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Canon IXUS 285 HS

Canon IXUS 285 HS

Digital Compact, CMOS, 1/2.3, 15-1/2000, 20.2 MP, NFC, Wi-Fi, 147g
From £125.17 to £245.1
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Slimline and simple to use, this Canon is the ideal travel companion

The Canon IXUS 285 HS is a diminutive, ultra -portable camera that means never having to miss out on a great picture moment. Once it’s slipped into your pocket you’ll barely notice it’s there, making this the perfect travel companion.

The IXUS 285 HS, slim enough to pop in a bag or pocket comfortably, hits all the right notes to make this an excellent purchase for the travellers or opportunist photographers amongst you. There’s a 20.2 million pixel CMOS sensor, a 12x optical zoom, and a digital zoom that extends to a whopping 48x if you fancy yourself as a freelance paparazzo. It’s cheap too, and comes with a few handy features such as optical image stabilisation (a still camera version of cinema’s Steadicam), some interesting editing functions, and inbuilt Wi-Fi to allow you to remotely operate the camera – particularly useful if you’re a fan of nature photography – or instantly update your social media if that floats your boat.

The picture quality is very decent indeed, although it has to be pointed out there are limited functions for the control freaks out there. If you like total control over your settings you may be disappointed. The camera’s metering system measures the environment precisely to ensure some nice exposures, but if you want to adjust white balance, brightness and so on, there’s a Program mode for you to play around with, but that’s broadly it. There are some filters included (such as monochrome or retro) with a feature called Creative Shot.

The Canon IXUS 275 HS records full HD videos, but doesn’t stretch to shooting in 4K. Video images are sharp and capture motion with great fluidity and clarity nonetheless. Finally, this camera is great in low light conditions, so if you want to take some stunning dawn or sunset pictures, you won’t be disappointed.

What’s hot:

  • Extremely compact
  • Simple operation
  • Great picture quality

What’s not:

  • Restrictive controls could frustrate experienced photographers
  • No 4K video recording
  • Left-handers beware - buttons are all on the right

Why you should buy it: Inexpensive and ultra-portable, the Canon IXUS 285 HS takes great photos and although not significantly better than the latest smartphone cameras, still beats them for its zoom and battery life. A perfect camera for the travellers or budding journalists amongst you.

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Product information

Product
Product nameIXUS 285 HS
Type
TypeDigital Compact
Product properties
LensIntegrated
Aperture (Lens data)F3.6-F7
Focal Length25-300
PortsHDMI, USB
Memory CardsSD, SDHC, SDXC
Features
FeaturesNFC, Wi-Fi
ViewfinderLCD/OLED
Shutter Speed15-1/2000 bps
Continuous Drive7.2fps, 2.5fps
Auto FocusYes
AF points9
Image StabilizationYes
Optical Zoom12.0 x
Digital Zoom4.0 x
Max Picture Resolution5184x3888 pixels
Image File FormatDPOF, EXIF, JPEG
FlashBuilt-in, External
Flash Sync Speed1/2000 bps
Battery
Battery TypeLithium ion rechargeable
Display
Display Size3.0 "
Display Resolution461000 pixels
Video
Max Video Resolution1920x1080 (Full HD)
Video resolutions (fps)1920x1080, 1280x720, 640x480, 29.97fps
Video File FormatMP4
Audio File FormatAAC
Sensor
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor Format1/2.3
Effective Pixels20.2 MP
Total Pixels21.1 MP
ISO Rating80/100/200/400/800/1600/3200
Measures
Weight147.0 g
Dimensions (HxWxD)58x99.6x22.8 mm
Related
MiscellaneousFace Detection, PictBridge
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