The Compact Solution
Point-and-shoots appeal to the casual shooter due to their compact size and ease of use. While DSLRs are getting all the attention, not everyone demands the functionality of a DSLR, and they probably wouldn’t like to lug around a bulky camera and a bagful of lenses all day. For those less critical of their photos, or those that just want a camera to take snapshots without much fuss or trouble (or much weight for that matter), compacts and prosumer cameras are still the way to go. What better way to just enjoy the scenery or take snapshots without having to worry about which lens to carry along or which settings to use in a DSLR?
With the compact camera market reaching saturation point, manufacturers are pushing the megapixel envelope as well as throwing in full HD video recording. Today we shall take a look at one of Canon's newer compacts, the Canon IXUS 220 HS, to test out its mettle and what would differentiate it in a market flooded by competitors. The 200 series which consists of the now discontinued IXUS 200, the IXUS 210 and the newly released IXUS 220HS, is the mid-range of Canon's compacts.
With a CMOS sensor packed into a 19.5mm thin body and the ability to record full HD (1080p) videos, the Canon IXUS 220 HS also brings the new HS system to the table. Based purely on megapixel count, the 220 HS seems to be below par compared to the older 210 model. Furthermore, both the 200 and 210 featured touchscreens, but the latest IXUS 220 HS forgoes this. Would that hurt its handling? Find out how the IXUS 220 HS fares and if it is a worthy addition to Canon's mid-range compacts over the next few pages.