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Canon PowerShot SX420 is Digital Camera

$249.00
Bridge Camera 20MP 42x Jan 2016
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
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Technical Details

Has a Self-Timer

The PowerShot SX420 IS has a self-timer. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera also have a self-timer.

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Display

Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

At only 230,000 pixels, the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS has a quite low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera. The average display resolution (numeric) of high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera is 700,000 pixels.

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Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the PowerShot SX420 IS has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera.

There are a number of other 3" screen digital cameras currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Nikon D3200 ($360.00), the Sony DSC-WX350 ($249.29), or the Samsung NX3000 ($213.74).

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Battery

Only 195 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Most cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera take between 150 and 4,699 battery life (CIPA standard), including the PowerShot SX420 IS which takes 195 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Power

Poor Battery Life

One owner who reviewed the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS concluded that it was not quick to charge. Bagpuss1 wrote in their review of this digital camera “No use without the correct UK plug to charge it” .


Light Exposure

Supports Six ISO Sensitivities

The Canon PowerShot SX420 IS has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras that came out around the same time as it. This camera supports a 100 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for more than a year. The ISO sensitivities "200", "400", "800", "1600" and "Auto" are also supported by this Canon camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The PowerShot SX420 IS supports PictBridge, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The Canon PowerShot SX420 IS features voice recording, as do most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The PowerShot SX420 IS has a built-in microphone. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The PowerShot SX420 IS has a battery charger included. Most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera also have a battery charger included.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The PowerShot SX420 IS has an AC adapter included. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The PowerShot SX420 IS has a batteries included. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera also have a batteries included.

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Other Features

Has a USB Connectivity

The PowerShot SX420 IS has a USB connectivity, as do most of the other digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera.

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Reviews

Canon Has Excellent Reviews for Its Cameras

Based on 34,085 user and expert reviews (including 2,835 verified purchases), Canon has excellent reviews for its cameras. Canon also has excellent reviews specifically within its high megapixel cameras range compared to other manufacturers. 97% of those that bought a Canon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


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Top Seller

The PowerShot SX420 IS is one the fastest selling camera currently available for purchase.

Released Over a Year Ago

This high megapixel digital camera has been on the market since April 2017.


Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Canon PowerShot SX420 IS has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for more than a year.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon EOS M10 ($316.75), the Samsung NX3000 ($213.74), or the Sony DSC-WX350 ($249.29).

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Lens System

Fairly Big Optical Zoom

Cameras of this age and type have optical zooms of between 3x and 63x. With an optical zoom of 42 times zoom factor, the PowerShot SX420 IS has one of the bigger optical zooms amongst comparable spec cameras of this age.

If this camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the Canon SX540 HS ($410.00) (50x) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The PowerShot SX420 IS has one of the longer maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (1,008 millimeter) amongst high megapixel cameras of this age. Across all the cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 6.2mm to 1,200mm.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At only 24 millimeters, the PowerShot SX420 IS has a fairly short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera. The shortest minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera is 3.1mm, the longest is 42mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 26mm.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The PowerShot SX420 IS supports Wi-Fi, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera.

There are a number of alternative cameras which support Wi-Fi currently available that you might also want to consider including the Samsung NX3000 ($213.74), the Canon EOS M10 ($316.75), or the Sony DSC-WX350 ($249.29) which has better reviews.

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Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The PowerShot SX420 IS supports Near Field Communication (NFC). Most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera also support Near Field Communication (NFC).

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Camera

Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

The PowerShot SX420 IS has a GPS (satellite), which is unusual. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera do not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared all the other digital cameras with a GPS (satellite) to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon SX540 HS ($410.00), and the Nikon D3200 ($360.00) is also worth considering.

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Has an Orientation Sensor

The PowerShot SX420 IS has an orientation sensor. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera also have an orientation sensor.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The PowerShot SX420 IS features brightness adjustment. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera also feature brightness adjustment.

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Supports Direct Printing

The Canon PowerShot SX420 IS supports direct printing, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The PowerShot SX420 IS features contrast adjustment, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera.

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Supports Live View

The PowerShot SX420 IS supports live view. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to this camera also support live view.

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Features Histogram

The PowerShot SX420 IS features histogram, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Two owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had good features. Steves-Digicams.com mentioned on expert review site Steve's Digicams “The PowerShot SX420 IS succeeds the SX410 IS and features a 42x optical zoom lens (a 24-1008mm equivalent) with optical image stabilization to ensure video” but they gave the product a rating of 64.380180882818 out of 100.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The PowerShot SX420 IS supports video recording. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera also support video recording.

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Design

Good Product Quality

Three customers wrote that the product was good quality. In April last year Monika mentioned in her review of this digital camera on Amazon “I didn't need perfect shots just good quality pictures” and gave the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS a rating of 8 stars. Pat & Mike said “Yeah Im old school, owned a small studio back in the eighties, such gorgeous quality prints, I sold many 10x8s to kids mums from school pantomimes”. Last year Geoffrey D. mentioned “I am very pleased with the quality of the camera”.

Nice Design

Two people who reviewed it concluded that it was good looking. Geoffrey D. rated it 8 stars and he said in his Canon PowerShot SX420 IS review “I chose the red camera, which is fun and a beautiful colour, as everyone seems to have a black camera”.

Easy to Use

Three customers who purchased the product considered that it was easy to use. Geoffrey D. mentioned last year “I was looking for a smaller lighter camera which is easy to use, one that you can just point”. Geoffrey D. also mentioned “The zoom lens is very easy to use and a great addition” in his review.

Not Robust

One person who purchased it thought it was not well made. Pat & Mike wrote in their Canon PowerShot SX420 IS review “Plasticky, no CD software / drivers, no cable to connect to PC, mains charge battery only at home”.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Four customers concluded that it was heavy and bulky. Monika said on Amazon “It is large and heavier so I bought this just for its light weight” in her Canon PowerShot SX420 IS review. Geoffrey D. mentioned “I find that it is heavy and rather complicated to use” in his review of this digital camera. Geoffrey D. also mentioned “It is not heavy and has a nice feel when holding it” in his review.

Two people who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was compact. In April last year Imaging-Resource.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Imaging Resource.com “The SX420 brings a number of improvements and features to this super-zoom compact line” and gave the product a score of 5 stars. Monika said in her review of this digital camera “Compact and easy to use” and gave it a score of 7 stars.

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Good Quality Lens

Six customers who reviewed the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS thought it had a good zoom. Monika mentioned “I was amazed with the zoom” in her review of this digital camera. Pat & Mike mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon in April last year “It went back to vendor and gone back to the good old SLR zoom 35mm film cameras” and gave it a rating of 6 stars. Jane wrote in her review of this digital camera “Very clear sharp pictures, fantastic zoom well worth buying” and gave it a score of 9 stars.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One owner concluded that it had a good viewfinder.

Good Video Capture

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it was good for video recording.

Good Quality Pictures

Six people who reviewed the product agreed that it was able to produce good images. Geoffrey D. said on Amazon “Unfortunately I could not get the bumble bees to sit still long enough to take a photo.”. Geoffrey D. also said “We have a large DSLR which takes really good photos.” in his review. Geoffrey D. also mentioned “It is not difficult to find your way around the menu and I have taken some lovely photos” in his review.


Flash

Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The PowerShot SX420 IS has a flash exposure compensation, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon cnm1068c001, canon pssx420is, canon 1068c001, canon 1069c001, canon sx420is, canon bat32gb, canon bat16gb
Barcodes 00013803269345, 00013803269352, 04549292056488, 04549292056556

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