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Canon PowerShot SX210IS 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 14x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch...
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 411 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.1
Returned or considering to return: 9.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Fit4.6   average
Price4.6   average
Photo4.5   average
Size4.5   average
Compact4.4   below average
Stabilization4.4   average
Zoom4.4   above average
Color4.3   average
Manual4.3   above average
Screen4.3   above average
Quality4.2   average
Video4.2   average
Setting4.0   average
Image3.8   below average
Pixels3.8   above average
Battery3.7   above average
Light3.6   below average
DSLR3.5   below average
Indoor3.5   average
Lens3.3   average
Speed3.1   below average
Menu2.8   below average
Design2.7   below average
Shutter2.7   below average
Focus2.6   below average
Flash2.5   below average


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Balance

Balance:
"what i do not like about this camera is that the white balance is not very good."
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"Almost useless flash, possible it is the worst thing in the camera, it makes handling difficult and when in use under artificial lightning it sets wrong white balance (pictures are yellowish), very short range."
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"I LOVE Canon cameras; from my experience, they have the perfect balance of quality and user-friendliness."
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"-No brightness or white balance settings for video (versus Canon's excellent custom controls).-Auto white balance is fooled by compact fluorescent lights (Canon's AWB is more reliable).-Camera prefers low ISO settings even in low light and this can cause motion blur."
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"After months of research and camera testing, I believe the Canon SX210 provides the best balance of performance among its peers if you're in the market for a pocketable camera that can deliver very good photos and high-quality videos."
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"In my two weeks of evaluation, I've determined that the Canon SX210 is the optimum choice if you want the best balance of low light photos and good video."
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Battery

Battery:
"When I was into my second week in Italy, it quit reading a charged battery so I was unable to use it."
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"My biggest complaint is the battery SD card door is very difficult to open, and the side door for the USB could provide better clearance for plugging it in."
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"Second, the battery life is not very good."
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"I have 2 complaints, and they're legitimate ones.1: Battery."
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"Cons:- Battery indicator still unpredictable, just like more cameras."
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"(The one negative about the battery is that it is larger than the old canons, so you can't use old batteries as a backup) I tried taking a picture in a pitch black room (I could not see my hand 2 in front of my face)."
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"Takes magnificent photos, easy to hold, fast enough for stills, video is excellent, battery recycle time is good, and is still rated a top contender compared to newer models."
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"The pictures are of decent quality, and the camera has great battery life."
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"the other bad thing about this camera is that the battery runs out pretty quickly."
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"The battery life is good."
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"The zoom is great, photo quality is great, and it's easy to take it along with me everywhere and the small recharchable battery is wonderful."
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Button

Button:
"I knew about the annoying pop-up flash, which is still annoying, and in this version the on off button is harder to deal with than the earlier one."
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"If you get the gold color camera, as I did, you may find that the icons on the mode selection button are hard to read."
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"The zoom button in my opinion is hard to maneuver."
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"I was looking for a camera with these attributes: - small enough to fit in my leather case to wear on my belt - capable of quality photos in low light - longer distance flash - easy video control...the instant button is very handy."
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"I have 3 in total, just in case.2: Flash pops up automatically when you press the power button and it's right where you comfortably hold the camera for use."
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"It is very easy to use because simple button."
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"Operator Panel User Interface Computer Controls ,,, are MOST Excellent, well thought-out, few buttons, multi-functional."
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"This camera was meant to replace a Canon Powershot SD6300 and even that camera had a clear LCD screen and button controls."
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Compact

Compact:
"I bought it as a compromise between my old clunky Olympus 12x zoom and my compact Canon Powershot 4x zoom, both of which had started to malfunction."
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"As with most super zoom compacts, focus lock in low light is a challenge but the Canon SX210 is better than the Nikon if you want faster focus lock during video."
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"If you're trying to video children or pets running back and forth quickly at close range to these cameras then you'll be disappointed in ANY super zoom compact camera you try."
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"There is no other solution and no camera has yet been developed to solve this problem -it's a compromise of light, optics, and sensor sensitivity in compact camera bodies."
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"There is a reason for me to write such a lengthy review(for me it is very lengthy) because i found so much of information which was hard to digest for compact users, reviewers went to micro level(like cropping image up to 100% and then analyzing colors and sharpness among competitors."
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"the sensor is bigger, nor 2 3 but bigger thanmost compacts at 1 1.7 which is good."
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"Instead, I searched high and low for the perfect compact camera and fell in love with the Canon PowerShot SX210IS."
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"I thought this camera would have it all - great pictures, powerful zoom, in a compact body."
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"Other things worth noting are the stabilized zoom (very nice), the large LCD screen, and how compact it is!"
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"From my experience, these are the best pictures (and zoom) you can get with such a compact camera."
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DSLR

DSLR:
"There is a bit more noise than with my DSLR but nothing terrible."
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"It's not as great as the DSLR's or the full feature digitals but it's excellent for everyday use and quick, high quality photos."
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"This could replace my D40 if I didn't just enjoy using a DSLR."
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"Also, unlike with SLR's (or DSLR's), does not work well with depth perception."
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"this is a must)4) Can click decent pictures with good colors5) Easy to carry ( This is most important factor otherwise there are DSLR available)6) High definition video with speaker sound7) Flash Performance8) Features (This camera has 90% of entry level SLR features to explore)Having stated all my requirements,I have few good things and few shortcomings which i would like to shareGood things1) Accurate metering systems2) color accuracy3) Fast auto focus4) Easy navigation of controls like ISO, White balance, Apperture, Shutter, Flash, Focus mode ( this is most important and encourage you to come out of Auto mode)5) Almost perfect Auto mode which beats all the competitors(exception is indoor night scene where you need to use custom white balance even DSLR needs overriding)6) Flash performance7) Good low light performance - not best but good, low light mode can capture very good shot (all the compact cameras can not perform in low light as compared to DSLR)Negative aspect where only this camera lacks edge over competitor1) Lack of RAW mode ( RAW mode capture image as sensor see it without performing any processing these images need post processing with software like Photoshop and then converted to JPEG."
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"My wife is happy with the wrinkle removing feature...and I will revert to my DSLR if I wanted to take photos of greater detail."
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"Since I cannot afford a DSLR at the moment I chose this one, and I love it."
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"For what it is and does it's the next best thing when I can't carry a DSLR."
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"Shot to shot speed is on mine quite impressive for a compact, again to compare it to a DSLR is slow, but unfair."
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"Truth is it's used more often than my DSLR cameras because it's so much easier and convienient{SP} to tag along when I'm on the go."
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Design

Design:
"But I can deal with design issues; what I hate is poor image quality."
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"Really, the bigger problem is that this thing is just not ergonomically designed."
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"The 2nd main reason for not keeping Canon-The weird...or lack of ergonomic design, which one can get used to with practice."
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"The main downside of the camera is a design flaw: where one would traditionally hold a camera there is a pop up flash which is held down by your left index finger."
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"First of all, this camera has been designed so ergonomically wrong that it makes me cringe."
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"In my research, I've read many complaints about the flash design."
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"I LOVE all the IDEAS of this camera and so many features but design is killing it -and me."
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"Very quick focusing, motion shots are usually no trouble, and more features than this amateur reviewer will ever use...Really digging the easy controls when using program manual modes, intuitive design makes it easy to adjust ISO and focus as well if you so desire."
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"Got this item on sale - great camera - works well, sturdy design - zoom works great, this camera is well suited to the active lifestyle."
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"Pros - size, zoom, ease of use, design, photo quality and cost when compared to other camras with the same features."
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"The controls are easy to access and the menus are very well designed."
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Fit

Fit:
"I actually had problems finding a case that would fit it properly....they were either too small or too large."
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"The only problem is finding a bag to fit it in the same color scheme."
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"In a super small size that fits perfectly in gent's pocket or unobtrusively on belt."
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"Otherwise, it's a handy size that fits in my purse and takes great pictures."
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"The camera is very small and can easily fit in my bag."
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"It fits in a back jean pocket perfectly with no discomfort."
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"All in all, a good buy for a compact camera that fits your pocket and your budget."
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Flash

Flash:
"Flash broke and will not raise automatically anymore."
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"Only complaint is the auto pop-up of the flash, which is located right where my left index finger wants to be."
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"The only thing I can think of that would be considered negative would be that the flash is placed exactly where you want to put your finger."
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"The only issue i face with this cam is the flash is placed in the wrong place, everything else is very good."
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"Flash too weak...The only good things I can say about it is the size is great and it looks cool."
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"Finally, I really dislike the location of the flash."
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"and it works nice even without flash for moderate light."
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"Flash too weak...The only good things I can say about it is the size is great and it looks cool."
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"Additionally, your finger easily gets in the way preventing the flash from popping up."
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"The low light feature is especially nice for taking pictures inside without the flash washing the background out."
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"I can take about 200 pictures before it starts to slow down which is quite impressive for the brightness of the flash and auto review and all of the features provided."
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Focus

Focus:
"In movie mode, the camera is unable to find and maintain focus, and indoor exposure in settings such as concerts is positively abysmal."
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"Takes too long to focus, terrible shutter lag so that you often miss the shot by the time the camera takes the photo."
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"Further, and perhaps the most frustrating problem, is the verrrrry slow autofocus which causes me to miss many photo opportunities."
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"I started noticing problems with the focus halfway through December (convenient - I have virtually no photos of the holidays that year that aren't blurry)."
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"Then in August, I start noticing problems with the focus again."
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"A bigger problem is that it does not focus well...fuzzy often, and photos are overexposed a lot."
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"The focus is slow as well."
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"Everything else works great except the autofocus which I depend on."
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"It has a pretty good focus, automatic + manual functions and all in all... though I'm not a professional photographer, my photos have come out pretty good."
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"Easy mode to take Automatic, Manual, Landscape, Pets and Object in motion, Multi focus, 720 HD Video, etc... And all those easy things that every photographer must have to get going in order to learn."
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"I tried the video indoors and the quality was good; however, there appears to be some focus blurr during shooting."
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Image

Image:
"I gave the camera 2 and a half star for the amazing photos it can produce when the stars align but I bought this camera for the amazing zoom and with the terrible image quality and the difficult time it has taking the photos it's just not been worth it."
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"It is a total hit or miss on whether or not you will get a good photo with this camera."
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"The only time I've ever had any problem with photo quality is in some low light situations where I refused to use the flash."
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"the camera in general is a good camera and i like most of the pictures i take with it however, the cons are that in door pics or low light pictures and video are terrible with this camera."
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"As well this also didn't have the best photo quality, comparing photos of the same thing i actually prefered my older, cheaper casio."
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"That was cheaper and I loved the image quality but I was a bit disappointed with the zooming available."
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"Easy to use, takes great pics and has all the features you need to make manual adjustment for the perfect picture"
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"I gave the camera 2 and a half star for the amazing photos it can produce when the stars align but I bought this camera for the amazing zoom and with the terrible image quality and the difficult time it has taking the photos it's just not been worth it."
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"Quality of images is great."
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"great little camera that takes very nice images and color."
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"I like the fast response, but this is my 2nd canon that does not seem to take clear pics."
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Indoor

Indoor:
"But even with every light on in our house, indoors it fails."
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"In movie mode, the camera is unable to find and maintain focus, and indoor exposure in settings such as concerts is positively abysmal."
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"-Did not focus well using telephoto for indoor use on inanimate objects."
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"When I moved to digital I relied on my old IS series cameras, but recent models have proven counter-intuitive and hard to adjust to capture low-light indoor shots, which we're all after given the flood of documentary realty tv shows that light seemingly ordinary people so well."
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"The photo quality is very good outdoor with plenty of light; but it is not so good indoor or at night."
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"Cons:I was disappointed with the indoor videos because it really struggled with sensitivity."
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"I know you can play with the settings and I have taken college level photography classes and I still cant get great photos indoors."
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"I also expected it to take reasonable movies indoors and outdoors."
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"Outdoor shots are great, but I mostly use it indoors."
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"I do not like the quality of indoor photographs, outdoors are very nice."
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"I tried the video indoors and the quality was good; however, there appears to be some focus blurr during shooting."
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Lens

Lens:
"First only one dust particle appeared - it was inside the camera so no amount of lens care would rectify the problem."
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"Then in May, my lens was having problems retracting."
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"In less than a year the automatic lens cover failed and the lens was not protected from debris."
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"This camera at times takes great photos...but I have run into the lens shadow problem."
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"But after receiving mine, I am seeing 3 spots in or below the lens glass that won't clean off and that is not good."
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"Mine arrived with a smudged lens but this was easy enough to fix on my own."
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"This camera at times takes great photos...but I have run into the lens shadow problem."
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"We had an earlier SX210 that has worked well, so, when the time came for me to upgrade, I wanted to try this model for its wide-angle lens and its impressive zoom."
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"Pros:- Excellent photos, great lens range, strong camera body."
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"It was a great little camera with an awesome zoom lens."
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Light

Light:
"But even with every light on in our house, indoors it fails."
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"Forget about taking a picture in low light conditions, absolutely horrible."
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"The only time I've ever had any problem with photo quality is in some low light situations where I refused to use the flash."
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"the camera can get confused in an artificial lights."
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"the camera in general is a good camera and i like most of the pictures i take with it however, the cons are that in door pics or low light pictures and video are terrible with this camera."
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"The dark settings do nothing so any picture you take not under light comes out horrible."
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"Doesn't handle low light (mornings and evenings) very well or contrasting light situations, such as part of the shot in sunlight and part in shade."
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"and it works nice even without flash for moderate light."
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"The camera takes great pictures, when you have light."
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"The product is good but seems to not exceed expectation but under low lights this is ok but overall a good one."
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Macro

Macro:
"I sell jewelry and decor online and this little workhorse pumps out great quality photos and can handle macro details on small items."
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"So if you are looking for an excellent macro camera, a decent video recorder and shots of and low-light landscapes or portraits, this is an excellent camera despite the incremental price increase of almost a hundred bucks since I bought this camera."
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"It is great for macro and night shots."
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"The macro images are really quite excellent, the landscape images are very good, and the ability to zoom in tight is really quite amazing."
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"Manual features were great, ability to control the output of the flash was nice for indoor portraits, macro feature seemed to work well, too."
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Manual

Manual:
"The video quality is not on the level of the still image quality, and I was not able to figure out how to switch to manual focus shooting videos, but overall they are pretty good, 4 5."
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"Also in low light the focus starts hunting(all cameras do in low light)and some time is really hard to get it back, so I quickly switch to manual focus, avoid zooming and ohh!"
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"I read through the manual, but it's pretty hard to remember all of the functions and how to get to them without it."
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"I haven't tried the manual settings to date; I'm still not comfortable with the menu system."
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"Easy to use, takes great pics and has all the features you need to make manual adjustment for the perfect picture"
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"The one thing i did really like were the functions of the camera, the scroll wheel on the back worked great to select things, the effects on the camera were great, and the manual settings worked well."
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"It has a pretty good focus, automatic + manual functions and all in all... though I'm not a professional photographer, my photos have come out pretty good."
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"Easy mode to take Automatic, Manual, Landscape, Pets and Object in motion, Multi focus, 720 HD Video, etc... And all those easy things that every photographer must have to get going in order to learn."
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"Manual features were great, ability to control the output of the flash was nice for indoor portraits, macro feature seemed to work well, too."
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Memory

Memory:
"I looked on line and found that other models like this one have the same problem, the camera says there is no memory card inside and won't allow any pictures to be taken."
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"That problem disappeared when I got a newer memory card."
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"In addition to the camera, I procured a very nice 16 GB class 10 sdhc memory card good for hours of video or hundreds of photos."
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"I did purchase two products to complement this camera (also researched and reviewed by PC Junkie) that I highly recommend:Transcend 8 GB Class 6 SDHC Flash Memory Card TS8GSDHC6Deluxe Leather Case PSC-3200 (for SX210IS, also compatible for S90)Enjoy the pics! "
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"Many of the features, as noted in the other reviews, work well, However, the compartment holding the battery and memory card is very difficult to open."
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"They are acceptable for my purposes which are quick memories rather than great movies."
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"Notes: Make sure you get the right SDHC flash memory card (with HC on the end) so you won't have problems recording video."
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Menu

Menu:
"-The menu control is not as innovative and easy to navigate as the Canon, is not bad, but can really see some improvement."
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"I also found it hard to figure out where the menus were to change the settings, like light, and picture size."
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"I tried all of the optional Mode choices and again was frustrated with navigating menu issues."
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"I was also annoyed with the menu settings that continully were somehow wrong, and in birdwatching, you don't have time to search around in menues."
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"The menu system is a little confusing with modes and settings buried in the menu system rather than available from the dial."
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"The menu system is extremely easy to use, very nice for changing settingsThe camera itself is very easy to use.14X zoom."
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"I leave it in Program mode all the time and easily access the menu choices from the rotating dial next to the LCD."
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"The controls are easy to access and the menus are very well designed."
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"Easy to figure out the menu and buttons."
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"The menus and the wheel to navigate them is pretty cool to."
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Noise

Noise:
"There is a bit more noise than with my DSLR but nothing terrible."
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"Unfortunately, the Nikon's noisy zoom motor is recorded in videos and the camera simply can't provide bright, usable videos in low indoor lighting."
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"* Not sure if image stabilization works for video, but if so, it does not work well* Zoom motor noise is obvious in videos."
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"There is NO point in buying a 14 Mpx camera only to have the image quality ruined by ISO & JPEG noise."
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"There's a little bit of noise in low light shots, but the color is wonderful and the ease of use is unbeatable."
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"My tests of the Canon SX210 and Nikon S8100 show that the low light photos from the SX210 are very good but the Nikon has the edge when it comes to low noise at high ISO."
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"As always with Canon, the image quality is some of the best, theres some noise at full zoom (mostly into digital zoom) but not nearly as much as some competition."
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"The ones thing that really has me bummed about the video that I did not hear in the video I shot at the local Best Buy, was the motor and zoom button noise that the mic pics up."
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"However, with this camera, zooming in, you find loss of detail due to hi ISO noise as well as JPEG artifacts."
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Outdoor

Outdoor:
"The photo quality is very good outdoor with plenty of light; but it is not so good indoor or at night."
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"I had just returned an Olympus SP-800 14mp 30x zoom camera which shot great outdoor nature scenes but did a terrible job with indoors and basic family photos."
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"I also expected it to take reasonable movies indoors and outdoors."
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"It does take reasonable still pictures outdoors, and that's about it."
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"Outdoor shots are great, but I mostly use it indoors."
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"I do not like the quality of indoor photographs, outdoors are very nice."
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"So for outdoor pictures and even indoor with good lighting the pictures are beautiful."
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Photo

Photo:
"So the end result is extreme frustration and only marginal photos."
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"Not a good camera if you want to take photos of your kids - most of the time, you'll miss the shot."
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"The quality of the photos are very inconsistent."
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"As well this also didn't have the best photo quality, comparing photos of the same thing i actually prefered my older, cheaper casio."
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"A bigger problem is that it does not focus well...fuzzy often, and photos are overexposed a lot."
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"This camera at times takes great photos...but I have run into the lens shadow problem."
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"(also nice if it has bigger maximum aperature, the lf1 has such at its widest angle shooting, less so in zooming).So, given that the sx210is does NOT have all those it does have tiny size, great zoom,and i get very good photos with it."
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"good used pocket zoom to pick up and make great little photos."
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"Takes fantastic photos."
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"Takes magnificent photos, easy to hold, fast enough for stills, video is excellent, battery recycle time is good, and is still rated a top contender compared to newer models."
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"Yes it can take beautiful photos, but they are few and far between."
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Pixels

Pixels:
"My old camera had a terrible zoom (3x) and it didn't take clear videos because the pixels were too low (4 megapixels)."
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"The first one had a dead pixel on the LCD screen after a week of use."
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"The problem is that this time the pixel appears like a red spot when playing the videos on the computer."
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"This camera has a 14x zoom that I absolutely love and the pixels (14.1 megapixels) look great on my 47 HD LCD TV."
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"I recommend this camera to anyone who likes a light weight camera with a excellent zoom and great pixels."
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"), but, our new Canon Powershot has 14 pixels...such an improvement over those older models...I am in love! "
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"-Outrageous 3-inch, 921K pixel LCD display --amazing clarity and detail."
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"It has superb handling quality, great low light still photos and an impressive 921K pixel display."
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Price

Price:
"Not recommended at any price point, because the pictures should go to trash."
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"It is one of the slowest shooting cameras in this price range, a dirty trick to get around this is to put the camera in low light mode and it takes pictures very fast."
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"I like a viewfinder but it is missing, which is sad on a camera in this price category."
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"I realize at this price & for this size of camera everything will not be perfect but I really wanted the videos to be better than my older cameras."
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"This is a great camera for the price, with great features."
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"just bought one used for well under $75 may 2015, and for that price it's awesome... they were $400 new or something."
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"It works pretty well for the price and as taken some great pictures for me throughout the years."
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"good product, good price, easy to use and as advertized.......I'm enjoying this camera and hope to use it for awhile"
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"Has decent features and recommended for price conscious people"
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Quality

Quality:
"I gave the camera 2 and a half star for the amazing photos it can produce when the stars align but I bought this camera for the amazing zoom and with the terrible image quality and the difficult time it has taking the photos it's just not been worth it."
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"The only time I've ever had any problem with photo quality is in some low light situations where I refused to use the flash."
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"even though the product has high megapixels, the digital picture quality is not as great as my old olympus camera which only had 5 megapixels."
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"very disappointed as generally cannons are known for its quality."
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"The quality of the photos are very inconsistent."
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"As well this also didn't have the best photo quality, comparing photos of the same thing i actually prefered my older, cheaper casio."
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"Great quality and compatible with CHDK!"
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"the product is of good quality and the cost is low and recommended it to my friends and family at home and at work"
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"No problems and high picture quality."
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"I gave the camera 2 and a half star for the amazing photos it can produce when the stars align but I bought this camera for the amazing zoom and with the terrible image quality and the difficult time it has taking the photos it's just not been worth it."
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"I sell jewelry and decor online and this little workhorse pumps out great quality photos and can handle macro details on small items."
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SLR

SLR:
"Obviously, this won't replace a high-quality SLR under all conditions, but sometimes you really don't want the bulk."
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"Also, unlike with SLR's (or DSLR's), does not work well with depth perception."
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"Perhaps someone with more experience would be able to figure it out more but as someone who purposely chose a point and shoot over an SLR for ease, it's a little disappointing."
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"This camera is as good as it gets withought going to an SLR or professional camera."
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"I was hoping I might be able to take this camera backpacking and leave my SLR behind to save weight."
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"For the most part this is the best Camera thats not SLR on the market, with a few flaws, but more features to offset it's flaws accept no other digital camera."
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"The fact is that this is a great camera and very close to an SLR."
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"I have a very nice SLR for getting the good shots, but did not want to risk breaking or losing it on a trip to Africa."
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Screen

Screen:
"The only downside is the LCD screen on the back is not the best."
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"The first one had a dead pixel on the LCD screen after a week of use."
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"The first reason is that the level of detail on the screen is just not as good as the image through the lens."
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"But it's a minor drawback and the screen is gorgeous otherwise."
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"It's got a big screen, a good zoom for what it is and multiple functions to take excellent and unique photos."
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"Other things worth noting are the stabilized zoom (very nice), the large LCD screen, and how compact it is!"
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"It is very easy to use and has on screen help to remind you what all those symbols mean."
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"The screen is also excellent."
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"[inexpensive].3- Purchased LCD Screen Protector, easy to install, works great [inexpensive]."
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Setting

Setting:
"my husband is missing his sunset setting however."
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"Yes, it takes some reading on how to use the settings as well as some trial, error and research on how to take a good picture using settings other than automatic."
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"The dial to change settings is absolutely horrible."
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"I have tried several settings but my pictures are always a disappointed."
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"I read a lot before buying this, the main problem with it is it's shutter lag and the complexity to make your own settings, the picture quaility is just okay."
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"I also found it hard to figure out where the menus were to change the settings, like light, and picture size."
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"Yes, it takes some reading on how to use the settings as well as some trial, error and research on how to take a good picture using settings other than automatic."
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"There are a number of settings that I love using, primarily tilt-shift mode manages to make boring things quite interesting."
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"Some of the pics came out blurry in this setting but there was always one good keeper!"
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"The one thing i did really like were the functions of the camera, the scroll wheel on the back worked great to select things, the effects on the camera were great, and the manual settings worked well."
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Sharp

Sharp:
"The pictures are not sharp and clear."
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"-Its got great flash exposure, produces nice looks flash photos, but in auto mode, it would lean to use longer exposure higher ISO over flash...no idea why...ZS7+Pro+Beautiful video, the video is over processed, but video looks great.+Sharp lens, takes sharp photos and videos+Wider angle, and the i-zoom is very usable.+Great sound recording quality, what you hear is almost what you record.+Ergonomically friendly to handle with one or both hands.+When in full auto modeCon-Image is over processed...I really don't like it...look too unnatural to me, Even customization to tune everything down in setup does not help much."
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"With good lighting it takes surprisingly sharp photos."
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"camera does not take sharp and clear pictures."
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"The HD video was really sharp and clear, although the size of file is huge as expected."
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"The best feature of the camera has to be the nice, sharp 14x wide angle zoom lens (28mm-392mm equivalent)."
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Shutter

Shutter:
"Worst of all is the shutter lag and I've owned many cameras over the years as a semi pro and with no other camera in my collection do i have to take so many repeated photos of the same subject to get desirable results, no matter how much I fine tune the manual settings."
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"Takes too long to focus, terrible shutter lag so that you often miss the shot by the time the camera takes the photo."
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"It is hard to tell when you are pressing to focus or when you are releasing the shutter."
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"Also the camera is slow... even if you are pressing the shutter half way."
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"That could arise from the camera being lightweight, or the image stabilization perhaps (which made it hard to estimate when the shutter would fire)."
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"I read a lot before buying this, the main problem with it is it's shutter lag and the complexity to make your own settings, the picture quaility is just okay."
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"There's a great lag in shutter, even if I turn review off."
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"The flash also works fine and you can increase or decrease the intensity, combine that with manual ISO, aperture and shutter speed and you will have perfect pics all the time."
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"I liked the Oly with the exception of long shutter lag in low light conditions and still use it for work photos."
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"There's dial that controls the on screen menus, and because the operations change in different shooting modes, they aren't printed on the camera, but if you touch the dial, they will appear on screen, and it's very easy to manually set the shutter speed, aperture, ISO and many other features."
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"What I remember about my old SLR was that with 400 ISO film I could set the shutter to 1 125 or 1 60 and get a pretty decent photo in low light without blur if I kept steady."
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Size

Size:
"Flash too weak...The only good things I can say about it is the size is great and it looks cool."
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"Although this camera is no S90, it has a few outstanding qualities of its own unlike the S90.I have several small Canon point and shoots and this one exceeds all the others when it comes to macro shots."
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"My two biggest issues were the flash location as my hand would get in the way of it automatically popping up & then the screen would instruct me to manually raise flash which I could not figure out how to do (did not check instruction book as wasn't worth my time since it was going to be an ongoing problem I did not want to deal with)& when I tried using telephoto to close in on small Lego it would not focus well."
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"First of all I hated the zoom lever right away, is too small and flimsy it takes some use to it, the whole build of the camera feels flimsy, is plastic and very light in weight you have to be very delicate in the handling of this camera."
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"The latch is so small that it's hard to push and slide to open the compartment."
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"I realize at this price & for this size of camera everything will not be perfect but I really wanted the videos to be better than my older cameras."
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"(also nice if it has bigger maximum aperature, the lf1 has such at its widest angle shooting, less so in zooming).So, given that the sx210is does NOT have all those it does have tiny size, great zoom,and i get very good photos with it."
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"In a super small size that fits perfectly in gent's pocket or unobtrusively on belt."
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"Otherwise, it's a handy size that fits in my purse and takes great pictures."
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"If you're looking for a small cam but with enough features and very good optical zoom, this is a very good choice."
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Sound

Sound:
"The microphone is a little on the tinny sounding side in my opinion and not quite as good as a purpose built video camera."
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"The video is suprisingly good although the sound is a little weak."
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"Great for recording my commentary, but not so good for recording sounds coming from whatever you are videoing."
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"Video and sound are good."
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"The video feature is beautiful and it turns out with enough light and sound quality that rivals my video camera."
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"Video +: Nice sound and picture quality."
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"The flash does sometimes get in the way of my husband's hand (he's left handed and the flash pops up on left side of camera).It takes good HD movie quality video with good sound."
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"The video is suprisingly good although the sound is a little weak."
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Speed

Speed:
"This camera is slow, SLOW, S-L-O-W!"
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"Further, and perhaps the most frustrating problem, is the verrrrry slow autofocus which causes me to miss many photo opportunities."
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"from a pic stand point, it is slow, recharge between pics is slow; also at 14x, the shake is quite visible."
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"Cons: flash is not very fast, not very good for pictures in movement, like sports."
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"My only frustration is the flash is a little slow when trying to take a quick picture."
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"However, the Nikon chooses very low ISO settings (and therefore low shutter speeds) to achieve this great performance --not good if your subjects are moving (you'll get blur)."
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"Takes magnificent photos, easy to hold, fast enough for stills, video is excellent, battery recycle time is good, and is still rated a top contender compared to newer models."
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"The focus is slow as well."
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"there is a lot of future of this camera that is fun to use...you can use this in a fast action too...i brought this in a concert and it did a good job."
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"Well compared to my casio, this thing is freakn slow, it takes a couple seconds to focus and shoot, then a couple seconds between shots."
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"I can take about 200 pictures before it starts to slow down which is quite impressive for the brightness of the flash and auto review and all of the features provided."
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Stabilization

Stabilization:
"That could arise from the camera being lightweight, or the image stabilization perhaps (which made it hard to estimate when the shutter would fire)."
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"* Not sure if image stabilization works for video, but if so, it does not work well* Zoom motor noise is obvious in videos."
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"Other things worth noting are the stabilized zoom (very nice), the large LCD screen, and how compact it is!"
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"Canon powershot sx210is takes a very good quality pictures even if are taken from a far distance, the image stabilization really works well."
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"On the other hand, image stabilization is excellent at high zoom and picture quality is great."
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"HD VIDEO QUALITY:Both cameras have good HD video and excellent image stabilization in good lighting."
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"The image stabilization works well with the large zoom, of course the more stable your the better your long distance shots are gonna come out."
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Video

Video:
"In movie mode, the camera is unable to find and maintain focus, and indoor exposure in settings such as concerts is positively abysmal."
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"the camera in general is a good camera and i like most of the pictures i take with it however, the cons are that in door pics or low light pictures and video are terrible with this camera."
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"And if you do manage to record a video you like, and want it on your computer, you'll probably end up with same problem I have and the video will be corrupted once its on your computer."
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"My old camera had a terrible zoom (3x) and it didn't take clear videos because the pixels were too low (4 megapixels)."
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"But the shutter leg is way too long and when you take videos the focus is slow to react so if you move the camera from one spot to another the picture becomes blurry until the focus adjusts which I find very annoying and I find myself not taking anymore videos because of that, it's that obvious."
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"the only reason i don't like the video is because:1. it glitches2."
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"Takes magnificent photos, easy to hold, fast enough for stills, video is excellent, battery recycle time is good, and is still rated a top contender compared to newer models."
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"Good movies also!"
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"I also expected it to take reasonable movies indoors and outdoors."
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"Also, this makes excellent HD videos as well!"
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"So expect a movie with clear and blurry parts."
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Weight

Weight:
"That could arise from the camera being lightweight, or the image stabilization perhaps (which made it hard to estimate when the shutter would fire)."
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"First of all I hated the zoom lever right away, is too small and flimsy it takes some use to it, the whole build of the camera feels flimsy, is plastic and very light in weight you have to be very delicate in the handling of this camera."
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"I like the size, weight and ease of use, but the pictures aren't as clear as the Fuji 3.5 megapixel camera that this one replaces."
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"I recommend this camera to anyone who likes a light weight camera with a excellent zoom and great pixels."
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"Pros: great zoom, very good video quality, 14megapixels takes very good pictures, light weight, not AA battery, I bought an extra battery though so I can take lots of pictures."
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"I love the size and weight."
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"It is easy to use and lightweight."
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"It's really lightweight for a camera that takes such amazing photos."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"Also isn't very good at handling my shaky hands with any kind of zoom."
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"I gave the camera 2 and a half star for the amazing photos it can produce when the stars align but I bought this camera for the amazing zoom and with the terrible image quality and the difficult time it has taking the photos it's just not been worth it."
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"My Sony Cybershot DSC-T10 takes much better pictures, the only reason I upgraded was for the super zoom, but it absolutely was a mistake."
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"I bought it as a compromise between my old clunky Olympus 12x zoom and my compact Canon Powershot 4x zoom, both of which had started to malfunction."
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"My old camera had a terrible zoom (3x) and it didn't take clear videos because the pixels were too low (4 megapixels)."
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"At 14X optical zoom it is just a wonderful camera."
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"electronic or optical viewfinder (allowing you to put your eye to the camera to frame your composition (no sun glare on led messing things up).3. high amount of zoom (the panasonic lumx lf1 has the best of this combo, but it's only 7x zoom."
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"good used pocket zoom to pick up and make great little photos."
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"great zoom!"
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