Canon introduced the IXUS point and shoot camera with an affordable price of Rs. 10,999/-
The camera comes coupled with canon’s Digic 4+ image processing engine. Built with a 5x optical zoom along with 4x digital zoom, the camera has 12 Megapixel Optical resolution. The camera offers the users varied choices to experiment with. There are a couple of filters that the user can adjust manually. The camera has a ½.3 type CCD sensor with iSaps technology. The focal length of the lens is 4.3-21.5, which is pretty decent for a budget camera. The aperture of the camera ranges from f/3.2 to f/6.9.
This camera is open to all photographers. The features and specs are built in such a way that makes it pretty easy to use. It has a few features like live mode that allows real time adjustments, help button that guides through settings and functions and an Auto mode for changing settings.
The Intelligent Image Stabilization system on this camera gives sharper images even while shooting in low light. Additionally, there are scene modes like portrait, snow and fireworks, plus a Long Shutter setting (allowing people to open the shutter for as long as 15 seconds) to better capture detail in darker situations. Apart from USB connectivity, this camera lacks the latest offerings such as WI-Fi, 3G or even NFC.
Modes and Filters:
Canon has added a few art filters on the camera like Monochrome, Toy camera, Miniature etc. It also has face detection, primary colour filter, red eye reduction as well as plenty of white balance settings including Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H and Custom. A few modes have been added since the launch of the IXUS 200’s predecessor. The camera also has various manually adjustable options like exposure compensation white balance settings and such. The camera shoots HD videos and has an eco mode that comes in handy if you are calculative about battery usage.
Build quality and display:
The camera has a 3-inch LCD 230k dot screen loaded with Canon’s easy to use menu system. This camera has sensor shift image stabilizer system for steady and stable shots. The camera has a touch screen display that makes usage easy as pie. The display is not touch screen but it provides rich and vibrant images. The camera is lightweight and slim even after the battery and card are inserted. The buttons are large and visible and are accessible when used with a single hand.
The camera measures 99.9 x 53.4 x 22.9 mm and weighs 152 grams. Overall, the camera, given its light body and nimble approach is a great addition. The addition of a Lithium-ion battery is sufficient enough to provide the user with a decent battery backup. Of course, it is recommended to carry an extra battery pack.
The Canon IXUS 200 is a great and affordable camera. With a little extra pricing and the addition of a few latest features, the camera could have won the budget point-and-shoot war.