Canon PowerShot D20 Digital Camera Review$349.99
Ease of Use
- Automatic Features
- Buttons & Dials
- Effects, Filters, and Scene Modes
- Instruction Manual
Like most tough-cams, the D20 is meant to be used in auto mode—best to leave the work up to the camera while you're busy swimming or hiking. Auto mode takes over most of the camera's functions. GPS settings, the timer, picture size and resolution, and flash settings can still be adjusted, but otherwise, the shot is in the hands of D20, and it does a good job.
Buttons & Dials
The D20's button layout is pretty typical of a point-and-shoot. On the rear, there's a four-way pad, menu button, movie button, and zoom controls (for waterproofing reasons, most tough-cams don't have use a traditional zoom tilter). Up top, there's a power button, shutter button, and playback toggle.
Effects, Filters, and Scene Modes
A helping of scene modes and picture effects are available. Notably, it's missing a sweep panorama mode.
The D20 uses the same menu system that PowerShots have had for a few years. It's geared for hands-off users, but even folks who prefer to shoot in program mode and adjust some settings here and there should find it to be approachable and easy to wrangle. The Function Set button brings up a quick menu with commonly adjusted settings (ISO, white balance, and so on), while more specialized settings are in the full menu system. It's a good system, and any returning Canon users should feel right at home.
The D20 comes with a thin start-up guide, covering basic camera functions and proper care and maintenance (make sure to read this section if you plan to use the camera underwater). A full version is available in PDF format on the CD included with the D20. This is a common setup these days, though we occasionally see some point-and-shoots with full, complete manuals.