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Univertisy of North Carolina's Department of Radiation Oncology Trusts Canon REALiS SX80 MARK II D Projectors To Provide Accurate Color and Precise Detail For Important Medical Images

Accurate color and precise detail are crucial for analyzing medical imagery, as even the subtlest nuances can yield critical information in grayscale CT scans and other types of radiology. Among the many institutions scrutinizing such images on a regular basis is the University of North Carolina School of Medicine's Department of Radiation Oncology. When this advanced research center recently sought to upgrade its video-display capabilities with new, accurate, and affordable technology, they chose two REALiS SX80 Mark II D Multimedia LCOS Projectors from Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging.

"The medical requirements for a good projector are that it provides very accurate color representation, stable images, readable small print, and very quiet operation," noted Dr. Julian Rosenman, of the University's department of Radiation Oncology. "On all of these aspects, we have been very pleased with the Canon REALiS SX80 Mark II D."

"We do a lot of tumor boards and telemedicine meetings in which doctors view medical images to make treatment decisions," Dr. Rosenman elaborated. "These images can range from color histology slides, to black & white CT scans displaying critical shades of gray, to everything in between. This is why the color accuracy of projected images is so important."

Utilizing two ceiling-mounted Canon REALiS SX80 Mark II D Projectors, the University's doctors and medical students display multiple sets of image data for dual-projection image comparison and analysis. The two projectors are also used for telemedicine as images displayed by the REALiS SX80 Mark II D Projectors and pictures of the doctors are captured by a video conferencing camera for live consultation with other medical professionals in distant locations.

"Dual projection is a 'must' for patient review and for telemedicine," Dr. Rosenman explains. "Two different kinds of data are projected to confirm that they are compatible and correct with respect to each other. Image stability is also very important when you are comparing medical data. I don't know how Canon does it, but the REALiS SX80 Mark II D Projectors reject the jitter and 60-cycle interference caused by the other electrical equipment we've got going. With these REALiS projectors you don't see rolling bars or visible beat frequencies."

The DICOM Simulation Mode found on the Canon REALiS SX80 Mark II D has quickly made this product popular amongst medical educators. This special mode simulates the results of a DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) Part 14 compliant device, which is a standardized display function for display of grayscale images. Canon's DICOM Simulation Mode allows users to calibrate directly on the projector using 21 different levels of grayscale gradation - this is a key benefit as the purchase of additional equipment can be very costly.

The REALiS SX80 Mark II D Projector features Canon's advanced LCOS technology which is best known for producing intricately detailed images with exceptional color reproduction. "We are very pleased with the color accuracy of the REALiS SX80 Mark II D," Dr. Rosenman added. "It's annoying to give a talk with a PowerPoint presentation and see that the slides on the screen don't look the way they do on your laptop. With the REALiS projectors, however, the color fidelity is very true."

"We've had experience with a lot of projectors over the years, and we're very happy with the Canon REALiS SX80 Mark II D," Dr. Rosenman concluded. "These are the smallest, quietest, and most stable projectors we've ever had. They also don't throw off a lot of heat, which is important when you've got 20 people in the room."

For more information on Canon REALiS Multimedia LCOS Projectors, 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. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked fourth overall in the U.S. in 2009†, with global revenues of US $35 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 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.

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

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CANON REALiS SX800 MULTIMEDIA LCOS PROJECTORS CHOSEN TO POWER NEW STEREOSCOPIC 3D EDUCATIONAL DISPLAY SYSTEM "PROMETHEUS"

Sonar Studios Selected REALiS SX800 Multimedia LCOS Projectors because of their High-Resolution SXGA+ Display, High-Brightness,Affordability, and Canon's Remarkable Customer Service

Confident of the educational benefits of stereoscopic 3D video projection, Sonar Studios has chosen to equip each of its new Prometheus presentation systems with two Canon REALiS SX800 Multimedia LCOS Projectors. Prometheus, a self-contained equipment cart on wheels, is designed as a portable educational tool that enhances students abilities to learn. In addition to stereoscopic 3D video, the system's two REALiS SX800 Projectors will be used to display a wide variety of other visual content, including PowerPoint presentations, interactive DVDs and streaming media.

"We saw that stereoscopic 3D and interactivity are extremely effective in engaging students, and that they provide retention and comprehension levels that are off the charts," stated Vince Freeman, President of Sonar Studios, an Indianapolis-based multimedia and application production company. "Then we asked 'How can we get all of that engagement into one unit that can be transported anywhere and provide a powerful learning experience?' Our answer was to create Prometheus, a 'turn-key' system that integrates several technologies, including two projectors, a computer, software, a DVD player, and an audio system. Prometheus makes these technology variables invisible to teachers. All they have to do is plug it in, control it with a touch-screen, and use Prometheus to show many different types of educational content."

Each Prometheus contains two Canon REALiS SX800 Multimedia LCOS Projectors that display stereoscopic 3D video, as well as other multimedia content. Sonar Studios outfits each Canon REALiS SX800 with a separate polarized lens filter that works in conjunction with special glasses worn by students to produce 3D images.

"We chose the Canon REALiS SX800 for multiple reasons," explained Freeman. "First and foremost, it is a great projector for the price. When it comes to school products, you have to make the unit as inexpensive as possible. Other important aspects we needed that the Canon REALiS SX800 provides include high brightness, high resolution, detailed images, and ample connectors, including serial control."

The Canon REALiS SX800 Multimedia LCOS Projector displays full SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) resolution video at a brightness of 3000 lumens and a contrast ratio of 900:1. It is an affordable alternative for users of XGA (1024 x 768) resolution projectors who are seeking to upgrade to higher resolution SXGA+ picture quality. Canon's REALiS SX800 delivers a larger desktop area than XGA projectors (an increase of almost 87 percent more pixels) as well as widescreen notebook and desktop computer support (with display of uncompressed WXGA) and displays uncompressed 720p HD video with support for 1080p HD.

In addition to the technical attributes of Canon's REALiS SX800 Projectors, Freeman also had high praise for the support that Canon provided to Sonar Studios to make Prometheus perform as designed. "Once we told Canon about our project, they went out of their way to contribute," he noted. "They sent their engineers to our Indianapolis office to confer with our tech guys. Canon also wrote and installed custom firmware so that our software fully interfaces with the REALiS SX800 Multimedia LCOS Projectors."

"People are very excited about Prometheus," Freeman asserted. "We think we have something special that has a price point schools can handle. Canon provided us with outstanding customer service, which we really appreciate. We made a decision as a company a long time ago to do work that really means something, and to enjoy it. I think that if we can benefit education, that's one of the highest things you can aspire to."

For more information on Canon REALiS Multimedia LCOS Projectors, please visit: http://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. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked fourth overall in the U.S. in 2009†, with global revenues of US $35 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 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.

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

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CANON U.S.A. REALiS SX6 MULTIMEDIA LCOS PROJECTORS DELIVER PRECISE DETAIL FOR COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN CLASSES

Careful attention to detail is essential for students learning the techniques of Computer Aided Design (CAD). This is why teachers at Michigan's Fenton High School chose REALiS SX6 Multimedia LCOS Projectors from Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging. With crisp SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) native resolution display, 3500 lumens of brightness, a contrast ratio of 1000:1 and an Adobe RGB color-match system, REALiS SX6 Multimedia LCOS Projectors provide the intricate detail and clarity essential for viewing complex visual information.

"I wanted a higher-resolution projector because I teach mainly CAD, and a lot of the images have to be very bright and crisp to see the detail we're talking about," explained Andrew Cocagne, a teacher at Fenton High School. "This is especially true when we're creating drawings that consist mainly of lines that are fairly thin. If you don't have sufficient resolution those lines can look really jagged or they may not even look like lines at all. You can lose the detail that you're trying to present. Our students are learning how to follow the detail standards that drafting professionals use around the world. They are learning how to draw things to that standard, how to label them properly, and how to include the necessary amount of detail. This is why Canon's REALiS SX6 Multimedia LCOS Projectors are essential for our classes."

Canon's REALiS Multimedia LCOS Projectors accurately display easy-to-read type as small as 7 pt. The technology that achieves such precise detail – as well as the projection of motion and still images of high brightness, excellent contrast, and accurate color – is Canon's proprietary AISYS-enhanced LCOS technology. A product of Canon's world-renown mastery of optics, AISYS (Aspectual Illumination System) is a sophisticated array of prisms and a Polarizing Beam Splitter that controls the light from the projection lamp and maximizes the display capabilities of LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon), the advanced, next-generation projection display panels used in all Canon REALiS Multimedia Projectors.

Further enhancing the display quality of the REALiS SX6 Multimedia LCOS Projector is the optical excellence of its Genuine Canon 1.7x Wide Powered Zoom Lens. Featuring the widest zoom range of any of Canon's projector lenses, the REALiS SX6 Multimedia LCOS Projector's 1.7x Wide Powered Zoom Lens provides a diagonal screen size range from 40 inches (at a very short projection distance of 3.6 feet) to a maximum of 300 inches. Even at a distance of 9.8 feet, the Canon REALiS SX6 Multimedia LCOS Projector can project a screen size of 100 inches.

Given today's large variety of computer- and video-image input choices, the REALiS SX6 Multimedia LCOS Projector is designed with a wide array of connections, including: component, composite, and S-video, and digital and analog RGB. An RS-232C port enables the REALiS SX6 Multimedia LCOS Projector to connect to an optional network adapter for control by a networked PC in a ceiling mount, as is the case at Fenton High School.

"We needed multiple input sources so we can switch between two computers down on the floor without having to get up on a ladder and adjust the projector," explained Dave Gallinat, director of technology at the school. "The availability of these multiple ports is very important to us. The teacher can unplug an SD card from our video production equipment and plug it into his desktop, which is already connected to the REALiS SX6 Multimedia LCOS Projector. Then from the port on the teacher's computer, media from the SD card can be displayed directly by the REALiS SX6."

Ultimately, Cocagne says that using Canon REALiS SX6 Multimedia LCOS Projectors has provided valuable assistance to his work as a teacher. "Sometimes we're drawing a diagram with a pencil and I can put the document camera on my drawing and demonstrate things that way," he says. "Or I can also have the students share their examples in a presentation with the whole class and project it on to the screen as well. With the REALiS SX6 Multimedia LCOS Projector I have seen myself find better and more varied ways to use large-screen images to connect with students, promote their activities, and communicate information to them in a clearer, easier-to-absorb fashion."

For more information on Canon REALiS Multimedia LCOS Projector, 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. 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 seven in the computer industry on Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies 2008 list, and is on the 2008 BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands." 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.

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

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CANON U.S.A.'S REALiS SX6 MULTIMEDIA PROJECTOR HELPS PHOTOGRAPHER EDDIE TAPP BRING HIS LECTURES TO LIFE

Eddie Tapp is an award-winning photographer as well as a lecturer, consultant and author on digital imaging issues. Tapp's lecture tours include instruction on the proper display of photographs, including control of digital color and tone. After finding that the projector he used for his lectures lacked sufficient color control, Tapp switched to the REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector from Canon U.S.A., Inc. to increase the resolution, brightness and color accuracy of the images so crucial to his lessons.

"Students need to control digital color and tone in their work," Tapp explained. "Usually, during the part of the lecture where I discussed this topic I had to apologize because my projector couldn't display what I was talking about. In times like that, I had to turn my laptop around to show them the actual color to which I was referring. The Canon REALiS SX6 now gives me the ability to not have to apologize to my audience, and it is fantastic."

Outstanding Color
Accurate color reproduction is extremely important in the photographic world, which is why it is embracing the sophisticated color management features of the REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector. Drawing from technology originally developed for Canon's acclaimed line of digital cameras and printers, the REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector features proprietary color filters that alter the projector's color space, which is the range of colors that it can display.

REALiS SX6 users can select among five image modes (Adobe RGB Color, sRGB, Standard, Presentation, and Movie & Photo), each of which is designed for a different type of projection:

  • Adobe RGB Color Mode widens the color gamut to better match the Adobe RGB color space that's ideal for professional photographers, graphic design studios, and printers needing to display images with accurate, uniform color. The REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector provides the widest range of Adobe RGB color space found in any projector.
  • sRGB Mode is optimized for sRGB images, a color space employed by many digital cameras.
  • Standard Mode creates colors closely resembling the original image being projected, but with an emphasis on white areas.
  • Presentation Mode maximizes brightness and makes it easier for audiences to see presentations even in brightly lit rooms.

The REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector Image Mode known as Movie & Photo is designed for the display of video and digital camera images, clearly defining gradations and improving color reproduction. Users can customize these settings by adjusting seven different picture aspects including brightness, contrast, sharpness and gamma, further expanding the projector's wide array of color-display options.

Extensive control of the Canon REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector's color palette is accomplished using an on-screen Graphical User Interface. This easy-to-use feature includes Memory/Vivid Color Correction for adjustment of each of the primary colors (red, green, blue) and secondary colors (cyan, magenta, yellow). In addition, the REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector's Six-Axis (RGB/CMY) Color Adjustment enables users to fine-tune the hue and saturation of each of the primary and secondary colors. "Whenever I need to get to a menu to change something, the REALiS SX6 makes it easy to use and easy to understand," Tapp remarked.

In addition to accurate color control, Canon's proprietary AISYS (Aspectual Illumination System) optical system maximizes the next-generation LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) display technology employed by the REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector to produce lattice-free, rich-color pictures at SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) resolution and 3500 ANSI Lumens of brightness. Canon's AISYS-enhanced LCOS achieves crisp, color-rich, intricately detailed motion or still images by efficiently utilizing and equalizing light from the projector lamp. The REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector includes a wide variety of digital and analog video and computer display input interfaces.

Having multiple inputs was especially important to Tapp, whose lectures include images from multiple computers as well as his Canon EOS-1D Mark III digital camera. "I like being able to switch over from one computer to another, or from the computer to the camera," said Tapp. "With the REALiS SX6 I can connect the camera as I'm shooting, which allows the audience to see the images and settings as they appear on the camera."

Explorer of Light
Tapp's professional photography work has taken him all over the world. He is also a member of Canon U.S.A., Inc.'s Explorers of Light program, a broad-ranging initiative for photographic education and inspiration comprised of 78 of the most influential photographers in the world. The Explorers share their art and technical expertise with audiences in a variety of personal appearances, seminars and gallery showings throughout the United States.

It was this relationship that initially brought the Canon REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector to Tapp's attention. "The clarity and quality of the image is sharp," he recalled. "It has beautiful color; it is an absolutely magnificent piece of equipment."

Another reason for the high-quality images projected by the REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector is the optical excellence of its Genuine Canon 1.7x Ultra-Wide Powered Zoom Lens. Featuring the widest zoom range of any of Canon's projector lenses, the REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector's 1.7x Ultra-Wide Powered Zoom provides a diagonal screen size range of from 40 inches (at a very short projection distance of 3.9 feet) to 300 inches. Even at a distance of 9.8 feet, the REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector can project at a screen size of 100 inches.

Whether on a camera or a projector, Genuine Canon Optics provided Tapp with the crucial ability to accurately convey his artistic achievements and knowledge to the public. The REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector is vital to Tapp's lectures, enabling him to demonstrate techniques for controlling digital color and tone that would otherwise be difficult to communicate. "The REALiS SX6 has been as indispensable as my right arm in my lectures," Tapp declared. "It's so reliable, the control of the color is great, and it gives me the ability to instruct with confidence."

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. The Company is listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America and is on the 2006 BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands." Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), is a top patent holder of technology, ranking third overall in the U.S. in 2006†, with global revenues of $34.9 billion. 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.

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

† IFI Patent Intelligence Press Release, January 2007

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CANON U.S.A.'s REALiS SX6 MULTIMEDIA PROJECTOR PROVIDES MASTERPIECE PERFORMANCE FOR LEADING ART MUSEUM

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest art museums in the United States, showcasing masterpieces of painting, sculpture, works on paper, decorative arts and architectural settings from Europe, Asia, and the Americas. However, when it came to displaying moving images for a fixed installation in its video gallery, the Museum required a state-of-the-art display technology that could accurately reproduce the changing colors, varying brightness levels, and other unique subtleties of each artist's video visions. This need for a higher-resolution display device with precise color matching was the impetus for the museum's purchase of a Canon REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector.

"I researched projectors for a couple of years and I wasn't coming up with anything that was suitable as a replacement for our previous models, until the REALiS came along," explained Stephen Keever, Production Manager at the Museum. "I took a look at one of the Canon REALiS SX6 projectors with our vendor at Visual Sound, and I said 'Okay, there is finally something available that's reasonably priced that will be an improvement over what we have.'"

Display Power
The REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector employs Canon's proprietary AISYS-enhanced LCOS projection technology to display crisp SXGA+ (1400 X 1050) resolution images with a 1000:1 contrast ratio and 3500 ANSI lumens of brightness. Canon's AISYS (Aspectual Illumination System) optical engine equalizes the light from the projection lamp and maximizes the performance of the next-generation LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) display device employed by the REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector to produce lattice-free, intricately detailed, rich-color motion- or still-image projection.

Further enhancing the display quality of the REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector is the optical excellence of its Genuine Canon 1.7x Ultra-Wide Powered Zoom Lens. Featuring the widest zoom range of any of Canon's projector lenses, the REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector's 1.7x Ultra-Wide Powered Zoom provides a diagonal screen size range of from 40 inches (at a very short projection distance of 3.9 feet) to 300 inches. Even at a distance of 9.8 feet, the REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector can project at a screen size of 100 inches.

Big, bright, crisp images were Keever's main concern when deciding on a projector. "Image quality was the most important thing that I was looking for," he recalled. "We wanted something that would look good with video, but it needed to be brighter than our previous projectors, which were only 1,500 lumens."

Color Accuracy
In addition to clarity and high brightness, the REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector offers outstanding color reproduction with its Adobe RGB Color Match System. A special RGB color filter on the REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector reproduces colors in the Adobe RGB and sRGB color space, both of which are used by professionals for critical color-matching applications. Professional disciplines requiring precise color matching include professional photography and graphics, publishing, fine art, education, medical imaging and computer-aided design and engineering.

Extensive control of the REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector's color palette is accomplished using an on-screen Graphical User Interface. This easy-to-use feature includes Memory/Vivid Color Correction for adjustment of the vividness of each of the primary colors (red, green, blue) and secondary colors (cyan, magenta, yellow). In addition, the REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector's Six-Axis (RGBCMY) Color Adjustment enables users to fine-tune the hue and saturation of each of the primary and secondary colors.

The REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector's color-matching features are extremely helpful when video artists are present for exhibitions, Keever noted. "Sometimes the artists come in and want to make adjustments so their work looks the way they feel it should look. Prior to the REALiS SX6, we weren't really able to do much color adjustment, and it was a problem with some of the LCD projectors we had in the past. An artist would show up and they would say, 'I didn't make the video look that way,' and you would have to admit that it wasn't what you wanted to be showing either. We needed true colors to accurately present what their art really is. The REALiS SX6 gives us that."

Input Versatility
The REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector includes a wide variety of digital and analog video and computer display input interfaces, including an HDCP-compliant DVI-I terminal. The REALiS SX6 can also display HDTV video signals up to 1080i. The versatility of the projector was vital to the museum, as each exhibit had its own input and display requirements. "The projector needed to look good from a video-input signal, because we generally present from a DVD, so video input is the primary source. However, it also had to be able to handle NTSC and PAL signals, and look good with both 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios. The REALiS SX6 has been excellent. Regardless of input source, the image stands out more; it looks sharper, it looks brighter, and the colors look much better."

For Keever, the performance of the REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector has left an impression that will carry over to his future purchases for the museum. "The next time we have a gallery installation, I'm sure the REALiS SX6 is what we'll be choosing," he concluded. "We're an art museum, so the images that we present are what we are all about. The image has to be as accurate as we can make it. Video presents challenges that you don't have with paintings, because with paintings you just put them on the wall and light them correctly. When you are presenting video art, you really have to have a good system for presentation. The REALiS SX6 was the best looking projector for under $10,000 that I came across."

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 2006†, with global revenues of $34.9 billion, is listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America and is on the 2006 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.

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

† IFI Patent Intelligence Press Release, January 2007

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CANON U.S.A.'s REALiS SX7 MULTIMEDIA LCOS PROJECTOR PROVIDES VERSATILE DISPLAY SOLUTION FOR ARC SCIENCE SIMULATIONS' OmniGlobe®

Compact Design and High-Resolution, High-Brightness, Color-Accurate SXGA+ Resolution Make the REALiS SX7 an Essential Part of an Innovative Spherical Display System

Large globes illustrated with the continents, countries, and oceans of the world have long been a popular and familiar sight in museums and libraries. The high-tech OmniGlobe can display many different kinds of images of the surface of the earth, as well as the moon, the sun, and other planets. When manufacturer ARC Science Simulations needed a projector to integrate into this advanced digital spherical display, it chose the REALiS SX7 Multimedia LCOS Projector from Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging.

"We need to project images from inside the base of the OmniGlobe up to a small convex-shaped mirror mounted inside the top of the OmniGlobe," explained Brad Moorman, director of sales and marketing at ARC Science Simulations, based in Loveland, Colorado. "This is how we are able to produce a high-resolution spherical image. For that reason, we needed a projector small enough to fit the base design of the OmniGlobe, but also high-performance enough to provide the image quality we require. We chose the Canon REALiS SX7 Multimedia LCOS Projector because of its size and because of its high resolution, brightness, and color rendition. It's also very easy to use."

Designed for museums and science centers, visitors can operate a separate touch screen to make the OmniGlobe display computer simulations of global weather and climate patterns, political boundaries, ocean floors, and even NASA satellite images of the surfaces of other planets.

"Kids and adults love the OmniGlobe," Moorman noted. "They particularly like the interactivity of being able to change what is being displayed on the globe and to tilt or rotate that image or animation. The special reflective optics and spherical screen, along with the internal PC, custom software, and the Canon REALiS SX7 Multimedia LCOS Projector makes it all possible."

The REALiS SX7 delivers brilliantly defined SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) resolution video or still images at 4000 lumens of brightness, a contrast ratio of 1000:1, and an Adobe RGB color-match system. LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) is the advanced, next-generation projection-display technology used in all Canon REALiS Multimedia Projectors. Canon's proprietary AISYS (Aspectual Illumination System) further enhances the display capabilities of LCOS by applying a sophisticated array of optical elements to control the light from the projection lamp and provide intricately detailed high-resolution imagery of high brightness and brilliant color. Canon's world leadership in optics is futher evidenced by the REALiS SX7 Multimedia LCOS Projector's Genuine Canon 1.7x Wide Powered Zoom Lens, which provides a diagonal screen size range of 40 inches (at a very short projection distance of 3.6 feet) to a maximum of 300 inches. Even at a distance of 9.8 feet, the Canon REALiS SX7 Multimedia LCOS Projector can project an image of 100 inches.

Contained with the OmniGlobe, Canon's REALiS SX7 Multimedia LCOS Projector provides the performance needed to achieve the remarkable display capabilities of ARC Science Simulations' innovative digital spherical display.

"The Canon REALiS SX7 Multimedia LCOS Projector is vital to the overall performance of the OmniGlobe," Moorman stated. "That's because it's ultimately a projection system, so it's all about the projector. With the Canon REALiS SX7, the OmniGlobe has a reliable projector that provides true colors to present highly detailed Earth and planetary imagery."

For more information on Canon REALiS Multimedia LCOS Projectors, 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. 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 seven in the computer industry on Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies 2008 list, and is on the 2008 BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands." 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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A LEADING DEVELOPER OF GOLF SIMULATORS CHOOSES CANON REALiS MULTIMEDIA LCOS PROJECTORS TO PROVIDE HIGH DEFINITION DISPLAY SOLUTIONS

Realistic image display is essential in simulation systems. When aboutGolf, a world leader in indoor golf simulation and analysis technology, needed a realistic image display solution they chose the superb clarity, high brightness, intricate detail, color accuracy and advanced optics of the Canon REALiS SX6, SX7, SX80 and X700 Multimedia LCOS Projectors. The high-resolution imagery displayed by Canon’s projectors enables players in aboutGolf’s simulators to get a clear feel for the shots in front of them while 3Trak, aboutGolf’s tracking technology, collects data on each shot.

“With the integration of the Canon REALiS line, our golf simulation software has been able to project high definition images,” said Don Hendershot, vice president of operations, aboutGolf. “The REALiS Multimedia LCOS Projectors allow us to project in a 4:3 aspect ratio onto a screen size of 12 ft. by 9 ft., with amazing color and excellent contrast. Another key benefit of the REAliS line of projectors is the varying levels of brightness they provide. The REALiS SX80 gives our customers a bright 3000 lumen, high definition image at a very attractive price point. Moreover, for those customers that demand even brighter projected images, they can choose to upgrade to the REALiS SX6 at 3500 lumens, or the even more powerful REALiS SX7 at 4000 lumens.”

The simulators used by aboutGolf are designed for use in retail golf stores, indoor golf centers, teaching facilities and homes. The SimSurround simulator features a three-screen design. With images provided by a trio of Canon X700 REALiS Multimedia LCOS Projectors, the SimSurround simulator provides an immersive experience with 36 total feet of projected image that covers 150 degrees of view in front of the golfer. “The REALiS X700 is a very powerful 4000 lumen Multimedia Projector that projects high quality images, which enables our SimSurround simulator to deliver a truly immersive experience to the player,” Hendershot explained. “It also gives us the ability to have not only vertical – but also horizontal – keystone correction capabilities, which is crucial in the three-screen SimSurround alignment process. The REALiS X700 is also useful in our single-screen simulators when our customers need a higher lumen projector due to high levels of ambient light in the room.”

Hendershot also noted that the versatility of the Canon REALiS SX80 Multimedia Projector allows aboutGolf to offer its customers the ability to utilize their golf simulators as home theaters. “The REALiS SX80 has been very useful in integrating home theater functionality into our golf simulators,” he said. “The aspect ratio on the REALiS SX80 easily switches from 4:3 to 16:9 and the projector’s HDMI input enables other digital video sources, such as a Blu-ray player or HDTV signals, to be connected to the projector.” (HDMI cable not included with REALiS SX80)

“We’ve experienced a solid track record of dependability across the Canon REALiS projector line,” Hendershot concluded. “They are high-quality projectors and deliver the type of high definition images that bring realism to the golf simulation experience.”

All Canon REALiS Multimedia LCOS Projectors employ highly advanced imaging technology that combines next-generation LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) reflective-LCD panels with Canon’s proprietary AISYS (Aspectual Illumination System) Optical Engine. The combination of these technologies provides exceptional resolution, excellent contrast, high brightness and a compact projector form factor. The AISYS Optical Engine efficiently equalizes and optimizes light from the projection lamp to maximize the imaging power of LCOS. In doing so, it delivers detailed motion and still images and crisp display of small details, smooth rendition of fine lines, realistic and seamless photo reproduction, and accurate color rendition.

For more information about Canon REALiS Multimedia LCOS Projectors, 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. 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 seven in the computer industry on Fortune Magazine's World’s Most Admired Companies 2008 list, and is on the 2008 BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands." 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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About aboutGolf
aboutGolf is a 20-year-old Maumee, Ohio-based company that has been dedicated to golf for its entire history. aboutGolf is the world leader in indoor golf simulation technology, producing simulators, 3Trak launch monitors and Henry-Griffitts Custom Fitting. Historically, aboutGolf also produced Microsoft Golf, Greg Norman Ultimate Challenge Golf and World Tours, which is the world's most-widely-distributed golf simulation software. aboutGolf is a registered trademark of aboutGolf Limited, Maumee, Ohio. Web site: www.aboutgolf.com.

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

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HISTORIC HOUSE OF WORSHIP MODERNIZES PRESENTATION CAPABILITIES WITH A CANON REALiS PROJECTOR

Upgrading a historic house of worship’s large-screen presentation capabilities requires a projector with superb image-display versatility, convenient operation, and a compact design to minimally impact the church’s interior. This is why the century-old First Assembly of God, located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, chose Canon U.S.A.’s REALiS X600 Multimedia Projector, which combines crisp, high-brightness display of text, still images, and motion video with features that help maintain the church’s traditional atmosphere.

“Canon’s REALiS X600 Multimedia LCOS Projector allows our church to do things we couldn’t do in the past,” explained Reverend Gene Gilmore, pastor of the First Assembly of God. “We’re a small church trying to get into a new age, so having a color-accurate, quiet, and trouble-free Multimedia Projector has definitely changed things for the better.”

The changes in the church’s display capabilities that Rev. Gilmore refers to are many. “We use the REALiS X600 Multimedia Projector to display lines of hymns, to outline sermons, and to show movies and video clips,” he elaborated. “We also use it to display announcements during offerings. I’ve found that using the REALiS X600 in multiple ways has helped our congregation to comprehend and retain information from our services. A large percentage of our membership is senior citizens. Having a projector that can display the text of sermons and lyrics brightly and clearly enough so that everyone in the room can see them is very important, and that’s what this projector does.”

“Throughout singing, praise, and worship we also use our REALiS X600 Multimedia Projector to exhibit pictures of keynote landmarks around Eureka Springs, such as the Christ of the Ozarks statue,” Rev. Gilmore added. “We use the projector with the lights both on and off, and the picture detail is always crisp and clear.”

Features of the REALiS X600 Projector drawing special praise from Rev. Gilmore include Auto Set-Up functions, which instantly identifies and selects the input source, corrects keystone distortion, sharpens focus, and adjusts for wall color.

“Our projector is hung on the ceiling in the front of the sanctuary,” Gilmore explained. “We didn’t want to have to take it down every other week to fuss with the focus or replace the lamp. The Auto Set-Up function makes the projector set-up trouble free.”

“This projector is also exceptionally quiet, which is important so that congregants can hear the sermon clearly without distraction,” Gilmore continued. “In fact, the REALiS X600 is so compact and quiet that you can’t even tell when the projector has been turned on until you see images appear on the screen.”

The REALiS X600 Multimedia Projector offers 3500 lumens of brightness, 1000:1 contrast ratio, and XGA-resolution (1024 x 768). Like all of Canon’s other REALiS models, the projector’s superb image quality is the result of Canon’s unique combination of next-generation LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) reflective LCD panels and Canon’s proprietary AISYS (Aspectual Illumination System) optical engine. The result is exceptionally detailed, seamless, lattice-free motion or still images that provide an intricate display of small text, smooth rendition of fine lines, realistic and seamless photo reproduction, clear film-like video, and rich saturated colors.

Other features of the REALiS X600 include:

  • 1.7x Powered genuine Canon Zoom Lens that increases the range of projector placement;
  • Direct Power ON, which enables the projector to be switched on and off from a central control terminal without actually pressing the “power” button – a crucial feature for overhead installations such as that at the First Assembly of God;
  • Guide Message Display in on-screen window, providing convenient information and set-up tips;
  • A variety of input interfaces (including an HDCP-Compliant DVI-I terminal) and motion-adaptive IP conversion and a Film Mode (2:3 pull-down) for display of film-originated motion video.

“We may not be a cutting-edge big church,” Gilmore concluded. “But we do have a cutting-edge projector. Using Canon’s REALiS X600 has allowed us to progress. Even though the REALiS X600 may go unnoticed by many members, the advancement it has brought to our church is obvious. I’m sure people would really miss it if we were to use another projector, or go back to using overhead transparencies.”

For more information about Canon REALiS Multimedia LCOS Projectors, please 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, ranked third overall in the U.S. in 2008†, with global revenues of $44.99 billion, is listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America and is on the 2008 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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† Based on weekly patent counts issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office

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LEADING NEW JERSEY OPHTHALMOLOGIST CHOOSES CANON U.S.A.'S REALiS SX7 MULTIMEDIA LCOS PROJECTOR FOR RETINAL IMAGING AND PHYSICIAN TRAINING

Diagnostic medical imaging demands precise detail, particularly in the field of ophthalmology. For Dr. Bernard C. Szirth, Director of the Applied Vision Research Laboratory at the Institute of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at the New Jersey Medical School (part of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey), this meant choosing the REALiS SX7 Multimedia LCOS Projector from Canon U.S.A., Inc.

"I first saw the REALiS SX7 Multimedia LCOS Projector in action at a meeting for the American Academy of Ophthalmology," Dr. Szirth recalled. "I was amazed by its capabilities. It offers both the resolution and the color balance that is true to the capture capabilities of the clinical equipment we use." As a clinical instructor at the university, Dr. Szirth trains residents, optometrists, and technicians both in the classroom and in the field. As part of the institute's commitment to the highest standards in education, Dr. Szirth uses the REALiS SX7 in both locations for precise, extremely color-accurate medical-grade display of the delicate structures of the human eye. "The REALiS SX7 LCOS Projector allows our students to understand digital images the way I see them in the scope. We project gray scale fluorescein angiograms, which are difficult to interpret without high contrast and high resolving power."

"We use Canon's retinal cameras," Dr. Szirth noted, regarding the Community-Based Eye Screening Program, which checks for retinal diseases in children and adults. "The image quality, edge-to-edge sharpness, self-alignment, and color control of Canon's retinal cameras all speak to Canon's understanding of imaging needs in the medical field. Capturing digital images with a high-quality retinal camera demands that we also review those images with a super high-resolution screen, or in our case - a high-resolution projection system. Canon's optical reputation played an important role in our decision to choose the REALiS SX7 LCOS Projector. Without a projector that has the clarity of the REALiS SX7, it would be easy to miss the appearance of early diseases that are associated in the discovery or follow-up of an eye treatment. Color and resolution are also key factors."

The REALiS SX7 Multimedia LCOS Projector displays intricately detailed images at SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) resolution, a contrast ratio of 1000:1, and a high brightness rated at 4000 lumens. Essential to the REALiS SX7 Multimedia LCOS Projector's detailed still- and motion-image display capabilities is its proprietary Canon AISYS (Aspectual Illumination System) Optical Engine. A product of Canon's worldwide leadership in digital imaging, the AISYS Optical Engine efficiently equalizes and optimizes light from the projection lamp and maximizes the benefits of LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) technology. The REALiS SX7 also features a Genuine Canon 1.7x Power Zoom Lens as well as Canon's high-accuracy Color Management System, which is derived from technology originally developed for their acclaimed line of digital cameras and printers. Proprietary color filters deliver exceptional accuracy and detail in both Adobe RGB and sRGB color space, which are vital to medical imaging and other professional disciplines demanding precise color-matching.

"In addition to needing a projector with high resolving power and true color rendition from the capture source," Dr. Szirth added, "we also need automatic image set-up."

The REALiS SX7 Multimedia LCOS Projector fulfilled that requirement as well for Dr. Szirth and his students. As with other models in Canon's REALiS line, the REALiS SX7 offers a host of "smart" features that make preparing for a presentation quick and easy. Within seconds of a user pressing its Auto Setup button, the REALiS SX7 identifies the input source, corrects keystone distortion, sharpens focus, and adjusts for wall color. A projected Guide Message Display in an on-screen window provides convenient information and set-up tips. When the presentation concludes, the REALiS SX7's Off and Go feature allows users to pack-up quickly by simply unplugging the power cord while internal circuitry continues to run the fan and cool the projector.

"Nothing I have seen in the medical arena comes close to the capabilities of the Canon REALiS SX7 Multimedia Projector," Dr. Szirth concluded. "It delivers what we need."

For more information about Canon REALiS Multimedia LCOS Projectors, please 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, ranked 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

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CANON U.S.A. REALiS X600 MULTIMEDIA LCOS PROJECTOR PROVIDES SUPERIOR IMAGE CLARITY FOR URBANA HIGH SCHOOL

In the past, when physics teacher Matt Sly needed to show his classes simulations, charts, and videos, he'd say, "what this is supposed to look like is..." Well, now his physics students at Urbana High School in Urbana, Illinois, have help when using their imaginations to understand complex concepts since Mr. Sly replaced his old projector with a Canon REALiS X600 Multimedia LCOS Projector. This projector provides images with exceptional color reproduction, high contrast and high brightness - eliminating the need to dim the lights during class.

"I was interested in the potential of a high-quality projector that could communicate my physics teaching to the students in a clearer manner," explained Mr. Sly. "I use PowerPoint on a regular basis, with links to many Java applets on the web. I often use these simulations to bring difficult-to-visualize events into a reality - which I could never do with just a whiteboard. The ultimate goal was to have a high-quality projector to use in my classroom every day that students would perceive as an investment in them as learners. The Canon REALiS X600 LCOS Projector was exactly what we needed."

"The best features of the projector have to be the brightness and the clarity of the images," Mr. Sly continued. "From time to time, students comment about how they now take for granted the amazing picture quality of the Canon REALiS X600 LCOS Projector - that is until one of their other teachers uses a different projector." The clarity and color accuracy of the Canon REALiS X600 recently came in handy for Mr. Sly when teaching the students about light. "All of the colors for color mixing were presented very true to the descriptions. In the past, I've had to say to students 'Pretend that the color is actually yellow when we mix red and green light.' The Canon REALiS X600 LCOS Projector, however, delivers colors very accurately."

The intricate detail of the images projected by the Canon REALiS X600 are made possible by Canon's proprietary AISYS (Aspectual Illumination System) Optical Engine, which efficiently manages and optimizes light from the projection lamp, and maximizes the performance of LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) technology - to produce lattice-free, intricately detailed, color-rich images.

Previous negative experiences with projectors had made Mr. Sly question the wisdom of using them in his lessons. With true-to-life images being mission-critical for certain simulations, he thought that he would never be able to find an affordable projector that could deliver the quality he needed - until he saw the REALiS X600 LCOS Projector. "Whenever I use my projector for teaching, I want the information displayed to be as clear and sharp to the student in the back row of the room as it is for the student in the front row," he declared. "I want students to see the picture how I see it on my monitor. My experience with projectors in the past was that this was not the case. When teaching physics, detail-oriented images occur often in simulations, spreadsheet work, and in the computer based labs (CBLs). I feel very fortunate to have such a useful tool as the Canon REALiS X600 in my classroom, and I think my students appreciate the quality as well."

The REALiS X600 Multimedia LCOS Projector gets a great deal of use in Mr. Sly's classroom. "On any given day I use my projector several times. This includes displaying PowerPoint presentations in lecture situations and presenting movies on topics we are covering. I also prefer to use it when showing simulations from Web sites and videos, because they are designed to capture events difficult to reproduce in a lab setting and it makes them more understandable for the students," he remarked. "I have also used it for review games and to teach students how to use web functions. Just recently, I utilized the projector to show the students how to use Microsoft Excel for a project. The image quality for that was really key as in the past I had to zoom in, limiting what I could show at the same time, to make sure they could see the cell lines in the Excel sheet."

"In addition, my classroom made use of CBLs, in which students collected data using equipment connected directly to the computer with motion detectors, force sensors, light sensors, and much more," Mr. Sly elaborated. "When demonstrating procedures to the class, I noticed how much quicker it was for them to get into the lab, as they could actually read the screen as I showed them how to navigate through windows, select sections of the data on their graphs, and other parts of the labs. This saved class time, allowing for more time to focus on doing the science."

Additional features of the Canon REALiS X600 Multimedia LCOS Projector that have made it an indispensable part of Mr. Sly's classroom are its Auto Set-Up function, which instantly identifies and selects the input source, corrects keystone distortion, sharpens focus, and adjusts for wall color. It was the sharpness of the image, however, that won him over. "No comparison," he affirmed. "This projector is so much better than any I have used before. The picture is just so much better than I imagined I would ever have in my classroom. Students were amazed at the beginning of the year! Another teacher using the projector even said there were some visualizations that he chose not to show in the past, but with the Canon REALiS X600 LCOS Projector he was able to show them to his students."

"I wish every teacher using visual technology in their classroom had access to such an amazing projector," he concluded. "Students respond so much more to visual representations, particularly to concepts that are difficult to conceptualize. Using a projector like the Canon REALiS X600 LCOS Projector, students can really see the actual phenomenon, from any seat in the classroom. I am very grateful to this projector for allowing me the opportunity to see how a truly impressive projection system can transform normal technology use into visual inspiration."

For more information about Canon REALiS Multimedia LCOS Projectors, please 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, ranked 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

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CANON U.S.A. REALiS SX7 MULTIMEDIA PROJECTOR DELIVERS CLEAR, SHARP DISPLAY OF SOFTWARE CODE FOR ELSEVIER

Writing computer software requires exacting detail. Proofreading each letter, number, and symbol in the code and checking that it is correct requires a crisp, high-resolution display that a team of programmers can carefully review, line-by-line. Since there is no room for error, the Engineering Information Group of publishing giant Elsevier displays their code for peer review using a Canon REALiS SX7 Multimedia Projector. Featuring HD-quality SXGA+ resolution display of intricate type as small as 7-point, the use of this projector enables the division's entire team of programmers to view the software code as a group on a large-screen, in high-resolution detail.

"The crisp display from the REALiS SX7 made this job possible," explained Joel Bernstein, Director of Information Technology for Elsevier's Engineering Information Group. "It's a great way for our programmers to review the code together. The REALiS SX7 was perfect for our needs, and we're going to use it on every project."

Prior to acquiring the Canon REALiS SX7 Multimedia Projector, software programmers at Elsevier used plasma screens, but found the image clarity at small-font size was blurry and hard to read. Now, the intricately detailed display provided by the REALiS SX7 eliminates that challenge. The precise imagery found on this projector enables Bernstein to display the code at 10-point font size, which maximizes the amount of text projected at any given time. By using the REALiS SX7, Elsevier programmers can view and discuss the code as a group, which speeds the peer-review process while also making it more efficient.

With SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) resolution, 4000 lumen high-brightness, and a contrast ratio of 1000:1, the REALiS SX7 Multimedia Projector provides HD-quality display of type, images, and motion video even in brightly lit environments. The key to the performance is the patented, proprietary Canon AISYS (Aspectual Illumination System) Optical Engine, which maximizes the display power of the advanced LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) reflective panels built into every Canon REALiS Multimedia Projector. As a result, Canon's AISYS-enhanced LCOS projectors deliver exceptionally detailed, lattice-free, color-accurate images while maintaining a compact form factor.

The 4000 lumen brightness of the REALiS SX7 Multimedia Projector is an additional benefit for Elsevier's software peer-review group, as it allows them to display the text with the lights on, giving the programmers the ability to take notes and make revisions during the process.

Bernstein noted the programmers projected their software code directly onto a wall, and the REALiS SX7 Multimedia Projector's Auto Screen Color feature instantly compensated for the wall color. Other Auto Set-Up functions include: Auto Keystone, which calculates the angle of the projector and corrects for image distortion; Auto Focus, which employs a sensor on the front of the projector to measure the distance to the screen and adjusts focus as quickly as one second; and Auto Input, which detects the image signal from the input terminal, identifies it as the input signal, and selects it for display.

Equipped with a Genuine Canon Optics 1.7x Wide Power Zoom Lens, the REALiS SX7 Multimedia Projector can deliver a diagonal screen size from 40 to 300 inches (with throw distances of 3.9 feet, and 29.5 feet respectively). At only 10.6 lbs. the REALiS SX7 is easily transportable to any presentation location. When the presentation is completed, the convenient "Off and Go" feature allows users to pack-up quickly by simply unplugging the power cord while internal circuitry continues to power the fan and cool the projector.

For more information on Canon REALiS projectors, please 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, ranked 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

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CANON U.S.A.'S REALiS SX60 DELIVERS PRAISEWORTHY IMAGES FOR THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF SALT SPRINGS, FLORIDA

The old joke about being hit by divine lightning came frighteningly true at the First Baptist Church of Salt Springs, Florida. During a recent storm, lightning struck the church and damaged its projector beyond repair. Prompted by the calamity, the church embarked on a search for a new projector capable of displaying the words of hymns and the notes for sermons clearly enough for everyone in the 150-member congregation to read - and bright enough for them to do so without dimming the lights. Their quest eventually led them to choose the Canon REALiS SX60 Multimedia Projector.

"We have been a part of this community since 1950, and we have a very active senior citizen contingent of our congregation," explained Rebecca Henry, Ministry Assistant at the church. "We needed a projector that could display sermons and lyrics brightly and clearly enough so that everyone in the room could see them. The REALiS SX60 was exactly the right fit."

The heart of Canon's acclaimed line of REALiS Multimedia Projectors is its proprietary AISYS-enhanced LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) technology. LCOS is a next-generation reflective panel that provides lattice-free, seamless images with intricate detail, exceptional color, and brilliant clarity. Canon's innovative AISYS (Aspectual Illumination System) Optical Engine maximizes the image-creation power of LCOS by regulating the light from the projection lamp for improved light efficiency, image uniformity, and expanded color space. In Canon's REALiS SX60 Multimedia Projector the result is SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) resolution, 2500 lumens of brightness, and a contrast ratio of 1000:1 (2000:1 in the REALiS SX60's Home Cinema Mode).

Canon's REALiS SX60 Multimedia Projector achieves clear display of large images, even in lighted indoor environments such as the First Baptist Church of Salt Springs, Florida. Additionally, the REALiS SX60 Multimedia Projector is exceptionally quiet for its class, so that congregants can hear the sermon clearly without distraction.

The brightness of the REALiS SX60 Multimedia Projector was a major plus, Henry explains. It meant that church services did not have to include dimmed lights when the lyrics of hymns were displayed. "We don't have to adjust the lights at all with the REALiS SX60," she remarked. "Neither the lights in the room or the daylight have had any effect on the projector. The image is much nicer than our previous projector, it fits perfectly with our auditorium, and it's very easy to adjust."

The REALiS SX60 Multimedia Projector's unparalleled color control features an easy-to-use Graphical User Interface that lets Henry adjust the palette of colors to "paint the picture" she wants for the congregation. With Memory/Vivid Color Correction, Henry can adjust the degree of vividness of each of the primary colors (red, green, blue) and each of the secondary colors (cyan, magenta, yellow). The REALiS SX60 Multimedia Projector's 6-axis (RGBCMY) Color Adjustment lets her fine-tune the hue and saturation of each of the primary and secondary colors. This high degree of control allows for exacting adjustment of each projected image.

For Henry, the REALiS SX60 Multimedia Projector was exactly what she needed to ensure that the entire congregation received the full benefit of the worship service experience. "The Canon REALiS SX60 Multimedia Projector has been a fantastic addition to our services, and we're considering getting a second one for our choir in the future," Henry concluded. "When we do our worship service, we like for everything to be clear, and that's exactly what we've gotten. The REALiS SX60 Multimedia Projector makes the service more enjoyable for everybody."

For more information on Canon REALiS projectors, please 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, ranked 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

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CANON REALiS X600 MULTIMEDIA PROJECTOR REVOLUTIONIZES ART INSTRUCTION AT MASSAPEQUA HIGH SCHOOL

Art instruction has been made easier for students at Massapequa High School on Long Island, New York. Until recently, when Art Educator Vickie Ahearn needed to show her class close-up pictures of brush strokes or other fine artistic details, it required passing a book around the room or having students surround her desk to view illustrations. Now, however, a Canon REALiS X600 Multimedia Projector provides the class with large-screen displays of crisp XGA resolution images and all the 3500 ANSI lumen brightness necessary to view art illustrations without having to dim the lights.

"The Canon REALiS X600 Multimedia Projector has changed how I teach my classes," Ahearn declared. "I can sit at my desk and demonstrate an art technique to the students, and they don't have to leave their seats to see it. The bright, crisp image allows me to use the projector without having to turn off the lights in my classroom. Students can work along with me, step by step, throughout a demonstration of a drawing or painting technique. This has had a huge impact on my teaching and use of technology as a seamless part of delivering instruction."

"I am able to demonstrate techniques to the entire class," Ahearn continued. "Students no longer struggle to see. They can view large, brilliant images with magnified details and no distortion. I've demonstrated rendering and painting techniques using pencil, colored pencil, charcoal, oil pastel, pen and ink, and water color using the REALiS X600 Multimedia Projector and it has greatly impacted my students understanding of these techniques. The razor-sharp image from the REALiS X600 allows me to show how to blend colored pencils, creating subtle nuances of value."

The intricate detail of the REALiS X600 Multimedia Projector's XGA resolution is made possible by Canon's patented, proprietary AISYS (Aspectual Illumination System) optical engine, which equalizes the light from the projection lamp and maximizes the performance of the next-generation LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) display device employed by the REALiS X600 Multimedia Projector to produce lattice-free, intricately detailed, rich-color motion or still-image projection.

"In the art classroom, a lot of the work we are doing is very detailed and intricate," Ahearn affirmed. "For every type of project that the students do, it is critically important to be able to see the detail. In my architecture class, my textile class, and my fashion design class, students are able to use the intuitive controls of the technology to spotlight the finest pencil line of their renderings."

Additional features of the Canon REALiS X600 Multimedia Projector that have made it an indispensable part of Ahearn's classroom are its Auto Set-Up function, which instantly identifies and selects the input source, corrects keystone distortion, sharpens focus, and adjusts for wall color. Also crucial is the REALiS X600 Multimedia Projector's quiet (31 dB in Silent Mode) operation. "Setting up the projector is effortless," she remarked. "The Auto Set-Up feature is a great time-saver in the classroom, ensuring that the projected images are perfectly focused. In addition, it emits very little heat and is almost silent while in use. This enables students to sit next to the projector and focus on the lesson, not the projector."

The possibilities opened up to Ahearn's classes by the REALiS X600 Multimedia Projector have been extraordinary. "The REALiS X600 Multimedia Projector has revolutionized the way that I teach," Ahearn concluded. "Students can remain in their seats with the classroom lights on, working with me step-by-step on their artwork. They have been actively involved in creating lessons and presenting them to the class. The projector has opened up many possibilities to enhance my lessons and it creates an exciting learning environment for my students."


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

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CANON REALiS SX6 MULTIMEDIA PROJECTOR GETS "GREEN LIGHT" FROM TRAFFIC PLANNING AND DESIGN

For Traffic Planning and Design (TPD), a Pottstown, Penn.-based civil engineering firm, visual details are mission-critical. In order to show CADD (Computer Aided Design & Drafting) graphics of upcoming projects, TPD needed a display solution that could accurately convey every visual detail with intricate precision and clarity. After researching available options TPD outfitted its primary conference room with a Canon REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector, which provides crisp SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) resolution display, 3,500 ANSI Lumens of brightness, a contrast ratio of 1000:1, and Adobe RGB color matching.

"We wanted very high-quality resolution because we're doing a lot of very, very finely detailed CADD drawings," declared TPD's IT Manager Karl Fischer. "The biggest issue was to make sure that the projector was bright enough and that the colors were clear enough. This is because there are a lot of different shades of colors within these CADD design files, and the different grades, shades, and line weights represent different design features. We looked at several projectors from various dealers, but once we gave them our specs, they told us it was going to cost about $15,000. Our rep at Haverford Systems, however, showed us that we could get the performance we needed for less than half that price with a Canon REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector, and it has been phenomenal."

The Canon REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector's intricately detailed SXGA+ resolution image projection was especially necessary due to the fact that CADD designers work on dual-screen monitors. “With their workstations, the designers are running dual 19-inch or 21-inch flat-screen monitors, with plans stretched out across both screens," Fischer explained. "We're then going from working on dual flat-screen monitors to throwing a single image up on a wall in the conference rooms for collaboration. That single image has to contain all the detail we've put into the plan and still be really clear and concise. The Canon REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector has such good resolution that it was able to take these large plans and make them visible on a single screen without a problem."

Further enhancing the display quality of the REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector is the optical excellence of its Genuine Canon 1.7x Ultra-Wide Powered Zoom Lens. Featuring the widest zoom range of any of Canon's projector lenses, the REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector's 1.7x Wide Powered Zoom Lens provides a diagonal screen size range from 40 inches (at a very short projection distance of 3.9 feet) to a maximum of 300 inches. Even at a distance of 9.8 feet, the Canon REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector can project at a screen size of 100 inches.

Color Accuracy
For Fischer, another major benefit of the Canon REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector was its color-matching features. He noted that the entire company knew that TPD's previous projector was displaying colors inaccurately as soon as they would see the black-and-yellow TPD logo on the screen. With the Canon REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector, however, the logo appears exactly as it was designed, and serves as a benchmark to let the staff know that the rest of the colors they will see will be accurate as well.

"If you ever look at a CADD design of roadway improvements you would see how detailed they are, just as with the details of any kind of mechanical drawing showing the different line weights, the different colors, the different shades," stated Fischer. "All of these details mean something very, very serious. If you misinterpret any of them then projects could fail when they go to construction because of bad information in the plans. We need sharp, accurate colors, and that’s what we get with the Canon REALiS SX6."

The Canon REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector installation in TPD's main conference room will soon be replicated with a similar setup in each of its three satellite offices sometime in 2008. "The REALiS SX6 blew our old projector out of the water; it wasn't even close," Fischer concluded. "Between the color richness, the sharpness of the image, the brightness, and the accuracy of color, the Canon REALiS SX6 is a much better projector than we've ever seen before."

For more information on Canon REALiS projectors, please visit www.canonprojectors.com.


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

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CANON'S REALiS SX6 MULTIMEDIA PROJECTOR PROVIDES PICTURE-PERFECT PRESENTATIONS OF PAINTINGS

Students pursuing a graduate degree in art history at the University of Maryland's flagship campus in College Park carefully study the detail and color of world-famous artworks, most of which they've never seen in their original versions. Providing students with an accurate visual reproduction of the color and detail subtleties of art masterpieces is essential, which is why the university's Department of Art History and Archaeology chose the Canon REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector.

"Art historians are a little unusual in their almost manic devotion to having a well-reproduced image of the original," explained Quint Gregory, curator of the Department's Visual Resources Center. "We're studying and presenting things that are designed to be seen in person, but we're not actually seeing them in person. For this reason, we want to create a surrogate that is quite good, and that's why we care so much. One of our reps set up a demo with the Canon REALiS SX6 where we put it side-by-side with our best projector at the time. It was truly a night-and-day comparison. From the moment the Canon REALiS SX6 was turned on, I thought 'Wow! That is what it's supposed to look like!' "

Gregory reports impressive results with the control over the hue and saturation of colors provided by the Canon REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector. "It blew me away," he stated. "Being able to set the color at six different critical points gives us a level of control over how the image is going to look that is unprecedented. I've never experienced that before from a projector. It allowed us to push the projector in a way I didn't think we would be able to. What was already great color reproduction became fantastic color reproduction. If anyone asks about a projection, I feel very confident about saying, 'You're seeing it exactly as it's supposed to be seen.' "

Sweetness In Light
"Creating a great image is our main concern," Gregory explained. "The AISYS-enhanced LCOS system, especially when combined with the Canon optics, is just brilliant. I have high praise for the engineers who came up with that for the REALiS line; it's a really well-put-together machine."

The AISYS-enhanced LCOS display technology of the Canon REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector provided Gregory with welcome relief from the "screen-door effect," a lattice-like grid produced by some LCD and DLP projectors that imprints images with the appearance of being viewed through a screen door. This had plagued the DLP projector previously used by the department. "I know from my own understanding of optics as an art historian that the screen-door effect actually impacts your perception of color, the intensity of color, and the saturation and integrity of the object viewed," noted Gregory. "The REALiS SX6 was able to minimize that, and it was a big leap forward in projecting images on the screen that really came close to being a true reproduction of a work of art."

"It's hard to talk about an artist such as Rembrandt and his late paintings and his brushwork, the almost chemical melding of different colors, and not be able to show that in the detail," he continued. When you bring up a detail of his painting, you want students to see the texture, to see the colors accurately reproduced. They're unpacking those objects with their eyes and their minds, and engaging them and trying to make sense of them, and put them in a meaningful context. In order for students to do that, they've got to be able to see these images well, and that's why the projection is so important. That's why the detail is important, and that's why color is so incredibly important. And that's why the REALiS SX6 is such a perfect fit."

The Canon REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector has been nicknamed "Sweetness in Light" by Gregory and the Department, which may outfit several classrooms with REALiS Multimedia Projectors in the near future. "For the longest time, the weak link in our chain has been the projectors," he concluded. "What the REALiS SX6 has done is shift the chain and make the emphasis turn to the production of images, to make sure they are good enough for the projector."

For more information about the REALiS SX6 visit our website: 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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All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.

† IFI Patent Intelligence Press Release, January 2008

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