Canon PowerShot SX420 IS Review

Preview posted 01/05/2016 by Michael Palmer
Full review posted 02/26/2016 by Eric Butterfield

Quick Take
Pros
  • Very powerful zoom lens
  • Effective optical image stabilization
  • Dedicated Auto mode button
  • Strong built-in flash
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Cons
  • Burst mode is very slow
  • No dial to ease operation
  • Low light image quality is mediocre
  • Limited ISO range
  • Battery life is modest
  • No RAW mode
  • Few filter effects
Bottom Line
This PowerShot is a good fit for basic snapshots, but beyond a really powerful zoom lens, the SX420 IS does not deliver the performance needed for low light shooting or action photography. Read more in our Full Conclusion.

For 2016, Canon has introduced a new affordable super-zoom camera for its SX-seires. The PowerShot SX420 IS succeeds the SX410 IS and features a 42x optical zoom lens (a 24-1008mm equivalent) with optical image stabilization to ensure video and still images are as wobble-free and as crisp as possible.

It also boasts a 20.0-megapixel CCD image sensor, a DIGIC 4+ image processor, and built-in Wi-Fi & NFC technologies for transferring and sharing images wirelessly. Smart Auto mode allows the camera to pre-select settings for almost every shooting scenario, while various Scene Modes allow users to apply creative effects to still images and video. Speaking of which, this camera captures 720p HD video. Oh, and there's an Eco Mode to preserve battery power for extended shooting time, too.

PowerShot SX420 IS Features:
  • 20 MP image sensor
  • DIGIC 4+ Image Processor
  • 42x optical zoom lens
    • 24-1008mm
  • 3.0 inch LCD screen (approx. 230,000 dots)
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • 720p HD Video Recording (MP4 format)
  • Smart Auto Mode
  • Scene Modes
    • Fisheye Effect
    • Toy Camera Effect
    • Monochrome
  • Eco Mode

PowerShot SX420 IS can be had in Black or Red, with a $299.99 MSRP. See our best price box at the top right of this page to see current online pricing.

What's in the box?:
  • PowerShot SX420 IS camera body
  • NB-11LH Li-ion battery pack
  • CB-2LF external battery charger
  • Wrist strap
  • Lens cap




HR_SX420IS_BLACK_3Q_CL.jpg
HR_SX420IS_RED_3QFLASH_CL.jpg
HR_SX420IS_BLACK_3QFLASH_CL.jpg
HR_SX420IS_RED_BACK_CL.jpg
HR_SX420IS_BLACK_BACK_CL.jpg
HR_SX420IS_RED_FRONT_CL.jpg
HR_SX420IS_BLACK_FRONT_CL.jpg
HR_SX420IS_RED_KIT_CL.jpg
HR_SX420IS_BLACK_KIT_CL.jpg

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
Two Canon EOS 6D Digital SLR Camera 2400 mAh LP-E6 Lithium Ion Replacement Battery + 4GB SDHC Class 10 Memory Card + 77mm 3 Piece Filter Kit + Full Size Tripod SDHC Card USB Reader + Memory Card Wallet + Deluxe Starter Kit + 77mm Macro Close Up Kit + 72mm Wide Angle / Telephoto Lenses + Carrying Case + External Flash + Mini HDMI Cable Bundle DavisMAX 6D Accessory Kit Two Canon EOS 6D Digital SLR Camera 2400 mAh LP-E6 Lithium Ion Replacement Battery + 4GB SDHC Class 10 Memory Card + 77mm 3 Piece Filter Kit + Full Size Tripod SDHC Card USB Reader + Memory Card Wallet + Deluxe Starter Kit + 77mm Macro Close Up Kit + 72mm Wide Angle / Telephoto Lenses + Carrying Case + External Flash + Mini HDMI Cable Bundle DavisMAX 6D Accessory Kit $168.92
Two Canon EOS 6D Digital SLR Camera 2400 mAh LP-E6 Lithium Ion Replacement Battery + 8GB SDHC Class 10 Memory Card + 77mm 3 Piece Filter Kit + Full Size Tripod SDHC Card USB Reader + Memory Card Wallet + Deluxe Starter Kit + 77mm Macro Close Up Kit + 72mm Wide Angle / Telephoto Lenses + Carrying Case + External Flash + Mini HDMI Cable Bundle DavisMAX 6D Accessory Kit Two Canon EOS 6D Digital SLR Camera 2400 mAh LP-E6 Lithium Ion Replacement Battery + 8GB SDHC Class 10 Memory Card + 77mm 3 Piece Filter Kit + Full Size Tripod SDHC Card USB Reader + Memory Card Wallet + Deluxe Starter Kit + 77mm Macro Close Up Kit + 72mm Wide Angle / Telephoto Lenses + Carrying Case + External Flash + Mini HDMI Cable Bundle DavisMAX 6D Accessory Kit $168.92
W8 2.4G RC Drone with 720 Camera 4CH Long Distance Quadrocopter Built-in GPS Headless Mode Altitude Hold WiFi FPV Drone W8 2.4G RC Drone with 720 Camera 4CH Long Distance Quadrocopter Built-in GPS Headless Mode Altitude Hold WiFi FPV Drone $168.91
Ultra Power UP 240 AC Duo 2in1 240W LiIo/LiPo/Life/NiMH/Nicd Battery RC Balance Charger Discharger for RC Drone Ultra Power UP 240 AC Duo 2in1 240W LiIo/LiPo/Life/NiMH/Nicd Battery RC Balance Charger Discharger for RC Drone $168.91
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W510 12.1 MP Digital Still Camera with 4x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom Lens and 2.7-inch LCD (Pink) Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W510 12.1 MP Digital Still Camera with 4x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom Lens and 2.7-inch LCD (Pink) $168.88
Venwo NB-11L/NB-11LH Battery (2-Pack) and Charger kit for Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 is, ELPH 180, ELPH 110 HS, SX400 IS, SX410 IS, SX420 IS, A2300 IS, A2400 IS, A2500, A3400 IS, A3500 IS, A4000 Camera Venwo NB-11L/NB-11LH Battery (2-Pack) and Charger kit for Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 is, ELPH 180, ELPH 110 HS, SX400 IS, SX410 IS, SX420 IS, A2300 IS, A2400 IS, A2500, A3400 IS, A3500 IS, A4000 Camera $69.99
OAproda 2 Pack NB-11L/ NB-11LH Battery and USB Charger for Canon PowerShot SX420 is, SX410 is, SX400 is, A4000 is, ELPH 190 is, ELPH 180, Elph 360 HS, ELPH 170 is, ELPH 160, ELPH 150 is, ELPH 140 is OAproda 2 Pack NB-11L/ NB-11LH Battery and USB Charger for Canon PowerShot SX420 is, SX410 is, SX400 is, A4000 is, ELPH 190 is, ELPH 180, Elph 360 HS, ELPH 170 is, ELPH 160, ELPH 150 is, ELPH 140 is $49.99