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Canon Powershot SX200 IS Review Summary

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.

Canon Powershot SX200 IS Assessment

The Canon Powershot SX200 is a budget ultra-zoom with a rather compact body, a wide-angle lens with 12X stabilized optical zoom lens and full manual controls.

Canon did a good job selecting the features to put in this digital camera, giving a very flexible zoom range and a complete set of manual controls while avoiding the least used features such as a viewfinder and hot-shoe. Since the majority of consumers do not use those features, it is very reasonable for Canon to remove them from budget models and keep them in more advanced models such as the Canon Powershot SX20 IS.

The compact ultra-zoom category is now populated with numerous models from several manufacturers. Among these the SX200 distinguishes itself as one of three current models to feature full-manual controls and the only one to have 720p HD movie mode as well. While the SX200 is not the most compact such camera, at 1.5" thick it is smaller than typical compacts equiped with much less powerful zoom lenses.

The Fuji Finepix F70 EXR is the only ultra-compact with a wide-angle optical zoom and full manual-controls. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 which lacks manual controls makes a unique offering by starting its 12X optical zoom at a very wide 25mm effective focal-length. It also takes 70p HD video.

The bottom line is that no other digital camera features this feature-set in such a compact size. Those looking for a compact ultra-zoom will be quite satisfied with the Canon Powershot SX200 IS.

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PROS CONS
12X Wide-angle optical zoom in compact body High image softness above ISO 100
Good lens sharpness Oversaturated colors
Excellent white-balance Chromatic aberrations
Reliable exposure Narrow lens aperture
Generally low noise Weak flash
Low optical distortion Flash recycles slowly
Accurate but slow focus Flash always pops up
Good LCD visibility Short battery-life
Generally responsive Slow shot-to-shot speed
Good build quality Slow continuous drive
GoodGood Good

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By on 2009/10/03
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Canon SX200 IS Facts


Compact digital camera

Sensor-Size: 6 x 5mm

1/2.3" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

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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