As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS is also often compared to mirrorless, pro digicams, travel zooms, entry-level DSLRs and boutiques. The Canon PowerShot SX20 IS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SX60 HS and the PowerShot S5 IS) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-ZS3 and the Lumix DMC-FZ28)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX20 IS compared to other super zoom competitors include: it is newer (august 2009 vs september 2008), supports an external flash and has a faster max shutter speed (1/3200 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 460k dots), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and lacks and external mic jack.

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
5 years newer
$431 - $449

Significant advantages of the SX60 HS (vs the SX20 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 21 mm vs 28 mm
  • Much higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the SX60 HS (vs the SX20 IS)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the SX60 HS and SX20 IS

  • Fairly small: Large (128×93×114 mm) vs Prosumer size (128×88×87 mm)
  • Light weight: 650 g vs 600 g
  • Thin: 4.5" vs 3.4"

Canon PowerShot S5 IS

Canon PowerShot S5 IS
2 years older
$281

Significant advantages of the S5 IS (vs the SX20 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S5 IS (vs the SX20 IS)

  • Much worse wide angle: 36 mm vs 28 mm
  • Much shorter battery life: 170 shots vs 340 shots

common strengths of the S5 IS and SX20 IS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (117×80×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (128×88×87 mm)
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 3.4"
  • Light weight: 550 g vs 600 g

Fujifilm X-S1

Fujifilm X-S1
2 years newer
$1,043

Significant advantages of the X-S1 (vs the SX20 IS)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the X-S1 (vs the SX20 IS)

  • Significantly larger: Large (135×107×149 mm) vs Prosumer size (128×88×87 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 5.9" vs 3.4"
  • Heavier: 920 g vs 600 g

common strengths of the X-S1 and SX20 IS

  • Each supports an external flash

Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

Canon PowerShot SX10 IS
1 year older
$519

Significant advantages of the SX10 IS (vs the SX20 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SX10 IS (vs the SX20 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the SX10 IS and SX20 IS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (128×88×87 mm) vs Prosumer size (128×88×87 mm)
  • Thin: 3.4" vs 3.4"
  • Light weight: 600 g vs 600 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28
1 year older
$700

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ28 (vs the SX20 IS)

  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 15 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ28 (vs the SX20 IS)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • No external flash support
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the DMC-FZ28 and SX20 IS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (118×75×89 mm) vs Prosumer size (128×88×87 mm)
  • Light weight: 417 g vs 600 g
  • Thin: 3.5" vs 3.4"

Canon PowerShot S1 IS

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5 years older

Significant advantages of the S1 IS (vs the SX20 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S1 IS (vs the SX20 IS)

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 28 mm
  • Much smaller screen: 1.5" vs 2.5"
  • Significantly lower true resolution: 3.1 MP vs 9.8 MP

common strengths of the S1 IS and SX20 IS

  • Fairly small: Standard size (111×78×66 mm) vs Prosumer size (128×88×87 mm)
  • Thin: 2.6" vs 3.4"
  • Light weight: 469 g vs 600 g

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX20 IS compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), has a screen which flips out and supports an external flash.

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 24 MP) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
4 years newer
$379 - $498 (body only)
$479 - $598 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the SX20 IS)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the SX20 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the A6000 and SX20 IS

  • Very good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Each has a built-in flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10
6 months newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-G10 (vs the SX20 IS)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-G10 (vs the SX20 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the DMC-G10 and SX20 IS

  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100
5 years newer
$363 - $448 (body only)
$450 - $548 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5100 (vs the SX20 IS)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the A5100 (vs the SX20 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the A5100 and SX20 IS

  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX20 IS compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a significantly wider wide angle lens (28 mm vs 35 mm), has a much larger screen (2.5" vs 1.8"), is significantly smaller (prosumer size (128×88×87 mm) vs large (129×161×104 mm)), has image stabilization (lens vs none) and takes slightly higher resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 4.9 MP).

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm vs 2/3" 8.8x6.6mm), has a significantly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/2), has fewer storage slots (1 vs 2) and significantly shorter exposures (15 seconds vs 60 seconds).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F828

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6 years older

Significant advantages of the DSC-F828 (vs the SX20 IS)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-F828 (vs the SX20 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 2.5"
  • Significantly larger: Large (134×91×156 mm) vs Prosumer size (128×88×87 mm)

common strengths of the DSC-F828 and SX20 IS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Support external flash
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Olympus E-20

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8 years older

Significant advantages of the E-20 (vs the SX20 IS)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 15 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the E-20 (vs the SX20 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 28 mm
  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 2.5"

common strengths of the E-20 and SX20 IS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Support external flash
  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Digital

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX20 IS compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.3), has a screen which flips out, has a significantly longer battery life (340 shots vs 140 shots), has a viewfinder (digital vs none) and supports an external flash.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a significantly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 460k dots), is slightly larger (prosumer size (128×88×87 mm) vs compact (103×60×33 mm)) and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3
6 months older

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS3 (vs the SX20 IS)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Smaller: Compact (103×60×33 mm) vs Prosumer size (128×88×87 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS3 (vs the SX20 IS)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.3 vs f/2.8
  • Screen does not flip out
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the DMC-ZS3 and SX20 IS

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30
3 years newer
$396

Significant advantages of the ZS30 (vs the SX20 IS)

  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the ZS30 (vs the SX20 IS)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.3 vs f/2.8
  • Screen does not flip out
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the ZS30 and SX20 IS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Canon PowerShot SX160 IS
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the SX160 IS (vs the SX20 IS)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Lighter: 291 g vs 600 g
  • Thinner: 1.7" vs 3.4"

Significant disadvantages of the SX160 IS (vs the SX20 IS)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Screen does not flip out
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the SX160 IS and SX20 IS

  • Great battery life: 380 shots vs 340 shots
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Canon PowerShot SX110 IS

Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
1 year older

Significant advantages of the SX110 IS (vs the SX20 IS)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Lighter: 285 g vs 600 g
  • Thinner: 1.8" vs 3.4"

Significant disadvantages of the SX110 IS (vs the SX20 IS)

  • Much worse wide angle: 36 mm vs 28 mm
  • Much shorter battery life: 140 shots vs 340 shots
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the SX110 IS and SX20 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8

Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

Canon PowerShot SX150 IS
2 years newer
$255

Significant advantages of the SX150 IS (vs the SX20 IS)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Lighter: 306 g vs 600 g
  • Thinner: 1.8" vs 3.4"

Significant disadvantages of the SX150 IS (vs the SX20 IS)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.8
  • Much shorter battery life: 110 shots vs 340 shots
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the SX150 IS and SX20 IS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS
5 months newer
$499

Significant advantages of the SX210 IS (vs the SX20 IS)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Smaller: Compact (106×59×32 mm) vs Prosumer size (128×88×87 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.3" vs 3.4"

Significant disadvantages of the SX210 IS (vs the SX20 IS)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • No external flash support
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the SX210 IS and SX20 IS

  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX20 IS compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs none), has image stabilization (lens vs none), has a screen which flips out and is newer (august 2009 vs march 2007).

However, on average it has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 24.1 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (0.7 fps vs 4 fps).

Nikon D40X

Nikon D40X
2 years older
$266 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D40X (vs the SX20 IS)

  • Much higher true resolution: 10 MP vs 9.8 MP
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the D40X (vs the SX20 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the D40X and SX20 IS

  • None found

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
2 years newer
$550 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the SX20 IS)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 9.8 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the SX20 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the D3200 and SX20 IS

  • None found

Nikon D3000

Nikon D3000
similar age
$637 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3000 (vs the SX20 IS)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Much higher true resolution: 10 MP vs 9.8 MP
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital

Significant disadvantages of the D3000 (vs the SX20 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the D3000 and SX20 IS

  • None found

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
3 years older

Significant advantages of the Rebel XTi (vs the SX20 IS)

  • Much higher true resolution: 10.1 MP vs 9.8 MP
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel XTi (vs the SX20 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the Rebel XTi and SX20 IS

  • None found

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX20 IS compared to boutique competitors include: it has way more more zoom (20x vs 4x), has a screen which flips out and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/1.7), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 46.7 MP) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 50,000 ISO).

Canon PowerShot G1X

Canon PowerShot G1X
2 years newer
$695

Significant advantages of the G1X (vs the SX20 IS)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the G1X (vs the SX20 IS)

  • Much less zoom: 4x vs 20x
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 250 shots vs 340 shots

common strengths of the G1X and SX20 IS

  • Incredible zoom: 4x vs 20x
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Flip-out screens

Leica Q2

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9 years newer
$4,995

Significant advantages of the Q2 (vs the SX20 IS)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.7 vs f/2.8
  • Shoots much faster: 20 fps vs 0.7 fps
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the Q2 (vs the SX20 IS)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • No built-in flash
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the Q2 and SX20 IS

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens