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Canon PowerShot D20 Prices, Specifications and Reviews

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  The Canon PowerShot D20 is a rugged point-and-shoot camera that is waterproof to 33', temperature resistant from 14 degrees to 104 degrees Fahrenheit and shockproof to 5'. Its 5X optical zoom should be reasonably good for basic outdoor photography. The D20 also records 1080p full HD video with the ability to zoom while shooting, and it has a dedicated movie button, making it easy to switch between still pictures and video.

The GPS tracker marks locations on the images, and displays those locations on a map. This is a specialized camera that does relatively well in low-light, humid or wet conditions. Its 24 shooting modes include Handheld Night Scene, Underwater and Underwater Macro.


(Prices as of 11/19/2012)
D20        Source
$290Best Buy
$289Amazon (Typically free shipping)
$289B&H Photo Video (Typically free shipping)

Additional Costs:

$5-$25Additional SD (standard capacity) memory cards, 4GB-8GB, Class 4-6 (Class 10 is fastest)
$15-$75Additional SDHC (high capacity) memory cards, 16GB-32GB, Class 10
$50-$200+Additional SDXC (extended capacity, used for video) memory cards, 64GB-128GB, Class 10
$60 Replacement lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack
$330 Underwater case for deeper diving
$130-$150High-Power slave flash, with mounting bracket


DimensionsHeight: 2.79"
Width: 4.42"
Depth: 1.1"
Weight8.4 oz.
Included in BoxBattery pack, battery charger, wrist strap, strap mount, USB cable, CD-ROM with Digital Camera Solution software
Type of MediaSD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card
Megapixels12.1 MP
Sensor1/2.3" CCD sensor
(Typical point-and-shoot: 1/2.3" sensor ratio. Larger sensors: 1/1.7")
Monitor3.0" TFT LCD color display with wide-viewing angle (461k dots)
Video1080pfull HD video recording with dedicated movie button; zoom while shooting
FlashBuilt-in flash (auto, red-eye reduction, auto red-eye correction, flash on, flash off, FE lock, slow synchro) 1'-11' rage; recycling time 10 seconds or less
Zoom5X optical zoom; 4X digital zoom; 20X combined zoom with optical image stabilizer
(Basic point-and-shoots: 3X-10X optical zoom. Superzoom: 10X-40X+)
Photographic ValuesFocal length: 5.0mm-25.0mm (film equivalent 28mm-140mm)
Aperture: f/3.9-f/4.8
Shutter speed: 15 seconds to 1/1600th second
ISO: auto, 100-3200 (when in P mode)
Manual SettingsNone
Continuous Shooting1.9 shots per second
BatteriesRechargeable lithium-ion battery pack; about 280 shots or 5 hours video playback per charge
Other FeaturesGPS that records the location on the image, then displays them on a map
24 shooting modes, including Underwater and Underwater Macro
12 photo effects (vivid colors, black and white, lighter skin, darker skin, etc.)
Optical image stabilizer (to reduce blurring from a handheld camera, particularly with videos)
Self-timer delay of 2 seconds, 10 seconds or custom (0-15 seconds or 20/25/30 seconds)
Warranty1 year limited, parts and labor

The manufacturer's detailed product information is available at

What People Are Saying:

Critics say the Canon PowerShot D20 is definitely rugged, but somewhat slow compared to rivals, and a bit bulky with somewhat awkward button placement. Consumer Reports recommends it, saying the manual focus makes it more versatile than most rugged point-and-shoots. User reviews are primarily positive, with most saying the D20 is easy to use and takes good underwater pictures without leaking, although several note that it's a little slow. Complaints center on problems with leaking and dissatisfaction with indoor images.
  • " The GPS-equipped Canon PowerShot D20 is a well-built but large rugged camera with a sharp lens. It produces good-looking images at every supported ISO, but isn't the fastest tough camera that we've tested."
  • "[The Canon D20 is] a decent camera, but the Panasonic TS4 and the Olympus Toughcam TG-1 both out-perform it in image quality and ease of use."
  • "The Canon D20 is a better-than-average looking tough cam that sports a surprising sharp lens and impressive underwater stills capability. But get ready to sacrifice action shots, because a speed demon this is not."