Canon IXUS 200 IS review

An excellent touchscreen snapper with a great range of features

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The Canon IXUS 200 IS is a great camera. You can all-but forget the touchscreen – it's a nice luxury, but there are other reasons to like it.

It takes great pictures and we're in love with the body – comfortable to hold and reassuringly weighty, it feels like you've got a lot for your money.

We liked:

Image quality is absolutely top-notch, as is the IXUS 200's build.

The touchscreen adds a few extra features, but those willing to spend an afternoon browsing the menu system will find some features that genuinely help take better pictures.

There's also a wide range of face detection features which mean the days of blurry photos from the pub may be numbered.

We didn't like:

For photography buffs, or those who want to learn how to take better pictures without making the leap to a DSLR, the IXUS 200 offers a few compromises.

A proper manual mode would be a real advantage, and there's a definite lack of speed, particularly when it comes to taking pictures of moving objects or sports.

The price is a problem as well – at £275 the IXUS 200 is definitely nudging superzoom or even budget DSLR territory, and while it takes superb pictures, a move to a DSLR will see shots that produce noticeably less noise.


Top stuff. A few more manual features wouldn't go amiss, but we're willing to trade them off for the gorgeous body and excellent pictures.

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