Summary: This is a small point and shoot digital camera. It takes high quality photos and videos. However, it's difficult to focus and shoot quickly. If you have plenty of time to let the auto-focus find faces and focus then it's fine but not great for quick shots. The display is large enough but very dim in bright daylight. If does not have a viewfinder to address this problem. The camera powers itself down at odd times and is not quick and easy to reactivate.
Summary: I recently bought this camera on eBay and thought I was getting a great camera. I was in the market for a new camera as I was going to see KISS on 8/29/2012 and wanted decent photos. My current camera was a Samsung with a 3x zoom and took poor quality photos at the last concert I went to (Bret Michaels). So I thought this camera would be better. I was standing about maybe no more than 30 feet away from the stage.
Summary: When my reliable old Canon A530 finally bit the dust, I jumped at the chance to buy a Canon SX 20 IS. All the ease of a PowerShot, but the zoom and some of the features of a "fancier" camera. After a while of lugging it around, however, I realized that I still needed a camera I could throw in my purse or backpack for long hikes or nights out on the town.
Summary: So I searched up a few reviews before I purchased this item and the reviews were pretty good, so I went ahead and bought it. Not the best purchase of my life. I mean it takes SUPER crisp pictures as it should with a 16MP lens... when it has the right lighting. When the lighting is a little off, the picture comes out blurry. But a retake would fix that. My biggest problem with the camera was the video recording.
Summary: This camera is a great value for the price and good if looking for a point and shoot (I was.) My only qualm was the day after I ordered this, my local camera store ran a full-color ad from Nikon at a lower price than Amazon!! Unsually Amazon is always the cheapest source. Also Amazon had only the black model in stock at the price but the camera store with the lower price had the camera in all colors. Oh well.
Summary: I love the pictures Nikon cameras take (see flickr /imrananwar for some examples) but each of my Nikon S6, 5700 and D300 ended up having to go back to repair manufacturing or design flaws. Cannot stand the 100% failure/defect ratio of a fancy expensive company like Nikon. I did not buy this at Amazon (which has always been a great experience to shop from, but adding this review to help other buyers.
Summary: I'm writing from the perspective of a working mom with school-age kids in sports and band. I received this camera as a gift, and have been testing it all day. I wanted a new camera with a better zoom than my Elph, which is now around 5 years old. At this point, I do not perceive a major difference. * I keep recording video accidentally due to the button's location in the upper right corner of the back of the camera, where I often place a finger to stabilize things.
Summary: Background: Hobbyist photographer, other cameras are a Nikon D300 and a Nikon D40 with a plethora of lenses. Main purpose for buying this P&S is for lightweight travel and taking it to restaurants, etc w/o the bulkiness of a DSLR, and a camera that I could hand to someone else to take a photo of me + family, you cant do that with a DSLR.
Summary: The only reason I'm saying I wouldn't recommend to a friend is because of how slow the focus is. I have a two year old, and any parent of a toddler knows that you don't have a lot of time to "capture the moment." By the time the camera focus's on my daughter she's off doing something else. The quality of photos however are pretty good, the quality is much better than my last camera which was a Panasonic Lumix.