Canon IXUS 200 IS review

An excellent touchscreen snapper with a great range of features

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  • Build quality
  • Takes great images
  • Excellent screen
  • Quick start up times
  • Face detection features


  • No manual features
  • Touchscreen can be gimmicky
  • Slow continuous shooting
  • High ISO mode best left alone
  • Dated software

The Canon IXUS 200 IS is the latest touchscreen compact camera to come from the industry leader.

Canon has never had much trouble getting its range of IXUS compact cameras noticed: it has historically been among the best-looking, best-performing you can get, and the Canon IXUS 200 IS adds another string to a formidable bow.

The screen on the back isn't only one of the largest TFTs you'll find on a compact, but the bright 3-inch widescreen monitor is a touchscreen, the first to feature on a Canon compact.

It sits near the top of the IXUS range – below cameras such as the IXUS 980 and 990, but its 12.1 megapixel (MP) sensor raises it above the crowd.

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The headline touchscreen doesn't mean you get a reduction in the number of buttons on the back, as you can only perform a few tasks via the screen.

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Still, using the touchscreen is satisfying. For instance, with the IXUS 200 in still mode, you can tap an object that you want to expose for and focus on, and the camera will track it, missile lock-on style.

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It's handy if you're taking a picture of a moving person, or from a vehicle, although we found that the detection was interrupted if the tracked object moved very quickly, so it's unlikely to be a godsend for motorsport buffs. Otherwise the touchscreen only does a few jobs.

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