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Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1142 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the value for money and performance. The usability and portability are also appreciated. There are some critical comments about the energy efficiency and features.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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SX 220 HD


Ease of use.Switches could be bigger. Mainly use on auto settings only-great results

Durable","Great Features","Great Picture Quality","Lightweight

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Soooo Much better then the SX210


I used to have a SX200 which has to be hands down the best compact digital I ever had. I then replaced it with a SX210 which was a pile of [*]! Thank god Canon have come to their senses and put things right again with the SX220. Its just feels...

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Canon PowerShot SX220 HS review


Great features, let down by a few build niggles


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Canon PowerShot SX220 HS review


The Canon PowerShot SX220 HS is a 14x zoom camera, the follow on from the neat PowerShot SX210 IS of last year. The travel zoom category is more competitive than ever, with all the major manufacturers having their take with some great models to choose...

Plenty of control options, will suit those who want a basic camera as well as offer plenty of functions to explore, looks great

Noise at low ISOs, quality at the far end of the zoom, flash placement cam be a little fiddly, shortcut controls take some getting used to

A versatile feature set crammed into a body that still remains pockable. There are acceptable compromises from this arrangement, but on the whole it’s a great choice of camera

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Canon PowerShot SX220 HS review


Canon PowerShot SX220 HS has plenty to offer the photographer who wants to travel light, but how does it perform?

Incredible zoom range ; Wealth of exosure controls ; Quality images

Chromatic aberrations throughout the lens range ; Widescreen LCD only full filled in video or 16:9 modes

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

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Canon Powershot SX220 HS


Canon Powershot SX260 HS86/100

Picture quality, features, compact size, value for money

A touch of purple fringing, handling, shutter delay times with flash

The Canon Powershot SX220 HS does a very good all round job. With the length of lens and range of features you have plenty of flexibility at your finger tips. The camera has no major and very few minor weaknesses and is a good choice if you are looking...

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Canon PowerShot SX220 HS


Since PowerShots went to solid batteries their size can get nearer that of their other range of pocket cameras the Ixus. However they still form a bridge between the tiny Ixus and Canons high end range DSLR offerings.

Image Stabilization is now a standard feature that certainly helps with camera shake, however I am still not sure about things like Smile detection as in my tests it is really only noticing facial movement and a snarl is not a smile, still it has it...

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Canon PowerShot SX220 HS review


The SX220 may be a modest revamp of its predecessor, but delivers great results at the extremes of its zoom and in low light

Impressive image quality at both ends of the zoom plus the highest ISO settings; manual controls; creative My Colors and digital filter effects; ease of use

Flash pops up each time the camera is switched on; no handgrip; drab, plastic design; integral mics pick up operational noise when recording video

While the SX220 HS is a little drab, it makes for a sensible mid-priced choice. If GPS is a must, however, check out the SX230 HS.

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Canon Powershot SX220 HS


Canon PowerShot SX220 HS: Bridge camera specs in a compact body

The SX220 HS produces some stunning images, offers full manual control and has full HD video with stereo sound – it has everything a travel compact needs

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Canon PowerShot SX220 HS Review


Canon's PowerShot SX series of compacts have long been some of the best travel compacts on the market. But how does the latest model shape up in light of competition?

Slim body, good focal range, large LCD screen

Slight handling issues, slight image quality issues

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.3''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:15
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/3200


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: Yes
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Canon NB-5L
Battery Type:Canon NB-5L


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes