Canon IXUS 240 HS review

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This close up shows how, even in diffused light, the Canon IXUS 240HS can clip the highlights. Notice the ribbed pattern on the bedspread where the whites are bleaching out.

Canon IXUS 240 HS review

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The dynamic range of the Canon IXUS 240HS is challenged here, with the cat's paws and tummy bleaching out.

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This shot was taken using the i-Contrast setting. The camera has done a good job of holding the sky details while keeping the shadow detail. The contrast is slightly flat as a result.

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Plenty of detail in this shot of some pastries taken through a shop window. The IXUS 240HS has done a good job of setting the white balance to cope with daylight and fluorescent light sources.

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The lens on this camera shows few signs of barrel distortion right through the zoom range of 24-120mm.

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In this shot you can see that the camera is underexposing a little, but that the background highlights are about to blow. Dynamic range is a problem of the IXUS 240HS.

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Plenty of detail and good control of the colours in this shot. The colour reproduction is fairly neutral and nuanced in tone.

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Close ups are really quite rewarding. The lens on the IXUS 240HS is probably the camera's best feature.

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Classic example here of the backlit CMOS sensor in the IXUS 240HS just not coping with the dynamic range in the scene.

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A dull and damp day but the IXUS 240HS still manages to pack a punch and inject sufficient contrast into the image

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The JPGS produced by this camera are the perfect balance between file size and detail. Zoom in on the signwriting and check the resolving power of the lens.

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Lots of contrast in this shot, but once again there's a danger of the highlights burning out, thanks to a limited dynamic range.

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With such a small sensor it's virtually impossible to isolate detail using depth of field, even when zooming in.

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Shot with the wide-angle setting.

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Shot at maximum zoom.