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Comment: Ive seen this camera at £90 and I am looking for a small unit that will fit into my pocket. I own a Canon DSLR, a Canon G12 and a Fuji bridge camera and all are just too bid or to heavy to carry around all the time
Good: Low light Performance, Image stabilization
Bad: Flash placement and flash illumination
Comment: I recently purchased this camera after considering few other models in this price range. The driving factor for the decision was low light performance and manual modes for creative photography.
Having used for few months now, I absolutely love this camera. I am able to take my shots with various settings to get all sorts of desired effects.
The low light performance is too good and even at 800 ISO there is hardly any visible noise in the photographs, in fact most my indoor photos are at 800 ISO and without flash. I am also able to zoom to max and IS of the camera is able to handle most of the shake. I am able to take photographs even from a moving vehicle and get a nice photo.
Only feature which I miss is AF tracking in Tv mode which would have definitely be of great use for my desire of birding.
Anyway all in all this is perhaps the best camera in its price range
Good: is one of the smallest digital cameras available with a 14x optical zoom lens
Bad: The camera's battery life is lower than much of the competition
Comment: Excellent !!!
sample video in my channel youtube.com/user/ppantos100
and pictures in flickr.com/photos/ppantos
Good: Compact, many manual controls, amazing zoom, wide angle, full HD video, slow motion video, very good at low light, easy navigation, good display
Bad: The flash placement, macro starts at 5 cm, slow motion clips compromise on quality, some restrictions in manual mode, aperature starts at 1/3.1
Comment: I was waiting for this camera for a long time and bought it just as it came out on the market. My previous camera was the Canon PowerShot SX100 IS - the same family, but 5 generation behind!
I have been using the camera almost non-stop for a week now.
The most pleasant surprise from the SX220 HS is the outstanding performance in low light conditions - even at higher ISOs. With my previous camera I was always nervous to go over ISO 200 as this created a lot of noise. With the SX220 HS I was amazed that I can take photos in darker conditions, without a tripod, at ISO 800 or 1600 - with noise levels still within reasonable limits!
The thing I find a bit annoying, except of course the pop-up flash, is the fact that when you are in full manual mode, if you set exposure time to more than 1 second, the ISO gets locket at 100 and you can't change it. While this makes sense to some extent, I feel that in full manual mode I should be able to set all settings without any restrictions - so if I want to take a long exposure photo with a lot of noise - I should be able to. I assume this might be fixable via a firmware update, so fingers crossed.
Coming from the SX100 IS I will really the super close macro, but the camera compensates with so many other features.
I would absolutely recommend this camera! It offers a wide array of features in a compact form and it has some very pleasant surprises up it's sleeve.
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