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Joining the mid-range IXUS 500 HS
that was announced earlier today, the IXUS 125 HS is a new-entry level model within the stylish, metal-bodied Canon IXUS range.
The IXUS 125 HS marks something of a departure from recent entry-level and mid-range IXUS models in that resolution jumps to 16.1MP, whereas the 115 HS, 220 HS and 230 HS all sported 12.1MP sensors. Alongside the also new 500 HS, the 125 HS is the only IXUS model to benefit from Canon’s latest DIGIC 5 image processor.
On the front, the new model gets a 5x optical zoom that offers a focal range of between 24-120mm in 35mm terms. Given that 28mm tends to be the benchmark for most compacts (including all recent IXUS models prior to today’s announcements), the extra 4mm afforded by the 24mm of the 125 HS is sure to appeal to those who like to shoot as wide as possible. As with other models, the zoom benefits from Canon’s Image Stabilisation technology to minimise the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds and longer focal lengths.
On the back the 125 HS sports a 3inch, 461k-dot PureColour II LCD monitor for both compositional and image/video review purposes. Speaking of video, the 125 HS is able to record at a maximum setting of 1080p Full HD at 24fps or 720p HD at 30fps.
As with the 500 HS, the 125 HS can also record high-speed movies that play back in slow-motion, albeit at a reduced resolution of 640 x 480 (120fps) or 320 x 240 (240fps). In stills mode, the maximum burst rate at full resolution is possible is 2fps, although a dedicated High-speed Burst mode pushes this up to 5.8fps albeit at a reduced resolution of 4MP.
The IXUS 125 HS is very much a point and shoot model and is most likely appeal to those looking for a camera that’s both easy to use and stylish. As with other IXUS models, there is a Program mode that does allows a small degree of user control, however all of the shooting modes (Program included) remain fully automatic with the camera calculating everything for you.
Available in a silver, red, pink, lime green or turquoise finish the IXUS 125 HS will be in UK shops from February. There’s no official word on prices yet, but in the US the new model has an estimated retail price of $249.99