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Canon's new compacts find faces

Canon on Monday added two new cameras to its compact range, featuring a processor upgrade and megapixel increase among their improvements.

Canon on Monday added two new cameras to its compact range, featuring a processor upgrade and megapixel increase among their improvements.

The newly-announced Digital IXUS 950 IS and PowerShot S5 IS use the company's DiG!C III image processor which incorporates Face Detect -- a facial recognition function that looks for faces in the frame and locks onto them, preventing blur. This function also includes auto-focus, auto-exposure and flash compensation to aid the user when capturing shots of people.

Both cameras also trump their predecessors in the resolution stakes, upgrading from 6- to 8-megapixels.



Canon Digital IXUS 950 IS

The Canon Digital IXUS 950 IS replaces the IXUS 800 IS.

  • 8-megapixel resolution
  • 2.5-inch LCD
  • 4x optical zoom
  • Optical image stabilisation
  • In-camera red-eye correction
  • Face Detect with Auto Focus, Auto Exposure and Flash Exposure
  • Available late May
  • AU$599


Canon PowerShot S5 IS

The Canon PowerShot S5 IS replaces the PowerShot S3 IS.

  • 8-megapixel resolution
  • 2.5-inch LCD
  • 12x optical zoom
  • Optical image stabilisation
  • In-camera red-eye correction
  • Face Detect with Auto Focus, Auto Exposure and Flash Exposure
  • Available early June
  • AU$699