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Canon® PowerShot D20 review

Canon® PowerShot D20 review, 8.0 out of 10 based on 2 ratings
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Canon PowerShot D20

The Canon PowerShot D20 is a rugged, waterproof camera that was released in early 2012. The camera is a good point and shoot in and of itself, but it comes with some additional features that are rare in this sector of the market. We’ll look at some of these differences and what we think are the best and worst parts of the camera.

Canon PowerShot D20 advantages

The D20 is a standout in several areas.

  • Ruggedness: As we said above, the camera is waterproof and able to take quite a beating. Specifically, the camera can go 33 feet under the water safely, along with being able to withstand temperatures from 14 degrees to 104 degrees. You can also drop the camera from a height of five feet or less and it won’t cause any issues with operation, though you may end up with some scratches or something similar. You’ll be hard pressed to find many other cameras this rugged.
  • Video: The D20 shoots full high definition video. You’ll be able to shoot the fish and scenery underwater then play it back in 1080p resolution. If you’re interested in video in your rugged camera then the D20 will deliver top quality.
  • GPS: You’ll also get GPS with this camera, which is nice. Presumably, you aren’t going to be buying this camera to take pictures in your bathtub. If you’re going to be traveling then this GPS will be a very useful tool to have because it will tell you where all your photos were taken.

Canon PowerShot D20 advantages

There are also some areas where the D20 isn’t as great.

  • Size: The ruggedness comes at a price. As you can imagine, you need more and different kinds of material if you’re going to make a camera like the D20. The camera weighs in at 8.04 ounces, which is quite hefty for a compact point and shoot. You also get some added bulk on the outside of the camera, which makes it a bit bigger than the average point and shoot. We think it’s a good trade-off, but if size is important to you then you might want to reconsider.
  • Lack of control: There aren’t a ton of waterproof cameras on the market, which means every little thing counts. One thing that would be nice for this camera is manual controls. That way, the more advanced photographers could choose their settings for all kinds of interesting situations. Maybe the controls were left off because of the waterproofing, but whatever the reason it would be nice to have them.

The D20 is the first waterproof camera from Canon in three years, and it was definitely worth the wait. If you buy the D20 you’ll be able to have a camera that can go almost anywhere and perform. The Canon PowerShot D20 is the perfect camera for a traveler or anyone who needs a camera that can take a beating and keep on clicking off photos.


May at 8:34 AM

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