Wow, a product launch from Canon that doesn’t involve forty products. It must be a biggie and sure enough it is: all herald the first Ixus Wi-Fi digital camera.
Literalists will be pleased with the new name: Digital Ixus Wireless, it sums everything up very nicely. Across the pond our Yankee chums call it the PowerShot SD430 Digital Elph Wireless, but they also say TomAto and Aluminum so really don’t have a leg to stand on in these matters. So what else does is this descriptively named product not telling us?
Well, it’s a five megapixler and features a 2in LCD, 3x Optical zoom, VGA 30fps video, SD card support and USB2.0. So far so completely stnadard, but it is the aforementioned wireless that sets the heart all aflutter. It is 802.11b, rather than g, but that shouldn’t dissuade too many given that we’re transferring mostly pictures here and it does mean we can share our shots without even being in the same room as our PC.
Wireless printing is also available to everyone even if they don’t have a wireless printer, since Canon as been good enough to bundle a Wireless Print Adaptor. Size and weight are reasonably compact at 99 x 54 x 21.7mm and 130g and you’ll be able to splash out £399 (incl. VAT) on one from January 2006.
I know, I know… you wanted one for Christmas.