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Canon SX20 IS vs Canon SX530 HS

Portability
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Imaging
35
Features
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Overall
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Canon PowerShot SX20 IS front
 
Canon PowerShot SX530 HS front
Portability
69
Imaging
41
Features
48
Overall
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Canon SX20 IS vs Canon SX530 HS Key Specs

Canon SX20 IS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-560mm (F2.8-5.7) lens
  • 600g - 128 x 88 x 87mm
  • Revealed July 2010
  • Older Model is Canon SX10 IS
  • Updated by Canon SX30 IS
Canon SX530 HS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-1200mm (F3.4-6.5) lens
  • 442g - 120 x 82 x 92mm
  • Revealed January 2015
  • Older Model is Canon SX520 HS
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Canon SX20 IS vs Canon SX530 HS Overview

Here is a in-depth overview of the Canon SX20 IS vs Canon SX530 HS, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and they are both created by Canon. There is a large difference among the sensor resolutions of the SX20 IS (12MP) and SX530 HS (16MP) but both cameras provide the same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The SX20 IS was launched 5 years prior to the SX530 HS and that is a fairly serious difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of the cameras have the same body design (SLR-like (bridge)).

Before going into a thorough comparison, here is a concise highlight of how the SX20 IS matches up vs the SX530 HS with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX20 IS over the Canon SX530 HS

 SX20 IS SX530 HS 
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Canon SX530 HS over the Canon SX20 IS

 SX530 HS SX20 IS 
RevealedJanuary 2015July 2010Fresher by 54 months
Display dimensions3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution461k230kClearer display (+231k dot)

Common features in the Canon SX20 IS and Canon SX530 HS

 SX20 IS SX530 HS 
Manual focus Dial exact focusing
Touch display Neither includes Touch display

Canon SX20 IS vs Canon SX530 HS Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to carry your camera often, you'll need to factor in its weight and volume. The Canon SX20 IS features exterior dimensions of 128mm x 88mm x 87mm (5.0" x 3.5" x 3.4") with a weight of 600 grams (1.32 lbs) and the Canon SX530 HS has sizing of 120mm x 82mm x 92mm (4.7" x 3.2" x 3.6") having a weight of 442 grams (0.97 lbs).

Check the Canon SX20 IS vs Canon SX530 HS in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are utilizing at that time. Below is a front view measurement comparison of the SX20 IS compared to the SX530 HS.

Canon SX20 IS vs Canon SX530 HS size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the SX20 IS and SX530 HS is 65 and 69 respectively.

Canon SX20 IS vs Canon SX530 HS top view buttons comparison

Canon SX20 IS vs Canon SX530 HS Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is difficult to envision the contrast in sensor sizing merely by going through specifications. The graphic here may give you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the SX20 IS and SX530 HS.

Plainly, each of these cameras provide the same sensor dimensions but not the same megapixels. You can expect to see the Canon SX530 HS to show greater detail utilizing its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also let you crop pics more aggressively. The older SX20 IS will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor innovation.

Canon SX20 IS vs Canon SX530 HS sensor size comparison

Canon SX20 IS vs Canon SX530 HS Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX20 IS vs Canon SX530 HS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SX20 IS Portrait photography factors
Canon SX530 HS Portrait photography factors
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manual focus
high flash sync (1/500s)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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manual focus
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
includes face detect focusing
cannot use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon SX20 IS
Street photography with Canon SX530 HS
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screen can move to multiple angles
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
heavier than others in class (600g)
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has image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Canon SX20 IS Sports photography information
Canon SX530 HS Sports photography information
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long zoom range (28-560mm 20.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
low fps (1.0 frames per second)
MP count low (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
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long zoom range (24-1200mm 50.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16MP)
includes tracking focus
has phase detect AF
very slow continuous shooting (1.6 fps)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
not so great battery power (210 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Canon SX20 IS as a Travel photography camera
Canon SX530 HS as a Travel photography camera
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flash built-in
screen is selfie friendly
quite wide (28mm)
long reach (560mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
heavier than others in class (600g)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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megapixel count good (16MP)
built-in flash
relatively wide (24mm)
long reach (1200mm)
missing Timelapse recording
not so great battery power (210 per charge)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.4)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon SX20 IS Landscape photography factors
Canon SX530 HS Landscape photography factors
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manual focus
quite wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
small screen (2.5 inch)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
does not have Time Lapse mode
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manual focus
relatively wide (24mm)
good sized screen (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.4)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
not so great battery power (210 CIPA)
missing Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Canon SX20 IS
Vlogging with Canon SX530 HS
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quite wide (28mm)
screen is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have mic port
heavier than others in class (600 grams)
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relatively wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.4)
display is not selfie friendly
missing microphone jack
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Canon SX20 IS vs Canon SX530 HS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX20 IS and Canon SX530 HS
 Canon PowerShot SX20 ISCanon PowerShot SX530 HS
General Information
Brand Canon Canon
Model type Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Canon PowerShot SX530 HS
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2010-07-06 2015-01-06
Body design SLR-like (bridge) SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Processor Digic 4 DIGIC 4+
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 1600 3200
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-560mm (20.0x) 24-1200mm (50.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-5.7 f/3.4-6.5
Macro focusing range 0cm 0cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display size 2.5 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 230 thousand dot 461 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15 seconds 15 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/3200 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 1.0 frames/s 1.6 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 6.80 m 5.50 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Fill-in Auto, on, off, slow synchro
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/500 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 600g (1.32 lb) 442g (0.97 lb)
Physical dimensions 128 x 88 x 87mm (5.0" x 3.5" x 3.4") 120 x 82 x 92mm (4.7" x 3.2" x 3.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 210 photographs
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID 4 x AA NB-6LH
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD / SDHC / MMC / MMC Plus / HC MMC Plus SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Pricing at launch $500 $379