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Introduction

Ease of Use

Canon PowerShot SX420 IS Front of the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS

The Canon SX420 HS IS camera is identical to the slightly more expensive, but more widely available Canon PowerShot SX430 HS IS model. The only difference is that the latter has a 45x rather than 42x zoom lens, with a slightly longer focal range of 24-1080mm versus 24-1008mm. In real-world-terms, this makes very little difference to your photography. Strangely, despite the bigger zoom lens, the SX430 is actually ever-so-slightly lighter than the SX420, weighing in at 323g vs 325g.

Otherwise, the two cameras are the same, inside and out. As we’ve already reviewed the SX430, all of the observations that we made about that model apply equally to the SX420, so we’ll direct your attention to our Canon PowerShot SX430 HS IS review to read about how easy it is to use, rather than simply repeat ourselves here. Then come back and carry on reading the rest of this review…

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Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 20 megapixel SuperFine JPEG setting, which produces an average image size of around 7Mb.

Noise

The Canon PowerShot SX420 only has five sensitivity settings at full resolution. Auto mode uses a range between ISO 100 and ISO 800, or you can switch to one of the creative shooting modes to manually select these settings.

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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Chromatic Aberrations

The Canon PowerShot SX420 IS handled chromatic aberrations fairly well during the review, with purple and green fringing present around the edges of objects in high-contrast situations, as shown in the examples below.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)

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Macro

The close focusing of the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS at wide-angle is a mere 1cm. It does mean that there’s little light getting in when you do that and the edge definition drops off leaving around 50% of the image in focus.

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Flash

The Canon PowerShot SX420 IS’ flash has four modes: Auto, On, Off and Slow Synchro, plus a separate setting to enable or disable red-eye reduction. Whether this is active or not, the camera successfully avoids any trace of red-eye.

Flash Off

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Flash On

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Night

The Canon PowerShot SX420 IS’s maximum shutter speed is 15 seconds, but sadly there’s no Bulb mode for even longer exposures. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 1 second at ISO 100.

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My Colors

The Canon PowerShot SX420 IS offers 10 different My Color modes and a Custom mode.

Vivid

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Neutral

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Sepia

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Black and White

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Positive Film

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Lighter Skin Tone

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Darker Skin Tone

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Vivid Blue

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Vivid Green

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Vivid Red

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Creative Shooting Modes

The Canon PowerShot SX420 IS has a number of creative shooting modes to help spice up your images.

Fish-eye Effect

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Miniature Effect

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Toy Camera Effect

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Monochrome

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Super Vivid

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Poster Effect

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Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS camera, which were all taken using the This is a selection of sample images from the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS camera, which were all taken using the 20 megapixel SuperFine JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way. setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample Movie & Video

Product Images

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Conclusion

Hands-up – we missed the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS when it was originally launched a few years ago, but decided to give it a whirl in 2020 just to see if a big super-zoom bridge camera can still cut it. The short answer is just about, but only if you really need such a huge zoom range – otherwise, most modern smartphones will outperform it in terms of usability, features and sometimes even image quality.

A 42x optical zoom lens is still something that no smartphone can match – the much-vaunted 100x zoom on the recent Samsung Galaxy S20 is a low-res digital affair, with that smartphone only offering a true 10x optical zoom. Plus the Canon super-zoom has a proper mechanical optical image stabilisation system to ensure that all those super-close-ups are actually sharp and legible.

Otherwise, there’s little reason to also carry the Canon PowerShot SX420 as well as your smartphone. Both devices use a tiny 1/2.3-inch sensor, and with the SX420 topping out at ISO 1600, it’s no better or even worse than modern smartphones in more challenging low-light situations. It also suffers from not having a touch-screen in an era when almost every device does.

On the plus side, the Canon SX420 isn’t as big as its 42x zoom would first suggest, and it’s just as easy to use as the virtually identical SX430 IS model that we’ve previously reviewed.

In summary, very little has changed at the bottom-end of the compact camera market in terms of what the traditional camera manufacturers are offering, which in turn makes the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS still just about worth recommending if a big zoom lens is at the top of your camera wish-list.

3 stars

Ratings (out of 5) Design 3 Features 3 Ease-of-use 4 Image quality 3 Value for money 3

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Specifications

News

Canon has refreshed its ultrazoom camera lineup with two new models.

The Canon PowerShot SX420 IS features an improved 42x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 24-1008mm) and Optical Image Stabiliser, a 3″ rear screen and a 20-megapixel sensor. A dedicated Wi-Fi button allows for easy sharing and transferring of images over Wi-Fi and NFC technology. Videos are captured in 720p resolution. The Canon PowerShot SX420 IS is scheduled to be available in February 2016 for an estimated retail price of $299.99.

The Canon PowerShot SX540 HS (pictured) has a powerful 50x optical zoom (equivalent to 24-1200mm) with Optical Image Stabiliser, a new 20.3-megapixel CMOS sensor with a DIGIC 6 imaging chip and a dedicated Wi-Fi button. Users can easily record 1080p Full HD video at an improved rate of up to 60fps in MP4 format with stereo sound. Its Hybrid Auto mode records quick video clips before each still and compiles them together to make a short highlight reel. The Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is scheduled to be available in March 2016 for an estimated retail price of $399.99.

Canon Press Release

Canon U.S.A. Announces Five New PowerShot Digital Cameras Designed To Enhance The Joy Of Shooting

New Additions Include Super-Zoom Models Ideal for Avid Travelers as well as Stylish and Compact Go Anywhere, Any Time Cameras

MELVILLE, N.Y. — Built to deliver high-quality images and HD video and featuring built-in Wi-Fi® and NFCTM connectivity for easy sharing, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the addition of two new cameras to its super-zoom PowerShot SX lineup – the PowerShot SX540 HS and PowerShot SX420 IS digital cameras. Also announced are three new stylish and compact additions to the Company’s PowerShot ELPH series, the PowerShot ELPH 360 HS, PowerShot ELPH 190 IS digital cameras as well as PowerShot ELPH 180, all housed within slim bodies that can easily fit in a pocket or purse.

Experiencing the power of a printed image is also easy when users connect and print to a Canon wirelessii printer, like the Canon PIXMA MG7720. And for even more convenience, the cameras are compatible with the new Canon Connect Station CS100 – a dedicated device for easy image and video viewing, sharing and storage.

PowerShot SX540 HS Camera The PowerShot SX540 HS digital camera builds on the features included in the PowerShot SX530 HS digital camera. The PowerShot SX540 HS has a powerful 50x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 24-1200mm) with Optical Image Stabilizer for outstanding optical performance. It features a new 20.3-Megapixeliii High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor with DIGIC 6 Image Processor that helps deliver high resolution combined with stunning low-light performance. A dedicated Wi-Fi button allows for easy sharing and transferring of images over Wi-Fi® and NFCTM technology. The new camera features a dedicated movie button so users can easily record 1080p Full HD video at an improved rate of up to 60 frames-per-second in MP4 format with stereo sound. The PowerShot SX540 HS digital camera has an improved advanced Zoom Framing Assist feature that intelligently controls the lens, making it easy to identify the main subject of the shot, even when the subject is moving. It also features a lock button option for quick and accurate subject tracking. Additionally, its new Story Highlights feature automatically selects and compiles images into an exciting highlight reel within the camera without the use of extra software.

The PowerShot SX540 HS digital camera’s large 3.0-inch LCD screen (approx. 461,000 dots) allows easy viewing even from a wide angle. Its Hybrid Auto mode records quick video clips before each still and compiles them together to make a short highlight reel. The PowerShot SX540 HS digital camera is scheduled to be available in March 2016 for an estimated retail price of $399.99iv.

PowerShot SX420 IS Based on the successful PowerShot SX410 IS model, the PowerShot SX420 IS digital camera features an improved powerful 42x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 24-1008mm) and Optical Image Stabilizer for outstanding optical performance. A dedicated Wi-Fi button allows for easy sharing and transferring of images over Wi-Fi® and NFCTM technology. The 20.0- Megapixeliii sensor with DIGIC 4+ Image Processor helps deliver stunning image quality. Smart Auto intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on predefined shooting situations, and 720p HD video capture in MP4 format.

The PowerShot SX420 IS digital camera also features Scene modes such as Fisheye effect, Toy Camera effect and Monochrome, which provide creative freedom to capture your photos. While taking these creative photos, Eco mode helps reduce power consumption for longer battery life.

The camera’s large 3.0-inch LCD screen (approx. 230,000 dots) allows for easy operation and sharing. The PowerShot SX420 IS digital camera is scheduled to be available in February 2016 for an estimated retail price of $299.99iv.

PowerShot ELPH 360HS The PowerShot ELPH 360HS is slim and stylish, boasting a 12x optical zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilizer that helps capture images with flexibility and ease. A dedicated Wi-Fi button allows for easy sharing and transferring of images over Wi-Fi® and NFCTM . The 20.2-Megapixelii CMOS sensor combines with the DIGIC 4+ Image Processor to help deliver stunning image quality even in low light. The PowerShot ELPH 360HS digital camera also captures spectacular 1080p Full HD video.

The camera’s large 3.0-inch LCD screen allows for easy viewing and the Hybrid Auto feature records quick video clips before each still and compiles them together to make a short highlight reel. Story Highlights mode automatically selects and compiles images into an exciting highlight reel within the camera without the use of extra software.

The PowerShot ELPH 360HS digital camera is scheduled to be available in February for an estimated retail price of $209.99 iv and will be available in silver and purple.

PowerShot ELPH 190 IS The PowerShot ELPH 190 IS digital camera delivers high-quality imaging capabilities with a 10x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilizer and 20-Megapixeliii CCD sensor. A dedicated Wi-Fi button allows for easy sharing and transferring of images over Wi-Fi® and NFCTM technology. The PowerShot ELPH 190 IS digital camera features smooth 720p HD video capabilities with Smart Auto mode, Scene modes and Eco mode to preserve battery life.

The PowerShot ELPH 190 IS digital camera is scheduled to be available in February 2016 for an estimated retail price of $159.99iv and will be available in black, red and blue.

PowerShot ELPH 180 The PowerShot ELPH 180 digital camera delivers high-quality imaging capabilities with an 8x optical zoom lens and 20-Megapixeliii CCD sensor. The PowerShot ELPH 180 digital camera features smooth 720p HD video capabilities with Smart Auto mode, Scene modes and Eco mode to preserve battery life. It also includes the Auto Zoom feature that automatically zooms in to frame subjects and keep them in focus.

The PowerShot ELPH 180 digital camera is scheduled to be available in February 2016 for an estimated retail price of $119.99iv and will be available in silver and red.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc. Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Mexico) markets. With approximately $31 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2014† and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2015. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting topdeblogs.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA.

Preview Images

Ahead of our full review, here are some full-size sample images taken with the Canon Powershot SX420 IS. The Canon Powershot SX420 IS is an ultra-zoom compact camera with a whopping 42x zoom lens.

A gallery of sample images taken with the Canon SX420 IS ultra-zoom compact camera.

Canon Powershot SX420 IS Sample Images

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