Canon PowerShot SD20 Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 5.0 megapixels (effective)
  • No optical zoom
  • 6.5x digital zoom
  • autofocus only
  • program exposure only
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO range 50-400
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery
  • movie mode with sound
  • Release Date: 2004-11-08
  • Final Grade: 67 D+

D+

Canon PowerShot SD20
5.0 megapixels (effective); No optical zoom; 6.5x digital zoom; autofocus only; program exposure only; JPEG file format; ISO range 50-400; proprietary Lithium-Ion battery; movie mode with sound
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

The stylish 5-megapixel Canon PowerShot SD20 is the ultimate fusion of high resolution and high fashion. Available in colors to match any outfit (silver, blue, grey and red, to be precise), the SD20 is the perfect companion for a night out on the town. But don't let the SD20's stylish exterior fool you—this is a serious camera. With 5-megapixel resolution, multiple preset scene modes, and a movie mode with sound, the SD20 can hold its own with just about any other point & shoot model available. Note that the SD20 does not have an optical zoom however. Though this can be a disadvantage for serious photographers, it shouldn't be a problem for those snapping shots of friends and family.

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