Canon has announced a new SX 'Super Zoom' model: the nine-megapixel PowerShot SX110 IS, which replaces the popular SX100 IS. Featuring a 10x optical zoom with optical Image Stabilizer -- plus a 3.0-inch LCD -- the PowerShot SX110 IS combines a long telephoto reach in a more compact and lightweight body.

The PowerShot SX100 IS combines a 10x optical zoom -- featuring a 35mm film equivalent focal length of 36-360mm -- with optical Image Stabilizer technology that Canon says combats the effects of camera shake and delivers sharp, blur-free shots throughout the camera’s extensive zoom range.

The camera features a wide range of 20 shooting modes designed to achieve optimum results in a wide range of lighting conditions – a great help for users of all levels, from complete novices to more experienced photographers.

Shooting modes include a new Easy Mode, which sees all shooting settings chosen automatically by the camera. Easy Mode also limits Playback options to simple image viewing and deletion functions. At the other end of the spectrum, experienced users can switch to full manual control, and customise settings for special effects or unusual lighting.

To keep shots looking sharp, Motion Detection Technology – activated in High ISO Auto mode – uses Face Detection Technology, the optical Image Stabilizer and scene information to identify subject motion and camera-shake. ISO is also optimised for minimum blur and maximum image quality.

The PowerShot SX110 IS will be available from September 2008 priced at around £203 plus VAT.