The Canon Ixus 220 is a mid range digital camera with great quality and many colour choices. It really is a pleasure to use, and has a great and stylish design that feels amazing in the hand.
The Ixus 220 has 12.1 megapixels and a great screen on the back. It's not a touch screen, but the screen serves it's purpose and accurately displays how your pictures look in terms of quality.
One thing I really love about this camera is that it gives a fresh and bright image quality. It really does! With some cameras you see some over exposure in bright sunlight and problems with the flash illuminating faces TOO much in darker areas, this is not a problem on the Canon Ixus 220.
The Canon Ixus 220 fairs well in many environments. I've owned this camera for a good 6 months and it truly has shown me that it can be thrust into any scenario and will give a great performance. I've taken it on vacation to France, and taken it to a concert.
There are many settings on the Ixus 220, it's all about finding which one you like. It's great to mess around with the fish eye setting and is occasionally fun to shoot in the toy camera setting (giving a holga effect) but my problem with these settings is that they just aren't customizable really. The toy camera effect has a viginette around it that can be a hindrance when shooting landscapes, so if you wanted to minimize the viginette: bottom line is you can't.
The video recording on this camera is stunning, it performs very well. My only critique of the video recording would be that the autofocus is not great. You actually have to click the shutter and take a picture to focus it before you film. While you are filming it does NOT face detect or make any effort to focus on what you are doing: that part is left entirely up to you.
The design of the 220 is truly amazing. I would say I bought this camera based 50% on just how amazing and advanced it looks. It's smooth, and comes in many different colors. It's extremely light and is very portable and easy to carry around. It's smooth enough to hold comfortably in your hand but isn't so smooth that it could plummet to the ground at any moment. It can also definitely take a few bashes, I have dropped this camera many times. Beware though this camera is a scratch magnet and one wrong mishap could scar the camera forever.
The battery life is not great though, my camera lasted me barely 5 hours in Disneyland and I was NOT impressed by that. If you are looking for something that you can charge once a week and then use everyday the 220 is not for you.
The ixus 220 is not too customizable in terms of shutter speed and ISO, but really who wants that in a point and shoot camera? If you want a camera you can really carve to your own ideas go for a more upmarket semi point and shoot like the canon G12 or a DSLR like the 550d.
The interface is very easy to use, I was used to it in about a week. The dials can get confusing at times and it does take a while to navigate through all the settings to find exactly what you want.
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Amount Paid (US$): 277
This Camera is a Good Choice if You Want Something... Easy Enough for Anyone to Use