Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SX200 IS
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Canon PowerShot SX200 IS
Digital Photography Interface
23 September 2013
Conclusion: Featuring 12 megapixels, 12X optical zoom with optical image stabilization and both automatic and manual controls, Canon has certainly made a solid offering in the compact super-zoom market. The Canon PowerShot SX200 is a compact super-zoom with good ergonomics and build quality. Thereâ€™s enough room for both hands to hold the camera, a rear rotary dial and customizable print button.
Pros: Good image quality with good color accuracy and overall sharpness, Compact design with good ergonomics; packs a 12X zoom lens with image stabilization, Big 3 inch LCD with good sharpness and visibility, Very good performance (two exceptions), Variety of scene modes with auto scene selection, Full manual controls over exposure, focus and flash, Playback editing tools include redeye removal and iContrast (brighten images)
Cons: Rather obvious color fringing (chromatic aberration) and edge softness, Annoying popup flash comes up whenever the camera is turned on, Weak flash with long recycle times, Optical zoom is locked when recording movies, Slow burst mode frame rate; telephoto focusing couldâ€™ve been faster
Conclusion: It is a highly recommendable unit that would make a great travel companion or gift for somebody who enjoys compact photography (and high definition video recording) and, in this case, its ability to switch between fully automated shooting, numerous pre-programmed and specific scene settings, and more manual-based shooting all within seconds.
Summary: The compact ultra-zoom category is now populated with numerous models from several manufacturers. Among these the SX200 distinguishes itself as one of three current models to feature full-manual controls and the only one to have 720p HD movie mode as well. While the SX200 is not the most compact such camera, at 1.5" thick it is smaller than typical compacts equiped with much less powerful zoom lenses.
Pros: 12X Wide-angle optical zoom in compact body, Good lens sharpness, Excellent white-balance, Reliable exposure, Generally low noise, Low optical distortion, Accurate but slow focus, Good LCD visibility, Generally responsive, Good build quality
Conclusion: The SX200′s feature set includes Smart Auto and Enhanced Easy modes. Both of these modes analyse the scene checking for subject brightness, contrast, distance and overall hue and selects the optimum settings for a good generic shot. If you want to be more creative simply switch to full Manual mode.
Conclusion: Canon PowerShot SX200 IS megazoom digital camera The Canon PowerShot SX200IS Megazoom camera is a very interesting camera. Interesting for both the amateur and newbie photographer, and certainly also for the hobby photographer. The design is simply top-notch, radiating the famous Canon quality. Whereas the competition emphasizes a full auto mode, Canon shows not to be afraid of cannibalism of the G-series and EOS DSLR cameras.
Summary: 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. If you're not put off by its bulkier-than-usual size, it's a great buy.
Summary: As companies like Fuji and Kodak dive into the digital photo realm to escape the demise of celluloid, long-time camera bigwigs like Canon and Nikon are having to step up to the plate to maintain market position. The result? It's a great time to be on the market for a new digital camera . As for Canon, the PowerShot SX200 IS is an attractive point-and-shoot with some nice features at a good price point.
Summary: On the one hand, the Canon PowerShot SX200 IS is both seemingly everything our editorial staff looks for in a camera, and everything we've come to expect from Canon. It's a solid, better-than-average performer in most respects, with great zoom range, wide-ranging control options to please everyone from novices to enthusiasts, a lucid interface, 720p video capture, and decent construction.
Pros: Slimmest PowerShot SX yet, Speedy, reliable performance, Smooth interface and great auto modes, Excellent zoom range, 720p video capture
Cons: Several mildly irritating optical concerns, Noisy images above ISO 400, Manual controls could be easier to use, Pop-up flash is flimsy