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Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1207 reviews of Canon PowerShot SX20 IS. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People are impressed by the portability and image quality. The zoom and performance are also appreciated. There are some mixed comments about the memory and shutter. The contrast and exposure get critical reviews.

usability, performance, zoom, image quality, portability

exposure, contrast

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 133 user reviews of Canon PowerShot SX20 IS from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and zoom. The performance and portability also get good opinions. The low light performance and memory get less positive reviews. Views are divided on the flash.

usability, portability, performance, zoom, image quality

shutter, focus, memory, low-light

95% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2020

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 595 user reviews of Canon PowerShot SX20 IS from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the zoom and portability. The performance and image quality also get good reviews. Reviews are divided on the reliability. Some have doubts about the sensor.

usability, image quality, performance, portability, zoom

sensor

91% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2020

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Canon PowerShot SX20 IS from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.ca. Reviewers really like the portability. The lens also gets good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the performance.

usability, lens, portability

performance

100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2020

Expert review by : Dave Johnson (pcworld.com)

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

 

The Canon PowerShot SX20 IS ($400 as of 12/14/09) has an impressive trio of headline features: a massive 20X optical zoom, a 12.1-megapixel sensor, and HD-quality video recording. If you're shopping for a bridge camera--a megazoom model that marries...

Superb battery life ; Color Accent mode and super macro setting ; 20X-optical-zoom lens (28mm to 560mm) ; 720p HD video recording

Slow burst mode (almost a second between shots)

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

Dec, 2009

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS review

 

The Canon PowerShot SX10 IS wasn't a great megazoom, but it was one of the better ones. So it's kind of sad to see its replacement, the SX20 IS, take a couple of steps backward, delivering overall poorer performance and photo quality as trade-off for...

Solid battery life; articulating LCD; comfortable shooting design; can zoom during movie capture; hot shoe; exceptionally close macro focus.

Slower than its predecessor overall; no raw support; images soft and noisy as low as ISO 80.

The Canon PowerShot SX20 IS is a solid, but not standout, megazoom option for the money.

Dec, 2009

Expert review by : Lars Rehm (dpreview.com)

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

 

The sensors in these cameras are considerably smaller than you will find in a DSLR or mirrorless interchangeable lens model. One of the advantages of a smaller sensor is that, compared to an SLR, you need a physically much smaller lens. As you can see...

Jul, 2006

Expert review by : William Chambers (steves-digicams.com)

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Review

 

Canon has upgraded the popular SX10 IS from last year with the all new SX20 IS. This powerful digicam offers the latest in Canon technologies, like a 12-megapixel image sensor, DIGIC 4 processor, lens-shift optical image stabilization, SmartAuto...

Oct, 2009

Expert review by (electronicsme.com)

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

 

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...

20X (28-560mm 35mm equivalent range)Optical image stabilizationFull manual control of most settings12.1MP resolution

Smallish, low-resolution (2.5 in. 230,000 dot) LCD display

The Canon PowerShot SX20 IS digital camera is Canon's latest entry into...

Nov, 2009

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Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Review

 

The Canon PowerShot SX20 IS is a new super-zoom camera, sporting a 20x zoom lens equivalent to a focal length of 28-560mm. Successor to the SX10 IS model, the Canon SX20 IS additionally features high-definition video (720p), with a dedicated movie...

A year on from the SX10 IS, the new SX20 model adds a couple of key improvements to an already appealing design, but doesn't quite offer enough to take the super-zoom crown. The SX20 IS is virtually identical to its predecessor, with the only major...

Sep, 2009

Expert review by (consumersearch.com)

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Review

 

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS reviewed by ConsumerSearch, which notes pros and cons, along with reviews and ratings for the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS and comparisons to other Digital Cameras (Ultra-Zoom)

Captures 720p HD video; Wide-angle lens; Tilting LCD; 20x optical zoom

Relatively heavy; Falters in low-light situations

May, 2010

Expert review by : Dave Johnson (macworld.com)

Review: Canon PowerShot SX20 IS digital camera

 

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

The SX20 IS has a compact, SLR-like grip and a collection of buttons that fall more or less naturally under your fingers. I appreciated the fact that the body was small enough that my pinkie automatically curled underneath for a steadier hold, but a...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by : Camera Labs (cameralabs.com)

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

 

Canon's PowerShot SX20 IS delivers a number of minor but mostly useful enhancements to its predecessor, and therefore makes a best-seller an even more compelling prospect. Of the new upgrades, the most welcome is without a doubt the inclusion of HD...

Massive 20x range with 28mm wide angle., Fully articulated 2.5in screen., 720p HD video with decent sound., Flash hotshoe and HDMI port

Fringing around high contrast subjects., No RAW recording., Slow continuous shooting – just 1fps., Handy sound recorder of SX10 has gone

Oct, 2009

Expert review by : Digital Camera Review (digitalcamerareview.com)

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Review

 

When Canon introduced the SX10 IS, its 20x zoom closed that gap on the competition at the time. Since then the ultrazoom lens envelope has been pushed out to 24 and 26x (and 624 and 676mm, respectively), while Canon's just introduced successor to the...

Good image and color quality, Good HD video quality, Good shutter lag and AF acquisition times, Good range of user-established settings for manual shooting modes

Lens is slower than competition at telephoto, Monitor smaller than competition, Provided user's manual useless for anything beyond full auto shooting

Sep, 2009

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