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Canon Ixus 275 HS camera review


Canon Ixus 275 HS camera review
TOP FEATURES

- 12X Optical Zoom
- Easy to carry
 - Wi-Fi connectivity
At a time when people are writing obituaries for point and shoots, it appears camera makers like Canon are not convinced.

The company recently updated its point and shoot lineup with the launch of the Ixus 275 ultracompact camera that features a 20.2MP sensor and 12x zoom lens. The camera fits easily into the pocket and even offers versatile connectivity options including Wi-Fi and NFC. We try to find out if it's the perfect point and shoot camera.

Build and design

The Ixus 275 doesn't look very different from Canon's other point and shoots but the key highlight of its form factor is portability. It's remarkable how the compact camera (with dimensions 99.06x58.42x22.86mm and 147grams weight) fits the 12x lens and features Optical Image Stabilization. The metal bodied camera feels nice to hold but is slightly slippery. The top edge features the power button, the shutter switch surrounded by a zoom slider and a picture mode switch. The front has the zoom lens, flash, microphone and auto-focus assist light. The back has a 3-inch LCD monitor with a screen resolution of 461,000 dots.



The screen offers wide angled viewing but is not very versatile; it is not touch-enable and doesn't pop out. The display is also slightly raised, with controls for recording, playback, navigation controls (with flash, display and effects shortcuts), mobile and menu buttons placed just next to it. The bottom edge has the battery and SD card slots covered by a door and a tripod socket.



A fixed plastic flap covers the NFC antenna and has holes for the speaker while the other flap protects the mini-USB port and HDMI port.

Features

The Canon Ixus 275 sports a 20.2MP CMOS sensor with DIGIC 4+ Image Processor to support better low-light imaging. The f3.6-7.0 lens has 12x optical zoom (25-300mm) and Optical Image Stabilization. The camera supports full-HD(1920x1080p) video recording. It also features Wi-Fi Direct and NFC for quick pairing. The camera can be connected to an Android or iOS smart device via the Canon Camera Connect app for transferring images and with a Canon wireless printer for printing. The camera doesn't have RAW file support.

In use

The Ixus 275 is pretty easy to use and designed for casual photography. While you can tinker with a number of granular settings, there's no manual focus. The menu navigation is simple and straight forward. Tethering the camera to a phone via Wi-Fi was also a simple process. You can even share images to social networks. The Creative Shot mode is interesting and saves five variations of a single photo to apply any of 46 filter options based on the individual scene, subject and exposure.



Filter choices are grouped into Retro, Monochrome, Special and Natural categories. It also features Hybrid Auto mode, which records up to four seconds of video every time you shoot a still image, and then automatically joins the clips and pictures into a video. We've seen this feature in some smartphones including in HTC and Microsoft phones.

Performance
The Canon IXUS 275 HS shoots good quality pictures with very accurate colour reproduction with almost perfect white balance. Pictures look really natural and there's no saturation. This is true for almost all light conditions.



Pictures look really sharp till you zoom in. That's when you'll notice fall in sharpness and blurred edges. While the camera's software algorithm tries to fix this, you'll notice some optical distortion.



The camera is capable of recording full-HD videos and we found the quality to be pretty decent in good light conditions. However, low-light video was a little underwhelming.



We also found the battery life to be sub-par and you''l be able to shoot about a hundred images with a single charge.

Verdict
At Rs 12,995, the Canon IXUS 275 is a good buy especially considering the 12x optical zoom and Optical Image Stabilization features in addition to full-HD video capabilities. Of course you'll get OIS and additional low-light shooting features in some smartphones but you'll end up paying a lot more.

Having said that, not everyone wants to pay more for the convenience of not lugging an additional device. The lack of RAW support would make Pro users unhappy but we don't think Canon targets them with this device. We expected a flexible, touch display and an additional viewfinder though.
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