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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: Build and handling

In terms of design the Canon IXUS cuts a petite and attractive figure, encased in a smooth stainless steel shell available in the choice of red, silver or matte black.

One of its most obvious assets is its weight, or lack of, weighing in at a very modest 141g with battery and memory card installed and its small stature; exuding dimensions of just 92.2 x 55.9 x 19.5mm.

Although the camera is enviable svelte and lightweight it still manages to exude a genuine rugged durability and what is more it's neat positioning of adequately sized buttons and controls shouldn't faze those with larger digits.

Operating the camera is actually very enjoyable, mainly thanks to the intuitive menu layout, incredibly responsive shutter and quick processing times.

A 6.7 cm (2.7") PureColor II G tempered glass-covered LCD screen consumes the majority of the rear of the IXUS 220 HS, only making way for a moderate selection of buttons that include a D-Pad (four-way controller) style ring featuring: exposure compensation, flash, display, macro/normal/landscape shortcut and function/set button.

Flanking the four-way controller are four additional controls: movie record, shooting mode switch, playback and Menu. The arrangement lacks dedicated self-timer and erase buttons, but we found these could both be quickly accessed through the on-screen menu facility, which helpfully only stacks a sensible selection of options and settings; enhancing overall ease of use.

Overall there is nothing obviously out of place with the IXUS 220 HS and as far as feature-packed compacts go this is undoubtedly one of the easiest to navigate.

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
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Slow Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Flash Exposure Compensation
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