Canon has announced four new compact cameras joining its range as part of the Company's Spring Collection, alongside the impressive new EOS 550D digital SLR and a few new printers and video cameras.
The most eye-catching of the new cameras is undoubtedly the stylish new IXUS 130, mostly because it's available in a very striking metallic pink that is instantly visible from across the room. The 130 is the slimmest IXUS model so far, measuring just 17.8mm at its thickest point. Nonetheless it manages to fit in a 4x zoom lens with a 28mm wide end, a high-quality 2.7-inch LCD monitor, 720p HD movie recording and high-speed DIGIC 4 processing.
Unfortunately the marketing people seem to have won out over those who actually care about image quality, and Canon has re-entered the megapixel war, inflicting a 14.1-megapixel 1/2.3-inch CCD sensor on what would probably otherwise have been a very nice little pocket compact. Then again maybe I'm being pessimistic, and Canon has found some magical way to overcome the inevitable image noise and dynamic range problems. Hopefully I'll be able to review the IXUS 130 soon and find out.
The IXUS 130 will be available in four different colour options, and goes on sale from March 2010 priced at £279 inc. VAT.
Also competing for pocket space this spring is the new IXUS 105, another tiny but beautifully made ultra-compact. It too has a 28mm wide angle 4x zoom lens and a 2.7-inch LCD monitor, but this time it has a marginally more sensible 12.1-megapixel CCD.
The 105 has a slightly less impressive spec than the 130, with a VGA 30fps video mode complete with YouTube mode. It will be available in four colour options, and hits the shops in March priced at a not too alarming £189 inc. VAT.