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Digital IXUS 200 IS

Digital IXUS 200 IS

The Digital IXUS 200 IS is Canon's first venture into touch-screen control. Although it bears a resemblance to the IXUS 110 IS that I reviewed last week, it's not an upgrade but a completely new camera.

The main features are a 12.1-megapixel sensor, a strong aluminium body, a high-quality ultra-wide 24-120 5x zoom lens and a big 3.0-inch widescreen touch-sensitive monitor.

Rather than replace all of the controls with the touch-screen interface, like some manufacturers, Canon has wisely chosen to only use the touch-screen for the thing for which it is actually useful, such as focus point selection or fast scrolling through recorded pictures. Where the touch screen is used for mode selections the buttons are large and there are never more than six on the screen at once.

For standard menu control the IXUS 200 IS still has a normal D-pad with a rotary bezel, and a sliding selector switch to choose between still and video recording. Like nearly all modern compacts the 200 IS can shoot video in 1280 x 720 resolution with mono audio.

The IXUS 200 IS will be going on sale in early September at a launch price of £329, and will be available in blue, gold or purple.


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