Canon IXUS 240 HS Review
Stylish and compact, the Canon IXUS 240 HS provides a complete set of connectivity options and a wide array of features that deserve commending.
Following its IXUS predecessors, the Canon IXUS 240 HS is made of topnotch quality materials that are both visually appealing and reliable. Practically made of aluminum, it has a solid built that gives the impression of being long lasting and worth the money. The distinct feature of this model is its 3.2 inch LCD touchscreen with 460k dot resolution. With this touchscreen support, there is huge cut when it comes to controls. The only physical control key it holds is the playback button.
However, the drawback here is that it missed out on providing a firm grip and some room for the thumb to rest. The consequence of this is the tendency to keep pressing onscreen controls by accident which can be really annoying. The touchscreen also has sunlight legibility issues. It is taxing to keep your eyes on the screen when working under bright sunlight. Five brightness levels are provided but they don’t seem to answer this problem properly. There is also a huge tendency to overexpose even under regular conditions.
Even the backlit CMOS sensor adds to the tendency of blowing highlights. To make up for this, the Canon IXUS 240 HS provides an i-Contrast setting which works perfectly well under such conditions. Moreover, the camera is intuitive and user friendly. The interface is logical, and it is easy to familiarize yourself with. There is a basic selection of Scene modes. It is frustrating, however, to go through menus and navigate from one to the other because of issues in precision and sensitivity.
Another drawback is Canon IXUS 240 HS’s battery life. It can only go as far as 170 shots and quite a few videos, which may require more recharging than most on-the-go people would want. However, sensitivity test shots show that the IXUS 240 HS is a good performer as it captures plenty of details even at the maximum sensitivity of ISO 3200.
The unit also boasts of the 5x 24-120mm optical zoom which produces sharp outputs and high levels of details. There is also a 16.1 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor for better quality. The camera also supports Wi-Fi connectivity for easy image sharing. Overall, the Canon IXUS 240 HS provides premium quality pictures. It has several features as well, and despite minor flaws, it is good value for money.
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