Canon IXUS 220 HS

  • 12 MP
  • 5x f/2.7
  • 1/2.5" CMOS
  • 2.7" LCD
Released February, 2011
Tabbing down the options here we find Movie Digest mode, dedicated portrait and kids and pets scene options, smile shutter, high speed burst shooting, best image selection (the camera choosing the best representation of a given scene from a sequence of shots), handheld night scene, Low Light (three megapixel resolution), plus fisheye, miniature effect, toy camera, monochrome, super vivid and poster effect.
Rated 80% by by Photography Blog (Apr, 2011)

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First reviewed December, 2011

Features Key features of the Canon IXUS 220 HS

Back view of Canon IXUS 220 HS
The new Canon IXUS 220 HS is a stylish compact camera that offers an ultra-wide 5x zoom, full 1080p HD movies and a back-illuminated 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor in a sleek stainless steel body.
Rated 80% by by Photography Blog (Apr, 2011)

megapixels

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If you'd rather stick at full 12 megapixel resolution then speed drops to 3.4 fps.
IXUS 220 HS by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)
Our rusty gate shot reveals more detail than we might expect from a humble 12 megapixel snapper with a physically smaller lens.
IXUS 220 HS by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)

sensor size

Canon IXUS 220 HS
Canon IXUS 230 HS
Canon PowerShot SX220 HS
White balance and ISO speeds can also be adjusted, with options ranging from ISO100 up to the maximum ISO3200 setting.
IXUS 220 HS by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)
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.
IXUS 220 HS by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)

wide angle lens

Canon IXUS 220 HS
Canon IXUS 230 HS
Canon PowerShot SX220 HS
Sure, like any compact camera it has its issues with pixel fringing and loss of sharpness towards the corners of the frame heightened by that wider than average 24mm equivalent wide angle setting.
IXUS 220 HS by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)
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.
IXUS 220 HS by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)

aperture size

Canon IXUS 220 HS
Sony DSC WX100
Nikon Coolpix S6300
Here the top setting of ISO3200 when combined with an f/2.7 maximum aperture is actually usable; a setting at which the performance of most point and shoot cameras is degraded significantly to resemble something closer to a watercolor than a photograph.
IXUS 220 HS by Photography Blog (Apr, 2011)
The Canon IXUS 220 HS offers a Macro setting that allows you to focus on a subject that is 3cms away from the camera when the lens is set to wide-angle.
IXUS 220 HS by Photography Blog (Apr, 2011)

zoom range

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Manual control is welcomed, but this remains a camera for those who want to point and shoot and achieve respectable results with the minimum of fuss.
IXUS 220 HS by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)
By contrast a shot taken handheld towards the telephoto end of the zoom; again natural colours and a decent level of detail.
IXUS 220 HS by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)

body size

92.2 x 55.9 x 19.5 mm
106 x 59 x 33 mm
94 x 58 x 26 mm
The IXUS 220 HS's stainless steel body lends the camera a sturdy yet lightweight feel, but there's no hand grip here.
IXUS 220 HS by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)
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.
IXUS 220 HS by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)
 

Performance Real world tests of Canon IXUS 220 HS

shutter lag

Canon IXUS 220 HS
Canon PowerShot SX220 HS
Canon PowerShot IXUS 125 HS
The Canon IXUS 220 HS's maximum shutter speed is 15 seconds in the Long Shutter mode, which is good news if you're seriously interested in night photography.
IXUS 220 HS by Photography Blog (Apr, 2011)
This means that if you're replaying a shot when a fresh photo opportunity presents itself, a mere half press of the shutter release button will throw the user back into capture mode.
IXUS 220 HS by Photography Blog (Apr, 2011)

max continuous shooting

The rest of the shooting modes are hidden within this same toolbar, including Movie Digest mode, dedicated portrait and "kids and pets" scene options, smile shutter, high speed burst shooting, best image selection (the camera choosing the best representation of a given scene from a sequence of shots), handheld night scene, Low Light (three megapixel resolution), plus fisheye, miniature effect, toy camera, monochrome, super vivid and poster effect.
IXUS 220 HS by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)
As in the new 310 HS model, there's an esoteric Movie Digest mode on the camera too, which records a short video burst at the point a still image is taken and then automatically stitches these clips together to form a little movie to tell the backstory of your day.
IXUS 220 HS by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)
 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • 1920 x 1080 @ 24 fps
  • f/2.7
  • For that film look
  • Create slow motion video
  • Optical
  • 86.67%
  • 19.5 mm
  • 141 g
  • 92.2 x 55.9 x 19.5 mm

cons

  • 5x
  • 2.7"
  • 230 k dots
  • Feb, 2011
  • 10.15 fps
  • 12 MP
  • Less capability to adjust white balance and exposure
  • 3.4 fps
  • No automatic stitching
  • No automatic 3D
  • Use buttons to access features and menus
  • Lens capabilities are fixed
  • No automatic HDR

Reviews Word on the street

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Speed also adds to creativity when filming video clips, thanks to the 240fps Slow Motion movie mode - although footage is shot at a low-quality 320x240 resolution.
Rated 80%
Read the review (Apr, 2011)
Whilst finding Full HD on a budget model is both surprising and welcome, so too is the fact that stereo sound is offered, via two microphones lurking beneath adjacent pin pricks on the camera's top plate.

Sensor

We're at ISO400, usually the setting at which noise begins to creep in on cheaper compacts.
Canon IXUS 220 HS | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)
Same lack of noise to report at ISO200, if we've lost a tiny bit of contrast over ISO100.
Canon IXUS 220 HS | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)
Here the camera has itself chosen a setting which equates to ISO400, so again, no apparent noise.
Canon IXUS 220 HS | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)

Lens

OK, so it doesn't offer GPS, 3D shooting mode, moisture resistance or a broad focal range, but, being pocket friendly, low cost and competent anyway, could the Canon IXUS 220 HS possibly be your next travel accessory?
Canon IXUS 220 HS | Rated 80% by by Photography Blog (Apr, 2011)
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.
Canon IXUS 220 HS | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)
We're not seeing obvious barrel distortion at this range, but corner detail is again softening.
Canon IXUS 220 HS | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)

Image quality

Just 19.3mm in depth and fashioned from stainless steel to its rival's 18.4mm, like the Nikon the point-and-shoot IXUS 220 HS is being sold in a range of vivid body colours, suggesting all ages and both sexes are being targeted: we had the eye catching scarlet option in for review.
Canon IXUS 220 HS | Rated 80% by by Photography Blog (Apr, 2011)
This is a class of camera that functions at its best with plenty of natural light available, so sunnier climes will render the best-looking photographs.
Canon IXUS 220 HS | Rated 80% by by Photography Blog (Apr, 2011)
Having said that the IXUS 220 HS doesn't exactly drop down significantly in performance when it comes to low light shooting either, and it is this respect that we were most pleased with the camera's capability.
Canon IXUS 220 HS | Rated 80% by by Photography Blog (Apr, 2011)

Video

Canon also throws in what it's terming a Movie Digest feature.
Canon IXUS 220 HS | Rated 80% by by Photography Blog (Apr, 2011)
With the above allowing for instant, one-touch filming no matter what alternative stills shooting mode might have been in play at the time, here that's at a Full HD 1920x1080 pixels and a standard rate of 24 frames per second.
Canon IXUS 220 HS | Rated 80% by by Photography Blog (Apr, 2011)
Press this and video clip recording commences no matter what mode the camera is currently set to.
Canon IXUS 220 HS | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)

Screen

Our favourite was the miniature effect, which apes the result from a specialist tilt and shift lens, narrowing the portion of the image in-focus to give the illusion that you're looking at a photograph of a model rather than an actual building, car or landscape.
Canon IXUS 220 HS | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)
The camera obviously functions at its best in good daylight conditions, so is an ideal sea and sun holiday companion in that respect.
Canon IXUS 220 HS | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)
In the first folder we have the usual options, including the ability to turn the digital zoom on/off, as well as Canon's i-Contrast mode, blink detection, the ability to call up on-screen grid lines and swap the image stabilization mode between continuous, shoot only (comes into effect when the shutter release button is pressed).
Canon IXUS 220 HS | Rated 80% by by Photography Blog (Apr, 2011)

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