Canon IXUS 200 IS Review

Ultra Compact

Canon IXUS 200 IS Ease of Use 8
Features 8
Movie Mode 9
Build Quality9
Colours 8
Photo Quality 8
Style 9
Lowlight 9
Macro 8
Value for Money 8
12 Megapixels
5x Zoom
3 inch LCD Screen
99.9 x 53.4 x 22.9mm


The Canon IXUS 200 IS is a 12 megapixel digital camera with a 5x optical zoom lens. The lens has a focal length equivalent to 25 - 120mm in 35mm format. This means it has extreme wide angle capabilities. This is likely to prove attractive if you enjoy photographing wide scenes where you need to squeeze a lot of width into a shot

The IXUS 200 IS will fit easily into most pockets. It has a metal body and is available in shades of silver, purple, light blue and gold.

Other key features include image stabilisation and the ability to shoot 720p High Definition movies. There is also a 3 inch LCD screen. Help text pops up on the screen to give you hints and tips. You can also select a small number of settings via the screen through touch control.

Why Buy the Canon IXUS 200 IS

The IXUS 200 IS is a stylish looking pocket camera. The High Definition movie mode is likely to be attractive to many people.

Main Features

LCD Screen:

3 inches
99.9 x 53.4 x 22.9mm

HD Movies:
Manual Controls:
Memory Cards:

Lithium-ion Rechargeable

Image Quality - See Sample Images Below

Outdoor Scenic Shots in Good Light

The camera handles the contrast in this scene well. Very little detail is lost in the lighter areas of the shot. The contrasting blues and greens look good too.

With a 24mm wide lens Canon are really pushing the boundaries with such a small camera. It works for smaller prints, but if you are to blow your print sizes up you may notice a lack of edge to the sharpness and definition of the shot. I could also see what looked like noise near where the sky met the water in larger prints.

Quite simply the test shots I have produced with the IXUS 200 IS are not as pin sharp as I am used to seeing from Canon. There is a haze around some of the boats and the sky starts to break up as you increase the print size.

This is a much better effort. With the lens not pushed to its limits the picture is a good deal sharper and more in line with the standard I am used to seeing from Canon.


Moving in closer still the IXUS 200 IS has no problem with this standard portrait shot. The colours have been toned down from some of the scenic shots and take on a more natural look.

Despite sitting the flash unit right next to the lens there is virtually no flash bouncing back into the camera lens. The IXUS 200 IS handles this shot well. The lighting is subtle enough to ensure there is plenty of colour left in the skin tones and sharpness is very good too.

As I would expect some noise occurs in this shot and takes the edge off the definition. The photo is bright enough, but unless you are very near a window on a bright day you are likely to need to use flash to get the best results for this type of picture.

Macro, Colours and Noise

Canon digital cameras normally take excellent close up shots. With the IXUS 200 IS I found it hard to create a photo that quite matched up to the best test shots I had taken previously. You should still be able to take a decent close up snap, but despite a number of attempts the quality of my shots was good rather than outstanding.

The colours produced in my outdoor test shots were very strong indeed. I cannot recall the colour of the sky being quite as dark blue as suggested by my test shots. Still, if you like strong colours this camera is likely to be a good choice.

I found noise in some of my outdoor shots without pushing up the ISO setting. This camera falls in the mid range in terms of quality when you do increase ISO levels. I would suggest only doing this if there is no other way to get a photo.


Overall I am happy with the picture quality, but I feel this camera does not quite match up to other cameras from Canon in this range.

See sample images link arrow


The IXUS 200 IS looks stylish and has a well made feel to it. It has a reflective lens unit and one end of the camera is rounded.

Shutter Lag Times

Shutter Lag Rating Par

Single Shot
Five Shots
Single Shot With Flash
Five Shots With Flash
Turn on Time

0.36 seconds
15.09 seconds
1.19 seconds
18.16 seconds
2.25 seconds

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Ease of Use

Ease of Use - Par Although perhaps not as intuitive as some pocket cameras it should not take you too long to find your way around.

Points I Like

Style, build quality, High Definition movies

Where it Could Improve

I found the LCD screen hard to see in sunshine

Product Shots

Front View

Front View

Back View

Back View

Top View

Top View

Sample Menus

menu 1 setup

menu 2 menu 3

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Review Date

October 2009

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