Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Canon PowerShot SX220 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

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Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Light-weight
Weight
215 g
Really small
Size
Compact 106x59x33 mm
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

Size
Really small
Compact 105x59x31 mm

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX220 HS

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.2 fps vs 0.7 fps
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More than 4.5x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SX220 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$299.00 vs $406.89
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The best price we've seen is $108 cheaper (around 30% less)
Weight
Slightly lighter
215 g vs 220 g
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Canon SX210 IS

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Size
Slightly smaller
105x59x31 mm vs 106x59x33 mm
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Almost the same
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.3" vs 1.3"
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Almost the same
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/3200 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              SX220 HS$299.00
              SX210 IS$406.89
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              1.3"
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX220 HS215 g
              SX210 IS220 g
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX220 HS290 ms
              SX210 IS390 ms
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5 cm
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX220 HS3.2 fps
              SX210 IS0.7 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX220 HS3,200 ISO
              SX210 IS1,600 ISO
              Size Large Help
              SX220 HS106x59x33 mm
              SX210 IS105x59x31 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $215

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $280

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $169 - $180

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

              Travel zoom

              $380

              Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $274

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix F770 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix F770 EXR

              Travel zoom

              $221

              GPS Has a GPS
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $445

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $350

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Significantly larger
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $145 - $230

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker

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              simontemplar (9:10 PM, January 02, 2012)
              fantastic canon...no one can beat sx230