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      09.12.2011 17:14

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      Great Compact Camera from Canon

      This camera is light, compact, fits in pockets. The camera features excellent optical zoom of 14x , has a wide variety of scene settings. The battery life of this camera is also great.The camera feature a big lcd display.

      The controls on this camera are placed perfectly like the zoom button, power on off switch, menu controls.
      However location of the flash light on camera is bit odd and may require getting used to.

      The video quality in my experience is also great which is HD quality 720p. Also another great feature of this camera is that full 14x zoom even in video mode.

      The image quality is also great even in low light conditions, since it has powerful flash.The time between two shots is also quick and fast.

      This is my first high zoom camera. After looking at variety of camera i bought this , will recommend this camera and also canon brand.
      For high zoom i would recommend using tripod.

      This camera is perfect for beginner to intermediate user.

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      03.10.2011 21:33
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      Great all round camera

      Canon Powershot SX210S. This is my first Canon camera and I love it.

      Pros:
      *It's 14.1 megapixel, 14x optical zoom lens is great and can really get you into the heart of the action.
      *Takes very good quality images and video.
      *Very easy to use for a novice, but also has lots of features for the more camera practised.
      *Nice weight in the hand - not too light or heavy.
      *Stylish look to the camera.

      Cons:
      *The position of the flash it a little tricky to deal with at first - it pops us right where you instinctively want to hold the camera.
      *At times poor in low light situations.

      Generally even though I have a few very minor issues with it I can't fault it for its ease of use, using the general settings you do get good results and I have taken some stunning photos with this camera. I highly recommend this camera and consider it good value. I would seriously consider a Canon again in the future.

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        04.08.2011 17:00
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        Excellent for the price. Good zoom. Small size and good looks.

        Bought this camera as I was looking for something of a small size that I can carry around, but good quality at the same time. I am huge Canon fan, as their cameras work good both in Auto or Manual. So I can take good shots when I just go, as it fits in my clubbing-purse, as well as play around when I want more artsy photos. Remember, it's the skills and how you use the camera that counts.

        Package and physical features

        The body is slim and although it's in plastic it feels qualitative and looks more serious than a lot of point and shooters of this size. It is and feels a bit heavy, which I don't dislike at all. Card reader slot and battery pack are under the same cover, which might end being overused if you use card readers instead of USB cables for transfers. USB and HDMI connections are paired under another lateral cover. The flash is a pop-out one. Buttons are in plastic but feel sturdy enough. As a novelty by Canon, the zoom function is not wrapped around the shutter button, but has another button of its own that goes Left-Right. Really simple. Camera feels easy to operate with just one hand.

        Features

        Resolutions is 14MP which gives good quality. At 14x optical zoom it is classed a super-zoom and I can tell you it helps you capture details from buildings while on trips, or just take good pictures of your friends from distance. It can shoot in wide-angle as well as telephoto, all this while being size pocket. It has the regular Canon modes, which allows for a lot of variety with Auto, Portraits, Landscapes and even if you hand the camera to your mom she can click a good picture. At the same time it can be operated in fully manual mode as most Canons.
        As downsides : the most frustrating for me is that I can't take Macro pictures from 0cm like I used to with my PS A630 or other Canon PS. The flash pops out every time you power on the camera, but you can hold it down with your finger. Sometimes in night time it takes a long time to shoot, as the flash takes time to set-off.
        Filming goes up to 1280x720, and allows a great feature - zooming in and out while filming.

        Overall, it is an excellent camera in such a small size and with a good price ( got mine in Sept '10 refurbished for £180) and I am very happy with my purchase.

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          02.08.2011 00:04
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          Great camera - good if you want to take good quality photo's for a relatively cheap price

          This is the best camera that I have ever had. I received it as a birthday present a year ago, and it still works wonderfully. It is 14.1MP with a rechargeable lithium battery pack that lasts for a long time between charges. It also has a 3 inch (7.62cm) LCD display that is crystal clear, and allows you to see in high quality what you're about to photograph, without having to squint in bright light. The zoom on it is amazing, both in and out. You can go to 14X optical zoom, and the picture still comes out in high quality and not pixilated, which I think is a great feature, as it means you can get some really good far away photos. It also has a wide aperture, so you can take close shots of a group easily, even when you're taking the photo and you're in it too.
          There are also so many great settings on this camera, allowing you to change the aperture and point of focus. You can also change the settings for great photos indoors, outdoors and for nighttime. This is really great because it means that you can always get the best quality photo. It also has an image stabaliser, so the pictures come out really clear, even when you're moving about quite a lot. It also has a slot at the bottom which allows you to use a tri-pod for any particularly hard shots, or for taking timed pictures of yourself.
          Being able to take HD videos is really good too, because it means that the videos are the best quality that they can be. However, as my laptop is not currently able to play HD videos, it does mean that I have to spend ages converting them. For anybody with a good enough laptop, this would not be a problem.

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          02.07.2011 16:00
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          A good camera perfect for taking photos on the go!

          Ever since i got this camera, taking photos have been my hobby! Its so addictive, and when ever I can, ill always be taking snap shots of people, from plants, to people, to cars to wildlife! Its got an amazing 14x Zoom which is not bad, but still can go very far. It has an excellent focus point, which means the quality comes out better. It does not take pictures in HD, but it still produces a jolly good photo! The camera it self looks very attractive, with its sleek body build. It comes in multiple colours, and the one i own is purple. It has flash on it. But it seems awkward when i use it, it seems to go off-focus for some reason. Maybe its faulty, who knows? Its a pocket sized camera, easy to carry on the go. It has the megapixel resolution of 14.1 which is fantastically great. It cost me around £300 , and it has bought me pleasure ever since i bought it. I have not regretted buying it once! Its been dropped a couple of times, but it still works. Its got a strong body build as i was explaining previously, which is why its suitable for a family camera. It takes pictures in the screen sized resolution of 4:3 or 16:9.

          Overall its a perfect camera for taking photos on the go. It gets lots of points for how it looks, but i dont think the flash goes well with me. If your interested in buying this amazing camera you can snatch it at around £200 from amazon.co.uk. A well designed camera indeed!

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            15.01.2011 18:20
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            Camera resolution and picture quality is amazing!! Worth the 200 dollars.

            I have bought this camera, Canon Powershot Sx210 IS, for around 200 dollars at Best Buy. I could not be more pleased with this buy. The camera is very simple to use but also creates magnificent photos. You can set different settings so you can make the best out of your pictures whether it be in daylight, night time, a face, nature, buildings, water, etc. Also, this camera made my friends and mine's skin look amazing!!! Maybe it was lighting in the setting I picked. Who knows, overall this camera is awesome. My friends and I like to take photography pictures so this camera proves it is in the photography scale without the expensive cost. I love this camera! Also, Canon is overall one of the best camera providers out there so any camera from them would be acceptable! Go out and buy this camera and get going on your photography skills :)

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              18.10.2010 22:36
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              Canon is one of the most well known brand names when it comes to photography and their powershot range has been in existance for many years. Here I am reviewing the SX210 which is classed as a compact camera.

              Specifications:
              - 14.1mp
              - 14x optical zoom (one of the highest I've seen in a compact)
              - 28mm wide lens
              - 3" LCD
              - HD movie

              Build:
              This camera feels very solid and well made - the flash pops up from the top (this automatically happens when the camera is turned on) and feels very sturdy (not like you'd be able to break it off easily). Design wise this isn't the most attractive camera and is neither modern or stylish, it is however very functional. One feature that is relatively unusual is that the lens doesn't fully recess into the body, however this can be excused due to the impressive size of the zoom. The LCD itself is also of high quality, making it easy to see the scene you are capturing, accurate colour rendition and no flickering.

              Size wise this is chunkier than many compacts at over 3cm in thickness, however you tend to find that the size of zoom directly affects the size of the camera, so in this case it is forgiveable. It may also be of direct benefit to some who like to have a more substancial camera.

              Functions:
              The buttons and menus are relatively easy to navigate, however the zoom is accessed via a 'push' button on the top which can be quite harsh on the fingers. The ISO is adjustable (up to 1600), however if you push it above 400 it becomes far too grainy to produce useable quality images (ok for snapshots I suppose) which is a disappointment considering the camera's price.

              Something I noticed on this camera that I have not seen on any others is that when you are reviewing images and tilt the camera (portrait or landscape) the image you are viewing also flips to ensure it is the right way up.

              There are, as per usual, a wide range of scene settings such as portrait and landscape for the user to choose from and a number of special effects including black and white and fisheye - many of these these are quite gimmicky in nature and probably won't be used on a regular basis.

              Unfortunately for some there is no option to shoot in RAW format - this won't be an issue for the amateur/every day photographer, as many a time has someone shot on a RAW setting only to get home and have no idea of how to open the file. However it may put off some of the more advanced photographers who are looking for a pocket camera.

              Image and movie quality:
              As noted above, high ISO performance is unfortunately poor. In terms of image quality aside from this the automatic white balance is not very effective in indoor lighting conditions although image quality is otherwise impressive with good auto focus, good contrast and sharp photos. As for the video (720 HD), this also suffers from inadequate auto white balance, however it picks up impressive levels of sound with only a small amount of white noise.

              Storage:
              This camera takes SD and SDHC cards, which tends to be the standard format for the majority of cameras. How many photos you can take will depend on the size of card you buy (available cards on the market range from 1gb to 32gb) and how fast you can take images will be partly dependant on the camera and partly dependant on the card - cards vary from class 2 to class 10 (10 being the fastest). For this camera I wouldn't say that a class 10 was necessary, I would probably go with a class 6 to get the optimum performance from the camera.

              Price:
              In terms of cost this camera can be purchased on the highstreet for around £230, which I would class as a mid range price for a compact camera.

              Overall I would say this is a decent compact camera - it has a good range of features, without the fully manual options, has a fantastic zoom, generally good image quality and impressive build quality. It's main down falls are poor ISO performance and automatic white balance (although there are a range of preset white balance options that you can select instead). I wouldn't purchase this camera if you will be taking a large number of low light images, however for other purposes it should be perfectly suitable and especially good if you want a large zoom. If you don't need the large zoom then you could save money by going for a cheaper camera with less zoom but comparable image quality.

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                16.10.2010 20:41
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                Good deal for everyone

                I've just bought this camera after my Sony powershot has became old. I was amazed by the quality of the pictures and videos... really, I took pictures in front of the sun and I didn't need any deep knowledge to have a perfect picture.
                so, in short, this is the right camera for large public with basic knowledge and/or no knowledge at all.
                I added an extra memory HSD of 16Gb to have more storage capacity, and it is amazing how much picture we can take. and the most important, the battery life is long enough to stay awake all day and night. you can find more information about it on the net of course. I bought it from Darty in Paris for 180Euro and the memory card for 16Euro with two years warranty expandable if needed.
                so if you are a big fun of pictures and travel it is the best companion you can have.

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                  16.09.2010 15:07
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                  If you have a couple of hundred pound to spend on a compact then make sure you check this one out.

                  I hate to bore you all with my intro of how I am a professional photographer who also tests and reviews cameras for my camera club as I am sure most of you have heard it all before but I do still get messages asking me how come I have so many cameras, so just to be clear I test them, sometimes for the companies that produce them and sometimes for my camera club itself.


                  Two weeks ago I was handed a Canon PowerShot SX210 IS, this camera has actually been around since spring but this was the first chance I have had to use one and overall it was a pretty enjoyable experience.


                  In the past the name Canon conjured up images of thickset black SLR`s or DSLR`s but Canon have been producing very good compacts for a long time too and this one offers much of their DSLR options in a very small frame.


                  This camera is probably designed to go head to head with things like the Panasonic Lumix TZ10, the Ricoh CX3 and the Sony Cyber-shot HX5. This unit has an enormous 14.1 megapixel sensor as well as a 14X optical zoom image stabalised wide angle lens and due to the very good lens on this camera it can make pretty good use of those megapixels unlike many other compacts.


                  This is Canons direct replacement for the older SX200 IS which in my opinion had everything you could have wanted apart from good build quality and reliability, in the SX210 IS Canon have definitely sorted this out, this unit feels very sturdy and well built and reminds me very much of a Canon DSLR in that it feels very good in the hand and has enough weight and quality about it so you don't feel that it will break to pieces at the slightest bump.


                  The body of this new SX210 IS is an all metal one which bumps up the weight when compared to most compacts but trust me it isn't heavy at only 215g and it really will give you peace of mind as an owner of one that it is not going to break if you squeeze it too hard. Although it is stuffed with features and has a very good lens with huge zoom capacity it is still very much a compact camera and measures only 105.8 x 59.3 x 31.9 mm, so no problem with slipping it in a pocket or handbag.


                  The next thing a lot of people will want to know is whether or not it has stunning good looks, well in truth it is a bit of an ugly duckling, Canon have gone all out for durability and features and forgot about the vanity some people have when choosing their gadgets. I actually think this unit has some pretty sleek lines but in truth there are very many better looking compacts out there but that said I would never recommend anyone buy a camera because it looks good, you need one that performs well and will last and this is one of those.


                  This camera is a dream for those that would love to set up their own settings when taking photos and would love to try all the advanced features of a DSLR but either do not want to spend the money on one or do not want a camera that size. Although this camera could never be compared to a DSLR it does have many of the features such as an aperture setting so you choose the aperture and the camera gives you the shutter speed you need or you can swap that round and you choose the shutter speed and the camera will set the aperture, or for the brave people out there then there is the option to go completely manual and do it all yourself and there is even an optional manual exposure setting if you really want to get technical but fear not you can also just stick this on auto and let the camera do all the work for you.


                  I am now going to say something that I never thought I would and that is that this camera can actually shoot decent video footage too. Those of you who have read my reviews in the past will know that when it comes to cameras I firmly believe that camcorders are for video and cameras are for stills and the two should never be combined but as most compacts now do shoot video it is nice to eventually find one that can do it pretty well.


                  The SX210 IS shoots HD video at a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and 30 frames a second, with stereo audio recorded by two microphones on the top panel, and because of the very good lens on this unit it can actually shoot clear video in less than perfect light which is what most compacts fail to do. I found the image quality and sound quality of the videos to be surprisingly good and so if you do like your camera to shoot stills and HD video then look no further this is the only one I have found that does both well.


                  With this unit you get all the normal settings and features for shooting stills, with a landscape setting, a daylight setting, a macro setting and so on and so forth but you also get something that I have not seen in a compact thus far. The SX210 IS has a fish eye setting, now normally to shoot in fish eye you need a DSLR and a very expensive fish eye lens but here you have a compact that by adjusting a setting can give you the option of catching a pretty decent fish eye shot.


                  Now I am not going to go into what a fish eye effect photo is or can look like here because this is neither the time nor the place but I will give you this link so you can check out what fish eye photography is all about http://www.digital-photography-school.com/15-fun-fabulous-fisheye-photos Now be warned this camera cannot replicate exactly what you get from a DSLR with fish eye lens but it does give a good effect and can help you create some cool photos your friends will be baffled by and spend forever trying to re-create.


                  This unit also has all the thing expected of compacts these days such as smile shutter mode, facial recognition and even smart shutter mode, a mode that can be activated by someone in the image winking of smiling, this can be useful if you want to be in the image yourself, simply set up the photo then get into the photo yourself, smile and the camera will take the picture.


                  The image stabalisation in this camera deserves special mention because it is simply brilliant, it allows you to get a very good hand held shot in poor light or at fairly slow shutter speeds, now this will be different for every photographer and will depend on how steady a hand you have but I was able to shoot as low as 1/8th of a second hand held at wide angle and at 1/60th of a second at full zoom without getting blurry images.


                  The speed of this camera and the autofocus system should mean that you never miss a shot, it will start up and be ready to use in under two seconds and because the autofocus is very good it can shoot continuously at 1 image per second in good light or 1 image every two seconds in poorer light which for a high zoom compact is very respectable.


                  One thing I was a little disappointed in with this camera was the battery life, Canon have use a smaller and lighter battery in this unit to bring the weight down and this means that you now only get around 250 photos between charging as opposed to the 400 you could get with the older SX200 IS. I would not let this put you off the camera as a spare battery can be purchased for less than £40 so if you do a lot of shooting between charges this camera can still be an option for you.


                  The images you get from this camera certainly won't leave you disappointed although they are not without issues, the colours produced are very vivid and the overall detail captured is excellent however there is significant chromatic aberration in the corners at wide angle and visible vignetting (the edges of the frame being darker than the middle) at longer zoom ranges. This may be a problem if you intend to print at very large sizes or sell your images as stock but if you are a typical load to the computer for your own satisfaction or print in 7X5 type of photographer then you will have no problems with the images taken and any problems there are can be rectified in Photoshop with a bit of know how.


                  Canon have made this available in the typical Black and pink options but also have released a gold version of it, I would of course choose black, the pink is a bit better looking for girls and I am sure would almost always be the female choice but the gold is better left alone, it brings out the cameras ugly side big time and I am sure a silver option would have been the better choice.


                  My favourite thing about this Canon compact bar none is the flash, it is not on the front of the camera next to the lens at it is in most compacts it instead is built in on top and only pops up when needed, and this allows the Canon SX210 IS to create much less red eye in shots as this is typically caused by the flash being too close to the lens and it offers just an overall better lighting mode as well as being more powerful than the flashes on most other compacts.



                  THE SX210 IS SPECIFICATIONS:

                  Brand - CANON
                  Dimensions - 3.2x10.6x5.9(H/W/D)cm
                  Megapixels - 14.1
                  LCD screen - 3 inches
                  Optical zoom - 14 X
                  Battery - Rechargeable lithium-ion battery with charger
                  Image stabilisation - Optical image stabilisation
                  Memory card type - Dual memory card slot - SD and SDHC compatible
                  Memory card supplied - No
                  Internal memory - N/A
                  Movie mode - 720p high definition video recording
                  Macro mode for close focusing - Yes
                  Continuous shooting - Yes
                  Optical viewfinder - No
                  Built in auto flash - Yes
                  Red-eye reduction flash mode - Yes
                  Self timer - Yes
                  Slide show playback - Yes
                  Connection - USB cable supplied
                  Video out connection - Yes
                  PC download software included - Yes


                  OTHER FEATURES

                  28mm wide-angle lens
                  Intelligent scene recognition
                  Face detection technology
                  80-1600 ISO rating
                  Panoramic stitching
                  Digic 4 processor
                  260 shots per charge
                  HDMI output
                  All metal body
                  Time and date stamp
                  AV out connection
                  AV cable included in the box
                  Automatic ISO
                  Playback zoom
                  5cm minimum focusing distance
                  Built-in speaker
                  Auto power-off
                  Battery level display
                  105.8 x 59.3 - x 31.9mm dimensions (W x H x D)
                  215g weight
                  Hand strap included
                  Autofocus
                  Hand shake alert


                  TO SUM UP:

                  I feel that although this camera will set you back between £210 and £240 depending on where you by it, if you are serious about photography and you want a camera that will last and offer you a whole lot of settings in a very compact space then it is well worth it`s money.


                  As I have said it is not the lightest but it is small in size but very big in quality, it is not the best looking camera on the market but not the worst either. The instruction manual is very good and allows you to get to grips with the camera and all its settings very quickly and once you have mastered it, the positioning of the controls makes it a very easy camera to use.


                  If you are reading this on Dooyoo then nip over to Ciao to see the photos I have taken with the unit and you will get a good idea of just what can be done with what is essentially a simple compact camera, and when compared to the cameras in its range it would stand up to them all very well in a fight and knock most of them out with perhaps exception to the Sony Cyber-shot HX5 but then the Sony is a few pounds more expensive.


                  MY SCORES:

                  LOOKS - 5/10
                  BUILD QUALITY - 9/10
                  EASE OF USE - 9/10
                  IMAGE QUALITY - 8/10
                  FUNCTIONS AND FEATURES - 9/10
                  VALUE FOR MONEY - 8/10
                  OVERALL - 8/10


                  Thanks for reading.

                  © thebigc1690

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                    09.09.2010 23:20
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                    Good screen, amazing picture quality, easy to use, variated features

                    I`ve noticed in my first reviews here that I have only reviewed things of mine that I really and truly love, and thing is, this Canon Powershot Digital Camera is no different... There are to main reason why I love it so much, being that the picture quality is of such good standard, and also, this camera is a joy to use, as it`s pretty standard and won`t leave you wondering what the heck is going on in that manual...

                    When a camera comes to the table with a 14x optical zoom, you do assume that it has to be a rather exeptional good camera, which the Canon Powershot luckily is! When taking a picture, I don`t want to end up with a picture that reveals that the camera has been shaking and bouncing all over the place, and that`s one of the thing that Canon really manages to prevent, as the camera takes effortlessly sturdy and calm pictures, which is helped by the fact that holding the camera in your hands is very comfortable and hazzle free... The weight of the camera is very light, and all buttons are easy to push down and reacts to your touch quick and efficient, opening for the possibility to take your picture in the moment you really want to, as the camera function itself also is very quick responding, impressive in fact! I would recommend you to just play around and have some fun with the camera before taking it with you on a holiday or big event, as getting to know the camera is essential! This camera also comes with heaps of both funny and appealing features, you can experiment with the color and size of the motive, or you can make your image look very odd and funny if that`s what you prefer... The important thing is that this camera delivers very good quality pictures and is easy to use, I am really impressed and in love with my Canon Powershot, and wouldn`t hesitate in recommending it, amateurs or professionals alike! The cost of this camera might vary slightly from store to store, but I bought mine on a holiday in Europe for 210.55, and have no reason to state that to be too much! A really good camera, this one! Recommended!

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                      An excellent travel zoom camera.

                      As a long-term Digital SLR user, I'm used to carrying around loads of kit to take photographs on holidays and days out. However, when my girlfriend decided she wanted to take her own photos, she wanted a compact camera. As we're both interested in wildlife (telephoto) and landscape (wide angle) photography, this put severe demands on the specification of camera she needed.

                      Fortunately, several cameras in the new compact 'travel zoom' category appeared to fit the bill. Travel zooms, as the name suggests, are designed to be able to take landscape photographs as well as zoom in for close up shots at quite a high magnification. As travel cameras they should also be robust and compact.

                      We finally decided on the Canon Powershot SX210 IS. This has an excellent specification and as a Canon DSLR user, I'm comfortable with the quality and ease of use of that company's products. Its 14 megapixel sensor, 28 to 392mm zoom range which gives 14 x magnification, image stabilization, and small(ish) size seemed to fit the bill perfectly.

                      As well as full 'auto' mode, the camera allows for an impressive range of semi-auto scene modes, as well as full control over exposure, exposure compensation, and aperture: similar, in fact, to the controls available on a DSLR.

                      At £239 from Warehouseexpress.com, the camera was not cheap (but was comparable to the other cameras with similar specifications), and was not supplied with a memory card (SD or SDHC), which we had to purchase separately. The 4GB card we chose is capable of storing 1000 images or half an hour of video: a more than adequate capacity for our needs.

                      First impressions

                      First impressions were very positive. The black casing looks very sleek and the shape fits naturally to the hand. The camera is reassuringly weighty, without being too heavy: a real quality feel. The lens is covered when not in use, so can be placed in a pocket or handbag without any further protection.

                      Unsurprisingly, this is not a tiny camera, the high specification means that the case is much larger than some of the tiny compacts out there, but hopefully the camera's performance justifies the increased size. At 10.5 x 6cm, it's not huge, however, and is small enough to feel comfortable in a shirt pocket.

                      A charger and a lead to connect it to the computer is supplied, as is Canon's superb image manipulation software, Digital Photo Professional.

                      Ergonomics

                      The curved rectangular shape of the camera fits easily into the curve of one's hand. Once in position, the excellent quality LCD screen can be viewed easily. There is no optical viewfinder and the LCD does not tilt or swivel. The lack of an optical viewfinder does not matter too much, since the screen is large (3 inches), high resolution (230,000 pixels) and bright enough to be used outside easily.

                      The built in flash pops up easily on demand, and the control wheel falls naturally under the thumb and is easy to access and use.

                      Overall, this is any easy camera to use and to get used to: typical of Canon products, in fact.

                      Performance

                      Having been used to a DLSR, I found the speed of this camera to be initially a bit sluggish. It powers up and is ready for use in less than a second, which is impressively fast, but the camera can only manage about one photo every two seconds (0.5 fps).

                      In poor light, the impressive autofocus suffers badly and can take up to a second to achieve focus. Using it on our holiday in Mull, we managed to capture most of the shots we wanted. Some wildlife shots in poor light eluded us since the 'moment' had passed by the time the camera was ready. Having said all this, the camera's speed was acceptable, just don't expect DSLR speed.

                      The camera features image stabilization. Canon's implementation of this on the SX210 IS is to be commended. The manufacturer describes this as 'four stop IS' giving sharp images at four stops smaller than when IS is off. Even with exposures of 1/3rd of a second, it is possible to get blur-free images at wide angle settings; even when the zoom is used, the image stabilization makes a big difference when shooting long exposures.

                      Image Quality

                      This camera is sleek, powerful, and quite capable of being used for most of the uses an owner may have. All of this would count for nothing if it produced poor quality images. Thankfully, the Canon did not disappoint with its image quality.

                      With the camera on auto (the setting most users will prefer), the camera produces bright, sharp, punchy images, when printed at 6x4 inch size. These really do look superb. Many of the photos we took on Mull now have pride of place in our photo collection; a real achievement considering we took a DSLR, too.

                      When viewing the pictures on a computer, the situation is not quite as ideal, however. At 'actual size' on the screen, problems are evident. Firstly, the photos have a 'grainy' appearance. Whether this is due to limitations of the 14 megapixel sensor, or due to the camera's post processing, I'm not sure, but the images do suffer when viewed at full resolution.

                      Having said that, the 14 megapixel sensor allows quite large images to be produced before the graininess shows, so this is not an issue, except for 'pixel peepers'.

                      Of more concern is chromatic aberration at the wide angle end. This shows as coloured fringes at areas of high contrast (looking through tree branches to the sky, for example). The fringes showed up only at the edges of the photo, but were quite visible even at low resolution. This can be removed with software, but this camera suffers worse than the competition in this regard.

                      At 28mm, the wide angle end of the zoom allows for acceptably wide vistas to be captured. It is common for wide angle lenses to show distortion; none were evident in the images that we've taken so far.

                      The telephoto end of the range, at 392mm gives an impressive zoom range of 14x. No distortions are evident at this end either, and the chromatic aberration less noticeable.

                      Using the in-camera settings for sharpness produced images that were acceptably sharp without adjustment in software. We did find, however, that a little sharpness 'tweaking' in Photoshop makes the photos even better.

                      Noise

                      The camera has a wide ISO range from 100 to 1600. However, only the lowest settings (up to 200) deliver acceptable levels of noise. Above 200, chroma noise is apparent, showing as coloured dots across the image. This poor high ISO performance means that the camera is only at its best in good light. This is a feature of the small sensor size and is common to most compact cameras, however.

                      Movies

                      Many cameras on the market now have a 'movie mode'. This is despite the fact that they are designed to be still cameras first, and movie cameras second. The SX210 IS has a very good movie mode, capable of taking and storing up to half an hour of 720p HD footage.

                      The zoom and focus work during the taking of movies, allowing changes in subject without having to stop filming, which is excellent.

                      The quality of the resulting movie is higher than we were expecting, and more than suitable for the small amount of moving footage that we took. A dedicated camcorder would be far superior, however.

                      Summary

                      After testing this for two months, we are more than happy with our new purchase. In my opinion, cameras should be easy to use, producing excellent quality images and the SX210 IS does not disappoint on either count. With its high quality look and feel, this is a camera that can be taken anywhere and can take photos to be proud of. Anyone looking at a camera in the travel zoom category, should consider this in their shortlist.

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                        23.06.2010 14:22
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                        High quality camera, reliable and user friendly.

                        This is the best camera i have ever bought so far. This is a brand you can always trust for easy to use and reliable products at a great price.

                        Main features:

                        I was amazed with the 14x optical zoom. Having such a high zoom enables you to take high quality pictures at full zoom without quality reduction. The camera has image stabilizer which helps take photos which is useful if you are traveling in a bus or car and the vehicle travels over a road bump, it will reduce the impact. The camera has 14 megapixel that will enable you to view high quality images on your tv or pc.

                        The camera flash is very advanced and it detects low light when set to auto flash.

                        The camera is very lightweight and very easy to handle. The buttons are very smooth and interface are very user friendly.

                        The best feature for me is the memory support. It is capable of using MMC, SD, SDXC, SDHC. MMC plus types of storage cards which is very handy. This is great record video footage of precious moments at 30 frames per second in 720p HD quality.

                        Overall it is an amazing camera and has super high quality picture taking and video recording.

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                          15.06.2010 21:13
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                          Stunning camera which can be used in automatic or manual.

                          This camera is one of my favourite models at the moment. Canons have always been good cameras and this is no exception. One of its most obvious benefits is the 14x optical zoom. Optical zoom is important when looking at digital cameras as digital zoom reduces the quality of your image. The camera also has some manual features which come in handy, especially with the massive zoom. Zooming in a lot causes more camera shake, but with manual controls you can help avoid this by changing the ISO and shutter speeds. But don't worry if you don't understand manual controls because the camera is also fully automatic and you can just let it do everything for you. The lens is also image stabilised to help combat any camera shake.

                          When taking a photo the flash pops up from the camera, in the older model this could not be stopped and it caused the camera to be difficult to hold and put a lot of people off. Canon realised this and have improved that with this model. The flash can now be pushed down when not in use. However before you buy it you might want to go into a shop and have a hold of the camera with the flash up to see if you find it easy to grip. The camera is also a lot slimmer than the previous model, and is quite slim considering the size of the lens. Another thing you might want to test before you buy is the zoom button. This has changed on the new canon models and isn't like other zoom buttons on other cameras. On the image it is the button beside the shutter button and is moved left or right for zooming in or out, and it is pretty small.

                          The camera also has a few features you can have a play with and a bit of fun. It has a fish eye option for wide (but distorted) shots. It also lets you play around with the colours in your photos and you can even make shots look like miniature models. So not only does it take brilliant shots normally, but you can experiment with them too.

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                            11.06.2010 00:53
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                            one of the best camera Ive seen!

                            I have tested this camera thoroghly through several countries now, and I have to say it is formidable. Right down to its tough chasis, to its ease of use.
                            One key ingredient to look out for when buying any compact camera has to be a decent sized lens ie 4x or above. This bad boy has 14x ! So you can well imagine when you ona jeep safari, and you are zooming into a savanha the results you can get back are quite simply breathtaking!
                            The amount are settings that are availble on such a tiny camera, again are impressive, suffice it to say that they have covered every eventuality.
                            For example you even get the chose of Fish eye setting, which is basically where you get the chance to utilize the wide angle lens so that you have the chance of having a greater depth of field, this gives your phots the illusion that you are almost half stood in the shot!
                            Canon always, for me, have produced some of the finest lenses in the business right up there with Leica, and Carl Zeiss, there opitics are truly world class (like my reviews! lol)
                            When you turn around the camera you really are delighted to see that Canon have really crammed all they can from the body to give you the biggest and brightest display possible.
                            A very strong performer, perfect for almost any occasion.
                            Mark.

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                        • Product Details

                          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.

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                          Product Description: Canon PowerShot SX210 IS - digital camera
                          Product Type: Digital camera - compact
                          Dimensions (WxDxH): 10.6 cm x 3.2 cm x 5.9 cm
                          Weight: 220 g
                          Colour: Black
                          Supported Flash Memory: MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCardplus
                          Sensor Resolution: 14.1 Megapixel
                          Image Processor: DIGIC 4
                          Shooting Modes: Frame movie mode
                          Lens System: 14 x zoom lens - 5 mm - 70 mm - f/3.1-5.9
                          Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual
                          Min Focus Range: 5 cm
                          Digital Zoom: 4 x
                          Image Stabiliser: Optical
                          Camera Flash: Pop-up flash
                          Red Eye Reduction: Yes
                          Microphone: Microphone - built-in - electret condenser - stereo
                          Display: LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3" - colour
                          Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )
                          Microsoft Certification: Compatible with Windows 7
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