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Hands on: Canon IXUS 255 HS review

Stylish point and shoot is a decent all rounder

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Canon IXUS 255 HS review

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The optical zoom performance on the Canon IXUS 255 HS is impressive.

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For those who want to work on images in post production, there is some scope for adjustment to get the look you want. This shot has had the colours and contrast boosted.

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We were impressed with the macro function on the Canon IXUS 255 HS.

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Super Vivid mode produces bright, vibrant colours.

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Miniature Effect produces a pleasing tilt-shift effect.

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The majority of the time the Canon IXUS 255 HS takes well balanced and exposed images.

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Another example of the superb optical zoom performance.

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The Canon IXUS 255 HS is able to produce sharp detail, even while dealing with bright sunlight.

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Exposure is generally good on the Canon IXUS 255 HS, although occasionally it can lean towards over exposing - an example seen here in the sky.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyIXUS
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
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Maximum Frame Rate240 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedNB-4L
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Height56.4 mm
Width97.2 mm
Depth22.5 mm
Autofocus Points9
Focal Length4.30 mm to 43 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsPCM
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model255 HS
Product NameIXUS 255 HS Digital Compact Camera
Product LineIXUS
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.

Battery Life300 Shot
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
Display Resolution461000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker