Canon IXUS 265 HS Review

May 14, 2014 | Mark Goldstein | |

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 16 megapixel SuperFine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 7Mb.

The Canon IXUS 265 HS produces images of fairly good quality. It recorded noise-free images at ISO 100 and 200, but there's already some noise and slight colour desaturation at ISO 400. ISO 800 shows more obvious noise and loss of colour, while ISO 1600 and the fastest setting of ISO 3200 aren't very usable except for small prints and web use.

The Canon IXUS 265 HS handled chromatic aberrations quite well, with limited purple fringing effects appearing only in high contrast situations and generally at the edges of the frame. The built-in flash worked well indoors, with no red-eye and good overall exposure. The night photograph was excellent, with the maximum shutter speed of 15 seconds being long enough for most after-dark shots.

Anti-shake works very well when hand-holding the camera in low-light conditions or when using the telephoto end of the zoom range. Macro performance is excellent, allowing you to focus as close as 1cm away from the subject. The images were a little soft straight out of the Canon IXUS 265 HS at the default sharpening setting and ideally require some further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop, or you can change the in-camera setting.

Noise

The Canon IXUS 265 HS has six sensitivity settings at full resolution. Auto mode uses a range between ISO 100 and ISO 3200, or you can switch to the Program shooting mode to manually select these settings.

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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Sharpening

We found that the Canon IXUS 265 HS images are already pretty sharp, but do benefit from a little touch up in post processing.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

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Focal Range

The Canon IXUS 265 HS' 12x zoom lens achieves a maximum wide-angle focal length equivalent to 24mm, and is capable of a telephoto reach of 300mm (in 35mm-camera terms).

24mm

300mm

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Chromatic Aberrations

The Canon IXUS 265 HS handled chromatic aberrations fairly well during the review, with purple and green fringing present around the edges of objects in high-contrast situations, as shown in the examples below.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)

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File Quality

Every image size option on the Canon IXUS 265 HS is accompanied by two quality settings: Fine and Super Fine. Going for the latter will up the file size of each image from 4MB to around 6MB.

SuperFine (6.76Mb) (100% Crop)

Fine (4.26Mb) (100% Crop)

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Macro

The close focusing of the Canon IXUS 265 HS at wide-angle is a mere 1cm. It does mean that there's little light getting in when you do that and the edge definition drops off leaving around 50% of the image in focus.

Macro

Macro (100% Crop)

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Flash

The Canon IXUS 265 HS' flash can only manage a relatively weak 4m range and hence there's some fairly obvious vignetting in our wide-angle test shot taken at a distance of 1.5m. The flash has four modes: Auto, On, Off and Slow Synchro, plus a separate setting to enable or disable red-eye reduction. Whether this is active or not, the camera successfully avoids any trace of red-eye.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (24mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (24mm)

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Flash Off - Telephoto (300mm)

Flash On - Telephoto (300mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Flash On or the Red-eye-Reduction settings caused any red-eye.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)
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Red-eye Correction

Red-eye Correction (100% Crop)

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Night

The Canon IXUS 265 HS's maximum shutter speed is 15 seconds, which is great news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 15 seconds at ISO 100.

Night

Night (100% Crop)

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Anti Shake

As you can see here, disabling IS when shooting handheld at the upper end of the Canon SX 265 HS' focal length range isn't a good idea. Keep the system on and it does a great job of counteracting the effects of camera shake.

Shutter Speed / Focal Length Anti-Shake Off (100% Crop) Anti-Shake On (100% Crop)
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Special Effects

The Canon IXUS 265 HS offers several special effects modes, accessible via the dedicated shooting mode.

Fisheye

Miniature

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Toy Camera

Monochrome

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Super Vivid

Poster

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My Colors

In addition to the special effect modes, you can also set the camera to apply various colour filters as you shoot. Choose from: Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue/Green/Red or Custom Color.

Vivid

Neutral

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Sepia

B&W

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Positive Film

Lighter Skin Tone

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Darker Skin Tone

Vivid Blue

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Vivid Green

 
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