Canon SX420 IS
- 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 3" Fixed Screen
- ISO 100 - 1600
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 1280 x 720 video
- 24-1008mm (F3.5-6.6) lens
- 325g - 104 x 69 x 85mm
- Revealed January 2016
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Canon SX420 IS overview
Canon SX420 IS is Canon's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera originally revealed on January of 2016. The camera has a 20MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 5152 x 3864.
The SX420 IS is placed #114 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & all round #654 out of 1459 for cameras in our database. You can check our Smart camera finder to find camera rankings based on your customized factors.
The following is a chart of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.
Canon SX420 IS history
The Canon SX420 IS has a history of related cameras. Here, you can check out all older and latest models as well as key features.
SX420 IS vs SX70 HS21-1365mm
SX420 IS vs SX740 HS24-960mm
SX420 IS vs SX730 HS24-960mm
SX420 IS vs SX620 HS25-625mm
SX420 IS vs SX720 HS24-960mm
SX420 IS vs SX540 HS24-1200mm
SX420 IS vs SX410 IS24-960mm
SX420 IS vs SX710 HS25-750mm
SX420 IS vs SX530 HS24-1200mm
SX420 IS vs SX610 HS25-450mm
SX420 IS vs SX60 HS21-1365mm
SX420 IS vs SX520 HS24-1008mm
SX420 IS vs SX400 IS24-720mm
SX420 IS vs SX700 HS25-750mm
SX420 IS vs SX600 HS25-450mm
SX420 IS vs SX170 IS28-448mm
SX420 IS vs SX510 HS24-720mm
SX420 IS vs SX160 IS28-448mm
SX420 IS vs SX280 HS25-500mm
SX420 IS vs SX270 HS25-500mm
SX420 IS vs SX50 HS24-1200mm
SX420 IS vs SX500 IS24-720mm
SX420 IS vs SX260 HS25-500mm
SX420 IS vs SX150 IS28-336mm
SX420 IS vs SX240 HS25-500mm
SX420 IS vs SX40 HS24-840mm
SX420 IS vs SX230 HS28-392mm
SX420 IS vs SX220 HS28-392mm
SX420 IS vs SX30 IS24-840mm
SX420 IS vs SX130 IS28-336mm
SX420 IS vs SX20 IS28-560mm
SX420 IS vs SX210 IS28-392mm
SX420 IS vs SX200 IS28-336mm
SX420 IS vs SX1 IS28-560mm
SX420 IS vs SX10 IS28-560mm
Canon SX420 IS Gallery
You can check the SX420 IS from several angles in the gallery below.
Canon SX420 IS Pros and Cons
Below is a selection of positives and negatives of the Canon SX420 IS based on criterias that are generally seen as useful in a digital camera.
Canon SX420 IS Sensor specifications
The Canon SX420 IS houses the DIGIC 4+ processor. The measurement of the sensor in the Canon SX420 IS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 5152 x 3864 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter might produce cropping.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
The CCD sensor has 20MP and has a standard ISO range of 100 - 1600. Sadly, RAW files are not saved so you have less margin for error.
The picture below displays the SX420 IS's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The SX420 IS sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is shown in green.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Canon SX420 IS dimensions
Canon SX420 IS weighs 0.72 pounds (325g / 11.46 ounces) & the measurement of the camera is 104mm x 69mm x 85mm (4.1" x 2.7" x 3.3"). The weight of general Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387g so the Canon SX420 IS is lighter when compared to various competitors.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The following is a visual of the Canon SX420 IS alongside a soda to help you to get a feel for its scale.
The top view below will show you the button layout on the SX420 IS.
Canon SX420 IS Lens specifications
The SX420 IS includes an inbuilt lens featuring a focal range of 24-1008mm giving it a 42.0 x zoom which is great and would allow you to zoom right in.
At the widest 24mm, the lens features an aperture of f3.5 which will be rather slow and not good for low light events and you might struggle to get a shallow depth of field. You will likely also have to increase the ISO setting producing noisy images. At the tele end, 1008mm is amazing zoom and comes at f6.6 making it really sluggish and you would need to set slower shutter speeds.
Canon SX420 IS Connectivity
The SX420 IS has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- NFC Yes
Cameras that incorporate NFC and Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily transfer files and at times adjust camera settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.
Many applications even give a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external screen. The majority of cameras will allow you to charge the battery through the USB port.
Canon SX420 IS Video specifications
The highest video quality in the Canon SX420 IS is 1280 x 720 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 720p is awful for today's standards. You should really target at least FUll HD quality for video. The camera doesn't include a microphone and headphone jack so you get little control over the sound. It is probably a better idea to get a different camera in case you want good sound for your videos.
Canon SX420 IS Weather Sealing
There is no weather proofing in the Canon SX420 IS so you need to be cautious in rainy or dusty conditions.
Canon SX420 IS Screen and Viewfinder
The Canon SX420 IS has a 3 inch fixed display supporting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Sadly the display isn't a touch screen.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The ViewFinder details for Canon SX420 IS are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be pretty helpful for bright outdoor conditions which may make the camera screen washed out and difficult to see.
Canon SX420 IS Shutter specifications
Canon SX420 IS continuous shooting speed is 0.5 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.
Canon SX420 IS Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Canon SX420 IS features only integrated flash without external flash ability.
Canon SX420 IS Autofocus specifications
Canon SX420 IS features just Contrast Based AF & lacks Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster & exact when compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera has Face detection which makes it valuable for people photography.
Canon SX420 IS can use manual focusing when needed for low light conditions or you need to have more exact control on focusing.
Canon SX420 IS Battery life
The battery power (NB-11LH) in the Canon SX420 IS is designed to last for 195 pictures with respect to the CIPA standards which is lesser when compared to it's rivals. The typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has got the highest (600) battery life for this kind of cameras.
Underneath is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that come with the highest battery life:
SX420 IS vs Fujifilm HS35EXR600 yesnono
SX420 IS vs B500600 nonoyes
SX420 IS vs L840590 noyesno
SX420 IS vs FZ200540 yesnono
SX420 IS vs V-Lux 4540 yesnono
Canon SX420 IS for specific kinds of photography
The following graph provides a summation of the Canon SX420 IS for specific kinds of photography. To learn more, have a look at the specific section below.
Canon SX420 IS Portrait photography information
The Canon SX420 IS receives a rating of 45 which is bad, meaning that it is simply not acceptable for portraits. Shooting portrait photos leans heavily to sensor size, RAW support and flexibility to work with off-camera lighting.
Street photography with Canon SX420 IS
Coming in at a average score of 53, the Canon SX420 IS is somewhat acceptable to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.
Sports photography with Canon SX420 IS
A bad sports photography score of 42 suggests the Canon SX420 IS is simply not acceptable for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have good tracking and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Canon SX420 IS as a Travel photography camera
Weight is extremely critical in choosing a travel camera. On the whole, the Canon SX420 IS gets a very good 61 for a travelling camera which makes it a very decent choice to purchase for your holidays.
Canon SX420 IS Landscape photography details
If you are looking to pick a camera for landscape photography, the most important aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Canon SX420 IS and it's modest grade of 47 for a landscape camera is relatively acceptable in the current market.
Canon SX420 IS Vlogging factors
A vlogging camera should offer a articulating display, mic input and ideally image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Canon SX420 IS is simply not acceptable as a vlog camera as it gets a bad score of 29.
Canon SX420 IS Alternatives
If you are trying to find replacements to the SX420 IS, below is a selection of the top scored cameras which fall in to the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The chart below will give you an overview of the SX420 IS vs it's highest ranking rivals mentioned previously.
These are various other cameras you might look into as alternatives. To look at a complete comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.