Canon PowerShot A20 Review
At PMA 2001 this year Canon announced two new PowerShot cameras aimed at the entry level market, the A10 and A20, based on the same body, system, 3x zoom lens and body design, they differ only in their resolution (and price), the A10 has a 1.3 megapixel sensor and a retail price of US$400, the A20 has a 2.1 megapixel sensor and a retail price of US$500.
Canon PowerShot A20 vs. Canon Digital IXUS 300
Obvious comparisons will be made drawn between the Powershot A20 and it's more expensive brother the IXUS 300 which also features a 2.1 megapixel sensor and 3x optical zoom lens. Here's a specifications comparison table for the two.
|Canon PowerShot A20||Canon Digital IXUS 300|
|Body||Plastic||Brushed stainless steel|
|Sensor||1/2.7" 2.1 megapixel CCD, 1.92 megapixel effective|
|Resolutions||1600 x 1200, 1024 x 768, 640 x 480|
|Lens||3 x optical zoom, 35 - 105 mm equiv.|
|Lens aperture||F2.7 - F4.8||F2.7 - F4.7|
|Lens thread||52 mm with LA-DC52 adapter||None|
|Digital Zoom||Smooth up to 2.5x|
|Focus range||Normal: 76 cm - Infinity, Macro: 16 cm - 76 cm|
|AF Assist Lamp||Relatively weak orange lamp||Powerful white beam|
|Exp. compen.||+/-2.0EV in 0.3 EV steps|
|White balance||Auto plus 5 manual presets|
|Shutter speeds||1 sec - 1/1500 sec|
0.76 m - 4.2 m (2.5 - 13.8 ft)
Tele: 0.76 m - 2.5 m (2.5 - 8.2 ft)
|Wide: 0.26 m - 3.5
m (10 in - 11.5 ft)
Tele: 0.26 m - 2.0 m (10 in - 6.6 ft)
|JPEG modes||Super-Fine, Fine, Standard|
x 120, 320 x 240, 640 x 480
|LCD||1.5" with plastic window||1.5" with anti-reflective coating|
|Storage||CompactFlash Type I|
|Power||4 x AA batteries (NiMH recommended)||Canon Lithium-Ion rechargable supplied|
|Dimensions||110 x 71 x 38 mm (4.3 x 2.8 x 1.5 in)||95 x 63 x 30 mm (3.7 x 2.5 x 1.2 in)|
|Volume||297 cm3||179 cm3|
|Weight (inc. batt)||375 g (13.2 oz)||275 g (9.7 oz)|
As you can see the two are virtually identical, the IXUS 300 has a few advantages over the A20 which may justify its higher price, we can also expect the price difference (street price) between the two to be greater than US$100 by the time they hit the market.
NOTE: As the A20's onboard software is identical to the IXUS 300 we have re-used the LCD captures from that review (except the movie mode which doesn't exist on the A20).
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