Published: January 29, 2013 8:40 AM
By Bruno Labarbere
Translated by: Catherine Barraclough
With 48 hours to go until the CP+ trade fair opens, Canon is first off the mark to announce a set of new cameras with four compacts to add to its IXUS and PowerShot ranges.

Canon IXUS 255 HS
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The IXUS 255 HS has a 12-Megapixel CMOS sensor and uses the DIGIC 5 image processor. The 10x zoom lens starts at a wide-angle setting of 24 mm and comes complete with Canons "Intelligent IS" stabilisation system. Unlike the IXUS 240 HS, it doesn't have a touchscreen. The IXUS 255 HS films Full HD video and gets Wi-Fi connectivity for sharing snaps. Note that there is a GPS function, but to geotag photos you have to connect the camera to a smartphone (with a GPS chip).

The IXUS 255 HS will be available in black, silver and pink.

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The IXUS 135 is basically an IXUS 132 with Wi-Fi (and therefore the "GPS" function too). Otherwise, their spec sheets are identical, with a 16-Megapixel CCD sensor (yes, Canon is still using CCD sensors in its IXUS range), a 2.7" screen with 461,000 dots and no touch-controls, an 8x stabilised zoom lens starting at 28 mm, and 720p HD video. Both models will be available in black, silver and pink, plus there'll be a blue IXUS 135 and a green IXUS 132.


The PowerShot A25000 has tech specs similar to the IXUS 132 and 135. It has the same 16-Megapixel CCD sensor, the same DIGIC 4 image processor, the same 2.7" screen with 461,000 dots, and the same 720p HD video mode. But this PowerShot cuts down on the zoom, with a 5x lens starting at 28 mm. However, the lens is very slightly faster (by half an aperture stop). This compact will be available in black or red.

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