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Canon Powershot SX200 IS Indoor Crops

12 Megapixels12 MegapixelsUltra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Ultra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Indoor Crops

Here are sample crops from an artificially-lit scene at each of the Canon Powershot SX200 IS's ISO settings. When available, next to each of these crops, there is a crop from the Fuji Finepix F200 EXR at the same ISO setting. These are both digital cameras with 12 megapixels sensors but the F200 EXR is an ultra-compact with a 5X wide-angle zoom and a more limited feature set.

Images below are all unmodified 100% crops from their respective cameras. ISO sensitivity and White-Balance were set on the cameras, other settings were left at their defaults. Exposure was adjusted to keep the brightness as steady as possible across all ISO settings.

These crops help determine which ISO settings can be acceptably used on these cameras. As noise increases, most cameras compensate with noise reduction which introduces softness. The result is that, while you can partly reduce noise at the expense of details, the maximum acceptable print size gets smaller as ISO is increased. The point at which a print become unacceptably noisy is a matter of personal taste.

Canon Powershot SX200 IS Fuji Finepix F200 EXR
Canon SX200 ISO 80
ISO 80
Canon SX200 ISO 100
ISO 100
Fuji F200 EXR ISO 100
ISO 100
Canon SX200 ISO ISO 200
ISO 200
Fuji F200 EXR ISO 200
ISO 200
Canon SX200 ISO 400
ISO 400
Fuji F200 EXR ISO 400
ISO 400
Canon SX200 ISO 800
ISO 800
Fuji F200 EXR ISO 200
ISO 800
Canon SX200 ISO 1600
ISO 1600
Fuji F200 EXR ISO 200
ISO 1600

The sequence of ISO settings on the Canon Powershot SX200 IS shows a good but slightly noisy start and mostly increased softness at each step. ISO 200 is the first step where the maximum print size is affected. It would seem Canon is being very aggressive with its noise-reduction here because clear grain never appears, only increased fuzziness.

Competitively, the Fuji shows a clear 2+ stop advantage over the Canon. Even as ISO increases, noise reduction is kept light which gives a clear noise pattern at ISO 1600 but an ISO 800 is still usable for a relatively large print.

Canon Powershot SX200 IS
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By on 2009/10/03
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Canon SX200 IS Facts

Compact digital camera
12 Megapixels Travel ZoomISO 80-1600
12X Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/3200-15s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls
0.8 FPS Drive, Unlimited ImagesCustom white-balance
1280x720 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingSpot-Metering
3" LCD 230K PixelsLithium-Ion Battery
Secure Digital High Capacity
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