Canon S200

Canon PowerShot S200 front
  • 10MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.0-5.9) lens
  • 181g - 100 x 59 x 26mm
  • Revealed February 2014
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon S200 overview

Canon S200 is Canon's Small Sensor Compact digital camera initially announced on February of 2014. The camera comes with a 10MP, CCD 1/1.7" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 3648 x 2736.

The S200 ranks at #47 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all around #766 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. Remember to use our Smart camera search to get camera rankings based on your personalized requirements.

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Below is a graph of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Canon S200 history

The Canon S200 comes with a history of related cameras. Below, you can look at all older and the latest models along with important features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-S200 front thumbnailCanon S20024-120mm
Canon-PowerShot-S120 front thumbnailCanon S120
S200 vs S120
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Canon-PowerShot-S110 front thumbnailCanon S110
S200 vs S110
Canon-PowerShot-S100 front thumbnailCanon S100
S200 vs S100
Canon-PowerShot-S95 front thumbnailCanon S95
S200 vs S95
Canon-PowerShot-S90 front thumbnailCanon S90
S200 vs S90
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Canon S200 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of benefits and drawbacks of the Canon S200 based on criterias that are oftentimes viewed as important in a digital camera.

comes with HDMI port
has built in flash
has image stabilization (Optical)
in built zoom lens (24-120mm 5.0 x zoom)
includes face detect focus
includes tracking focus
reasonably wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3")
supports touch to focus
very good max aperture (f2.0)
very good min ISO (80)
you can focus manually
bad battery (200 per charge)
does not have phase detect auto focus
does not have RAW support
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
fixed screen
lack of headphone port
lack of mic port
lack of Time Lapse mode
low resolution sensor (10MP)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.9)
no external flash support
pixelated screen (461 thousand dot)
screen is not selfie friendly
sensor size is small (1/1.7")
slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames per second)
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
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Canon S200 Sensor information

The Canon S200 houses the Digic 5 processor. The sensor specification in the Canon S200 is 7.44mm x 5.58mm (1/1.7"). The 42 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 3648 x 2736 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 10MP and gives a standard ISO range of 80 - 6400. Sadly, RAW photos are not saved therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.

The image below displays the S200's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The S200 sensor comes with a crop factor of 4.8 and is highlighted in green.

Canon PowerShot S200 sensor size Snapchat Adds Watermarks to AI-Created Images

To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon S200 dimensions

Canon S200 has a weight of 0.40 lb (181 gr / 6.38 ounces) and the physical size of the camera is 100mm x 59mm x 26mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.0"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr so the Canon S200 is on par compared to various competitors.

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Below is a photo of the Canon S200 alongside a soft drink so you're able to have a feel for its size.

Canon PowerShot S200 dimensions scale

The top view below will show you the button design on the S200.

Canon PowerShot S200 topview buttons dials

Canon S200 Lens information

The S200 comes with a built in lens having a focal range of 24-120mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which isn't very good however it will definitely be very helpful in a few circumstances.

At it's widest 24mm, the lens will have an aperture of f2.0 and that is awesome in low light conditions and capturing a shallow depth of field. It will also enable you to use a lower ISO to have more clean shots. With the long end, 120mm comes to f5.9 making it very sluggish and you may have to go with slower shutter speeds.

Photography Glossary

Canon S200 Connectivity

The S200 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Cameras that feature NFC or Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily copy files and usually alter camera settings without connecting physically with the camera.

A few apps also give a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can easily be connected to an external monitor. Many cameras will allow you to charge the battery using the USB port.

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Canon S200 Video information

The maximum video quality in the Canon S200 is 1280 x 720 and it can record in H.264 file format. 720p is low by today's requirements. You should go for at least FUll HD quality for video. The body doesn't feature a mic or headphone port which means that you have absolutely no control over your sound. It is probably a better idea to buy a different camera in case you want better sound in your videos.

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Canon S200 Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing on the Canon S200 so you have to be cautious in rainy or dusty conditions.

Canon S200 Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon S200 comes with a 3 inch fixed display screen having a resolution of 461 thousand dots.

Sadly the display screen isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Canon S200 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

In those bright outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and tough to view, viewfinders are very useful.

Canon S200 Shutter information

Canon S200 has the capability to shoot continuously at 2.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Canon S200 Flash and Hot shoe information

Canon S200 boasts just integrated flash lacking external flash ability.

Canon S200 Autofocus information

Canon S200 boasts only Contrast Based Auto Focus and lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more snappier & exact as compared with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera comes with Face detection which makes it valuable for portraits.

It comes with 9 focus points to select from. Canon S200 has touch to focus. You are able to use your fingers in order to switch focus points. It also comes with Tracking Auto Focus for moving things. Canon S200 has the ability to use manual focusing when needed for low light scenarios or you require more exact control on focusing.

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Canon S200 Battery life

The battery (NB-6LH) on the Canon S200 is designed to last for 200 clicks as per the CIPA standards which is less when compared with its competition. The general Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has got the highest possible (470) battery life for this group of cameras.

Below is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras having the best battery life:

Canon S200 for different styles of photography

The following chart provides a overview of the Canon S200 for different styles of photography. To view more, have a look at the specific section below.

Canon S200 Portrait photography info

The Canon S200 gets a score of 34 which is subpar, meaning that it is not really very good for portraits. Taking portrait photos leans heavily to sensor dimensions, support for RAW photos in addition to the potential to utilize external flash.

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has manual focus
has face detection autofocus
no external flash support
MP count low (10MP)
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
no RAW files

Canon S200 as a Street photography camera

Getting a above average score of 61, the Canon S200 is a very decent pick to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera provides a perfect balance of image quality and portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
supports focus by touch
screen does not articulate
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
lack of RAW files

Canon S200 as a Sports photography camera

A subpar sports photography points tally of 32 means the Canon S200 is not really very good for shooting sports. A camera really should have fantastic autofocus plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
features tracking autofocus
low fps (2.0 fps)
low MP (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
low battery (200 per charge)
no phase detect auto focus

Canon S200 Travel photography info

Size is very critical in getting a camera for travel. Overall, the Canon S200 gets a very good 64 for a travel camera which makes it a good option to buy for your vacations.

Photography Glossary
features touch focus
flash built-in
relatively wide (24mm)
good max aperture (f2.0)
does not have Time Lapse recording
not so great battery life (200 CIPA)
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
does not feature selfie friendly display

Canon S200 Landscape photography factors

For anyone looking to purchase a camera for landscape photographs, the most essential aspect will be image quality. The Canon S200 at it's decent score of 46 for a landscape camera is somewhat suited within the current market.

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focusing manually
decently wide (24mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
does not have RAW support
low battery life (200 per charge)
missing Time Lapse function

Canon S200 Vlogging features

A camera for vlogging really should come with a moving screen, microphone port and ideally IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Canon S200 is not really very good as a vlog camera as it comes to a subpar rating of 33.

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pretty wide (24mm)
good maximum aperture (f2.0)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focusing
screen isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have external mic jack

Canon S200 Alternatives

If you want replacements to the S200, here is a range of the top rated cameras which fall under the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The graph followed below provides you a bird's eye view of the S200 versus it's top rated competitors shown earlier.

Here are a few more cameras you might view as alternate options. To see a full comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Canon PowerShot S200
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Digic 5
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
10 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
3648 x 2736
RAW support
Maximum native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
24-120mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture
Macro focusing range
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
Screen resolution
461 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
15 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed
2.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
7.00 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video data format
Mic jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
181 grams (0.40 lb)
100 x 59 x 26mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.0")
Battery life
200 shots
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
Storage slots
Launch price