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Canon PowerShot SX210 Review

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Canon PowerShot SX210 IS 14.1 Megapixel Compact Camera - 5 mm-70 mm - Purple

Editor's Review
 by Andrew Hall  09/27/2010
Canon PowerShot SX210


The Canon PowerShot SX210 is a compact megazoom camera capable of capturing large images at resolutions consistent with other point and shoot and megazoom cameras with support for HD video and several other features designed to improve the quality of the images that you shoot.

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The camera measures 4.17" by 2.33" by 1.26" and weighs approximately 7.58 ounces, making it considerably lighter (though consistent in size) with other Canon megazooms.

The camera captures both still images and movies using a 14.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3" type charge coupled device. It has a total pixel area of approximately 14.5 Megapixels and 14.1 effective.
The camera's focal length is between 5 (W) and 70 (T) mm, equivalent to 28 to 392 mm on a 35mm film camera. It has a 4x digital zoom and a focusing range between 2" and infinity (W), 3.3' and infinity (T), and in Macro, between 2" and 1.6' (W). It offers both TTL Autofocus and a manual focus system. The camera has a 4x digital zoom and a 14x optical zoom. The camera's maximum aperture is between f/3.1 and f/5.9 and its shutter moves between 1/3200 and 1 second, but has a total shutter speed range of between 1/3200 and 15 seconds. When manually set, the long shutter operates with noise reduction.
The camera's photo sensitivity can be set automatically or to ratings equivalent to ISO 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, and 1600. Light metering can be performed with Evaluative, Center-weighted, or Spot-detection settings. Exposure control can be set manually or via i-Contrast, Program Shift, Safety Shift, or AE Lock, and exposure compensation can be set between -2 and +2 stops in 1/3-stop increments.
White balance is set automatically or to presets such as Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, or customized. The built-in flash offers automatic settings, 3 levels of manual configuration, red-eye reduction, auto red-eye correction, flash on and off, FE lock, safety FE, and slow synchro. Its range is between 12" and 11.5' (W) and 3.3' and 6.6' (T), and its recycling time is 10 seconds or less. Flash exposure can be set between -2 and +2 stops in 1/3-stop increments.
The camera's shooting mode can be set to automatic, P, Tv, Av, M, Easy, Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, Kids and Pets, Indoor, or SCN. Photo effects include My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color (in which you can set sharpness, saturation, and color values). The camera's self timer can be set to delay between 2 and 10 seconds. Continuous shooting is available at rates of .5 fps under autofocus, .7 fps when set to Normal, and 2.6 fps in low light.
The camera connects via USB 2.0 to cameras and printers. It offers a combined NTSC/PAL video out, stereo audio out, and is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery rated at 260 shots or 6 hours of playback. The camera captures images in JPEG (compressed via Exif 2.2) and movies in MOV (compressed using H.264 and Linear PCM audio) in resolutions between 640 by 480 and 4320 by 3240 for stills and 320 by 240 and 1280 by 720 for video. It can store images on SD, SDHC, SDXC, MultiMediaCrd, MMC Plus Card, and HC MMC Plus Card media.
The camera has a 3" TFT color LCD with approximately 230000 pixels at 100% coverage. It does not include an optical viewfinder like some other Canon megazoom cameras.


The camera does not offer support for AA batteries, making it a difficult device to travel with to areas without reliable access to electricity.

The camera, like most compacts, suffers from shutter lag and lengthy shot to shot times of 3.5 seconds without and 5.8 seconds with flash.

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Available accessories for the camera include a deluxe leather case, a metal neckstrap, battery packs, an AC adapter kit, a battery charger, connectivity cables, and a high-power flash offering a maximum distance of 23' at ISO 100, f/2.8.

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