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Canon PowerShot SX220 HS Review
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6 May 2011
Summary: The SX220 HS is an impressive all-round travel compact which is priced competitively relative to equivalent cameras. The specification offers more than enough for the casual shooting, while HD video capture and full PASM control will satisfy those looking for something more advanced. However, there are several handling issues and niggles that detract from the overall user experience.
Summary: Since PowerShot s went to solid batteries their size can get nearer that of their other range of pocket cameras the Ixus. However they still form a bridge between the tiny Ixus and Canon s high end range DSLR offerings.
Excerpt: At first glance the SX220 HS looks to be from exactly the same mould as its SX210 IS predecessor, but design-wise and operationally it's not an exact match. The build quality is the usual marriage of plastic and metal, with the PowerShot SX220 HS feeling sturdy enough when gripped in the palm to withstand the odd drop or knock in its inactive state. Curved edges make it appear less boxy and rectangular than it actually is.
Excerpt: The PowerShot SX220 HS upgrades last year’s SX210 IS, the HS suffix indicating ‘High Sensitivity’ features promising better low-light performance. This translates as a backlit 1/2.3in CMOS sensor, optical image stabilisation, Digic 4 processor, ISO3200 at full resolution (worth having), plus a dedicated Low Light mode (at 3 megapixels).
Impressive image quality at both ends of the zoom plus the highest ISO settings, manual controls, creative My Colors and digital filter effects, ease of use
Flash pops up each time the camera is switched on, no handgrip, drab, plastic design, integral mics pick up operational noise when recording video
Excerpt: The Canon PowerShot SX220 HS is a 14x zoom camera, the follow on from the neat PowerShot SX210 IS of last year. The travel zoom category is more competitive than ever, with all the major manufacturers having their take with some great models to choose from. Thanks to increasingly compact designs, the travel zoom category sees long zoom lenses packed into a body that in many cases is only fractionally larger than regular compact dimensions.
Pros: Plenty of control options, will suit those who want a basic camera as well as offer plenty of functions to explore, looks great
Cons: Noise at low ISOs, quality at the far end of the zoom, flash placement cam be a little fiddly, shortcut controls take some getting used to
Excerpt: With the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS , Canon has updated its likeable PowerShot SX210 superzoom camera and given it the improved high-sensitivity features that we liked so much on the chart-topping Ixus 300 HS . This change means the PowerShot now offers better low-light performance. You get a backlit 1/2.3in CMOS sensor, optical image stabilisation, Digic 4 processor, ISO 3200 at full resolution (here actually worth having), plus a dedicated 3Mp Low Light mode.