Canon SX200 IS
- 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 3" Fixed Display
- ISO 80 - 1600
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 1280 x 720 video
- 28-336mm (F3.4-5.3) lens
- 247g - 103 x 61 x 38mm
- Released May 2009
- Replacement is Canon SX210 IS
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Canon SX200 IS overview
Canon SX200 IS is Canon's Small Sensor Superzoom camera originally revealed on May of 2009. It includes a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4000 x 3000.
Canon introduced the more recent Canon SX210 IS (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to improve this camera.
The SX200 IS is scored #213 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and all round #948 out of 1459 for cameras in our list. Remember to check our Advanced camera search to get camera ratings based on your custom criteria.
Here is a diagram of various criteria used in the scoring system.
Canon SX200 IS family
The Canon SX200 IS comes with a history of related cameras. Down below, you can view all previous and brand new models as well as key specifications.
SX200 IS vs SX70 HS21-1365mm
SX200 IS vs SX740 HS24-960mm
SX200 IS vs SX730 HS24-960mm
SX200 IS vs SX620 HS25-625mm
SX200 IS vs SX720 HS24-960mm
SX200 IS vs SX540 HS24-1200mm
SX200 IS vs SX420 IS24-1008mm
SX200 IS vs SX410 IS24-960mm
SX200 IS vs SX610 HS25-450mm
SX200 IS vs SX710 HS25-750mm
SX200 IS vs SX530 HS24-1200mm
SX200 IS vs SX60 HS21-1365mm
SX200 IS vs SX520 HS24-1008mm
SX200 IS vs SX400 IS24-720mm
SX200 IS vs SX700 HS25-750mm
SX200 IS vs SX600 HS25-450mm
SX200 IS vs SX170 IS28-448mm
SX200 IS vs SX510 HS24-720mm
SX200 IS vs SX160 IS28-448mm
SX200 IS vs SX270 HS25-500mm
SX200 IS vs SX280 HS25-500mm
SX200 IS vs SX50 HS24-1200mm
SX200 IS vs SX500 IS24-720mm
SX200 IS vs SX260 HS25-500mm
SX200 IS vs SX150 IS28-336mm
SX200 IS vs SX240 HS25-500mm
SX200 IS vs SX40 HS24-840mm
SX200 IS vs SD4500 IS36-360mm
SX200 IS vs SX230 HS28-392mm
SX200 IS vs SX220 HS28-392mm
SX200 IS vs SX30 IS24-840mm
SX200 IS vs SX130 IS28-336mm
SX200 IS vs SD4000 IS28-105mm
SX200 IS vs SX20 IS28-560mm
SX200 IS vs SX210 IS28-392mm
SX200 IS vs SD3500 IS24-120mm
SX200 IS vs SD1300 IS28-112mm
SX200 IS vs SD980 IS24-120mm
SX200 IS vs SX1 IS28-560mm
SX200 IS vs SD970 IS37-185mm
SX200 IS vs SD960 IS28-112mm
SX200 IS vs SD1200 IS35-105mm
SX200 IS vs SX10 IS28-560mm
Canon SX200 IS Gallery
You can look at the SX200 IS from various angles in the gallery here.
Canon SX200 IS Pros and Cons
Here is a shortlist of positives and negatives of the Canon SX200 IS based on criterias that are usually viewed as crucial in a camera.
Canon SX200 IS Sensor specs
The size of the sensor in the Canon SX200 IS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter can easily cause cropping.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The CCD sensor boasts 12 megapixels and features a native ISO range of 80 - 1600. Sadly, RAW format is not supported which means that the user has less margin for error.
The picture below shows the SX200 IS's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The SX200 IS sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Canon SX200 IS dimensions
Canon SX200 IS weighs about 0.54 lb (247 grams or 8.71 oz) and features outer size of 103mm x 61mm x 38mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.5"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams so the Canon SX200 IS is lighter as compared with various rivals.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
Listed below is a visual of the Canon SX200 IS with a softdrink to help you have a sense of its size.
The top view here will illustrate the button layout on the SX200 IS.
Canon SX200 IS Lens details
The SX200 IS has a fixed lens having a focal range of 28-336mm making it a 12.0 x zoom which may not be huge however it will be very helpful in certain circumstances.
At it's widest 28mm, the lens will have an aperture of f3.4 and that is kind of sluggish and not ideal in low light conditions and you will probably struggle to capture good bokeh. You will also have to raise your ISO setting producing noisy files. For the long end, 336mm is brilliant zoom and comes to f5.3 which is really slow and you may have to apply slow shutter speeds.
Canon SX200 IS Connectivity
The SX200 IS has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that include NFC and Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly through smartphones. You can send pictures and at times change settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.
Several apps also enable a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external monitor. Many cameras will allow you to recharge the battery using the USB socket.
Canon SX200 IS Video details
The maximum video resolution in the Canon SX200 IS is 1280 x 720 and it can record in Motion JPEG format. 720p is terrible by today's standards. You should target a minimum FUll HD resolution for good video. The body doesn't feature a mic and headphone port which means you have absolutely no control over your sound. It is perhaps a better idea to purchase another camera if you want better sound in your video clips.
Canon SX200 IS Weather Sealing
There is no weather sealing for the Canon SX200 IS so you have to be cautious in rainy or dusty situations.
Canon SX200 IS Display and Viewfinder
The Canon SX200 IS includes a 3" fixed screen having a resolution of 230k dots.
Sadly the screen is not a touch screen.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The View Finder specifications regarding Canon SX200 IS are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
In those bright outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and hard to view, viewfinders will be pretty useful.
Canon SX200 IS Shutter details
Canon SX200 IS continuous shooting speed is 1.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/3200 sec.
Canon SX200 IS Flash and Hot shoe details
Canon SX200 IS boasts just integrated flash lacking external flash ability.
Canon SX200 IS Autofocusing details
Canon SX200 IS boasts only Contrast Based Autofocus and doesn't have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker and accurate as compared with Contrast Based focusing.
It includes 9 focus points to choose from. Canon SX200 IS has the ability to use manual focusing if required for low light scenarios or you want to have more exact focusing control.
Canon SX200 IS Battery life
The general Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has got the highest possible (600) battery life for this range of cameras.
Following is a list of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that have the highest battery life:
SX200 IS vs Fujifilm HS35EXR600 yesnono
SX200 IS vs B500600 nonoyes
SX200 IS vs L840590 noyesno
SX200 IS vs FZ200540 yesnono
SX200 IS vs V-Lux 4540 yesnono
Canon SX200 IS for various forms of photography
The following bar chart shows a analysis of the Canon SX200 IS for various forms of photography. To view more, visit the specific paragraph below.
Portrait photography with Canon SX200 IS
The Canon SX200 IS receives a points tally of 29 which is dreadful, meaning that it is not really appropriate to use for portrait photos. Taking portraits leans heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW photos and option to use off-camera lighting.
Street photography with Canon SX200 IS
Getting a average rating of 60, the Canon SX200 IS is somewhat adequate for street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of picture quality plus portability.
Canon SX200 IS Sports photography highlights
A dreadful sports photography rating of 27 suggests the Canon SX200 IS is not really appropriate for taking photos of sports. A camera must have great focusing and shutter speeds for sports photography.
Canon SX200 IS as a Travel photography camera
Portability is really crucial when picking a travel camera. Over-all, the Canon SX200 IS gets a nice 63 as a travelling camera which is a good pick for your travels.
Landscape photography with Canon SX200 IS
For anybody looking to buy a digital camera for landscape photography, the most important factor is going to be image quality. The Canon SX200 IS at it's dreadful score of 43 for a landscape camera is not really appropriate compared to its competitors.
Canon SX200 IS as a Vlogging camera
A vlogging camera really should offer a articulating screen, mic input and if possible image stabilization. Considering everything, the Canon SX200 IS is not really appropriate for vlogging as it gets a dreadful score of 30.
Canon SX200 IS Alternatives
If you are trying to find alternatives to the SX200 IS, below is a collection of the top placed cameras that fall in to the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The diagram down below provides you a bird's eye view of the SX200 IS versus it's highest ranked competitors listed earlier.
These are various other cameras you may look into as alternative options. To look at a comprehensive comparison, just click on the "compare" link.