Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

  • Canon PowerShot SX20 IS
82
Based on 24 scores, 38 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    8
  • Good:
    12
  • Average:
    4
  • Bad:
    0

Pros:

  • Articulating LCD is liked by most, Good build quality, Wide-angle 20x optically stabilized lens, 720p HD movies, Dedicated Movie button, Programmable Shortcut button, Stereo microphones, Custom setting on mode dial, Generally good exposure accuracy, Ac...
  • Solid battery life; articulating LCD; comfortable shooting design; can zoom during movie capture; ; hot shoe; exceptionally close macro focus.
  • Great lens, 720p HD video

Cons:

  • Higher than average barrel distortion at wide-angle, Lots of chromatic aberration at both wide-angle and tele, but not unusual for a megazoom, Some soft corners, lens flare, Images look somewhat soft onscreen, Higher ISOs lose a lot of detail to noise ...
  • Slow burst mode (almost a second between shots)

Expert reviews and ratings

By Digital Camera Buyer on 80

Packed full of features, theres something for everyone onboard, although the price might be high these arguably justify...

By Digital Photography Review on 73

Overall the SX20 IS is a very solid performer and deserves to be on your short list. Just make sure its dimensions and weight are right for you (it's noticeably bigger and heavier than most in the group) and that you're sure you can live without...

By Expert Reviews on 80

A classy camera that puts in a solid performance, but lacks the stand-out features to push it into the lead...

By The Imaging Resource on -

Well built but awkward to handle, the Canon SX20 IS will nonetheless be popular with those already familiar with Canon long zoom cameras. There are certainly more external controls than most digicams offer, and the one-touch activation of Movie mode...

By PCWorld on 90

The SX20 IS's image quality, powerful lens, battery life, and versatile features should satisfy most advanced photographers--except fast-action shooters....

By Amateur Photographer on -

Canon PowerShot SX20IS at a glance: 12.1-million-pixel CCD sensor 20x optical zoom (28-560mm equivalent) 2.5in LCD screen ISO 80-1600 Street price £360Rated: 3/5 Designed to ‘bridge’ the gap between a compact camera and an entry-level...

By Macworld UK on 100

It’s easy for the current torrent of advanced compact digital cameras to blur into one – but as soon as we switched on Canon’s PowerShot SX20 IS, we had a hunch that this one would be real fun. And it was. The 12.1-megapixel PowerShot...

By cnet on 74

The Canon PowerShot SX20 IS is a solid, but not standout, megazoom option for the money. Read full review See all...

By CIOL on 80

Coming from a whole line of superzoom cameras with the 'IS' or image stabilization moniker, the SX20 IS includes a huge 20x image stabilized optical zoom, a 12 Megapixel CCD and the trademark flip-out-and-twist LCD monitor. Visually, there's...

By Cameras UK on 84

The Canon Powershot SX20 IS is a fully featured super zoom digital camera. It has 12 megapixels and a wide angle 20x optical zoom lens. The zoom lens is fast to respond and is powered by an ultrasonic motor. As you would expect with this type of...

By Digital Photography School on -

I’m fairly familiar with the PowerShot cameras so was keen to see a model with a maxi zoom lens. There is a lesser specked model — the Canon PowerShot SX120 IS — but I figured the adventurous might be curious about this more capable...

By Electronicsme on 72

If you have a craving for something with more power than your compact point and shoot digital camera, the SX20 IS makes a very good choice. It has most of the features you'll find on an entry-level SLR, yet is priced considerably less. Image quality...

By BrightHub on 80

There's not much in the name of flaws in this PowerShot. Unless you call the lack of a RAW mode one. Canon has taken a winning product and made it even better. Buy it if you're an enthusiast and short of budget for a full fledged dSLR. Or if you...

By DigitalVersus on 80

The PowerShot SX20 IS from a Canon is an almost perfect copy of the SX10 IS with two big changes: two million more pixels take its sensor up to 12 Megapixels, and there's now a 720 HD video mode.HandlingAt first sight, the aesthetic differences...

By Review Shop on 100

I bought the new Canon PowerShot SX20 IS, which is an update of the Canon SX10 IS with a few improvements and important additions. We all know that digital cameras are getting more capable and less expensive virtually every day. The SX20 IS belongs...

By Steves Digicams on -

Following the success of the PowerShot SX10 IS from last year (2008), Canon has introduced the new PowerShot SX20 IS. While offering many of the same features, the SX20 does add some appealing new options, like a Smart Auto exposure mode, 12-megapixel...

By SiliconRepublic on -

Read more on Gadgetrepublic.comPhoto: The Canon Powershot SX20 IS....

By Camera Labs on 86

Canons earlier PowerShot SX10 IS was one of the best super-zooms around, so while the enhancements on the new model arent radical, theyve made a great camera even better. Two out of three requests we made last year have been...

By GadgetRepublic on -

You know your camera is pretty awesome (and I mean that in the way that mountains are awesome, not as in "awesome dude, high five!") when it inspires both pride in the owner and envy in others.The Canon Powershot SX20 IS is one awesome machine from...

By PCWorld India on 85

If you want an advanced compact camera that can do just about anything then the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS digital camera is the one to shortlist!...