Canon has announced three digital cameras – the Digital IXUS 300, and the PowerShot A10 and A20.
The IXUS 300 is compact and includes professional level features. It has an LCD (liquid crystal display) monitor and offers a maximum resolution of 1,600-x-1,200 pixels.
The camera offers a 3x zoom-lens coupled to a 2.1 million pixel sensor, "intelligent" self-focusing and a built-in light-meter. It carries an internal flash and comes with a Type 1 CompactFlash slot and 8MB CompactFlash card. It has a USB interface.
Like many state-of-the-art digital cameras, it can capture short movie clips. The camera ships in April and costs £600.
PowerShot additions Canon has also added the entry-level A10 and A20 models to its PowerShot range. Both cameras feature a 3x zoom-lens. The A10 and A20 have 1.3 and 2.1 megapixel sensors respectively.
The PowerShot A10 can capture resolutions up to 1,280-x-960 pixels; the A20 takes this further with 1,688-x-1,248 pixels. Both cameras feature Canon's AiAF (Artificial intelligence Auto Focus) technology. This compensates for light differences and focuses automatically. The cameras use standard AA batteries, though rechargeable batteries are available as an optional accessory.
The A10 and A20 will connect up to Canon's Card Photo Printer CP-10, which Canon announced yesterday. This will print credit card sized photos direct from the camera and costs £300.
The PowerShot A10 costs £300, the PowerShot A20 £350 – both are expected to ship by early summer. An optional waterproof case is available for both cameras.