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Posted on Feb 8, 2012
Canon PowerShot D20 Outdoor Camera

Canon PowerShot D20 Outdoor Camera

Outdoorsy, adventurous types need to look no further for a camera that can handle it all. The PowerShot D20 digital camera is waterproof to 33 feet, temperature-resistant from 14°F to 104°F, shockproof up to 5.0 feet, and equipped with a GPS tracker. Slim and sturdy with a highly visible color layout, its buttons are operable even with gloved hands. Spectacular image quality is ensured with the 12.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor for excellent low-light performance, and a 5x Optical Zoom with 28mm Wide-Angle Lens that brings excitement to your imaging. A single touch and you’ll be shooting incredibly vivid 1080p Full HD Video with full zooming capability. Lots of optional acc

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Canon PowerShot D20

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Canon PowerShot D20 Key Features

Waterproof, Shockproof and Freeze-resistant Design

Canon created the PowerShot D20 to be the tough, practical companion you’ll want to bring on all your outdoor adventures, making it possible to capture truly impressive stills and video while doing what you love. Scuba dive, snorkel, paddle surf and more: the camera is waterproof all the way to 33 feet. Performance is fast and reliable in temperatures from 14° to 104°F, so it’s safe for everything from winter sports to summer hiking. Shockproof up to 5.0 feet, the PowerShot D20 is also able to survive the accidental falls and bumps inherent to mountaineering, biking, and other outdoor activities.

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Waterproof Shockproof and Freeze Resistant

Experience the Power.


The Canon HS SYSTEM lets you take bright, clear photos in an even wider range of shooting situations. Beautiful low-light shots are possible with minimal noise and maximum detail in highlight and shadow areas. The system is the result of two technologies brought together in PowerShot cameras: a high-sensitivity imaging sensor, which is able to capture more light; and the DIGIC Image Processor, which actively reduces noise with high-speed image processing. The 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor in the PowerShot D20 incorporates advanced light reception technology that enhances sensitivity. The DIGIC 4 Image Processor provides a major boost in noise reduction, expanding the usable ISO range to an amazing high of 3200. The Canon HS SYSTEM takes the frustration out of low-light shooting, delivering clear, blur-free images.

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Digic 4 Image Processing

Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor

Canon DIGIC Image Processors have set the standard for functionality and performance since their groundbreaking introduction in 1999. With each successive generation, DIGIC processors have brought elevated performance and powerful new features to PowerShot digital cameras. The DIGIC 4 Image Processor has ushered in a new level of picture quality and accelerated processing, making possible features such as high-speed continuous shooting, Full HD video and Face Detection Self-timer.

Memorable Moments in Spectacular Full HD.

Canon Full HD Video Advantage

In addition to the Canon HS SYSTEM, the combination of the advanced CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor in the PowerShot D20 makes it possible to shoot crisp, clear high definition video. Imagine the fun and excitement of being able to shoot spectacular 1080p Full HD that you can later watch on your HDTV or download to your computer to share with family and friends. In addition to being able to shoot Full HD 1080p video at 24* frames per second, the PowerShot D20 can also shoot 720p HD video at 30** frames per second.

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Full HD

Dedicated Movie Button, Wind filter feature and Optical Zoom for easy video capture

It’s never been easier to shoot videos with a PowerShot digital camera. The PowerShot D20 has a dedicated movie button that lets you start and stop recording instantly. There is no need to go through layers of menus or operate switches or dials to switch to and from video recording mode. The camera is always ready to shoot stills or video whenever you want. The PowerShot D20 also incorporates an electronic wind filter, which suppresses wind noise that can muffle or distort the sound. And unlike less sophisticated point-and-shoot cameras, the PowerShot D20 lets you use the full range of optical zoom when you’re shooting a video.

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Dedicated Movie Button

HDTV playback via HDMI output and CEC

It’s easy to enjoy and share the videos you shoot with the PowerShot D20. Simply connect its HDMI terminal to your HDTV using an HDMI cable. And because the PowerShot D20 supports HDMI-CEC technology, you’ll be able to control the playback of your images and videos on any CEC-enabled HDTV using the TV’s remote control. (CEC – Consumer Electronic Control – is part of the HDMI specification, enabling components in a system to communicate with one another.)

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With the PowerShot D20, you can also shoot video in the Apple® iFrame format, which is a computer-friendly standard that speeds up importing and editing of videos. It keeps file sizes small, making it more convenient to upload or e-mail high-quality videos. The iFrame format enjoys native support in compatible Mac and Windows video applications, making it unnecessary to perform time-consuming and often quality-degrading conversions.

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Dynamic Images, Easy to Shoot and Review.

5x Optical Zoom with 24mm Wide-Angle Lens

The PowerShot D20′s optical brilliance is a perfect match for the outdoor adventures the camera’s tough design supports. The 5x Optical Zoom (35mm equivalent: 28-140mm) (operable during video recording, too) brings wildlife and other difficult-to-approach subjects close. The 28mm Wide-Angle Lens makes all your shots more dynamic, and allows you to capture landscapes with their magisterial breadth intact.

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24mm Wide Angle Lens

Pure Color System LCD

Many LCD screens on the market today use a striped arrangement of dots that works great for text and menus, but is not ideal for imagery. The PowerShot D20′s PureColor System LCD uses a delta arrangement of dots, which works better for the organic nature of photos and videos, allowing you to review your images with exceptional clarity with rich, true-to-life color. The PureColor System LCD is also ultra-durable to withstand heavy use in all sorts of conditions. Just as importantly, it offers clarity you won’t find elsewhere. Outdoors in sunlight, color is faithfully reproduced, while a high contrast ratio ensures that you’ll see exactly what you’re shooting from any viewing angle. This makes it easy to frame shots quickly in tight situations.

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Pure Color LCD

Optical Image Stabilizer

Handheld shooting can often lead to camera shake, making photos and videos blurry. Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer is a sophisticated system that uses lens-shift technology to correct for unwanted camera movement. It makes handheld photography more practical, providing excellent image quality in many difficult shooting situations: outdoors at dusk, inside without a flash, and even at the telephoto end of the zoom range without a tripod. For photos, it enables shooting at slower shutter speeds, accommodating more low-light shooting situations than ever before without having to boost ISO sensitivity. With camera shake and vibration reduced, you get a sharper, steadier image. And because it is an optical system, there is none of the image degradation typical with electronic image stabilizers.

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Optical Image Stabilizer

The Ideal Traveling Companion

GPS Technology

The PowerShot D20 digital camera is equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS)* technology. Now you can travel the world and let the camera automatically record the locations** and local times of your stills and videos. The camera can also use the GPS unit to automatically set the exact time. You can maximize the usefulness of the GPS feature by using the special bundled Map Utility software that makes it fun to share the memories of your world adventures. In addition to displaying all your photos’ locations on a world map, the camera’s GPS system can also track your route from photo to photo – a great way to visualize each trip! You can also create and share custom maps and personal mini-travel guides with friends and family members.

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GPS Technology

A Steady Image Is a Beautiful Image.

Intelligent IS

The latest advance in Canon Optical Image Stabilization technology, Intelligent IS analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation. For stills, the system automatically selects among Normal, Panning, Macro (Hybrid) and Tripod IS modes. When shooting video, the system automatically selects among Dynamic, Powered, Macro and Tripod IS modes. With Intelligent IS, you can concentrate on image capture, letting the camera make the most effective IS settings to assure the steadiest possible image.

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Intelligent IS

Take the Fun Even Further.

Optional Accessories

A full range of optional accessories designed specifically for the PowerShot D20 take its fun and functionality to new heights. A Waterproof Case and Float are perfect for shooting in deeper waters down to 131 feet. A Carabiner Strap and Shoulder Strap keep the camera at hand during biking, climbing, hiking or any physical activity. A Silicone Jacket and Soft Case provide protection from the elements without adding extra weight.

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Optional Extras

Canon PowerShot D20 Technical Specifications


  • Compact digital camera with built-in flash, 5x Optical Zoom, 4x Digital, and 20x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer

Image Capture Device Type

  • 12.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CMOS

Total Pixels

  • Approx. 12.8 Megapixels

Effective Pixels

  • Approx. 12.1 Megapixels


  • Focal Length
  • 5.0 (W) – 25.0mm (T)
  • (35mm film equivalent: 28 (W) – 140mm (T))

Digital Zoom

  • 4x
  • Focusing Range
  • Normal: 2.0 in. (5cm) – infinity (W), 3.3 ft. (1m) – infinity (T)
  • Auto: 0.4 in. (1cm) – infinity (W), 3.3 ft. (1m) – infinity (T)
  • Macro: 0.4 in. – 1.6 ft. (1-50cm) (W)

Autofocus System

  • TTL Autofocus


  • Optical Viewfinder
  • N/A

LCD Monitor

  • 3.0-inch TFT Color with wide-viewing angle

LCD Pixels

  • Approx. 461,000 dots

LCD Coverage

  • Approx. 100%

Maximum Aperture

  • f/3.9-f/4.8

Shutter Speed

  • 1-1/1600 sec.
  • 15-1/1600 sec. (Total shutter speed range)

Exposure Control Sensitivity

  • Auto*, ISO 100/200/400/800/1600/3200 (When in P mode)
  • * Optimal ISO speed is automatically set depending on the shooting mode.

Light Metering Method

  • Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**
  • * Control to incorporate facial brightness in Face Detection AF
  • ** Metering frame is fixed to the center

Exposure Control Method

  • Program AE, i-Contrast, AE Lock

Exposure Compensation

  • +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments (not available when shooting movies)

White Balance Control

  • Auto*, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Underwater, Custom
  • *Facial color is evaluated in Face Detect (Face Detect WB).
  • - Adjusts the white balance separately for the main subject and the back ground when the flash fires.

Built-in Flash

  • Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Flash On, Flash Off; FE lock, Slow Synchro

Flash Range

  • 12 in. – 11 ft. (W), 3.3 in. – 9.8 ft. (T)
  • (30cm – 3.4m (W), 1.0 – 3.0m (T))

Recycling Time

  • 10 sec. or less (battery voltage: 3.7 V)

Flash Exposure Compensation

  • N/A

Shooting Modes

  • P, Auto*1, Movie Digest, Portrait, Smart Shutter*2, Handheld Night Scene, Low Light, Fisheye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap, Underwater, Underwater Macro, Snow, Fireworks, Long Shutter, Stitch Assist, iFrame Movie, Super Slow Motion Movie
  • - Shooting movies is possible with the movie button
  • *1 Smart Auto also available for movies
  • *2 Smile, Wink Self-timer, Face Self-timer

Photo Effects

  • My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin, Darker Skin, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color*
  • * Adjustment of contrast, sharpness, saturation, red, green, blue and skin tone are available.

Self Timer

  • Approx. 10-sec. delay, approx. 2-sec. delay, custom*
  • * Delay time (0 – 15 sec. (in one-second increments), 20/25/30 sec.) and number of shots (1 – 10 shots (in one-shot increments)) can be specified.

Wireless Control

  • N/A

Continuous Shooting

  • Approx. 1.9 shots/sec. (in P Mode)
  • Approx. 1.9 shots/sec. (in Low Light Mode) Approx. 6.8 shots/sec. (in High-Speed Burst mode)
  • - Under conditions where the flash does not fire automatically
  • - Differs according to zoom position

Storage Media

  • SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card

File Format

  • Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant
  • JPEG Compression Mode
  • Still Image: Exif 2.3 JPEG
  • Video: MOV (Image data: H.264; Audio data: Linear PCM (monaural))

Playback Modes File

  • - Stills & Videos:Auto Rotate (Automatic vertical/horizontal detection), Image Advance (Operation Tools, Transition effects, Scroll Display), Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Smart Shuffle, Filtered Playback, Slide Show (Playback Interval, Repeat, Effect, Playlist)
  • - Still Images: Single, Index (4-100 thumbnails), Magnification (2x-10x), Information Display, Red-eye Correction, i-Contrast, Trimming, Resize, My Colors, Focus Check, Histogram, Overexposure Warning
  • - Videos: Normal Playback*, Slow Motion**, Special Playback, Editing, Resume
  • *Auto settings available in 5 levels
  • ** 5 levels (including normal playback), sound not available.

Erase Modes

    Select image, select range, all images (all filtered images)
  • - The image data in the memory card stored with the Design rule for Camera File systems format can be erased (however, protected images cannot be erased).
  • - Using the Movie editing function, sections of the movie (1 sec. increments) can be deleted.


  • Video Out
  • NTSC/PAL (Dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video), ?Mini-HDMI connector
  • Audio Out
  • Monaural (Dedicated connector (female) unified type of digital, audio, and video)
  • Mini-HDMI cable: connection to high definition monitor; SD Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Inkjet Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera’s USB 2.0 Hi-speed cable

Power Source

  • 1) Rechargeable lithium-ion Battery NB-6L
  • 2) Compact Power Adapter CA-DC10 (included with AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC40)

Shooting Capacity

  • Approx. 280 shots

Playback Time

  • Approx. 5 hours

Physical Specifications

  • Operating Temperature: 14-104°F/10-40°C
  • Operating Humidity: 10-90%
  • Dimensions (W x H x D):4.42 x 2.79 x 1.10 in. / 112.3 x 70.8 x 28.0 mm
  • Weight: Approx. 7.23 oz. (205g) (camera only)
  • Approx. 8.04 oz. (228g) (including the battery and memory card)
  • Note: 30 display languages provided (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Farsi, Hindi, Malaysian, Indonesian, and Vietnamese).

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