Canon PowerShot SX210 review

One of the best compact cameras of the year so far

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Installing a big lens into a compact camera can have its disadvantages, though.

The Nikon S8000, despite being a wholly capable compact, produced average results in our tests thanks to too much chromatic aberration, so it was with some trepidation that we loaded the SX210 IS's test shots.

Macro mode...

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It's fair to say that there's still a little purple fringing in evidence in some of our shots, but not much, and only in very high-contrast areas. You can induce it, for instance, by deliberately taking pictures of thin branches against an overcast sky, but for the most part it's simple enough to avoid.

Miniature effect...

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The rest of our test images were superb. Considering the lens's jack-of-all-trades specification it was impressively sharp both at wide-angle and telephoto focal lengths. Our test shots were also vibrant and, this being a Canon, there are plenty of ways to jazz up the colour in-camera.

Slow shutter...

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There are other advantages besides. For a camera that costs nearly as much as a DSLR you'd hope for a good measure of manual control, and we're pleased to report that the SX210 IS's mode dial on the back offers shutter and aperture priority modes, as well as a fully manual mode.

Zoomed in...

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The live view on the screen on the back changes to reflect how your picture will expose when you half-push the shutter release.

Wide angle...

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Finally, we're used to dismissing so-called 'creative modes' more or less out of hand, since they rarely offer anything you can't achieve with greater finesse in software after the shot. But the SX210 IS offers some genuinely interesting features.

The first of these is its mock fish-eye effect. Although this (obviously) doesn't change the wide-angle focal length, it does allow you to exaggerate foreground objects.


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The second is called Miniature Effect. This mimics the effect of a tilt-shift lens, blurring the top and bottom of a shot, making a real-life scene appear as if it had been made in miniature. If you've ever gone to some lengths applying a fake tilt-shift effect to your photos, the ability to shoot it in-camera is useful.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution14.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyPowerShot S
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedMMCplus, HC MMCplus, MultiMediaCard (MMC), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom14x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesFace Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)215 g
Maximum Image Resolution4320 x 3240
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height59.3 mm
Width105.8 mm
Depth31.9 mm
Product SeriesS
Focal Length5 mm to 70 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelSX210 IS
Product NamePowerShot SX210 IS Compact Camera
Product LinePowerShot
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number4246B009
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

With a wide-angle 14x optical zoom and Canon optical Image Stabilizer at its heart, plus full manual control and HD movies, the compact PowerShot SX210 IS is an alliance of power and style. With a high resolution 14.1 MP sensor, make poster-size prints or creatively crop images.

Package Contents
  • PowerShot SX210 IS Compact Camera
  • NB-5L Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
  • Charger
Limited Warranty1 Year