The Canon PowerShot SX20IS digital camera has a 20x wide-angle (28mm) optical zoom which zooms from 28mm to 560mm giving excellent flexibility with composition. The lens features both an Ultrasonic Motor (USM) and a Voice Coil Motor (VCM) for fast, silent focus and zooming - making the camera unobtrusive and easy-to-use, whether shooting stills or video footage. Combined with a wide-angle view the camera is ideal for shooting wildlife photography or sports events.
i purchased the canon powershot sx20is digital camera last year for my birthday. i previously just had a little 5 megapixel camera and wanted to upgrade. i had heard a lot of great things about the canon powershot and decided to purchase it. there are simple little things that i like and that i do not like. it is very little, but the lens cap does not attach to the camera in any way. this is very annoying because that means i have to pay attention to it instead of just letting it hang on my camera and not having to worry about losing it. i know the lens cap is small, but scratching the lens is not! the other thing i do not like about the canon powershot is the delay it has from when you push the button down to take a picture and when it actually takes a picture. you do not get the exact shot you wanted to get, you get the shot that is two seconds later! i am a novice photographer and have not learned all the "awesome things" on my camera. i will say that the pictures i have taken (outside) have been great!!! the picture quality is great. the zoom on the camera and image stability is also terrific. i do like all the settings you can choose from. i guess i just have to learn more about it. so there you have it. maybe i just need lessons! :)