Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SX210 IS
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Value for money 8
Audio & image quality 7
Build quality 8
Canon Powershot SX210 Digital Camera Review
28 September 2012
Conclusion: For its market, the PowerShot SX210 IS does a good job of meeting what most people want from their super-zoom compacts. It produces consistent images in its automatic setting and the results straight out of camera should look pleasing in a 6x4 print. The disappointment lays in the level of improvement Canon have made since its predecessor, the SX200 IS.
Summary: There are plenty of reasons to justify spending an extra $20 on the PowerShot SX210 over the SX200. If you're shooting in great conditions, you won't have a problem snapping clean shots at the top end of the camera's generous 14x zoom range. The camera boasts eye-catching style, and build quality is as good as anything in its class.
Pros: Good quality images, HD video allows zoom, Versatile lens
Cons: Overexposure, Enlarged image shows noise at ISO 400
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: Sharp images. 14x optical zoom. 3-inch LCD is easily viewable in direct sunlight, and shows virtually no motion blur. Well-designed interface. Mini-HDMI port. Stereo audio recording in video mode.
Cons: Images show noticeable color fringing. Not suited for low light shooting without a flash. LCD's 16:9 aspect ratio means black bars around 4:3 images.
Summary: Another classic Canon strategy is, for better or worse, to trump the competition in the numbers game. So it's not surprising to find the PowerShot SX210 IS sporting the longest zoom range and joint highest resolution of its peer group with 14 Megapixels and a 14x optical zoom. Canon knows these are the numbers many people look at first when comparing cameras online or on the shelf, and doesn't want to lose sales by coming-up short.
Pros: 14x optical zoom: longest range of rival models., 14 Megapixels: joint highest resolution of peers., 720p HD movies with matching 16:9 screen., Great auto modes or full manual if you prefer.
Cons: Flash always pops-up even when disabled., Slow continuous shooting at full resolution., Zoom motor is audible when filming video., Widescreen monitor not ideal shape for 4:3 stills.
Conclusion: 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.
Excerpt: Offering the holy trinity of ease of use, manual controls, and best-in-class video quality, the 14x-optical-zoom Canon PowerShot SX210 IS is a follow-up to last year's excellent Canon PowerShot SX200 IS compact camera.
Summary: If you’re looking for a small camera with a big reach, the Canon SX210 IS doesn’t disappoint. Its 14x optical zoom plonks the equivalent of a 28-392mm 35mm camera lens in your pocket, allowing you to zoom right into distant subjects. You know the sort of thing: animals, planes and unsuspecting sunbathers.
Summary: Canon has two styles of cameras in their pocket range the really small Ixus range and the slightly larger Power Shot s. Here the latest Power Shot that is still small and sleek while offering more in optical zoom and other features.