If you’re an amateur photographer looking to learn more about the craft before committing to the high-end cameras, consider a solid megazoom camera like the Canon Powershot SX20 IS. The camera boasts a 20x optical zoom, a pivoting LCD screen, hotshoe capability, and HD video capability.
The battery options are some of the major differences between the Canon Powershot SX20 IS and its competitors. While other cameras within the Powershot SX20′s class switched to Li-Ion batteries for their light weight, the Canon Powershot uses four AA batteries. While this may seem like a lot to tote around in a camera bag, keep in mind that you can buy AA batteries practically anywhere. Run out of batteries while shooting? Simply head to a gas station and pick up some more. Rechargable AA batteries are relatively cheap and offer an excellent, long-lasting, and environmentally responsible way to power your Canon Powershot SX20 IS. Invest in 8 to twelve rechargeable batteries and you’ll never need to worry. The Powershot’s battery life is good when compared to other cameras in its class. Unfortunately, the AA batteries make the Canon Powershot SX20 heavier than most of its competitors.
The automatic photo setting will deliver quality basic photographs at least nine times out of ten. Even if beginner users never stray from the automatic feature, they’ll still be pleased with picture quality.
The Powershot SX20 comes with a variety of specialized “scene” settings that are easily navigable thanks to the Canon’s scroll wheel. Choose from settings like “snow,” “foliage,” “beach,” “indoor,” “sunset,” “color accent” (which highlights one particular color and changes the rest of the picture to black and white), and an ISO 3200 setting for low lighted conditions.
While the screen is smaller than many of the Powershot’s competitors, the pivotable LCD screen is a fan favorite. Users can pivot the screen for crowd shots, self-portraits, and dramatically low or high angles.