Canon Powershot SX20 IS reviews and prices: Hybrid camera

39 customer reviews

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8.8 out of 10 based on 39 reviews.
Canon Powershot SX20 IS: 12.1 MP (Megapixels), 20x optical zoom, SD Card storage, Optical Image Stabiliser image stabiliser digital Hybrid camera. See full product description

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Confirmed purchaser

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Handy, easy to use. Powerful zoom.
Bad points:
No RAW format.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 7.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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6 of 9 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 28 Oct 2009

Simon, Tunbridge Wells

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Seems a good solid camera - so far I'm very pleased with it.
Bad points:
No printed manual - a real pain!
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 25 Oct 2009

melanie, malta Point & shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
easy to handle and good features
Bad points:
does not indicate the amount of betray left
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 24 Mar 2010

Confirmed purchaser Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Well built camera from a well known brand.
Bad points:
None
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 24 Jan 2010

marc, plymouth Point & shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
easy to use.stylist,eye catching,lovely camera.
Bad points:
none
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 24 Apr 2010

miro, london Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
very good camera
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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4 of 7 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 22 Oct 2009

M Carlisle, Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
I always buy canon, and i find the sx20 is just another good camera from canon
i would recommend it,so easy to get used to. very good price.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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6 of 8 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 13 Jan 2010

Product Features

Camera Type Hybrid
Optical zoom ratio 20
Screen size (Inches) 2.5
Digital zoom ratio 4
Type of image stabiliser Optical Image Stabiliser
Touchscreen No
3D No
Colour Black
Media format SDHC Card
Media format SD Card
Media format MMC Card
PictBridge Yes
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 560
Flash Yes
Series Powershot
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/1
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/15
Waterproof No
Viewfinder Yes
Dimensions (mm) 124x88.3x86.9
RAW Format No
GPS Receiver No
Release date 2009-08-25
Height in mm 8.8
Width in mm 124
Depth in mm 8.7
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens No
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 560
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 28

Also known as: Powershot SX20 IS, Canon SX20 IS, Canon Powershot SX20

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Manufacturer's Description

With a 20x wide-angle zoom, the 12.1 MP PowerShot SX20 IS offers intelligent, versatile shooting power. Switch to Smart Auto mode for effortlessly great results, or shoot stunning HD movies. Features

  • 20x wide-angle (28mm) zoom lens with IS
  • 12.1 MP CCD
  • 2.5 vari-angle PureColor VA LCD
  • Smart Auto mode with Scene Detection Technology
  • DIGIC 4
  • Motion Detection
  • Face Detection
  • Enhanced i-Contrast
  • HD movies (720p) with HDMI output
  • Hot shoe for external flash

Superzoom power. All-round excellence.

Wide-angle superzoom
A 20x wide-angle (28mm) optical zoom provides outstanding telephoto reach for stills and movies alike; plus, with Ultrasonic Motor (USM) and Voice Coil Motor (VCM), zooming and focus are fast, accurate and near-silent. Canons optical IS technology works across the zoom range, to counteract the blur caused by camera shake.

12.1 Megapixels
A 12.1 Megapixel sensor captures the detail you need to make stunning, large-scale prints, or creatively crop images to perfection.

2.5 vari-angle LCD
A 2.5 vari-angle PureColor VA provides a comfortable way to shoot from almost any position. Quick-Bright and Night Display functions enhance screen visibility in bright or low light.

Smart Auto and Shooting Modes
Smart Auto mode analyses subject brightness, contrast, distance, hue and movement. Intelligent Scene Detection Technology then selects the scene type from 22 variables, applying the best settings for optimum output. 24 dedicated shooting modes include full Manual for complete control.

DIGIC 4 processing
Canons DIGIC 4 processor drives exceptional processing speeds, responsive operation, superb image quality and colour reproduction. Advanced Noise Reduction ensures richly detailed, clean images, even at high ISO speeds.

Anti-blur
The PowerShot SX20 IS combats blur with Motion Detection Technology. Several advanced methods determine camera and subject movement, ISO settings are then adjusted for optimum results. Blur is also combated by Servo AF/AE, which retains focus on moving subjects while continuously adjusting exposure.

Face Detection Technology
For perfect portraits, the PowerShot SX20 IS features Canon Face Detection Technology. Face Select & Track lets you select a particular face as the main subject, while FaceSelf-Timer makes group photos easy taking a shot after an extra face enters the frame.

i-Contrast
In shooting or playback, enhanced i-Contrast optimises dynamic range according to the scene- retaining detail in shadows and preventing overexposure of highlights. The result is natural images with the best possible contrast.

HD movies and HDMI output
Shoot HD movies (720p, 30fps) with CD quality stereo sound ready for sharing on any HDTV via an HDMI connection.

Speedlite compatible
For extended shooting options and creative lighting, the PowerShot SX20 IS is compatible with many models in Canons EX Speedlite flash range.


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