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Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Black 12.1 MP 20X Optical Zoom 28mm Wide Angle Digital Camera

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  • 1/2.3" CCD 12.1 MP
  • 20X Optical Zoom
  • 28mm Wide Angle
  • Optical Image Stabilizer System
  • 2.5" 230K Vari-Angle LCD

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Advanced amateurs looking to upgrade their cameras will find the PowerShot SX20 IS a versatile solution. Don’t be limited by your equipment when you frame shots. The SX20 IS offers high-powered 20X wide-angle optical zoom so you can take beautiful panoramas or get up close and personal. The 12.1MP resolution ensures your subject will look crystal clear no matter the distance. Best of all, Optical Image Stabilizer compensates for camera shake when you don’t have a tripod.

The SX20 IS also doubles as a high-definition camcorder. Capture memories in crisp 720p and stereo audio then attach your camera to a compatible HDTV with the mini-HDMI connection to share the fun. Whether you’re shooting still images or video, everything you record will great due to Smart AUTO technology that selects the best settings for your camera depending on the scene.

Distinguishing the SX20 IS from other cameras is the DIGIC 4 Image Processor that automatically finds the right settings based on an internal database of thousands of photographs. The result is less blur, intelligent contrast correction and reduced noise in your images. Take the next step to professional photography with the PowerShot SX20 IS today!

  • newegg 12.1 Megapixel Image Sensor The Canon PowerShot SX20 IS features an amazing 12.1 megapixel effective CCD to provide outstanding clarity and quality image detail with unparalleled richness and depth, and the ultimate flexibility in enlarging and cropping shots.
  • newegg 20X Wide-angle Zoom Lens Equipped with a Canon 20X wide-angle zoom lens, the PowerShot SX20 IS handles both wide-scene and close-up shots. Get the whole family and lots of friends into one shot at the 28mm wide-angle end, or take extreme close-ups via up to 80X zoom capability (20X optical zoom multiplies 4X digital zoom).
  • newegg DIGIC 4 Image Processor Canon’s state-of-the-art DIGIC 4 image processor increases the speed and performance of the PowerShot SX20 IS, and enables other advanced features such as Face Detection, Servo AF, Face Detection Self-Timer and Intelligent Contrast Correction for greater flexibility.
  • newegg HD Movie Recording with HDMI Output The Canon PowerShot SX20 IS is capable of recording stunning HD movie clips at up to 1280 x 720 at 30 fps. It connects directly to your HDTV via a built-in mini-HDMI connector for full-screen high-definition enjoyment.
  • newegg High-quality 2.5" Vari-angle LCD Screen The Canon PowerShot SX20 IS features a big 2.5-inch LCD to display large pictures whether shooting, reviewing or showing off images. A Night Display feature is added for easy viewing in low light. With the vari-angle design, swivel the LCD screen 180° to the front of the camera and display either a mirror image or a non-reversed image so you can shoot from just about any position.
  • newegg Image Stabilizer Canon Optical Image Stabilizer technology ensures awesome-steady shooting with phenomenal picture clarity even when you are in motion.

Learn more about the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS


PowerShot SX Series
PowerShot SX20 IS



Image Sensor

Image Sensor
1/2.3" CCD
Gross Pixels
12.4 MP
Effective Pixels
12.1 MP
Image Stabilization
Optical Image Stabilizer System


Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Wide Angle
Focal Length
f=5.0 - 100 mm (35mm equivalent: 28-560mm)
f/2.8 - 5.7


Shutter Speed
15-1/3,200 sec. (settable in Tv and M)
Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Face Detection Self-timer, Custom


Focus Type
TTL Autofocus
Normal Focus Range
1.6 ft./50cm-infinity (W)
3.3 ft./1m-infinity (T)
Macro Focus Range
3.9 in.-1.6 ft./10-50cm (W)

Super macro: 0-3.9 in./0-10cm (W)


Flash Mode
Auto, Auto w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash Off; FE lock, Safety FE, Slow Synchro
Flash Range
1.6-22 ft./50cm-6.8m (W), 3.3-12 ft./1.0-3.7m (T) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)


Exposure Control
Program AE, i-Contrast, Manual; AE Lock, Program Shift, Safety Shift, Auto ISO Shift
Exposure Compensation
-2 EV to +2 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Metering System
Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**
*Facial brightness is also evaluated in Face Detect.
** Metering frame is fixed to the center/linked to AF frame
Auto*, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent
(Standard output sensitivity. Recommended exposure index)
*Camera automatically sets the optical ISO speed according to shooting mode and subject brightness. The ISO speed also varies according to subject movement and camera shake when the shooting mode is set to Auto.

White Balance

White Balance
Auto*, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash), Custom
* The color of faces is evaluated in Face Detect.

Viewfinder & Monitor

2.5" 230K Vari-Angle


Continuous Drive
Normal: approx. 1.0 fps
AF: approx. 0.7 fps
LV: approx. 0.7 fps (Large/Fine)
Shooting Modes
Auto, P, Av, Tv, M, C, Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Special Scene (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Aquarium, Night Scene, Indoor, ISO 3200, Color Accent, Color Swap), Super Macro, Night Snapshot, Stitch Assist, Movie
Color Mode
My Colors Off, Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Custom
Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Resume, My Category, Transition Effects, Histogram, Index (4-130 thumbnails), Over Exposure Warning, Slide Show, Red-eye Correction, Trimming, Resize, Image Inspection Tool, i-Contrast;
Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Editing, Auto Rotate, Resume

Recording System

File Formats
Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1
Storage Media
SD / SDHC / MMC / MMC+ / HC MMC+ Card


Movie Format
MOV (Image: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM (Monaural))
Movie Recording
1280 x 720 HD @ 30 fps available up to 4GB or 29 minutes, 59 sec.
640 x 480 @ 30 fps, 320 x 240 @ 30 fps available up to 4GB or 60 minutes
Max. Recording Resolutions
1280 x 720




4 x AA Batteries


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.
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.
Improved Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 22 predefined shooting situations.
This classically styled DIGIC 4 Image Processor, 12.1 Megapixel camera is a perfect device for any shooter!
Large 2.5" Vari-angle LCD enables easy viewing.
This AA battery powered camera enables you to easily power up.

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions (WxHxD)
4.88" x 3.48" x 3.42"
Approx. 19.8 oz./560g (camera body only)
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4/ 5
Not so hot for Macro

Comments: I guess I bought this too soon. I had no idea Canon was going to replace it so fast and move on as if it never existed-- Newegg, too! Waiting a couple of months would have brought the SX30 for the same price.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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2/ 5
Great in Broad Daylight

Pros: Simple daylight shots in program mode seemed fine. The fact that any information you need regarding the operation is tucked away on a CD is a definite drawback. Newegg was great in taking this back without incident so I will definitely try this again with another model.

Cons: I found indoor situations or distance situations difficult to focus correctly. The pictures were grainy and frankly I bought this type of camera to get high end results in a point and shoot format. I have a small another point and shoot that only has a 3X zoom so I wanted a greater zoom, but that camera outperformed this in low light situations. There is no "available light" setting so it always was looking for a flash assistance.

Other Thoughts: The camera also seemed to set the resolution on it's own. I could not figure that out but even with the lower rez and using a high speed (data transfer) memory card I always got a "please wait" after taking a shot so there was no opportunity for continues shooting.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
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5/ 5
Canon Powershot

Pros: Easy to use. Excellent quality pictures.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I love this camera!

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2/ 5
Camera not for me

Pros: The 20x zoom is capable of getting shots that would otherwise be missed.The battery life is outstanding.It has a good solid feel to it.My wife loves the camera and I bought it for her.

Cons: I know its not fair to compare this 400 dollar camera to my 1200 dollar Nikon D90 but I have to say I have not seen one photo from this camera that is super sharp.The auto focus is just not there.The photos just lack too much detail for my likes.I have taken hundreds of photos on all settings and my wife has taken a couple of thousand photos and not one photo has impressed me except the long range telephoto shots and even those are very grainy.

Other Thoughts: If you are looking for a camera that will take very sharp and detailed photos keep looking.If you will be satisfied like my wife just taking snap shots and long range shots that are very grainy,than I guess this camera will meet your needs.

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4/ 5
No completely satisified

Pros: Camera does everything that I wanted plus so much more. It takes very good pictures with good accurate colors when shooting outside without the flash.

Cons: The user's guide is on the CD. If you choose to print it out you are looking at 180 pages. No option on Canon's website to purchase a paper copy of the manual.

Using the flash resulted in excessive red flesh tones on several peoples faces when using the camera in the automatic mode. I haven't tried the same test using the portrait mode or the manual mode. I suspect that it will be necessary to purchase an external flash.

The lens cap has a clip that permits you to attach it to the strap when shooting. I would have preferred a tether.

The packaging was about the worst I have ever seen. The box that it was shipped in was too big, but rather than fill it up with additional packing material the ends of the box were caved in and secured with tape. I was really frightened to open up the package because of how it looked.

Other Thoughts: It would have been nice for the camera to have had some amount of internal memory. Especially since the camera ships without a SD/SDHC card. As it is, Canon sends you 4 AA batteries but the camera is useless until you buy a memory card. I would have rather they put in a small SD card and leave out the batteries.

I like the camera and would probably purchase it again if I had it to do over. However, I was left with the feeling that Canon could have done better for the amount of money that you paid for the camera.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
great camera for decent price

Pros: awesome camera
great HD video
great high quality photos

Cons: none

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Excellent camera

Pros: Canon camera, takes excellent pictures out of the box. Got it for a friend, but love it; perhaps, will buy for myself, too.

Cons: Don't know. Minus 1 egg for the unprofessional review :-)

Other Thoughts: The worst packaging I ever got from Newegg. Saving pennies on a $400 order?

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3/ 5
In a Haze

Pros: Great HD video with stereo sound. Intuitive menus (for the most part). Direct USB interface.

Uses AA batteries. Some people consider that a con. But what happens if you're in some remote location and you use up all the battery power you have? Any corner store will have AA's. Not any corner store is going to have proprietary camera batteries. If you put up with the minor inconvenience of using the view finder instead of the LCD screen, you can get PLENTY of life out of a normal set of AA batteries.

Cons: Mediocre (at best) picture quality. I sure would like to talk to the other reviewers who talk about crisp picture quality. I have taken hundreds of pictures over a wide range of subject matter and camera settings. I have yet to find a single picture that I did not feel compelled to use photo editing software to enhance the picture -- whether the original was overexposed, blurry, noisy, or whatever. Also, Canon got cheap and didn't print the full manual. A PDF is not very useful in the field! For $370, I expect to have a manual.

Other Thoughts: I bought this camera to replace my 7-year-old Kodak DX7590. You'd think 7 years later and for $100 more, the Canon would offer a better camera. But this Canon is terrible compared to the quality I got out of my old Kodak (except for the video). Unfortunately, I've looked at reviews for competing products from Nikon, Sony, Kodak, Fujifilm, and Pentax. NONE of them have rave reviews. For $400, I think that's just SHAMEFUL. I guess the camera market must be doing OK even in this economy if they can charge so much money for such mediocre products.

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