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Canon Powershot SD200 3.2MP Digital Elph Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (OLD MODEL) by Review Summary ,  Oct 28, 2015

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Canon Powershot SD200 3.2MP Digital Elph Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (OLD MODEL)
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 132 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.0
Returned or considering to return: 3.8%

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Individual Feature Rating
Fit5.0   above average
Price5.0   above average
Size4.5   average
Photo4.4   average
Quality4.2   average
Image4.1   average
Video4.0   average
Battery3.8   above average
Light3.6   below average
Zoom3.3   below average
Flash2.8   below average
Screen2.0   mediocre


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Battery

Battery:
"I was hesitant to buy a Canon after my last Elph showed poor battery life and mediocre picture quality."
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"Battery life - in one word - horrible!"
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"-The flash is very close to the lens (lots of redeye problems)-More purple fringing issues than other Canons-Proprietary batteries that are expensive to replace-The LCD is very fragile."
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"c 2 image processor-Excellent Movie Mode-3x optical zoom is adequate for most people-Excellent, intuitive manual controls-Huge 2.0 inch lcd that looks great under various lighting conditions-Uses widely available and cheap SD cardsCons (most of these are minor quirks):-Some purple fringing problems-Proprietary batteries are expensive to replace and inconvenient at times-Lots of issues with fragile LCDs-No RAW support-Few manual controlsIf you do choose this product, the first thing you should buy is a larger SD memory card."
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"Instead, a low battery symbol flashes about 5-10 pics before it's dead."
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"This camera has a very flimsy battery SD card cover."
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"Over the years I have had to purchase another battery, but this camera is just so easy and nice to use."
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"I bought a generic battery charged which worked well."
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"I love the battery it uses!"
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"The battery life is excellent and this is an easy camera to travel with (I had no problems with international adaptors, etc)."
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"Overall Great Picture quality and extremely long battery life."
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Fit

Fit:
"The size is great, fits in most pockets esp."
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"It fits in your shirt pocket as well."
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"The camera is very sleek and fits into any pocket (even a tight jeans pocket)."
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"It fit perfectly on the camera and keeps the lcd free from scratches or cracks."
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"This fits in easily anywhere and the battery lasts for ever."
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Flash

Flash:
"Cons:- Red eye as a result of the bright flash is terrible."
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"I do have problems with redeye when using the flash, but I rarely use the flash."
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"Another inconvenient thing is that I was not able to force the flash in auto-mode, but switching between auto and manual mode is easy, so I will live with that."
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"The only drawback is the little flash circles it makes whenever I take a picture while others are flashing."
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"-The flash is very close to the lens (lots of redeye problems)-More purple fringing issues than other Canons-Proprietary batteries that are expensive to replace-The LCD is very fragile."
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"Instead, a low battery symbol flashes about 5-10 pics before it's dead."
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"Pros --Very sleek-Excellent picture quality for it's price-Very low flash charging time-Unlimited video shooting at decent resolution-CheapCons--Does not have bulb setting so you can't keep the shutter open for unlimited time for night shots."
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"I've invested in a range of lenses, a decent external flash, remote control, etc."
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"The ironic thing is, when I take off the flash, the low-light pictures often come out well."
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"Photos taken in low lighting conditions w o a flash turned out great."
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"However, the size can be advantage as pulling it out, turning the flash off, and taking a few quick pictures without being noticed."
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Image

Image:
"The slide that switches between photo, movie and view mode has begun to fail (it wants to take movies all the time! )"
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"Sure you can slightly clean up the red eye image using software; however, that's a major hassle and most photos will leave the eye looking black."
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"The larger size did enable Canon to pack more features into it, however:Features unique to the SD500:-1 4 inch thicker-30% heavier-50% longer flash range-14% more battery lifeThe SD400 and SD500 also share these benefits over the SD200 SD300:-New Night Display feature which brightens the LCD in low light-My Colors feature lets you highlight or swap colors right on the camera-USB 2.0 High Speed supportThe following are shared by all the SDxxx Cameras:Pros:-Beautiful, eye catching design-Great image quality, though not as good as non ultraportable models-New Dig!"
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"Instead, a low battery symbol flashes about 5-10 pics before it's dead."
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"It's not the best for taking spur of the moment pics."
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"Pros (aside from new features mentioned above):-Canon's image sensor is consistently one of the (if not THE) best when it comes to ultracompact digital cameras."
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"Great image quality due to a fantastic image processor."
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"It took great pics when it worked."
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"This is great for taking some floral pics or especially when taking sunset shots."
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"It's photo quality is excellent for its price."
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Light

Light:
"Apparently, in an attempt to make the new models light and the displays large, Canon sacrificed durability."
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"c 1)-Much better movie mode than previous Canons-Small light, easy pocketabilityOn the other hand, there are some significant drawbacks due to the components Canon had to use to get the camera so small:-Few manual controls."
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"When I received it, it had what appeared to be one dead pixel - white or very light blue, it only showed up on dark backgrounds."
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"Just beware - you are gonna need a lot more light for videos."
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"But in natural light or even in bright artificial light, it takes great photos."
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"Takes clear photos even in low light situations."
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"The photos come out really very good, even when the light is low (ofcourse i had enabled auto flash)."
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"its also so light compared to a s400, it is also very small with a nice bright screen for viewing crisp pics."
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"INDOOR pics turn out good if there is a LOT of light otherwise you have to use the flash, I took a piture of my ceiling fan on high and w out the flash it was a tan blur, with the flash on there was absolutely no blur at all - you could see each individual fan blade prefectly."
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Photo

Photo:
"Sure you can slightly clean up the red eye image using software; however, that's a major hassle and most photos will leave the eye looking black."
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"It's a camera that will always take color-rich and great photos for you-even if you make a slight mistake or move your hands just a tiny bit when photographing."
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"But in natural light or even in bright artificial light, it takes great photos."
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"What great photos for a tiny camera!"
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"I use it mostly to sell on line with, from little rings to furniture and the photos are great."
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"Takes clear photos even in low light situations."
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"The photos come out really very good, even when the light is low (ofcourse i had enabled auto flash)."
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Price

Price:
"If you can pick up a good used one, or even a new one at a great price, do it! "
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"All in all an excellent purchase for the money (total investment $95)."
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"For the price and all around qualities, I am really happy with this purchase."
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"I've compared it with much expensiver cameras, and the desing, material and pictures are really good, besides the price is very afordable."
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"It is great value for money."
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Quality

Quality:
"The picture and color quality are very good, not great, but very good."
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"I was hesitant to buy a Canon after my last Elph showed poor battery life and mediocre picture quality."
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"Up until then it was a great camera, but I am really disgusted with the poor quality that it would fail so soon."
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"Picture quality isn't amazing, but very good."
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"Not good enough of picture quality for Canon - I know I said that the picture quality of this camera is not bad, but... Canon is the world's leading manufacturer of digital photography equipment."
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"The larger size did enable Canon to pack more features into it, however:Features unique to the SD500:-1 4 inch thicker-30% heavier-50% longer flash range-14% more battery lifeThe SD400 and SD500 also share these benefits over the SD200 SD300:-New Night Display feature which brightens the LCD in low light-My Colors feature lets you highlight or swap colors right on the camera-USB 2.0 High Speed supportThe following are shared by all the SDxxx Cameras:Pros:-Beautiful, eye catching design-Great image quality, though not as good as non ultraportable models-New Dig!"
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"Picture quality is good."
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"Very happy with 3.2 megapixel quality."
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"Great image quality due to a fantastic image processor."
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"Tiny screen, 3.2 MP, but who really cares: the pictures are great quality on a machine or printed to 5x7."
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"Takes good quality pictures."
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Screen

Screen:
"Unfortunately I've broken the screen twice."
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"The second issue is after owning this camera for 13 months, an E 18 error appeared on the digital screen."
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"As of right now, both have broken view screens."
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"Unfortunately just last week, I became another one of the many disappointed customers to find a broken LCD screen on their SD200.Be careful when buying."
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"Unfortunately, the camera was dropped and the screen was cracked."
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"Then one day the camera was in my daughters purse and the LCD suddently appeard broken (no physical sign of abuse) but it had turned white with purple feathering on the screen (internal damage of some sort)."
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"It works great, no cracked screen or other issues."
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"Tiny screen, 3.2 MP, but who really cares: the pictures are great quality on a machine or printed to 5x7."
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"I also love the girly features such as colors for the clock screen, wallpaper, sounds (dog barking, wolf howling, bird chirping), etc."
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"its also so light compared to a s400, it is also very small with a nice bright screen for viewing crisp pics."
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"I've carried it for the last 6 months in my sleeve cargo pocket while in Iraq--without a case, and haven't had any problems w the screen."
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Size

Size:
"Only downside is the tradeoff of size versus handling."
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"I have to be honest the Camera is the perfect size, takes OK pictures, but not great, would be great for casual pictures, and home shot."
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"I've exposed it mine to rain about 10 different times, and I've not EVER had any even a small incidental problem."
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"(though it does look ridiculous putting such a small camera on a tripod :-)+ you can view 9 pictures at once in review mode+ you can't beat the ELPH's styling."
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"Great size."
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"For the size, I can't complain."
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"I wanted a small camera which took good pictures and good video."
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"the size on this camera is great which allows for me to take it anywhere."
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"The size is great, fits in most pockets esp."
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Video

Video:
"The slide that switches between photo, movie and view mode has begun to fail (it wants to take movies all the time! )"
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"But this is still not a good enough reason to lug my video camera around."
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"In the past, I've missed taking so many pictures and movies because one gets tired of dragging along a big digital camera and or a big camcorder."
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"The downside to having the best quality movie mode is that the movies are huge."
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"I wanted a small camera which took good pictures and good video."
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"The video quality was pretty good at the time I bought it (17 months ago) and the camera has taken a few knocks over the time I have owned it."
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"Anyway, bought this camera (actually bought 2 - the other one I gave as a gift to my sister)and over past 6 months use here are my impressions:Pros:>great portable shooter for first timers>intuitive controls, including easy video function>great basic camera for getting 4x6 picsCons:>LCD screen again cracked without explanationThe screen cracking again on this camera together with what happened to my SD50 leads me to believe that the LCD's on Canons are very fragile and you probably have to buy a hard case to enclose this camera to protect from possible damage."
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"Pros --Very sleek-Excellent picture quality for it's price-Very low flash charging time-Unlimited video shooting at decent resolution-CheapCons--Does not have bulb setting so you can't keep the shutter open for unlimited time for night shots."
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"This camera is great for short videos of our granddaughter."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"Shots using the zoom of tennis players from a distance of 50 feet was disappointing upon medium enlargement (considerably inferior to my ancient Konica Minolta Dimage Z10)."
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"It's biggest obvious drawback is the lack of digital zoom."
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"I don't think I'll ever use this mode since I hate digital zooms, they just make the pictures look bad."
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"The negative point is that you cannot change the zoom while recording video."
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"If one does not want long zooms, this would be the best buy."
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"It takes great pictures, and has a pretty good optical zoom."
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"The digital macro zoom was amazing."
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"Which is basically the macro focus that you could use in Auto-mode but it turns on the digital zoom as well (even if it is disabled)."
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"c 2 image processor-Excellent Movie Mode-3x optical zoom is adequate for most people-Excellent, intuitive manual controls-Huge 2.0 inch lcd that looks great under various lighting conditions-Uses widely available and cheap SD cardsCons (most of these are minor quirks):-Some purple fringing problems-Proprietary batteries are expensive to replace and inconvenient at times-Lots of issues with fragile LCDs-No RAW support-Few manual controlsIf you do choose this product, the first thing you should buy is a larger SD memory card."
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