By Claire Reilly

SYDNEY, NSW: Canon has today released two new cameras in its Ixus range – the 8x Optical Zoom Ixus 230 HS and the Ixus 1100, which is billed by Canon as “the world’s slimmest 12x Optical Zoom digital camera”.

Both models feature Canon’s Intelligent Image Stabiliser technology, which detects the scene and automatically sets image stabilisation for different shooting modes, including normal photos, macro shooting, shooting while walking, using a tripod, panning and shooting with a telephoto zoom.

Speaking about the new technology was Canon Australia’s assistant brand manager for digital cameras, James Lai.

“The Intelligent Image Stabiliser automatically controls blurring by reducing the effects of hand-held camera shake so you can shoot amazing quality photos and video in the most difficult conditions,” said Lai.

“This will make a great difference to hand-held shooting results when using the high-zoom range that these compact cameras offer.”

The models also shoot Full HD video and feature Canon TruCapture which encompasses three key technologies: “Optical Image Stabiliser (OIS), which cuts hand-held shake for blur-free photos; DIG!C 4 Processor for colour rich images; and a High Sensitivity Sensor for true-to-life images even in low light situations”.

The Ixus 230 HS and the Ixus 1100 HS will be available from the end of September 2011 with prices to be confirmed.

The Canon Ixus 230 HS.

In addition to the two Ixus cameras, Canon has also released the PowerShot SX150 IS. The new PowerShot model upgrades the PowerShot SX130 IS and features AA battery power, 12x optical zoom, a 28 millimetre wide angle lens and a 14.1 megapixel sensor with Intelligent Image Stabiliser. The PowerShot SX150 HS will be available from November 2011 in Christmas bundles, with pricing to be confirmed.

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In other Canon news, the digital imaging manufacturer today released a new range of Pixma printers featuring internet and Wi-Fi capability.

Here's Canon Australia Pixma Brand Manager, Beryl Thomas.

“New Pixma Cloud Link and Wi-Fi access achieves complete print freedom for busy home office professionals and creative users, who move seamlessly between a range of devices and want their printer to fit in with their needs,” said Thomas.

“Now you can print wirelessly in the home or via the Internet from virtually anywhere in the world to a Pixma Cloud Link enabled printer. You can also eliminate the need for a PC at all, accessing online content such as photos and documents direct from the printer.”

Pixma Cloud Link allows users to connect an internet-enabled device such as a smartphone, tablet, notebook or PC for quick printing. The printers feature Fun Filters for creatively adjusting photos and can print stills from HD movies shot on a Canon camera.

The range includes seven models which will be available from early September 2011. Prices as provided by Canon: Pixma MG8250 ($399), Pixma MG6250 ($249), Pixma MG5350 ($199), Pixma MG4160 ($129), Pixma iP4950 ($129), Pixma MG3160 ($79) and Pixma MG2160 ($65).