convenient USB port enables users to connect a “flash? or “jump? drive or a PictBridge-compatible digital camera or digital camcorder directly to the REALiS SX80 Multimedia Projector to display jpeg photos. A wide selection of video and audio inputs – including a DVI-I interface for Macintosh and Windows computers – and an HDMI terminal for digital video camcorders (such as Canon’s new XL H1S or VIXIA HF10), Blu-ray and other DVD players, further increases content-playback device options. Optional accessories for the REALiS SX80 Multimedia Projector include a new “folding? ceiling attachment to facilitate maintenance and replacement of the projection lamp or filters. The REALiS SX80 Multimedia Projector weighs 11.5 lbs. and is scheduled to be available this month at a suggested list price of $3,999.**

Both the Canon REALiS WUX10 and the REALiS SX80 include a three-year parts and labor/120-day lamp limited warranty and will be on display in the Canon booth, # C1529, at the InfoComm ’08 trade show being held from June 18-20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Canon U.S.A. and Dentsu America Create New Projector Ad Campaign
In support of these new REALiS Multimedia Projectors, Canon U.S.A, has worked collectively with Dentsu America on a new advertising campaign. The campaign demonstrates how pixels appear closer when displayed by Canon’s REALiS Multimedia Projectors and includes the tag line “Our Pixels Are Really Close.? The new ads will be featured in business and technology publications along with banner ads on Web sites. The campaign offers a 45-day Free Trial so users can experience firsthand what REALiS quality can do for their presentations. Visit www.usa.canon.com/REALiS for more information and program eligibility requirements.

For more information about our full-line of REALiS Multimedia Projectors, visit www.usa.canon.com/projectors

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranking third overall in the U.S. in 2007†, with global revenues of $39.3 billion, is listed as one of Fortune’s Most Admired Companies in America and is on the 2007 BusinessWeek list of “Top 100 Brands.” To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/pressroom.

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†IFI Patent Intelligence Press Release, January 2008
** Specifications, availability and prices subject to change without notice. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.

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