Summary: Overall, the camera is very good and has many very nice features. When I purchased it, I really thought that it would be much more compact in size. It is quite large compared with many other point and shoot digital cameras with similar features. I actually had problems finding a case that would fit it properly....they were either too small or too large. Even though I like it, I'm not sure that I would repurchase this item.
Nice point and shoot camera. Zoom is fine, but it's no SLR.
Bob "Bob", Amazon
2 February 2011
Summary: Please see Cooper's Hawk picture above. I like this camera because it has 14x optical zoom, which is great for zooming in on people, but not so great for difficult wildlife pictures. I was hoping I might be able to take this camera backpacking and leave my SLR behind to save weight. The key question was whether the zoom was good enough to take the pictures I wanted of wildlife (including birds) that I see when I'm hiking in the National Parks.
Summary: I wanted to get a camcorder for our newborn. After many researches and testing of 2 other camcorder in $300 price range(Sanyo VPC-FH1A, Panasonic SDR-H100) I've decided to get a travel zoom type camera with good photo and video quality. And as long as photo is descent, I was mainly interested in better video quality. SX210 +Pro +longer zoom +Bright Viewable video in low light with only 2candle on a table.
Summary: I was hoping to find a still/video camera that would give me the low light performance of my Fuji F20 and also allow me to avoid hauling around a separate HD camcorder. My tests of the Canon SX210 and Nikon S8100 show that the low light photos from the SX210 are very good but the Nikon has the edge when it comes to low noise at high ISO. However, if you also want great low light video, the SX210 is in a class by itself and the Nikon simply can't compete.
Summary: The one outstanding feature is the lens with 14X optical zoom. It really comes in handy, but, don't expect SLR type clarity or precision. It works adequately. Most of the auto features work well, but take valuable time away from catching good shots. Retakes are a way of life with this camera. The dark shots are still grainy, but better somewhat than with earlier Canon cameras.