Canon IXUS 200
The Canon Digital IXUS 210 is stylishly designed with rounded edges, elongated shape and a smooth-to-the-touch finish. The IXUS 210's faceplate is an exercise in cool minimalism, its smooth surface broken only by the mirrored circular detailing of the lens surround, a window for the AF assist/self timer lamp top right of the lens, and above this again a very narrow sliver of a window for the on-board flash. As this is positioned at the far right edge of the faceplate, it tends to fall prey to being obscured by fingertips when gripping the camera with both hands to take a shot.
Whether photographing an individual portrait or a group of friends, Face-priority AF helps ensure satisfying results. It automatically detects as many as 12 faces in the shot, automatically setting focus and adjusting exposure to achieve sharp pictures and the right balance of brightness on your subject’s face and across the whole picture.
Unlike the previous IXUS 200 model, there are no other controls at all on the rear of this camera, one of the biggest differences between the two. Instead the Playback button has moved to the top of the body, while all the other settings have been subsumed into the touch-screen menu system.
These include the self-timer options, flash (auto, on, slow synchro, off, with the additional ability to implement automatic red eye reduction via the on-board menu folders), display info on or off, which includes - in playback mode - bringing up capture details including, date, time, resolution and a histogram. While this simplifies the camera's external controls and provides room for the larger LCD screen, it does make the IXUS 210 a touch more difficult to operate, particularly if you're in a hurry. Using the IXUS 210 proved to be a generally fun and intuitive experience.