Pre-IFA 2009: Then come Canon's first touch-screen camera, the SD980 IS (Digital IXUS 200 IS), and its slimmest wide-angle compact, the SD 940 IS (Digital IXUS 120 IS). The SD 980 IS features a 3 inch touch-screen LCD and an optically stabilized 5x zoom lens starting at a wide 24mm equivalent. The SD 940 IS is bundled with a wide-angle 28-112mm equivalent lens with optical stabilization and 2.7 inch LCD in a slim body design. Both cameras feature 12.1 MP sensors and offer HD video recording.

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Style and quality you can touch – introducing Canon’s first touch-screen Digital IXUS and slimmest wide-angle compact to date

London, UK 19th August 2009: Today Canon announces two new Digital IXUS cameras, bringing even higher levels of style, sophistication and high-tech features to the Digital IXUS range.

Introducing firsts for Canon, the Digital IXUS 200 IS combines an impressive 24mm ultra wide-angle 5x zoom lens with a 3 inch PureColor II Touch display.  The new Digital IXUS 120 IS has the distinction of being the slimmest wide-angle Digital IXUS ever – packing in a 28mm wide-angle 4x zoom lens into a stylish body.

Digital IXUS 200 IS: Ultra wide technology you can touch

The Digital IXUS 200 IS makes it easier than ever to take breathtaking images. Featuring a 24mm ultra wide-angle 5x zoom lens with an optical Image Stabiliser (IS) the potential to capture sweeping landscapes or large groups up close is now at your fingertips.  Picture quality is assured thanks to a 12.1 Megapixel sensor and DIGIC 4 – Canon’s fast, intelligent image processor, delivering superb image quality and natural colour reproduction.

The Digital IXUS 200 IS features an impressive wide 3.0 inch PureColor II Touch display.  With a firm focus on ease-of-use, the touch screen technology works together with traditional button control to create a highly-intuitive user experience, giving you fingertip control over a variety of camera functions.  Touch AF, for example, enables users to select objects or faces on the touch screen - which the camera tracks and automatically keeps in focus - capturing the perfect image every time.

Large, high visibility on-screen icons allow for quick and easy selection of shooting and flash modes, while a vertical orientation shutter release function means users can shoot by simply touching the screen.  Touch Actions allow users to match gestures made on-screen to commonly used functions, such as tagging images as favourites or erasing, rotating, or protecting images in their collection. Browsing images has never been easier – simply drag your finger across the screen and the camera will adjust the speed of review with the speed of the gesture on-screen.

The Digital IXUS 200 IS also makes it easy to review photos with Active Display – a feature that enables users to flick through images and start and stop movies by simply moving and tilting the camera.

Packed with cutting edge, yet easy-to-use features, the Digital IXUS 200 IS sports incredibly good looks with a slim, stylish metal body in a choice of four colours: blue, gold, purple or silver. 

Digital IXUS 120 IS - ultra-slim, ultra-smart, ultra cool
The Digital IXUS 200 IS is joined by the all-new Digital IXUS 120 IS – the slimmest wide-angle Digital IXUS ever. Despite the slim frame the camera boasts an impressive wide angle (28mm) 4x optical zoom lens, 12.1 Megapixel resolution and DIGIC 4 processor.

The Digital IXUS 120 IS utilises a 2.7 inch PureColor LCD II.  Bright and clear, the screen can be viewed at multiple angles, so framing and reviewing an image is simple and easy. The PureColor LCD II screen is also resistant to fingerprints and scratches.

The Digital IXUS 120 IS makes taking great photos simple.  Optical Image Stabiliser technology reduces blur caused by camera shake; enabling users to shoot at full zoom, as well as at night, without the need for a tripod.  ISO Auto and Motion Detection Technology also help users automatically take blur-free photos – adjusting the ISO speed to compensate for motion in the scene, so moving subjects are captured perfectly every time.

The Digital IXUS 120 IS’s slim wide-angle design enables it to easily fit into a shirt pocket or handbag and comes in four refined colours – black, blue, brown or silver - that reflect the sophistication of the technology within.

Shooting action with HD movies
Both cameras feature an HD movie mode, which shoots widescreen high definition video at 720p resolution.  Movies can be easily shared with family and friends by connecting the camera to a compatible HD display via the camera’s HDMI mini port.

Automatic excellence that is easy-to-use
To make it easy for anyone to take a great photo, the Digital IXUS 200 IS and
Digital IXUS 120 IS feature Smart Auto mode with Scene Detection Technology.  Automatically detecting faces, motion, distance, colour, and brightness in the frame, the camera selects from one of 22 scene variables to optimise settings for the best results.  Smart Auto technology is enhanced by the addition of Servo AE/AF, which tracks movement in the frame, adjusting focus and exposure to achieve the perfect shot.

By capturing every detail in an image - with a  12.1 Megapixel image sensor - users of both cameras have the freedom of creating large prints, or altering composition by cropping images, without compromising image quality. 

Both cameras include ‘Hints & Tips’ within the user interface.  Short descriptions of camera functions simplify the interaction with the camera and encourage users to explore the camera features.  
Perfect Portraits: Face Detection technologies

Both the Digital IXUS 200 IS and Digital IXUS 120 IS come with a range of
Face Detection technologies so shots of friends and family are captured in perfect detail. Face Detection WB, sets the camera’s white balance to achieve natural skin tones in unusual lighting conditions, whilst Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB ensures the intended subject is properly exposed and in focus.  Both cameras also feature FaceSelf-Timer – a handy feature for self-portraits and group shots as the camera only takes a photo two seconds after an extra face enters the frame. 

Both models also feature i-Contrast, an intelligent technology that automatically deals with tricky lighting situations by preventing highlight blowout, while retaining shadow detail. This automatically deals with difficult shooting situations, particularly when subjects are backlit on a sunny day. 

Incorporating new technologies, incredible ease-of-use and sophisticated design the Digital IXUS 200 IS and Digital IXUS 120 IS offer incredible image capturing quality in a stylish compact camera. 

Digital IXUS 200 IS and Digital IXUS 120 ISspecifications

 

SD 980 IS / Digital IXUS 200 IS

SD 940 IS / Digital IXUS 120 IS

MRSP

• $329
• €339
• £329

• $299
• €309
• £299

Sensor

• 1/2.3" Type CCD
• 12.1 million effective pixels

Image sizes • 4000 x 3000
• 4000 x 2248
• 3264 x 2448
• 2592 x 1944
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
• 320 x 240
Movie clips • 1280 x 720 @ 30fps
• 640 x 480 @ 30fps
• 320 x 240 @ 30fps
Maximum clip length • HD: Up to 4GB or 10 mins
• L and M : Up to 4GB or 1 hour
File formats • Still: JPEG (Exif v2.2)
• Movie: MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (monaural)]
Lens • 24-120mm (35mm equiv)
• f = 4.3 - 21.5 mm
• 5x optical zoom
• F2.8-5.9
• 28-112mm (35mm equiv)
• f = 5.0 - 20.0 mm
• 4x optical zoom
• F2.8-5.9
Image stabilization Yes (Lens-Shift)
Digital zoom up to 4x
Focus

Auto focus :TTL
• 9-point / Face Detection AiAF
• 1-point AF fixed to centre
• Touch AF with Object and Face Select and Track

Auto focus :TTL
• 9-point / Face Detection AiAF
• 1-point AF fixed to centre

AF area modes

• Single
• Servo AF/AE
• Touch

• Single
• Servo AF/AE
AF lock Yes (on/off selectable)
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance Closest focus distance 3 cm
Metering • Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame)
• Center-weighted average
• Spot (center)
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
AE lock Yes
Exposure compensation +/- 2EV in 1/3 stop increments
Shutter speed • Auto (1 - 1/3000 sec)
• 15-1/3000 sec
Modes

• Auto
• Program
• Portrait
• Night Snapshot
• Kids & Pets
• Indoor
• Sunset
• Creative Light Effect
• Fireworks
• Long Shutter
• Beach
• Aquarium
• Foliage
• Snow
• ISO 3200
• Digital Macro
• Color Accent
• Color Swap
• Stitch Assist
• Movie

• Auto
• Program
• Portrait
• Night Snapshot
• Kids & Pets
• Indoor
• Sunset
• Fireworks
• Long Shutter
• Beach
• Underwater
• Aquarium
• Foliage
• Snow
• ISO 3200
• Digital Macro
• Color Accent
• Color Swap
• Stitch Assist
• Movie
White balance

• Auto (including Face Detection WB)
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Fluorescent H
• Custom

Self timer • 2 or 10 sec
• FaceSelf Timer
Continuous shooting • Approx. 0.8 shots/sec. (until memory card becomes full)
Image parameters My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)
Flash • Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Slow Sync, Red-eye reduction
• Slow Sync Speed : Fastest speed 1/500 sec
• Face Detection FE compensation
• Flash exposure lock
• Range (Auto ISO):50cm - 6.5m (wide) / 2.5m (tele)
• Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Slow Sync, Red-eye reduction
• Face Detection FE compensation
• Flash exposure lock
• Range (Auto ISO):30cm - 4.0m (wide) /50cm - 2.0m (tele)
LCD monitor • 3.0 inch PureColor LCD II (TFT)
• 230,000 pixels
• 100% coverage
• Adjustable
• 2.7 inch PureColor LCD II (TFT)
• 230,000 pixels
• 100% coverage
• Adjustable
Connectivity • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
• HDMI mini connector
• AV out (PAL / NTSC switchable)
Print compliance PictBridge
Storage SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus
Power Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-6L Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-4L
Weight (no batt) 130 g 120 g
Dimensions 100 (W) x 53 (H) x 23 (D) mm 89 (W) x 55 (H) x 20 (D) mm

Additional images Digital IXUS 200 IS

Additional images Digital IXUS 120 IS