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Canon PowerShot SX200IS 12 MP Digital Camera with 12x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-inch LCD (Black)

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  • 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)
  • Compatible with SD/SDHC, MMC/MMC Plus/HC MMC Plus (not included)
  • 3.0-inch LCD screen; Face Detection, Blink Detection
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Technical Details

Color: Black
  • Brand Name: Canon
  • Model: SX200IS Black
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 12.1 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 12 x
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Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.5 x 2.4 inches ; 7.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001SER45Q
  • Item model number: SX200IS Black
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (252 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,537 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 17, 2009

Product Description

Color: Black

From the Manufacturer

Creating 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.

PowerShot SX200 IS Highlights

Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights
12.1-megapixel resolution, 12x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer
For all its easy operability, the PowerShot SX200 IS has a feature set to be reckoned with. 12.1-megapixel resolution delivers a wealth of detail to every image, and allows you to crop and enlarge any portion of your shot freely. With the camera’s powerful 12x optical zoom, you’ll get up close fast, handy at sports and school events as well as everyday creative shooting. The 28mm wide-angle lens captures more in every frame, and gives your photography a professional edge.

Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights
The PowerShot SX200 IS is equipped with Canon’s acclaimed Optical Image Stabilizer Technology that automatically detects and corrects camera shake--one of the leading causes of fuzzy or blurred shots. Even when zoomed in, you can get the steady, crisp, brilliant images you’ll be proud to shoot and share. And Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer Technology is so convenient to use. It functions perfectly with or without a flash.

Capture Your Best Shots Easily

Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings
Just set the Canon PowerShot SX200 IS to Smart AUTO and you’re ready for maximum enjoyment from your picture taking every time. It’s a relaxing and satisfying way to shoot because you can completely concentrate on your subject knowing that the camera has the technical details covered. Advanced Canon technology intelligently analyzes your situation and shooting conditions. Then it automatically selects an appropriate setting from 18 specially defined settings. So whether you’re photographing flowers, a captivating sunset, or your friends at the park, you can be confident that you’re getting dramatic, memorable images.

Shooting Modes
Advanced presets for the best possible photos under certain conditions. With 23 Shooting Modes including 11 Special Scene Modes, you’re ready for whatever shot comes your way

Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights
HD movie shooting capability plus HDMI output
The PowerShot SX200 IS lets you record video in beautiful high definition (1280 x 720 pixels). The camera also makes it easy to enjoy HD movies (and still photos) on your HDTV with an mini-HDMI connector for direct connection to a high-definition monitor. You’ll enjoy the HD experience with no degradation of image or audio in the signal, plus the ability to display up to 130 still images at once.

Blink Detection
Blinking subjects can ruin the best shots, and the problem usually isn’t detected until it’s too late to do anything about it. The PowerShot SX200 IS is equipped with Canon’s new Blink Detection to combat this common image flaw. The feature uses the power of Face Detection to determine whether any subject in the previous shot had closed eyes. If closed eyes are detected, a "blink warning" icon appears for 3 seconds, allowing you to retake the shot before your subject or subjects move on.

Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights
3.0-inch LCD with wide viewing angle
The camera’s high resolution (230,000 dots) 3.0-inch LCD with gives you the big picture, whether you’re shooting, reviewing or showing off your images. This high-resolution screen offers a crisp, clear picture to make shooting, playback and using the camera’s menu functions especially convenient. Clear and bright, it also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light. It also has an electronic viewfinder that provides sharp images when you shoot close-up with Super Macro shooting mode.

A World of Advantages with Canon’s Technology

DIGIC 4 Image Processor has evolved Face Detection Technology that tracks the faces of moving subjects and lets the shooter enter the frame seamlessly with the Face Detection Self-Timer.

Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights
DIGIC 4 Image Processor
Canon’s most advanced image processor, DIGIC 4, delivers evolved Face Detection Technology that keeps every face in every photo looking its very best. The technology finds and tracks the faces of moving subjects until you’re ready to shoot, then delivers perfect focus. In addition, exposure, flash and white balance are compensated, so that faces exhibit natural skin tones and backgrounds are properly exposed.

iSAPS Technology is an entirely original scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the advanced DIGIC 4 image processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

A Face Detection Self-Timer automatically detects an increase in the number of faces and makes the appropriate adjustments. For instance, to include the photographer’s face in a group shot, there’s no need to rush in. Just put the camera on a stand or tripod, specify Face Detection Self-Timer, and the camera will wait for the photographer’s face to get on-camera before it takes the shot. Motion Detection tracks moving subjects in a much larger range, and the Servo AF retains focus on a moving subject after the shutter button is pressed halfway--allowing you to wait for the perfect shot without refocusing.

Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights
Intelligent Contrast Correction
DIGIC 4 also makes possible the i-Contrast (Intelligent Contrast Correction) system, which controls the compensation level in pixel units to brighten dark areas while leaving bright areas unchanged for better images where the main subject is dark, and more natural transition. The PowerShot SX200 IS can even use i-Contrast in playback mode to adjust images that were shot without the setting activated.

Red-eye Correction provides three options for removing red-eye from subjects in flash pictures.
1) Red-eye Correction during shooting actually identifies and corrects red-eye in human subjects as pictures are taken.
2) The PowerShot SX200 IS can be set to automatically detect and correct red-eye during image playback.
3) You can manually locate any red eyes in a scene during image playback on the LCD screen, and command the camera to remove them.

Life doesn’t give you second chances to capture special times. That’s why the PowerShot SX200 IS features an ISO 1600 setting that reduces the effects of camera shake and sharpens subjects in low-light situations, giving you greater shooting flexibility. ISO can be expanded to 3200 when you select ISO 3200 Special Scene mode.

What's in the Box

  • PowerShot SX200 IS body
  • Lithium-ion battery pack (NB-5L)
  • Battery charger (CB-2LX)
  • Wrist strap (WS-DC9)
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
  • USB interface cable (IFC-400PCU)
  • AV cable (AVC-DC400)

Product Description

Creating 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.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The design of this is amazing, from how compact it is to the shape of the the hand grip it…It's shaped in such a way that even one handed shots are easy and come out clear. Read more ›
We hike a lot, and find that the battery lasts several days, even when we are…The still image quality is outstanding; have not used the hd video so can't speak to that. W… Read more ›
I absolutely love the manual controls, in…The images are wonderful, and can be made even better with a little bit of touch up on Photoshop (brighter, tone, and sharpen). Read more ›
The optical zoom is AMAZING. The 720P HD movie quality is amazing. The problem with the flash popping up is not a problem at all. Read more ›
I'm using this until now and so far I have never encountered any problem with it. Picture quality is superb! I even have some pictures which can be mistakenly taken by a DSLR. Read more ›
This is a great camera. The images are very good but it is the ability to utilize a 12x optical zoom in a very portable size that makes this camera. Am enjoying it very much. Read more ›
It's worth every penny. The zoom is AMAZING and it still fits in your pocket. Read more ›
Overall the camera is excellent. The 12X optical zoom works remarkably well. In addition, the camera has up to 48X digital zoom. Read more ›
This camera has all the bells and whistles, but it's heavy and not as compact as some of the others on the market. but the picture quality and zoom is amazing! Overall I… Read more ›
I had a smaller camera and was not pleased with the time lag in shooting and some of the pictures did not…This camera has a 12x zoom, which is great for a camera this size. Read more ›
Plus the zoom is great, easy to control and digital zoom can be turned off witch is great. Read more ›
I was right about the zoom, It's awesome. I also shoot with a T1i DSLR, and this camera has about the equivilent of the 250mm zoom, which is great. For outdoor pictures in… Read more ›
I did a lot of research…The picture quality is excellent, the full assortment of manual controls is great, and the overall build quality of the camera is second to none. Read more ›
the manual options are great and enables those who know how to use them to get some creative photo shooting, while the auto modes are very smart enabling normal point and… Read more ›
This is the best camera I have ever owned. The features are great and the picture is just amazing! Read more ›
I now shoot in PROGRAM mode much of the time, specifying the ISO setting I…The scene, kids & pets, indoor, and portrait settings work well, as with other Canon models. Read more ›
It has…Unlike the competition, the camera has nearly as much customizability as an SLR and the controls are fairly easy to use due to a new menu structure for Canon camera. Read more ›
Only complaint is that the dial on top to change shooting modes is hard to read (symbols…With time you get used to it, but other cameras are easier to select modes with. Read more ›
This camera is so easy to use and takes the most beautiful pictures I have ever had....I would definitely buy this exact same camera again if anything ever happened to the… Read more ›
There is nothing I can add to Ms. Buemi's…It is the perfect pocket/dashboard camera - small, excellent quality in all areas, and easy to operate on a moment's notice. O… Read more ›
I will be switching brands until I hear that Canon has improved their quality and customer service. Too bad because their cameras are fun to use. Read more ›
Easy to use camera. This baby takes great pics. Read more ›
I have had no problems with the camera in the year I have been…I would recommend it to anyone who wanted to have high quality images with an easy to use point-and-shoot. Read more ›
This camera has met or exceeded all expectations. It's very easy to use and so far has been problem free. The captured images are top notch. Read more ›
the video is nice, like the hd quality, but you cannot use the zoom while locked in video mode. bummer. Read more ›
Just do it, and you'll be happy. The videos are great too, BTW! The pop up flash is NOT an issue. Read more ›
As a bonus feature, I've found that the videos are fantastic. I actually have videos of 4th of July fireworks that look like they were taken with a modern high-end video… Read more ›
I took this on a trip to Central America into some rough country and it held up well. Also, the HD video was of amazing quality. The sound was way better than I have ever… Read more ›
Zooming is excellent. The video quality is excellent in HD mode; however, it's very big in size (433MB for a 2ཚ" HD video). The focus can't be changed during videotaping. Read more ›
The pictures taken in sunny, outdoor settings are stunning. 720P HD videos shooting is easy and quaility is very good. Camera Software user interface is very intuitive,… Read more ›
This camera…I can only say that while this camera worked it did take wonderful photographs, the face tracking worked well and color, focus were both well done and accurate. Read more ›
This camera is also a bit slow when taking action, like soccer photos, I rarely seem to hit…For other types of shots this camera is great and the color is just fantastic. Read more ›
In reduced light or at night-time, I have taken pictures of my stained glass lampshades and the colors were reproduced perfectly. This also goes for my hound dog who never… Read more ›
The camera produces fine pictures with rich colors. The anti-shake lens system is quite effective when zooming in distant subjects at x12. Read more ›
I'm not sure she really needed to because the easy function is really, well, easy. The vividness of the colors in the shots was simply outstanding. Read more ›
Worth every cent. Excellent quality pics and video: crisp, great color, great audio. Excellent quality when used even by a novice or first timer, yet all the features… Read more ›
The camera is light weight and easy to adjust from one mode to the…The battery life is excellent I can charge it and use it over the next 2-3 weeks without another charge. Read more ›
If you want to get a nice digital camera this is one of the best, if not the best, from the Power-shot series. Battery life is pretty good, the image quality looks great. If… Read more ›
It's just small enough to fit in my jeans pocket, but is a tight fit. -Battery life is good. I haven't had a chance to go anywhere touristy yet, but it lasts probably a… Read more ›
I would suggest this camera to anyone that does not want to carry a large SLR camera, it has many functions (but easy to use) but…The battery was GREAT for all day photos. Read more ›
The zoom is excellent, picture quality is excellent and it is very easy to use. Battery life is also good. Have not used the video feature yet so can not comment on that. Read more ›
But that's ok though! The life of the battery is great! Read more ›
The best optics I've ever seen on a point-and-shoot camera. Battery life has been great; the LCD display is huge. Have not tried the video capture yet but have used for… Read more ›
This is my first camera without a view finder and it took getting used to it. The 3 inch screen is nice and bright, although a bit challenging in brilliant sunlight. I am… Read more ›
This camera is way more comfortable. The screen is beautiful. I guess the only other thing I have to say is that I hope I have it for a long time. Read more ›
The screen is nice. The macro and supermacro are AMAZING. Read more ›
Battery life is very good. I'm surprised how good the 3" screen is and I don't miss a viewfinder at all. The functions, features, and adjustments are numerous but accessing… Read more ›
The face detection is a great features that works well in action shots. The huge 3 inch LCD screen will ensure you get a fabulous shot. I was one who used to depend on a… Read more ›
I believe I…The price was fantastic and the only design flaw I don't care for is the spring loaded flash that pops up goes easily unnoticed before you turn the camera on. Read more ›
Great videos. Great price. Holds a charge for a long time. Read more ›
absolutely great quality of pictures (i receive this one in less time than expected) simple line : great camera and by a great price...! Read more ›
I am now sold on the Canon brand. It is a great value and has all the bells and whistles that I needed. Read more ›
I love this camera! It is so close to being exactly what I wanted at a great price. I wanted a wide angle/big zoom camera with adjustable controls for going beyond snapshot… Read more ›
8. Looks good and a bit chunky but that's fine... I like my 12x optical zoom 9. $264 at time of purchase (pretty good price for a camera with so many features) Read more ›
It also has HD video on board, which is a very nice feature, although I only use it very occasionally. The lens is sharp and the 12x zoom factor is very useful. The color… Read more ›
By far the best pictures I've seen come out of a point and shoot. In good lighting, if you know what you are doing, the 12X lens does an outstanding job. Now for the but..... Read more ›
Shots at shutter speeds as slow as 1 second have little or no visible camera shake. - The wide angle lens is nice, but it would be even nicer if it were wider. - 12… Read more ›
First off, if you don't own a TZ5,…It has tons of great options, an excellent 12X zoom lens that was very smooth (and quick), and a variety of modes that are easy to set. Read more ›
Well, very much liked this camera...small enough to fit in my pocket but with a nice zoom lense. Then I dropped it. Read more ›
It is real japan made, strong and nice. The image quality exceeds my expectations from a little cam and the awesome lens lets me shoot from tele to wide and macro. I am… Read more ›
I actually think the popup flash is a great feature. People haven't liked the fact that you can't disable it by keeping it from poping up. Read more ›
- As with any small point…Not a knock on this camera, I think it's very hard to get really good shots with a flash unless you have a nice external flash like with an SLR. Read more ›
o…but then on the trip it became a quickly progressing problem and by 2 days of solid use the flash always popped out when you turned on and wouldn't retract when turned off.. Read more ›
I got this camera for a twelve week study abroad program in…The flash produces pretty natural colors, and the image stabilization works really well with the flash off. Read more ›
There is very little noise and Canon's optical stabilization allows for lower…The SX200 has a powerful flash that illuminates the subject very well and at a good distance. Read more ›
Got an 8Gb card and a spare battery. (battery life is less than I'd like) Flash is weak but red-eye isn't a problem. biggest negative I've got is that I cannot shoot in RAW… Read more ›
Take note, though. This camera does not support RAW format, but since I don't do professional editing and sizes, that's fine with me. The flash is almost pathetic in its… Read more ›
I purchased this camera about 2 years ago. At first it was great, easy to use, good battery life, nice size, good pics, etc. After about 6 months while on vacation I went… Read more ›
Overall this is a really great camera with lots of functions and takes high…Not quite small enough to fit in your pocket but still a decent size given its functions. Read more ›
The menu is easy to navigate and reviewing…The construction is solid, the size was a little bigger than i thought it would be, but it is still small for all the features. Read more ›
I always wanted at least a little more zoom…This one fulfills my wishes perfectly, without the size and inconvenience (to me, at least) of putting on additional lens, etc. Read more ›
I also love the look of this camera, it is gorgeous and the perfect compromise between compact size and a full set of features. Read more ›

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744 of 770 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Buemi on April 3, 2009
Color Name: Black
***Updated 10-7-11****
After 3 years of use, this camera is still awesome and I'm literally gonna wait till it breaks or there is a an iphone with a high megapixel to match before I get rid of this. I've taken it to the sandy beaches of California, farms of Ohio and Water parks of Wisconsin. This camera still works great. I've had to have it cleaned (due to my rough use on it). I've dropped it, left it in a the sand during a windy time of day, and let my 3 year old take pics with hit. Nothing has ever broke and I'm very happy with the battery life. Some superficial/light scratches on the screen but none I"m worried about. I am not sure how long it lasts but I charge it maybe every couple of months - and I have now taken nearly 8000 pictures (that I have kept on iphoto) and perhaps more that I deleted. So happy! :
Now the original review-

This review is based off of several days of use and a THOROUGH review of the manual. If you are interested in seeing specifications and actual pictures of this camera (which I suggest you do) I recommend visiting websites that offer extensive these types of reviews [...]First, lets review what seems to be common CONS to the camera.

POP UP FLASH. Contrary to some reviews, this camera is not hard to handle/hold nor does the pop up flash get in the way or feel flimsy. Notice Canon has made three designs to combat this problem (e.g. indented thumbprint above controls on back of camera, curved body on right side of camera, and about 3/4 inch space to place finger behind the flash. As I right this review, I am playing around with the flash and notice it feels sturdy; not flimsy. Also, the further the distance between the flash and the lens allows for a better red-eye reduction.

NO VIDEO (optical) Zoom.
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123 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Eric on March 31, 2009
Color Name: Black
I received this before a weekend trip and it turned out to be a very well rounded camera. It's not as small as an Elph but it's still just small and light enough to carry around in your pocket or purse for easy access. The 12x zoom lens is terrific and in well lighted situations even the digital zoom creates clear, sharp pictures. The offset is that you lose the f2.8 aperture of other 3x camera's.

I tried most of the scene settings and they all produce slightly different results. The AUTO setting uses a higher shutter speed and ISO setting than Portrait. In Program mode you can set the ISO setting to 80 or 100 and have the camera adjust the shutter speed. The foliage setting does enhance the greens. If you have enough light the indoor setting works better and uses a faster shutter speed while Night snapshot uses a slower shutter speed and produces a better overall shot in lower light. In all but the low light scenes the camera does tend to over expose the shot slightly so I ended up using the exposure adjustment at - 1/3 or -2/3's to compensate.

I really liked the ability to adjust the settings to get a well exposed picture out of a range of situations that you can't always get with an Elph and the zoom lens allows you to frame a shot from just about any distance. The pictures are clear, bright and on par with other Canon camera's in it's class. There's plenty of features to play with like face detect and blink detect and the Image Stabilization works very well.

If you are ready to step up from a point and shoot camera to one that provides more control, has a better zoom but is still pocketable the SX200 IS is well worth putting on your list to check out.
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149 of 154 people found the following review helpful By E. Goldblatt on April 2, 2009
Color Name: Black
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.

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).
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