Canon announces three new compacts for 2013

Wi-Fi is the name of the compact camera game this year, as Canon releases new models with more connectivity options built in.

Wi-Fi is the name of the compact camera game this year, as Canon releases new models with more connectivity options built in.

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Two of Canon's new models, the IXUS 255 HS and IXUS 135, do away with the wires and allow photographers to connect with a smartphone or tablet through a dedicated app. The 255 HS is the higher-end model, featuring a 12.1-megapixel High Sensitivity (HS) CMOS sensor, a 10x optical zoom lens at 24mm wide angle and a 3-inch LCD screen.

The IXUS 135 misses out on the HS sensor, instead getting a 16-megapixel CCD model. It also comes with an 8x optical zoom lens at 28mm wide angle, and gets a 2.7-inch LCD screen and 720p video recording.

The entry-level market is catered for with the PowerShot A2500, which comes with a 16-megapixel CCD sensor, 5x optical zoom at 28mm wide angle and a 2.7-inch screen. While the predecessors to this line of PowerShot cameras came with AA batteries, favoured among travellers, it looks as if this new model uses a rechargeable lithium-ion unit.

Expect these cameras on store shelves come March and April 2013.

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