LAS VEGAS ? Canon has confirmed the upcoming launch of the Ixus 500 HS and Ixus 125 HS, digital compacts designed to enhance images of friends and family they recognise in a scene.

The metal-bodied Ixus 500 HS and Ixus 125 HS boast Face Identification (ID) which, states Canon, ?works with Smart Auto to ensure those who matter most to you always look their best in photos?.

The firm adds: ?By registering a person along with their age in the camera?s memory, the face will then be recognised and [58 scene] Smart Auto will automatically apply the most appropriate settings to capture a great shot, based on their age and activity, as well as the ambient scene.’

For example, the camera will disable the flash for an image of a sleeping baby and brighten the shot for a ?more flattering beautiful image?.

Both models include a 3in PureColor II G LCD screen, Full HD movie mode and Digic 5 image processing technology.

Key features of the 10.1MP Ixus 500 HS include a 12x zoom, while the 16.1MP Ixus 125 HS sports a 5x lens with a 24mm focal length at the wide end.

The Ixus 125 HS is due out at the end of February priced £229, a few days ahead of the Ixus 500 HS which is expected in shops from early March with a £309 pricetag.

Canon Ixus 500 HS image