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Canon Powershot D20 HS Waterproof Digital Camera - Blue (12.1 MP, 5x Optical Zoom) 3.0 Inch LCD

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  • Rugged camera with 12.1 Megapixel HS System for great results even in low light
  • Waterproof (10m), shockproof (up to 1.5m drop), freezeproof (-10°C) and dustproof
  • GPS tags your shots and logs your journey
  • Full HD movies (1080p) with optical zoom and HDMI
  • Underwater Macro, Quick AF and Custom White Balance for submerged shooting
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  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2.8 x 7.1 cm ; 204 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 762 g
  • Item model number: 6145B012AA
  • ASIN: B00791DL5E
  • Date first available at 7 Feb. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,883 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Waterproof, shockproof, freeze proof camera with GPS

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.

Features include:

  • Waterproof to a depth of 10 metres (33 feet), shockproof, freeze proof and dustproof
  • 12.1 Megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor
  • Canon’s HS System, featuring a DIGIC 4 processor for excellent low-light performance
  • 28 mm wide-angle lens with a 5x optical zoom
  • Optical Image Stabilizer with Intelligent IS
  • Full HD movies (1080p) and HDMI-CEC
  • Large 7.5 cm (3.0") PureColor II LCD screen (460k dots) with anti-reflection coating
  • Low energy consumption GPS for tagging your shots and logging your journey
  • Smart Auto with Advanced Scene Detection for great results in 32 different situations
  • Movie Digest records 4 seconds before each shot to create a bonus movie
  • A range of optional accessories
Waterproof to a depth of 10 metres
Waterproof to a depth of 10 metres
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Tough, waterproof body

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.

Capture the scene exactly as you see it with Canon’s HS System

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
The HS System captures the true atmosphere
in low light
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Outstanding results in low light

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.

Less noise, clearer detail

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.

Exceptional lens quality

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.

Smart Auto mode
Relive your special moments in high definition
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Incredibly sharp images whatever the situation

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.

Fast-paced, Full High Definition movies

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.

Large, high quality display

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.

Inbuilt GPS tags your images
Inbuilt GPS tags your images and logs your journey
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Low energy consumption GPS tracking

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.

Effortless shooting, superb results

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.

Capture everything with the Movie Digest feature

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.


*Google, Google Maps and Google Earth are trademarks of Google Inc.

Box Contains

  • Digital Camera PowerShot D20
  • Wrist Strap WS-DC8
  • Strap Mount
  • Battery Pack NB-6L
  • Battery Charger CB-2LYE
  • AC Cable
  • Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • User Manual Kit

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    Colour Name: Blue Verified Purchase
    I bought this camera without seeing one in person before-hand. But having had nothing but good results from Canon products since my first digital camera back in 2003, I wasn't worried. I can safely say this camera lived up to my expectations. In a nutshell it is easy to use, takes great photos with excellent colour accuracy and is in a size format which easily fits in your pocket (it is very roughly the size and weight of two iPhone 4S's stacked on top of each other). Having owned an Olympus Tough "underwater" camera before this one, I love that the canon uses more plastic for the body - I had huge issues with corrosion build-up on the Olympus even though I was religious about rinsing it off after using it in the sea. Two standout features that blow me away are how quick it turns on - I haven't had a chance to try it side by side, but I swear it turns on faster than my Canon D450 SLR! And the other is that the minimum focussing distance is ridiculously close. You can put the camera down on something like a LCD screen (i.e. that has its own light source) - literally rest it on the surface, and it will focus on the pixels on the screen and take a sharp picture of them. For all intents and purposes, it appears to have a truly infinite focal range from 0CM to the horizon.

    Now for the only negative I've picked up so far - there is no lens cover. This is the first camera I've ever owned (and the number I've owned over the years adds up to double digits now) that does not have some form of lens cover, being it either a lens cap or a built in cover that slides over the lens when you power down the camera. Even the Olympus Tough had a little plate which slid up over the lens when it was off. There is nothing like that on this camera.
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    Colour Name: Silver Verified Purchase
    I love technology but am rarely influenced by hype. I first became aware of the Canon D10 via Trip Advisor and some amazing photos taken whilst snorkelling in the Indian Ocean with the D10, which were amazing - a point-and-shoot camera that you could take into the sea without a bulky and clumsy waterproof housing. You would expect some compromise on quality of shots but these were amazing, no Photoshop touch-ups to remove the blue haze that otherwise affects underwater photos. We had booked to go to the Maldives at the end of June and my wife offered to buy me a D10, because my passionate hobby is diving, snorkelling and photogrpahing sights of the same. We saw however that the D20 was imminent for UK release and decided to wait, even though it was about £ 60 dearer than the old D10. New features include waterproof to 10m (no-one can snorkel at that depth anyway !), GPS location tagging of of photoshoot sites, shockproof to 5m (being dropped), ease of moving through menus and an enhanced automatic underwater mode that automatically adjusts the white balance (thereby removing the blue haze that normally occurs) and an underwater macro setting, all easily accessed whilst underwater. The additional main plus that I knew from reviews was that you can actually see the screen underwater in bright sunlight, so no more guesswork in terms of centering the target and focussing.

    Then add in HD quality video and unlike many compacts, you can zoom in whilst in video mode ? How do they do it ?!

    As if this wasn't enough for a camera, the "dry land" photos, flash, "smile" and "wink" recognition are all so easy to use.

    The final point ? What are the photos like ? Unbelievable. Absolutely fantastic from a camera not much bigger than my iphone.
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    Colour Name: Yellow Verified Purchase
    I've always bought Canon cameras, you might pay a little extra for the name but 9 times out of 10 it's worth it for the great quality you get.
    As a general use camera this is OK, it takes a decent photo and has good zoom.
    However, when you come to use it in water it has several negative points:-
    1. The lens is right at the top corner of the camera meaning if you're not in the water yourself, you need to submerge your whole hand, with camera, to get a shot. When you do this you can no longer see the screen on the rear of the camera so have no idea what the camera is looking at. This might be fine for diving or swimming, but if you're rockpooling or stood by the edge of a pond and want a shot then forget it. All other Canon cameras I have have the lens in the middle so why Canon put this one at the top I don't know.
    2. The camera is waterproof, the strap isn't. Nice thinking on the part of Canon to supply a textile strap on a camera designed to be used in water.
    3. The macro is rubbish. Considering I have about 3 'point and click' Canon digital cameras, all of which have very good macro, the macro on this fails dismally in comparison.
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    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.
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