(LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y.--BUSINESS WIRE--May 15, 2006) Canon's XL H1 HD camcorder received five prestigious industry awards, including the NAB2006 Award for Innovation in Media (AIM) Award; TV Technology magazine's "STAR Award"; Videography magazine's "Vidy Award"; The 4EVER Group's "Product Innovation Award"; and Television Broadcast magazine's "Top Innovation Award".
In addition, Canon's Console software received Broadcast Engineering magazine's "Pick Hit" award at the 2006 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) exhibit, April 24 - 27, in Las Vegas.
"We are pleased to see such widespread industry acceptance of our first HD camcorder," said Yukiaki Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of the consumer imaging group at Canon U.S.A., Inc. "The surge of third party support for post production and editing combined with multiple industry innovation awards has really demonstrated to us that the industry has embraced the XL H1 HD camcorder as an affordable yet highly functional HD capture solution."
NAB2006 AIM Award - The Canon XL H1 HD camcorder won an AIM Award in the Content Creation category at this year's NAB2006 AIM Awards. This award is the direct result of voting by the attendees of the show and reflects products that emulate benefits to the users, such as enhanced creativity, faster workflow, all while lowering cost.
TV Technology STAR Award - The Canon XL H1 HD camcorder received the seventh annual "Superior Technology Award" (STAR). TV Technology magazine chooses a panel of judges consisting of industry professionals to judge the awards based on products that demonstrate the ability to further enhance the professional video trade.
Videography Vidy Award - Videography magazine presented Canon with a "Vidy Award" for the XL H1 HD camcorder. The editorial staff of Videography Magazine presents the award for products that represent the evolution of video technology.
4EVER Group Product Innovation Award - The Event Videography Education and Resources group presented the "Product Innovation Award" to the Canon XL H1 HD camcorder based on its potential for a significant and positive impact upon the event video industry.
Broadcast Engineering Pick Hit Award - Now in its 21st year, Broadcast Engineering's "Pick Hit" is the industry's longest running award recognizing innovative products. This year, Canon's Console Software demonstrated its ability to be a highly functional, yet affordable solution to users of the XL H1 HD Camcorder.
Television Broadcast Magazine's "Top Innovation" Award - The Canon XL H1 HD camcorder received this award as a product that combines the best of workflow enhancement and affordable cost to form an innovative product.
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 rated #35 on the BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands." Its parent company Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ) is a top patent holder of technology, ranking second overall in the U.S. in 2005, with global revenues of $31.8 billion. For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com.