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 #174 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and overall #795 out of 1436 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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Canon SX220 HS history
The Canon SX220 HS is part of a family of digital cameras. You can see the complete range underneath.
Canon SX220 HS Gallery
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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.
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.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
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.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
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.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Underneath is a picture of the Canon SX220 HS alongside a soft drink so you can have a sense of its scale.
The top view under will highlight the button design on the SX220 HS.
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.
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.
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.
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.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
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.
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.
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 38 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.
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.
Canon SX220 HS Sports photography information
A subpar sports photography points total of 36 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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