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Canon PowerShot D20 review

Canon introduces its latest underwater compact, the PowerShot D20

The Canon PowerShot D20's metering system met our expectations for a camera in this pricing bracket. Photographers have three options in Program: Evaluative, Centre-Weight and Spot, all of which provided promising results.

Using Auto mode we found the camera has a slight tendency to meter for the highlights, generating a slightly underexposed image, but nothing that drastically alters the overall quality of the shots. We found Auto white balance wanting - rarely did it factor in changes in light. So for a higher quality of results, we advise you use Program, since this allows you to set the camera so it is better able able to reproduce colours accurately.

Canon PowerShot D20 review

Our sensitivity tests returned images that are altogether rather pleasing, with ISO 100 through to 200 showing little signs of noise or quality degradation. At ISO 400 during close up inspections noise starts to appear, while the camera's processor makes valiant attempts to smooth the telltale whisperings of noise away.

At ISO 800, noise really begins to emerge, but it isn't until ISO 1600 that grain becomes visible. When we reach ISO 3200, images are often overexposed, with inaccurate colour and loss of detail. In comparison with many of its peers, the Canon PowerShot D20 actually performs rather well in sensitivity tests, and even using the extreme ISO setting provided above average results.

Canon PowerShot D20 review

Canon PowerShot D20 review

Canon PowerShot D20 review

Canon PowerShot D20 review

Canon PowerShot D20 review

Canon PowerShot D20 review

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
GPSYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyPowerShot D
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Eye-Fi Card
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourSilver
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
DurabilityWater Proof, Shock Proof, Freeze Proof, Dust Proof
FeaturesSelf-timer, Wink Detection, Face Detection, Smile Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor, Live View
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4, Motion JPEG
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)228 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE, REACH, ENERGY STAR
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height70.8 mm
Width112.3 mm
Depth28 mm
Product SeriesD
Focal Length5 mm to 25 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
External FlashNo
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelD20
Product NamePowerShot D20 Compact Camera
Product LinePowerShot
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number6147B012AA
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

Rugged and reliable the PowerShot D20 includes HS system and 5x optical zoom with Intelligent IS to bring high performance stills and movies to every outdoor adventure, plus GPS to track the thrills.

Package Contents
  • PowerShot D20 Compact Camera
  • NB-6L Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • Charger
Limited Warranty1 Year