Canon PowerShot SX20 IS, Digital Camera, 12.1 Megapixel, 20x Optical, 4x Digital Zoom, Optical Image Stabilizer System

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About Canon

With the classically stylish PowerShot SX20 IS, you can produce magnificent HD movies and dazzling photos. Loaded with features, it's got a high-powered 20x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer, 12.1 Megapixels, a big 2.5-inch Vari-Angle LCD, Blink Detection and more

The PowerShot SX20 IS is equipped with a 20x Optical Zoom lens with a focal length of 5.0 - 100mm (35mm equivalent: 28 - 560mm) thatallows you to shoot any scene from wide-angle to telephoto. The camera uses a VCM (Voice Coil Motor) for high-speed, quiet, energy-efficient lens movement with precise control. Focal length is conveniently indicated on the lens barrel.

The lens is optimized to fully exploit its zoom length and wide shooting angle in concert with the camera's high 12.1 Megapixel resolution. UD glass effectively suppresses chromatic aberration, while enhanced negative refractive power ensures that distortion at the wide-angle is also corrected. Further aberration is controlled with the inclusion of a double-sided aspherical glass-molded lens and ultra-high refraction index lens

The SX20 IS is equipped with Canon's acclaimed Optical Image Stabilizer Technology that automatically detects and corrects camera shake-one of the leading causes of fuzzy or blurred shots. Even when zoomed in, you can get the steady, crisp, brilliant images you'll be proud to shoot and share. And Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer Technology is convenient to use. It functions perfectly with or without a flash.

If you long for the convenience of an advanced still camera that also creates superb movies, the new PowerShot SX20 IS lets you record video in beautiful high definition (1280 x 720 pixels). The camera also makes it easy to enjoy HD movies (and still photos) on your HDTV with a mini-HDMI connector for direct connection to a high-definition monitor. You'll enjoy the HD experience with no degradation of image or audio in the signal, plus the ability to display up to 130 thumbnails at once.

Just set the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS to Smart AUTO and you're ready for maximum enjoyment from your picture taking every time. It's a relaxing and satisfying way to shoot because you can completely concentrate on your subject knowing that the camera has the technical details covered. Advanced Canon technology intelligently analyzes your situation and shooting conditions. Then it automatically selects an appropriate setting from 22 specially defined settings. So whether you're photographing flowers, a captivating sunset, or your friends at the park, you can be confident that you're getting dramatic, memorable images.

Advanced presets for the best possible photos under certain conditions. With 24 Shooting Modes, you're ready for whatever shot comesyour way:

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Image stabilization (19),Easy to use (18),Good image quality (17),Zoom range/performance (17),Large clear LCD (13),Good in low light (8),Short lag time (8),Nice body color (4),Simple controls (4),Compact (3),Easy to keep clean (3),Easy to setup (3) Fast / accurate auto-focus (3),Great picture quality (3),Strong construction (3) View All
Cons:
Lag / shutter delay (3)
Best Uses:
Family photos (18),Travel (17),Landscape/scenery (13),Wildlife (10),Low light (8),Video (7),Sports/action (6),Fun (5),Weddings (5)
Reviewer Profile:
Casual photographer (13),Photo enthusiast (7),Semi-pro photographer (4)

Canon Features

  • This high-powered 20x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer reduces camera shake so you achieve magnificent images whether you are up close or far away.
  • Provides flexibility to use the optical zoom while shooting superb 720p HD movies with stereo sound so you can fully capture those fun, memorable moments, with an HDMI output connector for easy playback on your HDTV.
  • Improved Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 22 predefined shooting situations.
  • This classically styled DIGIC 4 Image Processor, 12.1 Megapixel camera is a perfect device for any shooter!
  • Large 2.5-inch Vari-Angle System LCD enables easy viewing.
  • This AA battery powered camera enables you to easily power up.

Canon Specifications

Camera Type
Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 20x Optical / 4x Digital / 80xCombined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer System
CCD
12.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3 inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
Total Pixels
Approx. 12.4 Megapixels
Effective Pixels
Approx. 12.1 Megapixels
Focal Length
5.0 (W) -100 (T) mm f/2.8-5.7 (35mm equivalent: 28-560mm)
Digital Zoom
4x
Focusing Range
Normal: 1.6 ft./50cm-infinity (W), 3.3 ft./1m-infinity (T)
Macro: 0.39 in.-1.6 ft./1-50cm (W)
Super macro: 0-3.9 in./0-10cm (W)
Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus
Viewfinder
TFT color
LCD Monitor
2.5-inch TFT color vari-angle LCD with wide viewing angle
LCD Pixels
Approx. 230,000 pixels
LCD Coverage
100%
Maximum Aperture
f/2.8 (W) - f/5.7 (T)
Shutter Speed
15-1/3200 sec. (settable in Tv and M)
ISO Sensitivity
Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent (Standard output sensitivity. Recommended exposure index)
Light Metering Method
Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot
Exposure Control Method
Program AE, i-Contrast, Manual; AE Lock, Program Shift, Safety Shift, Auto ISO Shift
Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
White Balance Control
Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash), Custom
Built-in Flash
Auto, Auto w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash Off; FE lock, Safety FE, Slow Synchro
Flash Range
1.6-22 ft./50cm-6.8m (W), 3.3-12 ft./1.0-3.7m (T) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto))
Recycling Time
7 sec. or less (battery voltage=6.0V)
Flash Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Shooting Modes
Auto, P, Av, Tv, M, C, Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Special Scene (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Aquarium, Night Scene, Indoor, ISO 3200, Color Accent, Color Swap), Super Macro, Night Snapshot, Stitch Assist, Movie
Photo Effects
My Colors Off, Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Custom
Self-Timer
Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Face Self-Timer, Custom
Continuous Shooting
Normal: approx. 1.0 fps; AF: approx. 0.7 fps; LV: approx. 0.7 fps (Large/Fine)
Storage Media
SD/SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card
File Format
Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1
Image Compression
Normal, Fine
JPEG Compression Mode
Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movie: MOV (Image: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo))
Number of Recording Pixels
Still Image: 4,000 x 3,000 (Large), 3,264 x 2,448 (Medium 1), 2,592 x 1,944 (Medium 2), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3), 640 x 480 (Small), 3,840 x 2,160 (Widescreen) Movie: 1,280 x 720 (HD, 30 fps available up to 4GB or 29 minutes, 59 sec.), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) available up to 4GB or 60 minutes
Playback Modes File
Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Resume, My Category, Transition Effects, Histogram, Index (4-130 thumbnails), Over Exposure Warning, Slide Show, Red-eye Correction, Trimming, Resize, Image Inspection Tool, i-Contrast;
Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Editing, Auto Rotate, Resume
Erase Modes
Still Image: single image, all images
Movie: part of movie, all of movie part of movie, all of movie
Computer Interface
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)
Video Out
NTSC/PAL
Audio Out
Stereo
Other
Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi- Speed cable
Power Source
AA-size Alkaline Battery (x4)
Rechargeable AA-size Ni-MH Battery (x4)
Compact Power Adapter CA-PS700 (optional)
Shooting Capacity
Still Image: approx. 340 shots (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 600 shots (AA-size Ni-MH Battery)
Playback Time
Approx. 720 min. (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 840 min. (AA-size Ni-MH Battery)
Operating Temperature
32-104°F/0-40°C
Operating Humidity
10-90%
Dimensions (WxHxD)
4.88 x 3.48 x 3.42 in./124.0 x 88.3 x 86.9mm
Weight
Approx. 19.8 oz./560g (camera body only)
Warranty
Canon 1 year limited warranty

Reviews about this item

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4.1

(based on 25 reviews)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

This is a truely amazing camera

I'm a long time Nikon and Canon user, and am very impressed with the quality and results from this camera. Took close up shots of James Taylor at an evening concert last weekend and it looked like he was 10 feet away - but I was nearly a football field distance from him. The image stabilization and low light sensitivity worked perfect for shots even without a tripod. (Just don't tell any concert promoters about this camera - got this right through their ban on removable lens cameras...and had...

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I'm a long time Nikon and Canon user, and am very impressed with the quality and results from this camera. Took close up shots of James Taylor at an evening concert last weekend and it looked like he was 10 feet away - but I was nearly a football field distance from him. The image stabilization and low light sensitivity worked perfect for shots even without a tripod. (Just don't tell any concert promoters about this camera - got this right through their ban on removable lens cameras...and had comparable results!) This just replaced my two other multi-use cameras for 90% of my work.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Products delivered but not to the mark

The camera is good because its Canon. But the only big problem I see with this camera is the loss of saturation. On Auto mode, the colors are reduced to great extent. Faint colors appear as almost white. O/w the camera is good. But the problem with buying from Adorama is that, the accessories for which i was charged a lot are nothing but JUNK. They were not at all in good condition. The lens cleaning kits bag was completely torn. The card reader can only handle SD card and cant candle mini SD...

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The camera is good because its Canon. But the only big problem I see with this camera is the loss of saturation. On Auto mode, the colors are reduced to great extent. Faint colors appear as almost white. O/w the camera is good. But the problem with buying from Adorama is that, the accessories for which i was charged a lot are nothing but JUNK. They were not at all in good condition. The lens cleaning kits bag was completely torn. The card reader can only handle SD card and cant candle mini SDs at all. If you want to buy this camera definitely stay away from Adorama and buy it somewhere else.

Reviewed by 25 customers

 
4.0

Like it

By

from Chattanooga, Tenn  -  Photo Enthusiast

This might be my only camera if it had a real viewfinder. It compares favorably with my larger, heavier, (and more expensive) DSLR in most respects. My back-up camera for serious work but the first one I grab for casual shots

 
4.0

I love my SX20

By

from Cayuga, Indiana  -  Photo Enthusiast

I love the 20 optical zoom. I can even hand hold the 80 digital zoom with remarkable results. I just took it on vacation for 13 days and I had just received it the week before. My only complaint was slow start up and slow zoom. However maybe when I read the book this might get better. I love it anyway!!!

 
5.0

Amazing Adjustable Resource

By

from Boulder, CO  -  Pro Photographer

Here we have a slightly more compact unit compared to the DSLR body and, of course, the coverage of its system lens of 2 or 3 SLR ranges it replicates for the most part. Adorama has put together a saavy beginners kit of quality needed items; Canon has designed a great camera. I have the S3 12X of 5 years ago and find great improvements and features in this camera. Image Quality detail and sharpness is great for large englargements. I miss the on computer screen remote control feature, the in camera audio recording stand alone feature, and the body color of the S3. These were let go, but so much more was gained. Canon engineers and designers have done photography mercy and justice.The MP has doubled without getting into the smearing reports of parts of the images rendered of the higher count MP sensors on the slightly newer units employing this sized sensor(14MP+ smears parts of the image rendition, this unit has 12.1MP, ideal, and permits HD video). The video is smooth, and works with the zoom well, sound in stereo is excellent, even has a wind filter selection (as on the S3). My wife has the G series with the same sensor, which is why I got this one. The lens is excellent, as was/is the S3 lens. It is on par with my DSLR Pentax Pro optics, and offers good image stablization. The range is ideal for all but the wildlife, bird or football photographer. And the trade off in size and better image quality over the new SX30 is worth going after this unit. And, to do its resources justice, one must learn or know the technology at hand, how to access it, utilize it, and command its great menus and feature sets. There are well nuanced choices readily available, for color, action, composition, light balance and on camera flash (it syncs with the remote for my Norman mains flash system as well), and lens range. It would be nice to have a 24mm, but I can add this in a more compact 15X HD featured Canon, like the 230, or Fuji, like the 550. I am very pleased with this fully adjustable camera for its semipro feature set, and prolike results--if intelligently used. I simply do not use the "automatic" setting, so have no clue what total amateurs would assess about the camera. I use the P, TV, AV, HD movie, etc. full menus. Thanks Adorama, thanks Canon! Well done!

 
5.0

A Great Purchase

By

from Chelmsford, MA  -  Casual Photographer

Getting started book needs more basic information about various buttons on camera.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Grate Camera.

By

from Philadelphia  -  Casual Photographer

For first date I took 98 pictures all grate quality.

 
4.0

Excellent Value

By

from New York  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I have two friends who are professional photographers who both own this camera. There is so much camera stuffed into one unit it is amazing.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Extremely satisfied customer

By

from Allentown, PA  -  Casual Photographer

I bought this camera in advance of a trip to Alaska. I'm impressed with the ease of use and the quality of pictures I've taken. Can't wait to get some great shots of the Alaskan wildlife!

(1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not my idea of a Point & Shoot Camera

By

from California  -  Casual Photographer

I wanted to replace a Nikon S-10. I really love the Swivel Lens on the Nikon. I thought the Articulating Display would give me the same flexibility - it does not. It is much better than a Non-Articulating Display, however. The Canon S20IS is too large and heavy to hold at arm's length with one hand and articulate the Display and shoot at the same time. It also has difficulty with focus with low light. It is too large to fit into tight areas like Car Door Panels and TV Sets. (I've used the Nikon to take pictures inside of Vent Pipes in my walls!) This Camera is so close to an SLR that the only difference for me is that the Lens is not removable. The Image Stabilization seems to have too little range. I just can't hold it still enough for it to work. It always shows the "Use a Tripod" Icon. The Flash must be opened and closed manually to use - very inconvenient. This is probably a great Camera for someone, just not me. I'll never buy another Camera without a Swivel Lens.

 
4.0

A good allround camera

By

from CA  -  Casual Photographer

This is a good all round camera with some good advanced features

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I recomend this product

By

from Miami, Fl.  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I use this camera for travel

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Pereira Segura C  I can not download my pictures to my pc. PC does not recognize the camera. I need the softaware or what can I do?
JUDITH B  You could get a card reader and connect your SD card that way.
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