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Old Jan 12, 2010, 9:54 AM   #1
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Default Should he replace the Canon SD960 with the Canon SX200?

I am posting this for my brother who recently purchased the Canon Powershot SD960 but might return it for the Canon SX200 if the consensus proves positive.

So - here it is - Should he take back the SD960 and purchase the SX200?

What would be the pros and cons of this decision?
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Old Jan 12, 2010, 10:03 AM   #2
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The SX200 has allot more reach that is about it, if that is a important feature. Both are IS and HD. Next to the reach they are pretty much equal.
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Old Jan 12, 2010, 11:24 AM   #3
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the pros of the sx200is is the added reach of the superzoom lens. the cons is the pop-up flash that opens all the time and the slightly larger size. i believe they both use the same sensor, so image quality shouldnt be much different.
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Old Jan 12, 2010, 11:58 AM   #4
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"He" might wait a month or so and see if the rumored Canon SX-300 enters the market place. It would have more features.

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Hi Sarah - Where or when did you find out about the rumored Canon SX-300?
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Old Jan 12, 2010, 12:13 PM   #6
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Default Here are the pros and cons after doing a comparison ...

The SX200 (200) has everything the SD960 (960) has but a few differences ...

1. ZOOM Lens
(960) 4x zoom (28 — 112mm)
(200) 12x zoom (28 — 336mm)

2. Shooting Modes
(960) Auto, Program (Portrait, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, ISO 3200, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot, Color Accent, Color Swap, Digital Macro, Long Shutter, Stitch Assist, Movie)
(200) Auto, P, Av, Tv, M, (Portrait, Landscape, Special Scene (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Aquarium, Night Scene, ISO 3200, Color Accent, Color Swap, Stitch Assist), Super Macro, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot, Movie)

3. Shutter Speeds
(960) 15-1/1600 sec
(200) 15-1/3200 sec (gets grainy at high ISOs like 3200!)

4. LCD Screen
(960) 2.8” LCD Screen (but not really as you know) @ 230,000 pixels
(200) True 3.0” LCD Screen @ 230,000 pixels

5. Physical Weight
(960) weighs 145g
(200) weighs 220g

6. First image capture after power-on
(960) in just 1.5 seconds
(200) (including 12x lens extension) in just 2.0 seconds

7. COST
(960) $250
(200) $300

8. Photos taken on ONE CHARGE (depending on Movie mode use etc)
(960) Around 120-200 photos (will need a second battery!)
(200) Around 150-250 photos (may not need a second battery but you should get one anyway for trips)

9. Flash (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)
(960) 1-13 ft./30cm-4.0m (W), 1-6.6 ft./30cm-2.0m (T)
(200) 1.6-9.8 ft./50cm-3.0m (W), 3.3-6.6 ft./1-2.0m (T)


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Canon SD960 (960) Bottom Line - we've been big fans of Canon's Digital ELPH line ever since we reviewed the S100 back in 2000. The SD960 continues on in its predecessor footsteps, offering the latest and greatest of Canon's legendary technologies, powerful features, speedy performance, excellent image quality, and loads of exposure options, all packed in a 'Go Anywhere' frame. With a street price of US$329 or less, the PowerShot SD960 IS may be a bit more expensive than a couple of its competitors, however with the quality and features you are receiving we fell its well worth the extra cost.

Canon SX200 (200) Bottom line - designed for those who want a great deal of versatility packaged into a small frame, the SX200 IS is yet another example of Canon's commitment to offering the latest in technology and ingenuity. The SX200 is an awesome little camera, with very few flaws. Image quality is excellent, as is shooting performance in single shot mode. If you are one who is in the market for a versatile super-zoom that can be tucked away in your purse, backpack or briefcase, look no further. With a street price of US$379 or less, we feel this camera offers an outstanding value for the amount of features and portability you are receiving.
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I read about it on another photo forum. The fix will address the pop-up flash and the no zooming in the HD video mode apparently.

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Sarah,

Did you still own the s90 or did you return it for something else?
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As an Instructor, I have over 100 digital cameras. My current pocket zoom choice is the Sony H-20, and when the Sony HX-5 is available, I will check that out as well. My super zoom choice is the Panasonic FZ-35. Yes, I did return the Canon S-90.

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As an Instructor, I have over 100 digital cameras. My current pocket zoom choice is the Sony H-20, and when the Sony HX-5 is available, I will check that out as well. My super zoom choice is the Panasonic FZ-35. Yes, I did return the Canon S-90.

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Wow - 100 cameras. I wish I was you!

Can you tell me why you returned it? What was it about the S90 you didn't like besides the "wheel of death" on the backside, the lack of zoom, and or the HD video capabilities?
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