Just bought SX200, sample pictures and impressions

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Ezzelin Regular Member • Posts: 127
Just bought SX200, sample pictures and impressions

Well, lucky me, it appears that my local camera shop was one of the first to get a shipment of a few Powershot SX200s, so I dropped in and picked one up. I've only had it for a few hours, and even less if you count how long it took to charge the battery, but I'm already happy with my purchase. It's small, has tons of features, and has lots of image quality. I have a small neoprene case that I put it in and it fits in my front pants pocket.

Here's one thing that I discovered about it that I didn't know: it does have program shift! However, it's undocumented in the manual and a little hard to do. Here's how it works: First, you half press the shutter button. Then, while holding that down, you press up on the wheel. This locks your exposure (AE lock), or flashes the flash and locks the exposure if the flash is enabled (FE lock). If you're using AE lock, you can then spin the wheel and select between different equivalent exposures if more are available. A little inconvenient, and I'm not sure how much I'll use it, but it's there, and the dcresource review said it wasn't (and it isn't in the manual in the AE lock section, either.) There are grayed out arrows that show after doing FE lock, so it might be possible then, too, but I've never seen the arrows anything but gray.

So far, I've only had the chance to play with it indoors, but I'll certainly go outdoors tomorrow and take some more pictures. One thing to note: I have custom color set to -2 contrast and -2 sharpness, as I usually do, to help with post-processing. Here are a few full size samples from indoors:

http://www.mediafire.com/?jzlit2fy2nd
http://www.mediafire.com/?tjgnenohmiz
http://www.mediafire.com/?m4iliuwywxi

Let me know if you have any other questions or picture requests.

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