Canon D20

Canon PowerShot D20 front
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.9-4.8) lens
  • 228g - 112 x 71 x 28mm
  • Announced June 2013
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon D20 overview

Canon D20 is Canon's Waterproof camera first released on June of 2013. The camera houses a 12MP, CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 4000 x 3000.

The D20 comes in at #44 out of 75 in Waterproof cameras and all-around #877 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. You can look at our Smart camera finder to find camera listings based on your personal factors.

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Below is a diagram of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Canon D20 family

The Canon D20 comes with a history of related cameras. Underneath, you can discover all earlier and most recent models along with important specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-D30 front thumbnailCanon D30
D20 vs D30
Canon-PowerShot-D20 front thumbnailCanon D2028-140mm
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Canon-PowerShot-D10 front thumbnailCanon D10
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Canon D20 Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of pros and cons of the Canon D20 based on criterias which are often seen as crucial in a camera.

flash built-in
has image stabilization (Optical)
in built zoom lens (28-140mm 5.0 x zoom)
includes HDMI port
provides face detection focusing
relatively wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
very good min ISO (100)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
weather proof
you can focus manually
display isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have external mic port
doesn't have headphone port
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
does not have phase detect AF
does not have RAW files
lack of shutter priority mode
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low MP (12 megapixels)
low resolution screen (461 thousand dot)
no aperture priority
no external flash support
no manual control
screen does not articulate
sluggish at full zoom (f4.8)
sluggish max aperture (f3.9)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
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Canon D20 Sensor features

The Canon D20 features the Digic 4 chip. The specification of the sensor in the Canon D20 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter may cause cropping.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 12 megapixels and delivers a native ISO range of 100 - 3200. Unfortunately, RAW files are not supported so you have less margin for error.

The graphic underneath illustrates the D20's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The D20 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon D20 dimensions

Canon D20 is 0.50 pounds (228 gr / 8.04 oz) and features external dimensions of 112mm x 71mm x 28mm (4.4" x 2.8" x 1.1"). The weight of general Waterproof camera is 195 gr so the Canon D20 is more heavy as compared with its rivals.

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Underneath is a picture of the Canon D20 besides a soft drink so you're able to have a feel for its size.

Canon PowerShot D20 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will illustrate the button design on the D20.

Canon PowerShot D20 topview buttons dials

Canon D20 Lens features

The D20 includes a built in lens having a focal range of 28-140mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which may not be great however it is likely to be helpful in certain circumstances.

At it's widest 28mm, the lens offers an aperture of f3.9 and that is somewhat sluggish and not the best in low light circumstances and you will probably find it difficult to capture a shallow depth of field. You might also have to up your ISO setting resulting in noisy pictures. At the long end, 140mm comes with f4.8 making it really sluggish and you will have to use slow shutter speeds.

Photography Glossary

Canon D20 Connectivity

The D20 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Cameras that come with NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can send pictures and in some cases alter camera settings without connecting straight with the camera.

A few apps also provide a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external monitor. Many cameras enable you to charge the battery with the USB socket.

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Canon D20 Video features

The highest video quality in the Canon D20 is 1920 x 1080 and it can record in H.264 format. 1080p quality gives a great balance for quality vs file size but FULL HD won't leave you with much room to crop. The body doesn't include a mic or headphone jack so you have got absolutely no control over your audio. It is probably best to get another model in case you want good audio in your video clips.

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Canon D20 Weather Sealing

Canon D20 has got weather sealing making it a excellent option to use for rough locations. This is especially helpful in case you are not sure about the conditions you might encounter for outdoor photography.

Canon D20 Display and Viewfinder

The Canon D20 is equipped with a 3 inch fixed screen having a resolution of 461 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the screen is not a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Canon D20 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

In those sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and hard to view, viewfinders will be pretty useful.

Canon D20 Shutter features

The max shutter speed is 1/1600 seconds.

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Canon D20 Flash and Hot shoe features

Canon D20 includes just inbuilt flash without external flash ability.

Canon D20 Autofocusing features

Canon D20 includes only Contrast Detect Autofocus and is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more snappier & accurate as compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera supports Face detect which can be helpful for taking photos of people.

It supports 9 focus points to pick from. Canon D20 boasts manual focus when required for low light occasions or you want more exact focus control.

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Canon D20 Battery life

The typical Waterproof camera battery life is 275. Olympus TG-4 features the highest (380) battery life for this kind of cameras.

Here is a list of Waterproof cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

Canon D20 for varying types of photography

The following diagram gives a analysis of the Canon D20 for varying types of photography. To view more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Canon D20 Portrait photography factors

The Canon D20 has a points total of 33 which is bad, and means the camera is not appropriate for portrait images. Photographing portrait images favors greatly towards sensor resolution, RAW support along with the flexibility to use external flash.

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manual focus
includes face detection focusing
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files

Canon D20 Street photography info

Coming in at a very good rating of 61, the Canon D20 is a very decent option for street photography. A very good street photography camera comes with a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
weather proof
fixed screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files

Canon D20 Sports photography info

A bad sports photography points tally of 34 suggests the Canon D20 is not appropriate for taking photos of sports. A camera must have good focusing and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
weather proof
no shutter priority mode
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus

Canon D20 Travel photography info

Size is super critical when selecting a travel camera. Overall, the Canon D20 gets a average 60 as a travelling camera which is fairly adequate to take with you on your trips.

Photography Glossary
weather sealing
has built in flash
rather wide (28mm)
doesn't have Timelapse function
low MP (12 megapixels)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.9)

Canon D20 Landscape photography highlights

In case you're looking to pick a camera for landscape photos, the most critical aspect will be image quality. The Canon D20 with it's bad score of 44 for a landscape camera is not appropriate within the current market.

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has manual focus
relatively wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
environment proof
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.9)
lack of manual exposure
low resolution (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse recording

Canon D20 Vlogging advice

A vlogging camera preferably should posses a articulating screen, mic input and ideally IBIS. Considering everything, the Canon D20 is not appropriate for vlogging as it delivers a bad score of 33.

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relatively wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
slow max aperture (f3.9)
display is not selfie friendly
lack of mic support

Canon D20 Alternatives

If you are trying to find alternatives to the D20, below is a number of the highest placed cameras that fall within the class of Waterproof.

The line chart underneath offers you a summary of the D20 compared to it's highest ranked competitors mentioned previously.

Following are several cameras you may see as alternate options. To read a thorough comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Canon PowerShot D20
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
Digic 4
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW pictures
Highest native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-140mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture
Macro focus range
Crop factor
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display size
3 inch
Display resolution
461 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Display technology
PureColor II TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
15 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/1600 seconds
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
3.50 m
Flash modes
Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 240 (240 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video format
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Eye-Fi Connected
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
228 grams (0.50 pounds)
Physical dimensions
112 x 71 x 28mm (4.4" x 2.8" x 1.1")
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2, 10, Custom)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
Storage slots
Cost at launch