Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

(October 2009)

The SX20 is a top quality superzoom camera with excellent specifications

What I like:

  • The articulating screen is great. For example it means you can take shots above your head (e.g. in crowds), round the corner, low level, facing you.
  • The very effective Image Stabilisation means you can take handheld photos at long telephoto zoom, with few worries about camera shake causing blurring. It makes a huge difference, as I once found out when accidentally turning it off when filming video interviews of colleagues from a mere 10 feet away. The result was pretty nauseating!
  • A boon to the HD video capability is the Ultrasonic motor driving the zoom, that allows you to zoom in and out, without sound cutting out and with nearly silent operation.
  • Photo quality is great.

What I don’t like:

  • A printed manual isn’t included and I’m one of those people who like to study it. Short of printing it from the disk or limiting yourself to viewing on the computer screen, I obtained a printed copy from OTC.

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Our review rating – 68%

Key features:
Megapixels 12.0
Optical Zoom 20x
Wide Angle (35mm equivalent) 28mm
Telephoto (35mm equivalent) 560mm
Continuous shooting (max) 1fps
Built in flash – max range 6.8m
Hot Shoe for external flash? Yes
Macro minimum 0mm
Raw? No
Video HD (720p), 30fps, Stereo
Weight 560g
Other Vari-angle LCD
Approx price (incl VAT & delivery) Discontinued – Used models available from £180
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