Canon Powershot D20
Great HD video recording; slow-motion video; nice underwater shots
Shutter lag; poor functional design; feels chunky
For a camera specialist company like Canon, the D20 is a bit of a surprise. The somewhat chunky compact features a unique design with some counterintuitive elements, like the fact the shutter button is on the right, and yet you can only attach a wrist strap to the left-hand-side of the camera.
The good news is that, as a rugged device, the D20 is a solid performer. Waterproof to 10m, shockproof to 1.5m and with GPS and Full HD video recording, the D20 is capable of capturing a nice collection of photos both wet and dry.
Unfortunately, the process of getting to the final photo isn’t as streamlined as some of the other cameras on test. Autofocus is slow, and requires the shutter button to be pushed closer to three quarters of the way in rather than the regular half. Taking multiple photos quickly is nigh on impossible, with significant lag between shots. Zooming in and out is painfully slow.
Conversely, video capture is superb, with Full HD recording looking great. There’s even an option for creating super-slow- motion videos at 240p, which is a lot of fun for action junkies, even if the end result is at a lower quality.
The buttons on the back of the D20 are easy to navigate, even with gloves on, while the battery and connection ports feel securely locked away underneath the locking mechanisms.
Macworld Australia’s buying advice.
The fact the rugged specs are slightly lower than all the other cameras on test, as well as its lethargic performance, means that although the end result is impressive, the capturing process makes this camera hard to recommend.