The new Canon IXUS 200 IS digital camera has just been revealed and it looks stunning. The stylish metal body wraps up a 3 inch LCD touch screen, ultra wide-angle 24-120mm image stabilised lens, and 12.1 megapixel CCD sensor.
Canon IXUS 200 IS: Available in silver, blue, gold and purple.
Canon Digital IXUS 200 IS Features
- 12.1 megapixel CCD sensor (1/2.3” size)
- 24-120mm f2.8-5.9 lens with image stabilisation (5x zoom)
- 3.0” LCD touch screen with 230k pixel resolution
- 80-1600 ISO range
- 720p high definition video
- 130g weight
- 100 x 53 x 23mm dimensions (WxHxD)
Canon Digital IXUS 200 IS
The 720p high definition video is a nice touch, the Canon Digital IXUS 200 IS can record individual clips up to 10 minutes long. Your movies can then be played directly on a HD television or monitor via the camera’s mini HDMI port.
The 3 inch touch screen brings clever features such as Touch AF where you select an object or person to focus on and the IXUS 200 IS will automatically keep the subject in focus. This is great for keeping hyperactive kids in focus while you concentrate on capturing the moment!
Canon IXUS 200 IS with 3 inch touch screen
Where there’s a touch screen, there are bound to be iPhone-style gestures – the IXUS 200IS is no exception. ‘Touch Actions’ allow you to browse photos by dragging your finger across the screen, plus tagging, deleting and rotating photos.
Digital IXUS 200IS Simplicity
The Digital IXUS 200IS features technology designed to make day to day use easy and enjoyable. The first step is the menu system with hints & tips explaining functions. Even if you’re a photographic prodigy, it could be handy for friends or family borrowing the camera!
Images with heavily backlit subjects or harsh midday light are no-hassle thanks to i-Contrast technology. This intelligent tech automatically prevents washed out highlights and preserves shadow detail.
Face detection is included to make sure your individual portraits or group photos are pin-sharp. The IXUS 200 IS also uses faces in the scene to judge exposure and white balance, ensuring natural skin tones.
If you’ve ever experienced the classic (frustrating) five-second self-timer dash from camera to your spot in a holiday group photo then you’ll love Face Self-Timer. With Face Self-Timer enabled the IXUS 200 IS will take a photo two seconds after an extra face enters the scene. Hopefully the face will be yours, not an errant squirrel. Ahem.
Canon IXUS 200 IS versus the ‘Competition’
One interesting aspect while considering IXUS 200IS, Canon’s first touch screen camera, is how similar the specifications are to the recently announced Nikon Coolpix S70 (Nikon’s first touch screen camera – more info @ “Groundbreaking Nikon Cameras”).
The Canon IXUS 200 IS and Nikon Coolpix S70 both have touch screens, 12 megapixel sensors, record 720p HD video, and have optical image stabilisation. Both cameras are slim & light (130g and 140g respectively) and the RRPs are within £10 of each other (£329 and £339).
The Coolpix S70 has a slightly larger 3.5” touch screen and longer 140mm telephoto focal length. The IXUS 200 IS replies with 24mm wide angle capability and a faster aperture (f2.8 at 24mm). Looks like Canon and Nikon are shaping up for scuffle in the premium touch-screen camera arena – just don’t forget Sony with the 3.5 inch touch screen CyberShot T900!