Canon Powershot SX20 IS

Canon Powershot SX20 IS is a 12.1 Megapixels superzoom camera features 20x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 28-560mm) with image stabilization, HD Recording, and a 2.5-inch TFT color Vari-Angle LCD with wide viewing angle. The camera is powered by AA batteries, measures 4.88 x 3.48 x 3.42 in./124.0 x 88.3 x 86.9mm and weighs Approx. 19.8 oz./560g.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Canon Powershot SX20 IS Reviews

DPInterface reviews the Canon Powershot SX20 IS and writes;
“If you’d like to take pictures, plus record high resolution video now and then without buying a separate camcorder, then the PowerShot SX20 offers possibly the best bang-for-buck for a HD-hybrid camera. If your focus is on slightly faster still picture shooting or lower price, then consider the old PowerShot SX10.”
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CameraLabs reviews the Canon Powershot SX20 IS and writes;
“the bottom line is the PowerShot SX20 IS is a great super-zoom camera overall and one which rarely disappoints in use.. the SX20 IS it delivers a compelling array of features for the money and easily comes Highly Recommended. “

Rating: ★★★★½

NeutralDay compares the Canon Powershot SX20 IS to Panasonic DM-FX35 and writes;
“I also tend to like the more serious look of the FZ35 over the more rounded SX20, but that’s just me. In the end, the heft and grip of the SX20, along with the flip out LCD would probably win me over, but I’ll reserve judgment till I get some further extended hands on time.”
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Steve’Digicams reviews the Canon Powershot SX20 IS and writes;
“I still feel that you can create usable 4×6-inch photos from these images. Now, if you are one who likes to make large 8×10, 13×19 or larger prints, I highly recommend you keep the ISO set to a maximum of 400. It’s possible you could make a nice large print from an ISO 800 photo, as long as there is a good amount of light.”
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PCAdvisor reviews the Canon Powershot SX20 IS and writes;
“If you want an advanced compact camera that can do just about anything then the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS digital camera is the one to shortlist! It’s great for macros. it takes excellent night time photography, it has a huge zoom and built-in optical stabilisation, and it even does a good job of capturing HD video.”
Rating: ★★★★½

GoodGearGuide reviews the Canon Powershot SX20 IS and writes;
“It’s image quality is superb, the controls and menu are easy to use, and its video mode is almost good enough to make you leave your dedicated camcorder at home when you go on holidays..”
Rating: ★★★★½

PhotographyBlog reviews the Canon Powershot SX20 IS and writes;
“The Canon PowerShot SX20 IS’s main drawback in terms of image quality is noise, with ISO 400 showing some noise, blurring of detail and slight colour desaturation. The noise and loss of detail get progressively worse as you go from ISO 800 to the fastest 1600 setting.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCR reviews the Canon Powershot SX20 IS and writes;
“The SX20 IS displayed a focus icon about 1.5 seconds after power up, and I could get off a first shot in about 2.5 seconds. Single shot-to-shot times times were about 2.5 seconds with a SanDisk ExtremeIII 20MB/s card.. (Rank #1 in AF Acquisition and Rank #2 in Shutter lag among its competitors)”
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NeutralDay reviews the Canon Powershot SX20 IS and writes;
“The SX20 IS displayed a focus icon about 1.5 seconds after power up, and I could get off a first shot in about 2.5 seconds. Single shot-to-shot times times were about 2.5 seconds with a SanDisk ExtremeIII 20MB/s card.. (Rank #1 in AF Acquisition and Rank #2 in Shutter lag among its competitors)”
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User Opinions

Canon Powershot SX20 IS User Reviews

Canon Strikes Again | Rating: ★★★★★
Pros: easy to use, Simple controls/menu, Nice features/settings, Bright LCD, excellent image quality, Good Low-Light Performance
Cons: Heavy/Bulky

by lolapics

Best superzoom camera yet | Rating: ★★★★★
“Having tried over a dozen digital cameras I’ve found the features and picture quality of the SX20 IS to be the best yet in this size and weight. Naturally everyone wants better low light performance and while this could still be better, its the best I’ve seen in outside of digital SLRs….” – by mba2007

Excellent HD Video and Photo’s | Rating: ★★★★★
“…I just had it at a wedding and not only did the photo’s come out sharp but the HD Video was better than I could have ever expected. Low light outside it doesn’t matter the camera seems to always use the right settings. My only complaint is that they don’t include a users manual in the box anymore and yes it’s a tad bigger than I would like but it still slipped into my jacket pocket. 3 weeks and counting and it hasn’t disapointed me yet.” – by Adam

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Canon Powershot SX20 IS Sample Photos

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Canon Powershot SX20 IS User Manual (PDF)

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Canon Powershot SX20 IS Specifications

Discover the HD difference. With the classically stylish PowerShot SX20 IS, you can produce magnificent HD movies and dazzling photos. Loaded with features, it’s got a high-powered 20x wide-angle optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer, 12.1 megapixels, a big 2.5-inch Vari-Angle LCD, Blink Detection and more.

The PowerShot SX20 IS is equipped with many of the same features as a higher-end camera: an ultra-powerful zoom, eye-popping resolution and advanced picture-improving technology. 12.1 megapixels of resolution gives your photography incomparable depth and ensures that any section of any shot can be enlarged and cropped with no loss in quality when you edit the image even if you choose to print the image. It can create crisp, clear 13 x 19-inch posters.

PowerShot SX20 IS Highlights

20x optical zoom in action
20x wide-angle optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer
The PowerShot SX20 IS is equipped with a 20x Optical Zoom lens with a focal length of 5.0-100mm (35mm equivalent: 28-560mm) that allows you to shoot any scene from wide-angle to telephoto. The camera uses a VCM (Voice Coil Motor) for high-speed, quiet, energy-efficient lens movement with precise control. Focal length is conveniently indicated on the lens barrel.

The lens is optimized to fully exploit its zoom length and wide shooting angle in concert with the camera’s high 12.1 Megapixel resolution. UD glass effectively suppresses chromatic aberration, while enhanced negative refractive power ensures that distortion at the wide-angle is also corrected. Further aberration is controlled with the inclusion of a double-sided aspherical glass-molded lens and ultra-high refraction index lens.

The SX20 IS is equipped with Canon’s acclaimed Optical Image Stabilizer Technology that automatically detects and corrects camera shake–one of the leading causes of fuzzy or blurred shots. Even when zoomed in, you can get the steady, crisp, brilliant images you’ll be proud to shoot and share. And Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer Technology is convenient to use. It functions perfectly with or without a flash.

Use the optical zoom while shooting superb 720p HD movies with stereo sound

If you long for the convenience of an advanced still camera that also creates superb movies, the new PowerShot SX20 IS lets you record video in beautiful high definition (1280 x 720 pixels). The camera also makes it easy to enjoy HD movies (and still photos) on your HDTV with a mini-HDMI connector for direct connection to a high-definition monitor. You’ll enjoy the HD experience with no degradation of image or audio in the signal, plus the ability to display up to 130 thumbnails at once.

Improved Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings
Just set the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS to Smart AUTO and you’re ready for maximum enjoyment from your picture taking every time. It’s a relaxing and satisfying way to shoot because you can completely concentrate on your subject knowing that the camera has the technical details covered. Advanced Canon technology intelligently analyzes your situation and shooting conditions. Then it automatically selects an appropriate setting from 22 specially defined settings. So whether you’re photographing flowers, a captivating sunset, or your friends at the park, you can be confident that you’re getting dramatic, memorable images.

Shooting Modes
Advanced presets for the best possible photos under certain conditions. With 24 Shooting Modes, you’re ready for whatever shot comes your way.

DIGIC 4 Image Processor
Canon’s proprietary DIGIC Image Processors have long set its cameras apart from the competition, and the new DIGIC 4 sets the bar even higher. Faster, more accurate noise reduction delivers better image quality, even at high ISO speeds.

iSAPS Technology is an entirely original scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the advanced DIGIC 4 Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

Large 2.5-inch Vari-Angle LCD enables easy viewing
The camera’s 2.5-inch LCD screen gives you the big picture, whether you’re shooting, reviewing or showing off your images. This high-resolution screen offers a crisp, clear picture to make shooting, playback and using the camera’s menu functions especially convenient. Clear and bright, it also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light. It also has an electronic viewfinder that provides sharp images when you shoot close-up with Super Macro shooting mode.

This AA battery powered camera enables you to easily power up
Conveniently, you don’t need to worry about running out of batteries or having to recharging them. Since AA-size batteries can be purchased at any store, simply get new ones locally wherever you go–no special power adapters or chargers are needed.

What’s in the Box

* PowerShot SX20 IS Body
* AA-size Alkaline Battery (x4)
* Neck Strap NS-DC4
* Lens Hood LH-DC50
* Lens Cap
* Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
* USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
* Stereo Video Cable STV-250N

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