Stylishly slim and packed with features
Canon is one of, if not the only, brand that comes to mind when one thinks of good-quality cameras. It has consistently delivered cameras that click great pictures without breaking the bank.
Canon's IXUS 220HS is the latest to build on that legacy. Just 20mm thick, the 220HS is an easy fit in your pocket or bag and you'll barely notice it. Now while there may be slimmer cameras on the market, I really think the IXUS 220HS is the slimmest one to feature full-HD video recording.
There's a button dedicated to start shooting HD video, saving you the hassle of changing camera modes to do so. The audio recorded is stereo and the results are very crisp.
One of the best features of the camera is its 24mm lens, which means the viewing angle is ultrawide and you can feature more of the scene in the frame. In addition it also has 5x optical zoom, which means you can get very close to the object in focus. The bundled image stabilisation is extremely useful without which there's a great chance you'll end up with blurry pictures as the camera is more shaky at greater zoom levels.
Building on the Canon name, the camera takes great pictures with its 12.1MP sensor. As is the case with all their cameras, the IXUS features a variety of image customisation and creative filter options. In addition, the 220HS introduces a couple of new ones including the "toy camera" mode, which gives the image a retro feel. All these filters make clicking everyday pictures that are a little more interesting. When cycling through the different filter modes, the filter is applied and you can see how your picture will look. Subtle but absolutely useful. Of course, once you take the picture you can review it on the gorgeous 2.7-inch screen.
The IXUS 220HS, priced at Dh899, is a brilliant camera that lets you take pictures the way you want to. A power-packed device, the IXUS 220HS features advancements that may not be on a few prosumer devices. Most importantly, it does it all in a slim form factor, proving that good things come in small packages.