Canon PowerShot D20 Brief Review


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  • 12.1 MP BSI CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • Waterproof to 33 feet, temperature from 14-104 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 5x Optical Zoom with 28mm wide angle lens
  • 1080p Full HD video at 24fps
  • 3.0-inch LCD
  • GPS tracker(does not work under water)
  • Release Date: 2012-03-31
  • Final Grade: 88 4.4 Star Rating: Recommended

Canon PowerShot D20
12.1 MP BSI CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 Image Processor; Waterproof to 33 feet, temperature from 14-104 degrees Fahrenheit; 5x Optical Zoom with 28mm wide angle lens; 1080p Full HD video at 24fps; 3.0-inch LCD; GPS tracker(does not work under water)
By Digital Admin, Last updated on: 8/21/2014

A much-needed update to 2009's D10, the D20 continues Canon's rugged line with a new CMOS sensor and all the benefits that go along with it: underwater HD video and great low-light image quality. Canon has also upgraded the zoom to 28-140mm, a much more useful 5x range than the D10's, while shrinking the camera body to a more manageable size. There's also a GPS tracker here, but note that it wont work during your underwater adventures. At $350 the D20 seems overpriced or under-specified, depending on which group of rugged cameras you compare it against.

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