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I initially got this camera because I had read numerous reviews claiming that it had excellent photo quality in all sorts of situations, even when there is not much light. This is not really true since the minimum level of light needed for photo quality to remain decent is very specific and the amount of sunlight available is very unpredictable. I also purchased this because of the wide angle lens and the Full HD video quality.
The video quality of this camera is excellent providing that there is a reasonable amount of ambient light. This camera is very popular with the Youtube vlogger community as it captures high quality video in such as small camera. Although this may sound good, take into account that a lot of Youtube vloggers make videos outside in the daytime when there is plenty of light so the quality would be excellent.
Another impressive feature of this camera is the autofocus, which works even while recording video; this works best if you can keep the camera still while recording.
The screen on the camera is small, but the camera as a whole is small so it would be unreasonable to expect more. The pixel density of the screen is apparently quite low (this is something I learnt from videos on Youtube which reviewed this camera before I bought it). To be honest the screen looks fine and the video and picture quality look fine even when they are played on a HDTV (using the built in HDMI port).
The black version of this camera has a rough texture to the outer casing which I quite like. I bought the silver one which has a smooth finish (the black one costed more at the time) and I have seen that they also sell a red/pink one.
The flash on this camera is placed quite close to the lens which can be a slight problem when taking photos because you cant necessarily get as much light as you would want to in your photos.
The battery life of this camera isnt great, if you are just going to take photos then you should be okay, but if you are planning on taking videos then you will find that the battery dies very quickly.
I'm not going to go into any technical jargon. Detailed specifications can be found on many other websites and are meaningless to most consumers. This review is a short summary of my experience and impressions after using this camera over a two week period.
On first site and touch the camera appeared impressive. Upon seeing it for the first time in store it was smaller than I expected and fitted snugly inside the palm of my hand. The design and size along with the close proximity of buttons would favour those endowed with slim and nimble fingers. There are however a number of design flaws. The flash light is positioned at the top right of the camera and beneath this is a tiny AF assist/self timer lamp. This positioning means that holding the camera in both hands risks your forefinger of the left hand blocking the flash. Another minor flaw is the battery/flash card compartment or more specifically the hatch door to this compartment that must be slid open. Upon opening the hatch on a few occasion I accidentally pressed the power button - this causes the lens to automatically extend and possibly push against your other fingers gripping the camera. The hatch is also quite flimsy and unlike the rest of the stainless steel casing is made of plastic - I can imagine it breaking sooner than later. So you have to take extra care when opening/closing this compartment.
The images at first seemed impressive, but only when you view them in the reasonably sized and brightly lit LCD screen on the back of the camera. The camera seems good at processing light and colour and produces a nice balance especially in sunlight. However, it fails miserably when it comes to sharpness. On close inspection I noticed halo effects in areas of contrast. This is worse near the edges of an image but is present throughout. It's very noticeable for example if you take a picture of black text on white paper. The text looks blurred. The 5x 24-120mm zoom lens with built in optical image stabilisation is supposed to enable consistently sharper results when shooting in telephoto mode. No it doesn't. Despite experimenting with different functions and exposures, different flash settings and even using a tripod, I could not get rid of the blurred/halo effect. In essence, the camera was utterly useless for the handheld macro shoots I specifically wanted to use it for. I suspect these flaws are due to a cheap lens elements and I can't believe a company like Canon would use such a poor shoddy components. Despite the digital age, for me the lens should be the most important part of a camera - something that manufacturers these days seem to have forgotten.
Some might be impressed with full 1080p HD movie recording and stereo sound. Incorporated with this are a lot of special effects or gimmicks as I call them. I was quite impressed with these at first but the novelty soon wears off and the results were often disappointing. For example, the HD video has a slow motion effect but I was hugely disappointed when I tried to view my first slow-mo video on screen - you can only view your recordings in a 2.7 inch window the same size as the screen on the back of the camera. Another drawback is that the video runs on QuickTime only making it a hassle to edit your videos in non-Apple editing suites. The quality of the video is OK but I bought this as a still camera and a video function on a still camera is always a novelty item as far as I'm concerned. Such videos are only ever good enough for YouTube.
It's a shame I couldn't get a decent sharp image with this camera because there were some aspects that I liked such as the compact size, the photo colour balance and the battery life. I never had to recharge the battery during the two weeks of medium usage that included several short 5 minute videos. Many might be quite content with the quality of the photos that this camera produces, but for me this is a kid's camera pretending to be something 007 might use. If you require sharp photos then don't buy the Canon IXUS 220 HS. After my experience I would never buy another Canon IXUS camera.
I got this camera a few weeks ago for my trip to Spain. I am definitely satisfied with it, especially given it had only cost me a little more than 120 pounds. A few things that really impressed me:
- Battery life - I was in Madrid for 4 days, taking photos here and there but I didn't have to charge my camera a single time! This really surprised me.
- Picture quality - fantastic, even in low light. I was at a flamenco club with minimal lighting, and the pictures turned out great without me having to adjust ISO or anything.
- The smart auto feature - I found this really useful because I didn't have to adjust to a different programme every time I am in a new environment.
- Size - very compact, not at all heavy, I could fit it into a small handbag. Definitely a good thing for ladies!
Overall, a very good basic camera - although compared the newer IXUS models, you cannot expect it to have as many features. However, for everyday use (non-professional photography), it definitely suffices! Would definitely recommend it.
I bought this camera on impulse and without having made too much research. I'd had Canon cameras before so knew that the quality would be good and just went with this one as it was in my price range - I was not disappointed!
This is a fantastic camera, it's first big outting was on my holiday to Disneyland in Florida, it's very lightweight and compact so fits in most pockets, small handbags and is relatively robust - it was jostled around quite a lot when I was on rides!
The image quality is fantastic, I would say it's almost as good as my digital SLR camera at times.
There are loads of funky features which you can play around with, but just the automatic setting works wonders and takes great photos at just the click of a button.
My favourite features are movie digest (takes a 4 second video before you snap a photo and links them together to make a day's worth of videos) smart shutter (automatically detects a new face in the shot when on self-shutter mode, so you don't have to all stand there with fixed grins for 10 seconds!), best image selection (automatically selects the best image out of a selection) and underwater mode (when used with a waterproof case takes some great underwater shots).
Canon's line up in the IXUS series has always produced winners and this one continues that trend. Having owned this for seven months since it's UK release it has produced some wonderful photos from my honeymoon and an assortment of other vacations.
- Excellent day time and night time shots (you can manually set shutter speed to 10 seconds)
- Clear photos with little noise at high ISO's
- HD video is very clear with good sound
- The camera is, typically with other IXUS cameras, light, small and very portable
- Easy to use, with clear concise instructions
- Special modes such as fish eye effect, ability to swap colours out
- Battery life appears to be quite low with approximately 80 shots per charge therefore a spare battery may be required on longer trips
- Canon IXUS' are generally higher priced than similar specified model's but as the camera has now been out some months it should have fallen somewhat.
A great camera for the beginner or those looking for a combination of style and substance. All round good performer.
I got this camera a few days ago and already I am disappointed. This isn't a good sign so early on, but really and truly I feel ripped off.
Let me start by saying that if you're going to buy any camera that's decent these days, opt in for a DSLR. They are far worth the investment. If you can't afford a DSLR right now then look into buying a top quality compact or micro four thirds camera.
Anyway...back to the reviewing of this camera.
It says Canon on the front, yet shoots like a Vivitar and offers Hitachi quality photos. In my view Vivitar and Hitachi are two of the worst cameras on the market right now and Canon is the best. Yet you don't feel part of the Canon family when you have this in your hands. It is allegedly supposed to shoot HD videos, well I have seen HD videos until the cows came home and I can tell you right now this is NOT HD.
I've just compared the 'HD' videos I've shot with this camera and the standard videos of my old compact camera and the quality on the compact is far superior. What a let down!
I don't know where they get off saying that is, to be honest because the quality is so poor. Another thing about the videos? They won't play on Windows Media nor can I edit them on Movie Maker - it says I don't have the file extension...blah blah blah and will only play them on Quick Time. This is a huge kicker for me as I was hoping to capture HD videos and then edit them on Movie Maker. Not gonna happen now though because all videos are in the .mov format - why? I have no idea why the file extension is missing as on all my other cameras (all Canon) the videos play perfectly. And I have no desire or inclination to go hunting for answers on this one - shouldn't it be user friendly?
The effects are 'cool' but they are nothing you can't get on a standard iPhone app. Fish eye, miniature effect, toy camera, kids and pets (which I assume means shutter speed is prioritised), smart shutter, high speed burst, best image selection, hand held night scene; allows you to take photos at night without a tripod (yes...makes sense not lol), low light , mono chrome, super vivid, poster effect...and many more that seem more play-things than adding any quality or depth to photos.
The fish eye effect is very poor as well. It is more like a house of fun mirror effect than a serious fish eye effect, but then again I suppose that's what you get what you pay for. The only effects I truly liked were miniature effect, monochrome and sepia. I momentarily liked the 'movie digest' feature which takes a video clip with each shot you take and makes a days summary ...then I realsied it's an in-camera feature so it's only available to view on the camera and nowhere else - what's the point of that?
So, is there anything good to say about this camera? Well it is small in design and has a generous LCD screen. It's about the same size as my husbands mobile phone and doesn't weigh much at all (141g with battery and memory card.) It also comes with one battery that can be recharged - charger is provided.
It only really performs well outside...which is a big turn off for me. This is an 'indoors' camera and seeing as most people take photographs in poorly lit conditions you think there'd be some consideration to this. I wasted £145 on it and I wouldn't encourage anyone else to part with their cash on this - thank goodness I can return it!