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Canon PowerShot D20 review

Canon introduces its latest underwater compact, the PowerShot D20

Canon PowerShot D20 review

Although the monochrome filter adds mood to images and video, we are disappointed by the lack of contrast it delivered.

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Canon PowerShot D20 review

Colour reproduction at low sensitivity settings meets our expectations for a camera of this price point.

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Canon PowerShot D20 review

Colours and detail were captured adequately during our underwater tests.

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Canon PowerShot D20 review

Even at full zoom, we were unable to detect any major chromatic aberrations.

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Canon PowerShot D20 review

Beach huts in normal mode.

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Canon PowerShot D20 review

Using the Fisheye filter can distort images, which can be effective when photographing architecture.

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Canon PowerShot D20 review

Behind the beach huts in normal mode.

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Canon PowerShot D20 review

The Super Vivid colour option adds an extra level of interest to muted and flagging frames.

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Canon PowerShot D20 review

Purple beach huts in normal shooting mode.

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Canon PowerShot D20 review

The Canon PowerShot D20 injects a shot of colour saturation into images and videos with Super Vivid mode.

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Canon PowerShot D20 review

The beach in normal shooting mode.

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Canon PowerShot D20 review

Taken at the maximum wideangle setting.

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Canon PowerShot D20 review

Taken at the telephoto max zoom.

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Canon PowerShot D20 review

On the whole, image quality on the Canon PowerShot D20 was of an impressive standard. Only its handling let it down.

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Canon PowerShot D20 review

Overall the camera meters well in Auto and Program modes. In Auto, however, there can be a slight bias to underexpose.

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Canon PowerShot D20 review

Purple Flower in normal mode.

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Canon PowerShot D20 review

Purple flower in Poster Effect.

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Canon PowerShot D20 review

Purple flower shot with the Colour Accent filter.

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Canon PowerShot D20 review

Purple flower with Colour Swap filter.

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Canon PowerShot D20 review

Purple flower with Fisheye effect.

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Canon PowerShot D20 review

Purple flower shot with the Miniature effect.

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Canon PowerShot D20 review

Purple flower shot in monochrome.

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Canon PowerShot D20 review

Purple flower with the Toy Camera effect.

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Canon PowerShot D20 review

Purple flower in Super Vivid mode.

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Canon PowerShot D20 review

Slight white balancing issues were noticeable while shooting underwater, but thanks to the chunky buttons, options can be changed easily.

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Canon PowerShot D20 review

The camera's Macro function in Auto mode reproduced details and colours accurately.

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Canon PowerShot D20 review

The dedicated Underwater Macro mode worked well when shooting at close range.

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Canon PowerShot D20 review

A house when zoomed out all the way.

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Canon PowerShot D20 review

The same house, photographed at maximum zoom.

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Canon PowerShot D20 review

Some flowers shot when zoomed out fully.

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The flowers shot after we zoomed in all the way.

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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
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Maximum Frame Rate240 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution12.8 Megapixel
Battery Model SupportedNB-6L
Height70.8 mm
Width112.3 mm
Depth28 mm
Autofocus Points9
Product SeriesD
Focal Length5 mm to 25 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelD20
Product NamePowerShot D20 Compact Camera
Product LinePowerShot
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.

Battery Life280 Shot
Package Contents
  • PowerShot D20 Compact Camera
  • NB-6L Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • Charger
Display Resolution461000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker