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PowerShot S20

PowerShot S20

PowerShot S20

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Marketed March 2000
Original Price 99,800 yen

The PowerShot S20, equipped with a 1/1.8″, 3.34 million-pixel CCD sensor. PowerShot S20 allows users to produce 8 x 10 prints boasting a level of image quality that rivals those from 35mm film. The high-performance 32-64mm (35mm format equivalent) 2x zoom lens incorporates three aspherical lens elements to correct for a variety of lens aberrations at all focal lengths and deliver sharp images with reduced distortion, even toward the outer perimeter of the image frame.

An Canon proprietary dedicated digital signal-processing integrated circuit maximizes the performance potential of the 3.3 megapixel CCD through high-speed high-precision image processing. The camera’s built-in buffer memory realizes a shutter interval of about 2.2 seconds, facilitating stress-free operating ease.

The PowerShot S20 offers five picture-taking modes for a variety of shooting conditions and user preferences and includes such features as spot metering, AE lock and ISO equivalency settings.

Image Sensor 3.34 million pixel CCD (total) 1/1.8″ size
Number of
Recording Pixels
Large : 2,048 (H) x 1,536 (V) pixels
Middle : 1,024 (H) x 768 (V) pixels
Small : 640 (H) x 480 (V) pixels
Sensitivity Equivalent to ISO 100/ 200/ 400 (ISO 200/ 400 for gain up setting)
Image Data Storage CompactFlash™ (CF) card Type I or Type II standard
Image Compression JPEG standard
Image Compression
Super Fine/ Fine/ Normal
Image Storage
(with 16MB CF card)
Large/ Super Fine : Approx. 6 images
Large/ Fine : Approx. 16 images
Large/ Normal : Approx. 31 images
Lens 6.5 (W) – 13.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent : 32 – 64mm) F2.9 (W) – F4.0 (T)
2X, 4X (Maximum 8X digital zoom is available combined with optical zoom)
Shutter Mechanical + Electronic control
Shutter Speed 2 – 1/1,000 sec. (2 sec. for Slow Shutter or Night Scene mode)
Focusing Method TTL autofocus
Focusing Range
(from the
top of lens barrel)
Macro : 12 cm to 66 cm (0.4 to 2.2 ft.)
Standard : 66 cm to infinity (2.2 ft. to infinity)
AE Method TTL program AE
Light Metering
Center-weighted metering/ Spot metering(Spot metering is available at Manual mode only)
White Balance
TTL auto white balance
Shooting Mode
Approx. 0.8 images/sec. (at Large/ Fine in using optical finder)
Self-timer 10 seconds
Flash Built-in (Auto/ Red-eye reduction/ On / Off)
Flash Range Wide-angle : 0.17 to 3.3 m (0.6 to 10.8 ft.)
Telephoto : 0.17 to 2.3 m (0.6 to 7.5 ft.)
Optical Viewfinder Real-image type
LCD Monitor 1.8″ TFT color LCD
File Format Design rule for Camera File system (DCF**)
Print Order Format Digital Print Order Format (DPOF)
Interface USB/ Serial (RS-232C)
CF card slot (compiled with CF Type II standards)
Video out
Power Source 2CR5 lithium battery
NiMH rechargeable battery
AC adapter
CR 2016 lithium battery for date/ clock backup
Temperature : 0 – 40 degrees C (32 – 104 degrees F), Humidity : 10 – 90 %
(W x H x D)
105.4 x 69.4 x 33.8 mm (4.1″ x 2.7″ x 1.3″) excluding protrusion
Weight Approx. 270 g (9.5 oz) excluding batteries and CF card

* These numbers are based on Canon standardized shooting conditions. Actual numbers may differ according to the shooting conditions and photographic subjects.

** “DCF” is an abbreviation of “Design rule for Camera File system” standardized by Japan Electronic Industry Development Association (JEIDA).

All data is based on Canon’s standard testing methods. Subject to change without notice.