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Canon Professional HD Camcorders Enable St. John’s University to Expand TV And Online Coverage of Campus Sports Programs

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 26, 2012 – A leader in intercollegiate athletics for more than a century, St. John’s University today achieves increased exposure for its sports programs by producing high-definition (HD) coverage for home games with affordable, high-performance HD camcorders from Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions. The St. John’s Television Network (STJ-TV) uses Canon XF305 and XF105 professional tapeless HD camcorders to produce sports coverage not only for its official athletics website (www.redstormsports.com), but also for national and regional cable networks, and for Internet and mobile platforms available to millions of viewers and subscribers.

“This has been great for our fan base and marketing efforts for all of our sports,” said Mark Fratto, Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Communications at St. John’s University. Fratto explained that St. John’s had been using Canon SD (standard definition) camcorders for several years to produce sports content for its Athletic Department’s website. “We’re elevating our coverage to the next level and producing high-quality live-action HD sports not only for our own website but for much larger commercial distribution outlets as well.”

The University, with its central campus located in the New York City borough of Queens, has 17 varsity athletic programs known collectively as the St. John’s Red Storm. They include: basketball, soccer, tennis, golf, and fencing; men’s baseball and lacrosse; women’s softball and volleyball; and indoor and outdoor track & field and cross-country. Campus sports venues include the famed Carnesecca Arena and Taffner Field House, the Belson and Jack Kaiser Stadiums, and Da Silva Field. Essential to transitioning the St. John’s Television Network to HD sports coverage was choosing the right combination of affordable production equipment. This included high-performance HD video camcorders that are rugged enough to handle coverage of more than 100 different sporting competitions per year, but also intuitively designed to accommodate a production crew that includes both student and professional camera operators.
Choosing Canon
“In modeling the St. John’s Television Network we looked at professional teams that set the standard,” Fratto noted. “Those teams use a lot of Canon products, which is a brand known for its high-quality optics. You can get great results for the cost and the size of Canon cameras and lenses, so it was an obvious decision for us.”

“I researched HD camcorder models made by different manufacturers, talked to the people using them, and found that Canon’s XF305 and XF105 were both great choices,” added Sean McCluskey, St. John’s Director of Multimedia Services. “The XF305 and XF105 cameras are not heavy or cumbersome. They’re small, but not too small. They also have HD lenses, and that’s something other brands of HD camcorders with built-in lenses don’t have. Then there is the fact that the XF305 and XF105 have HD-SDI output, genlock input, and SMPTE time code in/out, which are very handy, since we’re doing not only live game coverage but also studio productions such as The Red Storm Report for a regional cable network.”

In addition to its five Canon HD camcorders (four Canon XF305’s and one XF105), the St. John’s Television Network’s affordable HD production system also includes a NewTek TriCaster 850 Extreme production system, a NewTek 3Play 820 slow-motion replay system, and two Windows-based graphics computers. “We assembled the right mix of easy-to-use, relatively low-cost HD technologies, integrated them into a mobile flypack, and use them with our Canon HD camcorders to do four- and five-camera productions,” Fratto noted. “Everything is completely portable, and all of our venues are within walking distance here on campus. We essentially took every aspect of large HD-truck productions and shrunk them, including the cameras.”

Compact and Sturdy HD
Designed for professional use, Canon’s XF305 and XF105 HD camcorders are multi-purpose video cameras that can feed live HD to a production switcher via their HD-SDI outputs (as in the case of the St. John’s Television Network) or record directly to Compact Flash (CF) cards. Both cameras are equipped with native Canon 1920 x 1080 HD CMOS image sensors for exceptional picture quality, the Canon XF Codec for precision HD capture and recording, and Canon’s proprietary Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor for accurate color and detail. The three-CMOS XF305 features a Genuine Canon 18x HD L-series zoom lens. The single-CMOS XF105 comes equipped with a Genuine Canon 10x HD L-series lens. Both models feature Canon’s SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer (IS) system with Dynamic and Powered IS modes for optimal performance in a wide variety of situations. The XF305 and XF105 also offer extensive Custom Picture Settings that users can save to an SD memory card for easy matching of multiple XF305 and XF105 cameras.

“The XF305 and XF105 HD camcorders allow us to set our own specific color profile and ‘paint’ the camera for HD,” McCluskey said. “We can save those profiles to an SD card and load them into all of our Canon HD camcorders, which is very convenient.”

McCluskey noted that the St. John’s Television Network relies on the XF105 for studio interviews and press conferences and on the XF305 for live sports coverage. “The XF305 is smaller than traditional HD field cameras for sports, so it gives you more functionality,” he confided. “You can hold them up high if you need to shoot down inside a huddle, or you can get down very low if you want to capture a ‘gopher’ shot. Some are on tripods and others are hand-held. Most important, the networks like the HD quality we are able to create with them.”

Creating New Platforms
As a Big East member, all of St. John’s conference basketball games are covered by national cable network video-production crews. The additional live HD game coverage that the St. John’s Television Network shoots with Canon HD camcorders and delivers to that network (and to other cable and online outlets) has the potential to revolutionize college sports television, Fratto believes.

“We are using this HD production model to shoot, transmit, and distribute those men’s basketball games that are not selected for air by the broadcast network,” he explained. “We are also able to create a platform for women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, fencing, softball, and baseball. None of those games would ever make it to air in broadcast quality if they had to be produced using expensive, traditional HD equipment. With our Canon HD camcorders and other affordable equipment, however, we are able to put these productions together ourselves and reach much wider audiences. There is also revenue involved, with broadcast sponsorships, billboards, replays and other opportunities. We believe we have developed a model that every college and university could use.”

“We have a video production operation that benefits our entire University,” Fratto concluded. “The St. John’s Television Network gives undergraduate students a chance to learn and contribute by experiencing hands-on HD sports production. We think that at least in terms of regional sports, this model – as demonstrated by what the St. John’s Television Network is doing with Canon HD camcorders and the other equipment – will be unbeatable in terms of the quality versus the cost.”

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. With approximately $45.6 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2011† and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2012. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. 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/rss.
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Canon REALiS WUX4000 Installation LCOS Projectors and XF305 Professional HD Camcorders Create Value for a University’s Video Display and Capture Requirements

Set amid the majestic hills of Aliso Viejo, Calif., Soka University is a private four-year liberal arts college and graduate school. Among the many impressive buildings on its picturesque 103-acre campus is the new Soka Performing Arts Center. Designed and built to the highest standards, the Center is one of three campus locations recently outfitted with REALiS WUX4000 installation LCOS projectors from Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions. Displaying bright 4000-lumen higher-than-HD-resolution (1920 x 1200) widescreen 16:10 video and still images, a total of four REALiS WUX4000 projectors are used to present a variety of visual content at this prestigious University.

“The Soka Performing Arts Center is a stunning space both visually and acoustically,” noted Sam Morales, associate technical service manager at the University. “We wanted to have a zero-compromise facility in terms of the equipment that we put into that space, and that’s why we chose Canon REALiS WUX4000 projectors.”

Initially discouraged by the cost of large-venue projectors for the 1200-seat Soka Performing Arts Center, Morales and his team looked instead for a display solution for the smaller 180-seat black-box theater in the Academic Building. Their search led them to the Canon REALiS WUX4000 installation LCOS projector, which proved to be the right choice for both venues.

“I was skeptical that the Canon REALiS WUX4000 would even work in the black box theater, since it didn’t even have a projection screen in it,” he recalled. “What it does have is an almost transparent cyclorama with a non-reflective surface. But when we fired-up the REALiS WUX4000 and saw how it looked, we were amazed. The pictures were really sharp even though we intentionally used dark imagery to see what kind of detail we could get out of the projector. The results were so good that we felt immediately compelled to purchase one for that theater.”

Impressed with the performance of the Canon REALiS WUX4000, Morales and his team also tested it in the Soka Performing Arts Center. What they saw resulted in their decision to purchase not one but three more of the projectors. Two are stacked in the Center and another was installed in a large classroom.

“Even from 100 feet away, one Canon REALiS WUX4000 projector can do the job in the Center with good HD quality with proper brightness and contrast,” he said. “It’s also quite a cost savings, when you consider that the projection lamp for the first large-venue projector we looked at cost almost as much as an entire REALiS WUX4000. There are absolutely no grids in the picture like you see with LCD projectors and the overall quality is fantastic.”

Employing Canon’s fourth-generation proprietary AISYS-enhanced LCOS optical engine, the REALiS WUX4000 projector delivers crisp, seamless images with intricate detail, high brightness, high contrast and accurate color. LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) is a next-generation display technology utilizing tightly packed pixels providing excellent image quality. Canon’s proprietary AISYS (Aspectual Illumination System) technology further increases the display advantages of LCOS by efficiently utilizing and equalizing light from the projector lamp. Featuring an easy-access lamp, air filter, and optical filter, and a choice of three interchangeable Genuine Canon projection lenses to suit a variety of presentation environments, the REALiS WUX4000 also provides quiet operation.

“Acoustics are the primary focus of the hall and we found that we can actually put the Canon REALiS WUX4000 projector right in the middle of the seats and it doesn’t bother anyone,” Morales stated. Canon projection lenses chosen for Soka University’s REALiS WUX4000’s include a 1.7x long-focus zoom for the large classroom and a 1.5x zoom for the black box theater. Both lenses are used in the Soka Performing Arts Center, depending on which of its multiple projection screens are being used.

Versatile HD Video Capture
REALiS WUX4000 installation LCOS projectors aren’t the only Canon professional imaging products being used at Soka University, Morales revealed. The institution also has ten Canon XF305 Professional HD Camcorders mounted on custom-made robotic arms in both the Center and the black-box theater. Easily removable from their mounts, the XF305 Professional HD Camcorders are used for a variety of production tasks at the University.

“The Canon XF305 is actually designed for hand-held ENG-style shooting, but we also use them as robotic-style HD cameras,” Morales explained. “In our custom mounts they can do everything that traditional robotic HD cameras can, and at a third of the price. They are fantastic HD cameras for performing arts centers and concert halls, where discretion is of the outmost importance. A larger HD camera would be too aesthetically cumbersome for those spaces.”

The Canon XF305 Professional Camcorder records Full HD video directly to Compact Flash cards. Equipped with three high-sensitivity Canon native 1920 x 1080 CMOS sensors, the XF305 features a Genuine Canon 18x HD zoom lens with Instant AF and a Full Manual Focus mode with mechanical “hard” end stops and distance markers. Weighing just 6 lbs., the XF305 includes a 4-inch, 1.23-megapixel LCD monitor (with built-in waveform and vector scope display) that can be positioned at either the right or left side of the camera body. The XF305 also includes an industry-standard HD-SDI output, a genlock input, and SMPTE time code (in/out) terminals for multi-camera productions. Equipped with Canon’s advanced MPEG-2 4:2:2 50Mbps XF Codec for exceptional image quality, the XF305 employs the MXF File Wrapper for robust workflow and compatibility with all leading non-linear editing systems.

“These Canon XF305 HD cameras are very versatile,” Morales adds. “We can take them off of the robotic mounts and use them at different locations on campus. I keep one in my office and have taken it up in a helicopter to shoot aerial views. We also use them in our recreation center, where we hold our yearly gala. In the past we hired a crew with its own cameras. This year they used our Canon XF305 HD cameras and we saved thousands on rental fees.”

Named after a Japanese word that means “to create value,” Soka University’s choice of image projection and capture technologies do much to fulfill that goal, according to Morales. “In a very demanding application, with high expectations and standards, we feel that these Canon products create value for our video capture and display needs,” he stated. “We don’t want to settle for anything less than the best.”

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Canon U.S.A. Debuts The XU-80 Cost-Effective Turnkey Indoor/Outdoor Remote-Control Pan-Tilt-Zoom HD Camera

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., March 7, 2012 – As the worldwide transition to HD imaging continues to accelerate, a diverse range of video users – including TV and Internet broadcasters, cable networks, houses of worship, businesses, education and government facilities – are seeking cost-effective, remotely controllable pan-tilt-zoom HD camera systems to provide convenient high-quality widescreen (16:9 aspect ratio) image capture from practically any visual perspective. Meeting these many needs, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, introduces the XU-80 Remote Control Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) HD Camera. This compact, integrated HD PTZ camera system offers exceptional picture quality, fast pan-and-tilt action, and a waterproof and dustproof design that makes it well-suited for either outdoor or indoor use.

Incorporating a CMOS HD 2.1 Megapixel imaging sensor, a Genuine Canon 20x HD zoom lens (with additional 12x digital zoom) for superb telephoto performance, and broadcast-grade features such as genlock input and HD-SDI output in a small design, the versatile new XU-80 HD PTZ camera is ideal for use in outdoor sports and event broadcasting, weather and traffic POV camera installations, houses of worship, indoor event videography, venue I-mag (image magnification), education, homeland security, medical, and many other applications.

“Today’s professional HD video users demand serious price-performance value, which is why Canon leveraged the success and economies of scale earned by its well-received BU-51H (indoor) and BU-46H (outdoor) HD PTZ camera systems to develop the cost-effective new XU-80,” stated Larry Thorpe, senior fellow, Professional Engineering & Solution division, Canon U.S.A. “The XU-80 incorporates the same open control protocol for flexible systemization options as its sibling products, along with widescreen HD imaging, great low-light performance, quiet operation, and several new features. We anticipate major interest in the XU-80 from the many professional sectors needing a versatile and cost-effective remote-controlled HD PTZ camera.”

Advantageous Features
The XU-80 HD PTZ camera is capable of fast, smooth, and highly precise movements even while simultaneously panning and tilting at a maximum rate of 60˚/sec. The camera features a pan range of ±180˚ and a tilt range of +220˚/-40˚. As quick and nimble as the XU-80 is, it is also extremely quiet while in motion. With a maximum noise level of NC30, it is well-suited for use in quiet environments where noise distractions are not permitted, including video, radio, and performance studios, hospital operating theaters, conference rooms, and lecture halls.

The housing of the XU-80 meets the IP-55 enclosure rating for waterproof and dustproof integrity, enabling the camera to be installed in environmentally challenging outdoor or indoor locations. Along with the standard XU-80, the XU-80W is a model optimized for permanent outdoor installation and comes equipped with a wiper unit to maintain lens port clarity and a servo neutral density (ND) filter unit to optimize picture quality. Both models are also equipped with an integral waterproof microphone that allows for the capture of sound at the camera location.

Further adding to the versatility of the new XU-80 PTZ HD camera is its advanced low-light capability and Night Mode. When shooting under low-light conditions, the XU-80 can acquire extra brightness by using a slow-shutter (frame accumulation) function. The camera’s black & white mode, without the Infrared cut filter, will also support shooting in near-darkness. Dynamic Range Compensation allows for shooting in environments with a high contrast of light and shade (such as an office building lobby on a sunny day) by automatically correcting the contrast of the video according to the range of scene illumination.

In addition to providing clear, crisp HD video, the 2.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor in the XU-80 PTZ HD camera also delivers native imaging performance. A locally switchable output/control feature enables users to select either 1080i or 720p HD output (via a convenient HD-SDI connection) with simultaneous SD analog composite (NTSC or PAL) for monitoring. A genlock input on the XU-80 provides it with the synchronization signal necessary for TV station use and other broadcast applications.

Remote control of the XU-80 PTZ HD camera’s pan, tilt, and zoom movements employs a non-proprietary control protocol that enables users and system integrators to interface the camera with their own control system or that of a range of third-party providers. Control can be toggled between RS-232 and RS-422, making the XU-80 extremely adaptable to new and existing multi-camera environments.

Compact and lightweight at only 14.5 lbs., the XU-80 PTZ HD camera includes a built-in handle for convenient portability. The XU-80 can be mounted upright or in an inverted ceiling mount. In either position, the picture image will automatically flip when the tilt angle reaches 90˚.

The XU-80 PTZ HD camera is scheduled to be available at the end of March, 2012.

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. With $45.6 billion in 2011 global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in patent holdings in the U.S. in 2011† and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2011. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. 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/rss.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR Cameras Take Moviegoers Deep Into the Daring Operations of Active-Duty U.S. Navy SEALs in Relativity Media’s Act of Valor

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 24, 2012 — In an unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs in a film like no other in Hollywood’s history. A fictionalized account of real life Navy SEAL operations, Act of Valor blazes into theatres nationwide on February 24th and features a gripping story that takes audiences on an adrenaline-fueled, edge-of-their-seat journey. This fast-paced, depiction of daring covert operations delivers a thrilling mix of stealthy tension, intense human drama, and sudden fierce combat waged by lethal heroes armed with the world’s best training and firepower. Act of Valor is a Bandito Brothers film produced and directed by Mike “Mouse” McCoy and Scott Waugh and written by Kurt Johnstad. Crucial to capturing the film’s absorbing up-close-and-personal action was its use of lightweight, highly mobile EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR cameras from Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions. As director of photography, and now member of Canon’s Explorer of Light program, Shane Hurlbut explained, the film could not have been made with any other camera system.

“Nothing is as small and nimble as our Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera packages,” said Hurlbut, a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, who has captured moving images using practically every film and video format currently available. “Never have I been so excited by the creative possibilities a camera offers cinematographers.”

“Inventing new perspectives for creative storytelling demands innovative new tools and we are proud to be a part of that process. The Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera provides filmmakers with a highly compact and mobile form factor. This camera has sparked our recent introduction of the new Cinema EOS system, our formal entrance into the world of cinema and television production,” noted Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.

“Because the Canon 5D Mark II is so light weight, we were able to defy conventional motion picture camera physics and capture a high-quality cinematic image, which ultimately looked incredible on a
100-foot theatrical screen,” said Scott Waugh, co-director, Act of Valor.

Game-Changer
The Canon 5D Mark II delivers full 1920 x 1080 HD video recording at user-selectable frame rates of 30 (29.97), 24 (23.976) and 25 fps. Employing a 21.1-megapixel 35mm full-frame Canon-manufactured CMOS sensor measuring 36 x 24 mm, the 5D Mark II also utilizes Canon’s DIGIC 4 image processors, which employ sophisticated digital signal processing to maximize picture quality and provide advanced operational features. HD footage is recorded to universally available CF cards for exceptional workflow convenience. According to Hurlbut, the camera is nothing less than a “game-changer” for motion-picture production.

“I call the Canon 5D Mark II a ‘game-changer’ for several reasons,” Hurlbut elaborated. “The first is its big CMOS sensor’s ability to collect light in widely varying ISOs. It’s very clean up to 1600 ISO. Its light-gathering capability has a nice, very film-like gradient. The 5D Mark II’s sensor also delivers ‘VistaVision’ depth of field. No other digital HD camera out there will deliver that. I find that if you operate at the right f-stop with the 5D Mark II, you get a wonderful, shallow depth of field. You’re also getting skin tones unlike any delivered by other cameras. I don’t think the other manufacturers have put the kind of R&D into their cameras that Canon put into its 5D Mark II. Perhaps the biggest reason why the 5D Mark II is a game changer is because it’s so compact. You can capture perspectives with it that no other camera system can deliver.”

Guerrilla Tactics
Shot on sea, air and land in many locations around the world, Act of Valor owes much of its cinema verité style to the compact size of the Canon 5D Mark II, which enabled Hurlbut and his six-man crew to be nearly as stealthy as the active-duty SEALs the film depicts. The crew was able to transport an eight-camera production package in the overhead bins of airliners and avoid transportation difficulties of shipping larger more sensitive equipment. Once on location, the crew went into what Hurlbut calls “platoon module,” a tactic for self-sufficiency in which they could hand-carry everything they needed, thanks to their compact 5D Mark II cameras and the minimal support and lighting gear required.

The compact size of the Canon 5D Mark II also allowed for a lot of set-ups each day that Hurlbut says would not have been possible with larger camera systems. Hurlbut had his crew outfit their 5D Mark II cameras for different shooting configurations that could be switched at a moment’s notice with accessories from such companies as Redrock Micro and Zacuto.

“More than anything, what I love about the Canon 5D Mark II is that it’s part of a global revolution,” Hurlbut concluded. “The 5D Mark II is causing a paradigm shift in the production industry because it provides film-like quality combined with lightweight operation and amazing mobility. It’s also affordable, so it’s giving a lot of people a voice who’ve never had one before. I think the style of filmmaking that’s going to come out of the use of the 5D Mark II will be a whole, fresh new style that hasn’t even been named yet.”

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. With more than $46 billion in 2011 global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks fourth overall in patent holdings in the U.S. in 2010† and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2011. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. 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/rss.

About Act of Valor
Produced and directed by former Baja 1000 champion Mike “Mouse” McCoy and former stuntman Scott Waugh, and written by Kurt Johnstad (300), Act of Valor features a gripping story that takes audiences on an edge-of-their-seat journey, when a mission to recover a kidnapped CIA operative unexpectedly results in the discovery of an imminent, terrifying global threat, an elite team of highly trained Navy SEALs must immediately embark on a heart-stopping secret operation, the outcome of which will determine the fate of us all. Act of Valor combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the-minute battlefield technology, and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure film—showcasing the skills, training and tenacity of the greatest action heroes of them all: real Navy SEALs.
For more information about Act of Valor, please visit www.actofvalor.com.

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Canon “Easy Setup PTRZ Tool” Software App Provides Convenience and Economy for Installers of Canon Fixed Megapixel IP Security Camera

The increasing popularity of IP security cameras – used for remote video observation of everything from tourist destinations and recreational sites to schools and college campuses –continues to keep professional installers busy. Demand is fueled by end-user appreciation for such features as megapixel imaging, video analytics and the ability to view pictures via smart phone from practically anywhere. Leveraging the networking advantages of the Web, IP security cameras are also inconspicuous and include models equipped with advanced low-light imagers and built-in long-zoom lenses to capture crucial visual details at a distance.

The latest fixed megapixel IP security cameras from Canon, a leader in digital imaging solutions, also now include a feature known as the Easy Setup PTRZ Tool software application. This software application is specifically designed to free installers from having to adjust the camera’s Pan, Tilt, Rotation, Zoom and Focus settings during installation. Instead, the Easy Setup PTRZ Tool enables installers to save time, labor and – ultimately – expense by using the Internet to remotely fine-tune a camera’s image-capture area and focus settings, or to conveniently re-set them whenever it may be required. This feature can be especially handy during large installations of multiple IP security cameras.

“It’s a lot easier and less expensive to log-on to the camera and adjust it from your computer than it is to have a technician climb a ladder or use a bucket truck to do the same thing,” said Ben Keith, principal of Gold Line Marketing International, a Seattle-based consulting, project management, and manufacturer representative. “The hourly fee for a technician – and, possibly, a bucket truck – far exceeds what it costs to sit at your desktop for five minutes and adjust the camera. With Canon’s Easy Setup PTRZ Tool loaded into your computer you just type in a camera’s unique IP address and connect to it. The tool will disconnect the camera from whatever Video Management System that it’s on, and then let you remotely adjust its pan, tilt, rotation, zoom and focus settings.”

“For example, say a loss-prevention manager at a department store calls his integrator to report that a decorator has inadvertently moved something into a camera’s field of view,” Keith continued. “The integrator can use Canon’s Easy Setup PTRZ Tool to call the camera up on his desktop and fix the problem. The end-user’s business isn’t interrupted, and the integrator has fulfilled his service contract, so everyone’s happy. There are many positives about the Easy Setup PTRZ Tool.”

Canon’s Easy Setup PTRZ Tool is a standard feature on Canon’s VB-M600VE and VB-M600D fixed megapixel IP security cameras. It enables users to control the built-in motor in these cameras to remotely change their pan, tilt, and rotation angle – as well as the lens zoom and focus position – after installation, without removing the camera’s dome cover, which is an industry first. This application can also be used to adjust the zoom and focus on Canon’s VB-M700F fixed megapixel camera.

Both the VB-M600VE and VB-M600D models are dome cameras, with the VB-M600VE camera featuring a vandal-resistant IP66-rated outdoor dome. The VB-M700F camera has a traditional rectangular appearance. All three also provide sophisticated built-in video analytics designed to assist video monitoring professionals by detecting abandoned, moving, and removed objects as well as abnormal sound levels and camera tampering. Each camera features a high-resolution Genuine Canon optical zoom lens, a high-sensitivity 1.3-Megapixel CMOS image sensor, and the sophisticated Canon DIGIC NET image processor that enables the cameras to capture potentially crucial image detail in low-light. Sophisticated imaging features built into these cameras include Smart Shade Control, which automatically adjusts the contrast between bright and dark areas of the image for optimum detail display, and a special Night Mode for increased low-light sensitivity.

“There are other manufacturers that have remote focus and zoom adjustment, but nobody has a four-axis remote-control device like Canon does,” Keith adds. “Some of them have three-axis adjustment, but the fourth axis is really the critical difference because it enables you to adjust the horizon of the camera once you’ve achieved a new field of view. Every time I show Canon’s Easy Setup PTRZ Tool to clients they say, ‘Wait a minute, we want to re-specify our job for these cameras.’ This Easy Setup PTRZ Tool is a unique feature that works very well.”

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Canon U.S.A. Introduces the REALiS WUX5000 and WUX5000 D, its Brightest Installation LCOS Projectors to Date for the Professional AV Market

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 8, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has introduced its brightest-ever REALiS Installation LCOS Projectors, which are designed to provide exceptional display performance for a wide range of professional AV markets. Incorporating multiple features for convenient installation and maintenance, the new REALiS WUX5000 and WUX5000 D Installation LCOS Projectors utilize Canon’s unique fourth-generation AISYS (Aspectual Illumination System) optical technology to maximize the display capabilities of their advanced LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) imaging panels. This combination enables the projectors to deliver higher-than-HD-resolution (1920 x 1200) widescreen video and still images with an aspect ratio of 16:10 and a high brightness level of 5000 lumens. The 5000 lumen brightness level improves display quality in long throw venues or rooms with relatively high ambient light levels, thereby increasing the versatility of the new projectors for a wider variety of viewing environments.

The new Canon REALiS WUX5000 and REALiS WUX5000 D LCOS Projectors expand Canon’s line of high-performance products for the installation market. Additional Canon projectors in this category include the REALiS WUX4000, REALiS WUX4000 D, and the LV-7590.

“The REALiS WUX5000 series is ideal for end-users in such markets as education, business, and government, as well as for professionals in photo studios, film and TV production facilities, theme parks, and museums,” noted Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “The introduction of these new models firmly plants Canon within many professional markets and we will continue to produce high-quality products that users demand.”

Capable of displaying many different kinds of high-resolution video and computer signals with highly accurate color, superior display of movement, crisp contrast, and sharper blacks, the REALiS WUX5000 Installation LCOS Projector features a built-in Canon Color-Correction IC (integrated circuit) and 3D color LUT (look-up table) for six-axis color management. Users can adjust specific colors without affecting the display of neighboring colors. A dynamic gamma feature can also optimize gradation reproduction and contrast, which can be beneficial when displaying movies with low-contrast scenes. A Memory Color Correction feature enables users to save their preferred color settings. User-determined display settings for the REALiS WUX5000 Installation LCOS Projector also include Presentation, Vivid Photo, and Photo/sRGB.

The REALiS WUX5000 D Installation LCOS Projector has all the features of the WUX5000 model plus a DICOM® Simulation mode designed to reproduce medical images such as X-Rays, CAT scans and MRI images with superb 21-step grayscale gradation.

Optional Projection Lenses
Further contributing to the display excellence – and installation convenience – of the new Canon REALiS WUX5000 and WUX5000 D Installation LCOS Projectors are the three optional high-resolution interchangeable lenses available for the units. These lenses – including a 1.5x Zoom, 0.8x Ultra Wide Angle single focal length, and 1.7x Long Focus Zoom – incorporate advanced low-distortion and high-resolution optical technologies originally developed for Canon’s camera lenses. Engineered to minimize brightness loss, each lens is the same physical length, due to the use of advanced Canon aspherical elements. This uniformity of length can simplify shipment of assembled projector/lens units for rental/staging companies, and avoid lens-overhang issues when mounted inside projector-lift systems.

Motorized Lens Shift and Installation Convenience
Additional installation convenience is provided by the Canon REALiS WUX5000 and WUX5000 D Installation LCOS Projectors’ motorized Lens Shift feature. This enables installers to overcome moderate projector-placement obstacles by shifting the lens itself to adjust the vertical and horizontal position of the projected image. (This is done using the projector’s control panel or remote control.) The projector can be ceiling-mounted with a plate or extension pole using either Canon’s mounting bracket or products from independent ceiling-mount companies. When used in multi-projector configurations, the REALiS WUX5000 and WUX5000 D can also be stacked or installed side by side.

The projector’s lamp and air filter assemblies can be expediently replaced from the back and side of the projector respectively, and its optical filter element can be replaced from the top of the unit for added convenience and economy.

Multimedia Device Compatibility
Industry-standard digital and analog terminals and connectors ensure the new Canon REALiS WUX5000 and WUX5000 D Installation LCOS Projectors’ compatibility with a wide range of video and computer devices. Signal inputs include HDMI Version 1.3, DVI-D and analog PC terminals, two audio inputs, and one audio output for external amplification and speakers. A built-in five-watt speaker is also included. A network-ready RJ-45 port allows for authorized users to manage and control multiple projectors from any PC on the network. An RS-232 serial connection allows for monitoring the projector locally through a third-party control system. A hand-held remote control enables users to control up to four REALiS WUX5000 and WUX5000 D Installation LCOS Projectors individually or simultaneously. Lens Shift and Gamma Control buttons are also included on the remote control.

Price and Availability
The Canon REALiS WUX5000 and WUX5000 D Installation LCOS Projector have suggested list prices of $8,999 and $9,999 respectively. The new products are scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in March, 2012.

The REALiS WUX5000 and WUX5000 D Installation LCOS Projectors are also backed by Canon USA’s Three-Year Limited Warranty and exclusive Projector Protection Program (“Triple P”). Triple P is a FREE service program that provides a loaner projector of equal or greater value in the event that a qualifying unit is in need of repair. Triple P is available on all Canon projector models during the Three-Year Canon USA Limited Warranty period.

For more information please visit www.usa.canon.com/projectors

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. With more than $45 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks fourth overall in patent holdings in the U.S. in 2010† and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2011. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. 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/rss.
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†Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.
All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.

DICOM is the registered trademark of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association for its standards publications relating to digital communications of medical information.

Availability, prices, and specifications of all products are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

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Canon U.S.A. Introduces LV-8235 Ultra-Short Throw Projector with Widescreen WXGA Resolution, 2500 LUMEN Brightness and 3D Support

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., October 25, 2011 – Continually diversifying the ways in which visual information can be presented, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, has introduced the LV-8235 Ultra-Short Throw (UST) Multimedia Projector. Capable of projecting an 80-inch picture from a distance of only 1.04 ft., the LV-8235 UST can sit on a table or be mounted horizontally or vertically on a wall, ceiling or floor for a variety of 3D or 2D display applications, including educational presentations, advertising/digital signage, or museum/arcade rear-projection screens. With a high brightness rating of 2500 lumens and a maximum display size of 110 inches, the LV-8235 UST delivers its crisp imagery in the WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution 16:10 aspect ratio, which eliminates cropping or distortion when presenting HD video or graphics created on widescreen laptops.

“The LV-8235 UST Multimedia Projector delivers exciting new capabilities to the diverse and dynamic presentation market,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “The LV-8235 UST can project high-quality images from extremely short distances, giving users in sectors as varied as education, advertising or digital signage the freedom to install the product in tight locations that were previously difficult to project from.”

The Canon LV-8235 UST Multimedia Projector can be used for either normal 2D display or stereoscopic 3D display, depending upon user preference. The frame-sequential method of 3D display employed by the projector switches parallax images intended for the left eye and right eye at very high speed, and requires the use of active-shutter type glasses for viewers to experience stereoscopic 3D imagery1.

Attention-Getter
Utilizing a newly developed ultra-short focus mirror optical system, this new model directs the images it generates through the projection lens and onto a built-in reflection mirror for loop-back through a projection window. This configuration makes it possible to use a table or a floor as a projection screen. The ultra-short throw capability also allows users to install the projector in a wide range of compact positions, including – through the use of approved brackets and attachments – horizontal or vertical wall or ceiling mounts. Examples of ultra-short throw applications include cost-effective 3D or 2D rear-projection in museums or arcades, or digital signage use in which store-front product promotions can be projected onto the sidewalk or the floor of a shopping mall to attract the attention of people walking by. The Canon LV-8235 UST Multimedia Projector is also ideal for many classroom applications where proximity to the whiteboard or screen helps to minimize the possibility of obstructions to projected images.

Convenient, Effective Features
The LV-8235 UST Multimedia Projector’s ultra-short throw capabilities and close proximity to the screen also minimize shadows as well as glare that could shine in an education or business presenter’s eyes. Users in these sectors enjoy a long list of additional beneficial features that make using the projector simple to use for maximizing the effectiveness of visual communication. Other features of this new projector include:
• Computer Synchronization – an automatic feature that turns on when a computer is connected to the projector and an input signal is detected. The feature then automatically synchronizes the projector with the computer’s screen resolution.
• Direct Power-On – useful for inaccessible ceiling-installed projectors, this feature automatically turns on the projector when the power cord is plugged into an outlet, eliminating the need to press the power switch on the unit.
• 2000:1 Contrast Ratio –this feature ensures images with crisp blacks, depth and dimension.
• HDMI Digital Input – provides the ability to project high-quality digital images and 1080p HD video from digital cable and satellite boxes, and a variety of HD inputs, such as Blu-ray players. Inputs for analog PC, digital PC, analog component and composite video, two analog audio inputs, and one analog audio output (for relaying audio through external speakers) are also included.
• Built-In 10-Watt Speaker – a high-output speaker designed to provide the audio amplification needed for most classrooms and conference rooms.
• RJ-45 Network Connection – allows users to manage and control multiple projectors from a network PC.
• RS-232C Serial Connection – enables users to control the projector locally through a third-party control system.
• Quiet Operation – At only 28dBA (in Eco mode), the new LV-8235 UST is exceptionally quiet. The cooling system is designed to efficiently dissipate heat while keeping the noise level at a minimum.

Pricing, Availability and Warranty Information
The Canon LV-8235 UST Multimedia Projector has a suggested list price of $1799 and is currently available.

The Canon LV-8235 UST Multimedia Projector is backed by Canon U.S.A.’s Three-Year Limited Warranty and exclusive Projector Protection Program (“Triple P”). Triple P is a FREE service program that provides a loaner projector of equal or greater value in the event that a qualifying unit is in need of repair. Triple P is available on all Canon projector models during the Three-Year Canon USA Limited Warranty period.*

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 fourth overall in the U.S. in 2010†, with global revenues of more than US $45 billion and is listed as number five in the computer industry on Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies 2011 list. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. At Canon, we care because caring is essential to living together in harmony. Founded upon a corporate philosophy of Kyosei – “all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future” – Canon U.S.A. supports a number of social, youth, educational and other programs, including environmental and recycling initiatives. Additional information about these programs can be found at www.usa.canon.com/kyosei. 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/rss.

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†Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

*Loaner units based on availability. Program subject to change at any time without given notice. Contact the Canon Customer Support Center at 1-800-828-4040 for complete details.

All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Availability, prices, and specifications of all products are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

1 3D glasses would need to be purchased separately and are not sold through Canon U.S.A.

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Rugged and Reliable Canon XF305 Professional HD Camcorders Document the Dangerous World of Coal Miners for a Reality TV Series

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Strong men and powerful machines burrow 1,000 feet into the side of a West Virginia mountain, creating a passageway just 48 inches high amid damp and dusty darkness and the ever-present danger of cave-ins and other mishaps. It’s the world of Coal, a reality series from Original Productions, and the challenge of capturing its daily drama for a major cable network required the outstanding HD performance and rugged build quality of XF305 professional HD camcorders from Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging. Co-Executive Producer and former U.S. Marine Eric Lange had used other HD camcorder brands on other shows, but says the Canon XF305 was the right choice for this tough assignment.

“Many of our shooters use Canon digital SLR cameras and lenses, which provide unbelievable quality,? Lange explained. “Our past experience with Canon equipment gave us the more

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Canon U.S.A. Announces New 1.3-Megapixel VB-M700F Fixed IP Camera

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LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., July 19, 2011 – Adding to its new line of 1.3-Megapixel IP security cameras, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, has introduced the VB-M700F fixed IP camera, providing outstanding image quality, built-in video analytics, conformance to the ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum) interoperability standard and many other advanced features. Streamlined in appearance, the new model integrates sophisticated technologies derived from Canon’s world-famous digital camera and optical products. Applications for the camera include transportation centers, banks and ATM rooms, schools, retail stores, gaming establishments and many other IP security-video environments.

“The security camera market is rapidly growing, and Canon has developed a range of megapixel security cameras combining superb image quality, Intelligent Features and innovations maximizing the proven advantages of video over IP for remote monitoring,? explained Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general more

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II and 1D Mark IV Digital SLR Cameras Provide Multiple HD Production Advantages for East Pleasant Pictures’ Commercial Shoots

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The challenge was simple: Shoot a series of commercials for a major cruise ship line amid vacationing passengers without inconveniencing them with the usual complement of equipment and crew needed for such a production. For East Pleasant Pictures, a global collective specializing in multiple forms of moving-image media, the solution was equally simple: Use the unobtrusive, high-sensitivity cinema-like imaging advantages of the EOS 5D Mark II and 1D Mark IV digital SLR cameras available from Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging.

Directed by Emmy-winning producer/director Xander Strohm, the commercials featured candid scenes of cruise ship passengers playing dodge ball, anchoring their own vacation-video newscasts, and generally having a very good time. Stash Slionski, East Pleasant Pictures director/cinematographer/partner explained that he and co-director/cinematographer/partner Damien Drake first became familiar with the compact and lightweight Canon Digital SLR cameras that made more

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