Canon PowerShot D20 12.1 MP CMOS Waterproof Digital Camera with 5x Image Stabilized Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle Lens a 3.0-Inch LCD and GPS Tracking (Blue)

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  1. Micah Wakabayashi says:
    433 of 436 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Consider this waterproof camera first, May 9, 2012
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    Micah Wakabayashi (Honolulu, HI USA) –
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    I preordered this camera when it was first announced. I was a little disappointed when Amazon dropped the price before it even reached my house. I anticipated this camera not only for the waterproof capabilities, but also because it is shock proof…and probably because it was a Canon. I live in Hawaii and intend to take this to the beach to take photos and videos in and out of the water. I’m a special education teacher and wanted to have my students to create their own learning stories with photos that they took themselves. I am very reluctant to have them use a DSLR or even a regular point & shoot camera with the fear of them dropping $1000+ worth of equipment.

    When I got the camera, I quickly looked over the manual for any waterproof information that I might need to know. Everything was straight-forward with no hard-to-find switches to lock any waterproof seals. In other words, feel free to take this out of the box, put in the card and battery, and take underwater photos. I didn’t even charge the battery and was able to take about 100 photos and 15 minutes of video right out of the box. I used this opportunity and the next 2 days to extensively test my camera in order to create this review.

    DESIGN: 6/10
    It’s feels very sturdy like it should. The blue metal panel on the front is very nice to look at. Unfortunately, I think the shape is a little too “showy”. If you want to show off the fact that you have a waterproof camera then this is the one for you. (I sort of liken it to a Prius, which everyone knows is a hybrid. At first glance, many people will know there is something special about this camera.) I’m a little confused about the left-hand side of the camera which is a little curved. You can put a strap there, but I don’t really see the functionality of it being that shape.

    My biggest gripe is that the included handstrap can be “twisted” on and clicks into a metal plug. It can be EASILY removed with a very light press on the button and twisting it off. It gives me the fear that it could be accidentally bumped and twisted and the camera will detach from your wrist (though you’d probably have to be mighty clumsy to do so). I would have wished that the strap attached directly to the camera instead of this metal knob. The strap clip also protrudes diagonally out of the bottom corner and you need to remove this if you want to lay in on a flat surface to take photos or video.

    IMAGE QUALITY: 9/10
    I am a camera enthusiast and mainly use Canon DSLRs (5D, 7D, 1D series, etc…) with L lenses. I also have an Olympus micro 4/3s camera and even have a Nikon D2x, so I’d like to think I know my stuff. Prior to this point & shoot, I used a Canon SD1100 before it got stolen. With this SD1100, I took over 10,000 photos and took hundreds of hours of video (which I made into DVDs to view on TV, or straight from iTunes to a TV…it’s only 480p) edited with iMovie. I’ve always gotten compliments on the video quality of this older model P&S, and was quite impressed with it myself.

    As far as photo quality of this camera, I’ve got to say that it’s good, but nothing more than what you’d expect from a P&S camera from 2012. Color is nice and even zoomed in at 100%, the image quality is as great as one might expect. As with any camera, keeping the ISO as low as possible will keep any noise or grain to a minimum. Remember, you’re paying a premium because this camera can go underwater or in the snow. It would be unfair to expect DSLR quality from this camera because that’s not what it’s meant for.

    The same goes for video quality: the reason you bought this camera and paid more for it than another P&S is because it is waterproof. If you want that IMAX look, you’ve got to spend thousands of dollars. If you can’t afford that, this is the next best thing. The quality of the out-of-water and underwater videos was superb. I took it to our pool and took videos of various colorful toys underwater. It was a sunny day and the quality was great, vibrant, and clear. I wasn’t able to test it in low light situations. I also have a Panasonic TS-10 (underwater camera from 2010) and the Canon D20’s video and image quality is surprisingly better.

    For on-land videos, the microphone is not as good as normal P&Ss. I’m assuming that it has another waterproof protective layer over it. I don’t think this should be surprising to anyone.

    One last note on video. This camera has a 5x zoom. When shooting video, it can optically zoom in and out. It will also focus all the way from macro to infinity while still recording, which is different from other cameras that I used in the past, where if you started your video, it couldn’t refocus or optically zoom. It even adjusts exposure, meaning that if you’re recording in a bright area and come into a dim area, it will adjust automatically while still recording video. Thank you Canon!

    ERGONOMICS: 8/10…

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  2. Thomas Regner says:
    262 of 277 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Be Sure To Understand The Trade-Offs, June 3, 2012
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    Thomas Regner (Connecticut, USA) –
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    This review is from: Canon PowerShot D20 12.1 MP CMOS Waterproof Digital Camera with 5x Image Stabilized Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle Lens a 3.0-Inch LCD and GPS Tracking (Blue) (Electronics)

    It’s easy to be mislead by the marketing hype and glowing reviews, as I was, that this is a high-end general purpose pocket-sized 12 megapixel camera that takes stunning photographs and just happens to also be waterproof. But after evaluating the camera – and very nearly returning it in disappointment – I just want to caution others that this isn’t the case.

    This is a specialty camera for taking passable snapshots underwater and under inclement conditions. Significant concessions in image quality were made to “ruggedize” the camera, and these are apparent even under ideal conditions. This is true of all cameras of this type to date, and this camera is no exception. Shadow and background areas are suffused with noise pixels. Focus is soft, especially in low light. Chromatic aberration (colored fringes) is/are easily visible in areas of high contrast, even when images are reduced in size. Unless your standards are fairly low, I doubt you can get prints larger than 8×10 from the images the camera takes, under ideal outdoor daylight conditions. For pictures taken indoors, there’s so much noise, even using the flash, that 5×7 is probably the limit.

    If you’re content to use the camera for what it’s made for, it’s a lot of fun. It works in the rain. It works under the lawn sprinkler. It works in the pool. It works at the beach. You can prop it up or set it down on wet or snowy or muddy surfaces to stabilize a shot, and just rinse it off later. It can sit in the puddle at the bottom of your kayak between shots. It’s certainly adequate for uploading proof of your adventurous nature to Facebook. It has a very nice feature set, although it can be hard to figure out what some things are for, and hard to remember where some settings are located. It takes surprisingly nice video for a pocket-size camera, with zoom available while recording (the sound is mono though.) I actually like that the camera is fairly large – pants pocket size, not shirt pocket size – well suited to large hands, or gloves. It feels very solid. (The strange grip on the left is weird though. I couldn’t possibly hold the camera the way the manual shows, but I make do.)

    If you also want to take tack-sharp pictures, especially indoors, or make big enlargements, or be able to crop the pictures down a lot later, you’re going to need a second camera for that. If you don’t want two cameras, you need to decide what you want more, and how often you’ll benefit from a waterproof camera. If rainproof is all you really need, you might be better off making strategic use of a ziplock bag. (Cut a hole in one side for your hands, and point the camera toward the zipper opening, like a poncho.)

    If you truly need a rugged waterproof camera, this is a very nice option. If waterproof is just a “sounds-nice-to-have” for you, the image quality may be a big disappointment.

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  3. Consumer says:
    40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great performance underwater with this camera!, May 27, 2012
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    We purchased this camera for a trip to Hawaii for taking pictures while snorkeling. We were a little concerned because we had purchased a Kodak waterproof camera last fall when we last went to Hawaii that flooded after the first time using it in the water. We didn’t know if it was because the Kodak camera was cheap/poorly made or if waterproof cameras always ended up leaking, as all the waterproof cameras seems to have a bunch of “it leaked” reviews. We had read good reviews about this camera’s previous version, the D10, so we decided to take the gamble with this one.

    This camera worked great, no leaks at all. We used it in the water almost everyday of our 10 day trip, for hours at a time. We got some really great shots, including out of the water. It also has an underwater macro that we think works really well. Taking pictures underwater takes some practice to get good looking shots, but we got some really great close ups of turtles, fish and eels. We also like the wrist strap attachement on the camera, which some people have complained about. We like it because you can remove the wrist strap from the camera fairly easily when putting it in a case, which was convenient for us, because we use a floating wrist strap that is kind of bulky.

    The one thing I would stress is to make sure you rinse off the camera after each use in the ocean. We would just fill a ziplock bag with fresh water, drop the camera in for a couple of minutes (make sure to press the buttons too when they are submerged in the water) and then dry it off completely. We have read that this is the key to keeping the waterproof gaskets on the camera from getting salt and sand build up that can cause leaks (says this in the manual too, but not sure how many people actually read the manual).

    We couldn’t recommend this camera more, we know it is not the cheapest, but it works great.

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