Canon Ixus 200 IS review

The Ixus 200 IS is Canon's first touchscreen camera, and it's a joy to behold. The metal lozenge shell - available in purple, bronze, blue or silver - and contoured buttons bring to mind a luxury car.

It's just as slick to use as it is to look at. Some touchscreen interfaces are unresponsive, but this 3in widescreen posed no such problems. It also facilitates a one-touch spot focus mode, which automatically tracks moving subjects. Buttons will always be better for some tasks, though, so we're delighted that there's a clutch of them to the right of the screen. They're quite small and fiddly but the wheel that encircles the five-way pad is particularly useful for dialling in settings.

The touchscreen isn't the only notable feature. The 5x zoom starts at an unusually wide-angle 24mm, a real boon for vistas and group photos. So too is the 720p HD video mode, which gave fantastic results in bright light and reasonable quality in gloomier conditions. Videos and photos looked superb on an HD TV via the HDMI socket.

In still-image tests, the autofocus and auto exposure proved outstandingly reliable, capturing attractive shots time after time. However, the 12-megapixel sensor captured no more detail than the two 10-megapixel cameras we reviewed this month. In fact, details were often a little softer, particularly in low light where noise reduction disguised noise but also discarded lots of detail. It's a more aggressive approach than that of previous Canon compact cameras, but the results are arguably more appealing if you're printing small pictures or scaling shots down to post on the web.

Fujifilm's F200EXR has the same resolution and zoom range but takes significantly better pictures in challenging conditions. However, the Ixus 200 IS's images are far from disappointing, and its HD video and HDMI socket are distinct advantages. If you don't mind paying a premium for these features, it's an excellent choice.

Basic Specifications

Rating

****

CCD effective megapixels

12.0 megapixels

CCD size

1/2.3in

Viewfinder

none

LCD screen size

3.0in

LCD screen resolution

230,000 pixels

Optical zoom

5.0x

Zoom 35mm equivalent

24-120mm

Image stabilisation

optical, sensor shift

Maximum image resolution

4,000x3,000

Maximum movie resolution

1280x720

Movie frame rate at max quality

30fps

File formats

JPEG; QuickTime (AVC)

Physical

Memory slot

SDHC

Mermory supplied

none

Battery type

3.5V 1,000mAh Li-ion

Battery Life (tested)

240 shots

Connectivity

USB, AV, mini HDMI

Body material

aluminium

Accessories

USB and AV cables

Weight

130g

Size

53x100x23mm

Buying Information

Price

£254

Supplier

http://www.lambda-tek.com/componentshop

Details

www.canon.co.uk

Camera Controls

Exposure modes

auto

Shutter speed

auto

Aperture range

auto

ISO range (at full resolution)

80 to 1600

Exposure compensation

+/-2 EV

White balance

auto, 5 presets, manual

Additional image controls

dynamic range

Manual focus

Yes

Closest macro focus

5cm

Auto-focus modes

multi, centre, face detect

Metering modes

multi, centre-weighted, centre, face detect

Flash

auto, forced, suppressed, slow synchro, red-eye reduction

Drive modes

single, continuous, self-timer

Basic Specifications

Physical

Buying Information

Camera Controls

Author

November 29,2021

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