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PowerShot SD20

PowerShot SD/ELPH Series

PowerShot SD20

PowerShot SD20 PowerShot SD20 Body Wrist Strap WS-500 Battery Pack NB-3L Battery Charger CB-2LU SD Memory Card SDC-32M ArcSoft Camera Suite CD-ROM Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM Interface Cable IFC-400PCU AV Cable AVC-DC300


Type of Camera


Compact digital still camera with built-in flash and 6.5x digital zoom.

Image Capture Device


1/2.5 inch Charge-Coupled Device (CCD)

Total Pixels

Approx. 5.4 Million

Effective Pixels

Approx. 5.0 Million


Focal Length

6.4mm (35mm film equivalent: 39mm)

Focusing Range

Normal: 3.9 in./10cm to Infinity, Macro: 1.2-3.9 in./3-10cm

Autofocus System

9-point AiAF/1-point AF (Fixed to center), AF-assist Beam (On/Off selectable)


Optical Viewfinder


LCD Monitor

1.5 inch low temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD

LCD Pixels

Approx. 78,000 pixels

LCD Coverage


Aperture and Shutter

Maximum Aperture


Shutter Speed

15-1/1500 sec.

Exposure Control


Auto*; ISO 50/100/200/400 (equivalent ISO) *Camera automatically sets optimum speeds.

Light Metering Method

Evaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot* *Metering frame when spot is center fixed.

Exposure Control Method

Program AE

Exposure Compensation

+/-2.0 stops in 1/3-stop increments

White Balance

White Balance Control

Auto, Pre-set (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H), or Custom


Built-in Flash

Auto, Auto with Red-Eye Reduction, Flash on with Red-Eye Reduction, Flash On/Off, Slow-sync

Flash Range

Normal: 1.0-6.6 ft./30cm-2.0m (When ISO is set to AUTO)

Recycling Time

Approx. 10 sec. or less

Flash Exposure Compensation

Not available

Shooting Specifications

Shooting Modes

Auto, Manual, Portrait, Night Snapshot, Indoor, Underwater, Macro, Stitch Assist, Movies

Photo Effects

Off, Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Sepia, Black & White

Self Timer

Operates with approx. 10 sec. or 2 sec. Delay

Wireless Control

Not Available

Continuous Shooting

Approx. 0.9 shots/sec.

Image Storage

Storage Media

SD Memory Card

File Format

Design Rule for Camera File System Exif 2.2 (JPEG)

Print Order Format

Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) Version 1.1

Image Recording Format

Still Image: JPEG (Exif 2.2 compliant)

JPEG Compression Mode

SuperFine, Fine or Normal

Number of Recording Pixels

Large: 2592 x 1944, Medium1: 2048 x 1536
Medium2: 1600 x 1200, Small: 640 x 480
pixels Movie: 640 x 480, 320 x 240 or 160 x 120

Number of Recordable Images

Image data

Note: N=Normal F=Fine SF=SuperFine Storage capacity varies depending on the scene or the subjects. This data is estimated from Canon's standard shooting conditions. Figures for Movie Mode represent total capacity of SD Memory Card. Individual clips are limited to 3 minutes.

Playback Specifications

Playback Modes File

Single, Index (9 thumbnail images)

Erasing Specifications

Erase Modes

Still images: Single Image, All Images
Movie: Part of Movie, All Movie


Computer Interface

USB (mini-B, PTP), Audio/Video Output (NTSC or PAL selectable)

Video Out



SD memory card slot. Direct connection to Canon CP Printers and BJ Photo Printers (no computer required), using camera's USB cable.
ID Photo Print, Movie Print

Power Supply

Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (NB-3L) NB-3L: LCD On - Approx. 120 shots Approx. 140 min.

Power Source

Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (NB-3L)

Shooting Capacity

NB-3L: LCD On - Approx. 120 shots

Playback Time

Approx. 140 min.

Physical Specifications

Operating Temperature

32-104° F/0-40° C

Operating Humidity


Dimensions (W x H x D)

3.56 x 1.85 x 0.73 in. / 90.3 x 47.0 x 18.5mm


Approx. 3.53 oz./100g (camera body only)

21 languages provided (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian and Turkish)

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