Canon PowerShot SX420 IS Review

The Canon Powershot SX420 is referred to as a bridge camera, which indicates that it has superior image quality when compared to a compact camera while also being more compact than a standard digital single-lens reflex camera (but it still looks like one).

Key Specs

  • 20MP – 1/2.3″ CCD Sensor
  • ISO 100 – 1600
  • 24-1008 mm F3.5-6.6 Zoom Lens
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3.00″ Fixed Type Screen
  • 0.5fps continuous shooting
  • and HD at 25fps Video Recording
  • Built-in Wireless
  • 325g. 104 x 69 x 85 mm

It is incredibly light and only a little larger than a smartphone, which makes it wonderful for bringing about everywhere you go because it is highly portable. Its weight and dimensions are just about right.

When compared to its predecessor, the SX420 incorporates a few minor upgrades, and it has two significant characteristics that might end up making you fall in love with it.

The Canon Powershot SX420 is a camera that features a 42x optical zoom. This function allows you to zoom closer to your subject with a zoom range that reaches to 1080 (35mm equivalent), which is also supported by the longer lens. This is an excellent feature for taking pictures of animals and sports since it allows you to get closer to your subject.

Another enhancement is an increase in resolution, this time to 20 megapixels, which enables larger prints to be made.

The Build & Design

SX 420 digital camera is not the world’s smallest camera, but it is still pretty compact. I don’t mind that the design is simple since I don’t think it’s a bad thing. When it comes to this particular kind of camera, minimalism works really well.


If you take a glance at the controls, you’ll see that the power button and the zooming ring that surrounds the shutter button (as is customary) are located at the top of the camera. Additionally, there is a little flash that requires you to manually open it in order to utilize it.

When you turn the camera around and look at the back, you’ll notice that it has the standard assortment of controls found on compact cameras. These controls include things like video recording, image playback, and the mode selector. Additionally, there are buttons for flash, self-timer, exposure, and macro.

The right side of the device houses all of the key controls and makes them easy to reach with the thumb.


There is merely one USB connector on the side of the device, which may be used to connect to a computer or an audio/video device.


The zoom lens that comes with the camera is a Canon 42x 12 elements Zoom Lens that has built-in picture stabilization and a focal length range that goes from 4.3 to 180mm.

Ergonomics in Building Construction

The handgrip on the camera is ergonomically designed, and the camera itself is a good fit in your palm. It is not a pocketable camera in the same way that some tiny point-and-shoot cameras are, but it is easy to use and carry around, so it is an ideal choice for anyone who is going to be doing a lot of traveling.

It has a decent build quality for the price, and it could probably withstand a number of drops, but it is not resistant to dust or water.


When it comes to the menu, there is nothing about it that is even somewhat easy to understand. There is a large number of filters and settings, however, they are really difficult to locate. Because there is no touchscreen on them, even after you do discover them, manipulating them may be a very difficult process.

Because everything you wish to do is controlled via buttons and a four-way controller, it is quite simple to become disoriented in this game.

Display Devices

Concerning the screen itself, I’m afraid to say that it’s not flawless. Not only does it have a poor resolution of only 230000 pixels, which results in a grainy look, but it also cannot be tilted; instead, it is merely stuck in one position.

Various modes of shooting

A complete manual mode is one of the features that many seasoned photographers adore having at their disposal. That is not something that can be accomplished with SX 420, sadly. The program mode gives you the most control over the camera since it enables you to make adjustments to the exposure as well as the ISO.

In addition, there is a button labeled “auto” that allows you to access other creative shooting settings, such as “portrait,” “low light,” and “miniature.”


With the SX 420, you can pull it out of your pocket, power it on, and take a picture in approximately three seconds. It takes photographs that are somewhat superior to those produced by smartphones with decent cameras, but there is one thing that this camera does quite well, and that is zoom.


The SX 420 is a fantastic choice for shooting at high speeds because to its superior focusing technology, which is noticeably quicker than those of its predecessors. Additionally, it comes with a variety of focus settings, including center focus, intelligent focus (which gives priority to faces), and tracking autofocus, among others.

In addition to that, you have the choice of a continuous AF, a servo AF, and an AD Assist beam. However, due to the fact that these selections are frozen in place inside the menu, it will be difficult for you to modify them as rapidly as you would want.

The Smart Auto mode of this camera does a fantastic job of determining the optimal settings for a variety of shooting scenarios, focusing precisely where you want it to be, and providing exceptional image stabilization.

Quality of the Image

When it comes to the visual quality, I feel obligated to mention that I think it to be satisfactory: the saturation of the reds, blues, and greens is just about perfect. It has a very pleasing impact. Images are sharp and clear in well-lit outdoor environments, exhibiting superb exposure and only a trace amount of chromatic aberration.


Even at the lowest ISO settings, it is possible to discern a little bit of noise in some other lighting circumstances that aren’t quite ideal, as well as a little bit of purple fringing, which is the consequence of chromatic aberration.

These factors actually make it more difficult for the sensor to distinguish between some of the smaller elements. When viewing an image on the screen at a tiny size, this is not an issue; but, if you require some large printouts, it may be a problem.

It is much worse at certain higher ISO sensitivities, which is why I suggest utilizing the flash at the very least if you wish to take pictures in less-than-ideal lighting settings.

What kinds of photographs do you recommend taking with the Canon Powershot SX 420 IS?

Even if you have decided that you prefer this camera as a result of what you have read above, you should still ask yourself if this is the camera that is best suited for your needs. First and foremost, you need to be clear with yourself about the purpose(s) for which you intend to utilize it.


Body typeSLR-like (bridge)
Max resolution5152 x 3864
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors21 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeCCD
ProcessorDIGIC 4+
ISOAuto, 100-1600
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatNo
JPEG quality levelsSuperfine, fine
Focal length (equiv.)24–1008 mm
Optical zoom42×
Maximum apertureF3.5–6.6
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterSelective single-pointSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range5 cm (1.97″)
Macro focus range0 cm (0″)
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3″
Screen dots230,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Minimum shutter speed15 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Aperture priorityNo
Shutter priorityNo
Manual exposure modeNo
Subject / scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes
Flash range5.00 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, flash on, slow synchro, flash off
Continuous drive0.5 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Resolutions1280 x 720 (25p), 640 x 480 (30p)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n with NFC
Remote controlNo
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNB-11LH
Battery Life (CIPA)195
Weight (inc. batteries)325 g (0.72 lb / 11.46 oz)
Dimensions104 x 69 x 85 mm (4.09 x 2.72 x 3.35″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo

Final Verdict

Outstanding optical performance is provided by the PowerShot SX420 IS digital camera’s upgraded strong 42x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 24-1008mm), as well as the camera’s Optical Image Stabilizer.

With its own button devoted to Wi-Fi, this camera makes it simple to share and transfer photos using both Wi-Fi and NFC technologies. The incredible image quality is a result of the combination of the 20.0 Megapixel sensor and the DIGIC 4+ Image Processor. The Smart Auto feature of the camera provides 720p HD video capture in MP4 format and automatically determines the appropriate settings for the camera depending on predetermined shooting circumstances.

Even when seen at an acute angle, the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS digital camera’s huge LCD screen of 3.0 inches (about 461,000 dots) remains clear and legible. The Hybrid Auto mode of this camera takes a few short video clips before each still image and then aggregates all of these movies into a concise highlight reel.

Pros & Cons

Good For
  • Image Stabilization
  • Integrated wireless technology (Wi-fi)
  • Connectivity through NFC
  • Putting a Focus on Face Detection
Need Improvement
  • A Lack of a Touch Screen
  • Lack of a Screen That Articulates
  • There is not an external flash shoe.
  • No Full HD Video

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