Canon has announced a new WiFi-enabled version of its popular Ixus digital camera, which ships in January in the UK.

The Digital Ixus Wireless carries support for IEEE 802.11b, the older WiFi standard which integrates with other variants of wireless technology.

It can be registered with up to eight WIFI-enabled target devices for integration into existing networks.

Wireless wonder

Wireless features include automatic wireless image capture and wireless control of camera shooting functions from a PC. It ships with a Wireless Printer Adaptor (WA-1E) for wireless direct printing to any PictBridge compatible printer.

The 5-megapixel camera is sheathed in a silver chassis and carries a blue LED that lights up during wireless communication. The device has a 3x optical zoom, a 2-inch display and 14 built-in photo modes.

Canon's Intelligent Orientation Sensor technology recognises when the camera is rotated from horizontal to vertical, automatically rotating stored images for correct playback.

Ixus meets the need

Canon's European consumer imaging chief Mogens Jensen said: "With wireless technology extending beyond the office to personal home networks, Canon expects WiFi support to be the next big trend in the digital-imaging market."

The camera ships with Canon's ZoomBrowser EX 5.5 software for Windows) and ImageBrowser 5.5 for Mac. However, at present the wireless communication software is compatible only with Windows XP SP2, though the device will connect to wireless networks.

It is compatible with MMC/SD cards, and ships with a 16MB Canon SD card. It will be available from January 2006 for £399 (including VAT).