Canon has released details of two additions to its Ixus line of compact digicams and three new Legria video cameras, all scheduled for release in March.
The new Ixus 500 HS packs a 12x zoom lens into a small, super-slim body and features a new 10.1-megapixel High Sensitivity CMOS sensor. The Ixus 125 HS has a 5x zoom lens and a 16.1-megapixel High Sensitivity CMOS sensor. Both cameras are able to record Full HD video clips and both feature DiG!C 5 image processors. Each model has a 3-inch LCD monitor with 460,000 dots.
New ‘Face ID’ face recognition functions in the Intelligent Auto mode enable users to program the camera to prioritise family members and friends when taking group shots. Intelligent IS reduces blur from camera shake, even with fast-moving subjects. The Ixus 500 HS will be offered in red and silver, while the Ixus 125 HS comes in silver and black.
The new Legria HFR36, HFR38 and HFM52 video cameras combine Full HD video recording with Wi-Fi connectivity that enables users to upload clips to social network sites like Facebook or YouTube via a new iPhone App ‘Movie Uploader’. The video cameras are also DLNA compliant, meaning home movies can be watched instantly on the big screen on DLNA enabled TVs.
The HFM52 weighs only 310 grams but features an advanced HD CMOS PRO sensor, seen first in Canon’s professional video camera XF series range. It also includes 32GB of internal flash memory and a new Audio Scene Select, allowing users to choose a scene mode to suit the audio of the shooting situation. Simple in camera guidance is given (eg, Music, Speech, Forest and Birds) to shoot video optimised to produce realistic audio for that situation.
The HFR38 also includes 32GB of internal flash memory, while the HFR36 has 8GB. Both models record full HD video and provide increased zoom capabilities (32x optical and 51x advanced) and wider angle view. These tiny (250 gram) cameras are compatible with a wide range of accessories, including a long-life batteries, wide and tele-adaptors, microphones and even an underwater case for the HFM52.
Details of the new cameras can be found on the Canon website at http://www.canon.com.au. Pricing has still to be finalised.