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Canon IXUS 220 HS - Test shots: Detail and Lens Performance

By Gavin Stoker

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

A more general selection of test shots are revealed on this page and next to act as an evaluation of the IXUS 220 HS in a variety of shooting conditions.

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This unadulterated wide angle shot at 24mm equivalent setting and straight from the 220 HS reveals a good grasp of detail centre of the frame, getting progressively softer toward the corners. Some quite alarming pixel fringing is noticeable top left of frame on the upper tree branches, even without the need for close inspection.

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By contrast a handheld maximum 120mm equivalent telephoto setting shot from the same vantage point. Detail is noticeably softer centre of frame and could do with contrast being tweaked to add some missing definition, but on the whole not at all a bad result from a pocket point and shooter.

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Another maximum wide angle shot of a closer subject with plenty of inherent detail which will give a better impression of the crispness captured in the 220 HS' 12 megapixel shots. We're not seeing obvious barrel distortion at this range, but corner detail is again softening.

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Our rusty gate shot reveals more detail than we might expect from a humble 12 megapixel snapper with a physically smaller lens.

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Al41

July 1, 2011, 2:09 pm

I would like to know if the reviewer and i are using the same camera really.This camera is always out of focus,when you zoom in bright daylight or in a low light area you get the lens flickering or struggling to focus.so how is it possible that you are giving this 8 out 10?
I am just an amateur but i can tell when a camera is poor at recording.even when you disable auto focus (which is not straightforward ).i have returned mine and a lot of people have replied to me on amazon saying it is a flaw in the camera lens.please explain your review if it's the same camera.

Zmugzy

June 24, 2012, 4:06 pm

I too can't believe how bad this camera is. The picture quality is awful - not sharp - bad colour balance - overexposed. I'm no novice - and have been using Canon SLRs for years so I thought I'd be safe buying this. Bought it Saturday - I'm taking it back on Monday.

joemar

May 18, 2013, 1:39 pm

Taken using my Cannon IXUS 22 HS

joemar

May 18, 2013, 1:41 pm

Taken using IXUS 220 HS

David R

July 17, 2013, 8:33 pm

sounds like you have a faulty one. or one of teh settings is on something weird. The 220 isnt a perfect camera but its better than the one you are describing ...

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