Canon PowerShot SX210 review

One of the best compact cameras of the year so far

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  • Compact
  • Well-built
  • Great image quality


  • Costs as much as a DSLR
  • Weird aspect ratio on monitor

Canon's PowerShot range can be confusing.

Unlike the Ixus range, which is a fairly tight grouping of mid-range compacts, a PowerShot can be anything from the A490 (now down to just £80 and no worse for it) to the breath-taking DSLR-threatening Canon G11, which costs nearly £400.

This breadth of price and quality is what makes the range so interesting, and there's no doubt as to which end of the spectrum the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS lies.

Even without the tempting specifications on view, the price gives it away - at £340 this is towards the top of the compact camera pecking order.

Canon powershot sx210

Indeed - you could buy the Sony A200 for this much and have money left over for a new memory card.

Such a high price for a compact means the camera in question needs to be excellent in all regards, and there's no argument from us that Canon is trying to position the SX210 IS as a go-anywhere, do-anything compact for serious enthusiasts.

Canon powershot sx210

The key specs give it away - the 14.1MP sensor and 14x optical zoom mean you should be able to take just about any picture with this camera, with room left over to reframe shots without moving your feet, and with enough latitude in terms of resolution to crop mercilessly on areas of detail.

But how does it hold up in use?

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