Canon SX210 IS

 
Canon PowerShot SX210 IS front
 
Portability
90
Imaging
38
Features
40
Overall
38

Canon SX210 IS summary

Canon SX210 IS is Canon's Small Sensor Superzoom camera originally announced on June of 2010. It uses a 14 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4320 x 3240.

Canon released this camera in an effort to replace the earlier Canon SX200 IS (Read Full Comparison) and then launched the fresher Canon SX230 HS (Read Full Comparison) to update this camera.

The SX210 IS ranks at #188 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and overall #810 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our collection. Please check out our Smart camera finder to get camera rankings based on your personalized criteria.

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Canon SX210 IS family

The Canon SX210 IS comes with a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can take a look at all older and latest models alongside main specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-SX70-HS front thumbnailCanon SX70 HS
SX210 IS vs SX70 HS
21-1365mm
F3.4-6.5
20MP1/2.3"2018
Canon-PowerShot-SX740-HS front thumbnailCanon SX740 HS
SX210 IS vs SX740 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
21MP1/2.3"2018
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Canon-PowerShot-SX730-HS front thumbnailCanon SX730 HS
SX210 IS vs SX730 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
20.3MP1/2.3"2017
Canon-PowerShot-SX620-HS front thumbnailCanon SX620 HS
SX210 IS vs SX620 HS
25-625mm
F3.2-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX720-HS front thumbnailCanon SX720 HS
SX210 IS vs SX720 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
20.3MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX540-HS front thumbnailCanon SX540 HS
SX210 IS vs SX540 HS
24-1200mm
F3.4-6.5
20MP1/2.3"2016
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Canon-PowerShot-SX420-IS front thumbnailCanon SX420 IS
SX210 IS vs SX420 IS
24-1008mm
F3.5-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX410-IS front thumbnailCanon SX410 IS
SX210 IS vs SX410 IS
24-960mm
F3.5-5.6
20MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX530-HS front thumbnailCanon SX530 HS
SX210 IS vs SX530 HS
24-1200mm
F3.4-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX610-HS front thumbnailCanon SX610 HS
SX210 IS vs SX610 HS
25-450mm
F3.8-6.9
20MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX710-HS front thumbnailCanon SX710 HS
SX210 IS vs SX710 HS
25-750mm
F3.2-6.9
20MP1/2.3"2015
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Canon-PowerShot-SX60-HS front thumbnailCanon SX60 HS
SX210 IS vs SX60 HS
21-1365mm
F3.4-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX520-HS front thumbnailCanon SX520 HS
SX210 IS vs SX520 HS
24-1008mm
F3.4-6.0
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX400-IS front thumbnailCanon SX400 IS
SX210 IS vs SX400 IS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX700-HS front thumbnailCanon SX700 HS
SX210 IS vs SX700 HS
25-750mm
F3.2-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX600-HS front thumbnailCanon SX600 HS
SX210 IS vs SX600 HS
25-450mm
F3.8-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX510-HS front thumbnailCanon SX510 HS
SX210 IS vs SX510 HS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX170-IS front thumbnailCanon SX170 IS
SX210 IS vs SX170 IS
28-448mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX160-IS front thumbnailCanon SX160 IS
SX210 IS vs SX160 IS
28-448mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
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Canon-PowerShot-SX280-HS front thumbnailCanon SX280 HS
SX210 IS vs SX280 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX270-HS front thumbnailCanon SX270 HS
SX210 IS vs SX270 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX50-HS front thumbnailCanon SX50 HS
SX210 IS vs SX50 HS
24-1200mm
F3.4-6.5
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX500-IS front thumbnailCanon SX500 IS
SX210 IS vs SX500 IS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX260-HS front thumbnailCanon SX260 HS
SX210 IS vs SX260 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX150-IS front thumbnailCanon SX150 IS
SX210 IS vs SX150 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX240-HS front thumbnailCanon SX240 HS
SX210 IS vs SX240 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX40-HS front thumbnailCanon SX40 HS
SX210 IS vs SX40 HS
24-840mm
F2.7-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-SX230-HS front thumbnailCanon SX230 HS
SX210 IS vs SX230 HS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-SD4500-IS front thumbnailCanon SD4500 IS
SX210 IS vs SD4500 IS
36-360mm
F3.4-5.6
10MP1/2.3"2011
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Canon-SX220-HS front thumbnailCanon SX220 HS
SX210 IS vs SX220 HS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-SX30-IS front thumbnailCanon SX30 IS
SX210 IS vs SX30 IS
24-840mm
F2.7-5.8
14MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SX130-IS front thumbnailCanon SX130 IS
SX210 IS vs SX130 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD4000-IS front thumbnailCanon SD4000 IS
SX210 IS vs SD4000 IS
28-105mm
F2.0-5.3
10MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SX20-IS front thumbnailCanon SX20 IS
SX210 IS vs SX20 IS
28-560mm
F2.8-5.7
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SX210-IS front thumbnailCanon SX210 IS28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD1300-IS front thumbnailCanon SD1300 IS
SX210 IS vs SD1300 IS
28-112mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD3500-IS front thumbnailCanon SD3500 IS
SX210 IS vs SD3500 IS
24-120mm
F2.8-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD980-IS front thumbnailCanon SD980 IS
SX210 IS vs SD980 IS
24-120mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SX200-IS front thumbnailCanon SX200 IS
SX210 IS vs SX200 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.3
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SX1-IS front thumbnailCanon SX1 IS
SX210 IS vs SX1 IS
28-560mm
F2.8-5.7
10MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD970-IS front thumbnailCanon SD970 IS
SX210 IS vs SD970 IS
37-185mm
F3.2-5.7
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD960-IS front thumbnailCanon SD960 IS
SX210 IS vs SD960 IS
28-112mm
F2.8-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD1200-IS front thumbnailCanon SD1200 IS
SX210 IS vs SD1200 IS
35-105mm
F2.8-4.9
10MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SX10-IS front thumbnailCanon SX10 IS
SX210 IS vs SX10 IS
28-560mm
F2.8-5.7
10MP1/2.3"2009

Canon SX210 IS Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of good and bad points of the Canon SX210 IS based on factors that are often regarded as crucial in a camera.

flash built-in
great minimum ISO (80)
great zoom range (28-392mm 14.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes HDMI out
lighter than others (220g)
manual focus
megapixel count good (14MP)
nice screen size (3")
relatively wide (28mm)
very long reach (392mm)
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
cannot use external flash
doesn't have external microphone support
doesn't have headphone support
doesn't have Timelapse recording
does not have phase detect autofocus
does not have RAW support
does not offer selfie friendly display
low frames per second (1.0 frames per second)
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
pixelated screen (230 thousand dots)
screen does not articulate
slow at tele end (f5.9)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
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Canon SX210 IS Sensor info

The Canon SX210 IS features the Digic 4 chip. The spec of the sensor in the Canon SX210 IS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4320 x 3240 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter may cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 14MP and supports a native ISO range of 80 - 1600. Unfortunately, RAW files are not supported which means that you have less margin for error.

The graphic below shows the SX210 IS's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The SX210 IS sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.

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To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon SX210 IS dimensions

Canon SX210 IS weighs about 0.49 lbs (220g / 7.76 oz) and features exterior size of 103mm x 61mm x 38mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.5"). The weight of average Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387g so the Canon SX210 IS is less heavy compared with its competitors.

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Below is a pic of the Canon SX210 IS next to a softdrink to help you have a feel for its scale.

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS dimensions scale

The top view here will illustrate the button design on the SX210 IS.

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS topview buttons dials

Canon SX210 IS Lens info

The SX210 IS has got a fixed lens and a focal range of 28-392mm making it a 14.0 x zoom which is very good and would enable you to zoom right in.

At the widest 28mm, the lens provides an aperture of f3.1 making it rather slow and not great in low light circumstances and you will struggle to capture good bokeh. You will likely also need to increase the ISO resulting in noisy files. At the tele end, 392mm is great zoom and comes at f5.9 making it fairly sluggish and you will need to apply slow shutter speeds.

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Canon SX210 IS Connectivity

The SX210 IS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that contain NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be used wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to send pictures and at times change settings without connecting physically to the camera.

Some applications even enable a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external screen. Nearly all cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Canon SX210 IS Video info

The highest possible video resolution in the Canon SX210 IS is 1280 x 720 and it can capture in H.264 format. 720p is terrible by today's requirements. You really should shoot for a minimum FUll HD resolution for video. The camera does not offer a mic or headphone socket which means you have no control over your sound. It is probably best to look at an alternative camera in case you need better sound in your video clips.

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Canon SX210 IS Weather Sealing

Canon SX210 IS does not include environment proofing so rainy conditions might affect the camera.

Canon SX210 IS Display and Viewfinder

The Canon SX210 IS houses a 3 inch fixed display screen boasting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Please be aware that the display offers no touch support.

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The View Finder specs regarding Canon SX210 IS are below:

  • ViewFinder None

In those bright outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and hard to view, viewfinders are particularly useful.

Canon SX210 IS Shutter info

Canon SX210 IS has the ability to shoot continuously at 1.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/3200 sec.

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Canon SX210 IS Flash and Hot shoe info

Canon SX210 IS has got only built-in flash lacking external flash support.

Canon SX210 IS Autofocusing info

Canon SX210 IS has got just Contrast Based AF and lacks Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more snappier & precise compared with Contrast Based autofocusing.

The Sensor boasts 9 focus points to select from. Canon SX210 IS boasts manual focusing when required for low light occasions or you want to have more accurate control on focusing.

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Canon SX210 IS Battery life

The average Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has got the best (600) battery life for this group of cameras.

Following is a number of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

Canon SX210 IS for varying kinds of photography

The following graph shows a rundown of the Canon SX210 IS for varying kinds of photography. To read more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Portrait photography with Canon SX210 IS

The Canon SX210 IS receives a score of 38 which is dreadful, meaning that it is not suitable to use for portraits. Shooting portraits favors heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW files together with the potential to utilize off-camera lighting.

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focusing manually
megapixel count decent (14MP)
cannot use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files

Canon SX210 IS Street photography information

Getting a nice points total of 61, the Canon SX210 IS is a fine option for street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of image quality plus portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others in class (220 grams)
no articulating screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files

Canon SX210 IS Sports photography highlights

A dreadful sports photography score of 44 suggests the Canon SX210 IS is not suitable for photographing sports. A camera needs to have excellent tracking and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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amazing zoom range (28-392mm 14.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (14MP)
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames per second)
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus

Canon SX210 IS as a Travel photography camera

Weight is very critical when selecting a camera for travel. Overall, the Canon SX210 IS gets a nice 68 as a travel camera which is a very decent fit to take on your vacations.

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lighter than competitors in class (220 grams)
MP count good (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
decently wide (28mm)
very long reach (392mm)
missing Time Lapse recording
does not offer selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)

Canon SX210 IS as a Landscape photography camera

When you're planning to choose a camera for landscape photographs, the most important aspect is going to be image quality. The Canon SX210 IS and it's modest rating of 49 for a landscape camera is relatively suitable compared to it's rivals.

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you can focus manually
fairly wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (14 megapixels)
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse recording

Canon SX210 IS as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera really should come with a moving screen, microphone port and preferably IBIS. Considering everything, the Canon SX210 IS is not suitable as a vlog camera as it comes to a dreadful rating of 30.

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reasonably wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (220 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have external mic jack

Canon SX210 IS Alternatives

If you are trying to find replacements to the SX210 IS, here is a number of the top scored cameras which fall under the category of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The chart down below provides you a bird's eye view of the SX210 IS versus it's top scored rivals suggested earlier.

Here are a handful of other cameras you might look into as alternatives. To check out a full comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
Canon
Model type
Canon PowerShot SX210 IS
Class
Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced
2010-06-16
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Powered by
Digic 4
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
14MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4320 x 3240
RAW data
Highest native ISO
1600
Minimum native ISO
80
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points
9
Lens
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-392mm (14.0x)
Highest aperture
f/3.1-5.9
Macro focusing range
5cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display size
3"
Resolution of display
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Minimum shutter speed
15s
Fastest shutter speed
1/3200s
Continuous shutter rate
1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
3.50 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow Syncro, Manual (3 levels)
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
1280x720
Video data format
H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless
Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
220g (0.49 pounds)
Dimensions
103 x 61 x 38mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.5")
Other
Battery ID
NB-5L
Self timer
Yes (2 sec or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/MMCplus HC
Card slots
One
Retail cost
$226