Canon has launched two new cameras: the long-range PowerShot SX40 which packs in a 35x optical zoom, and the PowerShot S100 which trades on its ability to capture up to 9.6 full-resolution images per second. This makes the 12.1Mp compact camera an obvious choice for sports fans keen to capture the action.

The PowerShot S100 makes use of the HS System first introduced in its Ixus line of compact cameras last year. The high sensitivity 12Mp camera has a 24mm wideangle lens, 5x optical zoom, dynamic and intelligent image stabilisation and DIGIC 5 processor. The Canon PowerShot S100 supports ISO settings up to 6400 and aperture levels of f/2 allowing it to be used in a broad range of lighting conditions. Canon also sells accessories that allow it to be used underwater.

Photos can be composed and reviewed via its 3in LCD. The display has a resolution of 460K dot. Video can also be captured at 1080p at 24 frames per second. Stereo sound is automatically captured. An HDMI port means photos and videos can be displayed directly on an HD TV screen, while GPS enables location data to be recorded for future reference.

The Canon PowerShot S100 will go onsale in October and will have an RRP of £439. 

Canon PowerShot S100 camera