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Is The Canon Powershot 20 IS Really Worth The Money?

April 15, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 105

The Canon Powershot 20 IS, was introduced in 2010. At first glance the SX20 appears to be almost identical to its predecessor the SX10 IS. Both cameras have the same dimensions and weigh the same amount. Neither one will fit in your pocket, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The SX20 is a workhorse, not a dainty debutante.

Its one of the powerful Powershot SX series digital cameras, and it comes fully loaded with a twelve megapixel chip, a 20x optical zoom lens with a range from 28mm wide angle to 560mm telephoto. Naturally the camera comes equipped with Canon's famous Image Stabilization technology, which as any experienced photographer knows is an absolute necessity in helping prevent a blurred shot from camera shake when using the longer focal lengths.

You have the option of viewing your images on a 2.5-inch color LCD display or a 0.44-inch electronic viewfinder, both of which have a resolution of approximately 235,000 dots and 100% coverage. In addition, this powerful camera offers a selection of scene modes, a program auto mode, plus the ability to manually control the aperture and shutter together or separately. One of my favorites, Canon's face detection function is linked to both the autofocus system, the exposure metering and white balance systems to help ensure you get the correct exposure for your portrait shots. Added features include:

  • A green LED to assist you when using the Auto Focus feature in dim light.
  • The capability of recording high-definition 1280 x 720 pixel video clips at a frame rate of 30 frames per second.
  • A stereo microphone
  • Standard definition NTSC / PAL video output
  • A high definition HDMI connector
  • USB 2.0 high-speed computer connectivity.
  • It stores images on Secure Digital or MultiMediaCard media, including the newer (and higher capacity) SDHC types.

As I said before, this camera is a real workhorse, but the question remains: is it worth the money?

And the answer, my friend, is... Yes and no.

If you need a camera with a wide range of adjustments and customizations features, such as ISO sensitivities ranging from 80 to 1,699 equivalent, three metering modes, and shutter speeds from 15 to 1/3,200 second, and a maximum flash synchronization speed of 1/250 second and a lot more features and capabilities, then yes, the Canon 20 IS most definitely is worth the money.

If you are an amateur photographer and you have no idea what a camera shutter is and could care less, or if all you are really interested in doing is just take a few snapshots every once in a while, then I would advise you to purchase a less expensive camera such as one of Canon's Powershot A series. The A models are far less expensive and have excellent point and shoot capabilities as well all the features you need.

Kathy Ball is a freelance writer and an avid photographer. If you are an amateur photographer interested in an easy to use, less expensive camera, Kathy suggests you visit Cannon Powershot Reviews at http://www.cannon-powershotreviews.com " for more information about the Canon Powershot 20 IS digital camera, she recommends you read this article: http://www.cannon-powershotreviews.com/canonpowershot20is.html

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