Summary: The PowerShot D20 is a good underwater camera, though it doesn't stand out in any particular area. It takes decent (though slightly soft) photos with pleasing colors (but expect a color cast when shooting underwater).
Summary: The Canon PowerShot D20 is a compact camera lines with good technical characteristics and excellent wrinkles. Excellent presence and GPS logger that will satisfy even the most adventurous users.
Pros: Shock Resistant, Waterproof, Dust-proof, resistant to low temperatures, the HS System with 12.1 MP, Display with TAP control, built-in GPS.
Conclusion: The GPS-equipped Canon PowerShot D20 is a well-built but large rugged camera with a sharp lens. It produces good-looking images at every supported ISO, but isn't the fastest tough camera that we've tested.
Pros: Sharp lens. Good high ISO performance. Integrated GPS.
Cons: Large, even for a rugged camera. So-so speeds. 1080p video limited to 24fps.
Summary: The Canon PowerShot D20 is a rugged, waterproof point-and-shoot compact designed for people who want to take pictures outdoors in tough environments and in the water. It's waterproof to a depth of 10 metres as well as dust and shock-proof.
Pros: 5x stabilised optical zoom., Designed for purpose., 1080p24 video recording., built-in GPS receiver with track log.
Cons: Very poor continuous shooting., Poor noise handling., No 'door open' warning ., Relatively expensive.
Conclusion: Tough cams are an experimental breed by nature, and Canon pulled out the stops with the D20. From the unconventional design to its remarkable lens, this rugged cam easily sits among the best in the bunch.
Pros: Great in-camera interface, Sharp lens, Impressive underwater performance
Cons: Moderately slow; not suitable for fast-action shots or video, Unconventional design is interesting but bulky, Unreliable GPS
Summary: If you want to buy a rugged, waterproof camera, the Canon PowerShot D20 is the one to go for. It's easy to use and comes in a choice of three colours. Build quality can't be faulted and the buttons are responsive, with a satisfying action, unlike those on some rivals.
Pros: GPS photo tagging; Waterproof; Can withstand impact; Good colour reproduction; Cool design.
Cons: Some chromatic aberration; Grain apparent at conservative sensitivities; Wind noise on movies, even with wind filter active.
Excerpt: Slightly different to most Power Shot offerings as this is waterproof, it still however has all the normal facilities and enhancements of a standard digital camera but in this case getting it wet will not be a disaster at least in the short term.
Excerpt: Rugged, waterproof cameras are perfect for the chronically clumsy, but Canon seems to have a more glamorous group in mind for the D20. Its sweeping contours look like something we'd expect to find in a surf shop, especially in the blue finish we were sent for testing.
Summary: Our initial thoughts about the Canon Powershot D20 weren't good. It has a rather poor dynamic range which really shone through on the first set of pictures we took with it. The camera's metering prefers the darker areas over the light and will happily bleach out the sky to keep the shadows.