Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

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Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

With a wide-angle 28mm lens and 12x zoom, the compact PowerShot SX200 IS captures landscapes or distant subjects in stunning detail. Other exciting fe...

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published 26/06/2009 | tor0908
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Pro Lots of zoom, lots of pixels, sturdy
Cons No internal memory, flash pops up whether you want it to or not
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"Canon Powershot SX200 IS"

I bought this camera recently as I purchased a Canon EOS1000D DSLR and I wanted a compact digital with a large zoom for the times when I didn't feel like lugging the DSLR and all it's accessories around with me.

I'd looked around at other models, and I know that there are many other cameras that offer a much higher zoom, but I finally settled on this one for a number of reasons.

a) 12 million pixels. This is more than I'll probably ever need as it's very rare that I print anything above 8x10 but it was an upgrade on my previous digital compact.

b) 12x optical zoom. This is more than adequate for general photography, any more and I think you do probably need a tripod.

c) NB-5L Li-Ion Battery. This is just a personal preference but I prefer the rechargeable Li-Ion batteries. It's fairly cheap to buy a couple of spares and I find it less fiddly when you are taking photos and need a quick battery change.

d) SD-HC memory cards. I already have several of these for my DSLR which is convenient and means any of my cards can be used in both of my cameras.

e) HD video capability of 1280x720. This wasn't majorly important but with the memory cards being so cheap then it's a bonus to have the capability of recording video. Quite good when you are on holiday or at a family gathering and want to record some video but don't want the hassle of a separate camcorder.

Finally, I took advantage of a Canon promotion which gave £40 cashback on this particular model. I'd already decided on this camera so the cashback was a nice bonus. All in all, it cost £234.55 including delivery from

After a few weeks of use I'm finding that I really like this camera. It's not as small as some compacts but if you manage to get hold of a Canon case then you can fit the camera, spare battery and a couple of cards inside it quite easily.

It is 10cm wide, 6 1/2 cm high and 3cm deep (excluding zoom), and has a metal body which feels quite sturdy. It sort of curves outward on one side so you can get a decent grip and hold the camera steady.

On the top of the camera body there is the on/off switch, dial with all the different modes (auto mode, easy mode, portrait, landscape, night snapshot, kids and pets, indoor, sunset, video, manual mode, aperture priority, shutter priority and program mode), and the shutter release button which also controls the zoom.

The back of the camera is mainly taken up by the 3 inch viewscreen which does make framing shots very easy. There's a menu button, display button which turns the information on the screen on and off, flash on/off function, macro button, delete and self timer button, function set button and a manual focus dial.

On a standard 4GB SD-HC card at 12 million pixels you get get around 1145 pictures when using the 'fine' compression mode. If you choose 'normal' then you get around 2339 pictures. There are options to record at 8 million pixels, 5 million pixels, 2 million pixels, 0.3 million pixels for sending pictures via email and a Widescreen option for wide size prints. Given that I paid £6.99 for my 4Gb Sandisk Ultra memory card I think this is excellent value for money. If you get a couple of cards then you can happily snap away for ages! I'd say there is a slight delay in writing to the card though, so action shots could be a bit of a problem.

The quality of the pictures is excellent, even at lower resolution although you shouldn't really need to change it from the highest quality unless perhaps you are uploading pictures to the internet and are restricted by size. You can print up to A2 size photos (59.4cm x 42cm).

The card/battery cover is at the bottom of the camera and you can attach a tripod to the camera if you wish. If you don't have a card reader you can use a USB cable to connect this camera to your computer and there is also the ability to use an HDMI cable to hook it up to your TV and show your pictures that way.

My only two niggles are that it doesn't have any internal memory (so don't forget your card whatever you do) and the flash pops up when you switch the camera on whether you want to use it or not.

Overall I really like this camera as it's got lots of pixels, lots of zoom and feels well built with a sturdy metal body. For holidays, school plays, football matches etc you can't go far wrong with this camera.

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  • TheHairyGodmother published 07/10/2009
    Fab review, well written and informative :)
  • davedave135 published 20/07/2009
    Great review, thanks :)
  • hillhead published 26/06/2009
    Sounds a good camera. Great review!
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Product Information : Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

Manufacturer's product description

With a wide-angle 28mm lens and 12x zoom, the compact PowerShot SX200 IS captures landscapes or distant subjects in stunning detail. Other exciting features include Smart Auto mode and HD video shooting.

Product Details

Product type: Digital Camera, Digital camera - compact

Optical Sensor / Sensor Resolution: 12.1

Flash Memory / Form Factor: SD/SDHC Memory Card; MultiMedia Card; MultiMedia Card Plus; HC MultiMedia Card Plus

Lens System / Optical Zoom: 12x

Digital Zoom: 4x, 4 x

LCD Display Size: 3

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Memory Type: External

Lens System / Min Focal Length: 0.00500000476837158

Manufacturer: Canon

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, HDMI

Display: LCD display - 3"

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Image Stabiliser: Optical

Lens System: 12 x zoom lens - 5 - 60 mm - f/3.4-5.3

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Weight: 220 g

Sensor Resolution: 12.1 Megapixel

Image Processor: DIGIC 4

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Colour: Black, Blue, Red

Dimensions (WxDxH): 10.3 cm x 3.8 cm x 6.1 cm

Product Description: Canon PowerShot SX200 IS - digital camera

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Camera Flash

Effective Flash Range: 0.5 m - 3 m

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Features: AF illuminator, flash +/- compensation


Image Recording Format: JPEG

Digital Video Format: H.264

Face Detection: Blink Detection technology, Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB, Face Detection Self-timer

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Image Stabiliser: Optical

Optical Zoom: 12 x

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Image Processor: DIGIC 4

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, HDMI

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

MPN: 3509B001, SX200ISBLK, 3509B008, PowerShot SX200 IS, 3510B001, 3511B011, 3510B013, 3510B012, 3509B012, 3509B011, 3509B008AA, 3510B009AA, 3511B009AA, 3509B010, 3511B012, 3510B009, 3509B014AA, 351B012, 3511B006AA, 3509B009AA, 3509B009, 3509B002, 3511B009, 3511B001, 4960999636016

Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.3"

Effective Sensor Resolution: 12,100,000 pixels

Total Pixels: 12,400,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Sensor Resolution: 12.1 Megapixel

Enclosure Colour: Black, Blue, Red

System Requirements for PC Connection

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive

Operating System Support: Apple Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.5, MS Windows Vista, MS Windows XP SP2

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Image Storage: JPEG 4000 x 3000 ¦ JPEG 3264 x 2448 ¦ JPEG 2592 x 1944 ¦ JPEG 1600 x 1200 ¦ JPEG 640 x 480 ¦ JPEG 4000 x 2248

Video Capture: H.264 - 640 x 480 - 30 fps ¦ H.264 - 320 x 240 - 30 fps ¦ H.264 - 1280 x 720 - 30 fps

Supported Memory Cards: MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCardplus

Exposure & White Balance

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Min Shutter Speed: 15 sec

Max Shutter Speed: 1/3200 sec

White Balance Presets: Fluorescent, cloudy, tungsten light, daylight

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

Special Effects: Black & White, Sepia, Vivid, Colour Accent, Colour Swap, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Green, vivid blue, Vivid Red, Positive Film

Shooting Programs: Landscape, portrait mode, stitch assist, fireworks, night scene, sunset, indoor, foliage, beach, kids & pets, night snapshot, snow, high sensitivity, aquarium

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority

Exposure Metering: Evaluative, centre-weighted, spot

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 80, ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO auto

Dimensions & Weight

Weight: 220 g

Height: 6.1 cm

Depth: 3.8 cm

Width: 10.3 cm


Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Battery Type: Canon NB-5L


Included Accessories: Battery charger, USB cable, wrist strap, audio / video cable


Software: Drivers & Utilities, Canon PhotoStitch, Canon ZoomBrowser EX, Canon ImageBrowser


Memory Card Slot: SD card

Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x HDMI output


Microphone Operation Mode: Mono


Display Features: Built-in

Resolution: 230,000 pixels

Type: 3" LCD display

Additional Features

Additional Features: Direct print, USB 2.0 compatibility, built-in speaker, RGB primary colour filter, digital noise reduction, DPOF support, digital image rotation, camera orientation detection, PictBridge support, histogram display, AE lock, FE lock, resizing an image, i-Contrast (Intelligent Contrast Correction) system, Scene Detection Technology, in-camera red-eye fix, Exif Print support, Motion Detection Technology

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Continuous Shooting Speed: 0.8 frames per second, 0.5 frames per second, 0.6 frames per second

Lens System

Features: Built-in lens shield, aspherical lens, UA lens

Lens Construction: 9 groups / 11 elements

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Macro Focus Range: 2-50cm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Type: 12 x zoom lens - 5 - 60 mm - f/3.4-5.3

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 28 - 336mm

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Environmental Parameters

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C


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