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Canon IXUS 220 HS - Test shots: Zoom, Contrast and Colour

By Gavin Stoker



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Here are some general test shots taken with the IXUS 220 HS to give an idea of performance ability when it comes to image quality, dynamic range, colour rendition and focal range.


Lovely natural colours from the Canon in this extreme close up shot; those who do purely want to point and shoot and get decent results without spending a lot up from could do far worse than consider the Canon IXUS 220 HS.


No we haven't deployed the fish eye digital effect here; the illusion is merely due to the subject's proximity to the lens at the 220 HS' maximum 24mm equivalent wide angle setting.


Again, when faced with plenty of colour in the frame the Canon comes up trumps in this wide angle snap. Yes, the buildings do appear to be leaning slightly, but we were shooting from a low-ish vantage point.


By contrast a shot taken handheld towards the telephoto end of the zoom; again natural colours and a decent level of detail.


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Scores In Detail

  • Value 9
  • Image Quality 8


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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