Support Cameralabs by shopping at our partner stores or donating via Paypal
 






Follow my RSS feed at Camera Labs RSS Feed
 
  Latest camera reviews

Canon EOS 1200D T5
Sony WX350
Nikon P600
Sony Alpha A5000
Sony Cyber-shot HX400V
Panasonic Lumix GH4
Panasonic TS5 FT5
Sony Alpha A6000
Canon SX700 HS
Canon SX600 HS
Olympus TOUGH TG2
Nikon AW1
Nikon D3300
Fujifilm XT1
Olympus STYLUS 1
Sony Cyber-shot RX10
Olympus OMD EM1
Panasonic Lumix GM1
Nikon D610
Sony Alpha A7
Nikon D5300
Canon PowerShot A2500
Sony Alpha A7r
Canon ELPH 130 IXUS 140
Nikon COOLPIX P520
Nikon COOLPIX L820
Canon PowerShot S120
Panasonic Lumix GX7
Canon SX510 HS
Canon PowerShot G16
Fujifilm X20
Panasonic FZ70 / FZ72
Canon EOS 70D
Sony RX100 II
Canon ELPH 330 IXUS 255
Panasonic Lumix GF6
Fujifilm XM1
Olympus EP5
Panasonic Lumix LF1
Panasonic TZ35 / ZS25
Olympus XZ2
Sony HX300
Panasonic Lumix G6
Sony HX50V
Fujifilm X100S
Canon SX280 HS
Canon EOS SL1 / 100D
Panasonic TZ40 / ZS30
Nikon D7100
Nikon COOLPIX A
Fujifilm X-E1
Canon EOS 6D
Nikon D5200
Panasonic Lumix GH3
Canon PowerShot S110
Panasonic Lumix G5
Sony NEX-6
Panasonic Lumix FZ200
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Nikon COOLPIX P7700
Olympus E-PL5
Canon EOS M
Panasonic TS20 / FT20
Canon PowerShot G15
Nikon D600
Nikon COOLPIX L810
Canon PowerShot D20
Sony RX100
Panasonic Lumix LX7
Canon SX500 IS
Fujifilm HS30 EXR
Sony HX200V
Panasonic FZ60 / FZ62
Canon 520HS / 500HS
Canon 110HS / 125HS
Nikon D800
Canon EOS T4i / 650D
Canon PowerShot A3400
Panasonic ZS15 / TZ25
Olympus E-M5
Nikon D3200
Fujifilm X-Pro1
Canon PowerShot A2300
Canon SX240 / SX260
Samsung NX200
Sony Alpha SLT-A77
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Panasonic ZS20 / TZ30
Canon PowerShot G1 X
Sony NEX-7
Panasonic GX1
Olympus E-PM1
Nikon V1
Sony NEX-5N
Canon EOS T3 / 1100D
Canon EOS 600D / T3i
Nikon D7000
Canon EOS 60D
Canon EOS 550D / T2i
Canon EOS 7D

All camera reviews
 
 
   
 
  Best Buys: our top models
   
  Best Canon lens
Best Nikon lens
Best Sony lens
Best budget DSLR
Best mid-range DSLR
Best semi-pro DSLR
Best point and shoot
Best superzoom
Best camera accessories
   
 



Camera Labs Forum

Any questions, comments or a great tip to share? Join my Camera forum and let everyone know!
   
 
  DSLR Tips



 
Support me by shopping at B&H!
Canon PowerShot SX210 IS Gordon Laing, April 2010

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS results : Real-life resolution / Sharpness wide-angle / Sharpness telephoto / High ISO Noise


Canon PowerShot SX210 IS Real-life sharpness when zoomed-in (Aperture Priority)

Support this site by
shopping below

 
To compare real-life performance when zoomed-in, we shot this scene with the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS in Aperture Priority mode at all f-numbers.

As before, the PowerShot SX210 IS was set to its lowest sensitivity and best-quality JPEG settings. The crops below are taken from the areas marked with the red rectangles and presented here at 100%. Note this image was shot on a different day to our first results page.

Below you'll see crops taken from the corner and centre portions of images shot with the lens fully zoomed-in at a variety of aperture settings. On the previous page we saw how the aperture setting made a big impact on the overall contrast and sharpness of the images when the camera was fully zoomed-out, but here at the maximum focal length, there's much less difference between them.

The reason for this is the lens on the SX210 IS, along with most other super-zooms, becomes softer and less contrasty at its longer focal lengths. This reduction in contrast and sharpness when fully zoomed-in has overshadowed much of the effect of diffraction at smaller apertures. You can really see this by glancing back at our previous two pages where the photos were taken at the wide-end of the focal range.

That said, the sample in the middle row, at an aperture of f6.3, is a little crisper than the ones on either side and the preferred setting when zoomed-in. So if you're a pixel-peeper, it's worth avoiding the maximum aperture of f5.9 when zoomed-in, unless you absolutely need the most light to achieve faster shutter speeds or lower ISOs, but the differences aren't as great as seen on the previous page at wide-angle. A reduction in contrast when zoomed-in is one of the prices you pay for having such a long range, especially in a compact body.

Note: the depth-of-field is already so large on a compact like the SX210 IS, that you also won't notice a great difference between these aperture values when attempting portraits with blurred backgrounds. You can see an example portrait at the maximum focal length and aperture in our Sample Images Gallery, and a further discussion in the Exposures section of the main review.

Now it's time to see how the camera performs throughout its sensitivity range in our Canon PowerShot SX210 IS High ISO Noise results. Alternatively if you've already seen enough, head straight to our Verdict!


Canon PowerShot SX210 IS
Corner sharpness at 392mm equivalent
 
Canon PowerShot SX210 IS
Centre sharpness at 392mm equivalent
f5.9, 80 ISO
f5.9, 80 ISO
     
f7.1, 80 ISO
f7.1, 80 ISO
     
f8, 80 ISO
f8, 80 ISO


Canon PowerShot SX210 IS results : Real-life resolution / Sharpness wide-angle / Sharpness telephoto / High ISO Noise



If you found this review useful, please support us by shopping below!
All words, images, videos and layout, copyright 2005-2014 Gordon Laing. May not be used without permission.

/ How we test / Best Cameras / Advertising / Camera reviews / Supporting Camera Labs