7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
One of the best waterproof cameras with good features,
This review is from: Canon Powershot D20 HS Waterproof Digital Camera - Yellow (12.1 MP, 5x Optical Zoom) 3.0 Inch LCD (Electronics)
I used this camera for a recent trip to Egypt and found it to be excellent in a variety of scenarios.
The camera is very robust, as you may expect, and it feels solid and well constructed. The battery/memory card has rubber seals around it to keep it secure. The menu on the camera is easy to use and navigate. There is a handy record button on the back of the camera that is used for video - this is especially useful in underwater scenarios. The screen is very crisp and easy to view and the size is more than adequate - no expensive spared unlike some other ruggedised cameras.
I used the camera with a class 10 SDHC card so the pictures were taken quickly with minimum delay. This allowed me to take lots of shots so I could find a few decent ones!
The video function was equally impressive, and also has image stability built in that allows for good quality results. I didn't often use it but it worked well.
Underwater was where this camera came into it's own - I used the auto setting and everything looked amazing at around 2/3 meters - anything beyond that was a little washed out but I realised later that I should have used the underwater setting on the camera. The picutres I took looked great though and the colour and vibrancy of the coral and the fish really come through on the screen at home.
The GPS function was very, very useful in that I could see exactly where the pictures were taken on a map - this was good for underwater locations as well as on land - the pyramids for example let me see exactly where I took the shots and I loved this function.
The downside is that the GPS could take as long as 4 minutes to lock on to a satellite and often wouldn't connect. The fact that the toggle was in a menu made it a touch fiddly. It would be nice to have a hardware on/off button and a faster fix would certainly meant I used the GPS far more often.
The only other slight niggle was that the camera wouldn't stand up on a desk due to the position of the wrist strap (bottom corner) which annoyed me as I didn't want to put face down and damage the screen or lens.
Having said that. The camera gives excellent quality photos and HD video. There are lots of options that help you get the most of the scene and a good zoom.
Despite a couple of small issues (that are due to my OCD!) this is a good camera - it's not cheap but you get a good quality camera that will last and provide excellent results.
Highly recommended. There are cheaper cameras, but they may leave you wanting more. The Canon doesn't and does the job well.