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Hands on: Canon IXUS 255 HS review

Stylish point and shoot is a decent all rounder

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As part of our image quality testing for the Canon IXUS 255 HS, we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 80 the Canon IXUS 255 HS is capable of resolving up to around 20 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them, check out our full explanation of our camera testing resolution charts.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

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Canon IXUS 255 HS review

Full ISO 80 image, see the cropped (100%) versions below.

Canon IXUS 255 HS review

ISO 80, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Canon IXUS 255 HS review

ISO 100, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Canon IXUS 255 HS review

ISO 200, score: 18 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Canon IXUS 255 HS review

ISO 400, score: 16 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Canon IXUS 255 HS review

ISO 800, score: 14 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Canon IXUS 255 HS review

ISO 1600, score: 12 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Canon IXUS 255 HS review

ISO 3200, score: n/a (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Canon IXUS 255 HS review

ISO 6400, score: n/a (Click here to see the full resolution image)

What is a hands on review?

'Hands on reviews' are a journalist's first impressions of a piece of kit based on spending some time with it. It may be just a few moments, or a few hours. The important thing is we have been able to play with it ourselves and can give you some sense of what it's like to use, even if it's only an embryonic view. For more information, see TechRadar's Reviews Guarantee.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyIXUS
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom10x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Face Detection, Wink Detection, Smile Detection, Orientation Sensor
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)144 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, REACH, ErP, WEEE
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height56.4 mm
Width97.2 mm
Depth22.5 mm
Focal Length4.30 mm to 43 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model255 HS
Product NameIXUS 255 HS Digital Compact Camera
Product LineIXUS
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number8207B007
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

Canon IXUS 255 HS

Chic, connected and impressive 10x IXUS

Focus on style and performance with the IXUS 255 HS. Get closer or fit everyone in with an ultra-wide 10x optical zoom and use Wi-Fi to share instantly online. HS System ensures exceptional results.

Package Contents
  • IXUS 255 HS Digital Compact Camera
  • Wrist Strap WS-DC11
  • Battery Pack NB-4L
  • Battery Charger CB-2LVE
  • AC Cable
  • Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • User Manual Kit
Limited Warranty1 Year