Summary

Our Score

8/10

User Score

Pros

  • HDMI output
  • Good low-light performance
  • Suitable for camera beginners

Cons

  • Average speed performance
  • Some loss of sharpness at edges

Review Price £177.90

Key Features: 12.1-megapixel sensor; HDMI output; Full-HD video capture; Stainless steel body; 5x optical zoom

Manufacturer: Canon

Canon IXUS 220 HS

In many ways the new Canon IXUS 220 HS is about as close to the definition of a standard point-and-shoot camera as you can get, but with high-end build quality and a thickness of a mere 19.3mm it still stands out from the crowd. Canon sent us a vivid scarlet review sample, against which the black top plate shutter release and power controls stand out very clearly. With large backplate buttons to match, it's a very approachable camera for first-time users.
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Not much wider or taller than a business card, the IXUS 220 HS is an easy fit for the trouser pocket or clutch bag. Like the IXUS 310 HS model we reviewed recently, this IXUS boasts a resolution of a modest 12.1 megapixels from a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor. Its low-light shooting credentials are suggested by the 'HS' suffix, standing for 'high sensitivity', delivered here by a back-lit sensor and Digic 4 image processor. It supplies 60% lower noise levels at high ISO speeds, according to Canon - a claim we'll test in due course.
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Under the IXUS 220 HS's shiny casing lurks an optically image-stabilised 5x zoom, starting out at a usefully wide 24mm and running up to an equivalent 120mm at the telephoto end. Rather more of a surprise is that the camera captures full-HD video clips of 1920x1080 pixels at 24 frames per second with the benefit of stereo sound - the dual microphones are located on the top plate. We also get a dedicated video record button to the top-right of the back plate LCD.
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Press this and video clip recording commences no matter what mode the camera is currently set to. There's no optical viewfinder, as we've come to expect of point-and-shoot compacts, and the screen is a modest 2.7in in size, offering a run-of-the-mill 230k dot resolution.

What do you get for your £170? Decent build, a dose of style and a better-than-average feature set, including HDMI output alongside standard AV/USB output.

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