Canon PowerShot SX200IS 12 MP Digital Camera

Canon PowerShot SX200IS 12 MP Digital Camera with 12x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-inch LCD – Product Description:

Canon PowerShot SX200IS 12 MP Digital CameraCreating gorgeous images is more fun than ever with the sleek, impressively-equipped PowerShot SX200 IS. Capture close-up, wide-angle shots with stunning 12x optical zoom. Experience the unprecedented image quality and point-and-shoot convenience of Smart AUTO, along with enhanced operability and an intuitive new menu. HD shooting at 1280 x 720 pixels with HDMI output lets you see all the beauty of your HD images and movies on your HDTV.

Product Features :

  • 12.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality poster-size prints
  • 12x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer; 28mm wide-angle lens
  • HD movie shooting capability plus HDMI output
  • 3.0-inch LCD screen; Face Detection, Blink Detection
  • Compatible with SD/SDHC, MMC/MMC Plus/HC MMC Plus (not included)
  • 12x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer and 28mm wide-angle lens

Canon PowerShot SX200IS 12 MP Digital Camera – Review:

I REALLY LIKE THIS ONE!

Canon SX200

Well – I read in another post that someone likes to try the latest camera – me too! Check out my other reviews as I’m always in the market for a P&S that take at least 720HD Video. I’ve been using the Sony T500 and Canon G7 for most of my pic/vids until now! Since my last review, I’ve tried at least 6 other cameras and camcorders – all where returned for one reason or another; let’s see – there’s the: Samsung HZ10, Panasonic TZ5, Sanyo 1010, Leica D-Lux4, Leica Clux3, Sony CX12, various other cameras at the local store. I have great news! This new Canon SX200 will be my “go to” camera – at least until something better comes along (my trusted T500/G7 will be laid to rest). I’m giving it a 5 Star rating – is it perfect however! No, but for MY needs, it great.

Pro’s:
1) Great picture quality – generally speaking indoor pictures are pretty good, noise low on anything below 400ISO, comparable to my Canon G7, much better than my Sony T500, as good – if not better than my old Panasonic TZ5. Outdoor – outstanding – what you would expect from a Canon, sharp, clear, good color, nicely exposed. Have not fooled around with manual settings, but nice to have.
2) I like the design and find it easy to hold (no slippage in my big fat fingers!). Other cameras make it easy for you to hold your finger over the mic or flash, but not here.
3) Flash – I do not mind the pop-up. No big deal for me! Works good too!
4) Menu’s are pretty easy to navigate – no problem here.
1) HD Video – I really like the quality of the video, nice wide screen playback on my 40″ Samsung HDTV and looks great on the desktop. Playback is easy and smooth, no problem. (not diggin’ the digital zoom – see my cons). Codec actually works with my Windows Media Player without any hick-ups or wiggles. It’s not perfect (like “Sunrise Earth” HD quality), but pretty nice for taking shots of the kids and grandkid, etc. Again, plays nice on the HDTV. Sound quality is only mono, but SOOOO much better than the Panasonic TZ5 (my deal breaker for the TZ5) it’s no comparison. The Sony T500 beats them both for sound quality – it’s stereo! Remember, during video you can NOT optically zoom this camera, but you can digitally zoom – it’s not great, but will get you a little closer if you need.
6) IS – works great
7) Zoom nice and smooth – focus is fast and accurate.
8) Battery – pretty good – seems to last me the day – I bought an extra just in case.
9) Auto Focus works like a charm, even in low light – no problem here.
10) Macro looks great – took some beautiful shots of flowers and roses in my backyard.
11) Easy to carry around – not to big, not to small either – just right!
12) Overall quality and “feel” is nice! Seems well built and should hold up to many outings with the kids and hiking around.

Cons:
1) No optical zoom with the Video. If this camera was able to optically zoom, it would be as good as it gets for a point and shoot with HD Video! Come on Canon – what’s up with that!!!! Panasonic can do it -why can’t you! Do you want your customers to jump ship when the new Panasonic TZ7 comes out??????? If SOMEONE could…….please, please, please, hack this and help me. Maybe Canon will do some kind of firmware update and allow optical zoom. I can put up with the motor noise of the zoom for this ability!!!!!!!! While you’re at the firmware hack – if you could disable the flash pop-up that would be nice too!
2) Indoor shots a bit soft, but just about all P&S’s are, the SX200 is pretty darn good though.
3) In the Auto mode, the camera automatically (hence “auto” mode) picks the setting it thinks it needs for the best shot. For example, if you real close to an object, it will automatically switch to Macro, then turn back to other modes if you take another shot – this process takes a little time (maybe a second or two) to switch. I do not mind because that is what is supposed to do, it just takes a “learning curve” understand what is happening.

Anyway, these are just the things that really stand out. Of course there are other functions that I really like and others that I will rarely use.

Just one camera geeks opinion, I’ve read the above folks comments and agree with some, disagree with others. Each piece of tech has it’s quirks (like the flash popping up when the camera is on; or it feels slippery; or whatever). It’s hard to try something new, but with all of the cameras I’ve tried, I can tell within a few shots (I have my test shots all picked out for comparisons) if I’m going to like it or not. The SX200 was the first in long time that kept me inetested, testing, and ultimately claim this one as a keeper! Interested in your opinion – just me nice!!!! Oh, and one more thing – PLEASE don’t tell me to go and get a DSLR and a dedicated HD Camcorder – been there, done that!

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