Powershot SX20 IS

Powershot SX20 IS

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Review

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Review posted 10/05/2009

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Canon has upgraded the popular SX10 IS from last year with the all new SX20 IS. This powerful digicam offers the latest in Canon technologies, like a 12-megapixel image sensor, DIGIC 4 processor, lens-shift optical image stabilization, SmartAuto exposure mode, i-Contrast, Face Detection, and much more. This camera is designed with all users in mind, whether you are a seasoned veteran, or a newbie, there's an exposure mode to suit your needs.

PowerShot SX20 IS Features:

  • 12-megapixel CCD imager for up to 4000x3000 pixel images
  • Canon's DIGIC 4 image processor
  • Canon 20x optical zoom lens covers 28-560mm
  • Lens-Shift type optical image stabilization system
  • Articulated 2.5-inch Vari-angle 'Pure Color II' LCD flips forward and rotates 270 degrees
  • SmartAuto choose from 22 specially defined settings for optimum results in various situations
  • Advanced TTL autofocus system
  • Low-light focus assist illuminator
  • SmartAuto, Program AE, Shutter-speed priority, Aperture priority, Manual, and Custom exposure modes
  • 16 Pre-programmed creative scene modes for specific shooting situations
  • iContrast intelligent contrast correction
  • Record's 720p HD video w/stereo sound @30fps (640x480 or 320x240 resolution also available), length limited to memory capacity or 4GB clip size max.
  • 1fps Continuous burst capture of Large/Fine images
  • Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB and new Face Detect Self-timer mode
  • Evaluative, Center-weighted or Spot metering options (fixed to the center or linked to the AF frame)
  • Stitch Assist mode for perfect panoramas
  • Exposure and Flash compensation: +/-2EV in 1/3-step increments
  • White Balance: Auto, 7 presets and two Custom settings
  • Orientation sensor that automatically detects vertical or horizontal shooting
  • Built-in manual pop-up flash unit
  • Hot shoe accommodates Canon Speedlites
  • Shutter speeds of 15 seconds to 1/3200 second
  • Selectable ISO settings from 80 to 1600 (3200 using special lower resolution scene mode)
  • Built-in stereo microphones and speaker
  • Powered by 4 AA-size batteries
  • Direct print and PictBridge Compatible
  • USB 2.0 high-speed connectivity for PC and Mac
  • SDHC/SD/MMC/MMC Plus compatibility


The PowerShot SX20 IS Digital ELPH is available now with an MSRP of US$399.

The camera kit includes:

  • 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

Click here to read the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Press Release.

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