Canon Powershot SX200 IS

Last updated (14 October’11):
– Review & Sample Photos @ NeoCamera

Canon Poweshot SX200 IS is a 12 megapixels compact digital camera features 12x Optical Zoom (35mm film equivalent: 28-336mm) with Optical Image Stabilizer, DIGIC 4 Image Processor, HD movie shooting capability, Face Detection, ISO 80-3200, and a Large high-quality 3.0-inch LCD screen. The camera measures 4.06 x 2.38 x 1.48 in./103.0 x 60.5 x 37.6mm, weighs Approx. 7.76 oz./220g and running on Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery.
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Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Canon Poweshot SX200 IS Reviews

NeoCamera reviews the Canon Powershot SX200 IS and writes;
“The main and perhaps only disadvantage of the SX200 compared to its peers is image softness introduced by noise-reduction. This is visible at ISO 200 and above, limiting print sizes as ISO increases”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DPinterface reviews the Canon Powershot SX200 IS and writes;
“Canon PowerShot SX200 is a compact super-zoom camera that’s worth considering. The Canon SX200 is quite compact considering it has a 12X lens and has one (big) advantage over the competition – full manual controls. The camera produces good looking photos and has a good feature set with few flaws. “
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PCWorld reviews the Canon Powershot SX200 IS and writes;
“The Canon PowerShot SX200 IS is one of those rare point-and-shoots that are as easy to use as they are versatile, thanks to its intuitive controls, its big-time zoom lens, its addictive in-camera features, and its stellar image quality. We can’t find much to dislike about this camera. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

Shutterbug reviews the Canon Powershot SX200 IS and writes;
“the SX200 IS is a handy traveling companion for those who want a pocketable camera with very good image quality and a host of options that will encourage you to make some fun shots.”
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ImagingResource reviews the Canon Powershot SX200 IS and writes;
“the overall experience of using this versatile digicam was such a delight, it easily earns a Dave’s Pick, especially if you need an interesting travel companion. “
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GoodGearGuide reviews the Canon Powershot SX200 IS and writes;
“Canon’s PowerShot SX200 IS is a very good camera with plenty of features for everyone: novices will make good use of the easy mode, while experienced photographers will appreciate the manual features. It’s a comfortable camera to hold and it has the ability to take some good looking shots — even in dim light. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCAuthority compares the Canon Powershot SX200 IS VS Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7 and writes;
“The Panasonic outclasses its rival with its video abilities, but Canon is our pick for more advanced users with its manual modes. “
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LetsGoDigital reviews the Canon Powershot SX200 IS and writes;
“pleasant camera with an easy and low learning curve operation. A camera for a wide range of users, even for the hobby photographer… For now, the Canon SX200 IS provides versatile setting possibilities, an effective ISO range and a nice focal length. “
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Canon Powershot SX200 IS and writes;
“This is a very good all round camera. The lens offers great flexibility and the features offer a great deal of scope. I like the picture quality it produces and it appears to have been well made. There are plenty of features to get your teeth into and it is hard to beat in its class. “
Rating: ★★★★½

TrustedReviews reviews the Canon Powershot SX200 IS and writes;
“SX200 IS is a rare camera, a genuinely good all-rounder. It has an attractive modern design, good build quality, comfortable easy-to-use handling, a wide range of user options and full manual exposure control. It performs well in a wide range of situations, and produces generally good results. It’s just a pity it’s so expensive, and that the competition is so good. “
Rating: ★★★½☆

CNET reviews the Canon Powershot SX200 IS and writes;
“The good: Compact body with wide-angle lens with 12x zoom; manual controls; very good photo and video quality for its class. The bad: Mixed performance; no optical zoom in Movie mode. The bottom line: More than just a point-and-shoot pocket megazoom, the Canon SX200 IS improves upon its forerunner, but not by much.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

LuminousLandscape compares Fuji Finepix F200EXR vs Canon Powershot SX200 IS vs Panasonic Lumix ZS3/TZ7 and writes;
“I’ve decided that the Panasonic Lumix ZS3 / TZ7 comes closest to meeting my needs. I like the fit and finish, size, weight, focal range, and – yes – even the image quality – as long as I don’t have expectations beyond what it can deliver. It’s more than acceptable; at least for the purposes that I have for it as a visual note pad and for recording the unexpected.”
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CameraLabs reviews the Canon Powershot SX200 IS and writes;
“Indeed it’s sufficiently good to easily earn our Recommended award. But for roughly the same money, Panasonic’s Lumix TZ7 / ZS3 is ultimately more compelling overall. Unless you absolutely need manual control, it remains our top choice in this category, but Panasonic can’t rest on its laurels.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

RegHardware reviews the Canon Powershot SX200 IS and writes;
“There is much to like regarding the performance of the SX200. Image quality is good when it comes to colour, sharpness and exposure, and noise isn’t an issue until you start shooting at ISO 400. The image stabilisation system is one of the best we’ve seen… “
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Canon Powershot SX200 IS and writes;
“On paper, the Canon PowerShot SX200 IS looks great. In the flesh, it’s a disappointment. It’s bulky, has annoying design and control issues, and the picture quality is variable. It’s still a versatile camera that can be used to take great pictures, but it promises much more than it delivers”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

DCR reviews the Canon Powershot SX200 IS and writes;
“All in all, the SX200 is – like most small-sensor cameras these days – serviceable for everything up to small prints at its top sensitivity settings, but texture definition and fine detail are hard to pick out beyond ISO 400.”
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PhotographyBlog reviews the Canon Powershot SX200 IS and writes;
“still very capable camera that will particularly appeal to the more experienced photographer, but also a camera that comes a clear second in the race, rather than occupying the top spot on the winners’ podium. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalTrends reviews the Canon Powershot SX200 IS and writes;
“PowerShot SX200 IS is a very good choice for an all-around digicam—even for people who don’t travel that much. It takes fine people shots, works simply in smart auto, offers plenty of scene modes, and even lets you tweak manual adjustments. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

InfoSync reviews the Canon Powershot SX200 IS and writes;
“SX200 IS exhibited a fair overall performance in bright light, given its basic imaging sensor and high pixel count… Pros: Good low light performance. Attractive menus and external design. 720P video looks great. Cons: Fair bright light image performance. Compromised navigation interface. No viewfinder. “
Rating: ★★★½☆

DCRP reviews the Canon Powershot SX200 IS and writes;
“Photo quality was very good in most respects. The SX200 took photos that were well-exposed, though (like most of its peers) it is prone to highlight clipping. Colors were accurate and vibrant, and subjects have the “smooth” appearance.. the PowerShot SX200 is still a solid camera, and one that i can recommend.”
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User Opinions

Canon Powershot SX200 IS User Reviews

Amazing Camera | Rating: ★★★★★
I am not a professional photographer, but I wanted a nice camera with me when I went on a trip to Europe. The Cannon Powershot SX 200 IS has more than served me well. It takes outstanding pictures, and the built in panorama stitching mode works wonderfully! I also love the look of this camera, it is gorgeous and the perfect compromise between compact size and a full set of features. I would definitely recommend this camera to anyone that is not a professional but still wants a camera that is capable of taking the very best pictures.

A complete compact camera | Rating: ★★★★☆
Only comera with 12x optical zoom with optical image stablizer system. Furthermore with 12 megapixels and 2 inch TFT color LCDD widescreen with wide viewing angle everyone will like to own one. One camera to bring along for any holiday. Highly recommended esp those who wants to travel light.

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Canon Poweshot SX200 IS Samples

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Canon Poweshot SX200 IS User Manual (PDF)

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Canon Poweshot SX200 IS Press Release

Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 18 February 2009: Canon today strengthens its PowerShot range of digital cameras with the launch of the PowerShot SX200 IS – a new Super Zoom model in a strikingly compact body. With a wide-angle (28mm) 12x optical zoom lens and powered by Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor for ultra-fast performance and outstanding image quality, this 12.1 Megapixel camera is the ideal travel companion. Richly detailed movies can be shot in High Definition (720p, 30fps), with a built-in HDMI connection for playback on HD televisions. The addition of a full Manual shooting mode gives users control when they want it.

Designed with travel in mind
With a classic aluminium design available in black, blue or red the PowerShot SX200 IS packs a lot into a compact body, making it the perfect camera for the keen traveller. A powerful 12x zoom lens, beginning at a wide 28mm, tackles landscape shots or distant subjects with equal effectiveness. Canon’s 4-stop optical Image Stabilizer technology combats the blur caused by camera shake – even at the telephoto end of the zoom range and in low-light situations.

Small on size, big on quality
Incredible 12.1 Megapixel resolution is captured by the camera’s sensor, offering the freedom to crop or enlarge images to perfection with no loss in detail. Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor uses improved algorithms and calculation accuracy, allowing the PowerShot SX200 IS to deliver ultra-fast operation, and rich, low-noise images with outstanding clarity and colour reproduction.

Intelligent features for maximum creativity
For maximum results with minimum effort, the PowerShot SX200 IS incorporates a new Smart Auto mode and enhanced Easy mode. Both of these modes use Canon’s Scene Detection Technology to analyse the shooting scene in detail – checking subject brightness, contrast, distance and overall hue – then select optimum settings accordingly. Photographers wanting total control over their shots can switch to a full Manual control mode.

DIGIC 4 processing also drives greater accuracy in Canon’s other intelligent technologies. Improved Motion Detection and Servo AF aid blur-free capture of moving subjects, while i-Contrast brightens dark areas of images without blowing out lighter areas. Canon’s Face Detection Technology now includes new
Blink Detection, to help avoid the disappointment of mistimed portrait shots. FaceSelf-Timer simplifies group shots or self portraits by waiting until the user enters the frame before shooting.

Movies in High Definition
For moments that deserve a place on TV, users can supplement their still images with continuous video clips in breathtaking High Definition (720p). The integrated HDMI connection allows instant playback on any HDTV.

The large 3.0” LCD allows easy framing and detailed review of shots and movies alike, with a wide viewing angle enabling easy sharing. In addition, a clever new User Interface provides on-screen Hints and Tips – perfect for users looking to learn more about how different settings affect shots.

“With a combination of high zoom power, high resolution and High Definition video capability, the PowerShot SX200 IS lets you capture your adventures in uncompromising detail,” said Rainer Fuehres, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging Europe.

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5 Responses to “Canon Powershot SX200 IS”

  1. Greg Wilson says:

    Your link on site:
    to the user manual for the SX200 does not work. Will this link be changed to make it work?

    Also on your site:
    The manual for Panasonic TDMC-TZ7 has been “coming soon” for several weeks. When will you have this?

    Buying without having the manuals for comparison is shooting blind.

  2. Greg, the link to download the SX200 user manual has been updated. Please try again.

    We also have added the Panasonic DMC-TZ7 user manual. Enjoy!

  3. Aaron says:

    The link to the user manual for the SX200 is no longer working. Could you please change it to a working link?

  4. B says:

    As of June 12, 2010, the link to the manual is still not working. I could really use that manual, so I’ll check back from time to time, so if you could ammend that link … that’d be awesome.

  5. Link has been updated guys..


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