The Canon PowerShot S20 is mostly gets compared to super zooms, pro digicams, compacts and entry-level DSLRs. The Canon PowerShot S20's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot ELPH 110 HS and the PowerShot S30) and Fujifilm (such as the FinePix S4800)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon S20 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.1), is slightly smaller (mid size (106×70×34 mm) vs professional size (122×93×100 mm)), is thinner (1.3" vs 3.9"), is slightly lighter (320 g vs 518 g) and has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (32 mm vs 24 mm), has a much smaller screen (1.8" vs 3"), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes significantly lower resolution photos (3.1 MP vs 9.7 MP) and is older (january 2000 vs january 2013).

Fujifilm FinePix S4800

Fujifilm FinePix S4800
13 years newer

Significant advantages of the S4800 (vs the S20)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 32 mm
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.8"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the S4800 (vs the S20)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (122×93×100 mm) vs Mid size (106×70×34 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 3.9" vs 1.3"
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the S4800 and S20

  • Fairly small: Professional size (122×93×100 mm) vs Mid size (106×70×34 mm)
  • Thin: 3.9" vs 1.3"
  • Light weight: 518 g vs 320 g

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon S20 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller sensor (1/1.8" 7.18x5.32mm vs 1" 13.2x8.8mm), has a slightly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/1.8), has a significantly smaller screen (1.8" vs 3"), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (3.1 MP vs 20 MP).

Canon PowerShot S30

Canon PowerShot S30
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the S30 (vs the S20)

  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/1500 of a second vs 1/1000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the S30 (vs the S20)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 32 mm

common strengths of the S30 and S20

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
13 years newer
$598

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 II (vs the S20)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly larger sensor: 1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/1.8" 7.18x5.32mm

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 II (vs the S20)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 II and S20

  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon S20 compared to compact competitors include: it has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (32 mm vs 24 mm), has a much smaller screen (1.8" vs 3"), is much larger (mid size (106×70×34 mm) vs super compact (93×57×20 mm)), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (3.1 MP vs 9.7 MP).

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS
12 years newer
$299

Significant advantages of the ELPH 110 HS (vs the S20)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 32 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.8"

Significant disadvantages of the ELPH 110 HS (vs the S20)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the ELPH 110 HS and S20

  • Wide aperture: f/2.7 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon S20 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it is much smaller (mid size (106×70×34 mm) vs professional size (132×101×78 mm)), is thinner (1.3" vs 3.1") and is significantly lighter (320 g vs 555 g).

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (1.8" vs 3"), takes much lower resolution photos (3.1 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (0.8 fps vs 5 fps).

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
15 years newer
$549 (body only)
$729 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

Significant advantages of the T6i (vs the S20)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 3.1 MP
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.8"
  • Has a through-the-lens viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Tunnel

Significant disadvantages of the T6i (vs the S20)

  • Much larger: Professional size (132×101×78 mm) vs Mid size (106×70×34 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.3"
  • Significantly heavier: 555 g vs 320 g

common strengths of the T6i and S20

  • None found