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Canon announced the 220 HS in February 2011, adding to their range of premium IXUS digital compact cameras. It is also known in America as the PowerShot ELPH 300 HS. The 220 HS is available in black, silver and red for £169.00.
To make picture taking easy, there is Smart Auto which selected from a total of 32 different scenes. Using High-speed Burst the camera can shoot at 8fps. For extra creativity there is a variety of filters to choose from, such as: Fish-eye, Miniature, Toy Camera, Monochrome, Colour Accent and Colour Swap. Switch on Movie Digest and the camera will capture up to 4 seconds before a shot is taken and join them all together to create a single VGA movie.
The camera can also be taken underwater to a depth of 3m in a case deigned for the IXUS 220 HS - the Canon WP-DC320L Waterproof Case, which is available for around £50.
The IXUS 220 HS shoots full 1080p HD videos with stereo sound and Dynamic Image Stabilisation, protecting against any wobble and shake. The view videos the camera can be connected via HDMI to a HD TV.
- 12.1 megapixel HS System
- 24mm, 5x optical zoom lens
- Optical Image Stabilisation
- Stainless steel body
- 2.7 inch PureColor II G LCD screen
- Full HD with optical zoom and Dynamic Image Stabilisation
- Smart Auto with 32 scenes
- High-speed Burst
- Super Slow Motion Movie
- Movie Digest
- Creative shooting modes
- Optional Waterproof Cases
The 2.7 inch screen on the rear is bright and clear to see in all lighting conditions and from an angle. The menus are logical and easy to navigate. According to CIPA, the battery is capable of 220 shots, which is OK for a compact camera, although carrying a spare is recommended for a day of shooting.
The camera is ready to take pictures within a couple of seconds of switching on and there is no significant lag from shot-to-shot. Using continuous shooting, the camera is capable of 2.2fps without flash and 0.7fps with the flash. Switching to High-speed Burst gives 6.3fps at 3 megapixel, although Canon claim it is capable of up to 8fps.
|Wide-angle, ISO320, 1/200, f/8, 4.3mm (35mm equiv: 24mm)||Full optical zoom, ISO250, 1/250, f/5.9, 21.5mm (35mm equiv: 120mm)|
|Digital zoom, ISO200, 1/200, f/5.9, 21.5mm (35mm equiv: 120mm)||Macro, ISO100, 1/80, f/2.7, 4.3mm (35mm equiv: 24mm)|
At ISO100, noise is very minimal, but does start to creep in at ISO200. Viewing these test images highlights some chromatic aberrations in places, particularly with contrasting colours. Noise continues to worsen at ISO400 but it is at ISO800 where images lose a touch of sharpness. ISO1600 and ISO3200 images have plenty of noise and the images produced at these levels are best for use on the web or small prints.
Below are examples using the camera in varying situations. Colour reproduction is excellent and the camera performs excellently in different lighting conditions.
|Portrait with flash, ISO200, 1/60, f/4.5, 10mm (35mm equiv: 56mm)||Landscape, ISO160, 1/320, f/9, 4.3mm (35mm equiv: 24mm)|
|Low Light, ISO1600, 1/25, f/2.7, 4.3mm (35mm equiv: 24mm)||High-speed Burst, ISO250, 1/1000, f/5, 11mm (35mm equiv: 61mm)|
The IXUS 220 HS struggles somewhat under the incandescent lighting in our studio, whether using auto white-balance or the incandescent preset. The camera's auto white-balance handled the fluorescent lighting perfectly though.
Below are example pictures using some of the creative shooting modes available. Others not featured here are Fish-eye Effect, Poster Effect, Colour Accent and Colour Swap.
|Super Vivid, ISO100, 1/160, f/8, 4.3mm (35mm equiv: 24mm)||Monochrome, ISO100, 1/160, f/8, 4.3mm (35mm equiv: 24mm)|
|Toy Camera, ISO100, 1/160, f/8, 4.3mm (35mm equiv: 24mm)||Miniature, ISO100, 1/60, f/2.7, 4.3mm (35mm equiv: 24mm)|
Video ModeThe camera shoots full HD videos and also allows the use of optical (5x) and digital (20x) zoom and is supported by dual image stabilisation. Further videos can be seen on the ePHOTOzine YouTube channel.
Value For MoneyThe Canon IXUS 220 HS is currently available for £169.00. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 has a 12.1 megapixel sensor, 5x optical zoom and is available for £234.00. The Fujifilm FinePix Z800EXR has a 12 megapixel sensor, 5x optical zoom and is currently available for just £119.00. Other IXUS cameras which have been recently scored well when reviewed on ePHOTOzine are the Canon IXUS 115 HS (12.1 megapixel sensor, 4x optical zoom) for £149.00 and the Canon IXUS 310 HS (12.1 megapixel sensor, 4.4x optical zoom) for £244.99.
Canon IXUS 220 HS: ProsExcellent colour reproduction
Full HD videos
Nice macro shots
Plenty of creative modes
Underwater case available
Canon IXUS 220 HS: ConsChromatic aberration and lens flare at times
Fairly short battery life
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|Optical zoom||5x optical zoom, 4.3 - 21.5mm (35mm equiv: 24 - 120mm), f/2.7-5.9|
|Max image size||4000 x 3000|
|Focus points||AiAF (Face Detection / 9-point), 1-point AF (fixed to centre)|
|ISO sensitivity||ISO100 - 3200|
|Metering system||Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre)|
|Exposure compensation||+/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments|
|Shutter speed range||15 - 1/2000sec|
|Frames-per-second||Approx. 3.4 shots/sec, High-speed Burst (3.0MP): Approx. 8.0 shots/sec|
|Image stabilisation||Yes (lens shift-type), Approx. 4-stop. Dynamic IS (in Movie)|
|Movie mode||1080p HD @ 24fps|
|Monitor||2.7in LCD screen, 230,000 dots|
|Media type||SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMCplus, HCMMCplus Memory Card|
|Interface||Hi-Speed USB, HDMI Mini Connector|
|Power||Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-4L|
|Box Contents||Wrist strap, battery charger, battery pack, AV cable, interface cable and software|
|Size||92.2 x 55.9 x 19.5mm|