Canon releases new Powershot and IXUS point-and-shooters

Never let it be said that Canon never gives us anything new. The camera maker today announced its new EOS 550D and has announced a slew of point-and-s

Never let it be said that Canon never gives us anything new. The camera maker today announced its new EOS 550D and has announced a slew of point-and-shooters to back it up.

First up is an addition to the PowerShot range. The 14.1MP SX210 IS packs a 14x wide angle zoom lens with optical image stabilization into its neat body, and it can shoot 720p video at 30fps. It’ll be available in three colours from March for £360.

Meanwhile, over in compact-land, the IXUS 210 (also 14.1MP) claims to be the most advanced touchscreen cam in the range to date and features touch focus and gesture navigation on its 3.5-inch display. It’s got a 5x zoom, motion blur reduction and optical IS, face detection for up to 35 heads and the ability to set off the self-timer by winking (as you do). It, too, has 720p vid capture, and will be available from March for £350.

Lastly come a pair of classic IXUS design point-and-shooters. The 17.8mm thick IXUS 130 is the waifiest Canon yet, but still manages to house a 14.1MP sensor, shoot 720p vids and employ a host of tricks, both useful (ie. face detection) and quirky (ie. fish-eye effect). March again, £310.

Bringing up the rear is the 12.1MP IXUS 105, which lacks HD movie making skills (it’ll record VGA at 30fps) but, like the 130, boasts a number of fun features and a low light mode for late-night party snaps. Also expected in March for £220.

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As you will have noticed, all the cameras here are available in a range of jaunty colours. Let us know what you think of the new wares, and what pastel tones you think you’d like to see on cameras of the future.