Fails in Controls,too many megapixels for sensor,and Bad Burst mode,but....
29 March 2013
Summary: It's a good camera, don't get me wrong.. BUT:FAIL on this control-wheel dial on the back you're expected to turn with your thumbnail to change focus, aperture or whatever...because it doubles as as selector for ISO,MF,Timer,and Macro there's no way I (with human thumbs), can turn it without clicking one of these dialogues...lots of cameras use these control wheels-they all fail for me.I wish Canon had stayed with the S3's all-clickable controls.
Excerpt: This camera was a blast to work with! I felt like a professional photographer and all I had to do was a press one button! If anyone is seeking a camera that will give them professional results, they should definitely invest in this bad boy!
PowerShot is good but my flash went out 6 months after purchase.
9 September 2012
Excerpt: The Canon Power Shot is a great camera. It takes great quality photos as long as you are sitting very still. If you move much, it is blurry. Just 6 months after purchasing this camera (NEW), my flash stopped working. After the warranty is up, it costs $150 (approx) to replace the flash and it's really hard to find a replacement. You have to send your camera to Canon to have it replaced for 1/2 of the cost of the camera. I think that's insane!
The Canon Powershot sx20 is is a great starter camera
9 September 2012
Excerpt: The Canon camera is great for any up and coming photographer to learn it takes pictures as if you were a pro. Great quality a little confusing when getting use to all the settings. The camera is a learning process. I have tried all the settings and tried to get a nice clear picture of the moon but have not been able to succeed.
Excerpt: The Canon - PowerShot SX20IS Digital Camera is a great buy as it first of all has an easy to read display which also displays the great results from stills. The camera also comes with great zooming capability and even greater pictures. The camera is also equipped with image stabilizers and has a lot of great setting to choose from!
Summary: I purchased this camera after having used a Panasonic Lumix FZ7 (12x zoom, 6mp) point-and-shoot for about 3 years. I like the convenience of a long zoom p-n-s camera, light, small, flexible, allowing me to carry it at all times. But I was looking for something with a longer zoom, plus better resolution, as well as better response -- quick to focus, short shutter lag and fast continuous shooting.
Excerpt: I own this camera about 2 weeks. I shot around 600 pics and I must say am disappointed with the quality of images. just not sharp enough. outdoor IQ is the same as with the old S1. The build quality of the camera is average. although it gives the impression of robust, but it is not. too heavy, too big and too plastic even though someone can be an advantage to me is not exactly.
Great idea on paper, but Canon just missed the mark.
Benjamin Kozera, Amazon
11 June 2010
Summary: I've owned the SX20IS for nearly 4 months now and have sampled literally every function this camera has to offer. Overall this camera offers some great features such as a 12mp sensor, 20X zoom lens, HD video w/ stereo sound, full manual and automatic controls, flip-out rotating screen, flash hot shoe, and Canon reliability. There are other positive things to say about this camera as well, these are key points.
Excerpt: Good camera at all, but there is problem, bad image quality, too bad. Problems: Zoom motor of the lens making a noise, when I zoom in or out, specially when I record a movie the noise appear clearly.
Summary: I think it is a good compromise camera. No point and shoot is at the level of a decent DSLR. They all have limitations. High zoom lenses are more prone to purple/green fringe. I do notice the CA in back lit trees and even on fallen brown leaves when taking photos of the forest floor. So with a zoom lense probably comes a tad more fringe. At least in this price range. The 12.1MP on a small P & S camera does introduce some noise.