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Canon Powershot S200 / Digital IXUS v2 / IXY Digital 200a

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1042 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and size. The value for money and usability also get good opinions, but some have doubts about the viewfinder and zoom. The shutter and low light performance get mixed comments.

portability, usability, value for money, size, image quality

features, focus, zoom, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon Powershot S200 / Digital IXUS v2 / IXY Digital 200a is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Canon Powershot S200


Compact, ultralight camera produces excellent snapshot-size photos.

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Canon USA Powershot S200 2.0mp 2x Optical Zoom/ 5x Digital Zoom Camera


WHAT'S HOT: The Powershot S200's most compelling features are its size and weight. It's very light--7.7 ounces with its battery--and very small, slipping into a shirt pocket easily. In fact it's even lighter than its predecessor, the S110. The new...

The S200's rechargeable lithium-ion battery held out for 180shots, or 63 minutes. That's substantially below the average for all thecameras we've tested, though it beat the FineCam S4 by about 10 minutes and 30shots. A replacement battery costs...

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Canon POWERSHOT S200 2.0MP 2X OPTICAL ZOOM/ 5X DIGITAL ZOOM (Canon-7646A001) Camera Review - PCWorld


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Canon Powershot S200


Canon's PowerShot S200 "Digital ELPH" is the year 2002 upgrade to the PowerShot S110 camera. It retains and improves upon the stylish and elegant design that made the S110 one of the most popular digital cameras of 2001. Packed inside of the highly compac

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Digital Cameras - Canon PowerShot S200 Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications


Camera Operation Like the rest of the ELPH line, the S200's user interface is straightforward and uncomplicated, with a clear and concise LCD menu system and efficient external controls. The 2002 model year updated the interface design to incorporate...

The S200's tiny size makes it great for taking just about anywhere, even underwater with the separately-available underwater housing accessory. In more ordinary usage, the rugged, all-metal body stands up to heavy use, and the flat camera front (with...

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Canon PowerShot S200 Digital ELPH


I don't need to give a lot of background information about the Digital ELPH, as anyone familiar with photography probably already knows about. When the original PowerShot S100 Digital ELPH shipped in mid-2000, it was a hit with critics and consumers...

Very small, sexy body ; Good feature set for a low-cost camera ; High quality pictures in most cases ; Good playback mode ; Ability to set shutter speed ; Good bundle and software

Noisy night shots ; Blew out the sky in a few shots ; Only a 2X optical zoom ; Flimsy plastic door for battery compartment

Like the PowerShot S330 I recently reviewed, the PowerShot S200 is one of my favorite micro cameras. It's great for taking everywhere, and the stylish body is both strong and eye catching. The camera has a good number of controls, including the ability...

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Canon PowerShot S200


I have owned this camera since March 03. It has served me relentlessly well. Easy to learn. Beautiful pics for such a basic little camera. Colors are true. Flash is more than adequate. Super reliable. A joy to have and use. Still going strong after...

Must remember to get a small case for next camera. This one got pretty banged up flailing around in my purse with no added protection.

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Owners Opinion: Canon PowerShot S200 (Tessa D, 23 Feb 07)


I loved this camera and have had it for four years - bought it new in Dec 2002. However a month ago I accidentally knocked it from a desk to a carpeted floor, when the zoom was open, and after that any pictures taken with it had lines across them and...

I did not have any problems with the Canon IXUS V2, until I caused one as above ! If I could buy a good secondhand one, I would. I have tried looking on EBAy but the only ones available were in other countries so it seemed a bit problematical to...

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Great little and I mean little point and shoot....


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Owners Opinion: Canon PowerShot S200 (Craig Heale, 2 Mar 04)


strongly built little camera which I bought to take to work in my jacket pocket etc and wanted a metal small camera. Writes faster than my Nikon 5400 and the zoom works pretty well, but to get the best shots, switch to manual and use center zoom and...

Lens is often not sharp and auto settings will let focus lock on objects not in the center of the photo. Noise not bad , but image quality worse than my old Kodac 3400, price paid for the tiny size I guess

Product Specifications

Canon PowerShot S200 DIGITAL ELPH camera combines high performance with style and convenience. The model, designed as a "next generation" DIGITAL ELPH camera, retains and improves upon the stylish and elegant design that made the PowerShot S110 and S300 two of the most popular digital cameras in history. It offers consumers one of the widest selections of features, functions, and price-points of any digital camera line available today, making the enjoyment of digital photography more accessible than ever. The S200 includes an Intelligent Orientation sensor, which detects whether an image has been recorded horizontally or vertically. During image playback, the sensor detects the proper orientation of each image, and previews them accordingly without the need to rotate the camera for image viewing. It is also adjusts AF, AE and white balance accordingly. The PowerShot S200 can record movies with sound in VGA, QVGA and Q2VGA at 20 frames per second. The camera features a 1/2.7-inch, 2.0-megapixel CCD sensor that creates full color or black-and-white images up to 1600x1200 pixels when set to the camera's Large resolution mode. The camera also offers additional resolution settings of 1024x768 and 640x480 when set in the Medium or Small modes, which are ideal for on-screen applications, such as Web sites and CD-ROMs and allow more images to be recorded on a single CompactFlash memory card.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):3.8cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Night mode / Macro / Stitch assist/Landscape / Macro / Night mode / Stitch assist/Landscape / Macro / Night mode / Stitch assist / Slow shutter/Landscape / Macro / Slow shutter / Stitch assist

Flash Memory

Form Factor:CompactFlash Card
Storage Capacity:8MB


Country Kits:United States
Manufacturer:Canon/Canon / Apple
Model:S200 Digital ELPH/V2
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon Digital IXUS/Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.0
Max Focal Length:10.8mm
Min Focal Length:5.4mm
Optical Zoom:2
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Metallic silver/Silver

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.7 / 1/2.7"/1/2.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):9.4 mm ( 1/2.7 ) / 9.4 mm ( 1/2.7" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:2Megapixel

Optical System

Image Stabilizer: None

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image/Real-image zoom

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:2.5
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 400 / ISO 200 / ISO 50/ISO 100 / ISO 150 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50/ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia / Neutral / Low Sharpening / Vivid/Black & White / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical