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.
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.
Summary: I bought an SX20is, because the lens on my three-year-old Canon S3is stopped functioning, and I was told it would cost $300 to fix by my local camera shop. I really liked my S3 from just about any view point: size, weight, image quality, flexibility, etc., so I was excited to hear about the SX20, and the good price, and HD video support.
Summary: Pros: 1) features 2) Super macro worked up to 2 inches in average light 3) ISO 100-3200 4) Aquarium anti reflection mode...worth trying for glass cases in museums. 5) Decent movies and easy to use and work 6) Good long range telephoto...not great but usable without carrying extra lens. 7) image quality average 8) tricky menus until understood and then works well...in viewfinder is nice...fast menu display.
Summary: I bought a Canon on the recommendation of my son who also owns one. I took it out onto the hills and gave it a good trial in all modes, lots of great features but one major defect, The Picture Quality is inferior! I would add that I took my old Nikon Coolpix 6mp with me at the same time and took identical shots for comparison purposes and when I ran them through my PC I had a surprise.
Summary: I have been told that this is a good camera. I previously have only used an SLR camera and I find using this awkward mainly due to my eyesight. It took me about 30 minutes to try and open the place to put the batteries in, then I couldn't even close it. My first camera, a Pentax SLR came with a wonderful case around it, my second, an expensive Nikon, and this Canon one don't come with wrap around cases, I find this awakward when I am outside taking photos.