Review posted for Canon PowerShot SD20|
(Wednesday, March 2, 2005 - 00:51 EST)
Good image quality and user-friendly design are synonymous with the ELPH name, and are the reasons why the line is so popular with a wide range of consumers.
Extending the brand name's excellent reputation in the film world, members of the digital ELPH series have always impressed me with their quality and versatility. The Canon SD20 updates last year's SD10 model, with higher resolution and a minor revamp of the feature set. It retains the SD10's ultra-sleek styling and subcompact size, but there are tradeoffs, such as a fixed focal length lens (no zoom), shorter battery life, and no optical viewfinder.
If you don't mind the lack of a zoom lens though (and can live with an LCD-only viewfinder), the SD20 makes an excellent traveling companion, one that'll let you bring back big, sharp, good-looking photos. In fact, the SD20 is particularly notable in that it makes almost no sacrifices in image quality to achieve its small size. Compact cameras often force users to accept sub-par optical and image performance, but the SD20's shots are clear, sharp, and colorful.
Overall, the SD20 strikes me as one of the better subcompact digicam models on the market. Highly recommended, and an easy Dave's Pick. Read our Canon SD20 review for all the details!