Canon Powershot SX200 IS Review

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Canon Powershot SX200 IS

Here you can see the new Easy exposure mode. This is a 100% automatic exposure mode. The only thing you can control is the flash, and that is because you have to manually raise it in order to use it.


Canon Powershot SX200 IS

The AUTO mode allows anyone, regardless of expertise, to use the SX200 like a simple point-n-shoot camera. The camera automatically selects the shutter speed and aperture allowing you to concentrate on framing your subject, not changing camera settings.

As you rotate the Mode dial, a brief description of the selected exposure mode will be displayed.



Canon Powershot SX200 IS

In Program mode the camera selects both the shutter speed and aperture like Auto mode, but now you have access to all of the same menu settings as in Av, Tv, and M mode (see FUNCtion and Menu screens below.)



Canon Powershot SX200 IS

Half-pressing the shutter release with get you an autofocus lock and the shutter speed and aperture values will be displayed.



Canon Powershot SX200 IS

FUNCtion menu (in P, Tv, Av and M mode).

    Metering - Evaluative, Center Weighted Averaging, Spot
    My Colors - Off, Vivid color, Neutral color, Sepia, B&W, Custom (Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation)
    White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash or Custom
    ISO - Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, or 1600
    Flash Compensation - Adjust the output level of the flash +/- 2.0 in 1/3EV steps
    Drive mode - Single, Continuous, AF Continuous
    Image Size - L (4000x3000), M1 (3264x2448), M2 (2592x1944), M3 (1600x1200), S (640x480) and Wide (4000x2248)
    Image Quality - Fine or Normal JPEG compression





Canon Powershot SX200 IS

In Tv (Shutter-speed priority) mode the user selects the desired shutter speed and the camera automatically selects the aperture value. If the shutter speed is too fast (or slow), the aperture value will be displayed in red (when the shutter is half-pressed) which tells you to select a different speed. Slow shutter speeds allow for moving objects to 'motion blur' and fast shutter speeds will 'freeze' fast moving objects.



Canon Powershot SX200 IS

In Av (Aperture priority) mode the user selects the desired aperture value and the camera automatically selects the appropriate shutter speed. Small apertures (large F-stop number) increase the depth of field (range of focus) whereas large apertures (small F-stop numbers) decreases the depth of field.



Canon Powershot SX200 IS

In Manual mode the proper exposure value is determined by changing both the shutter speed and the aperture values manually. You can visually see the screen lighten or darken as you change settings and the EV (exposure value) chart along the right hand side will help you achieve the desired exposure.



Canon Powershot SX200 IS

Record MENU (in P, Tv, Av and M mode).

    AF Frame - Center or Face Detect
    AF Frame Size - Normal or Small
    Servo AF - On or Off
    AF Mode - Continuous or Single auto focus
    Digital Zoom - Off, Standard, 1.5x, or 2.0x
    AF-Point Zoom - On or Off
    AF-assist Beam - Enable or disable AF-assist lamp
    Safety MF - On or Off
    i-Contrast - Off or Auto
    Review - Off, Hold or 2 - 10 secs
    Review Info - Off, Detailed, Focus Check
    Blink Detection - On or Off
    Display Overlay - Enable or disable Grid lines, 3:2 Guide, Off or Both
    IS Mode - Continuous, Shoot Only, Panning, Off
    Date Stamp - Off, Date or Date & Time
    Set Print/Share button - Choose a custom function to use while in record mode





Canon Powershot SX200 IS

You can record movie clips with audio at a variety of resolutions. The SX200 offers Standard Definition movies at resolutions of 640x480 or 320x240 as well as a High Definition mode at 1280x720. The frame rate for all three modes is 30fps. For those of you who are a bit more creative, there are also options for Color accent and Color swap. The optical zoom may not be used during recording, but can be preset before hand. These clips are captured in QuickTime format and saved as .MOV files.

Both the video and audio portion of movies can be replayed on the camera thanks to the built-in speaker. Full audio-video playback is also possible when connected to a TV monitor or a compatible PC after downloading. The SX200 is one of several models from Canon that offers HD video output via a HDMI port.



Canon Powershot SX200 IS

SETUP menu options.

    Mute - On or Off
    Volume - Adjust the volume of the different camera sounds
    Sound Options - Choose the Start-up, Operation, Self-timer and Shutter sounds
    LCD Brightness - Adjust the brightness of the LCD
    Start-up Image - Choose the image to be displayed on power-up
    Hints & Tips - On or Off
    Format - Format the memory card
    File Numbering - Continuous, Auto Reset
    Create Folder - Create a storage folder for your images
    Auto Rotate - On or Off
    Lens Retract - 0 sec., 1 min.
    Power Saving - Auto Power Down, Display Off settings
    Time Zone - Set your home and travel time zones
    Date/Time - Set the date and time
    Distance Units - Focus distance in feet or meters
    Video System - NTSC, PAL
    Language - Choose from one of the 25 languages
    Reset All - Reset the camera to the factory defaults


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