Canon introduces a replacement of the IXUS 400, the Digital IXUS 430. This new 4 Megapixel camera has, like the famous series of ISUX camera is well-known for, a high-quality stainless steel body with the traditional IXUS feel and look. Images taken with the 4.0 Megapixel Digital IXUS 430 can be printed up to A3 size without image quality degradation. The Digital IXUS 430 includes a 3.0x optical zoom. Optical zoom ensures that the full sensor size is employed when closing in on a subject, so pictures taken with the zoom do not suffer from image degradation. The new IXUS model features 9-point Artificial Intelligence Auto Focus (AiAF) for fast and sharp images, even with off-centre subjects. Like all Canon cameras the IXUS 430 is equipped with the DIGIC processor. DIGIC delivers superb colour rendering and image quality, handling all the complex algorithms required to make colours brighter, images sharper and focusing crisper. It does this with unrivalled speed and efficiency, making for highly responsive cameras and eliminating the phenomenon of staring at the back of the camera waiting for an image to display. iSAPS technology uses camera settings and environmental data to predict the most likely scene and makes adjustments accordingly.
Moving pictures: The Digital IXUS 430 features 3-minute QVGA or QQVGA movie clips with sound recording, full playback and in-camera cutting and editing. When connected to any Canon compact photo printer, the IXUS 430 include 'Movie Print' mode. This extracts a succession of up to 63 individual and evenly spaced movie clip frames from any given movie clip and automatically prints them as thumbnails on a single sheet of postcard size paper (100 x 148 mm). This is ideal for freezing and analysing or admiring action sequences such as a golf swing. An "ID Photo Print" function prints a number of durable passport photograph size images (of selectable height and width) to a single sheet.
Simple photo printing and PC connection: The camera includes Canon's new Print/Share button. When connected via USB cable to any PictBridge or Direct Print compatible photo printer or Windows PC, a blue light on the Print/Share button lights up to indicate successful connection. Pushing the button when lit instigates a print of the current displayed image (based on the connected printer's default settings) or an automatic transfer of images to the PC. The camera transfers all images, all images not yet transferred, or all images marked for transfer, depending on the user setting selected in the camera's set up options.
Options to shoot anywhere: For diving, surfing and skiing, an optional waterproof case is available, giving the camera full protection to a depth of 40 metres. Optional car battery adaptors are available for the Digital IXUS 430, while extra power adaptors and optional soft cases are available for all models.