Canon PowerShot S200 Review

Overall 44
Imaging 9
Features 43
Size 89
Price 1

Main Features

  • 10.0 MP 1/1.7" CCD sensor
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 2.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 100 x 59 x 26 mm
  • Weight: 181 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: Yes

Canon PowerShot S200 Summary

This review is devoted to PowerShot S200 that Canon has first introduced to the public in Feb 21, 2014. This model is a Small Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 10.0 MP and a 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sized CCD sensor.

In Small Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #164 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 44/100 and it takes a rank of #413 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Canon PowerShot S200 Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Canon PowerShot S200 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Max Aperture: F2.0-5.9
  • Min Native Iso: 80
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Weight: 175 g

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 10.0 MP
  • Number Of Focus Points: 9
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Canon PowerShot S200 With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Compact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Canon PowerShot S200. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Compact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Canon PowerShot S200

Canon PowerShot S200 has the following external dimensions 100 x 100 x 26 mm (39.37 x 23.23 x 10.24″) with the weight of 181 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Compact type cameras is 175g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Canon PowerShot S200, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Canon PowerShot S200 has about an average thickness compared to other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 26mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Canon PowerShot S200 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Canon PowerShot S200 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Canon PowerShot S200 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Canon PowerShot S200 — 200 shots
Min: 140 shots
Average: 241 shots
Max: 470 shots

Thickness

Canon PowerShot S200 — 26 mm
Min: 10 mm
Average: 26 mm
Max: 60 mm

Weight

Canon PowerShot S200 — 181 g
Min: 103 g
Average: 175 g
Max: 423 g

Unfortunately, Canon PowerShot S200 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Canon PowerShot S200 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Canon PowerShot S200 Photo and Sensor Features

Canon PowerShot S200 boasts of a resolution of 10.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Canon PowerShot S200 has the following ISO range 80 - 6400 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Canon PowerShot S200. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Canon PowerShot S200 features a 10.0 MP 1/1.7" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Canon PowerShot S200 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/1.7" sensor featured in Canon PowerShot S200 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Canon PowerShot S200

LCD and ViewFinder

Canon PowerShot S200 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 461k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Canon PowerShot S200 are its 2.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, PowerShot S200 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, PowerShot S200 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Canon PowerShot S200, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1280 x 720 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Canon PowerShot S200 allows you to save files in H.264 formats.

Comparing the technical characteristics of this model with the modern standards, we have to admit that 1280 x 720 is a rather poor indicator of video resolution. However, if you are looking for a camera that has 4K video support, we recommend you to consider our Cheapest Camera with 4K video.

Canon PowerShot S200 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Canon PowerShot S200 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, PowerShot S200 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect PowerShot S200 with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Canon PowerShot S200 provides a shooting life of 200, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 241 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Canon PowerShot S200 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Canon PowerShot S200 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Canon PowerShot S200’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Canon PowerShot S200’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the PowerShot S200 to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Canon PowerShot S200 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot S200 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 77. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot S200 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Canon is famous with its skintones
  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor

Canon PowerShot S200 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot S200 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 22. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot S200 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (100 x 59 x 26 mm)
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/1.7"(7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (9)

Canon PowerShot S200 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot S200 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 29. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot S200 can be called a 29 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (2.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (9)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)
  • Small battery life (200 shots)
  • Small size (100 x 59 x 26 mm)

Canon PowerShot S200 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot S200 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 6. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot S200 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (181 g)
  • Small size (100 x 59 x 26 mm)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Canon PowerShot S200 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot S200 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 14. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot S200 can be called a 14 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (10 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Canon PowerShot S200 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Canon
Model PowerShot S200
Announced Feb 21, 2014
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 3
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 461k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 15 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 2.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 7
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/1.7"
Sensor Dimensions 7.44 x 5.58 mm
Sensor Area 41.52 mm2
Sensor Resolution 10.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 3648 x 2736
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 80
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 9
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1280 x 720
Video Formats H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 181 g
Physical Dimensions 100 x 59 x 26 mm
Battery Life 200 shots
Battery Type 200 shots
Battery Model NB-6LH
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS Optional
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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