Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Review
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Listed below are some of the rivals of the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS.
The Kodak EasyShare Z980 is the latest super-zoom camera on the block, offering a 24x image-stabilized optical lens with a remarkable 26-624mm focal length. Other key features include a 1cm macro mode, electronic viewfinder, PASM shooting modes, external flash hotshoe and RAW file support. With an official price of $399 / £379, can the Kodak EasyShare Z980 challenge the likes of the Panasonic DMC-FZ28, Olympus SP-590UZ, Nikon Coolpix P90 and Canon PowerShot SX1/10 IS? Read our expert review to find out...
The Olympus SP-590UZ is officially the World's most far-reaching ultra-zoom, featuring an incredible 26x zoom lens that provides a focal range of 26-676mm. Everything from wide-angle landscapes up to close up nature and action shots is within easy reach of the 12 megapixel SP590 UZ, all within a compact body that can easily fit into a small camera bag. Other key features offered by the SP-590 UZ include Dual Image Stabilisation, 2.7 inch LCD screen, macro mode of 1cm, 10fps shooting (at 3 megapixels), and PASM creative shooting modes. Priced at $449.99 / £360 and available in black, we find out if the Olympus SP-590UZ is all the camera you'll ever need...
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38 (also known as the DMC-FZ35) is a new super-zoom camera that builds on the considerable success of the FZ28 and FZ18 models. Offering a high-definition video mode with stereo sound, faster autofocus and startup, new Power O.I.S anti-shake system and longer battery life, the Panasonic FZ38 concentrates on behind-the-scenes improvements whilst retaining the intuitive handling, Intelligent Auto mode, manual shooting modes and RAW support of the FZ28. Priced at £329.99 / $399.95, we bring you the World's first ever review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38.
The Pentax X70 is the latest super-zoom compact camera to land on our review desk, and the first entry from Pentax into this ever-competitive segment of the market. This 24x zoom model offers an amazingly versatile focal range of 26-624mm, covering everything from wide-angle landscapes to up-close-and-personal nature shots. If there still isn't enough telephoto range for you, the software-based Intelligent Zoom function boosts the X70's reach up to 3900mm. Also on offer are a 2.7-inch LCD monitor, 1280x720 pixel HD movies, 1cm macro and full range of manual shooting modes. Currently selling for around £370 / $399, Gavin Stoker finds out if the Pentax X70 can compete with the super zoom big boys in our latest expert review.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 is a super-zoom camera with some rather unique features up its proverbial sleeve. These include a 20x zoom lens and 9 megapixel CMOS sensor, both of which utilise Sony's DSLR technology, 3 inch tiltable LCD screen, and fast 10fps burst shooting mode. Going up against the likes of the Canon Powershot SX20 IS, Panasonic FZ38 and Olympus SP-590UZ, we find out if the £480 / $500 Sony HX1 hits the right spot...