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Canon IXUS 240 HS review

Pocket-sized compact camera with Wi-Fi and touchscreen controls

Taking pictures in bright sunlight can be a bit of a chore since, like many other LCDs, the Canon IXUS 240 HS's screen can be hard to see. There are five brightness levels, but the process of getting to the settings means you're unlikely to use the adjustment. An auto brightness function would probably have worked better.

When it comes to image quality, the Canon IXUS 240 HS does have a tendency to overexpose by up to half a stop, and it can easily blow the highlights. To counteract this there is an i-Contrast setting that does a fairly good job of holding details in brighter areas while still pulling out detail from the shadows.

Canon IXUS 240 HS review

It's also quite noticeable that the backlit CMOS sensor has an inclination to blow highlights where they appear next to darker areas. It's hardly a pleasant bokeh effect, more of a muddy smearing that looks like a soft focus filter.

That said, with a fair wind and some good light, the Canon IXUS 240 HS can turn out some cracking images, but those clunky touchscreen controls will do their best to stop you getting the most from it.

Canon IXUS 240 HS review

Our sensitivity (ISO) test shots reveal that the camera performs very well, holding plenty of detail all the way up to the maximum sensitivity of ISO 3200.

The 5x optical zoom with its handy range of 24-120mm is a really sharp performer, resolving plenty of detail for the sensor to capture, even in low light.

Canon IXUS 240 HS review

Canon IXUS 240 HS review

Canon IXUS 240 HS review

Canon IXUS 240 HS review

Canon IXUS 240 HS review

Canon IXUS 240 HS review

Canon IXUS 240 HS review

Canon IXUS 240 HS review

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyIXUS
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Eye-Fi Card
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourSilver
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesSelf-timer, Wink Detection, Face Detection, Smile Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)145 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE, REACH, ENERGY STAR
Minimum Focus Distance30 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate240 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Battery Model SupportedNB-11L
Height56.8 mm
Width93.5 mm
Depth20.8 mm
Autofocus Points9
Focal Length4.30 mm to 21.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model240 HS
Product NameIXUS 240 HS Compact Camera
Product LineIXUS
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number6022B007AA
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

With HS System and a huge touch screen for capturing any moment with ease, the slim IXUS 240 HS offers Wi-Fi connection for instantly sharing your stunning shots.

Battery Life170 Shot
Package Contents
  • IXUS 240 HS Compact Camera
  • Battery Pack NB-11L (with Terminal Cover)
  • Battery Charger CB-2LD/CB-2LDE
  • Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • Wrist Strap WS-DC10
  • Getting Started
  • Software Disk
  • Warranty Card
Display Resolution461000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker