Canon PowerShot SX420 IS Review

March 23, 2020 | Mark Goldstein |

Canon PowerShot SX420 IS 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 IS 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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