Summary Canon SX210 IS

Prices Price
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$300
Score Snapsort rank
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#n/a of 19
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 26
Specifications Key specs
Zoom
Help 14x
Screen size
Help 3"
Aperture
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

Replacement

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
GPS Has a GPS
Supports 24p Supports 24p

Compare the new Canon SX230 HS vs the SX210 IS

reviewsWhat are people saying about the SX210 IS

"The 14 megapixel sensor combined with the camera's metering system offers good image quality from 80 to 200 ISO"
digitalreview.ca | talking about the camera's image-quality
"When shooting movies at wide-angle settings, the PowerShot SX210 IS uses an advanced Dynamic mode image stabilization system to greatly reduce camera shake that can occur when you are shooting while walking"
digitalreview.ca | talking about the camera's image-stabilization
"HD Movie mode with stereo sound, 1280 x 720 up to 4GB or 30 minutes per clip"
digitalreview.ca | talking about the camera's video-quality

gallery

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS.

Videos

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

Pros

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The Canon SX210 IS vs other recent compacts

Screen size Above average sized screen Help
3"
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/3200 of a second
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
  1. Lens

Cons

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The Canon SX210 IS vs other recent compacts

Wide angle Very poor wide angle lens Help
28 mm
Size Slightly large Help
Compact (106×59×32 mm)
Supports 24p No 24p movies Help
Missing that film look
Sensor type Sensor type Help
CCD
Screen resolution Low resolution screen Help
230k dots
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
1,600 ISO
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
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The Canon SX210 IS vs other recent travel zooms

Zoom Poor zoom Help
14x
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
0.7 fps
Announced Old Help
February 2010
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Movie format HD movies Help
720p @ 30fps
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Viewfinder Can only preview photos on the screen Help
None

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Discussion

Canon 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: http://snapsort.com/learn/sensor/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.