Canon IXUS 240 HS review

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

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The images that this little compact camera turns out can be very good indeed, but it does struggle at times with its dynamic range, which is something that can't be cured by shooting raw, since the Canon IXUS 240 HS will only record JPEG files.

The dynamic range problem is likely to stem from the fact that Canon has crammed 16 million pixels into a tiny 1/2.3 sensor, which is a shame since the performance would probably be better with a 12MP sensor using larger photosites.

But let's leave performance to one side for a moment, because it's usability that really lets this camera down. The touchscreen is an abomination and the Wi-Fi settings could defy even Sherlock Holmes.

We liked

The responsive shutter, cracking lens and great performance at higher ISO settings are huge plus points. The build quality is also pleasing and the camera really does look rather smart.

We disliked

The confusing Wi-Fi function, the convoluted menu system and the torturous touchscreen menu really made this a disappointing camera to use, especially considering its price.

Final verdict

The good points of the Canon IXUS 240 HS are the smart styling, the sweet lens, responsive shutter and the competent low-light performance. But unless you really must have Wi-Fi and a touchscreen, look at something else, since these gimmicks aren't worth the higher price tag.

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
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height56.8 mm
Width93.5 mm
Depth20.8 mm
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
Exposure Control

Program AE

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.

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
Limited Warranty1 Year