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
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor

Compare the new Canon SX220 HS vs the SX210 IS

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS
Canon PowerShot SX230 HS announced February 2011
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Supports 24p Supports 24p

Compare the new Canon SX230 HS vs the SX210 IS

reviewsWhat are people saying about the SX210 IS

"Commonly adjusted camera settings like Metering, My Colours, White Balance, ISO settings, Flash Exposure Compensation, and more are found in the camera's Function Menu and can be quickly accessed." | talking about the camera's button-layout
"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
"the comfortably positioned zoom lever makes framing images a simple step." | talking about the camera's feel


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Canon SX210 Short Review
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Canon SX210 IS Image Stabilizer Sample
  • Sample video
  • Manual focus
  • 720p HD
  • Short film


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The Canon SX210 IS vs other recent compacts

Screen size Above average sized screen Help
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/3200 of a second
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
  1. Lens


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The Canon SX210 IS vs other recent compacts

Screen resolution Low resolution screen Help
230k dots
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
1,600 ISO
Thickness Thick Help
Lowest price Expensive Help
Size Slightly large Help
Compact (106×59×32 mm)
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Weight Heavy Help
220 g
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The Canon SX210 IS vs other recent travel zooms

Wide angle Poor wide angle lens Help
28 mm
Movie format HD movies Help
720p @ 30fps
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Announced Old Help
February 2010
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Zoom Poor zoom Help
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
0.7 fps
Sensor type Sensor type Help
Viewfinder Can only preview photos on the screen 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.