• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 560.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 600.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon SX20 IS advantages over Leica V-LUX 3

  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 600 vs 410 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Faster shutter
    1/3200 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Leica V-LUX 3 advantages over Canon SX20 IS

  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • More dots on screen
    461k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Wider angle lens
    25 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

The Competition

Compared to Canon SX1 IS

Canon SX20 IS
Canon SX1 IS
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $600
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • Shoots 1080p video
Leica V-LUX 3
Canon SX1 IS
  • $549
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • External Mic Jack
  • $600
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Faster shutter

Compared to Panasonic DMC-FZ100

Canon SX20 IS
Panasonic DMC-FZ100
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $500
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • Fast startup
Leica V-LUX 3
Panasonic DMC-FZ100
  • $549
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • External Mic Jack
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $500
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • More pixels

Compared to Leica V-LUX 2

Canon SX20 IS
Leica V-LUX 2
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Faster shutter
  • $850
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • Manual focus
Leica V-LUX 3
Leica V-LUX 2
  • $549
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • External Mic Jack
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $850
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • More pixels

Compared to Panasonic FZ150

Canon SX20 IS
Panasonic FZ150
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $498
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • Manual focus
Leica V-LUX 3
Panasonic FZ150
  • $549
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • External Mic Jack
  • Longer exposure
  • $498
  • 1/2.3 inch

Compared to Leica V-LUX 4

Canon SX20 IS
Leica V-LUX 4
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $899
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • RAW file ability
Leica V-LUX 3
Leica V-LUX 4
  • $549
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $899
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Slower slow-motion
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