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Canon Powershot SX210 IS Compact with 14x Zoom

Canon Powershot SX210 IS camera  in black

February 8th, 2010

Replacing the popular PowerShot SX200 IS, the new Canon PowerShot SX210 IS is designed for the photographer seeking a small pocket camera offering both still and HD movie recording with a range of features and creative control.

Incorporating a 14x optical zoom lens (covering 28 - 392mm in 35mm terms) combined with Canon's optical image stabilizer technology, the PowerShot SX210 IS offers versatile coverage for a wide range of picture taking situations. With a 14.1 megapixel resolution sensor, the SX210 IS provides plenty of detail for producing bigger enlargements or cropping into an image.


A large 3.0-inch high resolution LCD screen offers a wide viewing angle, and for shooting video, the PowerShot SX210 IS has the ability to zoom optically, shoot in stereo sound and has Dynamic Mode Image Stabilization for improved image clarity.

Available in three colour variations, black, purple and gold, the PowerShot SX210 IS is scheduled to be available in late March for an estimated retail price of $429.99 in Canada and $349.99 in the US.

Canon SX210 IS Major Features
Powershot SX210 IS Specifications

Canon Powershot SX210 IS back view

Canon Powershot SX210 IS Major Features

14.1 Megapixels and 28mm wide-angle 14x zoom lens: The Powershot SX210 IS camera's 14.1 Megapixel sensor and 28mm wide-angle lens make it great for capturing sweeping landscapes in high resolution, while its powerful 14x optical zoom provides a 392mm maximum equivalent focal length, allowing users to frame distant subjects with ease.

Optical Image Stabilizer: Canon’s optical Image Stabilizer technology prevents image blur by reducing the effects of camera shake. The SX210 IS offers up to 4 stop compensation allowing for extended handheld shooting under lower light conditions or with the zoom set to telephoto.

Dynamic optical Image Stabilizer (Dynamic IS): Dynamic optical Image Stabilizer is a technology which was initially developed for Canon video cameras and is now being incorporated for the first time into a Canon digital still camera. It is designed to counter blur and camera shake (caused by user movement when shooting video) more effectively. Dynamic IS can assess and compensate for low frequency vibrations, such as camera shake generated when filming and walking, and helps produce video sequences with reduced blurriness and a steadier picture.

3.0-inch PureColor II G LCD: A new 3.0-inch widescreen PureColor II G LCD featuring 230,000-dot resolution, and a tempered glass design. The PureColor II G LCD found on the Powershot SX210 IS offers increased strength, and its thin construction provides higher contrast and improved visibility in shooting and playback. Wide viewing angles make it easy to share images with friends immediately after capture, while the 16:9 aspect ratio is ideal for capturing and viewing HD video.

High Definition Movies: Users can capture quality HD video on demand, thanks to a dedicated movie record button that allows them to immediately start shooting movies, even if the camera is not set to Movie mode. Create HD 720p movies with stereo sound, then use the integrated HDMI port to connect to a compatible HDTV.

Effortless Shooting: Smart Auto and Easy shooting modes use Scene Detection Technology to determine subject brightness, contrast, distance and hue. The camera then selects the appropriate scene from a possible 22, and applies optimal settings.

Smart Flash Exposure intelligently controls flash power and usage to ensure natural results in a variety of conditions.

Complete creative control: The PowerShot SX210 IS offers full manual control over camera settings, allowing users to get more creative with their pictures.

  Canon Powershot SX210 IS colour options

Aperture, shutter speed, ISO and focusing can all be controlled manually, enabling users to experiment with their images and develop their photographic skills.

New and creative shooting modes also make photography fun for beginners. A new Fish-eye Effect mimics the distortion of a fish-eye lens, while a Miniature Effect can make subjects look like miniature-scale models. For users that just want to point and shoot, Easy Mode is a truly automatic feature – disabling access to advanced settings and removing screen icons so users can concentrate solely on the subject they want to shoot.

Easy mode offers intelligent picture taking without added complexity - providing the simplest point and shoot mode for beginners. In Easy mode, Smart Auto is active, selecting the optimum settings for the best results in each type of scene. However, most on-screen data is cleared in order to facilitate framing and most of the function buttons are disabled to prevent accidental use.

Smart Flash Exposure: The Smart Flash Exposure feature intelligently controls the power and usage of the
onboard flash to ensure natural results in a variety of conditions. By using focusing distance as well as shooting scene information, an optimum balance between the ambient light of the scene and flash power is achieved. When shooting in very bright conditions, shadows which can appear on a subject’s face are detected by the camera
and flash can be used to eliminate them. When shooting at close distances, overexposure is avoided by sensing how reflective the subject is, as well as reducing the flash power to compensate for the close shooting distance.

Smart Auto in Movie mode: The PowerShot SX210 IS is the first Canon digital still camera to feature Smart Auto in Movie mode, which enables video settings to change automatically whilst recording. The camera assesses the scene while filming and as the shooting subject changes, for example if a face enters the frame, it will adapt its settings; in this instance switching to Portrait mode. Smart Auto in Movie allows the camera to automatically detect and choose from 18 different scenes, optimising the camera settings to produce the best possible result.

Face Detection Technology: A suite of Face Detection technologies detects up to 35 faces in a scene and adjusts focus, exposure, flash settings and white balance for natural-looking results.

  • Face Detection AF: Sets the focus on faces in people shots – not just the closest subject.

  • Face Detection AE: Optimises exposure for faces in all lighting conditions – useful for backlit scenes or indoor shooting.

  • Face Detection FE: Guards against washed-out faces when using the camera’s flash – perfect for close-up shots in restaurants, clubs or other dimly lit locations.

  • Face Detection WB: Optimises white balance for natural-looking skin tones which remain true to life regardless of skin colour and lighting conditions.

  • Face Select and Track: Allows users to select one of the faces in a group to be given priority over the rest. The camera will then keep this face in focus and optimise settings for the best shot - ensuring the user can shoot the right moment and be sure of excellent results.

  • Red-Eye Correction: Eliminates the unwanted effects of flash photography. At the touch of a button in playback natural-looking eyes can be instantly restored. The original image can then be replaced or the corrected image saved as a new file.
  • Servo AF/AE: When a subject is moving towards or away from the SX210 IS, Servo AF/AE will track it continuously - ensuring that the subject will be in focus and well-exposed at the moment of capture.

    Smart Shutter: The Canon Powershot SX210 IS Smart Shutter mode uses Face Detection Technology to allow users to take both group shots and self-portraits more easily and in a more relaxed way. The shutter can be triggered remotely in three different ways:

    FaceSelf-Timer: Allows perfect group shots or self portraits by automatically triggering the shutter 2 seconds after a new face has entered the frame.

    Smile Detection: Triggers the shutter when the camera detects a smiling face within the frame.

    Wink Self-Timer: Triggers the shutter two seconds after the subject in the frame has winked, removing the need for a remote control.

    Auto ISO with Motion Detection Technology: Auto ISO mode, using Motion Detection Technology, calculates the movement of camera and subject as well as the speed at which the motion occurs. ISO sensitivity and shutter speed are then automatically adjusted to deliver minimum blur and maximum image quality in any situation.

    i-Contrast: i-Contrast technology optimises the dynamic range (brightness variation) of each shot by reducing underexposure (hidden detail in dark areas) and overexposure (washed out highlights). i-Contrast can be used both in shooting and playback mode.

    Included Accessories: The Canon SX210 IS comes supplied with a Lithium-ion NB-5L battery and charger CB-2LX, Wrist Strap WS-DC9, Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM, USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU, AV Cable AVC-DC400ST (HDMI cable is optional)

    Canon Powershot SX210 IS Accessories

    Never stop shooting with SDXC memory: The PowerShot SX210 IS is compatible with SDHC and SDXC memory cards offering up to 2TB (SDXC only) of storage capacity, providing users with enough space to shoot thousands of high quality images or hours of video without needing to change cards. Smart Shuffle function offers a new and enjoyable way to browse photos stored on memory cards, presenting suggestions of pictures similar to the one that is being viewed.

    Power Source: Lithium-ion Battery Pack NB-5L and Battery Charger CB-2LX supplied. Approximately 260 shots per battery charge.

    YouTube™ upload – share videos online in minutes: The CameraWindow software supplied with PowerShot SX210 IS features an integrated YouTube™ upload function, providing the capacity to log-in and upload video directly from the camera to the Internet via a computer.

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    Canon Powershot SX210 IS Specifications
    Image Sensor 1/2.3 type CCD
    Effective Pixels Approx 14.1M
    Colour Filter Type Primary Colour
    Image Processor DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology
    Focal Length 5.0 - 70.0 mm (35mm equivalent: 28-392mm)
    Zoom Optical 14x. Digital approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter approx. 1.7x or 2.1x and Safety Zoom¹). Combined approx. 56x
    Maximum f/number f/3.1 - f/5.9
    Construction 12 elements in 10 groups (1 UD lens, 1 double-sided aspherical lens, 1 single-sided aspherical UA lens)
    Image Stabilisation Yes (lens shift-type), 4-stop. Dynamic IS (in Movie)
    AF System/ Points TTL, Face Detection, 1-point AF (fixed to centre or Face Select and Track)
    AF Modes Single, Continuous, Servo AF/AE
    AF Point Selection Size (Normal, Small)
    AF Lock On/Off Selectable
    AF Assist Beam Yes
    Manual Focus Yes
    Closest Focusing Distance 5cm (W) from front of lens in macro
    Metering modes Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (Centre)
    AE Lock On/Off Selectable
    Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments. i-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction
    ISO sensitivity AUTO, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
    Shutter Speed 1 - 1/3200 sec (factory default)
    15 - 1/3200 sec (total range - varies by shooting mode)
    White Balance Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
    LCD Monitor 7.6 cm (3.0”) PureColor II G (TFT), aspect ratio 16:9, approx. 230,000 dots, Approx. 100% coverage, Adjustable to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD
    Flash Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro
    Slow Sync Speed Yes. Fastest speed 1/2000 sec
    Red-Eye Reduction Yes
    Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments. Face Detection FE, Safety FE, Smart Flash Exposure
    Flash Exposure Lock Yes
    Flash Output Adjustment 3 levels with internal flash
    Built-in Flash Range 75cm-3.5m (W) / 1.0m-2.0m (T)
    External Flash Canon High Power Flash HF-DC1
    Shooting Modes Auto*, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Easy*, Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Smart Shutter(Smile, Wink Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer), Low Light (3.5MP), Color Accent, Color Swap, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Beach, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Stitch Assist, Movie
    *with Scene Detection Technology and Motion Detection Technology
    Photo Effects My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)
    Drive Modes Single, Continuous, Continuous with AF, Self-Timer
    Continuous Shooting Approx. 0.7 shots/sec.¹, AF: Approx. 0.5 shots/sec.¹, LV: Approx. 0.5 shots/sec.¹ (until memory card becomes full)²
    Image Size (L) 4320 x 3240, (M1) 3456 x 2592, (M2) 2592 x 1944, (M3) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480, (W) 4320 x 2432. Resize in playback (M3, S, 320 x 240)
    Compression Fine, Normal
    Movies (HD) 1280 x 720, 30fps, (L)640 x 480, 30fps, (M)320 x 240, 30fps
    Movie Length Up to 4GB or 29 min. 59 sec (HD)¹
    Up to 4GB or 1 hour (L, M)²
    Still Image Type JPEG compression, (Exif 2.2 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
    Movies MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (stereo)]
    Canon Printers Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Fixed Size Print and Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers only)
    PictBridge Yes
    Red-Eye Correction Yes, during shooting and playback
    Histogram Yes
    Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
    My Category Image tagging feature
    Playback Zoom Approx. 2x – 10x
    Self Timer Approx. 2 or 10 sec. or Custom
    Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Ukrainian, Romanian, Farsi
    Interface Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible), HDMI Mini Connector. A/V output (PAL/NTSC)
    Memory Card Type SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus
    Battery Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-5L (battery and charger supplied)
    Battery life Approx. 260 shots¹
    Approx. 360 min. playback
    A/C Power Supply Optional AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC30
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 105.8 x 59.3 x 31.9 mm
    Weight Approx. 215g (including battery/batteries and memory card)
    Operating Environment 0 – 40 °C, 10 – 90% humidity
    Included Accessories • 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-DC400ST

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