Canon PowerShot SX220 HS: Verdict

The Canon SX220's backlit sensor may not give you DSLR-like quality, but the camera succeeds in providing a healthy zoom range inside a pocketable body, and with good quality results across the board.

We like

The Canon SX220 HS offers an incredible zoom range, a number of solid exposure controls and produces, on average, good quality images.

We dislike

To fully appreciate the benefit of the widescreen LCD you'll need to shoot video with some frequency, or use the 16:9 aspect ration, where resolution is lowered to 9MP. Chromatic aberration also seemed to be a problem, particularly at the telephoto end with contrasty subjects.

Verdict

A number of manufacturers now offer small-format cameras paired with ambitious optics, and the latest addition to Canon's PowerShot range stands up well against its rivals.