Join ePHOTOzine, the friendliest photography community.
Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more for free!
The Canon IXUS 240 HS was released in February 2012 and is a premium compact camera with a 16 megapixel sensor and 5x optical zoom lens. It is available in a number of colours including blue, black, pink, light pink and silver for £259.00.
To make picture taking as easy as possible there is Smart Auto mode which selects the correct camera settings from 58 scenes. Face ID registers up to 12 family and friends faces, which are then automatically tagged. High-speed Burst can be used to capture fast moving objects. The IXUS 240 HS also comes armed with Wi-Fi so the camera can be connected with other devices in order to easily share your pictures.
Videos are recorded at full 1080p HD at 24fps with stereo sound and optical zoom as well as Intelligent IS. The camera can be connected via a HDMI cable to a HD TV. There is also the option to shoot Super Slow Motion Movies.
- 16 megapixel CMOS sensor
- 5x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 24-120mm)
- Intelligent Image Stabilisation
- 3.2 inch PureColor II Touch LCD screen with Touch Shutter
- Wi-Fi connectivity
- Full 1080p HD video recording
- ISO 100 - 3200
- 3cm minimum focusing distance
- Smart Auto with 58 scenes
- Available in black, blue, pink, light pink and silver
When in playback you can connect to Wi-Fi networks or create an ad-hoc network in order to share your pictures with another device, such as a smartphone or laptop. Set-up is easy, with software required on the device you want to share with, such as the dedicated iPhone app.
The battery has a CIPA rating of 170 shots, and during testing it proved capable of achieving this amount, although consistent use of the Wi-Fi is likely to reduce this. We tested each camera's performance at focusing, shutter response, shot-to-shot time, continuous shooting etc. and have posted the results below. To test this we took 6 or more shots and calculated the average, so that consistent results were produced.
|Shutter Response||0.1 secs|
|Wide - Focus and Shutter Response Average||0.4 secs|
|Full zoom - Focus and Shutter Response Average||0.6 secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||2.1 secs|
|Shot to Shot (without flash)||2.2 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||3.8 secs|
|Continuous Shooting (at full resolution)||1.6 fps|
|High-speed Burst (4 megapixels)||5 fps|
Equipment Database, where you can add your own review and product ratings.
Canon IXUS 240 HS Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/5.0 | 12.7 mm | ISO 160
Llama | 1/320 sec | f/8.0 | 4.9 mm | ISO 250
Landscape | 1/250 sec | f/8.0 | 4.3 mm | ISO 200
Low Light | 1/8 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 1600
Sample Photos - Portraits have good skin tones with a slight hint of red-eye. Colour reproduction is good whether outdoors in good light or in low light and images are well exposed.
Canon IXUS 240 HS Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/200 sec | f/8.0 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
Full Optical Zoom | 1/400 sec | f/5.9 | 21.5 mm | ISO 100
Digital 20x Zoom | 1/500 sec | f/5.9 | 21.5 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/13 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
Lens Performance - Detail is really good whether shooting wide or with the full optical zoom, with very little sign of purple fringing in contrasting areas. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 3cm which allows the camera to get close enough to shoot excellent macro shots.
Canon IXUS 240 HS ISO test images
ISO100 | 1/5 sec | f/5.0 | 13.8 mm
ISO200 | 1/10 sec | f/5.0 | 13.8 mm
ISO400 | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 13.8 mm
ISO800 | 1/40 sec | f/5.0 | 13.8 mm
ISO1600 | 1/80 sec | f/5.0 | 13.8 mm
ISO3200 | 1/160 sec | f/5.0 | 13.8 mm
ISO Noise Performance - With no noise at ISO 100, there is only a small increase when using ISO 200, ISO 400 then ISO 800. ISO 1600 sees a more significant increase in noise, but the images produced retain sharpness with fairly decent detail. At ISO 3200 the images are much softer with some detail lost.
Canon IXUS 240 HS White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/10 sec | f/4.0 | 7.5 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/8 sec | f/4.0 | 7.5 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.6 sec | f/4.0 | 7.5 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.6 sec | f/4.0 | 7.5 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent H preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.6 sec | f/4.0 | 7.5 mm | ISO 100
White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent lights the auto white-balance (AWB) setting produces an image with an orange cast, with the incandescent preset taking a much better image. Under the fluorescent lights, the AWB performs excellently, there are two fluorescent presets, with one producing a very similar image to the AWB setting and the fluorescent H setting giving a strong orange cast.
Canon IXUS 240 HS Digital filters
My Colours Black And White | 0.4 sec | f/5.6 | 14.3 mm | ISO 100
My Colours Darker Skin Tone | 0.4 sec | f/5.6 | 14.3 mm | ISO 100
My Colours Lighter Skin Tone | 0.4 sec | f/5.6 | 14.3 mm | ISO 100
My Colours Neutral | 0.4 sec | f/5.6 | 14.3 mm | ISO 100
My Colours Positive Film | 0.3 sec | f/5.6 | 14.3 mm | ISO 100
My Colours Sepia | 0.4 sec | f/5.6 | 14.3 mm | ISO 100
My Colours Vivid | 0.4 sec | f/5.6 | 14.3 mm | ISO 100
My Colours Vivid Blue | 0.4 sec | f/5.6 | 14.3 mm | ISO 100
My Colours Vivid Green | 0.4 sec | f/5.6 | 14.3 mm | ISO 100
My Colours Vivid Red | 0.4 sec | f/5.6 | 14.3 mm | ISO 100
Colour Accent | 1/20 sec | f/5.6 | 14.3 mm | ISO 800
Colour Swap | 1/20 sec | f/5.6 | 14.3 mm | ISO 800
Fisheye | 1/40 sec | f/5.6 | 14.3 mm | ISO 1600
Monochrome | 1/40 sec | f/5.6 | 14.3 mm | ISO 1600
Poster Effect | 1/20 sec | f/5.6 | 14.3 mm | ISO 800
Soft Focus | 1/20 sec | f/5.6 | 14.3 mm | ISO 800
Super Vivid | 1/20 sec | f/5.6 | 14.3 mm | ISO 800
Toy Camera Effect | 1/20 sec | f/5.6 | 14.3 mm | ISO 800
Digital Filters - The Canon IXUS 240 HS has a number of My Colour modes to add creativity to your images. There are also a range of scene modes which add a unique twist to your pictures, with examples below.
Video - Below is a video shot at full 1080p HD. The IXUS 240 HS allows the use of the optical zoom during recording, an example of which can be seen on the ePHOTOzine Youtube page. While there, you can also see a video taken using the Super Slow Motion Movie mode.
Value For MoneyThe Canon IXUS 240 HS is priced at £259.00 making it quite expensive for a compact camera. There are cheaper alternatives such as the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS (around £99), Nikon Coolpix S6150 (around £120), Samsung MV800 (around £194) and Canon IXUS 125 HS (around £199), all with 5x optical zoom and 16 megapixel sensors. Other options include the Nikon Coolpix P310 (around £235) Panasonic Lumix LX5 (around £349), Canon Powershot S100 (around £359) and larger Olympus XZ-1 (£309).
You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.
|The Canon IXUS 240 HS is a Wi-Fi enabled camera that takes excellent pictures.|
Canon IXUS 240 HS ProsSlim metal body
Full 1080p HD movie recording
Excellent image quality and colour reproduction
Responsive touch screen
Good noise performance at higher ISO settings
Canon IXUS 240 HS ConsLow battery life expectancy
Fairly expensive for a compact camera
No rubber grip
|VALUE FOR MONEY|
Canon IXUS 240 HS Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/2.7 - f/5.9|
|35mm equivalent||24mm - 120mm|
|CCD pixels||16.1Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Screen resolution||461,000 dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||15sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 3200|
|Stereo Sound||No Data|
|Optical Zoom with Video||No Data|
|Battery Type||Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-11L|
|Box Contents||No Data|