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Canon PowerShot SX420 is Digital Camera

20MP 42x CCD Jan 2016
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
PowerShot SX420 ISEffortlessly capture the detail of every special moment in stunning photos and HD movies with this family-friendly mini bridge camera, which packs a big 42x zoom, Smart Auto,... More
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23 Reasons For

Good Quality Lens

Three Canon PowerShot SX420 IS owners who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it had a good zoom. In October Jane mentioned “Very clear sharp pictures, fantastic zoom well worth buying” in her Canon PowerShot SX420 IS review and gave the product a score of 5 stars. Monika rated it as excellent and she wrote in her Canon PowerShot SX420 IS review also in October “I was amazed with the zoom”. Pat & Mike said in their Canon PowerShot SX420 IS review “Gone back to the good old SLR zoom 35mm film cameras”.

A few customers reckoned that the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS had a good lens. One Canon PowerShot SX420 IS owner wrote in their reviews that it had a good image stabiliser.

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Best Seller

The PowerShot SX420 IS is a popular choice of digital camera according to sales data from Amazon.

Good Quality Pictures

A few Canon PowerShot SX420 IS owners who bought it considered that it was able to produce good images. Geoffrey D. scored the product 5 stars and he wrote on Amazon in October this year “We have a large DSLR which takes really good photos.” in his review of the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS. Geoffrey D. also mentioned “I have taken some lovely photos”. Geoffrey D. also mentioned “Unfortunately I could not get the bumble bees to sit still long enough to take a photo.”.

Easy to Use

A few Canon PowerShot SX420 IS owners wrote in their reviews that the product was easy to use. In October Geoffrey D. said in his review of the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS on Amazon “I was looking for a smaller lighter camera which is easy to use, one that you can just point”. Geoffrey D. also said “The zoom lens is very easy to use and a great addition”. Monika wrote on Amazon “Compact and easy to use” and scored the product 5 stars.

Good Product Quality

A few people who bought the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS considered that it was good quality. In October this year Geoffrey D. said in his review “I am very pleased with the quality of the camera” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. A few weeks ago Monika mentioned “I didn't need perfect shots just good quality pictures” in her Canon PowerShot SX420 IS review and gave the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS a score of 5 stars. Pat & Mike mentioned in October this year “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” in their review.

Good Brand

Canon bridge camera digital cameras have good reviews on average and across all cameras Canon is one of the better rated brands.

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Nice Design

A few Canon PowerShot SX420 IS owners mentioned in their reviews that it was good looking. Geoffrey D. said on Amazon this month “I chose the red camera, which is fun and a beautiful colour, as everyone seems to have a black camera” in his review of this digital camera and scored the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS 5 stars.

Good Size

Two customers mentioned in their reviews that it was compact.

One customer who reviewed the product considered that it was heavy and bulky. A few weeks ago Geoffrey D. said on Amazon “It is not heavy and has a nice feel when holding it” in his review of this digital camera and rated the product as very good.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Canon PowerShot SX420 IS owner who reviewed it concluded that it had a good viewfinder.

Good Technical Features

Some Canon PowerShot SX420 IS reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it had good features. Expert review site Steves-Digicams.com wrote in their review “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” . This month Imaging-Resource.com said in their review of the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS on expert review site Imaging Resource.com “The SX420 brings a number of improvements and features to this super-zoom compact line”.

Good Video Capture

One Canon PowerShot SX420 IS reviewer who reviewed it reckoned that it was good for video recording. Expert website Steves-Digicams.com said “Features a 42x optical zoom lens (a 24-1008mm equivalent) with optical image stabilization to ensure video and still images are as wobble-free” in their review.

Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

The Canon PowerShot SX420 IS has a GPS (satellite). Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to the PowerShot SX420 IS do not have a GPS (satellite).

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CCD Sensor Type

The PowerShot SX420 IS has a better sensor type than most cameras that were released in the last year. This Canon camera has a CCD sensor type, whereas most latest comparable spec cameras have a MOS sensor type. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

A CCD sensor type is in fact the best sensor type across all digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the PowerShot SX420 IS.

Across comparable types of camera the worst sensor type is CMOS III.

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Supports Wi-Fi

The PowerShot SX420 IS supports wi-Fi. Most of the other similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as the PowerShot SX420 IS do not support wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras which support wi-Fi currently available including the Nikon B500[plb_3305051_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The PowerShot SX420 IS has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other latest bridge camera digital cameras.

There are a number of other cameras with an image stabilizer currently available that you might also want to look at including the Nikon B500[plb_3305051_price] which has better reviews.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including because of it's better review score, the B500[pl_3305051_price], or the B500[pl_3305051_price] both from Nikon.

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Very Big Extra/Smart Zoom

When compared to other latest cameras, the extra/Smart zoom of the PowerShot SX420 IS of 84 times zoom factor is one of the biggest. Across all the recently released similar spec digital cameras the extra/Smart zooms range from 2x to 84x.

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Has Seven White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS is more than most similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Canon digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on recently released comparable spec digital cameras. The white balances "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Fluorescent H" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon camera.

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Quite Many Total Megapixels

With a total megapixels of 20.5 megapixels, the PowerShot SX420 IS has one of the more total megapixelss amongst similar spec cameras of this age. New bridge camera digital cameras have total megapixelss of between 12MP and 22MP.

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DIGIC 4+ Image Processor

This camera has a DIGIC 4+ image processor, which is typical of many similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Very Small Maximum Aperture Number

When compared to other bridge camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PowerShot SX420 IS that we have checked, the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS's maximum aperture number of 6.6 is one of the smallest. The biggest maximum aperture number of similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the PowerShot SX420 IS is 5.5 and the smallest is 6.6.

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Supports Six ISO Sensitivitys

The PowerShot SX420 IS has a greater number of ISO speeds than most bridge camera digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera supports a 100 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by bridge camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the PowerShot SX420 IS. The ISO sensitivitys "200", "400", "800", "1600" and "Auto" are also supported by this Canon digital camera.

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TFT Display

The Canon PowerShot SX420 IS has a TFT display which is better than most similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. Most bridge camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to it have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight.

A TFT display is in fact the best display across all latest bridge camera digital cameras.

Across comparable types of camera the worst display is LCD.

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20 Reasons Against

Not Robust

One Canon PowerShot SX420 IS reviewer who reviewed it considered that it was not well made. Pat & Mike wrote in their review of the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS in October this year “Plasticky, no CD software / drivers, no cable to connect to PC, mains charge battery only at home” .

Poor Battery Life

One Canon PowerShot SX420 IS owner who bought the product wrote that it was not quick to charge. Bagpuss1 wrote on Amazon in October this year “No use without the correct UK plug to charge it”.

Not 3D

The Canon PowerShot SX420 IS is not 3D. Most of the other latest bridge camera digital cameras are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Most new bridge camera digital cameras do not have a built-in flash. The Canon PowerShot SX420 IS is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in flash.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

The PowerShot SX420 IS does not support video capability. Most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PowerShot SX420 IS also do not support video capability.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The PowerShot SX420 IS does not support Full HD video. Most of the other new comparable spec digital cameras also do not support Full HD video.

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Not Waterproof

The PowerShot SX420 IS is not waterproof, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that were released in the last year are also not waterproof.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of cameras that were launched around the same time as the PowerShot SX420 IS is 2x and the biggest is 33x. The Canon PowerShot SX420 IS has one of the smaller digital zooms (only 4 times zoom factor) amongst bridge camera digital cameras of this age.

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Only Features Six Flash Modess

The PowerShot SX420 IS has a greater number of flash modes than most new bridge camera digital cameras. This Canon camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on bridge camera digital cameras that have been available for the last year. The flash modess "Flash off", "Flash on", "Manual", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Very Low Motion JPEG Frame Rate

The PowerShot SX420 IS has a quite low motion JPEG frame rate (only 25 frames per second) compared to most of the other recently released digital cameras. The lowest motion JPEG frame rate of new similar spec cameras is 25fps and the highest is 60fps.

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Only 195 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

Most bridge camera digital cameras that were launched in the last 12 months take between 195 and 419 battery life (CIPA standard)s, including the PowerShot SX420 IS which takes 195 battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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Only Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The number of audio formats supported by the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS is more than most cameras that were launched around the same time as it. The most commonly supported audio formats supported is PCM, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this camera. The audio formats supporteds AAC are also supported by this Canon camera.

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Only Has Two Light Exposure Modess

The number of light exposure modes found on the PowerShot SX420 IS is more than most bridge camera digital cameras that were launched in the last year. This Canon camera has a Manual light exposure modes, which is the most commonly found light exposure modes found on new digital cameras. The light exposure modes "Auto" is also found on this Canon digital camera.

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Very Low ISO Sensitivity (max)

Comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot SX420 IS have ISO sensitivity (max)s of between 1,600 and 26,000. With an ISO sensitivity (max) of only 1,600, the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS has one of the lower ISO sensitivity (max)s amongst bridge camera digital cameras of this age.

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Only Two Number of Aspheric Elementss

The Canon PowerShot SX420 IS is a two number of aspheric elements camera. Most of the other new digital cameras have between two and seven number of aspheric elementss.

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Only Nine Auto Focus (AF) Pointss

Most similar spec cameras that were released in the last 12 months have between 9 and 80 auto Focus (AF) pointss, including the PowerShot SX420 IS which has nine auto Focus (AF) pointss.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The Canon PowerShot SX420 IS has a quite low display resolution (numeric) (only 230,000 pixels) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that came out in the last 12 months. The lowest display resolution (numeric) of bridge camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot SX420 IS is 920 pixels, the highest is 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 770,000 pixels.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the PowerShot SX420 IS is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than the most frequently found video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels (which is also supported by this camera).

This camera's video resolution (640 x 480 pixels) is in fact the worst supported video resolution amongst all bridge camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot SX420 IS.

The best supported video resolution across comparable types of camera is 3840 x 2160 pixels.

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Only One Number of Batteries Supported

The Canon PowerShot SX420 IS is a one number of batteries supported camera. Most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that came out in the last 12 months have between one and three number of batteries supporteds.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture Number

The minimum aperture numbers of bridge camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the PowerShot SX420 IS range from -2 to 3.5, and the average minimum aperture number is 2.4. At 3.5, the PowerShot SX420 IS has a fairly large minimum aperture number compared to most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the PowerShot SX420 IS.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when Canon released the PowerShot SX420 IS.

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the PowerShot SX420 IS has a fairly standard display diagonal compared to most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PowerShot SX420 IS.

Other 3" screen cameras currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Nikon B500[plb_3305051_price].

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Average Optical Zoom

At 42 times zoom factor, the PowerShot SX420 IS has a pretty typical optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as the PowerShot SX420 IS.

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Average Megapixel

The PowerShot SX420 IS has a fairly typical megapixel (20 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the PowerShot SX420 IS.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Extra/Smart Zoom
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Number of Aspheric Elements
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Sync-Speed
Flash Exposure Compensation
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
USB Connector Type
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
GPS (satellite)
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Playback Zoom (max)
Orientation Sensor
Camera File System
Live View
Contrast Adjustment
Direct Printing
Brightness Adjustment
Languages Support
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Operational Conditions
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
AC Adapter Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Quick Start Guide
Networking
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Wi-Fi Standards
Other Features
USB Connectivity
Technical Details
Image Processor
Self-Timer
User Guide

Expert Reviews

5 January 2016

Canon has introduced a new super-zoom camera for its SX-seires. The PowerShot SX420 IS succeeds the SX410 IS and features a 42x optical zoom lens (a 24-1008mm equivalent) with optical image... Read more…

5 January 2016

Canon has announced the PowerShot SX420 IS, a budget-friendly long-zoom digital camera. While using a similar design to the SX410 IS that precedes it, the SX420 brings a number of improvements and... Read more…

User Reviews

(5)
Reviewed 24 August 2016 by Jane
(Verified Purchase)

Love this camera. Very clear sharp pictures, fantastic zoom well worth buying...

Reviewed 18 August 2016 by Monika

I have this camera for while now and all I can say that I really like it. I would say it's very good for the price. I'm usually using Canon EOS Rebel but it is large and heavier so I bought this... Read more…

Maybe light, but feels cheap. There is no way you can charge the battery on the fly, like at an airfield, although the salesman said I could replace the I-On battery with 2 x AA, , temporary, he... Read more…

Reviewed 16 August 2016 by GEOFFREY D. | 11 Comments

We have a large DSLR which takes really good photos, but I find that it is heavy and rather complicated to use. I was looking for a smaller lighter camera which is easy to use, one that you can... Read more…

Reviewed 20 July 2016 by BAGPUSS1 | 11 Comments
(Verified Purchase)

Well camera looks fine but you sent me a charger wioth a European plug not a UK plug. So as it stands not much use.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 1068c002, canon 1068c001, canon 6536089031
Barcodes 00006536089031, 00013803269345, 04549292056488, 04549292056556

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