Canon PowerShot SX200 IS review

The daddy of Canon's compact camera line-up

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Our Verdict

Almost a bridge camera to the world of SLRs, this compact shows us what a compact should do, removing the need for carrying a bulky SLR


  • 12x Zoom
  • Good image stabiliser
  • Decent selection of shooting modes
  • Excellent images


  • No optical viewfinder

Compact cameras are often criticised for their lack of wide-angle coverage and telephoto reach but the SX200 boasts a monster 12x zoom lens, equivalent to 28-336mm, along with little distortion and chromatic aberration (purple fringing).

With no optical viewfinder and the need to hold the camera at arm's length, camera shake is a real threat at long telephoto lengths but the built-in optical image stabilizer overcomes this surprisingly well.

The SX200 IS adds TV, AV and M shooting modes to the usual full Auto, P and scene modes, and the usefulness of its neat pop-up flash is enhanced with advanced flash exposure control.

While the camera lacks some of the finer points of the legendary PowerShot G9 and PowerShot G10 models, like their physically larger image sensors, hotshoe attachments and the ability to shoot in RAW as well as JPEG, it offers amazing versatility and excellence in image quality.

Via PhotoRadar

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
Product FamilyPowerShot S
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, MultiMediaCard (MMC), MMCplus, HC MMCplus
Image StabilizationDigital
Optical Zoom12x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)220 g
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height60.5 mm
Width103 mm
Depth37.6 mm
Product SeriesS
Focal Length5 mm to 60 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelSX200 IS
Product NamePowerShot SX200 IS Compact Camera
Product LinePowerShot
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number3509B010AA
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

With a wide-angle 28mm lens and 12x zoom, the compact PowerShot SX200 IS captures landscapes or distant subjects in stunning detail. Other exciting features include Smart Auto mode and HD video shooting.

Package Contents
  • PowerShot SX200 IS Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • Battery Charger
Limited Warranty1 Year