Canon PowerShot SX420 IS

Canon PowerShot SX420 IS

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The PowerShot SX420 IS was introduced by Canon in January 2016. It belongs to the Superzooms category.

Canon is well-known and shouldn't require further introduction, please see our manufacturer's page for more digital cameras by Canon.


The PowerShot SX420 IS features a CMOS sensor in Compact size that has an area of approximately 6 x 5 mm² (0.24" x 0.18").

The PowerShot SX420 IS's image sensor has an effective resolution of around 20 megapixel. That's roughly average and will be sufficient for most purposes. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed to A3 or A2 size.

The Canon does not support recording RAW images. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computeand involves one extra processing step but will almost always result in superior image quality.

Sensor area6.17 x 4.55mm²
(0.24" x 0.18")
Resolution (physical)20.50 megapixel
Resolution (effective)20.00 megapixel
Pixel size1.42 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 2 frames/second

The PowerShot SX420 IS has a built-in lens that can not be changed.

The Canon's focal length goes from 24mm to 1008mm, a zoom range of 42x. The aperture varies from F3.5 at the short or wide-angle end, to F6.6.

Focal length (min)24mm
Focal length (max)1008mm
Aperture (max)3.5
Aperture (min)6.6

The PowerShot SX420 IS does not come with a built-in viewfinder. The camera's display is used to compose the photo. That can be cumbersome in broad daylight.


The PowerShot SX420 IS's shutter speeds range from 1/4000s to 15s.

Max. shutter speed1/4000s
Min. shutter speed15s

The PowerShot SX420 IS's sensitivity goes from 100 ISO und 3200 ISO, a very useful and practical range.

Min. sensitivity100 ISO
Max. sensitivity3200 ISO

The PowerShot SX420 IS supports all common metering modes.

The Canon will also allow spot metering, a must for challenging motives.

Center weight

The PowerShot SX420 IS's auto focus processor uses 9 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. in low light).

The Canon doesn't support manual focussing. That can be an issue if the auto focus has problems with your subject or lighting.

AF points9
Manual focus

The PowerShot SX420 IS features a built-in flash with a range of up to 5m (17 ft.). That range will work for most situations.

A hotshoe is missing from the Canon.

(17 ft.)
Hot shoe
PowerShot SX420 IS display

The PowerShot SX420 IS features a monitor with a diagonal of 75.00mm (3.0 in.) and a resolution of c. 0.23 megapixel. That rather low resolution is no longer state of the art and will make it difficult to evaluate images on the display.

Unfortunately, the PowerShot SX420 IS's monitor is not articulated. That can make it tricky to frame your subject in some situations, e.g. when taking selfies.

The PowerShot SX420 IS does not feature a touch screen.

Display characteristics at a glance:

Size75.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution0.23 megapixel
Touch screen

When recording videos with the PowerShot SX420 IS, the highest supported resolution is 1280 x 720 pixel, in other words not even Full HD. That's no longer state of the art.

A connector for an external microphone is missing from the Canon. A built-in mike will usually record everything in front and to the sides of the camera which is not always what the film maker wants. Internal microphones also tend to record camera sounds like focus beeps.

Videos with the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS at a glance:

Max. resolution1280 x 720 pixel
...with frame rates25 frames/second
External microphone

The PowerShot SX420 IS has Wifi connectivity already built-in. Use Wifi to transfer images to a smartphone or computer and to remote control the camera. With NFC, camera and smartphone can be paired without the need for passwords.

The Canon connects to your PC over USB 2.0.

The Canon's connectivity at a glance:

Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini

What memory cards can be used with the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS?

The camera will accept all common SD HC and SD XC cards.

With an average image size of 8 megabytes (JPEG, fine) a 32 GByte memory card would hold up to 4000 images.

Supported memory cards at a glance:

Memory cardsSD

Let's have a look at some other features of the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS:

The PowerShot SX420 IS doesn't have a built-in GPS receiver. If you want to add coordinates to your photos, you'll have to do so in 3rd party software like Adobe Lightroom. However, with Wifi built-in, location data can also be added via a connected smartphone.

The PowerShot SX420 IS features a built-in stabilizer. With a 42x zoom a must-have.

If you are into HDRs, the camera won't create those automatically. You will have to manually create image sequences and later assemble those sequnces in third-party software.

The PowerShot SX420 IS is not environmentally sealed against dust and moisture; keep that in mind in the rain and on the beach.

The Canon's features in a handy table:

Image stabilizer
Level indicator
Environmentally sealed

The Canon PowerShot SX420 IS works with a NB-11L LiIon battery. The battery lifetime is only 195 shots. We strongly recommend a spare battery for the PowerShot SX420 IS.

The battery can not be charged while in camera. Instead you have to take it out of the camera and put it into the supplied dedicated charger.

The PowerShot SX420 IS's battery at a glance:

TypeNB-11L LiIon
In-camera charging
Battery life195 photos

The Canon PowerShot SX420 IS's dimensions are 104.4 x 69.1 x 85.1mm³. (4.1" x 2.7" x 3.4"). This includes the lens. The camera's weight is a reasonable 442 grams (14.3 oz.), lens included.

Front and top view of the PowerShot SX420 IS with dimensions:

Canon PowerShot SX420 IS Dimensions (Width / Height)
Canon PowerShot SX420 IS Dimensions (Width / Depth)

To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a german ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).

The PowerShot SX420 IS is not much bigger:

Canon PowerShot SX420 IS size comparison
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