Canon Ixus 285 Camera Review : a basic camera


  • Minimalist.
  • Compact.
  • Ease of use.
  • Reactivity.
  • Wi-Fi and NFC.


  • No swivel or touch screen.
  • No micro-USB plug.
  • Full HD 30 fps video.
  • Slowness at check-in.


The Canon IXUS 285 offers everything from basic photography to automated photo modes, standard screen, 30 fps full HD video. Its compactness and simplicity of use are its main assets. The rest is rather banal, both in terms of the quality of image and the reactivity of the device. If you have 50$ more to spend, prefer the Sony HX60 or the Canon SX710 HS, certainly thicker, but more versatile.

The Canon IXUS 285 was announced at the same time as the IXUS 175 and 180 for the CES 2016. This entry-level model and particularly compact does not include a CCD sensor but a BSI CMOS sensor of 20 million pixels coupled with a 12x zoom equivalent to a 25-300 mm f / 3.6-7. Its features are basic: Full HD video, Wi-Fi, NFC and 461,000 points screen.


Minimalism and compactness are the hallmarks of the Canon Ixus 285. Small and light, it slips easily into a pocket and carries everywhere with you. Its slightly bevelled shape, specific design to this series, does not disturb the grip. The choice of colors is varied: black or gray for the most classic, but also purple for those who love color.

The upper side has the power button, the zoom dial and the mode button (AUTO, creative shooting and auto-hybrid). Here everything is automated to suit those who do not wish to get bothered with manual adjustments.

In the back, the large 3″ LCD screen at only 461,000 points is the main element, its color reproduction is faithful, but we reproach it with too high a contrast, it does not integrate the tactile, not even monopoint, and is not orientable, to the right, the traditional navigation keys are present, there is also a direct access to Wi-Fi and video mode. simple, sleek and navigation is more fluid than the Canon Ixus 190 .

The battery is recharged via an AC adapter. We are disappointed not to be able to recharge the device via a standard micro-USB as is the case on most of the latest generation cameras.This compact is also equipped with mini-HDMI jacks, A/V and a universal thread.

Finally, Wi-Fi and NFC allow the remote control of the device or the sharing on a smartphone and the social networks of its images and videos.

The IXUS 285 HS is a simple, unpretentious device suitable for users who trust the camera settings more than themselves.


The reactivity of the IXUS 285 HS is honorable, but we regret that the processor has not evolved. Some Canon compacts are already equipped with the DIGIC 7 processor. Here it is necessary to be satisfied with the version DIGIC 4+. Anyway, the power-up time is honest and the autofocus is dignified in all situations. The recording time penalizes the most note of this part devoted to reactivity since it limits the rapid sequence of successive shots. The burst mode is not exceptional and displays a rate of 1.27 frames per second.


The Canon IXUS 285 HS boasts a BSI CMOS sensor of 20 Mpx and a 12x zoom equivalent to a 25-300 mm f / 3.6-7, so low-light, but stabilized. Among the automated modes, the Program mode allows to vary the ISO sensitivity which extends from 80 to 3200 ISO, but that’s all. The speed and aperture are automatically adjusted accordingly. The ISO mount is better managed than the Canon IXUS 190 which incorporates a CCD sensor, but the smoothing and the noise quickly disrupt the image as of 400 ISO.

The Canon IXUS 285 produces rather mundane images. For even more definition, the Sony HX60 or the Canon SX710 HS provide more precise images and take advantage of manual modes.


Video mode is basic. The maximum definition is in Full HD 1920 x 1080 px at 30 fps only. Mine of nothing is better than the IXUS 190 HS which only offers a mode HD at 25 i / s. In any case, it is not with this device that you will improvise videographers. In any case, automatic modes do not allow much. There is not even a menu dedicated to the video part. The autofocus does not excel, but we appreciate the fluidity of the zoom. The mode is suitable for making short videos, to share with friends or on social networks, but that’s about it.

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