Canon IXUS 200 IS review

An excellent touchscreen snapper with a great range of features

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More important is the IXUS 200's image quality, which is excellent. It uses the same DIGIC 4 processor as the Canon 5D MKII, and our test images were superb.

Our shots show rich, accurate colours, and the 5x zoom (24-120mm in 35mm terms) lens is cracking as well. Zoomed all the way in we noticed no problems with sharpness. The motor powering the lens is fast as well – going from wide-angle to fully zoomed-in took a shade over a second and a half in our tests.

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We were also pleased to note a lack of purple fringing in areas of high contrast – a near constant bugbear for users of compact cameras.

There are 12.1 million pixels crammed on to the small sensor in the IXUS 200, producing 4,000x3,000 images. The high pixel density means image noise can be a problem, and it's true that beyond ISO 400 you'll start to see noticeable amounts of noise disrupting supposedly clear areas.

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And, although you can push the ISO as high as 1600 in normal mode, our images at this setting were ruined. Muddy colours and spoiled detail make it a setting best reserved from when you're absolutely prevented from using the flash.

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Set the IXUS 200 to Program mode and visit the scene menu and there's an ISO 3200 mode, although our experiences at ISO 1600 suggest you should leave this alone at all costs. Those who take lots of shots in low light are unlikely to need the further reaches of the IXUS's ISO modes, though.

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Besides the flash, you also get an incredibly effective image stabiliser, which shifts elements inside the lens to keep shots sharp. It's configurable as well: you can keep it turned on permanently or only when you press the shutter button.

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You can also opt for vertical stabilisation, which allows you to pan the camera while shooting, with the stabiliser only compensating for vertical movement.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
Product FamilyDigital IXUS
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, MultiMediaCard (MMC), MMCplus, HC MMCplus
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)130 g
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height53.4 mm
Width99.9 mm
Depth22.9 mm
Focal Length4.30 mm to 21.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model200 IS
Product NameDigital IXUS 200 IS Compact Camera
Product LineDigital IXUS
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number3988B006
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Featuring an ultra wide-angle 24mm lens, 5.0x optical zoom and an intuitive touch screen interface, the 12.1 Megapixel Digital IXUS 200 IS combines cutting-edge technology with stylish IXUS design.

Package Contents
  • Digital IXUS 200 IS Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-6L
  • Battery Charger
Limited Warranty1 Year