Canon Inc. (TYO:7751) has acquired Denmark-based video surveillance software company Milestone Systems. The terms of the deal were undisclosed. Founded in 1998, Milestone raised $25 million in funding from Index Ventures.
Canon, the Japanese camera-manufacturing company, has hit the 70 million mark for digital EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras. The production of Canon EOS SLR cameras started in 1987 at Canon’s Fukushima Plant with the EOS 650. The company expanded their production bases to Taiwan after that.
At CES, Canon has announced the new Canon N100 digital camera. The N100 has introduced a dual capture feature so that the photographer can be superimposed on a photo that they take. This feature also works with video as well.
Canon has started accepting pre-orders for a Facebook-ready camera called the PowerShotN. The PowerShotN is expected to be released next month. The camera has one-click sharing to Facebook. It actually has a dedicated Facebook button on the camera!
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Canon has announced several new cameras, including the G16 (pictured above), SX170 IS, SX510 HS, and S120. The G16 is the costliest out of all them at $550 and it will start shipping in October. The G16 has a 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 6 processor, 5x 28-140mm f/1.8-2.8 optical zoom lens and 1080/60p video capture.
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Canon has announced a new small DSLR camera called the EOS Rebel SL1. The SL1 is being called the “world’s smallest and lightest DSLR camera.” The body of the camera is 25% smaller and 28% lighter than the Rebel T4i. The SL1 has an ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to H: 25600) and 100-6400 (expandable to H: 12800) for video plus up to 4.0 fps continuous shooting. The SL1 has accurate AF tracking during Live View shooting and a Canon EOS Full HD Movie Mode. The SL1 also has a wide Touch SCreen 3.0″ Clear View LCD monitor II. The SL1 is available as part of a kit with a new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. You will be able to buy the SL1 when it ships in April with a price tag of $649 ($799 with a lens kit).