Conclusion: If you liked the Canon PowerShot SX10, that I reviewed earlier this year, then either youâ€™ll be more pleased or disappointed with the PowerShot SX20 IS, depending on how you look at things. The Canon PowerShot SX20 IS brings forward the same features of its 10 megapixel sibling, including the 20X optically-stabilized zoom lens, full suite of manual controls, flip-out and rotate 2.5 inch LCD, class-leading battery life; and throws in a few small changes.
Pros: Good image quality in general; effective redeye removal tool, 20X optical zoom lens covers wide-angle till telephoto; has optical image stabilization, Nice bundle in general: includes lens hood, Class-leading battery life, Rotating 2.5 inch LCD increases versatility, Full manual controls and flash hotshoe, Custom menu, button and mode position for your own settings, Insanely close 0 cm super macro mode, Camera is responsive and above average in terms of speed, 720p HD...
Cons: Visible chromatic aberration (color fringing), barrel distortion and edge softness, Slower frame rate in normal continuous shooting mode, No RAW image mode, Command dial lacks tactile â€œclicksâ€�; tripod mount not in-line with lens, Not bundled with rechargeable batteries; no battery indicator, No support for conversion lenses or lens filters
Summary: Canon’s PowerShot SX20 IS delivers a number of minor but mostly useful enhancements to its predecessor, and therefore makes a best-seller an even more compelling prospect. Of the new upgrades, the most welcome is without a doubt the inclusion of HD video recording, while along with an HDMI port better completes the overall feature-set.
Pros: Massive 20x range with 28mm wide angle., Fully articulated 2.5in screen., 720p HD video with decent sound., Flash hotshoe and HDMI port.
Cons: Fringing around high contrast subjects., No RAW recording., Slow continuous shooting – just 1fps., Handy sound recorder of SX10 has gone.
Summary: When Canon introduced the SX10 IS, its 20x zoom closed that gap on the competition at the time. Since then the ultrazoom lens envelope has been pushed out to 24 and 26x (and 624 and 676mm, respectively), while Canon's just introduced successor to the SX10 IS stands pat at 20x and 560mm. While the lens numbers may not have changed, the SX20 IS has elevated Canon's game over the SX10 IS in a number of ways.
Pros: Good image and color quality, Good HD video quality, Good shutter lag and AF acquisition times, Good range of user-established settings for manual shooting modes
Cons: Lens is slower than competition at telephoto, Monitor smaller than competition, Provided user's manual useless for anything beyond full auto shooting
Conclusion: The Canon Powershot SX20 IS has plenty of features for the most demanding hobby photographer. It can take very crisp photos and should be on the shortlist if you are looking for a super zoom digital camera.
Pros: Picture quality - range of features
Cons: Fringing issues could be a problem with large prints
This new Canon PowerShot has a huge 20x zoom and offers excellent low-light shooting
Good Gear Guide.au
26 August 2010
Summary: If you want an advanced compact camera that can do just about anything then the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS digital camera is the one to shortlist! It's great for macros, it takes excellent night time photos, it has a huge zoom and built-in optical stabilisation, and it even does a good job of capturing HD video.
Pros: 20x zoom, f/2.8 aperture, excellent low-light performance, very good video quality, excellent macro shooting
Cons: Zoom is too jumpy, zoom lever too small, screen pops out toward the left, some chromatic aberration and lens distortion
Summary: It's easy to not get excited at the prospect of reviewing yet another advanced compact digital camera, but as soon as we switched on the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS, we had a hunch that this digital camera would be fun to use. And we were right!
Excerpt: Following on from last year's SX10 model, at launch the SX20 IS officially costs the same in the US, but slightly more in both the UK and Europe. This is a DSLR-styled compact camera with a versatile 20x image stabilized optical zoom, providing a broad 35mm equivalent focal range of 28mm to 560mm, and making it a direct challenger to the likes of the Olympus SP-570UZ, Panasonic DMC-FZ38 and the Casio EX-FH20.
Summary: A high-resolution, 20x zoom digicam that offers a wide range of adjustable controls plus 720p HD video recording with stereo soundtracks.Replacing the PowerShot SX10 IS at the top of Canon's super-zoom range, the PowerShot SX20 IS has higher resolution than its predecessor and includes the ability to record video clips in widescreen, high-definition (1280 x 720 pixel) format. Otherwise, little has changed in the new model.
Pros: You're looking for an ultra-zoom digicam that can record widescreen high-definition video with stereo sound., You want plenty of adjustable controls and image stabilisation., You'd enjoy taking very close ‘macro' shots., You prefer cameras that use AA batteries.
Cons: You want a pocketable camera., You prefer shooting raw files as well as JPEGs and RAW+JPEG pairs., You need a camera that can record a wide dynamic range in outdoor shots., You require high performance levels in dim lighting, particularly for long exposures.