View Full Version : Canon SX220 vs IXUS 230
Hi. I'm looking to upgrade my current IXUS camera (10MP and 4x zoom). I want a model with much better zoom capability and also capable of taking pictures in low light conditions (so often I try to take pictures of my daughters in the house with my current camera and they just don't work even with reasonable lighting). I'm not wedded to a Canon but the reviews for the SX220 and the IXUS 230 appear good. What I want to know is which model people would recommend. The SX220 has a much greater zoom capacity but does this come at a cost in relation to image quality and taking pictures in lower light conditions? The IXUS doesn't have the same zoom capacity (although improved on my current model) but does get good reviews in terms of low light capabilities. I'm generally just a happy point and shoot snapper so not likely to use all the many functions available but would like to be able to do more/better landscapes - hence the zoom. Grateful for any views.
11-09-12, 12:04 PM
Hi and welcome.
Light and plenty of it is the answer to good people photography and filming. Have you ever seen a film being shot outdoors and noticed the bank of lighting, even in bright daylight?
So, without good light, shooting people is tricky. The only way round it is to use flash or light the room up you are in. And that's not that expensive believe it or not as you can buy 500W lights from B&Q.
Pre-focussing helps. Press the shutter half way in the direction of the children, then press all the way when you you have the pic you want. Anticipation is the trick.
As for which model to go with, well, they both have the same sensor. The Canon IXUS 230 might be a tad better in low light, but if you want the longer zoom for zoo shots etc, then go for the Canon SX220.
And don't forget. Post processing is an important part of photography and should be used to sharpen and enhance pictures taken with your camera. If you don't have an imaging editor, then use the one in my signature below. There are 32 video tutorials-Clicky (http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/) to get you started. The most useful is the Adjusting levels-Clicky (http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/Videoes/06_Levels/06_Levels.html) and for even more adjustment. The Curves tool-Clicky (http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/Videoes/07_Curves/07_Curves.html) is a must (it's my favourite all-in-one adjuster). My Resize-Crop-Sharpen tutorial below, will get your pics ready for the internet or whatever :cool:
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