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
|ISO||100 – 1600|
|Optical Image Stabilization||Yes|
|LCD Resolution||230k Pixels|
|LCD Screen||3’’, fixed|
|Max Video Resolution||1280 x 720|
|Continuous Shooting||0.5 fps|
|Zoom Lens||24–1080 mm F3.5 – F6.3|
|Face Detection Focusing||Yes|
|Batteries||Lithium-ion (200 shots)|
|Remote Control||With a smartphone|
|Size||104 x 85 x 69 mm|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.