Canon unveils Ixus 310, Ixus 220 & Ixus 115 HSPopular camera range boosted by new HS models

07 February 2011

Canon has added three new models to its popular Ixus range of small digital cameras.

Available from this month, they sport the same cute good-looks that Ixus cameras down the years have been known for. 

One of the key features on all three cameras is the HS System, previously seen on cameras such as the Canon Ixus 300 HS. Canon claims that the CMOS sensor integral to the HS System is highly sensitive and reduces image noise and the need to use flash when taking pictures in low light.

Canon IXUS 310 HS

The Canon Ixus 310 HS, in pink

Canon Ixus 310 HS

The Ixus 310 HS has some features that a much bigger camera from a few years ago would have been proud of. It has a stainless steel body and a 24-105.6mm lens with a maximum aperture of f2.0 at the wide end. Such a large maximum aperture will be a big help in producing sharp images in dim-light conditions.

There's also a large 3.2-inch touchscreen that can be used in several ways. Touch the subject on the screen and the camera will then focus on it. When reviewing all your photos, you can flick the screen to move through them. You can also personalise the screen by adding icons for the various camera settings that you want to have close to hand. 

High speed shooting

Canon claims that the 310 HS can shoot 12.1Mp images at a rate of 3.4 frames per second (fps) in continuous shooting mode. In high-speed continuous shooting mode, it can take 8.2fps at 3Mp.

Like the other new cameras, the Ixus 310 HS offers full HD 1080p recording. There's also a Super Slow Motion Movie mode that can slow down fast-paced action - this could be useful when reviewing the technique of a golf swing, for example, although the resolution will be compromised.

Find out how other Ixus models, and over 240 models in total, fared in our in-depth digital camera reviews.

Canon Ixus 220 HS

The 12.1Mp Ixus 220 HS has a 2.7-inch non-touchscreen LCD, and a 24-120mm lens. According to Canon, the camera is just 19.5mm thick. This would make it one of the thinnest cameras around.

Canon Ixus 115 HS

The Ixus 115HS also features a 12.1Mp CMOS sensor. The lens has a focal range of 28-112mm and therefore isn't as versatile as the other two cameras, although like them it comes with image stabilisation.

Canon has set the following recommend retail prices for the three cameras - £299 for the Ixus 310 HS, £199 for the Ixus 220 HS and £179 for the Ixus 115 HS.

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