Superzoom power. All-round excellence.
With a 20x wide-angle zoom, the 12.1 MP PowerShot SX20 IS offers intelligent, versatile shooting power. Switch to Smart Auto mode for effortlessly great results, or shoot stunning HD movies.
A 20x wide-angle (28mm) optical zoom provides outstanding telephoto reach for stills and movies alike; plus, with Ultrasonic Motor (USM) and Voice Coil Motor (VCM), zooming and focus are fast, accurate and near-silent. Canon’s optical IS technology works across the zoom range, to counteract the blur caused by camera shake.
A 12.1 Megapixel sensor captures the detail you need to make stunning, large-scale prints, or creatively crop images to perfection.
A 2.5” vari-angle PureColor VA provides a comfortable way to shoot from almost any position. Quick-Bright and Night Display functions enhance screen visibility in bright or low light.
Smart Auto mode analyses subject brightness, contrast, distance, hue and movement. Intelligent Scene Detection Technology then selects the scene type from 22 variables, applying the best settings for optimum output. 24 dedicated shooting modes include full Manual for complete control.
Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor drives exceptional processing speeds, responsive operation, superb image quality and colour reproduction. Advanced Noise Reduction ensures richly detailed, clean images, even at high ISO speeds.
The PowerShot SX20 IS combats blur with Motion Detection Technology. Several advanced methods determine camera and subject movement, ISO settings are then adjusted for optimum results. Blur is also combated by Servo AF/AE, which retains focus on moving subjects while continuously adjusting exposure.
For perfect portraits, the PowerShot SX20 IS features Canon Face Detection Technology. Face Select & Track lets you select a particular face as the main subject, while FaceSelf-Timer makes group photos easy – taking a shot after an extra face enters the frame.
In shooting or playback, enhanced i-Contrast optimises dynamic range according to the scene- retaining detail in shadows and preventing overexposure of highlights. The result is natural images with the best possible contrast.
Shoot HD movies (720p, 30fps) with CD quality stereo sound – ready for sharing on any HDTV via an HDMI connection.
For extended shooting options and creative lighting, the PowerShot SX20 IS is compatible with many models in Canon’s EX Speedlite flash range.
|Type||1/2.3 type CCD|
|Effective Pixels||Approx. 12.1M|
|Colour Filter Type||Primary Colour|
|Type||DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology|
|Focal Length||5.0 – 100.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28 – 560 mm)|
|Zoom||Optical 20x. Digital Approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter Approx. 1.5x or 2.0x and Safety Zoom¹)². Combined Approx. 80x|
|Construction||13 elements in 11 groups (1 UD and 1 single-sided UA element)|
|Image Stabilisation||Yes (shift-type)|
|Ultrasonic Motor (USM)||Yes, zoom|
|AF System/ Points||Face Detection, 1-point AF (Any position is available, fixed to centre or Face Select and Track)|
|AF Modes||Single, Continuous, Servo AF/AE¹|
|AF Point Selection||Manual selection using FlexiZone AF/AE, Size (Normal, Small)|
|AF Lock||On/Off Selectable|
|AF Assist Beam||Yes|
|Closest Focusing Distance||0 cm (W) from front of lens in Super Macro|
|Metering modes||Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre or linked to Face Detection AF or FlexiZone AF frame)|
|Exposure Compensation||+/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments |
Enhanced i-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction
|AEB||1/3 – 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments|
|ISO sensitivity*||AUTO, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600|
|Speed||1 – 1/3200 sec. (factory default) |
15 – 1/3200 sec. (total range – varies by shooting mode)
|Settings||Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom|
|Viewfinder||EVF 1.1 cm (0.44"), Approx. 235,000 dots|
|Monitor||Vari-angle 6.3 cm (2.5”) PureColor VA (TFT), Approx. 230,000 dots|
|Brightness||Adjustable to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD|
|Modes||Auto, Manual Flash On / Off|
|Slow Sync Speed||Yes. Fastest speed 1/500 sec.|
|Flash Exposure Compensation||+/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments. Face Detection FE. Safety FE.|
|Flash Exposure Lock||Yes|
|Manual Power Adjustment||3 levels with internal flash (up to 19 levels with external EX Speedlites 270EX and 430EX II. 22 levels with 580EX II¹)|
|Second Curtain Synchronisation||Yes|
|Built-in Flash Range||50 cm – 6.8 m (W) / 1.0 m – 3.7 m (T)|
|External Flash||E-TTL with EX series Speedlites¹, Canon High Power Flash HF-DC1|
|Modes||Auto*, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Custom, Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, Sports, SCN (Indoor, Sunset, Night Scene, Fireworks, Beach, Aquarium, Foliage, Snow, ISO 3200¹, Color Accent, Color Swap), Stitch Assist, Movie, Super Macro |
*with Scene Detection Technology and Motion Detection Technology
|Photo Effects||My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)|
|Drive modes||Single, Continuous, Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer|
|Continuous Shooting||Approx. 1.0 shots/sec.¹, AF: Approx. 0.7 shots/sec.¹, LV: Approx. 0.7 shots/sec.¹ (until memory card becomes full)²|
|Image Size||(L) 4000 x 3000, (M1) 3264 x 2448, (M2) 2592 x 1944, (M3) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480, (W) 3840 x 2160. Resize in playback (M3, S, 320 x 240)|
|Movies||(HD) 1280 x 720, 30 fps, (L) 640 x 480, 30 fps, (M) 320 x 240, 30 fps|
|Movie Length||Up to 4 GB or 29 min. 59 sec. (HD)¹ |
Up to 4 GB or 1 hour (L, M)²
|Still Image Type||JPEG compression, (Exif 2.2 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant|
|Movies||MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (monaural / stereo)]|
|Canon Printers||Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Fixed Size Print and Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers only)|
|Red-Eye Correction||Yes, during shooting and playback|
|My Camera / My Menu||Start-up image and camera sounds customisation. Menu customisation|
|My Category||Image tagging feature|
|Intelligent Orientation Sensor||Yes|
|Histogram||Yes, live histogram|
|Playback Zoom||Approx. 2x – 10x|
|Self Timer||Approx. 2 or 10 sec., Custom or FaceSelf-Timer|
|Menu Languages||English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Ukrainian, Romanian, Farsi|
|Computer||Hi-Speed USB (Mini-B, MTP, PTP)|
|Other||HDMI Mini Connector. A/V output (PAL/NTSC)|
|Type||SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus.|
|PC & Macintosh||Windows XP SP2-3 / Vista (including SP1-2) |
Mac OS X v10.4 - 10.5
|Browsing & Printing||ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser|
|Batteries||4x Size-AA Alkaline or NiMH Batteries(NB4-300) (Alkalines supplied)|
|Battery life||Approx. 340 shots (with supplied batteries)¹ |
Approx. 600 shots (with optional Canon NB4-300 batteries)¹
Approx. 720 min. playback (with supplied batteries)¹
Approx. 840 min. playback (with Canon NB4-300 batteries)¹
|A/C Power Supply||Optional, Power adapter CA-PS700|
|Cases / Straps||Soft Case DCC-800|
|Flash||Canon Speedlites (including 270EX, 430EX II, 580EX, 580EX II¹), Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Off-Camera Shoe Cord OC-E3 |
High Power Flash HF-DC1
|Power Supply & Battery Chargers||Compact AC power adapter CA-PS700, Battery Charger Kit CBK4-300, Ni-MH Batteries NB4-300|
|Other||Canon HDMI Cable HTC-100|
|Operating Environment||0 – 40 °C¹, 10 – 90% humidity|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||124.0 x 88.3 x 86.9 mm (excluding protrusions)|
|Weight||Approx. 647 g (including battery/batteries and memory card)|
|AF Modes||¹ Some settings limit availability|
|Manual Power Adjustment||¹ Not all functions of the flash are supported.|
|Continuous Shooting||¹ Under conditions where the flash does not fire.
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
|Movie Length||¹ The following Speed Class memory cards are required for maximum record time: 1280 x 720, 30 fps Speed Class 4 or above. 1920 x 1080, 30 fps Speed Class 6
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
|External Flash||¹ Not all functions of the flash are supported.|
|Modes||¹ Recording pixels fixed at 1600 x 1200 (ISO 3200 Mode) and 1824 x 1368 (Low Light Mode).|
|Battery life||¹ Using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera (where included), except where indicated.|
|Zoom||¹ Depending on the image size selected.
² Digital zoom available for still image and standard movie modes only. Optical zoom may not be available during movie recording.
|Operating Environment||¹ 0 – 35 °C when NB-3AH is used|
|Flash||¹ Not all functions of the flash are supported.|