Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Announced Aug 19, 2009 •
12 megapixels | 2.5 screen | 28 – 560 mm (20×)
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Canon PowerShot SX20IS 12.1MP Digital Camera with 20x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5-Inch Articulating LCD
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Announced Aug 19, 2009

The 12MP Canon Powershot SX20 IS is the successor to the SX10 IS but constitutes only a fairly minor upgrade. It is essentially the same camera (both have a 28-560mm equivalent lens) with a slightly increased megapixel count (12.1 vs 10 MP) and a new 720p HD video mode. Lens, screen and most other items on the spec sheet remain unchanged. As such, the camera is the latest incarnation of Canon's popular series of superzoom cameras that can trace its ancestry right back to the PowerShot S1 IS of 2004.

Like its predecessor the SX20 IS uses CCD technology to capture its images. When we tested it we found that the SX20 IS is one of the best performers amongst its competition across the ISO range, both in terms of performance and responsiveness. Its metering is excellent and the output features natural colors and very good sharpness across the frame.

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Quick specs
Body type SLR-like (bridge)
Max resolution 4000 x 3000
Effective pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type CCD
ISO Auto, 80 ,100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Focal length (equiv.) 28–560 mm
Optical zoom 20×
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 2.5
Screen dots 230,000
Min shutter speed 15 sec
Max shutter speed 1/3200 sec
Format H.264
Storage types SD / SDHC / MMC / MMC Plus / HC MMC Plus
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 600 g (1.32 lb / 21.16 oz)
Dimensions 128 x 88 x 87 mm (5.04 x 3.46 x 3.43)

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Our review

The SX20 IS a solid performer that combines SLR-like styling, extensive manual controls and a good HD video mode. If you don't find it too large and can live with the, compared to some rivals, slightly shorter zoom you cannot go wrong with the Canon.

Good for: Photographers who like to use the viewfinder and set their shooting parameters manually

Not so good for: Maximum zoom range applications such as shooting birds in the sky

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