Canon PowerShot SX210 review

One of the best compact cameras of the year so far

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Canon powershot sx210

Equally impressive were our ISO tests. Viewed full-screen and zoomed out they were difficult to tell apart, suggesting you should get decent prints at virtually any setting. Zoomed in, there was very little difference between ISOs 80 and 400.

At ISO 800 a little softness started to creep in, which became even less controlled at ISO 1600, Still, noise was never a really serious problem, and if you find yourself faced with low light at long focal lengths it's reassuring to know the SX210 IS's DIGIC 4 processor can take the strain.

This is particularly useful since the lens's maximum aperture when zoomed in is a comparatively-slow f/5.9.

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ISO 400...

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ISO 800...

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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