Should I buy a Canon PowerShot? A look at Canon’s compact camera brand

Canon is well known for its EOS interchangeable-lens cameras, but it also makes compact, or ‘fixed’ lens cameras for beginners, intermediate users and expert photographers who want a cheaper or more portable camera. 

These fall into two main product ranges: Canon’s Ixus model, which are designed as simple, pocket-sized, fashion-conscious snapshot cameras, and the PowerShot range, which offers the biggest range of features for more advanced photographers.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at