Time to test the waters again: Rugged Canon D20 debuts
posted Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 12:45 AM EST
A little under three years ago, Canon launched its first waterproof compact digital camera, the PowerShot D10. Today, it gets a replacement, as Canon makes a splash with the waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof PowerShot D20.
The market for rugged, lifestyle cameras has become an increasingly hard-fought one since the D10's debut, and it's been starting to look decidedly long-in-the-tooth. The Canon D20 looks to have made the wait worthwhile,though, with upgrades in pretty-much every area.
There's an aggressively-designed new body, in place of the earlier model's bulbous-but-cute lines. There's a new, more powerful 5x optical zoom lens. There's a brand new image sensor that--while it still has the same twelve megapixel resolution--switches from CCD to CMOS technology. There is, of course, high definition video.
The Canon D20 goes on sale from May 2012, priced at US$350. More in our Canon D20 preview! The press release for this camera--as well as several other simultaneously-announced models--can be found in a separate news item.