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Canon Powershot SX200 IS
Canon Powershot SX200 IS

Hey! You should know that Canon has released a newer version of this product: the Canon Powershot SX210 IS.

Canon Powershot SX200 IS

We've given the SX200 IS a grade of B-.

Editor's Review

The SX200 is two generations old. Here's what we said in its prime, circa 2009:

[Read our full Canon SX200 review] Canon has now entered the compact zoom market that Panasonic has typically dominated with a compact 12x zoom camera that has a vintage, rangefinder-like aesthetic. The Canon Powershot SX200 IS is clearly aimed at cameras like the Lumix ZS3, which provide long-range zooms in tiny, compact bodies. The SX200 IS provides strong competition with a 12x optical zoom and 28mm wide-angle lens, as well as a high-definition movie mode with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution. This has sold well because of the Canon name, but we prefer the Panasonic ZS3 -- same features, lower cost, and it's tough to beat Panasonic's long history making these type of cameras.


  • 12.1 megapixels
  • HD movie mode with sound (1280 x 720, 30 minutes / 4GB)
  • HDMI output
  • 12x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • Face detection auto focus
  • 28mm wide-angle lens
  • Image stabilization
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO 80-1600
  • Auto and manual exposure
  • 3.0-inch LCD display
  • Secure Digital memory card storage
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Part Number: 3511B001
  • UPC: 013803107869
  • Release Date: Apr 01, 2009

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Canon Powershot SX200 IS Reviews

Canon Powershot SX200 IS Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 1.0 out of 5
Camera closes after 3 shots and shows Error 32 message (Allan Sweeney — 08/24/2010)
This is a frustrating camera because it seems as if it could be good. But it's not good enough if it closes after 3 shots and shows "A camera error was detected" and "will shut down automatically" and "E32" error. Seeing other similar comments about this camera makes me wonder how many others have had this problem and not posted online!
  • 5.0 out of 5
Love this camera!!! (Michelle — 12/10/2009)

I just recently bought this camera and I love it!!! Pictures turn out soooo great! It captures things I didn't even notice before or while I take the picture! Pop up flash doesn't bother me, you can still keep your finger right behind it. The easy to use features are excellent! I highly recommend this camera!!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Recommended even for 4 yr. old child (Wiron — 09/27/2009)

This camera is really amazing. Alsmost same with Canon G9 (office camera) but more user friendly and even my 4 yrs old daughter could used it with good result.
The product is really value for money but they need to improve on built in flash system for future development.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera with 12X Zooming (Dhanushka — 09/26/2009)

This is the best travel size camera ever. extended zoom packed in small body camera is what i was looking for and extremely happy with the purchase! with 12x zooming + IS it
captures great photos.
easy to use in auto mode & if u want to go deeper it has fully manual mode and semi manual. The image quality is great. colours are accurate and sharp. As many says, pop-up flash is not a big deal for me compared to many more features it has and the image quality.
I recommend this as a good canon quality camera. and ideal as a traveling camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best Zoom Ever. (Joe Johnson — 08/29/2009)

The 12x zoom is fabulous. it goes all the way to 48x with digital zoom and can capture images the human eye cannot. I took it to major league baseball games and sat in the 500 level and got pics of the seams of the baseball! I will repeat: the seams of the baseball. Fabulous camera, great settings, don't worry about the pop up flash - not a problem at all! Worth every penny! :D

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera (Linda — 08/01/2009)

I looked at many cameras for ease of use, quality, image, etc. this one had the best of all of them. I was going to buy the Canon SLR but for the price difference and my use this one won out. It is easy to use, photos are great, I love it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great all the way (Henrik — 07/22/2009)

Got the camera so i could both film and take picture of my little daughter. The quality is just great and so easy the rest of the family is having no problem using it. Great camera loving it. I am not a big camera person so something this easy is well worth the money. if you dont all ready have go and grab your self one. Enjoy

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great photos and video (Candy Ammons — 07/13/2009)

I love this camera, the photos are sharp, colors are accurate and it is fun to use. Have used the video six times and only thing negative I noticed is when i was shooting video and had lens fully out 12x was not sharp, but I only had to pull in a little and it corrected the video it was of our moving dog not someone performing. The sound is excellent on the video. This is NOT a make or break issue to own the camera, I am very pleased with it. Size wise it will go into my purse but is too wide for a pocket. I fully recommend it. I bought it at a local store and they had waited 2 months to get one to sell due to backorders. My last cameras were the Canon 700 IS (excellent but wanted more zoom) Olympus D560 3.2 megapixil (very good images) and Canon Rebel 2000 SLR.

  • 3.0 out of 5
bought and returned (steve — 07/10/2009)

I recently purchased this camera at Future shop for 379.99. I was indecisive when I went and let the salesman talk me into purchasing this model. I returned it the next day because of the flash feature. There is no way to disable the flash and whenever you turn on the camera it always pops up on the left side which happens to be where my finger always is. For me it was very annoying but for others it will take some getting used to. The overall vintage look of the camera takes some getting used to as well. The pictures I took were all Canon quality-excellent. Just not the camera I was looking for.

  • 5.0 out of 5
canonsx200is (mike burke — 06/27/2009)

Simply the besy camera on the market. So easy, even a caveman could use it!

  • 5.0 out of 5
A fantastic little camera (Russ — 05/27/2009)

This camera exceeded my expectations in almost every respect. A great 12x zoom and wide angle lens that takes superior photos. Camera is easy to use and is excellent value for the money.