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200 IS is Canon’s first touchscreen Digital Ixus

Two new 12.7Mp Digital Ixus cameras launched

Canon Digital Ixus 200 IS purple camera - front and rear, with touchscreen

Canon has unveiled its latest additions to the Ixus range of digital cameras, including the first touchscreen Ixus – the Ixus 200 IS.

The company also showed off what it claims is the slimmest ever wide-angle digital Ixus – the Ixus 120IS – with a 28mm wide-angle lens, 4x zoom and 12.1 Mp image sensor, plus a 2.7 inch LCD screen. Both new Ixus cameras can record 720p HD video. 

The 12.1Mp Digital IXUS 200 IS has a 24mm ultra-wide angle lens – another first for the Digital Ixus range – with 5x optical zoom. The touchscreen and face detection features allow you to select the face you want to focus on and then the Ixus 200 IS will automatically track the face and keep it in focus. 

Other features of the Ixus 200 IS include ‘Active Display’ that allows you to flick through the shots you’ve taken, by moving and tilting the camera. There’s also Canon’s ‘Hints & Tips’ – on-screen guides to camera settings. 

Which? tech expert Al Warman said: ‘the Ixus 200 carries on the Canon tradition of creating deservedly popular compact cameras, many of which we’ve tested in our digital camera reviews. They include the Canon Digital Ixus 100 IS and Canon Digital Ixus 110 IS, both of which impressed our lab experts. 

‘The addition of a touchscreen, and a very responsive touchscreen at that, should endear the Ixus range to many keen photographers. We’ll be testing Canon’s claims for the new Ixus models in our labs very soon.’

Both the Canon Digital Ixus 200 IS and 120 IS will be available to buy from early September 2009 priced at £329 and £299 respectively. 

The Ixus 200 IS will be available in a choice of four colours – blue, gold, purple and silver, and the 120 IS in black, blue, brown or silver.

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