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PowerShot SX20 IS

PowerShot SX20 IS

PowerShot SX20 IS

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Marketed August 2009

The follow-up model to the SX10 IS released in October 2008, the PowerShot SX20 IS features a high-speed, low-noise 20x zoom lens, 12.1-megapixel CCD sensor, and Vari-Angle 2.5-inch Clear Live LCD V monitor. The model also supports High Definition recording in high-end stereo sound.

Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 12.1 million
Image Sensor 1/2.3-inch type CCD (Total number of pixels:
Approx. 12.4 million)
Lens 5.0 (W) – 100.0 (T) mm
35mm film equivalent: 28 (W) – 560 (T) mm
f/2.8 (W) – f/5.7 (T)
Digital Zoom Approx. 4.0x (Up to approx. 80x in combination with the optical zoom)
Viewfinder 0.44-inch type TFT color, approx. 235,000 dots,
picture coverage rate 100%
Dioptric adjustment: –6.0 – +2.0 m–1 (dpt)
LCD Monitor 2.5 TFT LCD color monitor
Approx. 230,000 dots, Picture coverage 100%
AF Frame Mode Face Detect/Center/FlexiZone
Servo AF On/Off
Focusing Range (from end of lens) Auto: 10 cm (3.9 in.) – infinity (W)/1.0 m (3.3 ft.) – infinity (T)
Normal: 50 cm (1.6 ft.) – infinity (W)/1.0 m (3.3 ft.) –infinity (T)
Macro: 10 – 50 cm (3.9 in. – 1.6 ft.) (W)
Super Macro: 0 – 10 cm (0 – 3.9 in.)
Sports mode: 1.0 m (3.3 ft.) – infinity (W)/
4.0 m (13 ft.) – infinity (T)
Manual Focus: 10 cm (3.9 in.) – infinity (W)/
1.0 m (3.3 ft.) – infinity (T)
Shutter Mechanical shutter and electronic shutter
Shutter Speeds 1 – 1/3200 sec.
15 – 1/3200 sec. (Total shutter speed range)
Image Stabilization Lens-shift type
Metering System Evaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot
Exposure Compensation ±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
ISO Speed (Standard Output Sensitivity, Recommended Exposure Index) Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600
White Balance Auto, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent,
Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom
Built-in Flash Auto, On, Slow Synchro, Off

* Flash exposure compensation/Flash output/2ndcurtain synchro/Red-eye reduction/Red-eye correction/FE lock/Safety FE settings available

Built-in Flash Range 50 cm – 6.8 m (1.6 – 22 ft.) (W)/1.0 – 3.7 m (3.3 – 12 ft.) (T)
Terminals for External Flash Hot shoe flash-sync contacts
Shooting Modes Shooting Mode: C, M, Av, Tv, P, Auto, Portrait,
Landscape, Night Snapshot, Sports, SCN, Stitch
Assist, Movie
SCN Mode: Indoor, Sunset, Night Scene, Fireworks, Beach, Aquarium, Foliage, Snow, ISO 3200, Color Accent, Color Swap
Continuous Shooting Continuous: Approx. 1.0 images/sec.
Continuous Shooting AF: Approx. 0.7 images/sec.
Continuous Shooting LV: Approx. 0.7 images/sec.
Self-timer Approx. 10-sec./Approx. 2-sec. delay, FaceSelf-Timer,
Custom Timer
i-Contrast Auto/Off
Recording Media SD memory card, SDHC memory card,
MultiMediaCard, MMCplus memory card,
HC MMCplus memory card
File Format Design rule for Camera File system and DPOF compliant
Data Type Still images: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movies: MOV (Image data: H.264, Audio data: Linear PCM) (Stereo)
Compression Fine, Normal
Number of Recording Pixels
(Still images)
(Still images)
Large: 4000 x 3000 pixels
Medium 1: 3264 x 2448 pixels
Medium 2: 2592 x 1944 pixels
Medium 3: 1600 x 1200 pixels
Small: 640 x 480 pixels
Widescreen: 3840 x 2160 pixels

1280 x 720 pixels (30 frames/sec.)
640 x 480 pixels (30 frames/sec.)
320 x 240 pixels (30 frames/sec.)
Number of Possible Shots. LCD Monitor On: Approx. 340 images (Based on CIPA standardized measurement)
Viewfinder On: Approx. 350 images
Number of Possible Shots Approx. 220 images
(Based on CIPA standardized measurement)
Playback Function Single Image, Movie, Magnified Focus, Index,
Magnified, Filtered Playback, Slideshow, Scroll
Editing Function Erase, Protect, My Category, Resize, My Colors,i-Contrast, Trimming, Rotate, Red-Eye Correction
Direct Print Type PictBridge capable
Interface Hi-Speed USB (Dedicated connector with unified type of digital, audio and video*)
HDMI (HDMI mini connector)

* mini-B compatible

Video/Audio output (NTSC and PAL capable, stereo audio)

Communication Settings MTP, PTP
Power 4 AA-size alkaline batteries
4 AA-size NiMH batteries (NB-3AH sold separately)
Compact Power Adapter CA-PS700 (sold separately)
Operating Temperatures 0–40°C (32–104°F)
Operating Humidity 10–90%
Dimensions (excluding protrusions) 124.0 x 88.3 x 86.9 mm (4.88 x 3.48 x 3.42 in.)
Weight (camera body only) Approx. 560 g (19.8 oz.)