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 ProcessorCanon'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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from Seattle, WA
About Me Casual Photographer
Comments about Canon Powershot SX20 IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera:
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.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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About Me Photo Enthusiast
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!!
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Good all around camera
from The Villages, FL
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.
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This is as close as I could get with the macro
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Powershot SX20 IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera
from New York
Family pics and sporting events
from Milwaukee, WI
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.
Outstanding camera for travel
from Pacific Northwest
About Me Semi-pro Photographer
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.
Simple to use, yet full of features
from Collinsville, OK
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.
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I love my new camera!
from Orange Park, FL
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.
Very satisfied with image and video quality. Awesome zoom. Clear images.
I love this camera!
from upstate NY
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 .