PowerShot SX series

The PowerShot brand is very recognizable these days even if you do not put “Canon” in front of it. Canon has established a strong lineup of digital cameras ever since the early days of mainstream digital photography. It manages to combine digital technologies with advanced optics in order to take great pictures under different lighting conditions and scenes.

The overall performance depends on the model and this is where things can get a bit difficult for the consumer. There are so many PowerShot models found in different series. For instance, the PowerShot SX lineup includes super-zoom cameras with manual controls within compact bodies. This makes the PowerShot SX series quite attractive and they come in different flavors too to target different crowds.

PowerShot SX 130 IS

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The PowerShot SX 130 IS is the least expensive super-zoom in Canon’s lineup but it has a lot of attitude when it comes to features. It is a bit larger than the average digital camera but stays significantly smaller than any high-end point-and-shoot or entry-level DSLR. It also has several advanced specifications and features that are better than the top ultra-portables and ELPH cameras.

Notable specs include its 12x wide-angle optical zoom lens which opens up a slew of creative possibilities especially when combined with certain scene modes like the fisheye effect. It also 3.0-inch display which is actually quite large considering that it is not touch-capable.

While the 12x optical zoom serves as its main physical attribute, much of the power lies on the PowerShot SX 130 IS’s internals. Like many of the modern PowerShot models, this member of the PowerShot SX series sports the DIGIC 4 Image Processor which enhances the image quality and keeps it that way even when a higher ISO setting is used.

It also has a technology known as Smart Flash Exposure which eliminates the need of manually selecting the right flash mode. It finds the right setting so images do not appear under or overexposed. With a sub-$230 price tag, this camera has plenty of features and bests suits those that are not a huge fan of ultraportable cameras.

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PowerShot SX 210 IS

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The PowerShot SX 210 IS has more megapixel power and optical zoom power than the SX 130 IS while having a smaller frame too. Although this results to a higher asking price, it goes to show that Canon really knows how to make improvements even to very good designs.

This member of the PowerShot SX series is best described as a super-zoom in disguise. Canon managed to make a slim design by making some features hidden like the flash module which pops up whenever needed. It also comes with a few unique colors including gold and purple for those that think that the standard black design is too typical.

It combines the 14.1-megapixel CCD with an impressive 14x zoom lens which is excellent for taking wide-angle shots. Megapixels do not matter very much but the 14.1 megapixels to work with means larger printouts without sacrificing quality.

One of the issues of these compact cameras is keeping the camera still while taking a photo. The PowerShot SX 210 IS reduces that frustration by enhancing the image stabilization. This camera shake reducing feature works while taking pictures and shooting 720p HD video in dynamic mode.

Many of its other features are found in the PowerShot SX 130 IS making this a worthy smaller alternative if you are okay with paying about $300.

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PowerShot SX 230 HS

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The PowerShot SX 230 HS is the successor to the PowerShot SX 210 IS and one of the newest of Canon’s offerings. The design is pretty much the same with the SX 210 IS but it comes in black, blue, and red colors instead.

The reduced 12.1 megapixel count puts it in-line with the inexpensive PowerShot SX 130 IS and underneath the SX 210 IS while the 14x zoom remains which is still great for super-zoom enthusiasts.

However the “HS” suffix is the key here and happens to represent one of the major improvements over past generations.

The main improvement here is the low light shooting and it is so good that the flash may not even be needed when taking some scenes. This is a good thing because the use of flash for certain low-light situations may cause unwanted effects.

Low and high ISO settings look impressive and it has a decent variety of manual functions including Shutter Priority and Active Priority. While its predecessor was only able to handle 720p, the SX 230 HS supports full 1080p HD.

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PowerShot SX 30 IS

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The PowerShot SX 30 IS sounds a bit out of place from the rest of the PowerShot SX series. The design happens to be different as well. Those making the transition to DSLR cameras will be excited because this model resembles entry-level DSLRs without sacrificing too much of the portability.

It has a powerful 35x optical zoom which means that the focal length stretches to 4.3-150.5mm or the 35mm equivalent from 24-840mm.

While this 14.1-megapixel shooter looks a bit more complicated to use, it features a very convenient button which activates the Zoom Framing Assist function. Once used, the camera lens will zoom out and place a box on a moving individual that needs tracking. Letting go of the button puts the camera view back in place while still figuring out the individual’s position.

The Smart AUTO feature makes usability even simpler by sifting through 28 different presets and picking the best one that matches the scenery. While the 2.7-inch screen is smaller than the 3.0-inch displays, the display pops out and can swivel for added flexibility.

The electronic viewfinder also gives photographers the opportunity to practice taking better pictures which is very nice for macro photographers.

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All of these PowerShot SX models are impressive because of the similar technologies including Canon’s proprietary DIGIC 4 processor and various work modes to work with.  All these models serve as nice bridges between typical point-and-shoots and entry-level DSLR models.

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