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Canon Powershot S20 Review

January 2000 | By Phil Askey

Canon Powershot S20 (click for larger image)

Officially Casio beat Canon to the 3.34 megapixel announcement (well at least to the general public anyway), howeve rumours of the S20 had been popping up in various cyber-spaces for a couple of months now. Just last week Canon announced the S20, a 3.34 megapixel (3.14 megapixels effective - 2048 x 1536) version of its successful, recent, but popular S10. Features wise the S20 is identical to the S10, body size, operation, menus and software are all the same. The case is champagne rather than silver and the only other difference is the "3.3" and "S20" on the front. Just makes me wonder how happy recent purchasers of the S10 are...

The camera for this review is an "MT sample" (which basically means pre-release), the original unit supplied was replaced by an MT2 sample which though still pre-release is deemed very close to final production (thus reviewable).

Because the S20 is so similar to the S10 I've re-used some of my S10 review (mostly in operation and handling) for those readers who haven't read it or just come for the S20 review. All camera shots, timings, sampels and comparisons are new.

From what I've seen so far the news is good, the S20 takes the solid foundation of the S10 and adds an amazingly detailed CCD, better white balance, better colour balance and overall sharper images.. There's a little more noise visible and because of the extra pixels we're starting to see evidence of chromatic abberations but other than that the S20 is an amazing little camera which produces the goods... Canon S20 lens close-up (click for larger image)

If you're new to digital photography you may wish to read the Digital Photography Glossary before diving into this article (it may help you understand some of the terms used).

Conclusion / Recommendation / Ratings are based on the opinion of the reviewer, you should read the ENTIRE review before coming to your own conclusions.

We recommend to make the most of this review you should be able to see the difference (at least) between X, Y, and Z and ideally A, B, and C.

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