Canon SX220 HS

 
Canon SX220 HS front
 
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-392mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • n/ag - 106 x 59 x 33mm
  • Revealed February 2011
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Portability
96
Imaging
37
Features
43
Overall
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Canon SX220 HS summary

Canon SX220 HS is Canon's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera first introduced on February of 2011. It has a 12 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4000 x 3000.

The SX220 HS is rated #164 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and overall #747 out of 1428 for digital cameras in our list. You should check our Advanced camera filter to find camera results based on your custom factors.

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Below is a graph of specific factors used in the rating system.

Canon SX220 HS history

The Canon SX220 HS is part of a family of digital cameras. You can see the complete range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-SX70-HS front thumbnailCanon SX70 HS
SX220 HS vs SX70 HS
21-1365mm
F3.4-6.5
20MP1/2.3"2018
Canon-PowerShot-SX740-HS front thumbnailCanon SX740 HS
SX220 HS vs SX740 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
21MP1/2.3"2018
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Canon-PowerShot-SX730-HS front thumbnailCanon SX730 HS
SX220 HS vs SX730 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
20.3MP1/2.3"2017
Canon-PowerShot-SX620-HS front thumbnailCanon SX620 HS
SX220 HS vs SX620 HS
25-625mm
F3.2-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX720-HS front thumbnailCanon SX720 HS
SX220 HS vs SX720 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
20.3MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX420-IS front thumbnailCanon SX420 IS
SX220 HS vs SX420 IS
24-1008mm
F3.5-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2016
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Canon-PowerShot-SX540-HS front thumbnailCanon SX540 HS
SX220 HS vs SX540 HS
24-1200mm
F3.4-6.5
20MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX410-IS front thumbnailCanon SX410 IS
SX220 HS vs SX410 IS
24-960mm
F3.5-5.6
20MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX710-HS front thumbnailCanon SX710 HS
SX220 HS vs SX710 HS
25-750mm
F3.2-6.9
20MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX530-HS front thumbnailCanon SX530 HS
SX220 HS vs SX530 HS
24-1200mm
F3.4-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX610-HS front thumbnailCanon SX610 HS
SX220 HS vs SX610 HS
25-450mm
F3.8-6.9
20MP1/2.3"2015
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Canon-PowerShot-SX60-HS front thumbnailCanon SX60 HS
SX220 HS vs SX60 HS
21-1365mm
F3.4-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX400-IS front thumbnailCanon SX400 IS
SX220 HS vs SX400 IS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX520-HS front thumbnailCanon SX520 HS
SX220 HS vs SX520 HS
24-1008mm
F3.4-6.0
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX700-HS front thumbnailCanon SX700 HS
SX220 HS vs SX700 HS
25-750mm
F3.2-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX600-HS front thumbnailCanon SX600 HS
SX220 HS vs SX600 HS
25-450mm
F3.8-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX510-HS front thumbnailCanon SX510 HS
SX220 HS vs SX510 HS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX170-IS front thumbnailCanon SX170 IS
SX220 HS vs SX170 IS
28-448mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX160-IS front thumbnailCanon SX160 IS
SX220 HS vs SX160 IS
28-448mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
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Canon-PowerShot-SX280-HS front thumbnailCanon SX280 HS
SX220 HS vs SX280 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX270-HS front thumbnailCanon SX270 HS
SX220 HS vs SX270 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX50-HS front thumbnailCanon SX50 HS
SX220 HS vs SX50 HS
24-1200mm
F3.4-6.5
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX500-IS front thumbnailCanon SX500 IS
SX220 HS vs SX500 IS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX260-HS front thumbnailCanon SX260 HS
SX220 HS vs SX260 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX150-IS front thumbnailCanon SX150 IS
SX220 HS vs SX150 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX240-HS front thumbnailCanon SX240 HS
SX220 HS vs SX240 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX40-HS front thumbnailCanon SX40 HS
SX220 HS vs SX40 HS
24-840mm
F2.7-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-SD4500-IS front thumbnailCanon SD4500 IS
SX220 HS vs SD4500 IS
36-360mm
F3.4-5.6
10MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-SX230-HS front thumbnailCanon SX230 HS
SX220 HS vs SX230 HS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
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Canon-SX220-HS front thumbnailCanon SX220 HS28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-SX30-IS front thumbnailCanon SX30 IS
SX220 HS vs SX30 IS
24-840mm
F2.7-5.8
14MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SX130-IS front thumbnailCanon SX130 IS
SX220 HS vs SX130 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD4000-IS front thumbnailCanon SD4000 IS
SX220 HS vs SD4000 IS
28-105mm
F2.0-5.3
10MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SX20-IS front thumbnailCanon SX20 IS
SX220 HS vs SX20 IS
28-560mm
F2.8-5.7
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SX210-IS front thumbnailCanon SX210 IS
SX220 HS vs SX210 IS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD3500-IS front thumbnailCanon SD3500 IS
SX220 HS vs SD3500 IS
24-120mm
F2.8-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD1300-IS front thumbnailCanon SD1300 IS
SX220 HS vs SD1300 IS
28-112mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD980-IS front thumbnailCanon SD980 IS
SX220 HS vs SD980 IS
24-120mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SX200-IS front thumbnailCanon SX200 IS
SX220 HS vs SX200 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.3
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SX1-IS front thumbnailCanon SX1 IS
SX220 HS vs SX1 IS
28-560mm
F2.8-5.7
10MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD970-IS front thumbnailCanon SD970 IS
SX220 HS vs SD970 IS
37-185mm
F3.2-5.7
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD960-IS front thumbnailCanon SD960 IS
SX220 HS vs SD960 IS
28-112mm
F2.8-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD1200-IS front thumbnailCanon SD1200 IS
SX220 HS vs SD1200 IS
35-105mm
F2.8-4.9
10MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SX10-IS front thumbnailCanon SX10 IS
SX220 HS vs SX10 IS
28-560mm
F2.8-5.7
10MP1/2.3"2009

Canon SX220 HS Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of advantages and disadvantages of the Canon SX220 HS based on aspects which are normally considered important in a digital camera.

above average minimum ISO (100)
comes with HDMI socket
excellent zoom range (28-392mm 14.0 x zoom)
has built in flash
has face detection autofocus
has image stabilization (Optical)
has manual focus
has tracking autofocus
high flash sync (1/2,000s)
long zoom (392mm)
rather wide (28mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
can't use external flash
does not posses selfie friendly screen
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
has no phase detect autofocus
has no RAW format
low resolution screen (461 k dots)
no articulating screen
no external microphone socket
no headphone socket
no Timelapse mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
slow at full zoom (f5.9)
slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
terrible battery pack (210 per charge)
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

Canon SX220 HS Sensor details

The Canon SX220 HS is powered by the DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology chip. The sensor specification on the Canon SX220 HS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 12 megapixels and has a standard ISO range of 100 to 3200. Unfortunately, RAW format is not supported so the user has less margin for error.

The graphic underneath displays the SX220 HS's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The SX220 HS sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.

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To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon SX220 HS dimensions

Canon SX220 HS weighs 0.00 pounds ( grams or 0.00 ounces) and the volume of the camera is 106mm x 59mm x 33mm (4.2" x 2.3" x 1.3"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams and the Canon SX220 HS is less heavy in comparison with other rivals.

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Underneath is a picture of the Canon SX220 HS alongside a soft drink so you can have a sense of its scale.

Canon SX220 HS dimensions scale

The top view under will highlight the button design on the SX220 HS.

Canon SX220 HS topview buttons dials

Canon SX220 HS Lens specs

The SX220 HS is equipped with a built-in lens and it has a focal range of 28-392mm giving it a 14.0 x zoom which is huge and would make it easier to zoom all the way in.

At the widest 28mm, it provides an aperture of f3.1 which is very slow and not good in low light occasions and you will likely find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You would also need to boost the ISO producing noisy shots. Towards the tele end, 392mm is terrific zoom and comes at f5.9 which is very slow and you may need to apply slower shutter speeds.

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Canon SX220 HS Connectivity

The SX220 HS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that include NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can easily be used wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to send images and in some cases change camera settings without connecting straight to the camera.

Many applications even enable a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it could be connected to an external screen. Most cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Canon SX220 HS Video specs

The max video resolution on the Canon SX220 HS is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in H.264 file format. 1080p resolution is an excellent balance for video quality vs file sizes but 1080p isn't going to give you much room to downsample. The camera does not have a mic and headphone socket so you get little control over your audio. It is perhaps best to have a look at another model if you want good audio in your videos.

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Canon SX220 HS Weather Sealing

Canon SX220 HS does not include environment sealing so wet conditions could ruin the camera.

Canon SX220 HS Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon SX220 HS has a 3" fixed display supporting a resolution of 461k dots.

Please note that the display screen offers no touch support.

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The View Finder specifications regarding Canon SX220 HS are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be very beneficial for sunny outdoor situations which can easily make the camera screen washed out and difficult to view.

Canon SX220 HS Shutter specs

Canon SX220 HS continuous shooting rate is 3.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/3200 sec.

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Canon SX220 HS Flash and Hot shoe specs

Canon SX220 HS has got only inbuilt flash with missing external flash support. The highest flash sync is 1/2000 sec.

Canon SX220 HS Autofocusing specs

Canon SX220 HS has got just Contrast Detect Autofocus and is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker and accurate in comparison with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera has Face detection which is helpful for taking portraits of people.

It has 9 focus points to select from. It also has Tracking Autofocus for moving objects. Canon SX220 HS can use manual focus if needed for low light or you require more exact control on focus.

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Canon SX220 HS Battery life

The battery pack (NB-5L) for the Canon SX220 HS is made to last for 210 shutters according to the CIPA requirements making it lesser compared with its competitors. The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has the maximum (600) battery life for this range of cameras.

Following is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras having the highest battery life:

Canon SX220 HS for varying types of photography

The following diagram displays a rundown of the Canon SX220 HS for varying types of photography. To look at more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.

Canon SX220 HS Portrait photography factors

The Canon SX220 HS receives a points tally of 39 which is subpar, meaning that it is not really very good to use for portrait photography. Shooting portraits favors heavily to sensor dimension, RAW support and potential to use off-camera lighting.

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you can focus manually
high flash sync speed (1/2,000s)
supports face detect autofocus
no external flash support
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files

Canon SX220 HS as a Street photography camera

With a reasonable points tally of 57, the Canon SX220 HS is fairly acceptable for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support

Canon SX220 HS Sports photography information

A subpar sports photography points total of 37 suggests the Canon SX220 HS is not really very good for taking photos of sports. A camera should have great focusing and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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excellent zoom range (28-392mm 14.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
features tracking autofocus
max frames per second very slow (3.0 frames/s)
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
not so great battery (210 per charge)
lack of phase detect autofocus

Canon SX220 HS as a Travel photography camera

Weight is pretty important in getting a camera for travel. Over-all, the Canon SX220 HS gets a reasonable 60 for a travelling camera which makes it fairly adequate to buy for your trips.

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has built in flash
pretty wide (28mm)
great reach (392mm)
no Timelapse function
terrible battery power (210 shots)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)

Canon SX220 HS Landscape photography features

If you're looking to buy a camera for landscape photography, the most important aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Canon SX220 HS at it's subpar grade of 42 for a landscape camera is not really very good within the current market.

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you can focus manually
decently wide (28mm)
screen is a good size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
low resolution (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
bad battery pack (210 CIPA)
lack of Time Lapse function

Canon SX220 HS Vlogging details

A vlogging camera should offer a articulating screen, microphone input and preferably IBIS. Considering all the details, the Canon SX220 HS is not really very good for vlogging as it gets a subpar score of 34.

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fairly wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
does not posses selfie friendly display
doesn't have external microphone socket

Canon SX220 HS Alternatives

If you are in the market for alternatives to the SX220 HS, below is a number of the top scored cameras which fall in to the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The diagram below provides you an overview of the SX220 HS vs it's top ranking rivals suggested above.

These are some more cameras you might view as alternatives. To review a thorough comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
Canon
Model
Canon SX220 HS
Category
Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed
2011-02-07
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Powered by
DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW support
Maximum native ISO
3200
Minimum native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points
9
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-392mm (14.0x)
Highest aperture
f/3.1-5.9
Macro focus distance
5cm
Crop factor
5.8
Screen
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen size
3 inch
Resolution of screen
461k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech
PureColor II TG TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Min shutter speed
15 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/3200 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
3.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
3.50 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize
1/2000 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (24fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30,120 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 240 fps)
Maximum video resolution
1920x1080
Video format
H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Physical dimensions
106 x 59 x 33mm (4.2" x 2.3" x 1.3")
Other
Battery life
210 pictures
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
NB-5L
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/ MMCplus/HC MMCplus
Card slots
1
Launch pricing
$399