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The Canon IXUS 255 HS was announced in January 2013 and is a compact camera which has built-in Wi-Fi, 10x optical zoom and an all new Hybrid Auto mode. It is available in silver, black and pink for £200.
When shooting there is Smart Auto which automatically selects from 58 scenes and adjusts the camera settings. With Hybrid Auto the camera captures a 4 second movie clip before each shot and combines them in to a 720p HD movie. There are a number of creative modes, such as toy camera effect and miniature, and 2.4 fps continuous shooting in full resolution. You can shoot at up to 6.2 fps at 3 megapixels. Face ID lets you register 12 faces so that they are focused as a priority in every shot.
Videos are recorded in full 1080p HD with stereo sound, optical zoom and Intelligent IS to keep your movies steady. You can also record super slow motion videos.
- 12.1 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor
- 10x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 24-240mm lens)
- Intelligent IS (Image Stabilisation)
- 3.0 inch 460k dot PureColor II G LCD screen
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Full 1080p HD video recording
- ISO 80 - 6400
- 1cm minimum focusing distance
- Hybrid Auto mode
- Creative modes
- 2.4 fps continuous shooting
- Available in silver, black and pink
The menu system is easy to use. To adjust camera settings, press the function button, this displays the available options along the left hand side, you then just need to use the d-pad to cycle through. The rest of the camera settings are available via the menu button. The 3.0 inch screen is bright and clear, with a decent 460k dot resolution.
To use the Wi-Fi you need to enter playback and press the Wi-Fi button (which also acts as the exposure compensation button when shooting). The screen which appears shows you the varying options available, represented by symbols - not particularly easy to understand initially. Other than that, the Canon app is easy to use in order to download images and videos from the camera.
Battery life is rated at 220 shots according to CIPA test results, if you use the Wi-Fi quite a lot, you may run the battery down fairly quickly and therefore may want to carry a spare. We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.
|Shutter Response||0.125 secs|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.3 secs|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.4 secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||2.1 secs|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||2.1 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||3.2 secs|
|Continuous Shooting - JPEG||2.1 fps|
|Continuous Shooting - Flash||0.6 fps|
|Burst mode||5.3 fps|
The continuous shooting modes record in full 12.1 megapixel resolution, with burst mode limited to 3 megapixels.
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Canon IXUS 255 HS Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/4.0 | 13.2 mm | ISO 80
Landscape | 1/320 sec | f/9.0 | 4.3 mm | ISO 250
Low Light | 1/20 sec | f/4.5 | 16.9 mm | ISO 1250
Pet Portrait | 1/100 sec | f/4.0 | 16.4 mm | ISO 100
Sample Photos - Images have excellent colour reproduction and are well exposed. Landscapes have excellent blues and greens. Portraits have fairly decent skin tones, but there is a little red-eye when using the flash.
Canon IXUS 255 HS Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/800 sec | f/3.0 | 4.3 mm | ISO 80
Full Optical Zoom | 1/250 sec | f/6.9 | 43.0 mm | ISO 80
Clear Zoom | 1/200 sec | f/6.9 | 43.0 mm | ISO 80
Macro | 1/30 sec | f/3.0 | 4.3 mm | ISO 80
Lens Performance - Images have a good amount of detail throughout at both ends of the lens, with purple fringing rarely evident. When using the Clear Image Zoom there is clearly a loss in image quality, but you wouldn't notice if you were to share the images on the web. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of just 1cm which allows excellent macro pictures to be taken.
Canon IXUS 255 HS ISO test images
1/8 sec | f/4.0 | 13.6 mm | ISO 80
1/10 sec | f/4.0 | 13.6 mm | ISO 100
1/20 sec | f/4.0 | 13.6 mm | ISO 200
1/40 sec | f/4.0 | 13.6 mm | ISO 400
1/80 sec | f/4.0 | 13.6 mm | ISO 800
1/160 sec | f/4.0 | 13.6 mm | ISO 1600
1/320 sec | f/4.0 | 13.6 mm | ISO 3200
1/640 sec | f/4.0 | 13.6 mm | ISO 6400
ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at ISO 80, 100 and 200. There is a touch of softness in places at ISO 400 and are softer at ISO 800. Images at ISO 1600 show a loss of detail with a fuzzy white noise effect coming in at ISO 3200. The white noise worsens at ISO 6400, with image quality OK for use on the web.
Canon IXUS 255 HS White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/20 sec | f/3.2 | 6.7 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/15 sec | f/3.2 | 6.7 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.4 sec | f/3.2 | 6.7 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.4 sec | f/3.2 | 6.7 mm | ISO 100
White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent lights, the AWB has an orange cast in the images, with the incandescent preset performing well. Under the fluorescent lights, the AWB performs well, the fluorescent preset has a slight hint of a magenta cast.
Canon IXUS 255 HS Digital filters
My Colours - Off | 0.3 sec | f/4.5 | 17.8 mm | ISO 80
Miniature | 1/500 sec | f/3.5 | 10.2 mm | ISO 80
My Colours - Black And White | 0.3 sec | f/4.5 | 17.8 mm | ISO 80
My Colours - Neutral | 0.3 sec | f/4.5 | 17.8 mm | ISO 80
My Colours - Positive Film | 0.3 sec | f/4.5 | 17.8 mm | ISO 80
My Colours - Sepia | 0.3 sec | f/4.5 | 17.8 mm | ISO 80
My Colours - Vivid | 0.3 sec | f/4.5 | 17.8 mm | ISO 80
My Colours - Vivid Blue | 1/4 sec | f/4.5 | 17.8 mm | ISO 80
My Colours - Vivid Green | 1/4 sec | f/4.5 | 17.8 mm | ISO 80
My Colours - Vivid Red | 1/4 sec | f/4.5 | 17.8 mm | ISO 80
Colour Accent | 1/40 sec | f/4.5 | 17.8 mm | ISO 800
Colour Swap | 1/40 sec | f/4.5 | 17.8 mm | ISO 800
Fish Eye Effect | 1/80 sec | f/4.5 | 17.8 mm | ISO 1600
Monochrome | 1/80 sec | f/4.5 | 17.8 mm | ISO 1600
Poster Effect | 1/40 sec | f/4.5 | 17.8 mm | ISO 800
Soft Focus | 1/40 sec | f/4.5 | 17.8 mm | ISO 800
Super Vivid | 1/40 sec | f/4.5 | 17.8 mm | ISO 800
Toy Camera Effect | 1/40 sec | f/4.5 | 17.8 mm | ISO 800
Digital Filters - The IXUS 255 HS has a range of creative and colour modes to add creativity to your pictures. There are many examples above.
Video - Below is a video recorded in full 1080p HD. Quality is good, you can use the optical zoom during recording, an example of which can be seen on the ePHOTOzine Youtube page. You'll also be able to watch a video recorded using Super Slow Motion Movie mode.
Value For MoneyThe Canon IXUS 255 HS is available for £200. Other cameras with 10x optical zoom include the Olympus VR-340 at £80, Fujifilm FinePix T500 at £100, Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9 at £170 and Sony Cybershot DSC-WX200 at £165. If you're particularly keen on a camera with Wi-Fi there are ample options, including the Nikon Coolpix S9500 at £250, Sony Cybershot DSC-WX300 at £270 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40 at £300.
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.
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|The Canon IXUS 255 HS has excellent image quality, 10x optical zoom and Wi-Fi all packed into a compact body.|
Canon IXUS 255 HS ProsBuilt-in Wi-Fi
Excellent image quality
10x optical zoom in a compact body
Full HD video recording with stereo sound
Good macro shots
Decent value for money
Canon IXUS 255 HS ConsQuite a low battery life
Red-eye in portrait shots when using flash
Noise effects image quality from ISO 1600 upwards
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Canon IXUS 255 HS Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3 - f/6.9|
|35mm equivalent||24mm - 240mm|
|CCD pixels||12.1Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Type||Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||15sec|
|ISO sensitivity||80 - 6400|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-4L (battery and charger supplied)|
|Box Contents||Digital Camera IXUS 255 HS, Wrist Strap WS-DC11, Battery Pack NB-4L, Battery Charger CB-2LVE, AC Cable, Interface Cable IFC-400PCU, User Manual Kit|