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Canon PowerShot A420
Canon PowerShot A420

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Canon PowerShot A420

We've given the A420 a grade of C.

Editor's Review

By digital camera standards, the three-year-old A420 is ancient. As fine as it was in its time, we'd advise against a purchase (if you can even find it). Here's what we had to say about it when it was a current product:

Canon's A420 (along with the 430 and 530) aims for the novice crowd with a simple point-and-shoot philosophy. The A420 is a 4 megapixel camera for entry-level users and aside from the ease of use, there's not a lot to go crazy over. The sensor is pretty small for today's standards, and the body, while sleek, isn't as flashy as Canon's exciting SD line. Even for novice or casual users, the A420 is a camera you'll probably outgrow fairly quickly, and soon enough you'll be itching to take those training wheels off and graduate to a better model. Skip the middleman and choose a camera you can grow with. This model might be a good choice for children or those with a passing interest in photography.


  • 4 megapixels
  • 3.2x optical zoom / 3.6x optical zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • auto and manual exposure
  • ISO 80-800 (High ISO auto)
  • JPEG file format
  • movie mode (no sound)
  • lithium ion battery
  • 2.0 inch LCD
  • SD/MMC card storage (16MB included)
  • Part Number: 0929B008
  • Release Date: Feb 24, 2006

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Canon PowerShot A420 Reviews

Canon PowerShot A420 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
till jan2009 it was ok but now its changed (jarbees — 07/07/2009)

i was using this cam for around 15 months , till jan2009 it was a good experience with this cam but now something had gone wrong . now when i click and check the photo there are somes lines in the picture which makes the picture quality not good. so can u plz recommend what should i do to make this correct.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Canon A420 an okay entry level camera (steve — 01/04/2007)

Good solid feel, clear LCD display, and nice results might make this enough camera for some. I find the whole menu system and sub-menus a little complicated and cumbersome. The multi-zone focusing is hit and miss for me as the zones change when you recompose the shot in the frame. I miss not having audio with the video capture. And there is no internal memory, which can be inconvenient when you have misplaced your SD card. Even getting a great deal on this camera doesn't make up for the missing features I'd rather have.

  • 2.0 out of 5
high noise at all ISO set (manuel forero — 12/30/2006)

I think this camera has a terrible of picture noise in ISO 400 but still bad at 64. I cant really work out the way to improve quality of my indoor pictures. probably keep the camera only for the sunny days of summer.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Instuctions (Rob — 12/15/2006)

could do with some more in depth instructions and specifactions. Felt those included with this camera inadequate

  • 4.0 out of 5
why good? not excellent? (manoj — 11/25/2006)

Yes, really we can mark it as excellent, but one drawback-it must have supplied with a good sd card-the card with this cam is just 16mb must be increased.Except this,we can mark it as, MORE THAN EXCELLENT!I am proud of being the owner of such a cam!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent camera for any kind of user (Mortuza — 10/03/2006)

i owned this camera from 1 week and i am very pleased to buy this.I think this is a professional camera in a medium class package. This is the best camera for non professional usage.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Okey (JEREMY JONES G. FERIDO — 09/07/2006)

I am impressed with the result of the pictures. They are very clear and it's easy to use. I photographed our rice field and ....... my ....... it's great. I love it. I highly recommend it to my friends here in the Philippines.

  • 4.0 out of 5
GREAT for the price!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I also own the Canon Rebel which doesn't compare, but for taking on outings where you don't want to lug a bigger camera or don't want to take the risk of loosing a more expensive camera, this is the one.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Terrible purchase (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera took nice pictures for the ten months that I had it but recently broke although always handled with care. This the second powershot that I had that broke within one year of purchase. They are not durable camera for the long haul. They cost far too much money to last only a year.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i really like this digital camera. it's very helpful to find better picture

  • 5.0 out of 5
fast, value for money performer (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I own a Canon 350D and bought the A420 to have something compact to carry around. In the first place it was less than half the price of anything else I looked at with 4 mega pixels plus and an optical zoom. Based on my experience with the the 350D I was sure that nothing the A420 did would impress me. I was wrong - it did. In the first place it has the same Digic II processor of it's bigger SLR brothers. This is immediately apparent in the instantaneous start-up and zero shutter lag. This was a breath of fresh air as most other compact I have handled fell down in this department. The A420 takes great pictures and it's low light performance is phenomenal considering the price range this camera is in. The LCD is bright and viewable even when light conditions are bad. There is a lot of hype about megapixels but 4 is fine for anything up to at least A4. Pictures show a bit of noise at ISO settings above 100 but then which compact doesn't. Having said that it is no worse than a previous camera I owned, a Panasonic FZ20 costing 4 times as much. A great all round performer and a lot of bang for your buck. Recommended for anyone starting out in Digital photography and certainly a very capable second camera.