Canon has launched the 8.0 megapixel Digital IXUS 950 IS, an upgrade to the award-winning Digital IXUS 800 IS. Sporting a three-tone metal finish with distinctive curved lines, the Digital IXUS 950 IS comes equipped with a 4x optical zoom lens with optical Image Stabilizer and the DIGIC III image processor. Along with faster processing and advanced Noise Reduction, DIGIC III powers Canon’s Face Detection Technology and Red-Eye Correction for superb people shots.

Other key advancements include ISO 1600 with Auto ISO Shift for improved low light shooting and a 2.5-inch PureColor LCD screen offering enhanced colour reproduction and scratch-resistance. New creative features include Time Lapse Movie which enables users to capture changing scenes – such as drifting clouds or a bustling city street – for accelerated playback as smooth VGA-quality movie clips. Captured at 1- or 2-second intervals, a scene of 2-hours duration can be condensed to a fluid 8- or 4-minute movie file, which sounds great, and Creative Light Effect modes which uses a longer exposure to create user-selectable shapes – including stars, hearts and flowers - around points of light in the background of night scenes, which doesn’t.

The Digital IXUS 950 IS will be available at the end of May, priced at £329.