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CanonPowerShot D20 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue)
 
4.5

(based on 96 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (57)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (76)
  • Large clear LCD (58)
  • Compact (52)
  • Good image quality (33)
  • Image stabilization (28)

Cons

  • Limited zoom (14)
  • Lag / shutter delay (13)
  • Short battery life (11)
  • No viewfinder (9)
  • Poor in low light (6)

Best Uses

  • Travel (70)
  • Sports/action (49)
  • Family photos (38)
  • Video (32)
  • Wildlife (29)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (41), Casual photographer (27), Semi-pro photographer (15), Pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (76), Yes (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

great for snorkeling use

Took this camera on a snorkeling trip in the Caribbean, where it worked wonderfully. Crisp shots, fast response, easy underwater viewing and controls - everything I didn't have in my previous...Read complete review

Took this camera on a snorkeling trip in the Caribbean, where it worked wonderfully. Crisp shots, fast response, easy underwater viewing and controls - everything I didn't have in my previous camera-plus-underwater-housing.

I played around with movie mode for the first time with this camera. Observations: get a LARGE SDHC card if you're shooting movies. I'm going to order a 32GB card (they're real cheap right now, just wish I'd had one on the trip). Also, this camera burns through its battery, and especially so in movie mode. I had a second battery, so I could swap-and-charge, and that was a good thing. I generally got a day's worth of use per charge, turning the camera off when not actively looking for shots.

Some shifting of color balance is apparent in movie mode; being a novice with video, I'm not sure if this is my fault. Also, the "Underwater" setting persists when I turn the camera off and back on, leading to some rather reddish shots above water - my fault, that.

The lens is in the upper left corner, and i had to be aware to keep my left hand out of the image when at wide angle. Not a problem on zoom (for me).

Not this camera's fault, but... this is my 4th Canon digital camera, and my 4th battery format. The other cameras are still working, so I have batteries and chargers all over the place. Sigh.

Before buying this camera I read a review that complained about slow startup and response times. I do not understand the complaint, I found it very quick both to turn on and to respond when I pressed the shutter button.

Note for underwater users: this camera doesn't float. I got a "Chums" brand flotation wrist strip, and that worked great - I took a picture of the strap bobbing half out of a pool, with the camera hanging below.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not waterproof

When used in Austrralia on a warm to hot day we soon discovered that the plastic and metal combination of the body allowed water to fully penetrate the interior. It was a shame because...Read complete review

When used in Austrralia on a warm to hot day we soon discovered that the plastic and metal combination of the body allowed water to fully penetrate the interior. It was a shame because the overall appeal of the camera was great and easy to use.
Nonetheless this is a serious flaw that will effect beach goers who will no doubt jump into cooler water with camera in hand. We have had a full metal body of another make and not had these problems.
P.S Battery life wasn't that great either
Thanks BH Photo for the refund.
Cheers

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5.0

Great camera, great price

By Drmolly

from Great Falls, VA

Comments about Canon PowerShot D20 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

This is just what I needed to complete my travel photography set. I did not want to have to buy a waterproof casing for my other DSLR camera and frankly I didn't want to take any chances of ruining it. Great underwater and in ocean photos. Easy to use. The underwater macro is terrific! Make sure to rinse off the salt water when you are done.

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4.0

Very Pleased

By Cathead

from McDowell County, WV

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Large Clear LCD
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Limited Zoom

Best Uses

  • Travel

Comments about Canon PowerShot D20 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

This is the first waterproof camera I have ever owned and I haven't tried it underwater yet. In the meantime, I am pleased with the image quality I am getting. The edges look better zoomed in than a P&S I paid $ for. I do like the slight heaviness of the camera. It makes it feel solid and dependable in my hands. You have to use the camera relatively often to remember how to get to some of the features in the menu. I bought the camera primarily so I could use it on my ATV rides back in the mountains and not worry about it getting rained on or bumped around as bad.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

Great all-rounder for all the family

By Happy parent

from Australia

Comments about Canon PowerShot D20 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

Such a great kids first camera. Never mind the department store rubbish, get something for nearly the same price and let your kids enjoy photography. Drop it? It's shock proof. Drown it? It's waterproof to all backyard pool depths. They take photos (which is the main thing) and even if only one or two are 'keepers', you have more photos to treasure.
The colours are fine except when it's in underwater mode taking shots out of the water..., the useability is fine and it's a good size for a general point and shoot.

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4.0

Sweet little camera

By Clem the sailor

from Madisonville, La.

About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Great Resolution
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Travel

    Comments about Canon PowerShot D20 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

    Bought this to take out on sailing. It was great. The colors are good. Comparable to my 60d . The quick video button was really handy as it let you go to video mode instantly. The quality of the video is super.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Tried several and glad I got this one!

    By Adrienne

    from Hawaii

    Comments about Canon PowerShot D20 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

    I like this camera I also have the Nikon underwater camera. I wanted the dolphin color to come out realistic and this did it.
    Easy to use, have to change out of underwater or very red pic but it's easy. I like the weight and the blue color. People love my pictures and have asked what camera I am using.

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    4.0

    Very very good

    By MarkD60

    from Cayman Islands

    Comments about Canon PowerShot D20 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

    Great camera, great pictures. Only 4 stars because when it's in the UW case (Canon WP-DC45 Waterproof Case) and I'm in the water, I'm worried that it might time out and go off and I won't know it. It hasn't happened yet, but I don't see any light on and the lens doesn't visibly extend. The only way to tell if it's on is looking at the display.
    But it's a good camera! Low shutter lag and great quality pictures!

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    5.0

    Great Camera

    By Mito

    from Dallas, TX

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Resolution
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Travel
      • Video

      Comments about Canon PowerShot D20 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

      First off we got an awesome deal on this camera, way cheaper than anywhere else we saw it. Second off, it's a great camera, great pictures, great videos, waterproof and fall proof. It comes with a nifty hand strap, which is nice. The only complaint I have is that it seemed that it was a returned product (the packaging was opened). But it was not a deal breaker for us!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      Great easy purchase!!

      By Kerryp

      from Long Island

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Battery Life
      • Great Resolution
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel

        Comments about Canon PowerShot D20 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

        I needed a quality birthday gift at a reasonable price- and I am more than satisfied, it came overnight- no charge for shipping. Great price on the camera, and loved by the recepient- overall, just a nice experience with your company- i will be back!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        5.0

        Better than GoPros for Diving

        By Crys25

        from New York, NY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Battery Life
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Resolution
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Lag / Shutter Delay
        • Limited Zoom

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Canon PowerShot D20 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

        I have used this camera in tropical destinations where the humidity is high but all while skiing as it does not freeze! I have also used it while rock climbing as it has gotten a few shocks and works amazingly anyway.But the colors of my videos and pictures in the underwater mode when I go diving has beaten every camera i have seen including go pros!

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        • Yes

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        5.0

        Great camer, very dependable

        By TNtroutscout

        from Tennessee

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Battery Life
        • Great Resolution
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video

          Comments about Canon PowerShot D20 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

          My family and I use this camera for a lot of different photo opportunities. I shoot outdoor shots, family photos and videos. The pictures are always of good quality. The camera is easy to use for all age groups. I highly recommend this camera as a great point and shoot option.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Good General use Camera

          By Santi

          from Pittsburgh

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Lag / Shutter Delay
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Travel

          Comments about Canon PowerShot D20 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

          The first thing I had trouble with was the position of the on/off switch on top of the camera. There was a lot of times that i accidentally turned it off while taking a picture. The Switches should have been in a different location.
          The GPS worked well but only outdoors,
          If you get this camera and intend to use it all day get 1-2 backup batteries since it's battery life is only fair. I used an average of 1-2 extra battery while on vacation taking pics all day. It uses more battery with motion pic.
          The features are cool and work very well.
          Low light pics are good only on low light setting otherwise they come out too dark
          Overall it's a really good camera and pic quality is very good.
          It is a nice feature that its waterproof and drop proof, since i had dropped it and got it wet and it performed very well thereafter.
          I am pleased with it.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Amazing Camera!

          By Jojo

          from 2624 calle onice San Clemente, Ca 92673

          Comments about Canon PowerShot D20 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

          This camera is great! It takes amazing photos and videos above and underwater! I love this camera!

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          4.0

          The BEST point and shoot outdoor camera

          By Ice man

          from Pennsylavania

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Battery Life
          • Great Resolution
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

          • Limited Zoom
          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Canon PowerShot D20 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

          I am an outdoor nut and love to capture the moments. Canon has always been my choice but I have killed two powershots from the elements, last being rain. So I chose to try the Power Shot D20. So far it is working just fine. Like all the Canon products, you can not beat the quality and the image quality. I have used it on the water and love the camera. The only improvements I would like to see is a stronger optical zoom and a panoramic mode added. Other than that, Canon is the tops!

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          • No

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          1.0

          Jinxed Camera

          By Snorkel freek

          from Guam

          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Lag / Shutter Delay
          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about Canon PowerShot D20 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

          I was fine with a D-10 until it leaked after warranty. So I tried the new one - first one lasted a couple years and the new one had better specs anyway.

          I've had bad luck with this one. Decent when it works, but had to send it back to Canon after a short time of low use for failed power. Then within a few uses the refurbished used one they sent back (with a scratch) doo-doo'ed (required edit of the c-word) out within a few uses underwater. Leaks. Bad seal system. So I'm going to try a Nikon Underwater next, has an F 2.8 equivalent with better specs. Meanwhile I'll mail back the replaced Canon and see what happens.

          This one is a little slow to process too, and not a fast "shutter" for swimming fish.

          Canon service was OK and all, but I think they need to re-do their waterproofing. Not a good sign to see a waterproof casing available for this camera... shouldn't be needed. I see the new version has the same seal, so...

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          • No

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          5.0

          Best camera ever!!

          By Jojo

          from Cal

          Comments about Canon PowerShot D20 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

          This camera is the best. It takes great pictures! It is completely waterproof! I love it!

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          4.0

          Easy to use

          By Jan

          from San Rafael, CA

          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Lag / Shutter Delay
          • Limited Zoom
          • Poor in Low Light
          • Water Drops On Lens

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Water activities

          Comments about Canon PowerShot D20 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

          Lightweight and easy to use.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Overall great pick

          By Woundup

          from Woodlands, TX

          Comments about Canon PowerShot D20 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

          Very nice pics, must make sure water drops are wiped off lens, digital zoom can cause very grainy results hand held, recommend using tripod for digital zoom shots.

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          4.0

          Pretty good

          By Turducken

          from New York, NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Battery Life
          • Good in Low Light

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Canon PowerShot D20 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

            I bought this camera to replace a Canon Powershot that had died. I use my camera a lot, particularly outdoors, so I wanted one that would hold up to water exposure.

            The camera is heavier and bulkier than a similar, non-waterproof camera would be. It's easy to use and takes decent photos - although my biggest disappointment is that my iPhone actually takes better photos. I've taken the same shot with both cameras and under sunny conditions, the iPhone takes better landscape-type shots. For macro or low-light, the Canon performs better, but it's still a little bit disappointing.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Indispensable for adventure trips

            By Jim

            from Bahía Blanca. Argentina

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Resolution

            Cons

            • Limited Zoom

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Canon PowerShot D20 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

            Excellent quality of pictures and videos underwater .... very good quality in general .... I would with better optical zoom.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            5.0

            Great camera

            By Blago

            from NYC

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Nice Body Color

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel

              Comments about Canon PowerShot D20 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

              Got this camera for a beach vacation as I did not want to carry my Mark III 5D at the beach. Light, sleek, waterproof. Serves its purpose and is easy to use.

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              • No

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