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Powershot SX20 IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera
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Canon Powershot SX20 IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera

Discontinued.
Condition: Brand new, USA Warranty
Limited Time Offer! $50 instant-rebate on this camera off 399.00 thru 10-30-2010

Discover the HD Difference.
With the classically stylish PowerShot SX20 IS, you can produce magnificent HD movies and dazzling photos. Loaded with features, it's got a high-powered 20x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer, 12.1 Megapixels, a big 2.5-inch Vari-Angle LCD, Blink Detection and more.

Powerful Zoom, True-to-Life Imaging.
This high-powered 20x Wide-angle Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer reduces camera shake so you achieve magnificent images whether you are up close or far away. The PowerShot SX20 IS is equipped with a 20x Optical Zoom lens with a focal length of 5.0 - 100mm (35mm equivalent: 28 - 560mm) that allows you to shoot any scene from wide-angle to telephoto. The camera uses a VCM (Voice Coil Motor) for high-speed, quiet, energy-efficient lens movement with precise control. Focal length is conveniently indicated on the lens barrel.

The lens is optimized to fully exploit its zoom length and wide shooting angle in concert with the camera's high 12.1 Megapixel resolution. UD glass effectively suppresses chromatic aberration, while enhanced negative refractive power ensures that distortion at the wide-angle is also corrected. Further aberration is controlled with the inclusion of a double-sided aspherical glass-molded lens and ultra-high refraction index lens.

Create HD Movies with Your Camera.
Provides flexibility to use the optical zoom while shooting superb 720p HD movies with stereo sound so you can fully capture those fun, memorable moments, with an HDMI output connector for easy playback on your HDTV. If you long for the convenience of an advanced still camera that also creates superb movies, the new PowerShot SX20 IS lets you record video in beautiful high definition (1280 x 720 pixels). The camera also makes it easy to enjoy HD movies (and still photos) on your HDTV with a mini-HDMI connector for direct connection to a high-definition monitor. You'll enjoy the HD experience with no degradation of image or audio in the signal, plus the ability to display up to 130 thumbnails at once.

Instant Creative Control.
Improved Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 22 predefined shooting situations. Just set the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS to Smart AUTO and you're ready for maximum enjoyment from your picture taking every time. It's a relaxing and satisfying way to shoot because you can completely concentrate on your subject knowing that the camera has the technical details covered. Advanced Canon technology intelligently analyzes your situation and shooting conditions. Then it automatically selects an appropriate setting from 22 specially defined settings. So whether you're photographing flowers, a captivating sunset, or your friends at the park, you can be confident that you're getting dramatic, memorable images.

Value to Spare.
This classically styled DIGIC 4 Image Processor, 12.1 Megapixel camera is a perfect device for any shooter! The PowerShot SX20 IS is equipped with many of the same features as a higher-end camera: an ultra-powerful zoom, eye-popping resolution and advanced picture-improving technology. 12.1 Megapixels of resolution gives your photography incomparable depth and ensures that any section of any shot can be enlarged and cropped with no loss in quality when you edit the image even if you choose to print the image. It can create crisp, clear 13" x 19" posters.

DIGIC 4 Image Processor
Canon's proprietary DIGIC Image Processors have long set its cameras apart from the competition, and the new DIGIC 4 sets the bar even higher. Faster, more accurate noise reduction delivers better image quality, even at high ISO speeds.

iSAPS Technology is an entirely original scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the advanced DIGIC 4 Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

A Big Vari-angle LCD Shows Details.
Large 2.5-inch Vari-angle LCD enables easy viewing. The camera's 2.5-inch Purecolor System LCD screen gives you the big picture, whether you're shooting, reviewing or showing off your images. This high-resolution screen offers a crisp, clear picture to make shooting, playback and using the camera's menu functions especially convenient. Clear and bright, it also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light. It also has an electronic viewfinder that provides sharp images when you shoot close-up with Super Macro shooting mode.

Power on the Go.
This AA battery powered camera enables you to easily power up. Conveniently, you don't need to worry about running out of batteries or having to recharging them. Since AA-size batteries can be purchased at any store, simply get new ones locally wherever you go - no special power adapters or chargers are needed.

Dimensions (WxHxD)
4.88 x 3.48 x 3.42 in./124.0 x 88.3 x 86.9mm

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5 out of 5 stars   Great Value
By Shooter (Seattle, WA) September 15, 2010
Review submitted for Canon Powershot SX20 IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera (CNPSSX20ISK)
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Pros: Good in Low Light, Easy To Use, Good Image Stabilization, Nice Body Color, Large Clear LCD, Good Image Quality, Great Zoom
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Other Comments: I use this camera for work and it does all I could ask. The wide angle is of particular help and use. Great picture quality and ease of use.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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3 out of 5 stars   Disappointing
By gslide (Rome,GA) September 06, 2010
Review submitted for Canon Powershot SX20 IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera (CNPSSX20ISK)
Pros: Great Zoom, Nice Body Color
Cons: Poor Image Stabilization, Long lag time shutter delay
Other Comments: In auto mode image stabilization was ineffective especially indoors wirthout a flsh but not much better with a flash. Lag time is very slow....My Fuji 1200 was about 50% faster!!
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3 out of 5 stars   Good all around camera
By Jerry (The Villages, FL) September 04, 2010
Review submitted for Canon Powershot SX20 IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera (CNPSSX20ISK)
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Pros: Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light
Cons: Difficult to Use, Limited Zoom, Limited focus for Macro
Other Comments: Love the focus to 0. But disappointed that the macro and Super macro cannot focus closer. I can focus as close on auto. Not what I bought the camera for.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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4 out of 5 stars   Powershot SX20 IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera
By Laura (New York) September 02, 2010
Review submitted for Canon Powershot SX20 IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera (CNPSSX20ISK)
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Pros: Short Lag Time, Great Zoom, Nice Body Color, Good Image Stabilization
Cons: Too Large / Bulky
Other Comments: Family pics and sporting events
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Outstanding camera for travel
By Danspar (Pacific Northwest) August 02, 2010
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Pros: Great Zoom, Short Lag Time, Nice Body Color, Good in Low Light, Good Image Stabilization
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Other Comments: I like to travel light so instead of bringing my DLSR and various lenses I pack this jewel. Manageable size and runs on AA batteries. I bring my little AA charger but also a small pack of alkaline AAs which makes the power supply easy. Wide to super zoom capabilities plus extensive manual control makes this camera the all purpose unit for my needs.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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4 out of 5 stars   Great buy....
By Jules11 (Milwaukee, WI) August 02, 2010
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Pros: Nice Body Color, Great Zoom, Good in Low Light, Good Image Stabilization
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Other Comments: I just started using the camera on our recent vacation. Although I am still learning, I found the camera easy to use and easy to remedy mistakes I made.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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4 out of 5 stars   Simple to use, yet full of features
By Bart (Collinsville, OK) August 01, 2010
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Pros: Great Zoom, Good Image Stabilization
Cons: Heavy bulky
Other Comments: I'm definitely a novice when it comes to photography, so I wanted a simple camera. This one fits the bill, yet there are many advanced features that I plan to use as I get more familiar with them. Takes great pics, whether you're shooting scenery, people or whatever. I love it.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   I love my new camera!
By Louise (Orange Park, FL) July 28, 2010
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Pros: Short Lag Time, Good Image Stabilization, Nice Body Color, Good in Low Light, Great Zoom
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Other Comments: I travel a lot and am looking forward to taking this great zoom capability and image excellence with me on a trip without all the bulk and weight of my digital SLR and assorted lenses. I do wish they had included a printed manual like they used to.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Great camera
By Kim (Michigan) July 27, 2010
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Pros: Good Image Stabilization, Great Zoom, Great video, Easy to download, Nice Body Color
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Other Comments: Very satisfied with image and video quality. Awesome zoom. Clear images.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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4 out of 5 stars   I love this camera!
By halfpint (upstate NY) July 09, 2010
Review submitted for Canon Powershot SX20 IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera (CNPSSX20ISK)
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Pros: Good in Low Light, Great Zoom, Good Image Stabilization, Nice Body Color
Cons: Short Battery Life
Other Comments: Ordered this camera for Father's Day gift for my husband and left for 2 week Alaska trip.Great camera. Rechargable batteries do not last as long as special digital ones and difficult to plug in on long road trip .
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Excellent Choice, Good Price
By Paudy (Yorktown, VA) July 02, 2010
Review submitted for Canon Powershot SX20 IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera (CNPSSX20ISK)
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Pros: Nice Body Color, Good Image Stabilization, Great Zoom, Good in Low Light
Cons: Short Battery Life
Other Comments: This camera is my daughter's choice. She did many hours of research online and at brick and mortar stores. She is very happy with her choice. She is 18 and a trained semi-pro photographer.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Best camera ever!
By ablackandtandoxie (San Jose, CA) June 24, 2010
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Pros: Good Image Stabilization, Nice Body Color, Good in Low Light, Great Zoom, Short Lag Time
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Other Comments: This is the best camera I have ever had. If you are looking for a good zoom lens without having to changes lens, this is the camera for you!
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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4 out of 5 stars   Solid performer for midrange
By Downcharlestown (New York, NY) June 20, 2010
Review submitted for Canon Powershot SX20 IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera (CNPSSX20ISK)
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Pros: Good in Low Light, Nice Video, Great Zoom
Cons: Slow focus, Slow intershot recovery
Other Comments: This camera was a replacement for the very first model in this line, a S1 IS purchased in around 2003 that stopped working. I loved that camera, which was innovative at the time and took excellent pictures with only a 3.2 megapixel sensor (which was small even in those days). The SX20 IS is a fine replacement but doesn't excite me as much. It's been overloaded with features and menu items that are difficult to figure out and seem largely unnecessary. The lack of a paper manual is also a drag; with the old one, I kept the nicely-sized manual right in the case. With the new one, you can print it out but unless you have a binding shop forget about a format that will allow it to fit in the bag. The quality of this camera is very good but doesn't blow me away. The pictures are sharp and have good color (which I expect for this price), but notably less sharp than my low-end DSLR (an Olympus E300). What seems odd about this camera is that its image stabilization and outfocus both seem to have regressed from the days of my old S1 IS (not as effective on the first, slower on the second). The video on this unit is nice, and I have been pleased especially how well it works in low light (the screen helpfully shows the scene in a brighter mode than it actually exists). Although as advertised you can take a still during a video shoot, it interrupts the video in an obvious and glaring way. Overall, this is about what I expected. It is a highly competitive ultrazoom with nice optics, it has a viewfinder (mandatory for me), takes good pictures, has enough flexibility to adjust exposure focus and composition for a moderately sophisticated amateur photographer like me, and shoot nice video.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Best camera i have bought yet.
By Dustin (Chicago, IL) June 06, 2010
Review submitted for Canon Powershot SX20 IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera (CNPSSX20ISK)
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Pros: Short Lag Time, GoodInLowLightWithFlash, Good Image Stabilization, Great Zoom, Nice Body Color
Cons: Flash recharge
Other Comments: I really enjoy this camera. if you have shakey hands it will cause blurry pictures.. image stability does work and in low light conditions have a tendency to blur with out the use of flash.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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4 out of 5 stars   Overall Great Camera!
By Mirage790 (Michigan, USA) May 23, 2010
Review submitted for Canon Powershot SX20 IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera (CNPSSX20ISK)
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Pros: Good in Low Light, Short Lag Time, Good Image Stabilization, Great Zoom
Cons: Washed out looking pics, Dificult to hold
Other Comments: I'm the kind of person who loves to take photos, anywhere and any time. This camera is a little larger than I'd have liked, but having owned a PowerShot A80 for many, many years until it finally died, I purchased this one to replace it because so many of the features were similar but vastly improved. I use rechargeable AA batteries and battery life is excellent. I love the flippable LCD screen so photos can be taken from otherwise inaccessible angles. To be able to zoom in and out while in movie mode is a real plus, and the HD movies are phenomenal! My only complaints are that the outdoor photos taken in AUTO mode seem to lack the brilliance of color that my old A80 had and appear somewhat washed out, and it is hard to hold without hitting a button you don't mean to hit, but I have small hands so maybe that's my problem. I also wish the Manual came printed out rather than only on the software. Other than that I LOVE this camera!
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   FANTASTIC!
By Billy birdman (Big Sur, CA) May 22, 2010
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Pros: Good in Low Light, Good Image Stabilization, Great Zoom, Short Lag Time
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Other Comments: I use this camera primarily for wildlife photos, especially birds, while outdoors. Thus, I need good image stabilization for zoom pics without tripod. I like to photo birds on the fly, so I like the short shutter lag of this camera.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Techno challenged? Buy this camera.
By Left Hand (Denver, Colorado) May 21, 2010
Review submitted for Canon Powershot SX20 IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera (CNPSSX20ISK)
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Pros: Good Image Stabilization, Nice Body Color, Great Zoom, Short Lag Time, Good in Low Light, Large viewing screen, GREAT PICTURE QUALITY
Cons: NO COMPLAINTS
Other Comments: The best thing about this camera is that it is easy to use. Not overly burdened with too many features the average person would not use. I love it.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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2 out of 5 stars   Just missed a lot of shots with manual..
By The Flasher (Red House, WV) May 15, 2010
Review submitted for Canon Powershot SX20 IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera (CNPSSX20ISK)
Pros: Great Zoom, Good Image Stabilization
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Other Comments: Great camera. Today I missed a bunch of shots because I couldn't figure out how to make the flash work. School reunion. Haven't seen these people in 30 years. A paper manual would have solved the problem. Once I got home, I consulted the computer manual and found out right away that for the first time in 20 years of using Canon film and digital cameras, instead of pushing a button to deploy the flash, you must physically pull it up. Sounds simple right? A paper manual would have told me of this change and I could have used my camera today. Great camera, bad documentation.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Very cool camera
By Roger (San Angelo, TX) May 08, 2010
Review submitted for Canon Powershot SX20 IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera (CNPSSX20ISK)
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Pros: Low noise, Great Zoom, Good Image Stabilization, Very sharp
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Other Comments: Super Camera. You won't be disappointed.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   great pictures for the price
By stasys (ny) May 02, 2010
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Pros: Great Zoom
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Other Comments: Great pictures for the price,great value high quality.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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