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Canon PowerShot SX200 ISMore than just a point-and-shoot pocket megazoom, the Canon SX200 IS improves upon its forerunner, but not by much.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:03 >> Hi. I'm Josh Goldman, senior editor for CNET Reviews, and this is the Canon PowerShot Sx200 IS. It's a 12-megapixel camera featuring a wide angle lens with a long 12X zoom. But it still has a reasonably compact body. It's main competitor is the Panasonic Lumix-ZS3, which has many of the same hardware features, though it doesn't have the Sx200's manual control options, such as shutter speed priority and aperture priority. The design is much more attractive than Canon's previous pocketable mega-zooms, but it's not perfect. For example, the flash automatically raises from the left side, and there's not way to put it back down. Also, the dime-sized mode dial on top has a few too many options crammed onto it, so the icons are really small. Shooting performance is reasonably good for a mega-zoom camera, but we've learned not to expect blazing speed from these. The photo quality is very good, too, in particular, its great color. Even the HD video looks good; however, unlike the Panasonic, Canon locks the optical zoom while recording movies. I'm Josh Goldman, and that's the Canon PowerShot Sx200 IS. ^M00:01:16 [ Music ]