Canon has launched two new compacts from its Ixus line.

Heading the range, the Ixus 960 IS features the same titanium body as its predecessor, while a 12MP sensor has now been included alongside its 3.7x optical zoom lens. The familiar Touch Control dial makes an appearance, as does Face Detection and Red-Eye Correction, while the 2.5in LCD screen has bee boosted with Canon?s PureColour LCD technology for ?increased colour reproduction?. An XGA movie mode adds to the VGA and QVGA modes also on offer, recording at 1024×768 pixels at 15fps, while the DIGIC III processing engine ensures ?fast performance, superior colour reproduction and white balance.?

The second model ? the Ixus 860 IS ? builds on the success of the popular 850 IS model, featuring the same 28mm wideangle lens and Optical Image Stabilisation, but also a marginally increased resolution at eight megapixels and larger 3in PureColour-equipped LCD screen. As with the majority of the current Ixus line, Face-detection is on offer, together with an ISO range of up to 1600 and raft of scene modes, as well as expanded movie options.

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