Canon has released details of two new additions to its PowerShot line-up and three Ixus models, which will go on sale in Australia between late February and April.


Front, back and top views of the new Canon PowerShot D30. (Source: Canon.)
The rugged and waterproof PowerShot D30, replaces the popular PowerShot D20 and is designed for adventurous photographers, boasting a 25m waterproof rating and being shockproof for drops of up to 2.0m, freeze-proof to -10 °C and dustproof. Its body design is slimmer than the D20’s and the D30 features a 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor,   DIGIC image processor and a 28mm wide-angle, 5x zoom Canon lens plus optical image Stabilisation. Intelligent IS technology can automatically apply the most suitable form of stabilisation for a range of scenes and settings. Canon’s Smart Auto technology, which detects a minimum of 32 different scenes and applies the best combination of camera setting.

The PowerShot D30 comes with a 7.5 cm (3.0″) 460,000 dot PureColor II LCD screen, which includes a Sunlight LCD mode. It also includes a dedicated GPS unit which integrates with the supplied Map Utility software as well as via Google Earth. A low energy consumption GPS logger lets users keep track of where shots were taken. The PowerShot D30 is scheduled for local release from April.


Front, back and top views of the new Canon PowerShot SX700 HS, black version. (Source: Canon.)

Designed to appeal to travellers, the PowerShot SX700 HS features a 30x optical zoom lens with a wide angle equivalent to 25mm in 35mm format. Canon’s ZoomPlus technology digitally extends the camera’s reach to 60x while maintaining full resolution  and a Zoom Framing Assist feature helps keep the subject in the frame with the telephoto zoom.

The SX700 HS has a 16.1-megapixel CMOS sensor and DIGIC 6 processor in line with Canon’s HS System. It also includes built-in Wi-Fi connectivity plus NFC functionality, which make is easy to connect the camera to smartphones or tablets using either NFC or the Mobile Device Connect Button. Wi-Fi connectivity also includes Remote Shooting from smart-phones, along with GPS via Mobile functionality.

The SX700 HS’s Movie Record Button easily switches from shooting pictures to filming and the camera supports 1080p Full HD video. The PowerShot SX700 HS will be available in black and red and is due to appear retail stores across Australia from late March.


Canon’s new Ixus models, from top, the Ixus155, Ixus150 and Ixus145. (Source: Canon.)

Also announced today is a trio of new Ixus cameras, the Ixus155, Ixus150 and the Ixus145.

The Ixus155 combines Canon’s DIGIC image processing, a 10x optical zoom and 20-megapixel sensor and will be offered in silver, blue and red.  The entry-level Ixus150 and Ixus145 models feature a 16-megapixel sensor and 8x optical zoom lens. Both the Ixus155 and Ixus150 are equipped with Canon’s advanced optical Image Stabilizer with Intelligent IS technology, which can automatically detect from eight different scenarios to deliver the most suitable setting.

Canon’s Smart Auto technology in all three camera analyses every scene and automatically selects the right settings from 32 situations. All models include a Help button as well as a range of fun and easy-to-use Creative Effects. They can also record movies in high-quality 720p HD video, with a dedicated Movie Button for easy switching to video mode. Other features include a 2.7-inch LCD monitor and a dedicated Eco Mode that conserves battery life. The Ixus150 will be offered in red and silver, while the Ixus145 will come in black, red and purple. All models are scheduled for release later this month.

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