Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Announced Aug 19, 2009 •
12 megapixels | 2.5 screen | 28 – 560 mm (20×)
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Really good camera for starters who have dilemma to go for DSLR or P&S...High zoom with image stablization works out well....buttons and the menus are really useful..HD recording is another plus...LCDs are crisp and clear but too small...but it rotates 270 degrees which i find extremely useful to shoot especially in a wildlife parks and sanctuaries.... Problems: Viewfinder is pathetic...too small and unclear to the point you cant shoot using it...

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I moved up to this camera from an S3 IS and was very impressed. I took it to an evening military tattoo where it had to cope with fading light, long zoom shots, back lighting and just about everything else that can degrade a picture and even in Auto mode it delivered beautiful photos. Yes it is a bit heavy but I find it very easy to use and full-featured. The 20x zoom is a real treat! Problems: No major problems. Be sure to install the software and read up on basic operation before you head ...

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I've had this for about eight months now. I wasn't deeply impressed with the full auto mode, as it didn't deliver sharp colors, or always do what I wanted it to do. Once I learned the camera, and went to program or Aperture mode I was much happier. It has options galore. The grid is one thing I didn't think I would use, but it certainly is helpful to level a shot. I do fing I need to hold the camera in different angles at times to get it to focus properly, or it searches forever, but tilt it ...

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janker
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I own this camera about 2 weeks. I shot around 600 pics and I must say am disappointed with the quality of images. just not sharp enough. outdoor IQ is the same as with the old S1. The build quality of the camera is average. although it gives the impression of robust, but it is not. too heavy, too big and too plastic even though someone can be an advantage to me is not exactly. sometimes I feel discomfort when I shot because I'm afraid that it will fall and break into million pieces, but ...

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I have owned many film cameras including 2 SLR's. I have also done a huge amount of photography in the past. though I still prefer film over digital, I knew I had to get something digital to "keep up with the times". This is now my 2nd digital camera (though I have used many more from other people) and let me say, that I really like this camera. I have had it about 2 weeks and have been thrilled with the results right out of the box. The pictures are crisp, clear and the camera is ...

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jarge
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Purchased this camera based on the recommendation of a friend and am not disappointed. Wide variety of settings and at times one needs to experiment and adjust settings to capture the best. The video component is quality and second to none. A major reason I purchased this camera was for the zoom lens feature. Did not want to carry a suitcase of lenses! The 5 pix setting gives a 31 optical zoom which is a feature everyone likes. A tripod is a must. Battery life is acceptable when using ...

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I bought this camera as a lightweight every-day knock-around camera for hiking etc. when my EOS+lenses backpack is too much to haul. I was very pleasantly surprised by the 20x lens and general results. I have not done extensive testing but so far I can't see any obvious image defects at any zoom level. My movies and stills are displayed on a 42" HD TV through the optional HDMI cable. Images are sharp and crisp all the way out to the edges. The only adjustment I made on the default ...

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I bought this camera 6 months ago for my wife's birthday, because her old Kodak Dx6640 was "on the brink"*. I was dead set on getting a Lumix TZ7 (ZS3) because of HD video with zooming capabilities and Leica optics, but I'm glad that I got the SX20. It has everything the Lumix has and more. Better optics, better placed stereo microphones (front towards the action, not on top towards your apnea breathing), a swivel display and an eyepiece viewer. Not to mention full manual controls. *The Kodak ...

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leroys
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After my 1st review I thought of adding a final verdict after experimenting a bit in low light situations and taking some pictures at a party where outside light source was scarce. It was quite dark outside and I noticed that the auto focus illuminator (green Lamp) will many times really hunt for focus; this happens quite often if people are to far away also, lets say 3 or more meters. The only solution is to use an external flash and set it up to use a pre flash and also use the auto focus ...

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Ammarz
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Good camera at all, but there is problem, bad image quality, too bad. Problems: Zoom motor of the lens making a noise, when I zoom in or out, specially when I record a movie the noise appear clearly.

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