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CanonPowerShot SX210 IS Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.3

(based on 189 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (107)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (61)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (116)
  • Easy to use (113)
  • Zoom range/performance (111)
  • Large clear LCD (85)
  • Image stabilization (78)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (23)
  • Lag / shutter delay (21)
  • Poor flash (12)
  • Short battery life (6)
  • Limited zoom (5)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (89)
  • Travel (89)
  • Landscape/scenery (80)
  • Low light (55)
  • Wildlife (49)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (52), Photo enthusiast (51), Semi-pro photographer (16), Pro photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (99), Yes (22)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Exceeds Expectations

I wanted to like this camera and I do. The big surprise was that in side by side tests with my other Canon cameras it beat them all... it is sharper, the...Read complete review

I wanted to like this camera and I do. The big surprise was that in side by side tests with my other Canon cameras it beat them all... it is sharper, the photos crisper, the color better than my G10, G9. It zooms not quite as far as my new SX20 but it FAR exceeds the SX20 in image quality. Plus, the SX210 is smaller and lighter. The SX210 will replace all of the above cameras when I travel or just have a camera with me. Would it replace an DSLR with a luxury lens that costs over $4000, probably not, but it's more convenient.
I'm keeping my SD940 and SD780 because they are small and convenient, too. Their image quality is excellent even if not as good as the SX210.
When shooting the test shots I with the SX210 I realized that detail I can't see with my eyes is there in the photos of a hibiscus I was using plus the range of color in the shots was more rich than my other cameras were capturing when viewed and enlarged on my computer screen.
There are a ton of features on this camera, but you don't have to learn them right away to get great photos. I'm impressed!
Canon got this camera right. It's a keeper.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Just a bit too slow

Camera has a lot of great features, especially the zoom lens, but the time it takes between pictures is just too much, so the camera had to go back. After you take a...Read complete review

Camera has a lot of great features, especially the zoom lens, but the time it takes between pictures is just too much, so the camera had to go back. After you take a picture the screen goes black for about a second before displaying the picture you took, then it shows that for a second before you are finally allowed to take another. We tried turning off the picture review, but then everyone was confused whether it actually took or not, because that seems to be pretty normal feature. I even bought a faster sd card to no avail. Believe all the reviews, it is pretty slow.

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5.0

Great Buy!

By Miss Lauren

from Rural New York

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel

    Comments about PowerShot SX210 IS Digital Camera (Black):

    Love the zoom, and the features are great.
    Haven't really found anything I don't like about this!!
    Picture quality is wonderful and takes pictures very fast :)
    We use this as a "pocket camera" to take along on trips and what not; another favorite use is taking nature pictures... GREAT CAMERA!

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 10
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    so far so good

    By bumble bee

    from nor cal

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Image Quality
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Nice Body Color

    Cons

    • No Viewfinder

    Best Uses

      Comments about PowerShot SX210 IS Digital Camera (Purple):

      replaced my canon sd850is. so far its nice, there's a lot of new settings to get used to (and some that are gone, super fine photos and digital macro!) and it comes with a CD but I have a macbook air so I don't have a CD drive so at the moment, I can't learn about all the settings and stuff. it's lighter than it looks, the flash is in a bad spot but it's easy to get used to. pictures look good so far.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 7
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Mostly Great !!

      By Sunday

      from New York City

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Flash location

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about PowerShot SX210 IS Digital Camera (Black):

      This is a stylish camera with a LOT packed into a slim design. It allows you the choice of selecting the scenes and fine tuning the shot yourself, or, if you are a beginner, or don't want to worry about the set-up, you can dial up Auto and the Canon Power Shot takes care of everything! Only two relatively minor problems. One, is that the pop-up flash is right where you would naturally put your finger to use the camera. Two, is that the access to the USB and HDMI (that's right! this camera has an HDMI port!), is rather flimsy. It is held on by two thin plastic hinges which are not going to last long, if you are not VERY careful to treat it gently. Neither of these issues is insurmountable, and should not deter anyone from buying this WONDERFUL little Powerhouse!

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 8
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Nice camera. I would buy it again!

      By George

      from Winona, MN

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about PowerShot SX210 IS Digital Camera (Black):

      Love it! Nice camera! Well worth the money!

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      4.0

      Nice camera

      By JR

      from Salt Lake, UT

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

      • Limited Aperture

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about PowerShot SX210 IS Digital Camera (Black):

      I used this camera on vacation. It takes great shots. Not as compact as say the Canon SD900 so was obvious in my pocket. Nice to have when a bigger camera isn't practical to use. The extra functionality made it worth it though. The only thing I could ask for would be a better aperture.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      it's very good

      By Ghis

      from Drummondville, Qc,

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality
      • Great Zoom

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about PowerShot SX210 IS Digital Camera (Black):

        great zoom, easy to use

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 10
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        good camera with some faults

        By joseph

        from nj

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Great Zoom

        Cons

        • No Viewfinder
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos

        Comments about PowerShot SX210 IS Digital Camera (Black):

        Autofocus sometimes is not ok

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 8
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Highly Recommended

        By Holly Golightly

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Lag / Shutter Delay

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about PowerShot SX210 IS Digital Camera (Black):

        Even though this camera is discontinued, I found it on B&H on a recommendation of a friend. I loved the 14x zoom, I was in Alaska and was able to take great photos using the zoom lens. The options for landscape and scenes helped enhance my photos. I also like the video capability of the camera since I used it to film wildlife and moving objects and the quality of the video is excellent

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 8
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Excellent camera in a small package

        By Bill

        from central Connecticut

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • No Viewfinder

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about PowerShot SX210 IS Digital Camera (Black):

        A shirt pocket camera with auto and manual shutter and aperture controls, it meets every need.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 8
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Great pictures - Easy to use

        By KCH

        from Baltimore, MD

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality

        Cons

        • Slow Flash Recycle

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about PowerShot SX210 IS Digital Camera (Black):

        Bought this camera to carry with my in a backpack. Easy to carry and takes great pictures.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 8
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        I am glad to buy this camera

        By Satya

        from Buffalo,New York

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Personality Booster Camer

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Must for vacations
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about PowerShot SX210 IS Digital Camera (Black):

          A personal and family use camera. It is an excellent camera for family vacations, get-togethers and parties.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 10
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Great gift idea!

          By D

          from Dallas, TExas

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about PowerShot SX210 IS Digital Camera (Black):

                I bought 2 of these cameras for my twins that graduated this year for a graduation present. They are Compact, have a large preview screen, easy to use! Perfect size camera for taking with you every where and very high quality pics!

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 8

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                4.0

                great user friendly camera

                By snapshot queen

                from Livonia, Michigan

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Great Zoom

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel

                  Comments about PowerShot SX210 IS Digital Camera (Black):

                  I bought this camera to use on trips such as going to the lake or a day at the zoo. This camera is great because the settings are user friendly..it was easy to use this from the beginning. If I could change something I would give more detail in the instruction manual about what settings to use while shooting. Overall I am satisfied with my purchase.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 9
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Easy to Use

                  By Jay

                  from New Jersey

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel

                    Comments about PowerShot SX210 IS Digital Camera (Black):

                    The camera is very easy to use. The zoom gets a lot closer than my previous point and shoot digital camera. Only complaint is that often in super zoom the camera is blurry due to not keeping your hands perfectly still.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 8
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    just as advertised

                    By pfflyer

                    from stafford ,ct

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about PowerShot SX210 IS Digital Camera (Black):

                      ease of use
                      high power zoom
                      none found

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      great product

                      By izzy

                      from PA

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Short Lag Time

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about PowerShot SX210 IS Digital Camera (Black):

                        works really good. quality of the camera is amazing and i will recommand evereyone for that...(2 of my friends bought it).

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        A whole lotta zoom for a little package

                        By KylesPiles

                        from San Francisco, CA

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                        • Poor Flash

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about PowerShot SX210 IS Digital Camera (Black):

                        I've always wanted to own a Canon but for some reason, every time I went shopping for a digital camera I always went with another brand because of a cost decision or because I just figured that a Konica Minolta or Sony was better quality. I was wrong. Canon lives up to the hype and beyond my expectations. Shutter speed, ease of use and quality are all in this tight little package, all with a whopping 14 x optical zoom which is the clincher. The pop-up flash is a little annoying especially when you forget to move your finger, but all in all, the product is fantastic for the money and size. I bought this same product a year ago but lost the camera in a cab. I loved it so much that I decided to get the same one instead of upgrading to an SLR. It's functional and small enough for social situations and still high quality enough and durable to take outdoors for location/panoramic/wildlife shooting. Hi-def video also a plus.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 9
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Outdoor shots amazing!

                        By Joanibus

                        from Ottawa, ON Canada

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Nice Body Color
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Video

                          Comments about PowerShot SX210 IS Digital Camera (Black):

                          I am very happy about the performance of the outdoor shots. Inside, I am still having trouble getting the green go ahead light for most shots. Also I get the orange blinker meaning camera should go on a tripod. I don't think I shake any more inside than I do outside. It is still all new to me, so hopefully soon I will rectify this. I like the zoomBrowser software that comes with it very much.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Good camera for the money

                          By ECollins

                          from Portland, OR

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Good in Low Light
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Nice Body Color
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                          • Lag / Shutter Delay

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light

                          Comments about PowerShot SX210 IS Digital Camera (Black):

                          Cons: The smile detection doesn't work for me, it has a slow refresh after taking a shot, very poor placement of the flash, and lack of a decent wide angle image. Pros: Optical zoom is excellent, it takes great low-light images, image stabilization is good, controls are easy to use, and there are plenty of pre-sets for the casual photographer.

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 8
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great pictures, no comments :)

                          By Spila

                          from Jackson, WY

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Wildlife photos

                            Comments about PowerShot SX210 IS Digital Camera (Black):

                            It's easy to use, makes nice photos, has a lot to offer as adigital camera, it's small in size but it has enough zoom. But if you want a wide angle photos, I would recomend you not to choose a digital camera.

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                            • No

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