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Canon Updates with SX20, SX120
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posted on Aug 19, 2009 at 5:17PM

Canon Updates with SX20, SX120

By Emily Raymond
  • Canon SX20, SX120
  • Image stabilization
  • Long zoom lenses
  • Manual controls

(Credit: Canon)

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Canon updated its SX-series today with the announcement of the PowerShot SX20 IS and SX120 IS. The two cameras come with long zoom lenses and increased resolution from their predecessors. The PowerShot digital cameras will go on sale beginning in September.


The Canon SX20 IS follows the SX10 IS with the same 20x optical zoom lens that has a nice wide 28-560mm focal range and bright f/2.8 maximum aperture. The new model also carries over the SX10’s vari-angle 2.5-inch LCD monitor. The biggest difference between the older and younger cameras is the resolution: the new PowerShot SX20 IS has 12.1 megapixels while the SX10 has 10.1 megapixels.


The new SX20 keeps such features as the Intelligent Contrast Correction, although Canon claims that even this standard has been improved on the new model. New additions include full 1280 x 720-pixel HD video, RAW-format still images, and a “hints and tips” graphic on the user interface that describes what features in the menu can do.


The $399 Canon PowerShot SX20 IS has a chunky DSLR-like camera body with its large zoom lens out front, a hot shoe for Speedlite flashes on top, and a sizable hand grip for support. The $249 Canon PowerShot SX120 IS is the more petite of the two new models: it is considerably lighter and more compact. The SX120 nixes the big hand grip and goes for a sleeker, more pocketable design.


The Canon SX120 IS can still be considered an ultra-zoom digital camera with its 10x optical zoom lens. The lens is the same as the one on its predecessor, the SX110 IS. The lens carries a focal range of 36-360mm along with the optical image stabilization that was on the previous model, and is also present on the pricier SX20. The Canon SX120 increases its resolution to 10.1 megapixels as opposed to the SX110’s 9 megapixels. Besides the 10x lens, the two models share the same 3-inch LCD screen.


The new SX-series digital cameras come with faster face detection systems that can recognize up to 35 faces at a time and track them around the frame. They also come with a smart auto mode and plenty of scene modes – 18 on the SX120 and 22 on the SX20. Both cameras have manual and priority exposure modes and functions in addition to their array of automated features.


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