Summary Canon SX20 IS

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Specifications Key specs
Help 20x
Screen size
Help 2.5"
Help f/2.8
Screen resolution
Help 230k dots
Wide angle
Help 28 mm
Movie format
Help 720p @ 30fps
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Canon PowerShot SX20 ISCanon PowerShot SX20 IS


Canon has replaced the PowerShot SX20 IS with the SX30 IS.

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
Canon PowerShot SX30 IS announced September 2010
Wide angle Better wide angle
Zoom More zoom
Screen size Larger screen

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Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS.


Canon SX20 Lake Bird Sample
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Canon SX20 Zoom Sample
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  • 720p HD
  • Manual focus
  • Autofocus


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The Canon SX20 IS vs other recent digicams

Aperture Wide aperture Help
Macro focus Great macro Help
0.0 cm
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies
External flash External flash Help
Better lighting
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/3200 of a second


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The Canon SX20 IS vs other recent digicams

Size Slightly large Help
Prosumer size (128×88×87 mm)
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
0.7 fps
Supports 24p No 24p movies Help
Missing that film look
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Sensor type Sensor type Help
Announced Old Help
August 2009
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
Weight Heavy Help
600 g
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
Not supported
Startup delay Longer startup delay Help
2400 ms startup delay
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Sensor size Slightly smaller than average sensor Help
1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
Shutter lag Poor shutter lag Help
540 ms shutter lag
Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity Help
Thickness Thick Help
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The Canon SX20 IS vs other recent super zooms

Zoom Poor zoom Help
Wide angle Poor wide angle lens Help
28 mm
Screen size Very small screen Help
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Movie format HD movies Help
720p @ 30fps
Screen resolution Low resolution screen Help
230k dots
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
1,600 ISO
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post


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Canon PowerShot SX20 IS
PowerShot SX20 IS

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Avatar for pragati gunasekar pragati gunasekar (4:19 AM, April 11, 2012)
I just want to know ,if this CANON powershot SX20 IS is a DSLR??? if not, can i fix any interchangeable lens to make it a DSLR/SLR ? or do i have any option or manual settings to shoot potraits/people with blurred background (apart from macro and super macro mode)...?
Avatar for stevotomo stevotomo (0:32 PM, June 29, 2011)

The Canon SX20is is a lovely camera to hold. The images so
far that I have taken are varied in quality. The macro is great, overall not a
bad camera. The image below has been reduced in size for uploading.

ADELEK (9:15 AM, December 25, 2010)
great zoom $ features but poor image quality:(
B. (2:42 PM, November 09, 2010)
I got Canon SX20 IS and Nikon P100 for a weekend and compared them both. At the same time, a friend of mine took Sony HX-1. So, I had the chance to compare 3 of them at the same time, on a weekend. I have to admit that they are quite close. However, I realized that Canon captures the details in low light, much better than Nikon P100, even if Nikon is using a CMOS sensor. Also, the colors in Nikon, were shifting more towards greenish! So, I returned Nikon P100, as I also noticed that in order to charge the battery, I had to keep Nikon connected to the charger, which means that, even if I have an extra battery, I cannot use it! (Canon uses AA batteries, and you can have 3-4 sets of cheap rechargable AA batteries)

As for Sony HX-1, it is a very fun Camera to play with, especially with the panoramic mode. The Canon SX20 stitch mode is not as fun. However, you can use it in the low light with Flash, and with Sony HX-1 you can not use panoramic with flash. I found both Canon SX20 and Sony HX1 quality quite close. However, on a larger screen, due to a higher resolution, Canon SX20 looked better.

Sony HX-1, takes good Automatic mode pictures in the low light, because of the CMOS sensor. However, if you know how to play manually with Canon SX20, you can take comparable pictures, if not better.
Dev (4:09 PM, August 31, 2010)
Why in the world would all flip screens not be like this one? I love that the Sony and Nikon flip screens allow you to shoot high and low, but this one allows you to also take photos of yourself with good framing or be able to see the composition when taking a timed photo. It's a great idea and I am baffled as to why Canon is the only company doing it.