Canon Powershot Sx20 Is Manual

Canon Powershot Sx20 Is Manual

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Canon Powershot Sx20 Is Camera

  • Company Name: Canon
  • Model : PowerShot SX20 IS
  • Type : Camera
  • Specifications : PowerShot SX20 IS Specs
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Canon Powershot Sx20 Is Specifications


Product Specification


Type 1/2.3 type CCD
Effective Pixels Approx. 12.1M
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour


Type DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology


Focal Length 5.0 – 100.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28 – 560 mm)
Zoom Optical 20x. Digital Approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter Approx. 1.5x or 2.0x and Safety Zoom¹)². Combined Approx. 80x
Maximum f/number f/2.8-f/5.7
Construction 13 elements in 11 groups (1 UD and 1 single-sided UA element)
Image Stabilisation Yes (shift-type)
Ultrasonic Motor (USM) Yes, zoom


Type TTL
AF System/ Points Face Detection, 1-point AF (Any position is available, fixed to centre or Face Select and Track)
AF Modes Single, Continuous, Servo AF/AE¹
AF Point Selection Manual selection using FlexiZone AF/AE, Size (Normal, Small)
AF Lock On/Off Selectable
AF Assist Beam Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Focus Bracketing Yes
Closest Focusing Distance 0 cm (W) from front of lens in Super Macro


Metering modes Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre or linked to Face Detection AF or FlexiZone AF frame)
AE Lock Yes
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
Enhanced i-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction
AEB 1/3 – 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
ISO sensitivity* AUTO, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600


Speed 1 – 1/3200 sec. (factory default)
15 – 1/3200 sec. (total range – varies by shooting mode)


Type TTL
Settings Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom


Viewfinder EVF 1.1 cm (0.44"), Approx. 235,000 dots
Dioptre Correction Yes


Monitor Vari-angle 6.3 cm (2.5”) PureColor VA (TFT), Approx. 230,000 dots
Coverage Approx. 100%
Brightness Adjustable to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD


Modes Auto, Manual Flash On / Off
Slow Sync Speed Yes. Fastest speed 1/500 sec.
Red-Eye Reduction Yes
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments. Face Detection FE. Safety FE.
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Manual Power Adjustment 3 levels with internal flash (up to 19 levels with external EX Speedlites 270EX and 430EX II. 22 levels with 580EX II¹)
Second Curtain Synchronisation Yes
Built-in Flash Range 50 cm – 6.8 m (W) / 1.0 m – 3.7 m (T)
External Flash E-TTL with EX series Speedlites¹, Canon High Power Flash HF-DC1


Modes Auto*, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Custom, Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, Sports, SCN (Indoor, Sunset, Night Scene, Fireworks, Beach, Aquarium, Foliage, Snow, ISO 3200¹, Color Accent, Color Swap), Stitch Assist, Movie, Super Macro
*with Scene Detection Technology and Motion Detection Technology
Photo Effects My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)
Drive modes Single, Continuous, Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer
Continuous Shooting Approx. 1.0 shots/sec.¹, AF: Approx. 0.7 shots/sec.¹, LV: Approx. 0.7 shots/sec.¹ (until memory card becomes full)²


Image Size (L) 4000 x 3000, (M1) 3264 x 2448, (M2) 2592 x 1944, (M3) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480, (W) 3840 x 2160. Resize in playback (M3, S, 320 x 240)
Compression Fine, Normal
Movies (HD) 1280 x 720, 30 fps, (L) 640 x 480, 30 fps, (M) 320 x 240, 30 fps
Movie Length Up to 4 GB or 29 min. 59 sec. (HD)¹
Up to 4 GB or 1 hour (L, M)²


Still Image Type JPEG compression, (Exif 2.2 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Movies MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (monaural / stereo)]


Canon Printers Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Fixed Size Print and Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers only)
PictBridge Yes


Red-Eye Correction Yes, during shooting and playback
My Camera / My Menu Start-up image and camera sounds customisation. Menu customisation
My Category Image tagging feature
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Histogram Yes, live histogram
Playback Zoom Approx. 2x – 10x
Self Timer Approx. 2 or 10 sec., Custom or FaceSelf-Timer
Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Ukrainian, Romanian, Farsi


Computer Hi-Speed USB (Mini-B, MTP, PTP)
Other HDMI Mini Connector. A/V output (PAL/NTSC)


Type SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus.


PC & Macintosh Windows XP SP2-3 / Vista (including SP1-2)
Mac OS X v10.4 - 10.5


Browsing & Printing ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Other PhotoStitch


Batteries 4x Size-AA Alkaline or NiMH Batteries(NB4-300) (Alkalines supplied)
Battery life Approx. 340 shots (with supplied batteries)¹
Approx. 600 shots (with optional Canon NB4-300 batteries)¹
Approx. 720 min. playback (with supplied batteries)¹
Approx. 840 min. playback (with Canon NB4-300 batteries)¹
A/C Power Supply Optional, Power adapter CA-PS700


Cases / Straps Soft Case DCC-800
Flash Canon Speedlites (including 270EX, 430EX II, 580EX, 580EX II¹), Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Off-Camera Shoe Cord OC-E3
High Power Flash HF-DC1
Power Supply & Battery Chargers Compact AC power adapter CA-PS700, Battery Charger Kit CBK4-300, Ni-MH Batteries NB4-300
Other Canon HDMI Cable HTC-100


Operating Environment 0 – 40 °C¹, 10 – 90% humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 124.0 x 88.3 x 86.9 mm (excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 647 g (including battery/batteries and memory card)
AF Modes ¹ Some settings limit availability
Manual Power Adjustment ¹ Not all functions of the flash are supported.
Continuous Shooting ¹ Under conditions where the flash does not fire.
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
Movie Length ¹ The following Speed Class memory cards are required for maximum record time: 1280 x 720, 30 fps Speed Class 4 or above. 1920 x 1080, 30 fps Speed Class 6
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
External Flash ¹ Not all functions of the flash are supported.
Modes ¹ Recording pixels fixed at 1600 x 1200 (ISO 3200 Mode) and 1824 x 1368 (Low Light Mode).
Battery life ¹ Using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera (where included), except where indicated.
Zoom ¹ Depending on the image size selected.
² Digital zoom available for still image and standard movie modes only. Optical zoom may not be available during movie recording.
Operating Environment ¹ 0 – 35 °C when NB-3AH is used
Flash ¹ Not all functions of the flash are supported.
  • * Standard Output Sensitivity / Recommended Exposure Index.
  • According to ISO 12232:2006 (20th April 2006) which specifies the method for assigning and reporting ISO speed ratings for digital still cameras.
  • All data is based on Canon standard testing methods (according to CIPA Standards) except where indicated.
  • Subject to change without notice.


Note: This machine satisfies the test requirements for powder dust, ozone, TVOC, styrene and benzene emissions. Further information in relation to emissions data, return of spare parts or consumables or any specific further information regarding this product can be made available upon request from Customer Care on 13 13 83

PowerShot SX20 IS Technical Specifications

Sensor / Image Processor

Effective Number of Pixels
Approx. 12.1 MP CCD
Size / Filter Array
1/2.3 inch / Primary colour filter (Bayer)
DiG!C 4
Aspect Ratio


Focal Length (optical)
5.0 (W) - 100.0 (T) mm
35mm film equivalent
28 (W) – 560 (T) mm
f/2.8 - 8.0 (W), f/5.7 - 8.0 (T)
Shutter Speed
1 – 1/3200 sec.
Optical approx 20x; Digital approx 4x
Image Stabilizer
Optical (Lens Shift Type), approx 4 steps

Shooting Functions

AF System
TTL Autofocus (Single / Continuous), Manual
Focusing Frame
Face Detect with movie support1,2, Center3, Flexizone
Face Detection
Auto Focus, Auto Exposure, White Balance, Flash Exposure, Auto Red-Eye correction, Auto Focus Point Zoom, Face Tracking, Face Self Timer4,
Other Shooting Functions
Servo AF, i-Correction, Auto Focus Assist Beam, Auto Focus Lock
Normal: 50cm – infinity, Macro: 10cm - 50cm, Super Macro: 0cm – 10cm
Continuous Shooting (Large/Fine)
Approx 1.0 shots/sec; AF Approx 0.7 shots/sec; LV Approx 0.8 shots/sec
Approx. 10 sec or 2 sec delay, custom, Face Self-Timer4


Light Metering Method
Evaluative5, Centre -weighted average, Spot6
Exposure Control Method
Program AE, AE Lock available, Manual, Intelligent Contrast Correction, Program Shift, Safety Shift
Exposure Compensation
± 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Sensitivity (Equivalent Film Speed)
Auto7, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600
White Balance Modes
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom

LCD Monitor

Electronic viewfinder with dioptric adjustment and 5 levels of brightness adjustments
LCD Screen
2.5 inch vari-angle LCD monitor with high resolution (approx 230,000 dots)


Flash Modes
Auto, on, off, Red Eye Correction, Red Eye Reduction, Slow Synchro, Second Curtain Synchro, FE Lock, Safety FE
Flash Range
Normal: 50cm − 6.8 m (W), 1m − 3.7 m (T)
Flash Exposure Compensation
±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
External Flash Support
Canon EX series Speedlites via Hot Shoe

Selectable Shooting Modes

Shooting Modes
Intelligent Auto (with Scene Detection), P (Program), Tv (Shutter Priority), Av (Aperture Priority), M (Manual), C (Custom), Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, Sports, Special Scene (Indoor, Night Scene, Sunset, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, ISO 3200, Color Accent, Color Swap), Movie
My Colours
Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color

Image Recording Format

Still image
JPEG Compression (EXIF 2.2 Compliant)
Colour Space and Compression
sRGB; Fine, Normal
MOV (Image Data: H.264; Audio Data: Linear PCM monaural)

Recording Pixels and recording capacity on a 2GB card

Still Images and Capacity (at Fine Image Setting)
Large: 4000 x 3000 (626), Medium 1: 3264 x 2448 (930), Medium 2: 2592 x 1944 (1365), Medium 3: 1600 x 1200 (3235), Small: 640 x 480 (10245), Widescreen: 3840 x 2160 (903)
Movie Frame Rate
HD 1280x720 30fps (10min 33sec), 640x480: 30fps (22min 45sec), 320x240: 30fps (1hr 4min 1 sec)

Other Operations

Playback Operations
Red-eye Correction, Slideshow, My Category, Index, Resize, Resizing of widescreen images, Magnified, Image Inspection Tool, Advancing and Reversing through magnified images, Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Histogram, Overexposure Warning, Auto Play
File Operations
DPOF - Print Order/Image transfer; Movie - unnecessary scenes can be erased; Sound Annotations - max. record/play time is approx. 60 sec; Maximum Recording Length per Clip - until file size reaches 4GB9
Direct Printing, PictBridge


Supported Operating Systems
PC: Windows XP SP2/SP3, Vista incl SP1/SP2; Mac: OS X v10.4- v10.5
Computer I/F
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B compatible), HDMI mini connector
Video Output
PAL or NTSC selectable
Audio Output
Memory Storage
SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMCplus card, HC MMCplus card

General Features

Size AA Alkaline battery (x4) or Size AA rechargeable NiMH battery (x4) NB4-300/NB4-200
Optional Charger/AC Adaptor
CBK4-300 / Compact Power Adaptor CA-PS700
Dimensions (W x D x H)
124 x 88.3 x 86.9 mm (ex. protruding parts)
Approx. 560g