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Canon PowerShot SX200 IS | Digital Camera Review | Control
Activating the Canon PowerShot SX200 IS megazoom camera is fast, the camera is ready to take its first picture in less than a second. The built-in flash pops up automatically, regardless of the program the camera is set to. If you want to flash automatically, you have to set the flash program to AUTO. The camera will recall this setting. Beware however that it will also remember when you have deactivated the flash, even if the camera is in green AUTO mode. You'd expect Canon to give priority to auto flash in the green mode.
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Canon SX200IS image stabilizer
The 12x optical zoom extends around two centimeters. Zooming from wide angle to telephoto takes approximately two seconds, which is average. Additionally, you can zoom at a slower speed. Precise zooming is also possible; in approximately fifty stops precisely a subject can be framed without a problem. The built-in image stabilizer can be set to: continuous, activate at taking a picture, tracking (PAN) or deactivated. At every setting, emphasis is put on a certain movement or a certain moment. I don't think you'd want to deactivate the stabilizer at all. Except for when you mount the Canon SX200IS on a tripod. In that case, you have to turn the stabilizer off, or you'd get the opposite effect, which means there will be blur in the picture.

Canon PowerShot SX200IS menu
The Canon PowerShot SX200IS has quite a well-structured menu. A dark background with an orange/yellow bar jumping over the functions works very pleasantly indeed. You can rotate the multi-controller to select settings or to press locally in order to navigate the menu. Both selecting and confirming works very fast, which means in practice, you don't have to put a lot of time into setting the camera, which leaves you more time and attention for the subject you're about to capture. If you have worked with a Canon compact camera before, you are probably familiar with the FUNC button. This button features a number of settings that decide the image quality. For example: ISO, resolution, white balance, exposure compensation, light metering etc. Functions will appear on the left side of the monitor, depending on the program the Canon SX200IS is set to. The graphical design is outstanding and a joy to work with.
User friendly camera for the amateur photographer
The Canon PowerShot SX200 IS Megazoom camera is a straightforward camera. A camera that offers enhanced possibilities for the hobby photographer and the amateur alike. If we compare its possibilities to those of the Panasonic LUMIX TZ7, we find the main difference in the fact that the SX200IS features a manual mode, which makes it a more interesting camera for the serious shooting jobs. And this could be vital when it comes to the potential buyer's decision.

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