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Canon PowerShot SX200 IS Digital Camera - Black (12.1 MP, 12x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD

by Canon
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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  • 12.1 megapixel camera with a 28 mm wide-angle lens with 12x optical zoom and image stabiliser
  • DIGIC 4, smart auto and easy modes with scene detection technology for clear, sharp images
  • Combats blur with ISO Auto, motion detection technology, IS and Servo AF
  • Face detection technology, blink detection, face self-timer and auto red-eye correction
  • 3.0 inch, high resolution, LCD with on-screen hints and tips
There is a newer model of this item:
Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Compact Zoom - Black (16.1MP, 30x Optical Zoom) Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Compact Zoom - Black (16.1MP, 30x Optical Zoom) 4.4 out of 5 stars (14)
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 10.3 x 3.8 cm ; 222 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: 3509B010AA
  • ASIN: B001T9NGYS
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 10 Nov 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,912 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

Serious zoom. Impressively equipped.
The sleek, compact 12.1 Megapixel PowerShot SX200 IS offers intelligent shooting power with a 28mm wide-angle 12x optical zoom, so you can really explore your creativity. Choose Smart Auto for effortlessly great results across a wide range of shooting conditions or switch to Manual Control mode for full exposure and creative control. Either way a host of intelligent Canon technologies, including optical image stabilisation for crisp, clear images throughout the zoom range ensure stunning pictures. What's more you can quickly and easily shoot superb HD movies.

The Optical Image Stabiliser automatically detects and corrects camera shake.

Thanks to its wide-ange lens the PowerShot
SX200IS can Shoot Super Macro photos.
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More creative options - near or far
Enjoy great group shots and landscapes with a greater sense of space and capture images of distant subjects in stunning detail thanks to the 28mm wide-angle 12 x optical zoom lens. With a wide-angle lens you capture a much wider field of view and have the power to create photos that really catch the eye of the viewer. It can give you a much stronger depth of field so you can make a feature of both foreground and background and exaggerate perspective for a truly three-dimensional sense of depth. The wide-angle lens is also excellent for adding impact to a foreground subject or when taking close up Macro shots, there is even a Super Macro shooting mode that allows you to focus on subjects less than 2cm away from the lens. Meanwhile the 12x optical zoom lets you get up close and personal with faraway objects. Camera shake can be an issue with zoom lenses but Canon's market-leading Optical Image Stabilisation makes sure that you can capture steady shots throughout the zoom range.

Connect to your HD television using the HDMI cable for instant HD playback

Connect to your HD television using the
HDMI cable for instant HD playback.
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HD movies plus HDMI output
The PowerShot SX200 IS lets you record video in beautiful high definition (1280 x 720 pixels). The large bright 3.0 inch� PureColor LCD screen helps you frame your movies and also provides a clear, bright viewing screen so you can share them with friends. Or you can connect, using a mini HDMI cable, for playback on a HD TV with no loss of quality. Either way you and your friends will be amazed by the results. It also features a Night Display setting for easy viewing in low light which allows photos taken in dark places to appear bright.

A camera you can grow with - Smart Auto mode to full Manual Control
The versatile PowerShot SX200 IS offers three shooting modes to meet the needs of the whole family. In Easy Mode the camera automatically selects all the camera settings except flash and reduces on-screen icons for ultra-simple shooting - ideal for beginners or children. Smart Auto mode allows the camera to intelligently select the appropriate settings so you can concentrate on your subject. Advanced Scene Detection Technology automatically analyses shooting conditions then selects the one that offers the perfect settings from specially defined scenes. So whether you're photographing flowers, a captivating sunset or friends in the park you can be confident you're getting the perfect image. Experienced users also have the option to take photos in Manual Mode. With full control over aperture and shutter speed settings you can really make your photos your own, exploring not only the full potential of this powerful camera but also the limits of your own creativity.

A world of advantages with Canon technology

The Optical Image Stabiliser automatically detects and corrects camera shake.

The Optical Image Stabiliser automatically
detects and corrects camera shake.
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Rich razor-sharp images - every time
The lens is the most important part of any imaging device and all Canon cameras incorporate lenses designed and manufactured by Canon - lenses based on over 60 years of experience for outstanding results. Canon’s market-leading Optical Image Stabiliser is a lens-shift system that automatically detects and corrects camera shake, whilst ensuring outstanding image quality. It allows handheld shooting at longer focal lengths and in lower light conditions without blur, giving you steady, crisp, brilliant images you'll be proud to shoot and share. Developed initially for Canon's EOS Digital SLR cameras it is the fastest in-lens image stabiliser available on the market and ensures the PowerShot range has a top quality pedigree.

Meanwhile a resolution of 12.1 Megapixels allows you to capture every scene in rich detail, ensuring up to A3 sized prints - even of cropped pictures - and retain high image quality.

Canon's Intelligent Contrast Correction automatically adjusts for the best image

Canon's Intelligent Contrast Correction
automatically adjusts for the best image.
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Fast, intelligent processing even in tricky lighting conditions
Canon's most advanced image processor, DIGIC 4, lies at the heart of every Canon digital camera and delivers exceptional processing speeds, responsive operation and advanced noise reduction. It also makes possible intelligent evolved Face and Object Detection technology, which finds and tracks moving subjects until you're ready to shoot, adjusting the camera settings for optimal results. Faces will have natural-looking skin tones and additional Blink Detection lets you avoid the disappointment of mis-timed people shots by displaying a 3 second warning if a person in the frame has their eyes closed. Red eye correction is also an integral feature to ensure flawless photos.

A Face Detection Self-Timer also makes group photos and self-portraits easy. Once the shot has been set up, the camera records the number of faces detected in the frame when the shutter is depressed and the self timer started – it then waits for an extra face to get in the frame and adjusts focus and exposure before it takes the picture.

DIGIC 4 also makes possible Canon's i-Contrast feature, which offers improved contrast and greater detail in tricky lighting conditions. Available in either shooting or playback mode, i-Contrast analyses the exposure, dynamic range and other image characteristics of a shot then adaptively increases the gain in dark areas to produce heightened detail in those regions. It does this without blowing out correctly exposed parts of the image, while the noise reduction function of DIGIC 4 ensures minimal noise in the adjusted areas.

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274 of 276 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly compact. 16 May 2009
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Canon has managed the tradeoffs between form and function well in this camera. There are some small things I would have done differently, (zoom control and flash) but I can live with them the way they are.
On the plus side:
Firstly, one has to comment on the massive optical zoom in this tiny body - 12x optical in a compact of these dimensions is a rare achievement. Most compacts are in (or below) the 5x range, so this is something special. The zoom has wonderful reach and the Image Stabiliser handles most camera shake well, even at long zooms. The build quality overall seems solid and what you'd expect from Canon.
At 12.1 Mpix, you can print photos the size of bath towels and have them look sharp, so there is more than ample MP for most uses.
Another seller for me is the inclusion of HD video, something Canon was slower than the competition to put into their cameras, but great that they've done it now. One thing to note - you can't use the optical zoom in video mode - only digital. This is great because zooming is completely silent, but not-so-great because you only get 4x zoom, so be sure to adjust your optical zoom before you start your video recording. Video quality is good, it uses loads of storage space though, so get a huge SD card (or 2) when you buy this camera. Oh, and make it a fast card too, an Extreme III for example - it makes a big difference to overall camera performance.
Lastly, there is no optical viewfinder, but the large LCD screen makes up for it, and does well even in bright light.
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125 of 127 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Has Its Shortcomings but Full Manual Controls 12 July 2009
I bought this camera as a replacement for my Canon Powershot A720 because I wanted a compact that had support for HD video but kept the same features. Originally I had my eye on the Panasonic Lumix TZ7 but it lacked manual controls for low light conditions - Something that auto mode usually fails at when flash isn't used so, I decided on this camera in the end.


+ World time setting allows you to set time easily when travelling.
+ Wide angle 28mm to fit more scenery into landscape shots.
+ "Auto" adjusts lens very quickly including to macro setting.
+ Large 3.0" LCD screen previews up to 100 photos at once.
+ "i-Contrast" for slightly more dynamic range.
+ Fairly good 720p HD movie support.
+ AV, 720p and 1080i HDMI TV output.
+ Full manual controls.
+ 1cm "Super Macro".

Powering up the camera for the first time, you're asked to set the time and date. Interestingly enough, this camera has dual time support and I think this is a great little feature for those who love to travel and don't want to spend time adjusting it in every country.

The large wide angle 28mm lens manages to squeeze in more scenery than the common 35mm most compact cameras come with. Shots taken at 12x zoom are also very sharp and the two stops on the zoom dial makes it very easy to zoom in on subjects slowly or quickly.

The quality of the 720p HD Ready videos are stored in H264 Quicktime MOV format and don't look too bad on a Full 1080p HDTV. Details are a little bit blurred but clear enough that it won't bother you too much so long as you don't pay attention to textures.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It does more than it says on the tin... 6 Sep 2009
Before I brought the Canon PowerShot XS200 IS I did a lot of research and comparative evaluation against other models and makes. I also had them all in the hand to see how they felt - I had read a few unfavourable reports about the automatic pop-up flash on the Canon. I found within a few days you don't even notice it popping up; it certainly doesn't affect holding or shooting.

The Canon claims to be an all singing and dancing camera with both a generous wide-angle and powerful 300mm zoom lens. I was skeptical about the effectiveness of the zoom on full length, but my fears were unfounded, the camera gives great detail at full optical zoom producing crisp and well exposed images, even in low light.

Not only are the photo images excellent from this camera - but the HD Video is also fantastic quality.

There were essentially two features which for me gave Canon the distinct advantage over its competitors; they are - the vast choice of settings within the camera features - I am still finding more as I explore - and the additional choice of camera settings, such as those found on DLRS. These, include, shutter priority, aperture priority, full manual, program, etc... so for someone like me who typically shoots DLSR on a semi-pro basis, these features will be familiar to you, and will give you far more control of your images than any of the rivals out there.

All in all this camera does far more than it says on the tin....I would heartily recommend this camera with no reservations - but if like me you are extremely snap-happy you may want to consider an additional battery.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little camera!
Really good little camera, takes stunning pictures, easy to use, very pleased.
Published 9 days ago by Willow Wisps
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service
Excellent service and condition as stated.. Excellent camera and zoom facilities.. Would highly recommend this camera to others for its manual and auto facilities. Read more
Published 5 months ago by L. ROCK
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product
Highly recommended. I love this camera. Excellent zoom & stabilization capability in such a small package. Vibrant and realistic colours . Read more
Published 5 months ago by JPK
5.0 out of 5 stars July 2013 - still the best digital compact camera I've owned and...
I'm an amateur photographer and art student...

I have owned the Canon SX200 for 3 years and it is far superior to any other compact I have bought since. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Fi Reviews.
5.0 out of 5 stars great
still have the cam and like it a lot. my friend bought the newer version and is happy too :-)
Published 15 months ago by Romy Gabler
5.0 out of 5 stars The best camera I've ever had
I think this item is definitely worth a 5 star rating; it's so easy to use and gives great results every time. Read more
Published 16 months ago by M. Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars Dependable and portable: what's not to like?
I've owned my SX200 nearly three years now and it's been completely trouble-free and still holds its own against pretty much any camera out there. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Chris Worth
1.0 out of 5 stars DONT BUY IT!
I bought this camera and it lasted for exactly 1 year.... then the camera just locked opened! I've tried everything, but it wouldn't even close the lens. Read more
Published on 28 July 2011 by G. Esperato Pereira
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great - very good value for money as the zoom and photo resolution is very good, it's a bit tricky to use because of all the functions, for example you have to spend a bit of time... Read more
Published on 24 May 2011 by razi
1.0 out of 5 stars lens error
Picture quality ok, and sure the flash is a pain 'til you get used to it but all in all was happy with purchase. Read more
Published on 22 May 2011 by Karl Wilding
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