Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

Last update (17 September’10):
- Review by BuyNShoot

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS is a 14.1-megapixel compact camera features 14x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer, HD shooting capability at 720p with stereo sound plus HDMI output, DIGIC 4 Image Processor, Fisheye Effect, Servo AF/AE continues to focus and track subject, Face Detection Self-timer, and a 3.0-inch wide PureColor System LCD.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info


Expert Reviews

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS Reviews

BuyNShoot reviews the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS and writes;
“It produces consistent images in its automatic setting and the results straight out of camera should look pleasing in a 6×4 print…as a camera to document your travels, and celebrations, along with the ability to get really close to the action without being noticed, the SX210 does a fine job. “
Rating: ★★★½☆

Stuff.tv reviews the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS and writes;
“The 3in LCD screen is bright and easily visible, even in bright sunlight, and offers roughly as much detail as most rivals – although not the insane crispness of the Nikon S8000.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PCMag reviews the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS and writes;
“The Canon PowerShot SX210 is a no-nonsense camera that packs a long 14x optical-zoom lens into a small body. But this camera doesn’t excel in low light, and images show some color fringing.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

NeutralDay reviews the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS and writes;
“the SX210 is still a nice camera, whose compact size, long lens, and respectable image and easy video abilities easily earn it a “Recommended”, however, our personal opinion leads us to preferring both the Sony HX5V and the Panasonic ZS7, if one can live with shorter, but still versatile lenses.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

GoodGearGuide reviews the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS and writes;
“The overall picture quality of the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS looks a little soft, and its colours are slightly underdone by default, but you can play with the manual settings to fix the latter problem — although you might need a Photoshop degree to fix the softness. “
Rating: ★★★½☆

DigitalReview reviews the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS and writes;
“If you are looking for a sleek compact long-range zoom camera, offering solid performance and an extended feature set, while delivering pleasing images under most general conditions, we would recommend the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS as a good solution. “
Rating: N/A

ITReviews reviews the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS and writes;
“Photo quality is sharp and colours vivid (saturation and hues can be further varied through the My Colors contrast range) aided by the 4-stop optical Image Stabilizer. “
Rating: N/A

DCR reviews the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS and writes;
“Images are vibrant and pleasantly sharp. In good outdoor lighting, the SX210 won’t let the casual snapshooter down. Saturation is boosted at default settings, making reds in particular pop.”
Rating: N/A

DigicamReview reviews the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS and writes;
“Overall the camera is very appealing even with these downsides, and the positives outweigh the negatives especially considering the small size of the camera, and the Canon Powershot SX210 IS can produce some pleasing photos, and is Recommended!”
Rating: N/A

ImagingResource reviews the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS and writes;
“ISO 80 and 100 files look good printed at 20×30 inches, but fine detail is somewhat soft. Prints look much better printed at 16×21 inches, though a little more luminance noise affects shadows at ISO 100 than at 80…. Overall, not bad, pretty close to par with other pocket long-zoom digital cameras.”
Rating: N/A

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CNET reviews the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS and writes;
“The good: Nice selection of semimanual and manual controls; flexible lens in a compact body; very good photo quality. The bad: Slow shooting performance; some awkward design aspects; unimpressive LCD. The bottom line: If you want a compact megazoom with manual controls and fine photo quality, the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS is a good place to start. “


Rating: ★★★½☆

DCRP reviews the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS and writes;
“Photo quality is good, as long as you don’t let the ISO wander too high. Exposures were typically right-on, and highlight clipping was present, but not as bad as expected. Colors are nice and vivid, and images were quite sharp. Photos are on the noisy side, even at ISO 80, though it’s mostly a grain-style noise, rather than detail smudging. “
Rating: N/A

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS and writes;
“Image noise is handled well on the SX210 for a consumer point-n-shoot. While you can see traces of luminance noise at even the lower ISO settings when viewing photos at 100%, the camera’s processor does well at keeping levels down as you increase the sensitivity. I feel that even the maximum ISO 1600 setting is able to produce usable photos for small to mid sized prints. “
Rating: N/A

CameraLabs reviews the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS and writes;
“In short, the SX210 IS is a good camera which makes several key improvements over its predecessor, but one that’s up against very tough rivals which are arguably more compelling overall. As such we can Recommend it, but it falls short of the Highly Recommended rating awarded to the Panasonic TZ10 / ZS7 and Sony HX5. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET.uk reviews the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS and writes;
“On paper, the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS looks terrific but, in practice, it’s far from perfect, both in terms of handling and general picture quality. While other camera makers are keen to explore new and innovative approaches to imaging technology, Canon seems content just to crank up the numbers”
Rating: ★★★★☆

T3 compares the Samsung WB500 to the Canon SX210 IS and writes;
“Canon: Outclassing its plucky rival for features and performance in the ring, the only stumbles were down to plastic-y build, lack of decent grip, plus it’s expensive. Samsung: Outgunned perhaps, yet a decent feature set for the price suggests great value for anyone on a budget wanting a broader zoom range than the average compact, plus HD video. Overall Winner: Canon”
Rating: N/A

TechRadar reviews the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS and writes;
“We can’t find much to complain about this camera when it comes to image quality, and build quality, as you might reasonably expect from a camera costing the better part of £350. It’s superb.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS and writes;
“The Canon PowerShot SX210 is an expensive camera but it does offer more genuinely useful features than almost anything else in its class. Build quality and handling are excellent, overall performance is superb and the picture quality is better than expected for such a densely populated sensor. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS and writes;
“With the pluses outweighing the minuses then, the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS weighs in as being worthy of a coveted Photography Blog Recommendation for anyone looking for an undemanding travel camera that almost does it all.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS User Reviews

Just about perfect Rating: ★★★★★
“… I’ve had the camera less than a week. I still have more to learn about it. The menu structure is simple with the AUTO setting or deep with the manual modes. I think this camera is a wonderful choice for someone who wants a camera and a video camcorder. It does both very well. I highly recommend the Canon SX210 IS. It’s a very enjoyable camera to use. ” - by Mike

Great Camera for Older Buyers Rating: ★★★★★
“…Easiest pocket camera I have ever bought. Great price/value. Like the large view screen. Mainly like the quality of the images. Tried many other brands and this is the best. Can’t go wrong with Canon.” - by CamGirl

Will Be Camera Of The Year! Rating: ★★★★★
“…I can enthusiastically recommend this camera to the novice who knows next to nothing about digital cameras — all the way up to the professional that would like an extremely capable camera to carry in their shirt pocket. The 14 megapixel by 14x optical zoom to 56x total is great” - by Pinky101

Awesome pocket zoomer Rating: ★★★★★
“…I’ve had this camera for a week, and it’s a joy to shoot with. I had the SX200, but I sold it so I could buy this one. It is definitely slimmer, and easier to slide in and out of a pocket than the SX200. The SX200 was perhaps a bit cooler-looking on the outside than the SX210 (to my taste), but I really appreciate that this model is slimmer. Also, the new manual controls on the SX210 seem much more intuitive to me, which I like. Overall, I’m glad I made the upgrade.” - by Mike

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Manual

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Features

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS Features

Powerful 14x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer
With the PowerShot SX210 IS’s powerful 14x optical zoom, you’ll get up-close fast, handy at sports and school events as well as everyday creative shooting. And with Optical Image Stabilizer, camera shake is greatly reduced even when shooting while walking, helping to ensure clarity and acuity in all your images.

Improved Dynamic mode for enhanced image stabilization
Canon technology helps to ensure your high definition movies are as shake-free as your stills. When shooting movies at wide-angle settings, the PowerShot SX210 IS uses the advanced Dynamic mode to greatly reduce camera shake that can occur when you are shooting while walking. Your HD movies play back steadily and without jerky movement.

14.1-megapixel resolution will generate 16.5 x 23.4-inch prints
For all its easy operability, the PowerShot SX210 IS nevertheless has a formidable feature set. 14.1-megapixel resolution delivers a wealth of detail to every image, and allows you to crop and enlarge any portion of your shot freely, up to poster-sized 16.5 x 23.4-inch prints.

28mm wide-angle lens to capture more in your frame
The 28mm wide-angle lens captures more in every frame, and gives your photography more flexibility. Everyone fits in a family gathering shot. You’ll capture more image in every shot, and add greater depth to your overall photography.

3.0-inch wide PureColor System LCD
The PowerShot SX210 IS’s high resolution (230,400 dots) 3.0-inch wide PureColor System LCD gives you the big picture, whether you’re shooting, reviewing or showing off your images. This high-resolution screen offers a crisp, clear picture to make shooting, playback and using the camera’s menu functions especially convenient. Clear and bright, it features Night Display for easy viewing in low light.

HD shooting capability at 720p with stereo sound plus HDMI output
The PowerShot SX210 IS lets you record video in beautiful high definition (1280 x 720 pixels). The camera also makes it easy to enjoy HD movies (and still photos) on your HDTV with a mini-HDMI connector for direct connection to a high-definition TV monitor. You’ll enjoy the HD experience with no degradation of image or audio in the signal, plus the ability to display up to 130 still images at once. The PowerShot SX210 IS also includes spectacular movie functionality. With the Movie button, simply push and you can start shooting video and never miss the perfect moment. When shooting movies, you can get up close with the 14x optical zoom for riveting detail and realism, from the overall appearance to facial expressions! And the camera’s Smart AUTO technology that helps ensure the perfect still image works to bring that same quality to your movies.

DIGIC 4 Image Processor with evolved Face Detection Technology
Canon’s most advanced image processor, DIGIC 4, delivers evolved Face Detection Technology that keeps every face in every photo looking its very best. The technology finds and tracks the faces of moving subjects until you’re ready to shoot, then delivers perfect focus. In addition, exposure, flash and white balance are compensated, so that faces exhibit natural skin tones and backgrounds are properly exposed.

iSAPS Technology
is an entirely original scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the advanced DIGIC 4 Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

Face Detection Self-timer
It automatically detects an increase in the number of faces and makes the appropriate adjustments. For instance, to include the photographer’s face in a group shot, there’s no need to rush in. Just put the camera on a stand or tripod, specify Face Detection Self-timer, and the camera will wait for the photographer’s face to get on-camera before it takes the shot. Motion Detection tracks moving subjects in a much larger range, and the Servo AF retains focus on a moving subject after the shutter button is pressed halfway–allowing you to wait for the perfect shot without refocusing.

Intelligent Contrast Correction
DIGIC 4 also makes possible the i-Contrast (Intelligent Contrast Correction) system, which controls the compensation level in pixel units to brighten dark areas while leaving bright areas unchanged for better images where the main subject is dark, and more natural transition. The PowerShot SX210 IS can even use i-Contrast in playback mode to adjust images that were shot without the setting activated.

Red-eye Correction provides three options for removing red-eye from subjects in flash pictures.
1) Red-eye Correction during shooting actually identifies and corrects red-eye in human subjects as pictures are taken.
2) The PowerShot SX210 IS can be set to automatically detect and correct red-eye during image playback.
3) You can manually locate any red eyes in a scene during image playback on the LCD screen, and command the camera to remove them.

Life doesn’t give you second chances to capture special times. That’s why the PowerShot SX210 IS features an ISO 1600 setting that reduces the effects of camera shake and sharpens subjects in low-light situations, giving you greater shooting flexibility. ISO can be expanded up to 6400 when you select Low Light mode.

New scene modes for more creative shooting
The Canon PowerShot SX210 IS offers creative effects similar to those found in professional lenses. Miniature Effect creates an illusion where very large objects appear in miniature proportions. Turn soaring cityscapes into a scene in seemingly dollhouse-like proportions

Fisheye Effect
uses barrel distortion to warp the image around the center, giving a distinctive curvature effect to the photo. The curvilinear images produced by Fisheye Effect can suggest the curve of the Earth, the inside of a dome, or the image you see through the peephole of a door.
With an ISO of 400-6400, the Low Light mode takes the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS bravely into the shadows–literally! Now even scenes notorious for having insufficient light, such as those lit by candles, fire, or street lamp, come through in fantastic color and clarity, with less noise. You can keep the feel of the scene intact without adding additional light, so the result will be scenes with the visual accuracy, depth and clarity you expect from a Canon camera.

Smart AUTO mode intelligently selects from 22 settings
Just set the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS to Smart AUTO and you’re ready for maximum enjoyment from your picture taking every time. It’s a relaxing and satisfying way to shoot because you can completely concentrate on your subject knowing that the camera has the technical details covered. Advanced Canon technology intelligently analyzes your situation and shooting conditions. Then it automatically selects an appropriate setting from 22 specially defined settings. So whether you’re photographing flowers, a captivating sunset, or your friends at the park, you can be confident that you’re getting dramatic, memorable images.

Shooting Modes
Advanced presets for the best possible photos under certain conditions. With 12 Shooting Modes plus 11 Special Scene Modes, you’re ready for whatever shot comes your way.

Servo AF/AE continues to focus and track subject
In PowerShot SX210 IS’s Servo AF mode, Auto Exposure (AE) functionality is linked to the Auto Focus (AF) frame, creating a sophisticated Servo AF/AE that delivers sharp focus and proper exposure of subjects on the move. Now you can wait for the shot you want, with no need to reframe and refocus. With the shutter button pressed halfway, Servo AF/AE will continue to focus and track your subject as the moment you want to capture approaches. Press the shutter fully, and you’ve got your shot–with tight focus and perfectly calibrated exposure.

Smart Flash Exposure
Smart Flash Exposure is a technology that can produce excellent flash exposures across a wide range of conditions, and helps ensure against over- or under-exposed images. The detail and color of your photo remain intact and truer to life even in challenging lighting.


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