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Canon PowerShot SX210 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 SX210 IS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Canon PowerShot Elph 100 HS (Orange)


With so many cameras announced last year, I sort of overlooked reviewing the Canon PowerShot Elph 100 HS. And that's kind of a shame.

The Canon PowerShot Elph 100 HS is a very good value, offering good photo and video quality outside and indoors, lots of fun shooting modes, and decent shooting performance for its class.

The 100 HS' photos look soft, even at lower ISOs, and its autofocus is regularly inaccurate.

If you're after an inexpensive ultracompact with good low-light photos, the Canon PowerShot Elph 100 HS is one to get. But you'd better act fast.

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Canon PowerShot SX210 IS


Offering the holy trinity of ease of use, manual controls, and best-in-class video quality, the 14X-optical-zoom PowerShot SX210 IS ($350 as of June 1, 2010) is a follow-up to last year's excellent PowerShot SX200 IS. Improvements include a slimmer...

Great blend of fun features and manual controls ; Zoom toggle gives good control over 14X zoom lens ; Innovative design feels good in the hand ; Superior video quality

Subpar audio capture in video mode ; Plastic zoom toggle takes some getting used to

The slick, slimmed-down follow-up to Canon's SX200 IS offers a near-perfect blend of manual controls and creative scene modes, and its video capture is stunning.

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Canon PowerShot SX210 IS (Black)


A long zoom in a little body seems to be the big goal for camera manufacturers in 2010. The 14-megapixel PowerShot SX210 IS is Canon's entry; it's the company's most compact megazoom camera sporting a 28mm-equivalent wide-angle lens with a 14x zoom. It...

Nice selection of semimanual and manual controls; flexible lens in a compact body; very good photo quality.

Slow shooting performance; some awkward design aspects; unimpressive LCD.

If you want a compact megazoom with manual controls and fine photo quality, the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS is a good place to start.


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Canon PowerShot SX210 IS Review


TheCanon PowerShot SX210 is a stylish compact super-zoom with animpressive feature set. However, shooting performance leaves onewanting more. With good overall image quality, the SX210 is acompetitive model in this category. Read more in our Full...

Good outdoor image quality; Generous 14x optical zoom with a nice 28mm wide angle extreme; Large 3.0-inch LCD offers a nice view of your subject(s); Stylish and well built body; Good High ISO performance for a camera in this class ; Cons ; Below...

Below average shooting performance; Pop-up flash not in the greatest position; easily blocked by your left index finger; Flash Pops up automatically in all modes, which is not always wanted; Non-existent labeling on the 4-way controller; Indoor image...

TheCanon PowerShot SX210 is a stylish compact super-zoom with animpressive feature set. However, shooting performance leaves onewanting more. With good overall image quality, the SX210 is acompetitive model in this category. Read more in our

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Canon PowerShot SX210 IS


Sharp images. 14x optical zoom. 3-inch LCD is easily viewable in direct sunlight, and shows virtually no motion blur. Well-designed interface. Mini-HDMI port. Stereo audio recording in video mode

Images show noticeable color fringing. Not suited for low light shooting without a flash. LCD's 16:9 aspect ratio means black bars around 4:3 images

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Canon PowerShot SX210 IS


The Canon SX210 IS can be had in a number of different skins, including the 'look at me purple' seen here

Though the SX210 has some issues, its zoom and photo capture abilities make an appealing case.

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PowerShot SX210 IS


As you can see, both the resolution and optical zoom got bumped up on the SX210. The camera's movie mode has also been enhanced, with improve image stabilization, stereo sound recording, and yes, use of the optical zoom. The SX210 also sports a...

Good photo quality at lower ISOs ; 14X optical zoom in a relatively compact body ; Optical image stabilization, with an extra-strength "dynamic mode" for movies ; Widescreen LCD display is great for HD movie recording; good low light visibility ;...

Photos a bit noisy, even at base ISO; things get soft when you pass ISO 400 ; Strong purple fringing at times ; Redeye a problem, though it can be removed in-camera ; Ergonomic annoyances: pop-up flash comes up automatically (but at least you can close...

The PowerShot SX210 IS sounds like quite the travel camera when you look at the specs. It has a compact body, big zoom lens, large LCD, plenty of bells and whistles, and a 720p movie mode. Unfortunately, it also has frustrating ergonomics, a weak...

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Canon PowerShot SX210 IS Review


The PowerShot SX210 offers significant style and feature updates to the compact ultrazoom SX series.

Good quality images ; HD video allows zoom ; Versatile lens

Some overexposure ; Noise at ISO 400

Canon certainly upped the "fun factor" with the SX210, and I enjoyed toting the SX210 with me for spur-of-the-moment shooting. The ability to zoom in video recording is a handy feature. So is jumping into video mode by using the dedicated record...

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Review: Canon PowerShot SX210 IS compact camera


The slick, slimmed-down follow up to Canon's SX200 IS offers a near-perfect blend of manual controls and creative scene modes, and its video capture is stunning.

The SX210 IS also produced noticeably better video quality than any of the other pocket megazooms in our test batch, posting a video-quality score of Superior. In contrast, audio capture was a weak spot; the camera has no mic-in port, so you're stuck...

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Canon PowerShot SX210 – Flexible lens in a compact body


Thin seems to be in and hence there are a lot of manufacturer trying to put a long zoom in a compact body for camera. This model is a similar type of camera which has a 28mm equivalent wide angle lens along with 14x zoom. This is a follow up to the...

Good options for manual and semimanual controls, good compact body containing flexible lens, photo quality is commendable

Shooting performance is slow, LCD is unimpressive, some issues with design

We will recommend you this camera if you are looking for a megazoom lens in a compact body.

Product Specifications

With a wide-angle 14x optical zoom and Canon optical Image Stabilizer at its heart, plus full manual control and HD movies, the compact PowerShot SX210 IS is an alliance of power and style.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
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:SDXC Memory Card / SD Memory Card / MultiMediaCard / SDHC Memory Card / MultiMediaCardplus

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:Snow / Night snapshot / Kids & pets / Beach / Foliage / Indoor / Low light / Fireworks / Stitch assist / Portrait mode / Landscape


Model:SX210 IS
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.1-5.9
Max Focal Length:70mm
Min Focal Length:5mm
Optical Zoom:14
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.3 / 1/2.3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):11 mm ( 1/2.3 ) / 11 mm ( 1/2.3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:14.1Megapixel

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):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO auto / ISO 1600 / ISO 80 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO 100
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Miniature / Vivid Red / Vivid Blue / Vivid Green / Darker Skin Tone / Lighter Skin Tone / Color Swap / Color Accent / Fisheye / Custom Effect / Neutral / Sepia / Black & White / Positive Film
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None