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Canon PowerShot SD200 Review

Along with its “big brother,” the Canon PowerShot SD300 Digital ELPH, the Canon PowerShot SD200 Digital ELPH burst onto the scene just in time for the holiday season of 2004. Together, they take the place of the SD110 in the series of well-liked, compact digital cameras produced by Canon. The teeny-tiny, high-style Canon ELPH models have been incredibly successful in both the film and digital photography realms.

Beginning with the PowerShot S100, Canon’s Digital ELPH cameras introduced the compact size and stylish design to the realm of digital photography. Canon has been a well-known name for APS film cameras for a long time.

The original Canon SD100 was the first camera to use the SD memory card format, and the new Canon SD200 enhances the great printer compatibility of the series by fully supporting the PictBridge standard. The SD memory card format was introduced in the original Canon SD100.

Essential Attributes

  • 3.2-megapixel CCD.
  • Optical viewfinder that displays the real image.
  • color TFT LCD monitor with a screen size of 2.0 inches.
  • 3x, 5.8-17.4mm lens, equal to a 35-105mm lens on a 35mm camera.
  • Maximum 3.2x digital zoom.
  • Automatic control of the exposure, with a Long Shutter option available for shooting at greater shutter speeds.
  • speeds ranging from 1/1,500 to 15 seconds for the shutter.
  • The maximum aperture can range from f/2.8 to f/4.9, depending on the location of the lens zoom.
  • Integrated flash with a total of five different modes.
  • Storage on an SD memory card, with a 16 MB card provided.
  • Power is provided either by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack (the charger is included) or by an AC adapter, which may be purchased separately.
  • ArcSoft Camera Suite 1.3, Canon Digital Camera Software, and USB drivers are all included, and they are compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems.
  • New button for printing and sharing.

The Canon SD200 and SD300 are also updated to the series. These updates include a redesigned design, a thinner profile, a variety of resolutions, a large 2-inch LCD, and the usage of the (very quick) DiGIC II processor. In general, one of the most attractive subcompact digital cameras that we have seen to this point: Continue reading to get every last detail!

Camera Overview

The Canon PowerShot SD200 is only a tad more compact than many of the Canon Digital ELPH models that came before it, but it retains the elegant appearance and sleek design that are the hallmarks of the ELPH line.

The PowerShot SD200 is a convenient point-and-shoot digital camera that is very compact and quick on the draw (thanks to a smoothly operating retractable lens design). This camera is a point-and-shoot digital camera with a handful of additional exposure features for added flexibility, and it has a larger LCD display than previous models of this size in Canon’s lineup.

The front panel of the Canon SD200 is flush and pocket-friendly when the lens is retracted, and its mainly aluminum body (the SD300 is made of stainless steel) is enhanced with pearlescent plastic accents that wrap around the right side from top to bottom. The SD300 is made of stainless steel. The SD200, which features a CCD with 3.2 megapixels, is capable of producing photographs of such high quality that they can be printed in sizes as large as 8 by 10 inches.

There is also a movie mode that may capture short video clips with sound, as well as smaller image sizes that are suitable for transmission through email or use in web applications.

Special Features

  • A movie mode that includes sound. (Up to 640 by 480 pixels, with a maximum of 30 frames per second; the only limitation is the size of the card.)
  • In the Fast Frame Rate video mode with sound, you may capture up to sixty frames per second at a resolution of 320 by 240 pixels, and you have a maximum recording period of one minute.
  • Modes for continuously taking pictures
  • Panorama mode with stitching assistance.
  • Focusing modes include infinity and macro.
  • Settings for “My Camera” that may be customized.
  • Self-Timer options of two or ten seconds for delaying the release of the shutter.
  • There is a choice to record captions using Sound Memo.
  • There are three types of exposure metering: spot, center-weighted, and evaluative.
  • Adjustment of the white balance (color), with seven different settings and a Custom option available.
  • Adjusting the colors may be done using the Photo Effects menu.
  • Adjustable ISO setting.
  • compatible with the DPOF format (Digital Print Order Format).
  • A USB cable that may be used to connect to a computer (driver software included).
  • A video and audio cable that may be connected to a television set.

The Canon PowerShot SD200 boasts a new 3x, 5.8-17.4mm zoom lens that makes use of Canon’s sophisticated “high index” lens technology. This lens is equal to a 35-105mm zoom on a 35mm camera (previous ELPH cameras of this size were limited to 2x optical zoom).

The aperture is adjusted automatically, however, the maximum setting varies depending on the focal length of the lens, going from f/2.8 at full wide-angle to f/4.9 at full telephoto. The SD200 comes with a maximum digital zoom option of 3.2x, which brings the camera’s total zoom capabilities up to 10x. However, it is important to bear in mind that digital zoom degrades the overall image quality because it essentially crops off the image and enlarges the pixels in the image’s center.

When using digital zoom, image details are therefore likely to become less distinct. When using the conventional AF mode, the focus range is from 1.0 feet (30 centimeters) to infinity. When using the macro AF mode, the range is from 1.2 inches to 1.6 feet (3 to 50 centimeters). A new Digital Macro mode gives users the ability to zoom in on their macro objects, essentially cropping the digital image to preserve only the most critical center part of the picture.

There is also a fixed-focus mode called Infinity that may be used. The Canon SD200 makes use of a sophisticated nine-point AiAF (Artificial Intelligence Autofocus) system to determine focus. This system employs a large active area in the image’s center to calculate the focal distance (a feature that has impressed me on many ELPH models and that I am pleased to see continue to be used).

You can disable AiAF by going into the Record menu on your camera, which will then set the focusing area to the middle of the frame by default. Autofocus (AF) assist light is also integrated into the SD200. This light, which can be activated by a menu option, serves to help the focus mechanism when shooting in low light.

The Canon PowerShot SD200 Digital Camera comes with both a real-image optical viewfinder and a big 2.0-inch color LCD panel, both of which may be used for composing photographs. The LCD displays a good deal of camera information; nevertheless, exposure information, such as aperture and shutter speed, is not one of those things.

When in Playback mode, a histogram display will indicate the tonal distribution of a picture that has been shot. This is helpful for detecting whether or not the image has been over-or under-exposed.

The ELPH series of cameras emphasizes simplicity of use, therefore the exposure control is often automated. This feature boosts the brand’s appeal to consumers of point-and-shoot cameras. The Canon SD200 continues this trend with a number of distinctive Scene settings, but it also has a small selection of manual controls and a number of improvements to the PictBridge direct print capabilities.

The Function menu, which can be reached by pressing the Set button located in the middle of the five-way navigation array, is now used to operate the primary camera modes. Users may make their selections from Auto, Manual (which is analogous to Program Auto), Digital Macro, Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids&Pets, Indoor, and Underwater using the left and right arrows on the control panel (used when the camera is operated in an underwater housing, available separately).

The shutter speeds vary from one one-fifteen hundredth of a second to fifteen seconds, with the one- to fifteen-second end of the range is accessible exclusively in the Long Shutter mode (which also automatically invokes a Noise Reduction system to eliminate excess image noise in longer exposures).

In the fully automatic setting, the camera decides everything about the exposure, with the exception of things like file size, the flash, and so on. Manual mode gives the user more direct control over the camera, including White Balance, Exposure Compensation, ISO, and a few creative effects; however, it is not a true manual control mode because the user is not permitted to set the aperture or shutter speed settings and does not even have access to this information.

The functioning of the camera is easy, as it mostly consists of pointing and shooting most of the time. You may adjust the focus and exposure by depressing the shutter button halfway, and the little LEDs located next to the optical viewfinder will illuminate to let you know when the camera is ready to capture a photo.


The Canon ELPH line of digital cameras continues to be a popular choice for many customers due to the little size of these cameras as well as Canon’s well-deserved reputation for producing high-quality photographs. The Canon PowerShot SD200 Digital ELPH is an upgrade to the line and has a 3.2-megapixel CCD for producing photographs with a high resolution in addition to specific features meant to make it easier to print photos directly from the camera.

Even though the majority of the control over exposure is handled automatically, the fact that exposure lengths of up to 15 seconds may be selected and that the ISO can be adjusted greatly boosts the camera’s exposure adaptability. In addition, the user interface is not overly sophisticated, which makes it easy for beginners as well as more experienced amateurs to feel at ease when using the camera. Additionally, there is sufficient control over the variable exposure to satisfy both groups.

The Canon SD200 is an excellent choice for anybody looking for a nice “all around” camera, and it would also be a fantastic “second camera” for photography aficionados to have for those occasions when they don’t want to tote about their full-size camera with all of the bells and whistles. (And with a stated price that is an entire $100 lower than that of the 4-megapixel Canon SD300, it is a significant savings.)


Even though it has more rounded corners, a somewhat thinner size, and a considerably bigger LCD than its predecessors in the ELPH line, the Canon SD200 maintains the signature ELPH aesthetic that has been shown to be so appealing to customers. This style has been a huge success in the market.

If you want to keep that gorgeous finish from getting scratched, you’ll want to put it in a protective case first, because the aluminum body is susceptible to getting scratched. However, the compact size makes it ideal for quickly stowing away in a pocket or purse without worrying about damaging the aluminum body.

Because the lens retracts when the camera is turned off, the front of the camera remains totally flat, highlighting the pocket-friendly form of the camera. Additionally, an automated lens cover ensures that you do not have to worry about smearing the lens or losing a lens cap.

The SD200, which has dimensions of 3.4 by 2.1 by 0.83 inches (86 by 53 by 21 millimeters), should have little trouble fitting into the pocket of the typical shirt. When the battery and memory card is included, the weight of the camera is 4.6 ounces (131 grams).

The front of the Canon SD200 may be identified as an ELPH camera thanks to a number of characteristic elements, including the lens, which is slightly off-center and angled toward the right, as well as the viewfinder and flash, which are immediately above it.

Next to the optical viewfinder is a light emitter that serves various purposes. These include helping with focusing, reducing the appearance of red eyes, and providing a countdown for the self-timer. When the camera is turned on, the telescopic lens swiftly slides into position and then retracts completely within the camera so that it may keep its flat profile.

(The time needed to get started is a lightning-fast 1.5 seconds.) There is a tiny microphone built into the camera, and there are five holes for it to the left of the lens. Because there is no actual finger grip available, you will need to fasten the wrist strap that comes with it.

The top of the camera has the Shutter button, the Zoom ring, and the Power button. The Shutter button and the Zoom ring both protrude from the surface of the camera.


The AV Out and USB port are hidden behind a door made of pearlized soft plastic and are located on the right side of the camera when viewed from the back. Just below it is the eyelet used to connect the wrist strap.


The viewfinder on the other side of the camera is totally empty.

The rear of the camera

The rear panel of the camera has all of the camera’s remaining controls, as well as both the optical and LCD viewfinders. The diagonal measurement of the LCD monitor on such a little camera is shockingly large at 2.0 inches. All of the controls have been relocated to the right side of the screen because it is so huge. Playback, movie, and record modes may be selected with a switch that has three positions.

The button for the menu and the speaker holes may be found below this. The majority of the fast settings are included into an improved multi-functional Five-Way Arrow pad, and the buttons on the sides of the pad are responsible for both navigation and items such as macro and flash modes. The Function button has been relocated to the center of the Five-way, where it also performs the function of the Set button for selecting items from the menu.

The Display button and the Print/Share button may be found directly below this configuration. The Display button illuminates in blue when the camera is linked to a computer or a PictBridge printer. The camera’s status is displayed by two LED lamps located next to the viewfinder. These lamps light up to show when the focus has been adjusted or when the flash has been completely charged.

The Canon SD200 has a sturdy bottom panel that is lovely and flat. This panel houses the metal tripod mount as well as the compartment for the battery and memory card. It is a wonderful choice for those who want to take panoramas, as the tripod socket is located almost directly below the lens barrel. Additionally, it is close enough to being centered on the body as a whole that the camera should set level on the majority of tripod mounts.

The slots for the battery and the SD memory card are aligned next to one another inside the container. The cover for the locking compartment may be opened and then moved outward, and it has a little rubber flap in the middle of it. This flap conceals a hole in the compartment lid that provides access to the connection jack contained within the “dummy battery” that is part of the AC converter kit.

(The SD200’s optional AC adapter system uses a false battery that fits into the battery compartment and offers a socket for the AC power converter’s cable, just like many other Canon digital cameras.)

Camera Operation

The user interface of the Canon PowerShot SD200 is easy and reasonably simplistic, with a menu configuration and fundamental control philosophies that are comparable to those of the rest of the current ELPH line of cameras.

The majority of the camera’s operations are handled via buttons located on the top and back panels, while the LCD-based Record menu is used for controlling a select few of the camera’s settings. A Function menu gives you quick access to fundamental parameters such as picture size, quality, and exposure compensation while keeping a viewfinder display onscreen. This allows you to rapidly compose and take a photo without having to leave the Function menu.

When you go home, this will come in useful for ensuring that you have the perfect photo by allowing you to experiment with a variety of settings on an essential subject. Because the menu items are shown in tabs on the LCD screen rather than sequentially on a series of pages, the LCD menu system in and of itself is highly efficient.

In addition, the menus for Setup and My Camera are always accessible, notwithstanding the mode in which the camera is operating. If you have the user manual available, becoming familiar with the camera shouldn’t take more than half an hour to an hour of your time.

Display for Recording Mode

The LCD display will either show the picture area with no information, the image with a restricted information display, or it will not show anything at all depending on whatever recording mode you are using.

When you press the Display button, the available displays will cycle through one by one. When the information display is activated, it will report the current resolution and image quality settings, as well as the number of photographs that are currently accessible, the orientation, the Record mode, and a few exposure parameters (although not aperture or shutter speed).

Display for the Playback Mode

Playback mode has three display options: the picture only, the image with information, and the image with expanded information and a histogram. These display modes can be selected independently of one another.

You may also zoom in on taken photographs to check for fine details, focus, or framing, and the index display mode allows you to see as many as nine thumbnail images at once on the screen.

External Controls

Shutter Button

This button, which can be found on the top panel, is used to adjust the focus and exposure when it is pressed halfway and triggers the shutter when it is pressed all the way. If the Self-Timer is turned on, fully depressing the Shutter button will start the countdown for the timer.

Zoom Lever

Surrounding the Shutter button on the camera’s top panel, this lever controls the optical and digital zoom in any record mode. When in Playback mode, the wide-angle option brings up an index display, but the telephoto setting zooms in on previously shot photographs so that you may examine their finer elements in greater depth.

Power Button

This button, which can be found on the top panel of the camera to the left of the Shutter button, is used to turn the camera on and off.

Switching Modes

Just below the shutter button, but on the back panel, this dial regulates the camera’s operation mode, allowing the following selections:

Playback Mode

The user may replay collected photographs and videos, and there are also options for image management and printing.

Movie Mode

Captures moving pictures with sound, which in nearly all modes will record as long as there is space on the card (the exception is the 320 x 240 at 60 frames per second mode, which will only record 60 seconds of video at a time) (the exception is the 320 x 240 at 60 frames per second mode, which will only record 60 seconds of video at a time).

The Recording Mode

For still picture capturing. The Function menu is where you’ll find all of the different modes, such as Automatic, Manual, and so on.

Arrow Pad with Five Directions

This five-way rocker button is placed to the right of the LCD panel and serves numerous tasks. The up and down arrow keys are used to traverse the many options available in the Settings menu. The top arrow allows you to cycle among Evaluative, Center-Weighted, and Spot metering modes when you are in Record mode.

The standard autofocus setting may be reached by cycling back around with the left arrow, which also controls the Macro and Infinity focus modes. The camera’s flash modes can be accessed by pressing the right arrow button, which allows you to toggle between Automatic, Red-Eye Reduction, Forced On, and Forced Off, as well as the Slow-Sync option.

In conclusion, pressing the down arrow key will either activate the Self-Timer mode or the Continuous Shooting mode, or it will restore the camera to its default exposure mode. It also functions as the Delete button while you are in Playback mode. This button also has buttons for settings and functions, and its use as the center button will be discussed in the next item.

When you are in Playback mode, the right and left arrow keys allow you to navigate between the collected photos and movie files. When you zoom in on an image, each of the four arrows will pan the view in a different direction.

Push the Button for Function and Settings

This control, which is located in the middle of the Five-way arrow pad, brings up the Function menu in any recording mode and verifies selections once any menu has been brought up. The following choices are available when you press and hold the Function button in order to activate it:

Shooting Mode

Choose from eight different shooting modes, including Auto, Manual, Digital Macro, Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, and Underwater. Other options include Night Snapshot, Indoor, and Kids & Pets. Standard, Fast Frame (60 fps), and Compact are the three different modes available in Movie Mode.

Exposure Compensation

Adjusts the level of exposure in one-third-step increments, ranging from minus two exposure equivalents (EV) to plus two EV.

Long Shutter

It is possible to access larger shutter durations, ranging from one to fifteen seconds. (This option is only displayed after it has been activated through the Record menu; to access it, click the Menu button when the Exposure Compensation option is selected.)

A Perfect White Balance

The color balance of photographs may be controlled using this setting. You have the choice of Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, and Fluorescent H. Custom is also an option (manual setting).

ISO Speed

Adjusts the sensitivity of the camera to either the automatic setting or to 50, 100, 200, or 400 ISO equivalents.

A Photographic Effect

Enables the photo effects of low sharpening, sepia, black and white, vivid color, and neutral color. vivid color has a high color saturation, while neutral color has a low color saturation.


Adjusts the quality of the JPEG compression to either Normal, Fine, or Superfine.


The resolution of the image is specified here. Still picture resolutions include 2,048 x 1,536, 1,600 x 1,200, 1,024 x 768, and 640 x 480 pixels. In addition, there is a Postcard mode that takes the resolution to 1600 x 1200 and locks the resolution to Fine for reduced file sizes. This mode also allows a date stamp to be put on the image. Movie resolutions are 640 x 480, 320 x 240, and 160 x 120 pixels.

Display Button

This button, which is located at the lower left of the Five-way nav, cycles among the LCD picture and information displays. It also has an LCD Off state, which may be used to save power when it is not needed. This button is the sole one that controls the information display when you are in Playback mode, and it also enables a histogram display of the picture that was shot.

Menu Button

This button, which is located to the upper left of the five-way navigation controls, provides access to the LCD menu system when used in either the Record or Playback mode.

Clickable Print and Share Button

It is possible to activate uploads to Windows PCs or connections to Exif Print capable printers by using the Print/Share button. While you are ready to print or transfer photographs, the button flashes a blue light, and it lights blue when it is really doing any of those things.

Options and Menus for the Camera

Playback Arrangement

Within this mode, you will have the ability to cycle through taken photos and videos, write-protect images, examine a nine-image index display, zoom into a captured image, remove undesired images, rotate images, and set up images for printing on DPOF-compliant devices.

Movie Mode

Recordings may be made in either 640 x 480, 320 x 240, or 160 x 120 pixels with sound, depending on the resolution chosen. The only thing that can restrict the actual amount of recording time in any mode other than Fast Frame Rate is the amount of storage space available on the camera’s SD card (and of course the relative battery life). (There is a maximum recording time of sixty seconds for each clip when using the Fast Frame Rate option.) In this mode, you have access to a small selection of exposure parameters; however, functions such as Continuous Shooting, digital zoom, and flash mode are disabled.

The Recording Mode

Places the camera into the still image capture mode; other record modes can be selected from the Function Menu.

Recording Method and Menu System

In the Automatic, Manual, Stitch Assist, and Movie modes, you may access this feature by pressing the Menu button (some options are not available in all modes). The Record, Setup, and My Camera sub-menus each have their own tab in the menu that appears.

Menu to Record


activates the autofocus technique used by AiAF. When turned off, the focusing mode of the camera centers its attention on the middle of the picture.


Adjusts the countdown duration of the Self-Timer to either two or ten seconds.

AF Assist Beam

Controls whether or not the AF assist light is illuminated. When there is insufficient light, the light will turn on by itself if it is on.

Digital Zoom

Activates the digital zoom function, which is activated when the zoom level is increased beyond the range of the optical zoom. Also disables digital zoom.


Adjusts the amount of time that the image that was shot is displayed on the screen, giving you the option between two and ten seconds. You may turn the immediate review function on or off. (Only photographs, please.)

Date Stamp

Activates or deactivates the Date Stamp embossing on the picture (only available in 1,600 x 1,200 Post Card mode).

Long Shutter

Enables the Long Shutter mode and places it in the available options in the Function menu.

Help With the Stitching

Activates the Stitch Assist mode, which is the SD200’s panoramic photography mode, and provides the option to select the direction in which to shoot (to the right or the left). After you have started the sequence by pressing the Set button and have taken the first shot, blue grid lines will begin to emerge in the LCD panel to assist you in lining up each successive photo.

When you push the Menu button, the exposure will be fixed in place for the duration of the sequence. Using the software that comes with the product, the completed sequence of photographs may be combined into a single picture on a computer.

Setup Menu

  • Mute
  • Controls whether or not the camera makes beeping noises.
  • Volume
  • Adjusts volumes independently for the Startup, Operation, Self Timer, and Shutter modes, as well as Playback.
  • The brightness of the LCD
  • You may adjust how bright the LCD backlight is by using the slider.

Energy Efficient

Toggles the automatic cutoff function of the camera, which powers off the device after a certain amount of time during which it has been idle. You may also configure the display shutdown time to be anything between ten seconds and three minutes.


Adjusts the time and date on the camera’s internal calendar.

A Display of the Clock

When you press and hold the Function key for two seconds, the device’s clock display option will be activated for between one second and three minutes. (I suppose that might come in handy if you misplaced your wristwatch.)


Performs a formatting operation on the CompactFlash card, which deletes all files (even those marked for write protection).

File No. Reset

Each new CompactFlash card causes the file numbering system to be reset. Even if the memory card is changed, the camera will continue to number in sequence until it is disabled.

Auto Rotate

Changes the state of the Auto Rotate function between on and off.


This function allows you to select the language of the camera’s menu from a list of 12 options. English is the default option.

Video System

Adjusts the time of the camera’s video-out output to comply with either NTSC or PAL standards.

My Camera Menu


Chooses a consistent aesthetic for all of the items in the My Camera menu settings. There are four alternatives to choose from, the first of which is “Off.” When a theme is chosen, each of the subsequent settings will immediately conform to the characteristics of that theme. The user may even choose their own noises and upload them to the camera if they so like.

Start-Up Image

You may choose to have a black screen, the Canon logo, the Canon logo with a sunset, or a nature picture to appear as the starting image when you power on the camera. Using the Canon program, you may even attach your own picture to the document.

Sounds at Start-Up

You have the option of turning on the camera with no sound, a musical tone (tone 1), a musical tone (tone 2), or birds chirping as the startup sound. Using the Canon software, you may even incorporate your own sounds into your recordings.

The Sound Operation

Adjusts the tone that plays whenever any of the controls or switches are used (except the Shutter button). There are a few other sound options available, including Chirp, Beep, and Musical tone.

Self-Timer Sound

Adjusts the volume of the sound that plays when the shutter release is two seconds away from being activated. There is also the option for fast beeps, the sound of a telephone ringing, and howling.

Shutter Sound

Adjusts the sound of the shutter that is played whenever the Shutter button is pressed (there is no shutter sound in Movie mode). There is an option for no sound at all, a Shutter sound, a Musical Tone, and a Bark sound.

Playback Menu System

While in Playback mode, you can access the Playback menu by pressing the Menu button. The Playback menu also has subject tabs for the Setup and My Camera menus. I won’t go over these again because they were covered in the last section.

Playback Menu


Sets the current image to have write protection enabled or disables write protection for the picture. Images that are protected may neither be removed nor altered, with the exception of the formatting of the card, which deletes all data.


This command rotates the current picture by ninety degrees in the clockwise direction.

Recall the Past

Create a short audio clip to complement a picture that you have shot.

Erase All

Deletes all of the files on the memory card, with the exception of the ones that are protected.

Display of Slides

Creates a slide presentation that automatically plays all of the collected photographs.

Print Order

The number of copies of the currently shown picture that will be printed may be selected, and further choices include the creation of an index print, the imprinting of the date and time, and the imprinting of the file number.

Transfer Order

Choose photos to save on your computer and click “Download.”

Print Connection

When the Canon SD200 is connected to a PictBridge printer, a new menu option is activated. This option makes it possible to quickly print to a variety of standard paper sizes without the need for a computer. If you want to change the settings, you need to hit the Set button, which is indicated by a specific symbol that appears in the top left-hand corner and has the word SET written directly next to it.

In addition to being able to pick the size and kind of paper, you also have the option to crop the images from within the camera. You just need to hit the Print/Share button once if you only want to print one size, which is the complete frame, and the printing of the current image will begin instantly.

In the Discrete

The following things come included in the box with your purchase of a Canon PowerShot SD200:

  • Strap for the wrist.
  • Video cable.
  • USB cable.
  • Memory card with 16 megabytes SD.
  • lithium-ion battery pack designated as NB-4L.
  • Charger for a battery
  • CDs including software from ArcSoft and Canon’s Digital Camera Solution Disk.
  • Both the user’s manual and the registration card are included.

Accessories That Come Highly Recommended

  • Memory card with a large capacity for the SD format.
  • An additional lithium-ion battery pack for the NB-4L.
  • AC adapter kit.
  • Small camera case.
  • Specifications

Canon PowerShot SD200 Specifications


Model Name:

Canon PowerShot SD200 
Model Number:SD200 
Camera Format:Compact 
Currently Manufactured:No 
Retail Price:$299.00
Street Price: 
Price Update Date:2007-02-27
Date Available:2004-10-31
Remote Control:No 
Remote Control Type:n/a 
Tripod Mount:Yes 
Tripod Mount Material: 
Operating System:Windows, macOS 
Weight:4.1 oz (115 g)
Weight With Batteries? 
Size:3.4 x 2.1 x 0.8 in.
(86 x 53 x 21 mm)
Warranty in Months: 
Image Capture
Image Resolution:2048×1536, 1600×1200, 1024×768, 640×480
Movie Resolution:640×480, 160×120
Aspect Ratio:4:3
CCD Sensor (Megapixels):3.20
CCD Size (inches):1/2.5 inch 
CCD Filter Type: 
CCD Manufacturer:Unknown CCD 
Focal Length Multiplier: 
Movie Audio:Yes 
Quality Levels:3
Focal Length (35mm equivalent):35 – 105 mm
Zoom Ratio:3.00x
Digital Zoom:Yes 
Digital Zoom Values:3.2x 
Auto Focus:Yes 
Auto Focus Type:9-point AiAF 
Auto Focus Assist Light? 
Auto Focus Min Illum:0.2500
Auto Focus Step: 
Manual Focus:Yes 
Manual Focus Steps:1
Normal Focus Range:30 cm to Infinity
12.2 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range:3 – 50 cm
1.2 – 20.4 in
Min Macro Area:46 x 35 mm
1.8 x 1.4 in
Min Aperture:f/10.0
Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture Range Description:f/2.8 / 5.6 (W), f/4.9 / 10.0 (T) 
Aperture Step Size: 
Lens Thread: 
Lens Thread Type:None 
Optical Viewfinder:Yes 
Optical VF Type:Real-image optical zoom 
Optical VF Accuracy:82%
LCD Viewfinder:Yes 
LCD VF Accuracy:100%
LCD Size (inches):2.0
LCD Resolution:118,000 dots
OLED Screen: 
Max Playback Zoom: 
ISO Settings:50, 100, 200, 400
ISO Rating Max:400
Number of White Balance Settings:7
White Balance Settings:Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom 
Manual White Balance:Yes 
Longest Shutter Time:15 
Shortest Shutter Time:1/1500 
Exp Adj Range:2.0 EV
Exp Adj Step Size:0.33 EV
Metering Modes:Evaluative, Center-weighted, Spot 
Spot Metering:Yes 
Aperture Priority:No 
Shutter Priority:No 
Full Manual Exposure:No 
Self Timer:2 or 10
Internal Flash:Yes 
No of Flash Modes:6
Flash Modes:Auto, Auto with Red-Eye Reduction, Flash on with Red-Eye Reduction, Flash On/Off, Slow-sync 
Flash Guide Number (Meters): 
Flash Range Default ISO (meters): 
Flash Range Description:1.6-11.5 ft. / 50cm-3.5m (W); 1.6-6.6 ft. / 50cm-2.0m (T); Macro: 1.0-1.6 ft. / 30-50cm (W/T) 
No of Flash “Pops”: 
Ext Flash:No 
Ext Flash Connection:n/a
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: 
Other Memory Types:None 
Memory Included (MB):16.0
Uncompressed Format:None 
CCD Raw Format:No 
Compressed Format:JPEG (EXIF 2.2) 
Movie File Format:Unknown 
Video Out:Yes 
Video Mode Switchable:Yes 
Video Usable as Viewfinder: 
External Connections:Serial, USB 1.1
Other Connection:DC In 
Included Software: 
OS Compatibility:Windows, macOS 
Performance Timing
Startup Time:1.500 seconds
Shutdown Time:1.800 seconds
Play -> Record:1.400 seconds
Record -> Play (max res):1.900 seconds
Record -> Play (min res): 
Shutter Lag (auto focus) WIDE:0.620 seconds
Shutter Lag (auto focus) TELE: 
Shutter Lag, Man. Focus: 
Shutter Lag, Prefocus:0.060 seconds
Cycle Time Uncompressed Format: 
Cycle Time Max Res:1.400 seconds
Cycle Time Min Res:1.470 seconds
Buffer Frames, Max Res:31
Continuous Mode Rate (Frames/Sec):2.790
Movie Mode Rate (Frames/Sec): 
Movie Sec @ Max Res:180.00
Movie Sec @ Min Res: 
Download speed, KB/second:660.00
Battery Form Factor:Proprietary NB-4L 
Usable Battery Types:Lithium-Ion rechargeable 
Batteries Included:Proprietary NB-4L Lithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included:Yes 


The ELPH name has become synonymous with high image quality and a user-friendly design, which is the reason why the line is so popular with such a diverse group of customers. Members of the digital ELPH series have always impressed me with their quality and adaptability. This is an extension of the good reputation that the brand name has earned in the world of film.

The Canon SD300, which we had previously evaluated, has a resolution of 4 megapixels, while the SD200, which has 3, is its “little brother.” The fact that these two models have a more compact build in comparison to prior digital ELPHs is undeniably advantageous, and the fact that they come with a wider variety of functions offers them an advantage over many another subcompact point-and-shoot digital cameras on the market.

The camera’s capabilities are greatly increased thanks to the fact that it is possible to alter the ISO and the white balance, as well as access longer shutter times. However, the actual exposure management is still automated. It is also incredibly responsive for a subcompact digital camera because to its high-speed DIGIC-II processing chip, and its video capabilities go much beyond what I am used to seeing from models of subcompact digital cameras.

All of us here at IR found that it was an extraordinarily pleasurable camera to use, and we adored the gorgeous “Canon” color output that is provided. This was also the case with the Canon SD300 that came before it. A further uplifting aspect:

In spite of the fact that both cameras appear to utilize the same lens, our tests showed that the SD200 had far less corner softening than the SD300, which was the model that came before it. (The corners were still a little bit soft, but not nearly as much as we observed with the SD300.)

Canon PowerShot SD200 Price

Pros & Cons

Good For
  • Auto exposure is quite decent
  • The LCD menu system, on its own, is a very effective system.
  • The LCD menu system, on its own, is a very effective system.
Need Improvement
  • Adjusts the time and date on the camera’s built-in calendar and clock.
  • Strap for the wrist
  • However, Flash struggles when the distance is reduced.

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