Canon PowerShot SX210 Full Review - Cameras For Photographers
Specifications 2:

Type:
compact

Weight (inc. Battery) [?]:
220g

Wide Angle [?]:
28mm

Max. Focal Length [?]:
392mm

Zoom Range [?]:
x14

Sensor Size:
Unknown

Low Light Support [?]:
afternoons

Image Stabilization [?]:
Optical

Raw Format Support [?]:
none

Manual Exposure [?]:
yes

Video Resolution [?]:
720p

Optical Zoom In Video [?]:
yes

Stereo Sound [?]:
stereo

Battery Life [?]:
260 shots

Flip Lcd [?]:
none

Touch Screen [?]:
none

Viewfinder [?]:
none

Freeze / Water / Shock - Proof [?]:
no

Dimensions (w-h-d) [?]:
105.8 x 59.3 x 31.9 mm

Macro Distance [?]:
5 cm

Built-in Wireless [?]:
none

Built-in GPS [?]:
none

Direct Video Button [?]:
yes

Panorama [?]:
none

Rank: [?]
41.4

Initial Price:
$259 (change: $0, 0%)

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Canon's newest and strongest compact zoom stands proud with a x14 zoom wide angle lens, and a robust metal shirt-pocket sized body. A good camera to have.
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Canon PowerShot SX210 (photo: Canon)
Important Note: the SX210 was replaced by the Canon PowerShot SX230 (compare ).


Canon's entry to the field of compact zooms was late in the game. Panasonic had already claimed the throne with their excellent TZ series.

The previous SX200 was no match for the competition, and so it remained left out. Canon learned their lesson, did their homework and came running back with a winning formula. A better, all around, extra zoom camera.

Strengths:
The major strength of the SX210 is its zoom range. Starting at a wide 28mm, it extends 14 times over to an extra long reach of 392mm. Among other shirt-pocket sized bodies, that's the most zoom you'll get. Its wide angle is just wide enough, even though other cameras offer wider lenses capturing even more of the view in front of you. On top of that, the SX210 is a solid performer. Its images are spot on, with accurate focus, light metering and white balance.

It suits the advanced photographer with a variety of configuration menus and true manual controls. For those who prefer their camera to be as automatic as possible, the SX210's easy mode is an excellent solution. It takes away most of the on screen data, taking control over every photographic aspect, and leaving only the zoom and shutter button at your finger tip.

Weaknesses:
As the competition is represented by Panasonic's ZS7 and Sony's HX5, two main features are absent from the SX210's list. The first is a built-in GPS, for automatically map-pointing your photos to the location in which they were taken. The second is the extra wide angle lens - 28mm is wide enough, at least in my book, but 25mm is definitely wider, allowing further photographic capabilities.

The Competition
As the compact zoom niche is getting crowded year by year, Canon went all-in, cramping a x14 wide angle zoom in to a 220g camera body. It lacks some of the features of other similar cameras, such as a built-in GPS or an extra wide angle lens, but it remains a valid option even in light of the alternatives.

Panasonic's ZS7 (compare ) draws most of the attention. Even though it has more features and is backed by a history of successful travel zoom predecessors, I would recommend the Canon's Easy mode over the ZS7 iAuto mode for beginners. The ZS7's menus are full of options, which can confuse even a knowledgeable photographer.

Another alternative is Sony's HX5 (compare ) , offering a x10 zoom starting at an extra wide 25mm, highest resolution video and an amazing 10 photos per second in its high speed shooting mode.

Who is it not for?
It's not an ultra compact - it will not fit in you Jeans. If that's what you're looking for, keep looking. Even though I just wrote above that is handles most situations, it is still a compact camera with a very small sensors, just like most other compacts.

Therefore, its glory fades when lights go out. In the evening, indoors, or in any situation with less that enough light, image quality drops. It will most probably not bother you at all if all you do is share your photos online or view them on screen. However, in the rare cases in which you might want to make large prints of your photos, that's when you'll really see the difference.

Who is it for?
If you're looking for a (relatively) small sized, zoom-capable camera - the SX210 is tough to beat. If you are a true beginner and you want to keep it as simple as possible, the SX210 is spot on. If you prefer manual controls over exposure, focus and a variety of features, you can have that as well. Actually, the SX210 fits most day-to-day needs. Be it with the family, or travelling outdoors, it can handle almost every situation.

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