Canon has announced a pair of compact digital cameras with the Apple fanboy in mind. The new models go under the monikers of ‘IXUS 510 HS’ and ‘IXUS 240 HS’ feature inbuilt Wi-Fi and the ability to wirelessly transfer photos to Apple gadgets.
A new application called CameraWindow is on both cameras, and it allows the user to easily upload and share snaps using a Wi-Fi connection. You can send your pictures to Apple gadgets including iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches, and also to Facebook, and HD videos to YouTube.
In the camera world, generally the higher the number the better the camera, and that’s precisely the case with these new IXUS models. Before we get into what’s better about the 510, you need to know that the two models actually share some of the same great features. Both have a 3.2 inch PureColor II touchscreens on the back for easy control and even taking pictures, as with Canon’s Touch Shutter technology you can actually touch on the screen to take a photo. Both cameras also use Canon’s latest Digic 5 image processor, and are therefore capable of capturing video in Full HD 1080p quality.
Where the 510 and 240 differ, however, is in the lens, image sensor and the body. The 510 offers a wider angle lens of 28mm – compared to the 240’s 24mm lens – and also a greater optical zoom rating of 12x, whereas the 240 offers 5x optical zoom. Both cameras feature Canon’s ZoomPlus digital zoom technology, which enables them to zoom in further – the 510 will stretch to 21x zoom whereas the 240 will reach 10x zoom.
Canon’s new IXUS 510 HS features a 10.1MP high-sensitivity CMOS sensor whereas the 240 HS has a 16.1 MP CMOS sensor. Both feature Canon’s Intelligent Auto Stabilisation technology to ensure your snaps don’t suffer from a wobbly hand.
Canon is also launching a new Cloud storage facility alongside its new IXUS digital cameras called Canon Image Gateway. Again, using a Wi-Fi connection the cameras can instantly upload pictures and videos to the web to be stored safely, where they can be viewed back on a PC or laptop. Each user will get up to 10GB of online storage space to themselves, which should be plenty of room for thousands of images and plenty of videos.
The IXUS 240 HS will come first in March 2012, priced at £279.00, and will be joined later by the IXUS 510 HS, which will be available from April 2012, costing £349.00.