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CANON DEBUTS LV-S1 MICRO-PORTABLE MULTIMEDIA PROJECTOR

Advanced Technology In A Feature-Packed, Lightweight Projector That's Big on Performance, Not Price.

LAKE SUCCESS, NEW YORK, January 8, 2002 - Customers looking for the big difference in little projectors will find it with the new LV-S1 from Canon U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Canon Inc. (NYSE: CAJ). This feature-packed micro-portable combines 1000 ANSI Lumen brightness with crisp resolution, in an affordable, compact package.

The LV-S1 incorporates a newly developed optical box, a Canon exclusive technology that improves the processing of light for superior color fidelity. For classroom presenters and business people on the go, this important advance provides enhanced image quality and a dramatic improvement over conventional designs. The LV-S1 delivers sharp Native SVGA resolution (800 x 600), and can also project XGA (1024 x 768).

From a variety of import sources including Canon digital cameras, digital camcorders, document cameras, the Canon PR-200S Presentation Assistant and PCs (Windows or Mac), the LV-S1 can project a 200-inch image at 90% uniform brightness. Component Video input is available for high quality display of DVD and HDTV video. Plug & Play connectivity allows the LV-S1 to automatically identify the input signal and adjusts accordingly, while an Image Select feature allows presenters to customize the display to best suit the source image.

"Holding an audience's interest requires outstanding image quality. The Canon LV-S1 delivers on this promise with brightness and performance viewers demand," says Yukiaki Hashimoto, vice president and general manager, Photographic Products Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "Customers who value Canon's quality and engineering will be impressed with the convenient size, features and price."

Weighing just six pounds, the projector is ideal for the mobile presenter. Ultra-quiet and distraction-free, the LV-S1 incorporates an intelligent design that holds fan noise to a low 37dB.

Convenient features include Digital Keystone Correction, which gives a square, undistorted image for angles up to +/- 20 degrees, and a 16X Digital Zoom, which enlarges sections of the projected image for a closer look. A wireless remote control allows access to all functions from anywhere in the room, while a USB mouse control function allows users to operate some PC functions with the mouse as well.

The Canon LV-S1 will be available in January 2002 at authorized Canon dealers, with a suggested list price of $2999.

Features Of The Canon LV-S1 Micro-Portable Projector

ANSI Lumens: 1,000 ANSI Lumens provides bright projection from a variety of input sources; projects a 200-inch image at 90% brightness.

Resolution: Native SVGA resolution (800 x 600); can also project XGA (1024 x 768)

Computer Input Connections: Displays images from a variety of input devices, including computers and video sources. A VGA terminal, commonly found on laptop and desktop computers, accepts an RGB analog signal for displaying data from a computer. The VGA terminal permits easy connection of the optional Canon PR-200S Presentation Assistant document scanner, which provides a fast, simple solution for scanning and projecting articles, photographs and documents.

Video Input Connections: Composite Video, S-Video and Component Video terminals are included for connecting devices such as VCRs, DVDs, video document cameras, camcorders and digital cameras. BNC terminals provide a more secure cable connection and permit the use of extra long video cables. Accepts the following broadcast signals: NTSC, NTSC 4.43, PAL, PAL-M, PAL-N and SECAM, making the projector compatible with virtually any video source worldwide.

Additional Features: Image Select feature for customizable display to best suit source image. Sharpness, contrast, gamma and other variables are easily adjusted and saved using on-screen menus. Presentation modes include High Contrast and Cinema. Digital Keystone Correction gives a square undistorted image for angles up to +/- 20 degrees. 16X Digital Zoom enlarges sections of the projected image. Optional USB mouse control function allows for remote operation of some PC functions.

The Canon LV-S1 Kit contains:

· Canon LV-S1 projector
· Power cable
· VGA computer cable
· Wireless remote control (and lithium battery)
· Lens cap
· Soft carrying case
· Warranty card
· User manual

Canon LV-S1 Product Specifications

Type: Micro-portable LCD Projector
LCD panel: 0.7" polysilicon active matrix TFT x 3; 4:3 aspect ratio
Number of Pixels: 480,000 800(H) x 600(V)
Supported Display Standards: Native SVGA, XGA (Compression), VGA
Light source: 150W UHP lamp
Brightness: 1,000 ANSI lumens
Uniformity: 90 %
Contrast ratio: 350:1 (All white/All black)
Horizontal resolution: 500 TV lines
Projection lens: 28.7 - 34.5mm, F1.6 to 1.78, x 1.2 zoom
Lens shifting: 19:1
Elevation adjustment: Up by 10.7 degrees (One-touch adjustment)
Projected Image Size Diagonal (Projection Distance): WIDE mode: 40" (5.2 ft/1.6m), 100" (13.1 ft/4.0m), 166" (26.6 ft/8.1m)
Digital Keystone Distortion: Compensation Angle: +/- 20 degrees
Noise: 37 dB (at low fan speed)
Color system: NTSC/PAL/SECAM/NTSC 4.43/PAL-M/PAL-N
Supported Computers: PC, Macintosh compatible, workstation (some workstations are not supported) Scanning Frequency: 15 to 80 kHz for horizontal sync. 50 to 100Hz for vertical sync, 100MHz for dot clock
Audio output: 1W monaural
Built-in speaker: 1.4" x 0.8" (35 x 20 mm), x1
Rated supply voltage: 100 to 120/200 to 240V AC, 60/60Hz
Power consumption: 250W
Ambient Operation Temperature: 40 to 95 degrees F (5 to 35 degrees C)
Storage Temperature: 14 to 140 degrees F (-10 to 60 degrees C)
Dimensions (W x H x D): 10.2 x 3.0 x 9.1 in./260 x 76 x 230 mm excluding legs (Legs: 0.6 in./15mm)
Weight of main unit: approximately 6.17 lbs (2.8kg)

Optional Canon PR-200S Presentation Assistant

The Canon PR-200S Presentation Assistant enhances presentations and meetings by scanning a stack of virtually any paper type and instantly projects each sheet in full color with crisp, clear visual quality. The Canon PR-200S Presentation Assistant portable color scanner scans paper documents, overhead transparencies, clippings, photographs and handwritten notes. Available at authorized Canon dealers for a suggested retail price of $899, it connects to any kind of projector with a supplied VGA cable.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Canon, Inc., provides professional and consumer imaging solutions that give people the Know How to access the latest technology. The company's comprehensive product line includes networked multifunction devices; digital and analog copiers (color and black and white); printers, scanners, image filing systems, and facsimile machines; camcorders, cameras and lenses; and semiconductor, broadcast and medical equipment. Canon employs 12,000 people at more than 30 facilities throughout North, Central and South America and the Caribbean.

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