Canon PowerShot SX10 IS vs. Canon PowerShot SX20 IS vs. Canon PowerShot SX30 IS vs. Canon PowerShot SX40 HS vs. Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

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Jan 15, 2009
Sep 17, 2008
Aug 19, 2009
Sep 14, 2010
Sep 15, 2011
Sep 17, 2012
 
 
 
 
 
$429
 
SLR-like (bridge)
SLR-like (bridge)
SLR-like (bridge)
SLR-like (bridge)
SLR-like (bridge)
 
 
 
 
Composite
 
3648 x 2736
4000 x 3000
4320 x 3240
4000 x 3000
4000 x 3000
2816 x 2112, 2272 x 1704, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480, 3648 x 2048
3840 x 2160, 3264 x 2448, 2592 x 1944, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480, 320 x 240
3744 x 2104, 3072 x 2304, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480, 320 x 240
4000 x 2248, 4000 x 2664, 2992 x 2992, 2816 x 2112, 2816 x 1880, 2816 x 1584, 2112 x 2112, 1920 x 1080, 1600 x 1200, 1600 x 1064, 1200 x 1200, 640 x 480, 640 x 424, 640 x 360, 480 x 480
4000 x 3000, 4000 x 2248, 4000 x 2664, 2992 x 2992, 2816 x 2112, 2816 x 1880, 2816 x 1584, 2112 x 2112, 1920 x 1080, 1600 x 1200, 1600 x 1064, 1200 x 1200, 640 x 480, 640 x 424, 640 x 360, 480 x 480
4:3, 16:9
4:3, 16:9
4:3, 16:9
1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
10 megapixels
12 megapixels
14 megapixels
12 megapixels
12 megapixels
 
12 megapixels
 
 
 
1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
CCD
CCD
CCD
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
 
Digic 4
Digic 4
 
Digic 5
 
 
 
 
sRGB
 
 
 
 
Primary Color Filter
 
Auto, 80 ,100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Auto, 80 ,100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Auto, 80 ,100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Auto, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400
6
6
6
6
7
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes (2)
Optical
Optical
Optical
Optical
Optical
No
No
No
No
RAW
Super-Fine, Fine, Normal
Fine, Normal
 
 
Fine, Normal
 
28–560 mm
28–560 mm
24–840 mm
24–840 mm
24–1200 mm
20×
20×
35×
35×
50×
F2.8–5.7
F2.8–5.7
F2.7–5.8
F2.7–5.8
F3.4–6.5
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Single
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Single
  • Live View
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Single
  • Live View
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
 
 
 
 
Yes
Yes (4x)
Yes (4x)
Yes (4x)
Yes (4x)
Yes (4x)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
0 cm (0)
0 cm (0)
0 cm (0)
0 cm (0)
0 cm (0)
9
9
9
9
9
 
Fully articulated
Fully articulated
Fully articulated
Fully articulated
Fully articulated
2.5
2.5
2.7
2.7
2.8
230,000
230,000
230,000
230,000
461,000
No
No
No
No
No
 
 
 
PureColor II VA TFT LCD
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Electronic
Electronic
Electronic
Electronic
Electronic
 
 
 
 
100%
 
 
 
 
202,000
 
15 sec
15 sec
15 sec
15 sec
15 sec
1/3200 sec
1/3200 sec
1/3200 sec
1/3200 sec
1/2000 sec
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
 
 
 
  • Smart Auto
  • Program AE
  • Shutter priority AE
  • Aperture priority AE
  • Manual
  • Custom
  • Scene
  • Creative Filters
  • Movie Digest
  • Movie
 
 
 
 
  • Portrait
  • Smooth Skin
  • Smart Shutter (Smile, Wink Self-Timer, FaceSelf- Timer)
  • High-speed Burst HQ
  • Handheld Night Scene
  • Underwater
  • Snow
  • Fireworks
  • Stitch Assist
Yes (pop-up)
Yes (Pop-up)
Yes (Pop-up)
Yes (Pop-up)
Yes
5.20 m
6.80 m
6.80 m
7.00 m
5.50 m
Yes (hot-shoe)
Yes (Hot-shoe)
Yes (Hot-shoe)
Yes (Hot-shoe)
Yes (Hot-shoe)
Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Off
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Fill-in
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Fill-in
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Fill-in
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain
 
 
 
 
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Continuous with AF
  • Self-Timer
0.7 fps
0.7 fps
0.6 fps
10.3 fps
2.2 fps
Yes (2 or 10 sec or custom)
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
 
 
 
 
(at 1/3 EV steps)
 
 
 
No
 
 
640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30 fps)
1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
1920 x 1080 (24fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 240 fps)
1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
H.264
H.264
Motion JPEG
MPEG-4, H.264
H.264
 
 
 
 
Miniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps
Stereo
Stereo
Stereo
Stereo
Stereo
 
 
 
None
Mono
 
SD/SDHC/MMC card
SD / SDHC / MMC / MMC Plus / HC MMC Plus
SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus
SD/SDHC/SDXC
SD/SDHC/SDXC
 
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes (Mini)
 
 
Eye-Fi Connected
Eye-Fi Connected
 
No
No
No
No
Yes (RS60E3)
 
No
No
No
No
No
AA
AA
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
AA batteries (NiMH recommended)
4 x AA batteries (Alkaline or NiMH)
Lithium-Ion NB-7L rechargeable battery & charger
Lithium-Ion NB-10L rechargeable battery & charger
Lithium-Ion NB-10L rechargeable battery & charger
 
 
 
380
315
600 g (1.32 lb / 21.16 oz)
600 g (1.32 lb / 21.16 oz)
601 g (1.32 lb / 21.20 oz)
600 g (1.32 lb / 21.16 oz)
595 g (1.31 lb / 20.99 oz)
128 x 88 x 87 mm (5.04 x 3.46 x 3.43)
128 x 88 x 87 mm (5.04 x 3.46 x 3.43)
123 x 92 x 108 mm (4.84 x 3.62 x 4.25)
123 x 92 x 108 mm (4.84 x 3.62 x 4.25)
123 x 87 x 106 mm (4.84 x 3.43 x 4.17)
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
None
 
None
None
None