I recently bought this camera to replace my Powershot SX100 which I've had for three years. Although the previous camera still works like new, I wanted to take advantage of some of the new features of the SX220.
I am very impressed with the SX220. It is a relatively small camera (smaller than the SX100) and is easy to take with me when out walking. I have also purchased a Lowepro Apex 20AW Digital Camera Pouch - Black
weatherproof case for it, in which it fits very well.
The quality of general outdoor photography is very good, with a large choice of frame shapes and sizes but I was particularly impressed the indoor (low light) performance, which is so much better than previous generation compact cameras. The quality of the image stabilised lens is very good and it has a zoom range equivalent to 28mm to 390mm (in 35mm terms) which is good enough for almost all occasions.
There are many special shooting modes for still pictures allowing levels of creativity not normally available to compact camera users. It has face recognition as you would expect but also has automatic shooting modes that look for smiles. It is even possible to control the camera during self-portraits by winking at it!
There is also a variety of different movie modes, including several HD options. Again there are many creative modes including slow motion and fast motion, which I have never seen on a camera of this price. My only criticism of the movie modes is that the frame rate is 30 fps (24fps for full HD mode) which is not directly compatible with UK TV standards (25 fps) and can cause slight juddering when played back through the television.
The paper manual supplied with the camera is a simplified version that does not explain the complex functions of the camera. The electronic version of the manual, supplied on the CD and downloadable from canon's website, is more comprehensive but not definitive. Some experimentation is required to get to grips with some of the camera's features.
If you are looking for a compact point-and-shoot camera that will also allow a high level of creative control then this camera is well worth consideration.