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Canon IXUS 220 HS review




Our Score:


User Score:


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


  • Average speed performance
  • Some loss of sharpness at edges

Key Features

  • 12.1-megapixel sensor
  • HDMI output
  • Full-HD video capture
  • Stainless steel body
  • 5x optical zoom
  • Manufacturer: Canon
  • Review Price: £177.90

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.

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.

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.

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.


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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