We’re now in the run up to the CP+ imaging show in Japan which means one inevitability – a deluge of new digital camera news!
First out of the blocks are Canon, who have added four new models to their IXUS compact camera range.
Top of the line is the Canon IXUS 255 HS. It’s packing a 12.1MP CMOS sensor and the latest Canon DIGIC 5 processor, as well as a 10x optical zoom lens, equivalent to 24-240mm. Intelligent Image Stabilisation is on board, as is a burst shooting mode that can capture 6.2 frames a second at 3MP (great for capturing moving subjects, but not the highest of resolutions then). Wi-Fi is built in for quickly sending snaps to a PC or social network, and there’s also GPS via a smartphone feature that lets you add geotagged locations to your pictures.
The remaining new models each share similar specs, but differ in a few key places from each other.
Kicking off with the IXUS 140, it’s a 16MP model using a CCD sensor rather than CMOS, and the more aged DIGIC 4 processor, making it slightly less well prepared for low-light scenarios than the IXUS 255 HS. It has an 8x optical zoom lens with a 28-224mm equivalent zoom range, Intelligent Image Stabilisation, Wi-Fi and GPS, with a 3-inch, 460k-dot LCD screen on the rear.
The IXUS 135 is almost identical to the IXUS 140 internally, but is slightly smaller with a 2.7-inch LCD screen round the back.
Last up is the IXUS 132, which is identical to the 16MP IXUS 135, but omits the Wi-Fi and GPS functionality.
All cameras in the new range also offer Instagram-style creative filters and shooting modes, as well as a new ECO mode for improved battery conservation.
We’ve just had confirmation of pricing and availability for three models:
IXUS 225 HS £229 (available from early March)
IXUS 135 £149 (available from late March, exclusively in Dixons)
IXUS 132 £129 (available from late March)
Again, we’ll pass on details for the IXUS 140 as we receive it.