Summary Canon SX210 IS

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Specifications Key specs
Help 14x
Screen size
Help 3"
Help f/3.1
Screen resolution
Help 230k dots
Wide angle
Help 28 mm
Movie format
Help 720p @ 30fps
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Canon PowerShot SX210 ISCanon PowerShot SX210 IS


Canon has replaced the PowerShot SX210 IS with the SX220 HS and SX230 HS.

Canon PowerShot SX220 HS
Canon PowerShot SX220 HS announced February 2011
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity

Compare the new Canon SX220 HS vs the SX210 IS

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS
Canon PowerShot SX230 HS announced February 2011
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen

Compare the new Canon SX230 HS vs the SX210 IS

reviewsWhat are people saying about the SX210 IS

"the comfortably positioned zoom lever makes framing images a simple step." | talking about the camera's feel
"The 14 megapixel sensor combined with the camera's metering system offers good image quality from 80 to 200 ISO" | talking about the camera's image-quality
"If you are looking for a sleek compact long-range zoom camera, offering solid performance and an extended feature set, while delivering pleasing images under most general conditions, we would recommend the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS as a good solution." | talking about the camera's overall-performance


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Canon SX210 IS Image Stabilizer Sample
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The Canon SX210 IS vs other recent compacts

Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
  1. Lens
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/3200 of a second
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The Canon SX210 IS vs other recent travel zooms

Size Really small Help
Compact (106×59×32 mm)
Weight Very light Help
220 g
Thickness Thin Help
Lowest price Inexpensive Help


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The Canon SX210 IS vs other recent compacts

Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
0.7 fps
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
9.8 MP
Sensor type Sensor type Help
Light sensitivity Very poor maximum light sensitivity Help
1,600 ISO
Sensor size Slightly smaller than average sensor Help
1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
Announced Old Help
February 2010
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The Canon SX210 IS vs other recent travel zooms

Wide angle Very poor wide angle lens Help
28 mm
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
230k dots
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Longest exposure Short exposures Help
15 seconds
Zoom Poor zoom Help
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Viewfinder Can only preview photos on the screen Help
Popularity Not so popular Help
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Canon PowerShot SX210 IS
PowerShot SX210 IS

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Guest (8:07 PM, March 28, 2011)
I actually am trying both this camera vs the Nikon s8100. While I would enjoy having 1080 hd in the Canon I do enjoy the hd video in the Canon, I find that it out performs the nikon on almost every other front. I love the Nikon form factor. Zoom button, flash etc, but at the end of the day it is what truly gives the best product. I love shooting video and the canon captures low light better but with noise. I cannot get the Nikon to even come close. Even using the limited night shot settings for the Nikon, no luck. To date as stated the Canon is in the lead regarding photo and video quality. Please note that I currently own a Nikon D90 (love it), and an older Canon S3IS (Love it too). I guess I am looking for the sweet-spot in a pocket digital that gives the balance. Honestly the old Canon S3is gives better video (VGA 640) that either the 210 or the 8100. Now I know the sensor and glass in the S3 are huge but for a 6 MP camera the photos are pretty sweet as well. So pack the Canon S3IS into a pocket camera form factor give it 720 hd video and I would be very happy.
Sergio (8:59 PM, March 14, 2011)
What's the optimal megapixels in this camera to obtain true resolution?
sepehr (11:32 AM, January 27, 2011)
nice at all
Avatar for christopherreid christopherreid (7:26 PM, October 04, 2010)
It showing true resolution, not the rating of the sensor. You can click on the spec sheet and see that it is rated at 14 mega pixels, but we don't value the manufacturers rated amount, if you read our overview of true resolution: you'll see that its that what the manufacturers tell you isn't really worth much on a digicam. The sensor size is really the biggest factor in these small cameras. With the Canon you're really just using up extra memory space not actually capturing more detail.
Mjrei (7:12 PM, October 04, 2010)
Comparison to the Panasonic Lumix Zs7 shows both cameras with 9.8 mega pixel image capabilities. THIS IS INCORRECT! The Canon SX210 IS is actually a 14.1 mega pixel camera!!! Big difference. Don't know how this would have changed the outcome but it this info should be updated to be fair.