Canon IXUS 220 HS Review

April 8, 2011 | Gavin Stoker |


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?

In its favour it certainly lives up to the IXUS heritage, stretching back a decade now, in being both easy to use yet maintaining a stylish almost sophisticated aura in spite of that. It also holds its own against keenly priced competitors thanks to largely noise free results even at the higher ISO settings, and offers a degree of future proofing thanks to its inclusion of Full HD video and HDMI output.

If you are considering the IXUS 220 HS as an accessory to drop into your bag for the beach this summer, Canon offers a couple of waterproof cases by way of accessories, with pricing between £55 and £225. Some may understandably baulk at the latter.

In summing up, whilst the Canon IXUS 220 HS is not the most innovative model of recent months to land on our test slab, all things considered it's another Recommended award from the Photographyblog team of testers for anyone looking for an undemanding good value pocket camera that will deliver decent image quality with the minimum of fuss. Exciting it may not be, but at times you just want a camera that does the job of an aide memoire and don't want to spend a fortune to get it.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 4
Value for money 5