The rugged PowerShot D20 is waterproof, shockproof and freeze proof, making it the perfect camera for outdoor use in all weather conditions. It features a 5x optical zoom and is packed with Canon features to help you capture great shots whatever the situation. Canon’s HS System and Intelligent IS help ensure your images are sharp, clear and vibrant even in low light conditions, GPS allows you to tag your images, whilst Full HD movies allow you to capture all the action in perfect detail.
The PowerShot D20 is built to withstand even the most extreme conditions, allowing you to shoot almost anywhere. It is waterproof down to a depth of 10 metres (33 feet), making it perfect for scuba diving, snorkelling or surfing. It is also freeze proof, withstanding temperatures as low as -10°C (14°F), making it the ideal partner for skiing, snowboarding or any other winter sports. Plus, the tough, dustproof body is even shockproof. Able to withstand falls from as high as 1.5 metres (5 feet), the PowerShot D20 is designed to keep up with even the most active lifestyle. It allows you to focus on capturing great shots wherever you are, without having to worry about damage to your camera.
The power of Canon’s HS System comes from the combination of the 12.1 Megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor. The HS System gives incredibly high image quality in all light conditions and enables the camera to capture a wider dynamic range, reducing over-exposure of highlighted areas and loss of detail in the shadows. This means that you can preserve your memories in perfect detail, whether in stills or video.
Canon’s HS System truly excels in low light conditions. It can often be challenging to capture well exposed subjects inside against dark backgrounds, outside in low light or even underwater; the flash range is often not sufficient to light up the background but turning it off can cause blurring from the instability of handheld shooting. Canon’s HS System reduces the camera’s reliance on flash in low-light situations - background illumination is improved, dark areas are reduced, and camera shake is controlled, maintaining complete image clarity and eliminating blur. As a result you can capture great low-light images without needing to use the flash as often.
The HS System allows for significant noise reduction at all ISO levels while maintaining accurate colours and crisp detail, allowing the camera to capture the natural ambience of dimly-lit environments without the flash. Shots are striking and detailed, with the 12.1 Megapixel sensor capturing more than enough detail to reproduce images onto large poster-sized formats.
The PowerShot D20 benefits from Canon’s class-leading lens technology. It boasts a 28 mm wide-angle lens, allowing you to fit more in the frame – perfect for group shots. Plus, the 5x optical zoom enables you to get up close and personal, even with distant subjects.
The PowerShot D20 also benefits from Canon’s Intelligent IS technology. Whether you’re shooting stills or movies, Intelligent IS automatically identifies the shooting situation and then selects the most appropriate type of optical image stabilization from 7 modes. For example, when capturing a close-up of a flower the camera will automatically select Macro IS with Hybrid IS technology, but then it will automatically switch to Powered IS when filming distant subjects with the zoom. This allows you to focus on framing the image you want, safe in the knowledge that the camera is working to eliminate as much camera shake as possible, even if you need to move with your scene.
For moments that are best caught on video, the PowerShot D20 offers advanced video performance with the capability to record Full HD movies at 1080p with HDMI-CEC compatibility ensuring optimum playback on High Definition televisions. The 5x optical zoom is also available during filming, allowing you to get really close to the action, plus Smart Auto can detect 21 different types of scene, ensuring it looks just as you see it.
The PowerShot D20 features a large 7.5 cm (3.0") PureColor II LCD. This high quality 460k dot screen makes framing and reviewing images easy, even from difficult angles or in bright light.
The PowerShot D20 features GPS which tags your location to each image. Additionally, if desired, the GPS Logger system can record your location at regular intervals, even when the camera is turned off, tracking your journey. The advanced GPS module’s fast location acquisition and low energy consumption means it is possible to use the GPS Logger for more than 48 hours from a single battery charge. Using the software supplied with the camera, the route you took and the location where each image was captured can then be reviewed using Google Maps and Google Earth*. Data (EXIF metadata) about where, when and how you captured each shot is embedded automatically within each photograph. Most photo-sharing websites now display this geo-tagging information, meaning that in addition to keeping a log of your own journey, you can share your journey with your friends and family too.
When you're taking photographs, the only thing you want to think about is your subject, so Canon’s Smart Auto mode removes the worry of deciding which settings to select. It enables the camera to intelligently select the appropriate settings so you can concentrate on your subject.
In Smart Auto mode, Canon’s Advanced Scene Detection Technology automatically analyses shooting conditions – detecting people, distance, brightness, colour and movement information – then selects the perfect setting from 32 specially defined scenes. So whether you're photographing flowers, a captivating sunset or friends in the park you can be confident you're getting the perfect image.
Smart Auto is also more than just scene detection. It allows the camera to identify moving subjects to ensure the focus and exposure are always correct. For sharp close-ups the camera automatically switches to Macro mode and Smart Flash Exposure optimises exposure and flash controls to ensure your subject is perfectly lit whilst dark and light areas are accurately reproduced.
Additionally, Multi-area White Balance correction enables incredibly accurate colour reproduction. For example, usually when shooting indoors where the subject is lit by flash and the background is illuminated by artificial lighting, the multiple light sources can distort the colours in the image. But Canon’s Multi-area White Balance correction eliminates this problem so that the natural skin tones of the subject are retained, whilst the colours in the background also remain true-to-life.
Unique to Canon cameras, Movie Digest allows you to create a VGA quality (640 x 480) film telling the story behind the images you’ve captured that day. Every time a still image is captured, the preceding 4 seconds is automatically recorded as a movie clip - these are then automatically collated into one complete video showing the highlights of the day.
The PowerShot D20 is compatible with a range of optional accessories, all designed to complement an active, outdoor lifestyle. For more serious scuba diving, an optional waterproof case (WP-DC45) will give additional protection down to depths of 40 metres, and is compatible with many external waterproof flash units. Another perfect complement to this adventure camera is the Accessories Kit (AKT-DC2) which includes a silicon jacket that will protect the camera’s body from everyday scuffs and scratches; a float which is ideal for many water sports; a shoulder strap and a carabineer strap that will give you extra peace of mind whilst on the move with your camera and a special neoprene pouch for carrying the camera safely in all conditions.
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