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Canon IXUS i5 / PowerShot SD20 / IXY L2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 321 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the performance and size. The usability and image quality are also appreciated. Many are critical about the shutter and features, while the flash and screen get mixed reviews.

portability, image quality, usability, size, performance

battery, viewfinder, low-light, features, shutter

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon IXUS i5 / PowerShot SD20 / IXY L2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

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Expert review by: - Canon PowerShot SD20


Although the Canon PowerShot SD20 earns our vote for style and size, this 5-megapixel camera loses some support for its omission of an optical ...

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Canon USA Powershot SD20 Garnet Digital Camera Camera


Although the Canon PowerShot SD20 earns our vote for style and size, this 5-megapixel camera loses some support for its omission of an optical zoom while costing upward of $300. Still, the SD20 takes remarkably good pictures compared with other...

The big problem is that the SD20 has no optical zoom, just a 6.5X digital zoom. Trying to zoom out too far, particularly in a landscape setting, yields muddy results. Smaller zooms, such as when you're framing people in an indoor shot, work fine

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Canon PowerShot SD20 Garnet Digital Camera (5.4MP, 2592x1944, 32MB SD Card)


Photograph: Rick Rizner


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Canon PowerShot SD20 Digital Elph review by PC Magazine


The Canon PowerShot SD20 Digital Elph is a sleek, attractive, and durable 5MP ultracompact that takes very good daylight pictures. ...

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Canon PowerShot SD20 (blue)


However you'd better be seated close to the dais to grab your celebrity snaps, because this 5-megapixel shooter's fixed-focal-length 39mm lens (35mm-camera equivalent) has no zooming capability beyond a 6.5X digital zoom that produces highly pixelated...

Easy operation; decent image quality; ultracompact; solid battery life.

No optical zoom or viewfinder; sluggish burst mode.

If you can live without a zoom lens or an optical viewfinder, this stylish ultracompact shooter delivers crisp results.

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Canon PowerShot SD20 review


Coming in either the standard silver or three other exotic colors (at least, exotic for Canon), Steve's Digicams has a review of the new PowerShot SD20, which packs in 5 megapixels of goodness in a stainless steel package, features a 1.5-inch...

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Canon Powershot SD20


Canon's five-megapixel PowerShot SD20 Digital ELPH features excellent image quality with style in a slim (3.6 x 1.9 x 0.7 inches), lightweight and highly durable stainless steel body. With the power of an all-glass Canon lens and the precision of DIGIC te

Bottom line - the PowerShot SD20 Digital ELPH will make a great choice for anyone who wants an ultra-compact camera that's stylish, durable, and can be worn around your neck or slipped in a pocket or purse. Its 5-megapixel Superfine images have plenty of

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Canon PowerShot SD20 Digital ELPH


Quite a bit smaller than most Canon Digital ELPH models, the Canon PowerShot SD20 realizes more of the advantage offered by the smaller SD card format than the ELPH that first entered the SD space, the SD100. Up until the SD100, all ELPH digital...

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Canon PowerShot SD20 Digital ELPH


Those colors are called Silver, Garnet, Midnight Blue, and Zen Gray. You can probably figure out which color I had

Very good photo quality ; Stylish, compact body; comes in four colors ; Manual white balance + slow shutter speed controls ; AF-assist lamp ; Optional all-weather case ; Impressive software package

LCD doesn't "gain up" in low light (or not very much, at least) ; No optical zoom; lens fixed at a not-so-wide 39mm ; No optical viewfinder ; Weak flash, major redeye ; Movie mode has low frame rate, short recording times ; Battery life isn't fabulous

All-in-all, the SD20 is a compact, stylish camera that you can bring everywhere. I wouldn't buy it as a primary camera but for something you can always have with you, it gets the thumbs up.

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Canon PowerShot SD20 Digital ELPH


Snap in style with this 5-megapixel camera

Fashionably chic, classy colors, ultra-compact, excellent image quality, fast and accurate autofocus, aboveaverage macro shots, great battery life, easy to use, print/share button.

Pricey for the feature set, no optical viewfinder, no optical zoom.

High-capacity SD card

Product Specifications

Choose a seductive design and superb quality. Choose from four irresistible colors. Choose the Digital IXUS i5 - cutting-edge technology wrapped in a stylish, slim body that demands to be seen. A small camera that makes a big impression. With its ultra-slim body in a choice of four irresistible colors, the Digital IXUS i5 is impossible to miss. A powerful 5.0 Megapixel CCD sensor permits photo quality prints up to A3 size and plenty of post-shoot cropping possibilities. Canon's unique DIGIC processor gives the Digital IXUS i5 superb processing power that results in incredible image clarity, responsive camera controls and fast, accurate auto-focus. iSAPS is like a built-in photographer's assistant; first analyzing the scene before optimizing camera settings, helping you to get the best results from every shooting opportunity. Canon's own high-performance precision optics give the Digital IXUS i5 the ability to capture a scene with incredible clarity, contrast and detail. The camera's 9-point AiAF brings subjects sharply in focus, even when they are off-center, and a 3cm Macro mode gets you really close to your subject. Relive special moments with friends by shooting VGA quality movie clips with sound recording and playback. And for great results with confidence in a wide range of shooting situations, the Digital IXUS i5 has five scene modes - such as Night Snapshot, Indoor and Portrait. Indulge your creative side with five Photo Effects, including Sepia, Black & White and Vivid Color. Now printing photos is as easy as taking them. Connect your camera to any PictBridge compatible printer, push the Print/Share button and within seconds, you'll have a full color print in your hand - it is that simple. When connected to a Canon SELPHY CP series printer, you can even print handy ID photo prints.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):3.8cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Indoor / Landscape / Macro / Night snapshot / Portrait mode / Stitch assist / Underwater

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:32MB


Model:I5/SD20 Digital ELPH
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon Digital IXUS/Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8
Min Focal Length:6.4mm


Color:Garnet/Midnight blue/Silver/Zen gray

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:5Megapixel

Reference Resource

Category:Photo / video
Title:Canon Digital IXUS i5
Type:User manual

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:6.5
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None