Canon announces new compacts with lots of zoom

While Panasonic and Olympus were busy showing off new interchangeable lens cameras, Canon appears to have been working on its compact range, making cameras smaller, faster, and with better low light sensitivity.

New in the super slim range for Canon is the IXUS 230 HS and IXUS 1100 HS, two new compacts boasting Full HD 1080p movie capture,12.1 megapixel sensors, an image stabilisation system, and support for low light environments.

There’s also room to move, with the IXUS 230 HS offering 8x zoom (28-224mm) and the IXUS 1100 HS (above) letting you get truly close with 12x zoom (28-336mm). The 1100 doesn’t just offer close-up action, it also has touch smarts: a 3.2 inch LCD features a “touch shutter”, allowing you to touch where the camera tracks and snaps the picture.

A third model has also been announced, this time in the slightly thicker PowerShot range. The new Canon PowerShot SX150 IS features a 14.1 megapixel sensor, 12x optical zoom (28-336mm), HD 720p movie capture, image stabilisation, and runs on AA batteries.

No prices on any of these yet, though with releases in September for the IXUS models and November for the PowerShot, we can’t imagine they’ll be far off.