Thursday, September 10, 2009

Canon Powershot SX20 IS

Canon Powershot SX20 IS has been launched by Canon as the successor of Canon Powershot SX10 IS. But I don't see many things to get excited about this Upgraded version of SX10 IS Camera. They haven't add too much to make Canon SX10 IS users think about this new camera. This is definitely not a replacement or an upgrade for your Good old Canon Powtershot SX10 IS Camera.

What SX20 IS and Which SX10 IS doesn't have :

  • 12 mp 1/2.3" CCP sensor ( SX10 IS has a 10mp 1/1.7" sensor).
  • Hints & Tips within the camera's user interface ( I don't like it a lot ).
  • More screen brightness settings.
  • Can insert date and time on photos.
  • Blink Detection ( shut eye )
  • 720p video recording at 30 fps
  • SD/SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMCplus Card, HC MMCplus Card

What SX10 IS had but SX20 IS doesn't have

  • No HDMI cable to connect to HD TV (you need to buy separately).
  • ability to record a voice message to photos is gone.
  • Shorter manual only 179 pages ( SX10 has 289) But I was told its easy to understand.
  • Only has superfine and fine modes. "Normal" more is gone.

There are things missing Which Canon should had added :

  • Threads on the lens barrel for filter.
  • RAW format
  • Battery life indicator

Manual states that you must use the Canon software to transfer images/movies from the camera to a PC, else movies will not transfer (frames will be dropped) correctly and images shot vertically may be transferred in the horizontal orientation. So better not Copy and paste movies from your SD cards. I think this goes for SX10 IS camera owners too.

If you are new and want to buy a Canon SX series camera then Go for this new Canon Powershot SX20 IS but if you already have a SX10 IS camera thing you can be happy with yours. Because everything else are same.

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