Canon has strengthened its PowerShot digital camera range with the launch today of the super zoom SX200 IS - the £359 compact camera has a wide-angle lens with 12x optical zoom.

Benefitting from Canon's new DIGIC 4 processor which improves noise reduction, speed and face tracking technology to offer the best picture possible, the 12.1Mp PowerShot SX200 IS allows users to capture video in HD at 1280x720 and 30fps (frames per second). Meanwhile a built-in HD port ensures you can then play back the video clips on any HD TV.

The 103x6038mm camera features an aluminium body available in black, blue or red. It also comes with a 3in LCD screen, a re-chargeable lithium ion battery and a flash that automatically pops up when activated and once the image has been shot retracts. Users will also benefit from blink detection technology that informs the user if a subject has blinked.

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The PowerShot D10 is the other camera new to the range and is Canon's first waterproof digital compact camera. According to Canon, the 12.1Mp camera is waterproof to 10m, can be dropped onto a hard surface from a maximum height of 1.22m, is dustproof and will function at temperatures as low as -10 degrees celsius.

Like Canon's other new additions, the Canon PowerShot D10 features the DIGIC 4 processor and blink detection technology. Users will benefit from a 3x zoom lens, 2.5in LCD screen and can even change the coloured fascia on the front of the camera for one of three supplied with the camera.

The PowerShot SX200 IS is priced at £359 while the Powershot D10 costs £379. Both cameras will be available from March.

See also: Canon IXUS 100, 110 and 990 digital compact cameras