Hot on the heels of Kodak and Nikon, Canon has launched the IXUS WIRELESS, a Wi-Fi enabled version of its Ixus digital compact range.

The new model supports several new features, including automatic wireless image transfer and wireless control of camera shooting functions from a PC. It comes supplied with the Wireless Printer Adapter (WA-1E) for out-of-the-box wireless direct printing to PictBridge compatible printer.

The camera will have a 5.0 Megapixel CCD sensor, a compact 3x optical zoom Ultra-high refractive index Aspherical (UA) lens and Canon's second generation DIGIC II image processor. Other features include a 2.0 inch LCD display and 14 shooting modes for creative photography.

The camera will come with an Auto Transfer mode that automatically transfers each image as soon as it is taken to the PC and a Wireless Remote Capture Mode that enables users to wirelessly control camera shooting functions from the PC.

With 14 shooting modes, the camera is designed to deliver great results in a wide range of situations. A selection can be made from Auto, Manual, Digital Macro, Portrait, Stitch Assist and Night Snapshot modes, or from the six Scene Modes. Movie mode allows users to record extra long (up to 1 GB in size) high quality 30fps VGA movie clips with sound.

The camera also features Canon's My Colours feature found in the Ixus 50 and Ixus 700 that allow users to add special effects such as Colour Swap or Custom Colour.

For users not in a wireless area - the camera comes with a 16Mb SD card in the box.

The Digital IXUS WIRELESS will be available from January 2006 for £399.00, £100 cheaper than the Kodak model.