4 reviews

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

$400.00 Released September, 2009

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Optical image stabilization. 20x optical zoom. Records video in 720p high definition.

The Cons:No RAW format option. Takes AA batteries - heavier, less capacious and annoying to deal with next to lithium-ion battery packs. Slow 1FPS continuous shooting.

 Canon's PowerShot SX20 is a higher-end point-and-shoot camera (non-DSLR) that offers a range of features, and is targeted at experienced amateur photographers. It has a 20x optical zoom capability with optical image stabilization, and an AUTO mode that can select from 22 different preset shooting modes (or these can be user-selected).

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The overall photo resolution is 12.1 megapixels and the SX20 uses Canon's DIGIC 4 image processor, which enhances image clarity and fine-detail structure. It has a 2.5-inch diagonal LCD screen to view or take pictures, and runs on AA batteries. One of this camera's other main features is its 720p high-definition video capture mode, as well as an HDMI output connection for playback on a compatible HDTV.


  • DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • 12.1 Megapixel resolution
  • AUTO mode for automatic shot selection
  • 22 preset shooting modes (see manufacturer page for full range)
  • 2.5-inch diagonal LCD display
  • 20x optical zoom
  • Optical image stabilizer
  • 15 - 1/3200 sec. shutter speed
  • Compatible with external flash
  • Uses AA batteries
  • ISO speed range 80-3200
  • 720p HD video recording
  • HDMI output

User Reviews (3)

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  • 3

    optical image stabilization

  • 1

    20x optical zoom

  • 1

    records video in 720p high definition

  • 1

    2.5" articulating LCD display

  • 1

    HDMI output for easily displaying photographs and playing video on compatible displays / HDTVs

  • 1

    solid build

  • 1

    records to easy to find, affordable and capacious SD/SDHC flash memory cards

  • 0

    takes AA batteries - universal and easy to find when in a pinch

  • 2

    no RAW format option

  • 2

    takes AA batteries - heavier, less capacious and annoying to deal with next to lithium-ion battery packs

  • 2

    slow 1FPS continuous shooting

  • 1

    no physical manual - comes with a PDF file on a CD

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