+1.0 = 200
+2.0 = 400
left is all of the current settings for the other Record mode options.
On the right is the zoom lens setting.
The S20 is truly a "fits in your pocket" sized camera, housed in champagne colored, all-metal and highly durable aluminum body. It's loaded with features like a 3.3 megapixel imager, a 2X optical (32-64mm) zoom lens with little to no barrel distortion in wideangle, a light-assisted autofocus system that works in the dark, a high-speed USB port and a versatile CompactFlash Type II card slot.
When needed there's adjustable ISO gain to give you an extra stop or two to increase the shutter speed. The robust imaging firmware processes and stores even the largest 2048x1536-pixel, fine mode images in seconds. It may not have an uncompressed mode but the "Super-Fine" JPG mode uses almost no compression. It yields 2-3MB sized files that create photo-realistic 8x10" (and larger) prints with ease.
The one-use 2CR5 lithium batteries get eaten up fast, even when being conservative with the color LCD. I highly recommend buying the optional DK110 power kit with the NiMH rechargeable battery and charger. Outside of the U.S. it comes with the camera but over here it's an additional $100 and well worth the investment.
The nearly flawless point-n-shoot automatic mode lets anyone take great pictures the first time they use it. For the more experienced digi-photographer there is the manual mode that allows altering the EV compensation, white balance, image quality (gain, contrast and sharpness), flash modes or to shoot in continuous mode. For the advanced beginner the Image Mode has presets for Landscape (stitching), Fast Shutter (action shots), Slow Shutter (intentional blurring), Night Scene (subjects against dark backgrounds) or Black & White mode.
The Landscape mode features "Stitch Assist" where the user is prompted with
overlays on the LCD to build a perfect panorama shot easily. Combining the S20's
Stitch Assist mode with the supplied PhotoStitch 3.0 software and anyone can
quickly create a high-quality panorama shot.
Onscreen view of Stitch Assist mode
For a pocket camera the S20 has a very respectable macro mode. You can capture extremely detailed closeups of objects as close as 4.7 inches from the camera. For exposure control you can select between the default center-weighted metering or a spot metering option when in manual mode. There is a Review feature like the one on the Pro 70 that displays the last picture taken as long as you keep the shutter button pressed.
For the ultimate in image storage you can pop an 340MB Microdrive into the CompactFlash Type II slot and shoot pictures until the cows come home! I won't lie to you, the Microdrive does exact a 20-30% power penalty versus a solid state CF card.
All things considered this is one great camera. It's everything the S10 is plus
more resolution and faster autofocus. The S20 is a very durable camera that
performs better than other cameras three times its size. The builtin flash is a
little on the weak side, I often used a +1 EV setting to brighten things
up. Considering the size of the flash this is to be expected. Outdoors or in
normal lighting conditions this camera is an excellent choice.
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