Canon Digital IXUS 200 IS digital compact camera
All these years, Canon IXUS cameras have been hogging the limelight. And it is a great achievement to introduce a new IXUS camera time and again and still get the same attention. Over the years, the Canon Digital IXUS camera has become a very modern camera with many innovative techniques. The Canon Digital IXUS 200 IS camera is the first touchscreen camera in the Canon range. Many more will undoubtedly follow.
Touchscreen operation of the Canon IXUS 200IS
The ease of use of the average IXUS camera was already great to begin with, and with the introduction of a touchscreen operation, the Canon IXUS 200 IS adds a whole new dimension to it. It is actually a different, perhaps more modern way of operating a camera. It is not so much that the user experiences more speed or more ease; it is simply a fact that more and more electronic devices such as mobile phones now often come with touchscreens. And that makes applying a touchscreen to a digital camera a logical step. Part of the mobile phone users will immediately recognize this way of operating when the Canon Digital IXUS 200 IS is used in practice.
Canon IXUS 200 IS camera body
The quality of the Canon IXUS 200 is great; the finishing of the housing and the design are of high quality. User-friendliness and the ease of operating the camera are both at a high level. The broad experience of the Canon IXUS design department has a clear positive effect on the IXUS 200 IS camera. The image quality goes without saying, and certainly when working in well-lit circumstances, there is little to complain about. Only in situations where light is scarce and high ISO values must be used, some concern props up while noise is visibly present, thus reducing the quality. This is not entirely unexpected, while it is a disease many high resolution compact cameras suffer from.
Canon IXUS 200 IS review conclusion
We really like the Canon Digital IXUS 200 IS camera. Even for a DSLR photographer, it is a pleasure to carry around a camera without constantly being aware of it in your pocket. The ease of taking a picture and the fun of operating the camera contribute to the overall positive feeling we have about the IXUS 200 IS. And if you do want more, or if you consider yourself to be a creative photographer getting the most out of his camera, you should go for a DSLR. Although I still can't think of one reason to not carry the Canon IXUS 200 IS with you as a second camera!
Canon Digital IXUS 200 IS memory
The 12 Megapixels of resolution are only stored in the JPEG format. The camera offers 2 different compression factors to choose from, and if you only shoot in the highest resolution with the lowest compression, you will have to count with a file of about 3MB. That is not too big, and in practice this means that you can store over 600 pictures on a 2GB card. As prices have dropped significantly for SDHC memory cards, storage should not be a problem and we recommend using at least 4GB or an 8GB SDHC card with the Canon Digital IXUS 200 IS.
Considering 8GB of storage capacity:
12M - 4000x3000 pixels - JPEG Fine - 3084KB - 2505 pictures
12M - 4000x3000 pixels - JPEG Standard - 1474KB - 5116 pictures
9M - 4000x2248 pixels - JPEG Fine - 2311KB - 3318 pictures
9M - 4000x2248 pixels - JPEG Standard - 1105KB - 6822 pictures
8M - 3264x2448 pixels - JPEG Fine - 2060KB - 3721 pictures
8M - 3264x2448 pixels - JPEG Standard - 980KB - 7675 pictures
5M -2592x1944 pixels - JPEG Fine - 1395KB - 5457 pictures
5M - 2592x1944 pixels - JPEG Standard - 695KB - 10679 pictures
2M - 1600x1200 pixels - JPEG Fine - 558KB - 12927 pictures
2M - 1600x1200 pixels - JPEG Standard - 278KB - 24562 pictures
0.3M - 640x480 pixels - JPEG Fine - 150KB - 40937 pictures
0.3M - 640x480 pixels - JPEG Standard - 84KB - 61406 pictures
Video resolution 1280x720 pixels - 30fps - 43 min 32 sec
Video resolution 640x480 pixels - 30fps - 1 hour 35 min 1 sec
Video resolution 320x240 pixels - 30fps - 4 hour 52 min 24 sec
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface
The Canon IXUS 200 IS camera has been equipped with a fast USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface. It transfers pictures at a high speed. The speed of the Canon 200IS camera is stable and fast. If you want to make things simple for yourself, and don't want the hassle of working with a cable all the time, you might want to purchase a fast USB 2.0 High Speed card reader, which does not require connecting the camera. It's fast, easy and saves battery capacity.