Canon has unveiled a new model in its line of advanced compact cameras, the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS.
The Canon PowerShot SX210 IS is aimed at users seeking a powerful performance from a compact body, according to the manufacturer.
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The SX210 IS is the successor to the older Canon PowerShot SX200 IS, a model which performed well in the Which? Test Lab.
14Mp resolution and 14x zoom
The Canon PowerShot SX210 IS outguns its predecessor by ramping up the resolution from 12Mp to 14Mp – this should allow for detailed photos with plenty of capacity for printing enlargements.
The model boasts a 14x optical zoom. The older SX200 IS model has a 12x zoom, so the SX210 IS should let you get closer to more distant subjects. It retains the 28mm wide angle of the older SX200 IS – this should allow plenty of freedom for fitting wide landscapes or group photos into shot without stepping further back.
The camera features an image stabiliser which Canon claims can accurately compensate for camera shake. “In our testing we’ve often found that image stabilisers on compact cameras fail to live up to manufacturers’s boasts,” says Which? senior researcher Richard Parris. “We’ll be keen to test the SX210 IS as soon as it’s available to check these claims.”
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HD movie mode on the Canon Powershot SX210 IS
The Canon Powershot SX210 IS allows you to capture HD movies at a resolution of 720p and a frame rate of 30 frames per second. Canon claims its stereo sound recording provides high quality audio to accompany this.
On the rear of the camera is a 3-inch widescreen LCD monitor. This has an aspect ratio of 16:9, which makes it ideal for capturing and recording HD videos, according to Canon.
You can use the 14x zoom lens during movie capture, and the dynamic image stabiliser compensates for detected motion as you record videos.
SDXC and Eye-Fi card compatibility
The Canon Powershot SX210 IS is compatible with SDXC memory cards. This new recording format will be available later in 2010, and allows for huge storage of up to two terabytes- helpful when you’re shooting memory-hungry HD videos.
The camera can also be used with Eye-Fi cards, allowing for Wi-Fi connectivity directly from the camera. Canon has included a dedicated Eye-Fi section within the camera’s menu system, which according to the manufacturer makes it easy to transfer videos and pictures wirelessly.
The Canon Powershot SX210 IS is available from March, with a launch price of £359.
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