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Canon unleashes camera trio

Canon has announced a trio of new point-and-shoot cameras ahead of the CP+ photo show in Tokyo, Japan. The highlight is the PowerShot Elph 330 HS (above), a compact 12-megapixel camera with a 10x zoom lens and built-in Wi-Fi. It supports wireless transfer of images and video to an iOS or Android smartphone or tablet via the free CameraWindow app. You can also push images to social-networking sites via Canon's Image Gateway service.

The Elph 330 HS's lens covers a 24-240mm (35mm equivalent) zoom range and has a maximum ISO setting of 6400. It can record video in 1080p resolution with stereo sound and can fire off shots at 6.2 frames per second thanks to its Digic 5 image processor. We have not yet received confirmation on UK pricing and release details on the new models, but the Elph 330 HS will ship in March for US buyers, available in black, silver, and pink and costing at $229.99 (£146).

The company also announced a less expensive Elph camera without Wi-Fi. The PowerShot Elph 115 IS uses a 16-megapixel CCD sensor and sports an 8x (28-224mm) zoom lens. It can record video in 720p resolution. The lens is optically stabilised for steadier shots and smoother video. It will ship in March for the US, in blue, silver, black, and pink. The price is $169.99 (£108).

The final new camera is the PowerShot A2500. the 16-megapixel CCD camera features a 5x (28-140mm) zoom lens and records 720p HD video. A number of creative scene modes are available, including a fisheye effect, toy camera effect, and a monochrome mode. There's also a Help button for novices. Its lens is digitally stabilised to help offset motion when shooting. In the US, the A2500 will be available in silver, red, and black in April for $129.99 (£83).

All three cameras support Canon's Eco mode power-saving system, which promises to extend shooting time by automatically powering down the rear LCD when the camera is not in use. Eco Mode was first seen on the cameras that Canon announced at CES.