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

Canon IXUS 220 HS vs Canon IXUS 230 HS

Winner
Canon IXUS 220 HS

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Canon IXUS 230 HS

53

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon IXUS 220 HS

24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Canon IXUS 230 HS

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look

differences

Advantages of the Canon IXUS 230 HS

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Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" 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
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$253.02 vs $855.19
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The best price we've seen is $602 cheaper (3.4x less)
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
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/3.0
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At its widest zoom, the IXUS 220 HS's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Size
Smaller
92x55x19 mm vs 96x57x22 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
0.8" vs 0.9"
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More than 10% thinner
Canon IXUS 220 HS Learn more about
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Size Fairly small Help
              IXUS 230 HS:96x57x22 mm
              IXUS 220 HS:92x55x19 mm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Thickness Thin Help
              IXUS 230 HS:0.9"
              IXUS 220 HS:0.8"
              Weight Light weight Help
              IXUS 230 HS:140 g
              IXUS 220 HS:141 g
              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
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              360 ms shutter lag
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3.4 fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon IXUS 265 HS

              Canon IXUS 265 HS

              Travel zoom

              $152

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon IXUS 125 HS

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 125 HS

              Compact

              $109

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon IXUS 115 HS

              Canon IXUS 115 HS

              Compact

              $267

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $571

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon IXUS 155

              Canon IXUS 155

              Travel zoom

              $116

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 240 HS

              Canon IXUS 240 HS

              Compact

              $302

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon IXUS 310 HS

              Canon IXUS 310 HS

              Pro digicam

              $375

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Canon IXUS 230 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Canon IXUS 220 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Significantly larger

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              Canon IXUS 230 HS Canon IXUS 220 HS
              Canon IXUS 230 HS Canon IXUS 220 HS
              Canon IXUS 230 HS Canon IXUS 220 HS

              discussion

              Canon IXUS 230 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