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Canon announces M430 and M80 media storage viewers for digital photographers

Canon launches the portable storage viewers, the Canon Media Storage M30 and Canon Media Storage M80. These devices feature a large ultra-bright 3.7" TFT screen with 160 viewing angle for image and video review,  a little smaller than the 4" screen of the Epson P-5000 and P-3000 Storage Viewers announced last week. The devices come with a 30GB or 80GB hard disk to store digital images, movie and sound files of various file formats and both models feature a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface and slots for CF and SD cards...

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Canon announces M430 and M80 media storage viewers for digital photographers - digital camera and photography newsCanon today launches the portable devices, designed with EOS and other digital photographers in mind. The Canon Media Storage M30 and Canon Media Storage M80 devices feature a large ultra-bright 3.7” TFT screen with 160º viewing angle for image and video review, and a 30Gb/80Gb hard disk to store digital images, movie and sound files of various file formats. Both units feature a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface and slots for CF and SD cards.


With their tough, robust magnesium alloy bodies and intuitive navigation familiar to EOS owners, the devices add an important link to the workflow chain of professional photojournalists and photographers on location, outdoor and expedition shoots. They are also expected to be popular with the increasing body of every-day photographers looking for new ways to store and display favourite shots and extend storage capacity whilst away from the computer.

The Media Storage M30 and M80 feature:

30/80 Gb hard disk
3.7” ultra-bright TFT screen with 160º viewing angle
CF and SD card reader
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connection
Support for multiple image, video and sound file formats, including Canon RAW, MPEG, MP3 and WAV.
Extended PictBridge functionality
4 – 8 digit image file password protection
1/8” audio-out headphone jack

“This is the EOS accessory many Canon professionals have been asking us for,” said Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging Europe. “As well as extending pro photographer back-up and storage capacity, there is no doubt the units will appeal to amateur photographers looking for more flexible, enjoyable and portable alternatives to the traditional photo album."

Multi-media versatility

In addition to the capacity to store Canon RAW and JPEG images, the Media Storage M30 and M80 units can also store and display / playback a variety of multi-media files. A headphone jack is provided for audio playback of MPEG as well as WAV and MP3 files.

Reliability and security

Designed for professional use, the units are robust, reliable and secure. The 1.8” HDD is chosen for its stability and superior protection features and both units are protected with a tough, rugged magnesium alloy outer casing. To avoid corruption, files are validated during upload from memory card. To prevent unauthorised access, images and other files can be protected with an up to 8 digit password.

Battery convenience

For EOS photographer convenience, the units take the BP 511A battery used in various EOS models including the EOS 5D, EOS 20D and EOS 30D, as well as professional products such as the WFT E1 Wireless File Transmitter.
September 28, 2006
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