PowerShot SD200 Digital Camera (3.3MP, 2048x1536, 3x Opt, 16MB SD Memory Card) - Security Camera User Rating
Manufacturer: Canon
Model: 9697A001
Max Focal Length: 17.4 mm
Max Horizontal Image Resolution: 2048 pixels
Max Aperture: 10 1/f
Image Format: DPOF|EXIF|JPEG
: Number of User Reviews: 8

Reviewed by: pwnvds from TX on Nov 18, 2004

Experience: 1 Days

Strengths: Small, thin, light, excellent picture quality, user interface, SD memory, great video modes

Weaknesses: Girlie looking, weak speaker

Summary: This is my 3rd Canon Powershot camera. I started with the S100, moved to the S200, then to the SD200. Each has been excellent. This one is what I have been waiting for - smaller, faster, lighter, thinner than the others. It has 3.2 MP which is more than enough for 99% of picture takers. It has 3X zoom which is great for such a small camera. Most importantly it takes great pictures, which is one of the biggest reasons I have stuck with Canon. The user interface is great, allowing you to easily change settings if you want. Or you can leave it on automatic and still take great pics. The slideshow mode is great combined with the cable plugged into your TV, which will cycle through the pics and play the videos, with sound. The camera itself has a little speaker for playback on the go, but it's very quiet. The LCD screen is excellent quality. There are several video modes, including 640x480 at 30 fps (TV resolution) and 320x200 at 60 fps (very fast frame for capturing quick motion). There are other video modes too. It takes SD cards which are available up to 1 gig and probably higher and are very cheap. I recommend a faster card, like 60X, if you take videos. I've heard good things about Kingmax 1 gig 60X, which is selling at newegg.com for $65. You can upload pics to a Windows XP computer without installing any software at all, or you can install the provided software for more flexibility. Canon's PhotoRecord software is excellent for printing pictures, putting together collages, adding text, etc. Great camera all around.

Reviewed by: aznflip82 from CA on Nov 9, 2004

Experience: 3 Weeks

Strengths: great images w/ DigicII processor. unlimited HQ vid. recordings. very clear and fluid big lcd screen!!!

Weaknesses: smaller lens = more red eye. cheesy battery door cover.

Summary: with the new Digic II image processor, canon has really outdone itself with the image quality while minimizing the "shutter-lag" time. even at low light and for those quick "once-in-a-lifetime" shots, the camera performs really well. the 2.0" lcd helps a ton for people who have a hard time reading and looking at the small screens on other cameras. and for the first time in canon's history, they have unlimited video recording (w/ a high speed SD-card of course!) and its in HQ too. at the sticker price of around $299, its well worth every penny. but be sure to pick up an LCD screen cover though because the lcd screen requires a lot of protection!!!

Reviewed by: jonm777 from WA on Feb 23, 2005

Experience: 30 Days

Strengths: Small Package, Big Display, Good Video

Weaknesses: 16mb card is a waste of breath to speak about, too small for anything

Summary: I am really happy with this little fella. The battery life is good. The picture quality is excellent, and the video is acutally useable. I bought a 1GB sandisk SD card from pricewatch and it works great with the video. 1GB gets a little under 9 minutes. On the upside it holds over 1000 pics. For the first time I have considered that there may be such a thing as too small. Most often, it is nice to have such a small device, but I occasionally feel like I might drop it, or lose because it is so small. I consider this the right kind of problem to have. The auto mode seems to be pretty good, and the panoramic mode is particularly cool. It's a great little camera, especially for the price.

Reviewed by: chrischiu from NY on Dec 5, 2004

Experience: 5 Days

Strengths: Fast turn-on time, excellent quality pics, huge and clear LCD screen, small size, DiGIC II image processor, canon reputation, std USB cable, direct X-fer

Weaknesses: none

Summary: I had a Canon S200 digi-elph b4 this ...got a really good deal $250/PCNation.com Boughta 512mb card to go with this. Had to use it @ my company xmas party friday nite...easy to use. The interface and settings are a lot more user friendly. Luv the size of this camera. ALl the kinks that were in previous digi-elph's, were fixed in this one. This one is 3.0MP, get he SD300 if you want 4.0
The 2inch LCD screen is awesome and really vivid. You can tell the diff the DIGIC II impag processor makes. No lag between taking shots. Really can't beat the price either.

Reviewed by: phwu on Oct 23, 2004

Experience: 7 Days

Strengths: Amazingly fast DigitII chip with virtually zero lag time between shots. Excellent image clarify and color rendition. Eye-popping Digital Macro to amaze everyone. Petite camera built for ladies.

Weaknesses: Too small for big hands. No place to anchor middle finger & thumb and tends to slip off easily. Delicate mechanics may not substain a 5 ft fall. Screen is not scratch resistant. No AA battery support

Summary: Excellent technology yet too small and delicate for big hands. A slightly bigger and rugged model with DIGIT II, finger grip, AA battery support, scratch resistant screen, bigger screen, voice recorder, and date/time stamp at all resolution will certainly sell like hot cakes. A built-in alarm clock will not be a bad idea. Good job Canon !

Reviewed by: nishmit from NY on Oct 28, 2004

Experience: 2 Weeks

Strengths: Really small size, Lightweight, Good movie mode, big lcd screen

Weaknesses: Bit more red-eye than usual, Small size SD card included

Summary: I've had other canon digicams in the past and this one was a joy to use too...especially due to its ultra-portable nature. However, the small size of the SD card included that you will have to shell out some more to really be able to use it properly.

Reviewed by: Bigsteve87 from FL on Mar 22, 2005

Experience: 4 Months

Strengths: Great color and clarity in images. 640x480 video at 30 frames per second. Easy to use.

Weaknesses: Everyone wants it. Set it down on a table for 30 seconds at a wedding, and YOINK!!! (Stolen)

Summary: For a normal user, this camera is the best on the market. Most people dont need more than 3.2 megapixels anyways, unless they want to crop every photo they take or have a 30" monitor. No other super compact camera, aside from other Canons has such high quality video. The others either have 320x480 resolution, 15 frames per second, or are limited to say 15 second bursts. This one has it all. I was suprised with how well the pictures turned out. I had a 1GB high speed SD card and was so spoiled with how fast it could take pictures, I dont even want to use my Sony Cybershot anymore. But I have to....... (See weaknesses)

Reviewed by: hstahl from CA on Dec 24, 2004

Experience: 2 Weeks

Strengths: Size, Speed, Movies I loved everything about this camera with the thing was working, that is.

Weaknesses: known E18 Defect

Summary: 2 weeks, about 30 minutes of total use. All of a sudden I get a e18 error. Did a google search and it is a known Canon problem for a lot of their products. How dare they release another model with this defect. I can understand a defect here and there, but this is blantant problem that is in every camera and Canon has refused to address it model after model. I used to praise this company and products, but no more. How dare they. The store I bought it from was local and are taking it back. I will use my money for a Canon competitor this time around.

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