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Canon sx20is review

I purchased this camera a few weeks ago and even in that short time I have probably shot about 400 pictures. I am very pleased with the image quality so far. I have used some of the scene modes, landscape mode and program mode where you set the iso and the camera takes care of everything else. So far 99.5% of the pictures have come out really well. The image stabilization is a big plus - I actually took some shots from the deck of a large boat that was pitching and rolling and thought for sure I would have some blurred photos, but to my surprise, none came out blurry. In one instance I took a photo of a pair of bald eagles way up high on a cliffside(Arizona) and I could barely make out the two little specks way up there. I extended the zoom lens to full magnification(20X), focused and took the shot thinking whoa, this one isn't likely to be succesful. When I opened the photo, there was no blurring and the eagles could plainly be seen. With 12.1 megapixels I was able to enlarge the photo and see the eagles perfectly with no blurring still.
It should be remembered that this is not a dslr camera and does not have a large sensor - I think the sensor is 1/2.3 inches which is quite small. This is a bridge camera, which means it has many of the control options of a dslr but does not have a large cmos sensor and lenses are not interchangeable. The two most significant factors that affect image quality are sensor size and lens quality, imho. That being said, this is an excellent camera for newbies and for intermediate level photographers who want respectable quality without breaking the bank. I am finding myself getting excited all the time when I take pictures that I don't think will look all that great, and then when I put them on my big screen monitor it's like - wow! - that really looks good! So far I have found no negatives with this camera - it's a big step up from a point and shoot.
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Excellent camera! Previously bought one of these brand new. Wanted exact replacement.

Lots of great features. Takes regular or rechargeable batteries. As other have said - might be hard to find a battery pack in remote locations so this is ideal for vacations anywhere. Recommend getting a lens cap with a string to keep from losing it. Image stabilization works great and lets you use the max physical zoom with no issues. Lots of features. Would definitely recommend. Like it better than most current models so bought a spare one.Read full review...

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Excellent camer

I bought a camera like this quite a few years ago. I loved it! Unfortunately it was stolen by my boarder, Brandon Rogan. When I went to replace it, I liked the camera so much I replaced it with the same one. It takes excellent pictures, especially close ups. It has every function that I need including recording videos, and sports shots. The sound quality on videos is great, also.Read full review...

Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: pre-owned | Sold by: jeschlauder

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Excellent Item!

This is my 3rd of this model Canon camera. It's easy to use and takes great photos. I like that it uses "aa" batteries which makes it easy when you are trekking in places like Nepal and don't have access to charging.Read full review...

Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: pre-owned | Sold by: vintagecaca

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Wonderful Gift To Myself

I cannot express how much I love my Canon Camera it is the best. This camera is so easy to use it is amazing. I am also very happy about the great deal that I received from the E-Bay Seller where I purchased this item. Everything was pretty much set for me so all I had to do was point and snap the picture. I recommend this camera highly.Read full review...

Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: pre-owned | Sold by: jmmor06

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New in the box

Great camera is excellent condition and very new like shape, works great....what a good deal for this camera"
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Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: pre-owned | Sold by: aaroncigar1

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Upgraded from SX5

Produces excellent images as long as you stay at the lower ISO range. Bought it for convenience; not my main camera.

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Amazing zoom capability and view finder is a big plus...love it !!

I owned the same camera for several years but lost it in a boating accident. Thrilled to have been able to replace it as they do not make this model any longer. I love the fact that it has a view finder as well as the LCD screen. It makes taking photos outside much easier.It also has a feature that enables you to view the photos you have taken with a focus adjustment. For example, my eye sight requires reading glasses or the photo appears to be out of focus. With this feature I can view the photos I have taken using this feature to ensure they are in focus. The 20 zoom is amazing and photos are very clear. I do not like that the lens cap is not attached but purchased an inexpensive accessory to attach it to the camera. I would highly recommend this camera.Read full review...

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Great camera, fast shipping great seller. thanks

This is a great camera. Easy to get great pictures and the zoom is fantastic not mention the close up's are also really good. The pull out large view finder pull's out and can make really hard shots easy to view. Very durable and easy to use.Read full review...

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Nice camera

The SX20 IS had one of the better quality 720p HD videos I've come across in a compact, and the zoom function of the lens is available. The ability of the camera to switch to video from whatever shooting mode you're in by merely pushing the movie button is a nice feature, and while recording you can always use the shutter button to take a still picture - the camera will take the shot and then continue video capture with the still image capture process incorporated as part of the video.

Image Quality
Default images from the SX20 IS were color accurate and pleasing as to sharpness. Canon's "my colors" palette is available for manual shooting modes and offers 10 color and monochrome shooting options in addition to the default setting of "off." Here are the off, vivid, neutral and positive film color options:
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