Canon has announced three new Ixus digital cameras and a top-of-the-line PowerShot model in the lead-in to Photokina 2006.


September 14, 2006: Canon has announced three new Ixus digital cameras and a top-of-the-line PowerShot model in the lead-in to Photokina 2006.
Replacing the popular PowerShot G6 is the PowerShot G7 (RRP $899), which sports a 10-megapixel imager and 6x optical zoom lens plus optical image stabilisation. The new model has a 2.5-inch LCD.Movie clips can be recorded with XGA resolution for display on high-definition TV sets. The G7 has the same rotary control wheel as the PowerShot S80. It’s coupled with new “Av/Tv” bar operations for adjusting camera settings quickly and easily.


The G7 also claims faster response times than its predecessor, starting up in half the time and operating up to 50% faster on most other parameters. Users can tag images for playback and organise them into categories in the camera as well as configure print settings and perform image searches. The PowerShot G7 is due for local release in late September.


New Ixus models include the Ixus 850 IS (RRP $749), which features a 7.1-megapixel imager, 3.8x optical zoom lens with image stabilisation and a 2.5-inch LCD monitor. The lens has wide angle coverage equivalent to 28mm on a 35mm camera. The Ixus 900 Ti (RRP $799) combines a 10-megapixel imager and 3x optical zoom lens with a tough titanium body with a subdued shine that gives higher style and refinement to the camera. It also sports a 2.5-inch LCD monitor and offers XGA movie clip recording.


The new Ixus i7 Zoom (RRP $449), which will be offered in Twilight Sepia, Olive Grey, Precious Rose and Noble Blue colours, combines a 7.1-megapixel sensor with a 2.4x optical zoom lens. The camera’s tiny metal body sports a 1.8-inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD with a wide viewing angle. No viewfinder is provided. Shutter speeds range from 15 to 1.1600 second and the Ixus i7 claims a release time lag of approximately 0.1 second.


All the new models feature Canon’s latest DiG!C III image processor, which offers improved noise reduction, higher ISO support and a new Face Detect AF/AE function that can automatically determine whether human faces are present in a shot and adjust focus and exposure accordingly. The Face Detect system can recognise up to three faces in the general shooting mode and nine faces with AF lock and it will trigger the built-in flash when needed for backlit subjects and in dim lighting.


Details of the new models can be found at or