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Canon IXUS 220 HS review

A stabilised 24-120mm lens on a stylish IXUS body

Our Verdict

For

  • Stainless steel body
  • High image quality
  • Back-illuminated CMOS sensor
  • 32 scene modes

Against

  • Limited exposure control
  • 8fps shooting limited to 3MP
  • No self-timer button
  • No delete button

Canon IXUS 220 HS: Overview

The new Canon IXUS 220 HS enters the market with a 12.1MP resolution, 5x zoom lens with an equivalent focal length of 24-120mm and stabilisation technology.

It also has Full HD movie mode, program, scene and creative shooting modes and a high-speed burst rate that boasts eight frames per second.

Priced at a reasonable £199, the compact positions itself neatly in line with the brand's current IXUS portfolio and looks set to contend with several higher-end, higher-priced compacts from rival manufacturers.

The Canon IXUS 220 HS caters for a wide demographic of user with its healthy supply of shooting options.

For the beginner shooter there is a Smart Auto feature that instantly detects from 32 different scenes and installs the optimum settings for each, whereas for the creative enthusiast we find a catalogue of inspired filter effects including our particular highlights: Fish-eye, Miniature, Toy Camera, Monochrome, Color Accent, Color Swap, Poster and Super Vivid.

A full HD movie mode with crystal clear stereo sound and Dynamic IS to stabilise against shake is supplied; offering full HD 1920 x 1080 at 24fps, or HD 1280 x 720 at 30fps. Additionally there are a range of intriguing movie mode creative controls, including the ability to slow down movement up to 1/8th of the real speed using Super Slow Motion Movie mode and Movie Digest, which captures up to 4-seconds of the action before a shot is taken, joining all the clips together into a single VGA movie.

For those craving manual control, shooters can alter a series of options using Program mode, including: drive mode, metering, colour, white balance, ISO and self timer, which compared to its peers is actually an exciting and extensive array of variables to exploit.

More importantly perhaps, these options offer up an explanation of their purpose and thanks to the enhanced resolution of the LCD, users can instantly see the effect of utilising them, ensuring that the device will make a fantastic choice for novices who want to increase their understanding of basic photography principles such as metering, white balance and exposure.

Elsewhere we enjoyed the camera's impressive high-speed burst mode of 8 frames per second, however were slightly disappointed that these were delivered at a maximum resolution of just 3MP. The camera's accompanying manual suggests the battery life should extend to 220 images and after our rigorous testing we'd agree that this is certainly viable.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyIXUS
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourRed
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesFace Detection, Smile Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)141 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Minimum Focus Distance30 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Maximum Frame Rate240 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedMMCplus, HC MMCplus, MultiMediaCard (MMC), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height55.9 mm
Width92.2 mm
Depth19.5 mm
Autofocus Points9
Focal Length4.30 mm to 21.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model220 HS
Product NameIXUS 220 HS Compact Camera
Product LineIXUS
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number5100B015
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

An unrivalled combination of HS System-powered performance with classic IXUS design; the IXUS 220 HS offers ultra-wide 5x zoom, Full HD and superior low light shooting in a sleek stainless steel body.

Battery Life220 Shot
Package Contents
  • IXUS 220 HS Compact Camera
  • NB-4L Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • Charger
Display Resolution230000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone