Canon PowerShot SX420 IS Review

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

Quick Take
  • Very powerful zoom lens
  • Effective optical image stabilization
  • Dedicated Auto mode button
  • Strong built-in flash
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • 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


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