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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS over the Canon PowerShot SX130 IS.
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Canon PowerShot SX130 IS over the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS.
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX130 IS

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Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $183.99 vs $484.44
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The best price we've seen is $300 cheaper (2.6x less)
Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Learn more about
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Advantages of the Canon SX210 IS

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Aperture Wider aperture f/3.1 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the SX210 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Size Smaller 105x59x31 mm vs 113x73x46 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Weight Lighter 220 g vs 308 g
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Around 30% lighter
Thickness Thinner 1.3" vs 1.8"
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More than 30% thinner
Canon PowerShot SX210 IS Learn more about
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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 digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX130 IS:1 fps
              SX210 IS:0.7 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $189 - $199

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $149 - $180

              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $110 - $250

              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $230 - $249

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $235 - $300

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $250

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $227

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $451

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $115 - $250

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Canon PowerShot SX100 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX100 IS

              Travel zoom

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

              Travel zoom

              $269

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $300

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Travel zoom

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $252

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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              Adam (10:25 PM, November 13, 2011)
              SX130 (probably also sx210) does have ISO boost. It is "low light" scene mode.
               
              Indecisive (8:31 AM, December 21, 2010)
              This site gave me more information than all my hours of researching individual reviews for both the SX210 and SX130. I've bookmarked this site for future research!