Canon Powershot SD20 Review
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The PowerShot SD20 incorporates a full range of high-performance features including a high-quality four-element 6.4mm (equivalent to 39mm in 35mm format) f/2.8 single focal length lens and a 6.5x digital zoom. The camera also features an easy to read 1.5-inch color LCD Screen, a 9-point AiAF autofocus and an Intelligent Orientation Sensor that provides the user with a horizontal image during playback, even if the picture was taken vertically. The shutter speeds (mechanical and electronic) range from 15 seconds to 1/1500th of a second and there are 6 white balance modes including Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent and Fluorescent H settings.
Settings on the PowerShot SD20 include: five new scene modes, including portrait, landscape, night snapshot, indoor and underwater; Macro mode which supports auto-focusing on subjects as close as 1.2 inches from the tip of the lens, resulting in impressive close-ups; and Quick Shot mode, which reduces the time lag between pressing the shutter button and starting the exposure, thus improving the SD20's ability to capture spontaneous moments and Photo Effect Mode.
The PowerShot SD20 comes in four new, exclusive colors: Silver, Garnet red, Midnight Blue or Zen Gray. The SD20 cameras exude style. These new models replace last year's highly successful PowerShot SD10 Digital ELPH cameras.
The SD20 stores images in Super Fine, Fine and Normal JPEG compression modes with resolution settings of 2592 x 1944, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200 and 640 x 480 (VGA) for still images. The SD20 can also shoot AVI movie clips with sound up to three minutes at resolutions of 640 x 480, 320 x 240 or 160 x 120.
The Print/Share button, found on most of Canon's new PowerShot models makes it easy, quick and convenient for anyone to produce high-quality photos without the need for a computer. Direct printing also speeds and simplifies printing to compatible Canon and PictBridge- enabled printers. The Print/Share feature also enables one-touch Direct Transfer to Windows XP, Me, 2000 and 98 computers, uploading to the Internet or emailing. Once connected, the Print/Share button will light up blue, indicating that it is ready to print. When used with Canon's portable Compact Photo Printers, consumers can make 4 x 6 inch photos in 85 seconds from virtually anywhere.
Powershot SD20 Features
The Canon PowerShot SD20 Digital ELPH kit includes an ultra-compact 32MB SD memory card and features video out and USB cables and will be available through authorized dealers in October for estimated street prices of $349.99.
Dedicated accessories will include Battery Pack NB-3L, Battery Charger CB-2LU as well as a matching soft leather case with the purchase of a SD20 Digital ELPH a different color to match each camera and an optional, attractive All-Weather Housing AW-DC10 that is designed for popular outdoor activities such as snow boarding, snow skiing, water skiing, and boating as well as underwater photography at depths up to 9.8 feet.
The SD20 compared to a standard CD disc.
The small Powershot S410 and the tiny Powershot SD20.
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