Canon S20

The small and sturdy all-metal body weighs only 260g. The menu dials, zoom control and viewfinder are all perfectly placed for the right-handed user, and a 1.8in LCD screen provides clear viewing.

The lens is a retractable 32-64mm (35mm film equivalent) zoom lens with a 4x digital teleconverter. The S20 ships with a 16MB CompactFlash storage card and a powerful software suite. The main command dial has positions for Connect to PC, Playback, Off, Automatic, Manual Record, Image Mode and a Stitch Assist Mode.

Moving from record to playback can be a bit of a chore, as the lens retracts every time you change modes. This would hamper users wanting to preview a shot before deciding which to save to disk. Controls to the left of the optical viewfinder include a flash mode (auto, off, red eye), Record mode (single, continuous) and a self-timer. The buttons also function during playback to display thumbnails and zoom-in. The S20 also has the ability to focus in the dark thanks to the onboard focusing aid located next to the optical viewfinder.

The S20 has a dual-function digital I/O port that supports both the high-speed USB and the older RS-232 serial standards. It also has a Video-Out port for connection to a TV set, VCR or other video device.

Canon S20

Price: $1999

Distributor: Canon

Phone: (02) 9805 2000

URL: www.canon.com.au

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