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Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot SX200 IS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon PowerShot SX200 IS


For $350, the Canon PowerShot SX200 IS serves up a heaping helping of camera. The marquee feature in this recent addition to Canon's point-and-shoot line is its 12X-optical-zoom lens, which reaches from 28mm on the wide-angle end to 336mm on the...

Excellent zoom lens and image quality ; HD video and fun in-camera features

HDMI/AV port door is a bit flimsy ; Bulky, with no AA battery compatibility

A beast of a lens, great image quality, and fun in-camera features make the SX200 IS a phenomenal pocket megazoom.

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Canon PowerShot SX200 IS (Black)


The Canon PowerShot SX200 IS is remarkably equipped for what's ostensibly a point-and-shoot camera. Sure, the wide-angle lens with 12x zoom in a reasonably compact body is the big draw; but there's also the HD video recording abilities and the full...

Compact body with wide-angle lens with 12x zoom; manual controls; very good photo and video quality for its class.

Mixed performance; no optical zoom in Movie mode.

More than just a point-and-shoot pocket megazoom, the Canon SX200 IS improves upon its forerunner, but not by much.

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Canon Powershot SX200 IS Review


LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 17, 2009 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today introduced 10 new PowerShot cameras that offer an array of photographic options for the entry-level consumer right up to the photo enthusiast. Whether on a...



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Canon PowerShot SX200 IS


Traveling photographers are a picky bunch. They want a wide focal range in order to capture everything from broad vistas, to the eyeballs of scampering wildlife. They also want good quality, without the bulk and expense of DSLRs. Enter cameras like the...

12MP; 12x wide-angle zoom; optical image stabilization; HD vids

Relatively slow; noise at ISO 400 and above

Definitely keep the ISO at 400 and lower; do that and you'll have a fine camera that'll last for years...

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Canon PowerShot SX200 IS First Impressions Digital Camera Review


The Canon PowerShot SX200 IS is the successor to the company's SX110 IS Compact Ultrazoom. Like the SX110 IS, the SX200 IS offers an impressive zoom packed into a relatively compact body. The SX200 IS has upped the zoom to 12x from its predecessor's...

The compact ultrazoom market has become a relatively crowded space, giving consumers a lot of choices. It's not surprising given that these cameras are among the most versatile on the market, with impressive zoom ranges from wide angle to a solid...

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Canon PowerShot SX200 IS


The Canon PowerShot SX200 IS Digital Camera offers just about everything consumers need in a camera, with the exception of battery life. One of the most common complaints is that while the performance and features impress, the battery life does not....

Value- one of the best digital cameras for the priceQuality- high-quality 12.1 megapixel stills and 720p HD videoSturdy- fairly compact, but a little on the heavy sideExceptional- features HDMI, excellent image processing, optical zoom (12x)

Limited- battery life shorter than average, poor low-light performance

When it comes to leading brands in digital cameras, Canon leads the way...

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Canon PowerShot SX200 IS


The Canon PowerShot SX200 IS super zoom compact is based around a 1/2.3" 12.1 megapixel CCD image sensor, DIGIC 4 image processor, and a Canon-branded 12x optical zoom lens. The SX200 IS's lens offers focal lengths ranging from a useful 28mm wide angle...

Available in silver, black, blue and red colors, the Canon SX200IS ships from the end of March, with pricing of $350

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Canon PowerShot SX200 IS Review


In this digital camera review, we'll explore the Canon PowerShot SX200 IS compact digital camera. We'll look at what the camera has to offer, what it's missing, the PowerShot's performance and features and an overall rating of price to value. Find out...

As with all cameras, there are pros and cons.

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Canon Powershot SX200 IS Full-Review


A unique 12 megapixels compact 12X ultra-zoom with full-manual controls and 720p HD video recording.

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PowerShot SX200 IS


($349) is a compact ultra zoom camera with a 12X wide-angle zoom lens, image stabilization, full manual controls, HD video recording, and a 3-inch LCD display. That sounds an awful lot like Panasonic's ultra-popular Lumix DMC-TZ5 -- easily the best...

Very good photo quality (in good light) ; 12X optical zoom with a nice 28 - 336 mm range ; Compact body for an ultra zoom; stylish and well-designed ; Optical image stabilization ; Sharp 3-inch LCD display with very good outdoor and light light...

Noise reduction causes detail loss above ISO 200 in low light, ISO 400 in good light ; Tends to clip highlights; some purple fringing, as well ; Anemic, slow-to-charge flash ; Optical zoom not usable in movie mode ; No multi-point autofocus or live...

Overall, the PowerShot SX200 is a good choice for those who want a lot of zoom power in a portable (not to mention stylish) package. I haven't reviewed the SX200's main competitor (the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3) just yet, so I can't tell you which one is...

Product Specifications

Creating gorgeous images is more fun than ever with the sleek, impressively equipped PowerShot SX200 IS. Capture close-up, wide-angle shots with stunning 12x optical zoom. Experience the unprecedented image quality and point-and-shoot convenience of Smart Auto, along with enhanced operability and an intuitive new menu. HD shooting at 1280 x 720 pixels with HDMI output lets you see all the beauty of your HD images and movies on your HDTV.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon NB-5L

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / MultiMediaCardplus / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Aquarium / Beach / Fireworks / Foliage / High sensitivity / Indoor / Kids & pets / Landscape / Night scene / Night snapshot / Portrait mode / Snow / Stitch assist / Sunset


Model:SX200 IS
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.4-5.3
Max Focal Length:60mm
Min Focal Length:5mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):11 mm ( 1/2.3 ) / 11 mm ( 1/2.3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:12.1Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:H.264
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Color Accent / Color Swap / Darker Skin Tone / Lighter Skin Tone / Positive Film / Sepia / Vivid / Vivid Blue / Vivid Green / Vivid Red
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None