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Canon PowerShot D20 vs Polaroid IS525

Canon PowerShot D20 vs Polaroid IS525

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Canon PowerShot D20
Polaroid IS525

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Reasons For

7 Reasons For
Higher waterproof up to Edit
The Canon PowerShot D20 has a waterproof up to of 10m. That's 7m higher than the Polaroid IS525 (3m). Read more

This is the maximum depth that the manufacturer recommends taking the camera underwater.

A higher the maximum underwater depth allow you to use the camera for scuba diving as well as snorkelling.

A lot bigger optical zoom Edit
The Canon PowerShot D20 has an optical zoom of 5x, however the Polaroid IS525 is only a 3x optical zoom digital camera (2x smaller). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

A lot smaller maximum aperture number Edit
The Canon PowerShot D20 has a maximum aperture number of 4.8, however the Polaroid IS525 is only a 2.8 maximum aperture digital camera (2 bigger).
Longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Canon PowerShot D20 is a 140mm maximum focal length digital camera. That's 135.2mm longer than the Polaroid IS525 (4.8mm).
Hugely smaller closest focusing distance Edit
The Canon PowerShot D20 is a 0.01m closest focusing distance digital camera. That's 0.24m smaller than the Polaroid IS525 (0.25m).
One hundred and sixty more battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The Canon PowerShot D20 is a digital camera that takes 280.00 battery life (CIPA standard), whereas the Polaroid IS525 only takes 120.00 battery life (CIPA standard). Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

User reviews are a lot better
The Canon PowerShot D20 has an average user review score of 80% based on 2 reviews, but the Polaroid IS525 has an average rating of 68% (based on 23 reviews).
7 Reasons For
3.9MP higher megapixel Edit
The Polaroid IS525 is a 16MP digital camera. That's 3.9MP higher than the Canon PowerShot D20 (16MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

20% bigger digital zoom Edit
The Polaroid IS525 is a 5x digital zoom digital camera. That's 1x bigger than the Canon PowerShot D20 (5x). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

Significantly shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Polaroid IS525 has a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 4.8mm. That's 23.2mm shorter than the Canon PowerShot D20 (4.8mm).
84g lighter Edit
The Polaroid IS525 has a weight of 121g, but the Canon PowerShot D20 is a 205g digital camera (84g heavier). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Cheaper by £161
The Polaroid IS525 costs £161.02 less than the Canon PowerShot D20.
2 shops are selling it
A greater number of shops increases the chances of the product remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera.
Better selling
The Polaroid IS525 ranks No. 29083 by number of sales, however the Canon PowerShot D20 ranks No. 122679.

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
A lot lower megapixel Edit
The Canon PowerShot D20 has a megapixel of 12.1MP, however the Polaroid IS525 is a 16MP digital camera (3.9MP higher). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Smaller digital zoom Edit
The Canon PowerShot D20 has a digital zoom of 4x, but the Polaroid IS525 is a 5x digital zoom digital camera (1x bigger). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

Hugely longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Canon PowerShot D20 is 28mm minimum focal length, but the Polaroid IS525 is a 4.8mm minimum focal length digital camera (23.2mm shorter).
Heavier Edit
The Canon PowerShot D20 is a 205g digital camera. That's 84g heavier than the Polaroid IS525 (121g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

£161 more expensive
The Canon PowerShot D20 is more expensive than the Polaroid IS525 by £161.02.
Not as many stockists
Only 2 stores sells the Canon PowerShot D20, however 4 retailers sell the Polaroid IS525. Read more
Smaller numbers of stores reduces the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
Worse selling
The Canon PowerShot D20 ranks No. 122679 by sales volume, but the Polaroid IS525 ranks No. 29083.
8 Reasons Against
Significantly lower waterproof up to Edit
The Polaroid IS525 is a 3m waterproof digital camera, whereas the Canon PowerShot D20 is a 10m waterproof digital camera (7m higher). Read more

This is the maximum depth that the manufacturer recommends taking the camera underwater.

A higher the maximum underwater depth allow you to use the camera for scuba diving as well as snorkelling.

Smaller optical zoom Edit
The Polaroid IS525 is a 3x optical zoom digital camera. That's 2x smaller than the Canon PowerShot D20 (3x). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

Bigger maximum aperture number Edit
The Polaroid IS525 is a 2.8 maximum aperture digital camera. That's 2 bigger than the Canon PowerShot D20 (2.8).
Twenty-nine times shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Polaroid IS525 is only 4.8mm maximum focal length, but the Canon PowerShot D20 is a 140mm maximum focal length digital camera (135.2mm longer).
Vastly larger closest focusing distance Edit
The Polaroid IS525 has a closest focusing distance of 0.25m, however the Canon PowerShot D20 is a 0.01m closest focusing distance digital camera (0.24m smaller).
Only 120.00 battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard) on the Polaroid IS525 is 120.00, but the Canon PowerShot D20 only takes 280.00 battery life (CIPA standard). Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Older by seven months
The Polaroid IS525 is seven months older than the Canon PowerShot D20.
User review Rating is considerably Worse
The Polaroid IS525's average user score is only 68%, however the Canon PowerShot D20's is 80% (based on 2 reviews).

Awards

6 Awards
Camera Labs: Recommended
Digitaltrends.com: Recommended Product
Ephotozine: Recommended
optyczne.pl: Editor's Choice
PhotographyBlog.com: Recommended
What Digital Camera: Gold
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Average Expert Rating

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Average User Rating

Date Released

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Manufacturer's Warranty

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
Megapixel
12.1MP 16MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CMOS
BEST
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution(s)
 4000 x 3000
 4000 x 2664
 4000 x 2248
 2992 x 2992
 2816 x 2112
 2816 x 1880
 2112 x 2112
 2816 x 1584
 1920 x 1080
 1600 x 1200
 1600 x 1064
 1200 x 1200
 640 x 480
 640 x 424
 480 x 480
 640 x 360
BEST
 4000 x 3000
 4000 x 2664
 4000 x 2248
 2992 x 2992
 2816 x 2112
 2816 x 1880
 2112 x 2112
 2816 x 1584
 1920 x 1080
 1600 x 1200
 1600 x 1064
 1200 x 1200
 640 x 480
 640 x 424
 480 x 480
 640 x 360
Maximum Image Resolution
 4320 x 3240
 4320 x 3240
BEST
Aspect Ratio
 4:3
 4:3
BEST
Image Formats Supported
 JPG
BEST
 JPG
Total Megapixels
12.8MP 16MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer Location
 Lens
 Lens
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
Image Sensor Size
 1
BEST
 1

Design

Waterproof
 Waterproof
 Waterproof
Colour
 Cyan
 Cyan
Waterproof Up to
10m
BEST
3m
Freezeproof Up to
-10°C Unknown - Click to provide data
Dustproof
 Dustproof
Unknown - Click to provide data
Splashproof
 Splashproof
Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
5x
BEST
3x
Digital Zoom
4x 5x
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number
4.8
BEST
2.8
Minimum Aperture Number
3.9 Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
140mm
BEST
4.8mm
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
28mm 4.8mm
BEST
Focal Length Range (f-F)
5 - 25 4.8
Lens Type
 Standard
 Standard
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
12/10 Unknown - Click to provide data
Combined Zoom
20x Unknown - Click to provide data
Aspheric Element
4 Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 spot
 centre weighted
 Spot Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
BEST
 spot
 centre weighted
 Spot Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Closest Focusing Distance
0.01m
BEST
0.25m
Normal Focusing Range
0.05 - 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
1 - 0.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Points
9 Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Mode Focusing Range (wide)
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
 Auto
 Auto
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Auto
Auto Mode Focusing Range (tele)
0.01 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus
 TTL
 TTL
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
0.05m Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
1m Unknown - Click to provide data

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 Auto
 Auto
ISO Sensitivity
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 800
 1600
 3200
 Auto
 50
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 800
 1600
 3200
 Auto
 50
ISO Sensitivity (max)
3,200
BEST
200
ISO Sensitivity (min)
100 50
BEST
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Light Metering
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
BEST
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
15s
BEST
3s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s Unknown - Click to provide data

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
Flash Guide Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 5m
External Flash Connector
 External flash connector
Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Range (tele)
1 - 3 Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Range (wide)
0.3 - 3.4 Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Lock
 Flash exposure lock
Unknown - Click to provide data

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1440 x 1080
BEST
 1440 x 1080
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
25fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Formats Supported
 MOV
 H.264
 AVI
 MOV
 H.264
 AVI
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 320 x 240
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 320 x 240
Video Recording
 Video recording
Unknown - Click to provide data

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
Unknown - Click to provide data

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Maximum Memory Card Size
32GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slots
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Display Diagonal
3" Unknown - Click to provide data
Display
 TFT
BEST
 TFT
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution (numeric)
461,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
 PictBridge
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI
 HDMI
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
BEST
USB Connector
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB

Camera

GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Underwater
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Underwater
 Custom modes
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Auto
Photo Effects
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Sepia
Self-Timer Delay
2,10 10
Histogram
 Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
Playback Zoom (max)
10x Unknown - Click to provide data
Orientation Sensor
 Orientation sensor
Unknown - Click to provide data
Custom Colour
 Custom colour
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Editing
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Resizing
 Rotating
Camera File System
 Exif 2.3
 Exif
BEST
 Exif 2.3
 Exif
Camera Playback
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
Start-Up Time
Unknown - Click to provide data 2ms
Built-In Processor
DIGIC 4 Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Modes
 Night
 Portrait
 Night
 Portrait
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
205g 121g
BEST
Height
70.8mm 95mm
Depth
28mm 20mm
Width
112.3mm 63mm
Weight (including Battery)
228g Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Supported
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
NB-6L Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
280 shots
BEST
120 shots
Battery Voltage
3.7V Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
14 - 104 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
10 - 90 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
 AC
 USB
 AC
 USB
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
 Hand strap
Wrist Strap Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wrist strap included

Networking

Network Ready
 Network ready
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

Video Capability
 Video capability
 Video capability
Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
USB 2.0 Port
 USB 2.0 port
 USB 2.0 port
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shock Proof
 Shock proof
Unknown - Click to provide data
Interface
Mini-HDMI USB 2.0
Dimensions (WxDxH)
Unknown - Click to provide data 63 x 20 x 95
Compatible Operating Systems
Windows 7 SP1/ Vista SP2/ XP SP3,Mac OS X v10.6 – 10.7 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Unknown - Click to provide data 4.8
USB Connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB connectivity
On/off Switch
 On/off switch
Unknown - Click to provide data
Frame
 Frame
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed
1 – 1/1600; 15 – 1/1600 3 seconds
Video Memory Capacity
4 GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Guide Number (ISO 100)
Unknown - Click to provide data 5 m at ISO 100
Digital SLR
 Digital SLR
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB 2.0 Connectors
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB 2.0 connectors
Rotating
 Rotating
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Cable
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Aspect Ratio
 4:3
 4:3

Technical Details

Display Diagonal
Unknown - Click to provide data 50
Battery Life
Unknown - Click to provide data Approx. 120 shots
Auto Focus
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto focus
USB Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB port
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