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Canon IXUS 220 HS - Test shots: ISO performance

By Gavin Stoker



Our Score:


A selection of images taken at the camera's incremental light sensitivity settings, using only available daylight. The IXUS 220 HS ISO range is relatively modest and straightforward, starting out at ISO100 and working its way up to ISO3200, though Canon does throw in an additional Low Light shooting mode for fully auto snapping, the caveat being that resolution falls then falls to three megapixels. Let's see how well the Canon copes...



With the camera's Auto ISO setting choosing the lowest manually selectable option of ISO100, as expected detail is good, the shot is crisp overall and there's no noise to report in shadow areas; pretty much as expected then.


Same lack of noise to report at ISO200, if we've lost a tiny bit of contrast over ISO100.


We're at ISO400, usually the setting at which noise begins to creep in on cheaper compacts. But again here even when zooming in close on detail we're hard pressed to witness any degradation in the image from the Canon.


The same test subject at ISO800, and overall the image is still fairly clean if we're slightly losing edge definition on close inspection.


Slightly softer again when it comes to detail examining our test image at ISO1600. But again most would be hard pressed to spot any deterioration when viewing the full frame.


More soft at ISO3200 but not a pronounced jump in terms of noise over ISO1600. Overall the Canon 220 HS has performed very respectably in this task, giving an identical showing to the marginally pricier 310 HS which boasts the exact same ISO range.


...And so we've tried shooting our test image with Low Light mode selected, which effects an image drop to three megapixels. Here the camera has itself chosen a setting which equates to ISO400, so again, no apparent noise.



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.


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.


May 18, 2013, 1:39 pm

Taken using my Cannon IXUS 22 HS


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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