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Canon PowerShot SX220 HS review

12.1MP, 14x zoom and 1080p video. Could this be the only camera you need?

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.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyPowerShot
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedMMCplus, HC MMCplus, MultiMediaCard (MMC), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourGrey
Optical Zoom14x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesFace Detection, Aperture Priority, Continuous Shooting Mode, Smart Capture, Smile Detection, Manual White Balance, Manual Control
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)215 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height59.3 mm
Width105.7 mm
Depth33.2 mm
Focal Length5 mm to 70 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelSX220 HS
Product NamePowerShot SX220 HS Compact Camera
Product LinePowerShot
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number5046B008
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

Packing HS System for stunning images in all situations, a wide-angle 14x optical zoom and Full HD movies, the PowerShot SX220 HS is a powerful combination of leading image quality and flexibility.

Package Contents
  • PowerShot SX220 HS Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-5L
  • Charger
Limited Warranty1 Year