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Monday, January 9 12:00 AM ET

Canon Fuses SLR Camera with Cell Phone

By Nikolaj Borg

New York , NY - In a stunning technological breakthrough, Canon has managed to combine their digital SLR cameras with advanced cell phone technology. From now on, you will always have a phone handy, no matter where you are.

Phone Camera"I got the idea out on a photo safari in my local park when I needed a friend's advice," Alana Harford, Chief of Engineering at Canon, explained. "But when I wanted to call him, I realized that I had - once again - forgotten my cell phone at home. At first I thought about duct taping the phone to my camera - which I've always got on me. Then it occurred to me: 'Hey, why not combine the two?'"

The first cell phone capable camera from Canon will be the Digital Rebel XCP. Mechanically, it is similar to Canon's popular entry-level digital SLR, the Digital Rebel XT. However, the controls on the back have been changed to make room for microphone, speaker and dial pad.

Also, the added phone capability allows the photographer to send pictures to other cameras - or phones. Using the latest 3rd generation mobile technology, the XCP can transfer its 8 MegaPixel images in both JPG and lossless RAW format.

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The product was not universally lauded by certain professional photographers. Some nature photographers complained the phone has rung and scared off wildlife, and setting the phone to vibrate can blur pictures.

"I think we're on to something here," Alana Harford added. "In a few years, I bet you can't find a camera out there without a built-in phone."

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