Canon announces PowerShot SX20 IS super-zoom
Pre-IFA 2009: Canon has announced the PowerShot SX20 IS super-zoom digital compact, successor to the the SX10 IS. Featuring the same wide angle 20x (28-560mm equiv.) zoom lens and 2.5 inch vari-angle LCD of its predecessor, the latest model features a 12.1MP sensor and offers 720p HD video recording.
Canon takes you closer to the detail with the
wide-angle super zoom PowerShot SX20 IS
London, UK 19th August 2009: Canon today announces the new PowerShot SX20 IS – a digital compact camera with a 20x wide-angle super zoom lens – enabling photo enthusiasts to get closer to their chosen subject.
The Canon PowerShot SX20 IS’s 2.5 inch vari-angle PureColor LCD display coupled with the full manual controls will allow photographers an even greater range of creative options. The versatile camera, a successor to the SX10 IS, now features HD video (720p) to ensure you capture video in the sharpest detail.
The PowerShot SX20 IS has a 20x wide-angle (28mm) optical zoom which zooms from 28mm to 560mm giving excellent flexibility with composition. The lens features both an Ultrasonic Motor (USM) and a Voice Coil Motor (VCM) for fast, silent focus and zooming – making the camera unobtrusive and easy-to-use, whether shooting stills or video footage. Combined with a wide-angle view the camera is ideal for shooting wildlife photography or sports events.
A 12.1 Megapixel image sensor is capable of capturing each moment in incredible detail, with DIGIC 4 image processing for high image quality, responsive operation and advanced noise reduction. Shots are enhanced by optical Image Stabiliser (IS) technology, which helps reduce camera shake and image blur. This gives users a 4-stop advantage when it comes to shooting in low-light conditions – making the camera easy to use indoors or at night without resorting to flash.
Creative freedom meets high definition video
To help users make the most of these creative possibilities, the PowerShot SX20 IS includes a vari-angle 2.5 inch PureColor VA LCD display, which can be used in a wide variety of shooting situations from macro level to street photography – giving photographers maximum flexibility when framing their shots.
The LCD display is useful when shooting high definition video too. The PowerShot SX20 IS can record HD video at 720p resolution and includes a dedicated movie button for instant access to movies in still mode and instant stills shooting during movie recording. The inclusion of an HDMI mini port makes it easy to playback footage on compatible TVs. The all-digital HDMI connection offers numerous benefits, including an incredible level of picture detail and reproduction of the PowerShot SX20 IS’s CD-quality stereo sound.
Advanced features, maximum ease of use
More experienced users can also choose to use their own preferred presets or even opt for full manual control, making the PowerShot SX20 IS an excellent all-rounder for all levels of photography experience.
To make the PowerShot SX20 IS as easy-to-use as possible, it features an enhanced version of Canon’s Smart Auto Mode with Scene Detection Technology. This automatically detects faces, distance, motion, colour and brightness in the frame, with the camera selecting from one of 22 scene variables to optimise settings for the best results.
Face Detection, Face Self-Timer and Auto Red-Eye Correction make shooting even easier. Additionally, the PowerShot SX20 IS combats blur with Motion Detection Technology and Servo AF/AE, which enables users to select a subject in the frame while the camera continually adjusts focus and exposure. Continuous Shooting AF adjusts auto focus between shots – so users can capture action with clarity – ideal for shooting birds in flight, or high-octane sporting action.
Users will also benefit from helpful Hints & Tips incorporated within the user interface. Short descriptions of functions simplify the interaction with the camera and encourage the user to explore the features - thereby taking better shots.
In addition, the PowerShot SX20 IS includes an enhanced version of i-Contrast: Canon’s Intelligent Contrast Correction technology, which is ideal for shooting in difficult lighting situations. i-Contrast optimises the dynamic range to prevent highlight blowout, while retaining shadow detail. This makes it ideal for use with outdoor portraits, for example, where extremes of shadow and sun can make creating balanced images difficult.
|Sensor|| 1/2.3 " Type CCD
12.1 million effective pixels
4000 x 3000
|Movie clips|| 1280 x 720 @ 30fps
640 x 480 @ 30fps
320 x 240 @ 30fps
Still: JPEG (Exif v2.2)
|Lens|| 28- 560 mm equiv
20x Optical zoom
F2.8 - F5.7 (max)
13 elements in 11 groups (1 UD and 1 single-sided UA element)
Ultra Sonic Motor (USM)
|Image stabilization||Yes (Lens shift-type)|
|Digital zoom||up to 4x|
|Focus|| Face Detection AiAF
1-point AF (Any position is available, fixed to centre or Face Select and Track)
Single, Continuous, Servo AF/AE
|AF assist lamp||Yes|
|Focus distance||Closest 0 cm|
|Metering|| Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF)
Spot (centre or linked to Face Detection AF or FlexiZone AF frame)
|ISO sensitivity|| Auto
|Exposure compensation|| +/- 2EV
1/3 stop increments
|Shuttter speed|| Auto (1 - 1/3200 sec)
Shutter Priority AE
Aperture Priority AE
|White balance|| Auto (including Face Detection WB)
|Self timer|| 2 or 10 secs
|Continuous shooting|| Approx 0.7 fps until card is full (AF / LiveView)
Approx 1.0 fps until card is full (LCD monitor off)
|Image parameters||My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)|
|Flash|| Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Slow Sync, Red-eye reduction
Slow Sync Speed : Fastest speed 1/500 sec
+/- 2EV in 1/3 stop increments
Face Detection FE compensation
Flash exposure lock
Manual Power Adjustment
Range (Auto ISO):50cm - 6.8m (wide) /1.0m- 3.7m (tele)
|External Flash|| E-TTL with Canon EX series Speedlites
Canon's High Power Flash HF-DC1
|Viewfinder|| EVF (0.44" type)
Vari-angle 2.5" TFT
|Connectivity|| USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
HDMI mini connector
AV out (PAL / NTSC switchable)
|Print compliance|| PictBridge|
|Storage|| SD / SDHC / MMC / MMC Plus / HC MMC Plus
|Power|| 4x Size-AA Alkaline or NiMH Batteries(NB4-300) (Alkalines supplied)
Optional, Power adapter CA-PS700
|Weight (no batt)||560 g|
|Dimensions||124 x 88 x 87 mm|