Updated (February 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS vs Canon IXUS 230 HS

Canon IXUS 220 HS vs Canon IXUS 230 HS

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Canon IXUS 220 HS

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Canon IXUS 230 HS

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Reasons to buy the Canon IXUS 220 HS

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
Really small
Size
Super compact (92×56×20 mm)
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Canon IXUS 230 HS

Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look

galleries

Explore our gallery of 1 sample photo taken by the Canon IXUS 230 HS.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon IXUS 220 HS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon IXUS 230 HS

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Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
8x vs 5x
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More than 2.5x more zoom
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Advantages of the Canon IXUS 220 HS

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Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/3
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At its widest zoom, the IXUS 220 HS's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Size
Smaller
92×56×20 mm vs 96×57×22 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
0.8" vs 0.9"
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More than 10% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Size Fairly small Help
              IXUS 230 HS96×57×22 mm
              IXUS 220 HS92×56×20 mm
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              IXUS 230 HS1080p @ 30fps
              IXUS 220 HS1080p @ 24fps
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              IXUS 230 HS
              1. Lens
              2. Sensor shift
              IXUS 220 HS
              1. Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Weight Light weight Help
              IXUS 230 HS140 g
              IXUS 220 HS141 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              IXUS 230 HS0.9"
              IXUS 220 HS0.8"
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3.4 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon IXUS 125 HS

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 125 HS

              Compact

              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon IXUS 265 HS

              Canon IXUS 265 HS

              Travel zoom

              $419

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

              Travel zoom

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Thickness Is thicker
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $583

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 240 HS

              Canon IXUS 240 HS

              Compact

              $279

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $230

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon IXUS 115 HS

              Canon IXUS 115 HS

              Compact

              $226

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing

              Canon IXUS 230 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Much larger

              Canon IXUS 220 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $314 - $349

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Significantly larger

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              Canon IXUS 230 HS Canon IXUS 220 HS

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              Oppacom (5:50 PM, March 02, 2012)
              Canon IXUS 230 HS should have better wide angle than 220!According to Canon’s own website:IXUS 230: 28 MMIXUS 220: 24 MM
               
              Simon Dass (2:56 AM, December 03, 2011)
              Powershot is the US name and Ixus is the europe and asia name. I have the Ixus 220 hs and i love it!
              Check my test video out! :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gG7kiON1LYM&lc=aq8P0Rh-NCOI5wLpnK_Mr5RU-Izqm_a006mh4FboJDI&feature=inbox
               
              Avatar for Anil Anil (0:08 PM, November 20, 2011)
              why the pics at the bottom show the cameras as "PowerShot" ? They are IXUS
               
              Paul J Marshall (2:10 PM, November 04, 2011)
              Thanks for comparison. Just for reference though, the canon web site states that BOTH the 220 HS and the 230 HS support 24 frames per second in full hd movie mode so you may want to correct your comparison comment above. See link below to 230 HS spec:
              http://www.canon.co.uk/For_Home/Product_Finder/Cameras/Digital_Camera/IXUS/IXUS_230_HS/index.aspx?specs=1