Canon IXUS 220 HS is the latest mainstream compact digital camera from Canon's stable. The camera is a new entrant in the under Rs. 15,000 category to have Canon's proprietary HS (High Sensitivity) feature which lets you take good photographs in low light conditions without flash. Let us see how it stacks up against the competition and the elder sibling Canon IXUS 300 HS.
Feature and Specs The Canon IXUS 220 HS comes with an impressive set of features for a slim and stylish compact digital camera. The camera's 12.1 MP lens with 5x optical zoom coupled with Canon's new DIGIC 4 Image processor and backlit CMOS sensor works to its advantage. The camera has an f/2.7-5.9 optically stabilized wide angle (24mm to 120mm) lens. There is no optical viewfinder but a 2.7-inch LCD viewfinder with 23,000 dots resolution with five adjustable brightness levels.
Unlike other cameras in this range the IXUS 220 HS actually has ISO settings that work and are quite usable.
The IXUS 220 HS has an ISO rating starting from ISO100 right up to ISO 3200. Apart from the Smart auto mode in which the camera chooses the scene settings on its own, the advanced users have a range of shooting modes at their disposal. There are a total of 22 modes apart from the program mode. The most noticeable new inclusions are the Toy Camera effect mode and Handheld Night scene mode (allows you to take pictures in low light without a tripod). The Low-Light (lets you choose shutter speed), Miniature and Fisheye Effect modes, which we saw in the IXUS 300 HS, is present along with the standard Canon scene modes like Color Accent, Color Swap, and Stitch Assist etc. In the High speed burst mode the camera captures is rated to capture 8 shots per/sec at 3MP resolution.
The Canon IXUS 220 HS records 1080p HD video at 24fps with stereo audio recording and also features Super Slow Motion movie mode similar to the IXUS 300 HS. In the super slow motion mode the camera records VGA (640X480) at 120fps and QVGA (320x240) at 240fps.
Apart from the miniUSB port for transferring images to your computer, Canon has also included HDMI support via mini HDMI port. The IXUS 220 HS supports SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMCplus, HCMMCplus cards but does not have any internal memory which is disappointing.
The box contained an AV cable, battery charger, Software CD (with the software ZoomBrowser and Photostitch), lanyard loop and manual.