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Canon Powershot D20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 219 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the water proof and lens. The design and portability also get good reviews. Some have doubts about the viewfinder and shutter.

usability, portability, design, lens, water proof

value for money, features, performance, shutter, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon Powershot D20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 219 reviews)

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Canon PowerShot D20


This is the first in a series of short underwater/rugged camera reviews on DPReview. We're testing the cameras concurrently, and once all six cameras have been reviewed, we'll publish a roundup of the class, comparing them directly.

The PowerShot D20 is a good underwater camera, though it doesn't stand out in any particular area. It takes decent (though slightly soft) photos with pleasing colors (but expect a color cast when shooting underwater). Although light on features, the...


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Canon PowerShot D20


Canon has taken its time released the next iteration of the rugged cam. The D10 came out in 2009, and its upgrade is now available in the D20. This unusual-looking camera definitely injects some new style into the rugged cam market while also keeping...

Great in-camera interface ; Sharp lens ; Impressive underwater performance

Moderately slow; not suitable for fast-action shots or video ; Unconventional design is interesting but bulky ; Unreliable GPS

From the unconventional design to its remarkable lens, this rugged cam easily sits among the best in the bunch.

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Canon PowerShot D20 Review


The Canon PowerShot D20 is a great new lifeproof addition to a line that Canon has not updated for several years. The body has been made more manageable and the electronics include the great components of their proven HS system for outstanding quality....

Smart Auto shooting mode is accurate and easy in all situations, detects up to 58 scenes ; Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record ; Tough" features: Waterproof, Dustproof, Shockproof and Freezeproof protect the camera ; Solid built...

Using the GPS shortens the battery life considerably ; Battery Life is less than 300 images, not very much for an adventurous trip ; Screen can be hard to see underwater at certain angles ; Placement of the Playback button is odd, and caused confusion...

The Canon PowerShot D20 is a great new lifeproof addition to a line that Canon has not updated for several years. The body has been made more manageable and the electronics include the great components of their proven HS system for outstanding quality....


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Canon PowerShot D20


The GPS-equipped Canon PowerShot D20 is a well-built but large rugged camera with a sharp lens. It produces good-looking images at every supported ISO, but isn't the fastest tough camera that we've tested.

Sharp lens. Good high ISO performance. Integrated GPS

Large, even for a rugged camera. So-so speeds. 1080p video limited to 24fps

The D20 is no slouch when it comes to performance, but it isn't the fastest tough camera we've tested. It starts and shoots in 1.4 seconds, can fire off a photo every half second, and records a 0.2-second shutter lag. The Olympus TG-1 iHS starts in 1...


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Canon PowerShot D20


The D20 is Canon's second waterproof model coming a not inconsiderable three years after the original D10 which coincidentally remains in the PowerShot Line-up. A wait of three years is a lifetime in the digital camera world, so you'd be forgiven for...

5x stabilised optical zoom ; Designed for purpose ; 1080p24 video recording ; built-in GPS receiver with track log

Very poor continuous shooting ; Poor noise handling ; No 'door open' warning ; Relatively expensive

The Canon PowerShot D20 is a point-and-shoot compact designed for use outdoors and in the water. The difference between the D20 and many other waterproof compacts, like the Panasonic Lumix TS20 / FT20 is that it's been designed from the ground up for...

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Canon PowerShot D20


A solid outdoor shooter, but doesn't stand out from the pack.

Nice outdoor photos; Waterproof and drop-proof design

Mediocre lens hurts image quality; Feature set is relatively sparse

By our count, there are no less than 15 new waterproof cameras in the 2012 model year. We’ve never seen the pool so crowded before. The industry is counting on these adventure-ready cameras to close the sales gap left where cheap point-and-shoots used...

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Canon PowerShot D20


I think I can still get by with my PowerShot SD 950 IS with the underwater chasis; the D20 does have a slightly better zoom as well as movie resolution… but the PowerShot SD950 IS has a titanium casing that can't be beat.

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Amazon review summary for Canon Powershot D20


alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 user reviews of Canon Powershot D20 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

water proof, value for money, battery, lens

90% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Awesome camera....


Like in cons area batteries are a good idea. I purchased SDXC 64gb card for it also. Sandisk with speed rating of 10. The kit I mentioned can be found on newegg as well as the 64 gb card, and kit has a 16gb one too. Girlfriend took to Botanical Gardens...

Basically everything it says on the specs. takes amazing pictures and video for the price of the camera. Waterproof, awesome.... and is small enogh to fit in pocket. takes pics like the high end cameras but doesnt cost 2k. Once you play around and get...

Battery life could be a issue if using max resolution which is just amazing with this camera. Pananoramic and vid recording will drain it pretty fast. I bought a kit just for this camera that came with another battery and a awesome tripod and monopod...

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Excellent for this class of camera


I was planning to get an underwater housing for my Canon S95 when happened on a GREAT deal on the Canon D20. This will not rival cameras like the S95, but for a camera that you can use in challenging conditions - kayaking, surfing, fishing, skiing,...

Excellent full HD video including the ability to zoom while filming ; Very durable and fully waterproof ; Fairly fast shooting ; Excellent exposure ; Great image quality for cameras in this class (rugged or underwater camera) ; 5x optical zoom

Limited manual controls

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: Yes
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity:WiFi Ready / Yes

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.3''


Longest Shutter Speed in s:15
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/1600


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:Unknown
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Canon NB-6L
Battery Type:Canon NB-6L


Aperture Priority: No
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: No
Shutter Priority: No