Three new digital cameras have been added to the Canon Ixus range, including the 5Mp Digital Ixus 500, the flagship of the range. The other cameras are the 4Mp Digital Ixus 430 (replacing the Ixus 400) and the 3.2Mp Digital Ixus IIs (replacing the Ixus II).

Three new digital cameras have been added to the Canon Ixus range, including the 5Mp Digital Ixus 500, the flagship of the range. The other cameras are the 4Mp Digital Ixus 430 (replacing the Ixus 400) and the 3.2Mp Digital Ixus IIs (replacing the Ixus II).

Canon are keen to point out that the three new additions bring the total number of Ixus cameras to 30, seeing this as a celebratory launch. The original APS Ixus launched in 1996, and the Digital Ixus range debuted in 2000. All three cameras are expected to be available from March, priced at around £340 for the 500, £280 for the 430 and £230 for the IIs (all prices exclude VAT).

Both the 500 and 430 include a 3x optical zoom, while the IIs features a 2x optical zoom. All cameras feature 9-point auto focus. Each of the three models feature the same dedicated DIGIC processor now installed across most Canon cameras except the professional SLRs. The cameras can all capture 3 minute QVGA or QQVGA movie clips with sound and in-camera cutting and editing. The 500 and IIs models can also capture VGA movie clip up to 30 seconds.

PictBridge and Direct Print compatibility permits single-button printing via the Print/Share button, which will also upload to the images to a Windows PC, both via USB. When connected to any Canon compact photo printer, all models can print thumbnail images from movie clips too.

The cameras are supplied with ZoomBrowser EX (Windows) and ImageBrowser (Mac) for image browsing and printing as well as PhotoStitch, ArcSoft PhotoStudio and VideoImpression. Membership of Canon iMAGE Gateway is also provided, a personal online photo gallery with 100MB of free space.