Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Review

Overall Score

45

Main Features

  • 12 MP 1/2.3 CCD Sensor
  • 28-560 mm (20x) F2.8-5.7 Zoom Lens
  • 80 - 1600 ISO
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 2" Articulated Screen
  • Electronic Viewfinder
  • 1 fps continuous shooting
  • 1280 x 720 video resolution
  • Built-In Wireless
  • 128 x 88 x 87 mm, 600g.
  • Price Category:
  • Replaced: PowerShot SX10 IS
  • Replaced by: PowerShot SX30 IS

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Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Overview


First introduced in July, 2010, Canon PowerShot SX20 IS is a 12 MP Compact with a 1/2.3 (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CCD sensor. Canon replaced the older Canon SX10 IS with PowerShot SX20 IS. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Canon SX20 IS with Canon SX10 IS

Canon replaced PowerShot SX20 IS with Canon SX30 IS. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Canon SX20 IS with Canon SX30 IS


Canon SX20 IS comes with a 6.16 x 4.62 mm CCD sensor, which has a diagonal of 7.7 mm (0.3").

- Full Frame
- Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Sensor resolution of Canon SX20 IS ~ 3995 x 3003 pixels.

Canon SX20 IS has Crop Factor: 5.62

The sensor has a surface area of 28.5 mm².

There are approximate 11,996,985 photosites (pixels) on this area.


Proc and Cons of Canon SX20 IS


Get to know this camera closer. Let's look at the features and characteristics of this model. Compare Canon PowerShot SX20 IS with competitors in small sensor superzoom cameras.

Pros
Built-in Wireless
Articulating Screen
1.0 fps Continuous Shooting
Manual Focus
9 Focus Points
±2 AE Bracketing Range
Optical Image Stabilization
External Flash
1/3200s Max Shutter Speed
Manual Exposure Mode
5.7 Lens at Tele
28 mm Wide Angle Lens
Selfie Friendly Screen
Cons
No Bluetooth
No Touch Screen
No AF Face Detection
Low Max Native ISO: 1600
Slow Lens at Tele: F5.7
Low Screen Resolution: 230k dots
No Articulating Screen
No Full HD Video
No Environmental Sealing
Slow Lens at Wide: F2.8
Small LCD Screen: 2"
Slow Continuous Shooting: 230 fps
Type Scores

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS has an Overall Score of 45/100 and ranked #245 out of 801 in Compact cameras, and ranked #612 out of 1201 in all cameras.

Canon SX20 IS Scores
Imaging score
20
Features score
52
Value for money score
61
Portability score
77
Overall score
45
Average Scores in Small Sensor Superzoom
Imaging Score
24
Features Score
50
Value For Money Score
61
Portability Score
85
Overall score
45

Physical Dimensions of Canon SX20 IS


Canon PowerShot SX20 IS weighs 600g and has external dimensions of 128 x 88 x 87mm (5.04 x 3.46 x 3.43"). Considering that the average weight of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras is 388g, Canon SX20 IS is 212 grams more than the average weight of cameras in this category. Canon SX20 IS is more by 15mm more than the average length in Small Sensor Superzoom.

Weight Comparison
Small Sensor Superzoom Cameras


Canon SX20 IS
600g
Average weight
388g
Min weight
136g
Max weight
1415g

Thickness Comparison
Small Sensor Superzoom Cameras


Canon SX20 IS
87mm
Average Thickness
65mm
Min Thickness
0mm
Max Thickness
181mm

Here is the front and top view image of Canon PowerShot SX20 IS with the dimensions:

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Size Compared to Major Competitors


Model Weight PowerShot SX20 IS Dimensions PowerShot SX20 IS
Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Canon SX10 IS 600 g 600 g 128 x 88 x 87 mm 128 x 88 x 87 mm
Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Canon SX30 IS 601 g 600 g 123 x 92 x 108 mm 128 x 88 x 87 mm
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Canon SX60 HS 650 g 600 g 128 x 93 x 114 mm 128 x 88 x 87 mm
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Canon SX50 HS 595 g 600 g 123 x 87 x 106 mm 128 x 88 x 87 mm
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Canon SX40 HS 600 g 600 g 123 x 92 x 108 mm 128 x 88 x 87 mm
Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Canon SX1 IS 615 g 600 g 128 x 88 x 88 mm 128 x 88 x 87 mm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Panasonic FZ200 588 g 600 g 125 x 87 x 110 mm 128 x 88 x 87 mm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Panasonic FZ1000 831 g 600 g 137 x 99 x 131 mm 128 x 88 x 87 mm

Specifications of Canon PowerShot SX20 IS


General
Brand Canon
Model PowerShot SX20 IS
Announced July, 2010
Body Type SLR-like (bridge)
Lens
Lens Mount fixed lens
Manual Focus
Focal Lens Multiplier
Number of Lenses 0
Macro Focus Range 0
Screen
Screen Size 2"
Screen Type Articulated
Screen Resolution 230k pixels
Touch Screen
Live View
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Electronic
Viewfinder Resolution no electronic viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage n/a%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.0
Autofocus
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
AF Multi Area
AF Live View
AF Face Detection
AF Contrast Detection
AF Phase Detection
Number of Focus Points 9
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Photography Features
RAW Support
Min Shutter Speed 1/15 sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/3200 sec
Continuous Shooting 1.0 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Exposure Compensation
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization
Built-in Flash
Flash Range 6.80
Flash Modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Fill-in
External Flash
AE Bracketing
AE Bracketing Range ±2 EV
WB Bracketing
Sensor
Sensor Size 1/2.3
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Dimensions 6.16 x 4.62 mm
Sensor Area 28.5 mm²
Sensor Resolution 12 MP
Max Image Resolution 4000 x 3000
Max Native ISO 1600
Min Native ISO 80
Max Boosted ISO 0
Min Boosted ISO 0
Video Features
4K
Max Video Resolution 1280 x 720
Video Formats H.264
Timelapse Recording
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF-Area
Center Weighted
Connectivity
GPS None
Wireless Connectivity Built-In
Bluetooth
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Battery
Battery Life 0 shots
Battery Type
Battery Model 4 x AA
Physical
Weight 600 g
Physical Dimensions 128 x 88 x 87 mm
Environmental Sealing
Water Proof
Dust Proof
Shock Proof
Crush Proof
Freeze Proof
Shock Proof
Storage
Storage Type SD / SDHC / MMC / MMC Plus / HC MMC Plus
Storage Slots 1
Other Features
Self Timer
Selfie Friendly

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