Canon Powershot SD20 Review

By Movable Type Admin

Steve's Digicams

Canon Powershot SD20




Playback Screens & Menus

Canon Powershot SD20 Digital ELPH

When you select Playback mode the last picture taken is displayed. You can move backward or forward through the images using the LEFT and RIGHT buttons. The amount of overlay information displayed is controlled by options set in the SETUP menu. This frame shows the default information, across the bottom is 4/13 which means you are viewing image 4 of 13 total. The "musical note" indicates that a voice memo has been recorded for this image. Also shown is the image quality which was set at Superfine/Large and the time & date it was captured.



Canon Powershot SD20 Digital ELPH

If you select "Detailed" information for playback in the SETUP menu you will now see icons to indicate the capture mode (auto, manual, night, etc), exposure compensation, white balance, flash mode and metering. In the upper right corner is the exposure histogram.



Canon Powershot SD20 Digital ELPH

You can quickly search through stored images using the Index playback function which is actuated by pressing and holding the SET button. Nine thumbnail size images will be displayed and you can select one using the LEFT or RIGHT buttons and then pressing the SET button.



Canon Powershot SD20 Digital ELPH

The image can be magnified up to 10x in ten steps by pressing the telephoto zoom button. Once the image is enlarged at any step, you can move around inside of it using the 4-way selector buttons.



Canon Powershot SD20 Digital ELPH

Movie clips can be played in the camera with audio thanks to the built-in speaker or on a television set by using the supplied audio/video cable. You get "VCR-like" buttons to control the playback of movie clips.



Canon Powershot SD20 Digital ELPH

You can also edit the length of a movie clip.





Canon Powershot SD20 Digital ELPH

Pressing the MENU button brings up this page of options. Protect or unprotect image(s), rotate image for display on TV (Not necessary if you shot the picture with the Auto Rotate option enabled), Sound Memo will let you attach up to a 60 sec voice "note" with an image, Erase all will delete ALL the images, Auto Play (slide show) is for automated playback on a TV, Print Order lets you set the DPOF printing information.



Canon Powershot SD20 Digital ELPH

The Sound Memo options lets you record memos or notes up to 60 seconds in length which are attached to still images. You can overwrite or delete previous memos.



Canon Powershot SD20 Digital ELPH

The Setup sub-menu lets you to turn the Beep sounds on/off, set the volume level of camera sounds, set the amount of display data in record / preview / playback modes, adjust the LCD backlight, enable the Power Saving feature, set the time and date in the internal clock, set the review time delay, format the CF card, reset the file numbering, turn Auto Rotate On or Off set the menu language, and specify the video out format (NTSC or PAL).



Canon Powershot SD20 Digital ELPH

The MyCamera sub-menu lets you customize the startup and shutdown screens and the camera's sound effects.





Continue on to
Steve's Conclusion



Return To Our
Reviews Menu









Visitors of Steves can visit the stores below for real-time pricing and availability. You can also find hot, soon to expire online offers on a variety of cameras and accessories at our very own Camera Deals page.

Buy related cameras and accessories from Amazon.com
Related Product Description Price
Olympus Evolt E500 8MP Digital SLR with Zuiko 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 Digital SLR Lens Olympus Evolt E500 8MP Digital SLR with Zuiko 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 Digital SLR Lens $1,049.95
Pentax K200D 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with Shake Reduction (Body Only) Pentax K200D 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with Shake Reduction (Body Only) $599.95
Sony DSC-WX300/W 18 MP Digital Camera with 20x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3-Inch LCD (White) Sony DSC-WX300/W 18 MP Digital Camera with 20x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3-Inch LCD (White) $329.99
Panasonic DMC-FX3S 6MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Silver) Panasonic DMC-FX3S 6MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Silver) $225.00
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 12.1MP Red Digital Camera Body Only Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 12.1MP Red Digital Camera Body Only $225.00
Canon PowerShot D20 12.1 MP CMOS Waterproof Digital Camera with 5x IS Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle Lens, 3 Canon PowerShot D20 12.1 MP CMOS Waterproof Digital Camera with 5x IS Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle Lens, 3" LCD & GPS Tracking (Blue) + NB-6L Battery + 9pc Bundle 16GB Accessory Kit w/ HeroFiber® Ultra Gentle Cleaning Cloth $349.99
Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS Digital Camera (Black) + 32GB Memory Card + All in One High Speed Card Reader + Standard Medium Digital Camera Case + Accessory Kit Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS Digital Camera (Black) + 32GB Memory Card + All in One High Speed Card Reader + Standard Medium Digital Camera Case + Accessory Kit $159.00