In the previous posting, I noted that my SX100's 10x zoom is better than the 12x zoom on the new SX200 model.
- SX200 -- 12x optical zoom -- 28-336mm equivalent.
- SX110 -- 10x optical zoom -- 36-360mm equivalent.
This is a case where the optical zoom number is misleading. The "normal" zoom level is 50mm (when there is no zoom). Divide the mm numbers into 50 to get the zoom multiplier (shown as "x" in specs).
- 336/50 = 6.7x zoom
- 360/50 = 7.2x zoom
So the SX100 gets you 0.5x closer to distant objects than does the SX200. The sole advantage of the SX200's relatively stunted zoom is that the wideangle is much wider, useful for photographs taken inside rooms or of landscapes.