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Canon IXUS 275 HS Review

Reviewed, the compact Canon IXUS 275 HS with a 12x optical zoom lens and built in Wi-Fi.

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The Canon IXUS 275 HS is this years update to the Canon IXUS 265 HS, and features a 20 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, an update over the 16 megapixel sensor in the 265, and features a 12x optical zoom lens, image stabilisation and built in Wi-Fi and NFC. 

Canon IXUS 275 HS Features

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The Canon IXUS 275 HS is known as the Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS in the US, and is the top of the range point and shoot model in the IXUS line-up, with the IXUS 170, 165, and 160 also available. 

A wide-angle 12x optical zoom lens can be found on the front that is the equivalent of 25-300mm in 35mm terms, with built in optical image stabilisation for steadier shots when shooting handheld or when using the optical zoom, and an ISO range that goes up to ISO3200 for improved low-light photography. Macro photos can be taken with the subject just 1cm away from the lens. 

There are a number of features to make it easy to shoot with the IXUS 275 HS including Auto, Creative shot, and Hybrid Auto. Creative shot takes a number of shots applying effects to the image, and you can also select from a number of preset modes including Auto, Retro, Monochrome, Special, and Natural. 

Built in Wi-Fi and NFC lets you remotely control the camera from a compatible iOS or Android device, making it easy to transfer images to social media websites such as Facebook.

The IXUS 275 has a compact metal body that is available in silver or black, as shown here. The camera records full HD video at 30fps with mono sound. 

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Key Features

  • 20.2 megapixel 1/2.3inch BSI CMOS sensor
  • 12x optical zoom lens, 25-300mm equivalent, f/3.6-f/7.0
  • Intelligent optical image stabilisation, 2.5 stops
  • 3inch screen, 461,000 dots
  • Wi-Fi / NFC connectivity
  • FullHD Video, 30fps
  • ISO80 to ISO3200
  • 1cm macro focus
  • 2.5fps continuous shooting
  • Available in black or silver

Canon IXUS 275 HS Handling

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The Canon IXUS 275 is a compact and stylish digital camera, with a curved metal body and a large 3inch screen on the back. The camera is thinner at the end where you hold the camera, and this can make it quite slippery, so using the provided wrist strap is recommended. The camera feels well built, and the mode switch on top of the camera gives it a more premium feel. To switch between the other shooting modes you press the FUNC/SET button on the back of the camera and choose the mode on the screen. Changing settings is quite straightforward, with most of the options available on screen, and you shouldn't need to enter the menus too often. The screen looks good, with good viewing angles and can be viewed even outdoors in bright light.

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Built in Wi-Fi and NFC makes it easy to connect to compatible iOS and Android devices. The Canon Camera Connect app lets you view images and video on the camera and transfer them to your phone, shoot remotely and remotely control the camera, as well as add GPS location information to photos based on GPS data from your smartphone. Once the photos are on your smartphone it's then easy to share your images to social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Battery life - Battery life is rated at 185 shots according to Canon / CIPA test results, which can be extended to 250 shots in Eco mode. We would recommend a spare battery if you want to shoot more. 

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