Waterproof Cameras Group Test - Canon PowerShot D20
Canon PowerShot D20
- Street price - £310
- Sensor - 12.1MP, 1/2.3in back-illuminated CMOS
- Lens - 5x optical zoom, 28-140mm f/3.9 - 4.8
- LCD - 3in, 461k-dot PureColor II LCD
- ISO - 100 - 3200
- Movie - 1920 x 1080, 24fps
- Dimensions - 112.3 x 70.8 x 28mm
- Weight - 228mm
The D20 retains a host of features and technology found in Canon's other PowerShot models that aren't designed for entering the water.
To start off with, the model's 12.1MP CMOS sensor is accompanied by Canon's HS technology and DIGIC 4 processor, which is capable of capturing stills and 1080p HD video. The model features a 5x optical zoom covering a focal range of 28-140mm in 35mm equivalent terms. A 3in, 461k-dot LCD screen features complete with Canon's PureColor II G technology for improved clarity.
Alongside the model's tough credentials sit a host of design tweaks to make the snapper suited to use both in the water and general rugged conditions. To begin with, the model features an Active Display complete with Tap Control, making it easy to review images in difficult conditions or when wearing gloves. The D20 also offers GPS functionality that tags the location of photos and videos which can then be assigned to locations using the supplied Map Utility software.
The body itself looks distinctly piscatorial, a design choice which is not only aesthetically pleasing but also benefits the photographer's grip in use. Along with the ergonomic body, Canon has also adapted the buttons on the rear of the camera to aid use in difficult conditions, being now raised and rubberised for ease of operation.
In difficult lighting conditions, such as those you will no doubt encounter when around the pool or on the beach, the D20's 3in screen excels and offers great visibility no matter what the setting. Several touches aimed at improving usability, such as the Active Display technology whereby one can tap or tilt the camera to scroll through captured images rather than use the buttons, are also welcome.
Not only does the camera handle well, but it also produces excellent images - colours are pleasingly vivid, skin tones appear natural while edge-to-edge sharpness is also evident in most shots.
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- 1. Waterproof Cameras Group Test
- 2. Waterproof Cameras Group Test - Canon PowerShot D20
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