Jul 06 2010
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Overview of the PowerShot SX20 IS
The Canon PowerShot SX20 IS is a versatile camera that has revolutionized the way we capture images and videos. With its impressive 12.1 Megapixel resolution and advanced features like image stabilization, zoom lens, and HD video recording, it has become the top choice for photography enthusiasts. Whether you want to take stunning landscape shots, portraits, or shoot a video, this camera offers you an unmatched flexibility and clarity in your shots. In this review, we’ll take a deep dive into the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS, exploring its standout features and why it deserves a spot in your camera bag. Let’s get started.
Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Pros and Cons
Now, we will look more closely at our review of the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS camera. We will see what it can do and compare it to other cameras like it. We will tell you what's good about it and what's not so good. This way, you'll know if it's the camera for you!
Build and Construction
Body and dimensions
Canon PowerShot SX20 IS
|Dimensions||128 x 88 x 87mm|
The Canon PowerShot SX20 IS is not sealed against water and dust, so it's important to be careful when using it in such conditions. If you often shoot in environments with water or dust, it's recommended to check out another camera with weather sealing.
Design and Handling
Main design features
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated|
|Screen Resolution||230k dots|
|Body type||SLR-like (bridge)|
This camera has a fully articulated 2.50" screen, with a display resolution of 230k dots. This makes the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS very suitable for those looking for a vlogging camera as you can view yourself while shooting selfies. Unfortunately, the camera does not have a touch screen, which may make it less user-friendly.
PowerShot SX20 IS includes a electronic viewfinder with n/a of resolution with a coverage of n/a and a magnification of n/a. This feature enhances the camera's suitability for outdoor photography in bright conditions.
Canon PowerShot SX20 IS has a 12MP sized CCD sensor. You can shoot at maximum resolution of 12 pixels. Canon PowerShot SX20 IS has a native ISO range of 80 - 1600 which can be boosted to null - null.
Jul 06 2010
80 - 1600
|Extended ISO||null - null|
|Max resolution||4000 x 3000 pixels|
DXO Sensor Scores
Low Light ISO
DXO mark sensor scores
The DXOmark rankings indicate that the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS camera has excellent color depth performance, which refers to the number of colors the sensor can distinguish. Additionally, its dynamic range is also excellent, allowing it to retain high amounts of details in both bright and dark areas of a scene. The camera's low light ISO performance is excellent, which is an important factor to consider if you plan to use it in dimly lit indoor environments or at night. Overall the image quality of the PowerShot SX20 IS is excellent
Camera crop factor (or focal length multiplier) refers to how a camera's sensor size affects the apparent field of view of a lens. Crop factor is determined by comparing the size of a camera's sensor to that of a full-frame sensor, which is a standard reference size for camera sensors.
Crop factor calculator
Full frame equivalent
This camera: 1/2.3-inch
Connectivity, storage, battery
|Storage||SD / SDHC / MMC / MMC Plus / HC MMC Plus|
|Battery Model||4 x AA|
The Canon PowerShot SX20 IS supports SD / SDHC / MMC / MMC Plus / HC MMC Plus with 1 slots for storage. This may suffice for everyday use. However, for professional applications such as wedding photography, it is not recommended as a memory card malfunction could lead to the loss of all footage.
The Canon PowerShot SX20 IS uses the 4 x AA model of undefined. This is rated for undefined shots which is high. If you intend to take photos or record videos for an extended period, it might be a good idea to bring along additional batteries.
The Canon PowerShot SX20 IS has built in flash which is great for event photography and in low light situations. It also offers a flash shoe that allows you to attach external flashes. This provides more versatility in your lighting choices.
The Canon PowerShot SX20 IS boasts a maximum mechanical shutter speed of 1/3200s, which is ideal for shooting fast-moving subjects in bright environments, such as in sports photography. Faster shutter speeds enable you to freeze the action and capture every detail, making it easier to get the perfect shot.
With a continuous mechanical shutter speed of n/a or an electronic shutter speed of n/a, this camera is not capable of capturing the perfect moment more easily, making it not as suited for wedding, sports, and wildlife photography. Higher shutter speeds make it easier to capture fast-paced action, ensuring that you never miss the perfect shot.
The Canon PowerShot SX20 IS includes contrast detection autofocus (AF), with 9 number of focus points.
While contrast detection is generally more accurate and precise, phase detection autofocus is faster and more effective in most situations, particularly when photographing moving subjects.
Phase detection autofocus works by dividing the incoming light into pairs and then analyzing how they intersect on the camera's sensor. This method allows the camera to determine not only if a subject is in focus but also the direction and distance needed to adjust the focus to achieve perfect sharpness.
On the other hand, contrast detection autofocus works by analyzing the contrast of an image and adjusting the focus until the highest contrast is detected. While this method is very accurate, it can be slow, especially in low light conditions or when photographing moving subjects.
The Canon PowerShot SX20 IS features a CCD sensor
No the PowerShot SX20 IS does not have weather sealing.
The Canon PowerShot SX20 IS was announced on Jul 06 2010
Yes the PowerShot SX20 IS does have in-body image stabilization that can compensate for camera shake, making it easier to shoot handheld in low light conditions.
The PowerShot SX20 IS has a native ISO range of 80-1600, which can be expanded to ISO null-null for even greater sensitivity in low light conditions.
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