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Canon PowerShot SD20
Canon PowerShot SD20

Canon PowerShot SD20

We've given the SD20 a grade of D+.

Editor's Review

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.


  • 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
  • Part Number: 9707A006
  • UPC: 750845821710
  • Release Date: Nov 08, 2004

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Canon PowerShot SD20 Reviews

Canon PowerShot SD20 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 2.0 out of 5
Good for about a year (Gwen B — 06/07/2007)

This camera was great when I first got it. I loved the size, the pictures, and I LOVED the video capability. Unfortunately, after about a year, it all went downhill. First, the camera started to freeze up whenever I would turn it on. I would have to constantly turn it off and on, and eve ntake the battery out in order to get it to load up properly. Next, the lense would get stuck and the ever annoying e18 error would pop up on the screen. I was lucky I hada friend who knew how to fix it because I sure didn't have a clue. The final straw was when I would take pictures, and then when I went to view them, it would proclaim "Picture Corrupt." My best advice if you buy/own this camera: GET A WARRANTY. Because while it's perfect for a year, it's only a matter of time until the trouble begins.

  • 5.0 out of 5
<3 (daygee — 08/19/2006)

I wuved it!!!!!!


  • 5.0 out of 5
Love this camera! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am a firm believer that the worst photo is the one you never took (because even your "compact" point-and-shoot is so clunky you didn't feel like carrying it around). Having said that, this camera fits absolutely anywhere, and you have no excuse to not have it with you. So far I've used this camera indoors, outdoors, for candid people moments and more scenic shots, and I have been impressed with the quality of every image. If you're looking for something that takes great photos while being straight-forward and extremely portable, you can't go wrong with this camera.

That is, unless you order Garnet and realize you really wanted the Midnight Blue...

  • 4.0 out of 5
Easy and Fun (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I own a DSLR and was looking around for something very compact and easy to use. I really didn't want to have to mess with settings or anything else like that, just something I could take out and play with whenever I was with friends and family. I really love this camera because it does just that. At 5 mega-pixels I can print 8x10s at resolutions higher than my printer can print and it's f/2.8 lense is nice. It has no optical zoom, and I turn the digital zoom off so I don't even zoom, I just take it and shoot, making it that much simpler. I get a retro feel with it because now everyone buys cameras with zooms and this takes be back when a 50mm fixed focal length lense was the standard.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awesome Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is really a nice camera, its very small, so it can fit pretty much anywhere, its simple, but takes great pictures! Its really worth every penny!

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

I love this camera. Use it all the time and download to my IMac laptop when traveling. I highly recommend it.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Perfect Fun With Friends & Family Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
takes amazing pictures. My only problem is that the G2 is fairly large and I always feel like a tourist - wearing it around my neck or across my shoulder is a must since the camera is big and hefty by today's standards. I decided on the SD20 because I thought it was the perfect marriage between form and function. After receiving my SD20 I'm convinced! It's a beautiful little camera, very classy, very small, and a definite conversation starter. But aside from its good looks, a powerful 5 megapixel camera is packed into that tiny little casing. I've taken several pictures in various lighting, indoor and out; tried still and motion shots; changed settings from auto to manual and dabbled with every menu and submenu to see how I could ruin a shot... I couldn't! The SD20 took amazing photos even with my "tweaking". What amazed me most is the photo quality and the camera's ability to stabilize a shot even when there is a great deal of movement (hand and image). I'm happy with my choice in the SD20, very happy. It may not be the perfect camera for someone seeking a first digital camera (no optical view or zoom, only screen view) but for me it works like a charm and I can now travel light! Best to invest in a second battery and a larger SD card. The battery charger is highly portable and plugs directly into an outlet with its flip up prongs (no wires!). This allows you to keep your spare charging while taking pics. I also purchased a 1G SD card so that I have plenty room for video, and high quality photos.