Canon PowerShot SX200 IS reviews and prices: Compact camera

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This digital camera is a good all rounder.

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9.1 out of 10 based on 176 reviews.
Canon PowerShot SX200 IS: 12.1 MP (Megapixels), 12x optical zoom, SD Card storage, Yes image stabiliser digital Compact camera. See full product description

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Philip, Bristol Point & shoot

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Amazing camera all round.
Bad points:
The flash keeps popping up and there is no zoom on video mode
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 31 Oct 2010

Tracey, Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use and plenty of manual settings for more creative photography. Fast in operation and produces mainly good results. Large clear screen. Has some fun features such as colour accent and colour swap.
Bad points:
Can struggle to produce quality images in some conditions. Quite large camera so may not fit in your pocket.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 8.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 30 Sep 2010

steve, Chelmsford Keen amateur

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Great easy to use camera, great pictures
Bad points:
There seems to be a flaw with the lens movement which if it jams the camera becomes unusable and can only be fixed if sent back to canon. if taken to the beach be aware of sand or dust getting in to the lens or if touching the lens whilst its moving it can jam up. i have owned it 4 months but as i have a mark on the ase of the camera canon will not repair it as it could have been dropped so i have had to pay to get it fixed. i have looked at forums on the net and it seems to be a common problem which is a shame as its a great camera to use.
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 6.0
Value for money 6.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 26 May 2010

Sam, Milton Keynes Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Once you get used to the navigational and manual features, it is a breeze to use with a user friendy interface to boot. Macro photography and HD movie record is a definate stong feature for the camera. A decent sized camera for fun and experimental photography.
Bad points:
This is a my second one as the first suffered a cracked screen with a little accidental pressure . It is a weighty product and is quite fragile to handle. My advice, don't get too adventurous unless you have insurance for peace of mind.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 5.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 26 Jun 2010

Peter, Chard Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Compact with long zoom, wide angle, takes good, well-exposed pictures. Excellent "all purpose" camera.
Bad points:
As everybody else says, the pop-up flash gets in the way. As the camera is comparitively small there isn't much other room to hold it.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 22 Aug 2010

Tony, thornwood common Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
performs well
Bad points:
slightly large and heavy for a compact.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 21 Jul 2010

Flore, Cambridge Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Using the camera on auto gives excellent results, automatically changing from general views to macro or bright sunlight. The zoom is very good for a camera of this size. Battery life is good. It feels good in the hand and is very easy to operate. When I have time, I will look into the manual use but with the other options, this hardly seems necessary!
Bad points:
Camera strap is too short. I like to attach the camera to a belt or bag in order that if it is dropped, it won't hit the floor or more important, others have little chance of removing it from your possession.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 01 Nov 2010

Product Features

Camera Type Compact
Resolution (Pixels) 4000x3000
Optical zoom ratio 12
Screen size (Inches) 3
Digital zoom ratio 4
Digital zoom ratio 2
Type of image stabiliser Yes
Touchscreen No
3D No
Colour Multi
Media format SD Card
Media format SDHC Card
Media format MMCplus Card
Media format MMC Card
Memory card slot Yes
PictBridge Yes
Macro Mode Yes
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Manual Focus No
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 220
Flash Yes
Body Only Yes
Series Powershot
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/3200
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/15
Waterproof No
Viewfinder LCD Monitor
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 103x60.5x37.6
Dimensions (mm) 60.5x103x37.6
RAW Format No
GPS Receiver No
Max. Aperture Lens 1 f3.4-5.3
Release date 2009-03-23
Height in mm 6.1
Width in mm 103
Depth in mm 3.8
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens No
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 336
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 28

Also known as: Powershot SX200 IS, Canon PS SX200, Canon PowerShot SX200IS, Canon Powershot SX200 lS, Canon PowerShot SX200, Powershot SX200, Powershot SX200IS

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Manufacturer's Description

28mm wide-angle 12x optical zoom
Capture more in your frame with a powerful and compact 12x wide-angle (28mm) optical zoom lens. Canon’s lens-based optical Image Stabilizer Technology counteracts camera shake, for crisp, blur-free images throughout the zoom range.

12.1 Megapixels
With a 12.1 MP sensor, you can capture every scene in vivid detail – print up to A2 size, or crop to achieve a desired composition without losing the detail necessary for large prints.

Compact design in three colours
With compact proportions that make it an ideal travel camera, the PowerShot SX200 IS has a sleek aluminium design that feels great to hold. It comes in a choice of three classic colours: black, blue or red.

High speed DIGIC 4 processing
Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor drives exceptional processing speeds, responsive operation, superb image quality and colour reproduction. Advanced Noise Reduction ensures richly detailed, clean images, even at high ISO speeds.

Scene Detection Technology for effortless ease
In Smart Auto mode the camera uses intelligent Scene Detection Technology to determine subject brightness, contrast, distance and overall hue – and selects optimum settings accordingly. Easy mode deactivates all buttons except flash and reduces on-screen icons for ultra-simple shooting.

The PowerShot SX200 IS combats blur with Motion Detection Technology. Activated in Smart Auto and Easy modes, a range of technologies ascertain movement of both camera and subject. The optimum ISO is then automatically set for any situation. Servo AF tracks moving subjects to ensure they remain in focus.

Manual Control mode
A Manual Control mode allows more experienced users to creatively experiment with key camera settings such as aperture and shutter speed.

Face Detection Technology
A suite of Face Detection technologies detects up to 35 faces in a shot and adjusts focus, exposure, flash settings and white balance – for optimal results with natural-looking skin tones. Face Select & Track allows a particular face to be chosen as the principal subject in a photo. FaceSelf-Timer makes group photos easy, taking a shot when an extra face is detected in the frame.

3.0” LCD
A large, bright 3.0” LCD makes framing, reviewing and sharing shots or movies equally easy.

HD movies and HDMI output
Supplement great still shots with HD movies (720p, 30fps) and share them on any HDTV via a built-in HDMI connection.

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