Canon IXUS 265 review

12x optical zoom, Wi-Fi and creative modes in a cute, compact package

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Our Verdict

Smart, stylish and sleek – a 12x optical zoom and Wi-Fi make this pocket friendly compact camera ideal for every day users.


  • 12x optical zoom
  • Wi-Fi
  • Very good image quality
  • Sleek, stylish body
  • Available in a range of colours


  • Lack of touchscreen
  • Inability to set autofocus point
  • Dearth of manual controls

Whenever someone asks me to recommend a compact camera that is sleek, stylish, feature-packed and offers great quality, those from the Canon IXUS range usually spring to mind.

The 265 sits at the top of Canon's current line-up of its stylish brand (it generally refers to its more enthusiast based cameras as PowerShots).

It features a 16-million pixel CMOS sensor, which is back-illuminated for better performance in low light. It also features a Digic 4+ processor, which is a couple of generations below the latest available, but has still proven itself to be a good performer in the past.

The camera's 12x optical zoom covers a 35mm equivalent range of 25-300mm. There's also digital zoom available in the form of ZoomPlus, which boosts that up to 24x, and a further 4x digital zoom to make a combined total of 48x.

Top view

A number of different shooting modes are available, but a couple that are of particular interest is Hybrid Auto, which creates a short video clip two seconds before the shutter button is pressed and combines all the clips at the end of the day for an overview of your day – a fun setting for day trips, holidays, weddings, parties and so on.

The second is Creative Shot, which automatically takes a set of five different photos each with a different digital filter applied to it.


Full HD video recording is available, as well as Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity for sharing images between devices, such as your smartphone or tablet. On the back of the camera is a three-inch 461,000 dot screen, which isn't touch sensitive.


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Amy (Twitter, Google+, blog) is a freelance journalist and photographer. She worked full-time as the News Reporter / Technical Writer (cameras) across Future Publishing's photography brands and TechRadar between 2009 and 2014 having become obsessed with photography at an early age. Since graduating from Cardiff Journalism School, she's also won awards for her blogging skills and photographic prowess, and once snatched exhibition space from a Magnum photographer.