Canon launch the IXUS 300 HS compact camera

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Canon have today announced the launch of the IXUS 300 HS compact digital camera. Featuring a 10 meagpixel CMOS sensor, the IXUS 300 HS has a few interesting features that sets it apart from the pack.

Top of the list of those features is slow motion movie capture. With speeds up to 240 fps, this will be great for capturing the finishing line at the kids sports day.

The lens too is more feature-rich than other comparable compact cameras. While it only offers a 3.8x optical zoom with a wide angle of 28mm, it is far more capable in low light situations thanks to its F/2.0 rating. There is also an ISO 3200 full resolution shooting mode, and a an ISO 6400 mode if you are prepared to sacrifice a few megapixels.

Plenty of scene and image stabilisation modes are built in, including fish eye, Canon’s Smart Auto and smile or wink shutter. There are also robust manual controls for those who like to tweak their images.

Last but not least, there is support for 720p video capture, with a mini HDMI-out for showing your snaps and videos on a big screen.

Available in silver and black, with a white model exclusive to Jessops and a red model exclusive to John Lewis, the IXUS 300 HS will be out in May. A bit on the expensive side though at £379, but there are plenty of cool features for your money.

Gerald Lynch