The addition of a full Manual shooting mode gives users control when they want it. Designed with travel in mind With a classic aluminium design available in black, blue or red the PowerShot SX IS packs a lot into a compact body, making it the perfect camera for the keen traveller. A powerful 12x zoom lens, beginning at a wide 28mm, tackles landscape shots or distant subjects with equal effectiveness. Small on size, big on quality Incredible
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It also limits zoom magnification to a paltry four times. Playback and Software Pressing the Playback button on the rear panel displays the last image taken. Playback options are essentially the same as other Canon digicams.
The camera supports single, 9-frame index and video playback, playback zoom of up to 10x, focus check playback with magnification , slideshows with seven selectable transition effects and the standard range of Jump options.
Both i-Contrast and My Colours adjustments can be applied to images in playback mode. Images can be tagged for automatic printing via a dedicated Print menu and the camera is fully PictBridge compatible. The PhotoStitch panorama stitching application is also provided. Performance The autofocusing and auto exposure systems on the test camera performed to expectations under most shooting conditions. Focusing was fast and accurate, even in very low light levels, thanks to the powerful AF-assist lamp.
Exposures were also spot-on in almost all situations, including strong backlighting. This was true for both the full-auto and Program AE shooting modes. Pictures taken with the test camera were sharp and clean with natural-looking colours but elevated contrast in bright outdoor lighting.
Switching on the iContrast control in the main menu brightened up dark areas in shots but failed to compensate adequately for bright highlights, which tended to blow out to white. Examples of shots taken without top and with below iContrast adjustment are reproduced below.
Colour accuracy was good in our Imatest assessments, which revealed modest saturation levels, but slight shifts in hue and saturation for greenish blues. Skin hues were slightly off the mark but Imatest showed most other hues to be close to their target values.
Imatest also showed resolution to be close to expectations and revealed only a little edge softening at most focal lengths. Best performance was at the widest aperture settings and mid-range focal lengths. The graph below shows the results of our Imatest tests. From this point, image noise became increasingly visible, although at ISO — noise would be unlikely to interfere with print quality at enlargements up to A4 size.
At ISO , we observed a small increase in overall noise levels but automatic noise-reduction processing produced noticeable softening in both long exposures and flash shots. The flash was capable of illuminating an average-sized room at ISO settings above and produced evenly-balanced exposures up to ISO Lateral chromatic aberration ranged from low to moderate in our Imatest tests, with the worst performance at the 5mm focal lengths the widest angle of view and the best at around 15mm, where chromatic aberration was effectively negligible at all aperture settings.
The graph below shows the results of our tests. Fringing was apparent and it was more pronounced towards the edges of shots than near the centre. Two examples are shown below. We found little evidence of flare or ghosting in backlit shots taken under typical shooting conditions unless the sun was shining directly into the lens. Digital zoom shots were slightly sharper and less artefact-affected than Photo Review commonly sees in extended-zoom digicams we review. Depth-of-field is very limited in such shots and you must guard against allowing dusty or sticky items to come in contact with the front element of the lens.
Barrel distortion could be seen in shots taken with the 5mm widest focal length setting but was largely resolved by around 15mm. Movie quality was adequate at the x pixel setting but less impressive at lower resolutions, particularly in dim lighting where noise was evident.
Audio quality was on a par with other VGA-capable digicams that record monaural soundtracks. The auto white balance failed to eliminate the orange cast of incandescent lighting and produced a slight residual green cast under fluorescent lights. With both types of lighting, the pre-sets delivered close-to-neutral colours, and manual measurement rendered white areas as white. Overall response times were about average for the latest digicams.
The test camera took just over two seconds to power up ready for shooting. Shot-to-shot times averaged two seconds without flash and approximately 3. On average, it took 3. We measured an average capture lag of 0. The continuous shooting mode recorded 10 shots in 8. Image processing appears to be on-the-fly as it took only 3.
PowerShot SX200 IS
The maximum image dimensions are 4, x 3, pixels, and the Canon SX offers true manual shooting in addition to program, aperture-priority, and shutter-priority modes. A built-in flash strobe is rated as good to And the Canon SX is better looking, too, with a rectangular body that flares into a grip on the right side leaving room for some very large glass. But the SX has brains, too.
Canon PowerShot SX200 IS
It also limits zoom magnification to a paltry four times. Playback and Software Pressing the Playback button on the rear panel displays the last image taken. Playback options are essentially the same as other Canon digicams. The camera supports single, 9-frame index and video playback, playback zoom of up to 10x, focus check playback with magnification , slideshows with seven selectable transition effects and the standard range of Jump options. Both i-Contrast and My Colours adjustments can be applied to images in playback mode. Images can be tagged for automatic printing via a dedicated Print menu and the camera is fully PictBridge compatible. The PhotoStitch panorama stitching application is also provided.
Canon PowerShot SX200 IS Review
Other rivals include the Olympus mju Earlier this year Panasonic launched the expensive but superb Lumix TZ7 to wide acclaim, featuring a 12x zoom lens, 3-inch monitor, 10MP sensor and its knock-out punch, HD video recording with stereo audio. Canon has refreshed the appearance of all of its camera lines with its new spring launches, and the SX looks totally different to the previous SX models. The body is made of plastic with aluminium panels front and rear, and the build quality is generally very good, although it does creak a bit if squeezed. Contrary to what you may have read elsewhere the tripod bush is metal, as is the battery hatch hinge, which is usually a good sign. It measures x