Canon Powershot SX420 20MP 42X Zoom Bridge Camera Review

The ergonomically designed Canon Powershot SX420 20MP 42X Zoom bridge camera is a famous bridge camera. That means that it offers better image quality than a compact camera and it’s smaller than the usual DSLR (but could still pass as one).

It’s size and weight are simply perfect: it is very light and only a little larger than a smartphone, which is great for carrying around wherever you go.

SX420 makes minor improvements compared to its predecessor, and dual major features might make you fall in love with it.

Canon Powershot SX420 20MP 42X Zoom Bridge Camera Review

The Canon Powershot SX420 IS is a 42x optical zoom camera. This function equips it with the ability to zoom closer to your subject with the zoom range that extends to 1080 (35mm equivalent), also supported by the longer lens, that is great for sports and wildlife photography.

Another key area of development is an increase to 20 MP resolution that allows you to make bigger prints.

Now, let’s take a look at the main specifications in this Canon Powershot SX420 review.

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  • Powershot SX420 Specifications

Sensor 16.1 MP
ISO 100 – 1600
Optical Image Stabilization Yes
LCD Resolution 230k Pixels
LCD Screen 3’’, fixed
Max Video Resolution 1280 x 720
Built-in Viewfinder No
Shutter Speed 1/4000s
Continuous Shooting 0.5 fps
Zoom Lens 24–1080 mm F3.5 – F6.3
Optical Zoom 42X
Face Detection Focusing Yes
Built-in Wi-Fi Yes
NFC Connectivity No
Batteries Lithium-ion (200 shots)
Manual Focusing No
Remote Control With a smartphone
Weight 325 g
Size 104 x 85 x 69 mm


  • Pros:

The 42x Optical zoom is one of the selling points of this camera in the first place. This combined with optical image stabilization and sharp lens, all placed in the light and small body is what makes you fall in love with it.

  • Cons:

The primary con of this camera is something quite glaring – it lacks a viewfinder. It also lacks manual exposure mode. HD video is restricted to 720p, and continuous shooting is so slow at 0.5 fps.

The battery life is poor too around 200 shots.

Canon Powershot SX420 20MP 42X Zoom Bridge Camera

  • Build & Design

This camera isn’t the smallest on the market, but it really is small. It boasts of a plain design, which I don’t consider as something bad. Minimalism is all great for this camera type.

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  • Performance

With the Canon Powershot SX420 20MP 42X Zoom bridge camera, you can whip out, power up, and snap a pic in about 3 seconds with SX 420.

It creates photos just a little beter than smartphones with excellent cameras, but there is this one thing that this camera does well – zoom.

  • Autofocus

It’s autofocus technology makes it faster than previous models, SX 420 is amazing for quick shooting. It also boasts of multiple focus modes such as intelligent focus (that prioritizes faces), center focus and tracking autofocus.

  • Image Quality

In terms of image quality, I have to say that I find it do well: greens, red, and blues have just the right amount of saturation. It has a fine effect. Images are clean and crisp too in good outdoor lighting, with excellent exposure and a bit of chromatic aberration.

  • Exposure

In light conditions that aren’t exactly perfect, You can hear a minimal amount of noise at the lowest ISO settings, and a small amount of purple fringing that is a result of chromatic aberration.

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