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New Canon cameras: waterproof, colourful and now with HD video

It's taken a while for Canon to catch up with its compact competitors in the HD video race, and it seems the company has acquiesced on this front, announcing a range of new IXUS and PowerShot models with the much sought after functionality.

It's taken a while for Canon to catch up with its compact competitors in the HD video race, and it seems the company has acquiesced on this front, announcing a range of new IXUS and PowerShot models with the much sought after functionality.

The new PowerShot D10 joins the rugged fray with Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FT1 and Olympus' Mju Tough 6000. (Credit: Canon)

Previous to today's announcement, the PowerShot SX1 IS was the only compact model in Canon's range which featured HD video. Now, the functionality has trickled down to most of the new IXUS cameras, starting with the top of the line IXUS 990 IS.

The other notable feature in most of the new compact range is the inclusion of blink detection — a seemingly novel technology that tells you when someone in the photo has blinked, and prompts you to take the photo again. We assume the next iteration will be clever enough to automatically take another photo immediately afterwards.

Along with the upgrades to the IXUS range, is a brand new PowerShot model, the D10; Canon's first rugged camera. It's waterproof to 10 metres, beating Panasonic and Olympus at 3 metres, and is also freeze proof and shockproof. For the colour conscious, separate covers can be snapped onto the front of the body to change its appearance.

Canon also announced two new tilt-shift lenses for its range of EOS cameras: the widest angle tilt-shift available, the TS-E17mm f/4L, and a 24mm TS-E24mm f/3.5L II.

Below is the complete list of new Canon compact models available in Australia from March 2009. Expect previews and reviews soon.

IXUS Series

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IXUS 990 IS

  • 5x optical zoom
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 3-inch LCD
  • HD recording
  • Available: April 2009, RRP AU$TBC
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IXUS 110 IS

  • 4x optical zoom, 28mm wide-angle lens
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 2.8-inch LCD
  • HD recording
  • Available: March 2009, RRP AU$TBC
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IXUS 100 IS

  • 3x optical zoom
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • Thinnest IXUS body
  • HD recording
  • Available: March 2009, RRP AU$TBC
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IXUS 95 IS

  • 3x optical zoom
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • Five colours
  • Available: March 2009, RRP AU$TBC
 

PowerShot series

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D10

  • Waterproof up to 10 metres
  • Freeze proof up to -10 degrees Celsius
  • Shockproof from up to 1 metre
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 2.5-inch LCD
  • Available: May 2009, RRP AU$TBC
(Credit: Canon)

PowerShot SX200 IS

  • 12x optical zoom
  • 28mm wide-angle lens
  • HD recording
  • 3.0-inch LCD
  • Available: April 2009, RRP AU$TBC