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Four Canon products win top awards in Europe

TOKYO, May 8, 2008—Four Canon products were recognized with "Best Product 2008" awards by the prestigious Technical Image Press Association (TIPA), representing 30 photography and imaging magazines across 13 European countries.

The Canon EOS 450D (EOS Rebel XSi in the Americas; EOS Kiss X2 in Japan) digital SLR camera earned "Best D-SLR Advanced in Europe 2008" honors. The TIPA jury called the 12.2 megapixel 450D "an excellent camera to discover the next step in digital photography," praising the model's lightweight and compact design, "impressive" 3.0-inch LCD screen with Live View mode, and fast burst rate.

The TIPA jury named Canon's EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS telephoto zoom lens "Best Entry-Level Lens in Europe 2008." Ideal for wildlife, sports and travel photography, the judges noted the "tremendous range of focal lengths" offered by the lens, along with the optical Image Stabilizer, which provides image stabilization equivalent to approximately four shutter-speed stops. The panel was also impressed by the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS's imaging performance and, weighing only 390 grams, lightweight construction.

The Canon PIXMA MP970 (PIXUS MP970 in Japan) inkjet all-in-one was selected as "Best Multifunction Photo Printer in Europe 2008." Summing up the appeal of the PIXMA MP970 in just four words—"Photos and more besides!"—the judges highlighted the model's use of seven inks in separate cartridges for "natural color rendition," and Canon's 9,600 x 2,400 dpi FINE printhead, which ensures "superb photo quality in terms of color reproduction, detail and sharpness."

The judges crowned the Canon CanoScan 8800F as "Best Flatbed Photo Scanner in Europe 2008." The TIPA jury noted that the 4,800 x 9,600 dpi CanoScan 8800F, capable of scanning up to twelve 35mm slides or negatives at a time, "provides consumers with a solution for all photo archiving needs." The scanner also earned kudos for its Film Automatic Retouching and Enhancement (FARE) Level 3 technology, which corrects for the effects of dust, scratches, color fading and graininess, and high-luminance white LED lamp, which "virtually eliminates warm-up time and allows for scanning to begin instantaneously from its sleep mode."

Winners of TIPA's European Photo & Imaging Awards are selected annually from among the photo and imaging products launched in Europe during the previous 12 months from June to May. Canon products have been recognized for excellence with multiple awards spanning both input and output devices. An awards ceremony for the 2008 winners will be held on September 23 during this year's Photokina fair in Cologne, Germany.