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Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Digital Compact Camera

PowerShot SX20 IS

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

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.

Benefits

  • 20x wide-angle (28mm) zoom lens with IS
  • 12.1 MP CCD
  • 2.5” vari-angle PureColor VA LCD
  • Smart Auto mode with Scene Detection Technology
  • DIGIC 4
  • Motion Detection
  • Face Detection
  • Enhanced i-Contrast
  • HD movies (720p) with HDMI output
  • Hot shoe for external flash

Detailed Features

Wide-angle superzoom

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.

12.1 Megapixels

A 12.1 Megapixel sensor captures the detail you need to make stunning, large-scale prints, or creatively crop images to perfection.

2.5” vari-angle LCD

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 and Shooting Modes

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.

DIGIC 4 processing

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.

Anti-blur

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.

Face Detection Technology

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.

i-Contrast

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.

HD movies and HDMI output

Shoot HD movies (720p, 30fps) with CD quality stereo sound – ready for sharing on any HDTV via an HDMI connection.

Speedlite compatible

For extended shooting options and creative lighting, the PowerShot SX20 IS is compatible with many models in Canon’s EX Speedlite flash range.

Product Specification

IMAGE SENSOR

Type 1/2.3 type CCD
Effective Pixels Approx. 12.1M
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour

IMAGE PROCESSOR

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
Maximum f/number f/2.8-f/5.7
Construction 13 elements in 11 groups (1 UD and 1 single-sided UA element)
Image Stabilisation Yes (shift-type)
Ultrasonic Motor (USM) Yes, zoom

FOCUSING

Type TTL
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
Manual Focus Yes
Focus Bracketing Yes
Closest Focusing Distance 0 cm (W) from front of lens in Super Macro

EXPOSURE CONTROL

Metering modes Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre or linked to Face Detection AF or FlexiZone AF frame)
AE Lock Yes
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

SHUTTER

Speed 1 – 1/3200 sec. (factory default)
15 – 1/3200 sec. (total range – varies by shooting mode)

WHITE BALANCE

Type TTL
Settings Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom

VIEWFINDER

Viewfinder EVF 1.1 cm (0.44"), Approx. 235,000 dots
Dioptre Correction Yes

LCD MONITOR

Monitor Vari-angle 6.3 cm (2.5”) PureColor VA (TFT), Approx. 230,000 dots
Coverage Approx. 100%
Brightness Adjustable to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD

FLASH

Modes Auto, Manual Flash On / Off
Slow Sync Speed Yes. Fastest speed 1/500 sec.
Red-Eye Reduction Yes
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

SHOOTING

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

RECORDING PIXELS / COMPRESSION

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)
Compression Fine, Normal
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

FILE TYPES

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)]

DIRECT PRINT

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)
PictBridge Yes

OTHER FEATURES

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

INTERFACE

Computer Hi-Speed USB (Mini-B, MTP, PTP)
Other HDMI Mini Connector. A/V output (PAL/NTSC)

MEMORY CARD

Type SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus.

SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM

PC & Macintosh Windows XP SP2-3 / Vista (including SP1-2)
Mac OS X v10.4 - 10.5

SOFTWARE

Browsing & Printing ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Other PhotoStitch

POWER SOURCE

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

ACCESSORIES

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

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

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)
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.
AF Modes ¹ Some settings limit availability
Manual Power Adjustment ¹ Not all functions of the flash are supported.
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).
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.
Battery life ¹ Using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera (where included), except where indicated.
Flash ¹ Not all functions of the flash are supported.
Operating Environment ¹ 0 – 35 °C when NB-3AH is used
  • * Standard Output Sensitivity / Recommended Exposure Index.
  • According to ISO 12232:2006 (20th April 2006) which specifies the method for assigning and reporting ISO speed ratings for digital still cameras.
  • All data is based on Canon standard testing methods (according to CIPA Standards) except where indicated.
  • Subject to change without notice.
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