Canon Adds Two More to IXUS HS Line; New Digicams Focus More on Low-Noise Imaging

August 24, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

In case you have been waiting for upgrading beyond your IXUS 220 HS digicam days, Canon seems to have read your mind. The company has announced a successor – in the form of the IXUS 230 HS. Accompanying the IXUS 230 HS is yet another sleek model christened IXUS 1100 HS.

The two devices come as part of the company’s IXUS range. The significance of these two models is that the focus is on low-noise imaging. Canon seems to have thrown in much effort to make the device capture the natural ambiance of the scene, thereby producing crisp, low-noise images without having to use the flash or a tripod. Both of these claim to be the slimmest in their respective zoom categories.

Among the host of features that the two carry along with them are a 4-stop optical image stabilizer and a new Intelligent IS system which offers great detail in stills and moves.

This system automatically identifies the shooting situation and selects the most appropriate image stabilization from 7 possible modes namely Normal IS, Dynamic IS, Powered IS, Panning IS, Macro IS, Tripod mode and Dynamic Macro IS.

Behind the lens is a 12.1 back-illuminated CMOS sensor. Both the models can shoot 1080p Full HD video. 1100 HS comes with 12 x optical zoom, and features a wide 28mm lens and a 3.2 inch PureColor II Touch LCD.

The IXUS 230 HS comes with 8x optical zoom, and features a 3 inch screen. Both come with an array of effects such as miniature effect, fish-eye, super vivid and poster effect, toy camera and monochrome.

The Canon IXUS 230 comes with a price tag of £229 ($375 US) and IXUS 1100 with at £369 ($604 US) in the British marketplace. Both will be available in October. You can head to Canon UK to stay updated on the new devices.   Sure seems to be a busy time ahead for Canon.

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