We don't think we've ever seen an ugly Ixus camera, and the Ixus 265 HS is no exception. Its metal shell is sleek and gently curved, and comes in a choice of black, silver, purple or pink finishes. At 23mm, it's impressively slim considering there's a 12x zoom on board. There's only room for a few buttons, and apparently no space for or any kind of grip on the front or back to hold onto. We recommend using the supplied wrist strap to avoid mishaps.
Canon's menu interface is simple, effective and natural to use. You don't have to worry about dealing with a PSAM dial or manual settings, because the IXUS 265 HS is designed for users who don't want to get tripped up in all that technical jazz. But there's a Program mode where you can adjust the ISO sensitivity, white balance and colours, and you can play around with several Creative Shot effects, a Hybrid Auto mode that gives you a video summary while shooting, and various scene modes. There's no panorama effect, but that's to be expected; Canon has been avoiding panorama for years.