Canon PowerShot IXUS 240HS

This fashionable camera offers an array of shooting options

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Canon PowerShot IXUS 240HS The Canon PowerShot IXUS 240 HS is designed with the fashion conscious in mind.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  July 10, 2012

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Key Specs

Dimensions: 93.5 x 56.8 x 20.8 mm
Display: 3.2 type (8.0mm) TFT Colour Touch LCD with wide viewing angle (Approx 461k dots); Aspect Ratio 16:9; Brightness adjustment (5 levels)
Light sensitivity: Auto(6), ISO 100/200/400/800/1600/3200
Memory type: SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Price: AED1,199

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The Canon PowerShot IXUS 240 HS is designed with the fashion conscious in mind, compact and colourful, this camera features a 16.1MP backlit CMOS sensor and built-in Wi-Fi capability.

The camera is packed full with technology, including a sensor that claims to perform well in low light, and a touchscreen, designed to make finding the right setting easier.

It has a huge variety of built-in filters and shooting modes such as fish-eye and soft focus as well as full HD video shooting and stereo sound.

The one setting that we were excited about was the hand-held night scene, which performed admirably when taking shots of still subjects, however, when used in a concert setting at night, when performers were running all over the stage at speed, it struggled. It also struggled in intelligent auto mode.

The Canon IXUS 240 HS has a touch focus/shoot option which is on by default. The touch focus screen lock onto the subject where you touch on the screen.

Other focus modes can be found in the function menu for landscape focusing, macro and landscape/portrait which is the standard setting.

You have to use your finger, but the touch focus will miss smaller subjects. Macro focusing is impressive.

Switching between settings can also be difficult if you have larger fingers, when trying to access some settings we accidently got the wrong ones.

The camera feels solid, made from matt aluminum, available in a range of colours including blue, black and silver. However, the battery cover and USB and mini HDMI ports are covered with flimsy plastic which do not look like they would last.

Pros: Compact, colourful, nice range of shooting modes
Cons: Hand-held night scene struggles with moving subjects, switching between modes can be difficult
Verdict

A fashionable, fun camera that offers users a host of modes to play with

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