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.
Canon IXUS 240 HS Features
The IXUS 240 HS has a 16.1 megapixel CMOS sensor with Canon's High-Speed (HS) System, aimed to excel in low-light conditions. Packed into the slim metal body is a 5x optical zoom lens, which is a 35mm equivalent of 24-120mm. The zoom can be extended to 10x with ZoomPlus. To help take the sharpest pictures possible there is Intelligent IS.
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
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
Canon IXUS 240 HS Handling
The IXUS 240 HS is a very stylish camera with a metal body and 3.2 inch widescreen touch screen filling most of the rear. The touch screen is very responsive and easy to use which is used for operating most of the camera settings, meaning there are very few physical buttons. On the rear is a playback button, with the top of the camera hosting the on/off, shutter release, zoom rocker and mode select buttons. Thankfully the menus are easy to navigate as you'll need to use them to change every setting. The camera is easy to hold although there are no rubber grips to aid the user.
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.
Wide - Focus and Shutter Response Average
Full zoom - Focus and Shutter Response Average
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo
Shot to Shot (without flash)
Shot to Shot with Flash
Continuous Shooting (at full resolution)
High-speed Burst (4 megapixels)
Canon IXUS 240 HS Performance
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Canon IXUS 240 HS Sample Photos
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
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
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
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
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.
The Canon IXUS 240 HS takes excellent pictures and has some very appealing features such as its stylish looks, slim metal body and Wi-Fi capabilities. If these features are appealing to you then the camera won't disappoint, but up against others with the same resolution and zoom, there are many cheaper options. If you are out shooting for an extended period of time you might find the battery life quite restricting and therefore may need a spare, thus adding to the cost. The IXUS 240 HS also records at full 1080p HD and the touch screen is extremely easy to use.
The Canon IXUS 240 HS is a Wi-Fi enabled camera that takes excellent pictures.
Canon IXUS 240 HS Pros
Slim 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 Cons
Low battery life expectancy
Fairly expensive for a compact camera
No rubber grip