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Canon PowerShot SX420 IS

20-megapixel camera with 42X optical zoom and Wi-Fi® (Red)

7 Reviews | 1 question - 3 answers

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Our take on the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS

I've taken pictures of my kid's soccer games from the sidelines. Often, my images end up showing me too much of the field, when what I want is a close-up of my pride and joy. Bringing a perfect shot nearer is what the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS does exceptionally well. It offers 42X optical zoom capability, which means you can capture sharp, clear images without fear of adding the visual artifacts that can appear when you use digital zoom.

Zoom closer to the ideal shot

I've taken pictures of my kid's soccer games from the sidelines. Often, my images end up showing me too much of the field, when what I want is a close-up of my pride and joy. Bringing a perfect shot nearer is what the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS does exceptionally well. It offers 42X optical zoom capability, which means you can capture sharp, clear images without fear of adding the visual artifacts that can appear when you use digital zoom.

The Canon PowerShot SX420 IS features an easy to grip design.

The Canon PowerShot SX420 IS features an easy-to-grip design.

Keep your image steady

Canon made sure to think beyond the lens. The camera's hand grip has been specially designed to help you operate buttons easily, so you're less likely to introduce hand tremor into the image when you're at high zoom. The SX420 also features intelligent IS (image stabilization) that knows how to compensate for specific types of motion. For example, when shooting stills, the camera's Macro IS mode makes adjustments that keep a close-up sharp and steady, while Panning mode reduces the jumping and jittering that can accompany a wide swing of motion.

A great video camera, too

Everything the PowerShot SX420 IS does for still photography, it can also do for video. It records 720p HD video at 25 frames per second, capturing your moving images effortlessly, thanks to a lightning-quick, accurate DIGIC 4+ image processor inside the camera. A dedicated, centrally located movie button lets you start and stop recording instantly, instead of flipping through a series of modes as your subject slips away.

Product Highlights:

    • 42X optical zoom
    • 20-megapixel CCD sensor delivers photos with fine detail and brilliant color
    • DIGIC 4+ image processor enhances image quality and processing speed
    • records 720p HD video at 25 frames per second
    • records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards
    • 3" LCD screen
    • 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 24-1008mm
    Special Features:
    • Wi-Fi and NFC touch pairing for easy wireless sharing
    • dedicated movie button lets you start and stop recording instantly
    • electronic wind filter suppresses noise that can muffle or distort the sound
    • Intelligent IS analyzes camera movement and applies the best type of optical image stabilization
    • high-speed autofocus helps you freeze action
    • Smart auto selects optimal settings to ensure the best possible image capture
    • curved grip lets your fingers comfortably and naturally reach the shutter, minimizing potential for shake at long zoom lengths.
    • shooting modes provide intelligent presets with optimized settings for specific situations, including Low Light, Super Vivid, Fireworks and more
    • Eco mode helps reduce power consumption for longer battery life
    Warranty and Dimensions:
    Included Accessories:
    • rechargeable lithium ion battery
    • battery charging station
    • wrist strap
    • lens cap

    What's in the Box:

    • Digital camera (red)
    • Lens cap with string (installed)
    • NB-11LH Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6V 800mAh 2.9Wh)
    • CB-2LF Battery charger (4.2V 0.41mA)
    • Wrist strap
    • Getting Started booklet (Eng / Span / Fren)
    • Warranty/registration card
    • App promo card
    • Online registration info

    Canon PowerShot SX420 IS Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (7 Reviews)

    Consider carefully.

    Nate from Gallatin, TN on 7/11/2018

    Having been a Crutchfield customer for 25 years and seeing this camera with 5-Star reviews on their site I feel obligated to write a review. I LOVE the customer service that I always get from Crutchfield, I did NOT purchase this from this site but direct from the manufacturer. Thanks SX420 is not a good camera. My 10 year old Canon takes much better pix than this with a third the megapixels. The body of this camera is tiny and very uncomfortable (contorting hand led to cramping) with large hands. Autofocus is slow and sometimes won't focus correctly which is a real killer for me. Comparing a pic taken of the corner of my truck, same zoom level, same lighting, same everything, my 10 year old PowerShot was the clear winner. I eventually found everything I wanted in the Panasonic FZ300 including picture quality, touch-screen, water-resistance and ergonomics. I'm sure Crutchfield has many good cameras. This isn't one of them. The 50X zoom is far more than most people will ever have a real need for. You'd really be better off spending a bit more and getting a higher grade camera.

    Pros: Zoom.

    Cons: Picture quality, ergonomics, size, controls, autofocus, neckstrap not included although it is designed for one.

    Canon PowerShot SX420 IS

    David from Greenville, SC on 3/22/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great price!

    Pros: Price

    Cons: Nonr

    Good for beginniners, if you have the skill and funds you will want to

    Daniel from Naches, WA on 2/28/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this product after researching it online. I wanted the ease of use as I am not a photographer by any formal instruction but want perfect pictures and 42X zoom, and this is for the most part an automatic point and shoot camera. The reason for the four star rating is that although the picture quality is great there have been three separate incidences in the past two weeks where the camera gives a memory error after a shot and the camera must be restarted. The camera then works fine again. The picture when viewed on my computer shows the top 1/8th of the photo and the remainder is blank. This fosters a lack of confidence in the reliability of this unit. The second point I'd like to address is the auto-focus feature. If there is anything between you and your subject it is difficult to let it know what to focus on. With my phone I touch the screen, this camera lacks that feature and as a result it is more difficult to use, I'm sure I'll get the hang of it at some point. Another unfortunate experience with the auto-focus, I was at the river along where I walk daily and spied a half dozen pregnant cow Elk. I activated the video feature and attempted to catch this very unique opportunity to capture a herd of pregnant Elk and as they slowly walked away from me the 20 yards to the tree line this camera never did focus on them at all. My video showed blurry blonde blobs moving to a golden winter grass background, which I'm sure you'll agree is less than pleasing

    Pros: Great picture quality with adequate lighting, ease of operation.

    Cons: Random unexplained Error message. Poor auto focus system.

    Canon PowerShot SX420 IS

    Bane from Dungannon, VA on 2/19/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really like this camera, big update for me from my old Kodak. Easy to set up and takes great pictures. WiFi works great also.



    Simple Camera

    Jason from Pasadena, MD on 2/18/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this for my wife and she loves it. She's very anti-technology so anything more complicated than push and click and she hates it. Well she loves this camera. I bought the red version so she doesn't lose it.

    Pros: Easy to use and easy to find


    Canon PowerShot SX420 IS

    Craig from Belle Chasse, LA on 12/31/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Gteat camera. Price was great. My daughter loves it.

    Pros: Great value. Yakes great pictures. Awesome

    Cons: None.

    Great Point & Shot Camera

    Michael from Dubai, UAE on 2/2/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This has been a great camera, which I'm using to photography my trip to Dubai. As such I've not traversed the photos to my 12" IPad Pro.

    Pros: Easy to use

    Cons: Smallist screen


    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    LCD Screen Size 3"
    Adjustable-angle LCD No
    Wi-Fi Built-in
    Touchscreen No
    Waterproof No
    GPS-enabled Via Smartphone
    Lens 35mm Equivalent 24-1008mm
    Optical Zoom 42x
    Digital Zoom 4x
    Filter Diameter N/A
    Manual Focusing No
    Manual Exposure No
    Built-in Flash Yes
    HDMI Output No
    Internal Memory None
    Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
    Sensor Size 1/2.3"
    Megapixels 20
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Highest Resolution 5152 x 3864
    4K Video No
    Video Resolution 1280 x 720
    Width (inches) 4-1/8
    Height (inches) 2-3/4
    Depth (inches) 3-3/8
    Weight With Battery (ounces) 11.5
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year

    Product Research

    Playback, Editing and Print Functions
    Battery Information
    Inputs and Outputs Notes

    Recording Features

    LCD Monitor: The Canon PowerShot SX420 IS has a 3" TFT LCD monitor, featuring 230,000 dots with approximately 100% picture coverage. The LCD display's brightness can be adjusted to one of five levels.

    Note: There is no separate viewfinder on this camera.

    Image Sensor: The camera is equipped with a 1/2.3" CCD image sensor with 20.5-million total pixels, and 20.0-million effective pixels.

    DIGIC 4+ Processor: The SX420 IS is equipped with the DIGIC 4+ image processor, which features accelerated processing speed for fast, responsive performance and enhanced image quality. High ISO shots are processed approximately 60% faster than with the DIGIC 4 processor.

    Optics: The SX420 IS has a 42x optical zoom lens with a 4.3-180.6mm focal length (35mm equivalent is 24-1008mm).

    Zoom: In addition to the 42x optical zoom, the camera features a 4x digital zoom. When used in combination, the total zoom is approximately 168x. When optical and digital zoom are combined, the total focal length is 24-4032mm (35mm equivalent).

    Digital Tele-Converter: The focal length of the lens can be increased by an equivalent of 1.6x or 2.0x through the use of the Digital Tele-Converter. The equivalent focal lengths of the lens (35mm equivalent) are 38.4-1612.8mm when using the 1.6x digital tele-converter, and 48-2016mm with the 2.0x tele-converter. The digital zoom and digital tele-converter cannot be used simultaneously.

    Optical Image Stabilization: The built-in lens shift-type Image Stabilizer helps control camera shake to give you clear images when you're zoomed way in. Image Stabilization can be used for Still Images (Normal IS), Panning (Panning IS), Macro Shots (Hybrid IS), Strong Camera Shake (Dynamic IS), and Slow Camera Shake (Powered). When using the camera on a tripod, the Image Stabilization is turned off for still images, but some stabilization is used for movies to counteract wind or other sources of vibration.

    Recording Media: The camera records still images or moving images with stereo audio on SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards. Still images are recorded in JPEG format, and the movies are recorded in MOV format (Image data: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio data: AAC). The camera has no built-in memory, and no memory card is included with the camera.

    Still Image Resolution/Compression: The SX420 IS can record still images in 4 different sizes (Large, Medium 1, Medium 2, and Small) and 4 aspect ratios (4:3, 16:9, 3:2, and 1:1). For each resolution, you can set the compression to Super Fine or Fine. You can choose from the following resolutions:

      Large Medium 1 Medium 2 Small
    4:3 5152 x 3864 3648 x 2736 2048 x 1536 640 x 480
    16:9 5152 x 2896 3648 x 2048 1920 x 1080 640 x 360
    3:2 5152 x 3432 3648 x 2432 2048 x 1368 640 x 424
    1:1 3856 x 3856 2736 x 2736 1536 x 1536 480 x 480

    Movies: Movies can be shot in HD at 1280 x 720 at 25 fps. Standard definition movies can be recorded at 640 x 480 pixels at 30 fps. Audio is recorded in mono with the built-in microphone. Recording will automatically stop when either the clip file size reaches 4 GB or the recording time reaches approximately 30 minutes for HD, and 1 hour for SD. SD Speed Class 10 memory cards are recommended when recording movies.

    Miniature Effect: In addition to shooting standard movies, you can shoot movies that look like scenes in miniature models. Miniature Effect movies are recorded at 5x (12 second playback), 10x (6 second playback), or 20x (3 second playback) normal speed, and played back at 30 fps. When played back, people and objects appear to move quickly during playback.

    Continuous Shooting Mode: You can use the continuous shooting mode to shoot successive frames while the shutter button is fully pressed. You can shoot full resolution images continuously in P mode at approximately 0.5 images per second. In the Low Light mode, you can shoot at approximately 2.2 fps.

    Focusing Range: The camera features the following focus ranges (from the end of the lens):

    • Auto/Manual: 0.0" to infinity (W), 4.6' to infinity (T)
    • Normal: 2" to infinity (W), 4.6' to infinity (T)
    • Macro AF: 0.0" to 1.6' (W)
    • Infinity: 9.8' to infinity (W-T)

    Shooting Modes: The SX420 IS offers a convenient Auto Mode for taking easy shots with greater control over the settings. In Smart Auto, you can let the camera determine the optimal settings for specific scenes. P Mode (Program AE) is a more advanced shooting mode that allows you more control over the exposure. The Live View Control mode lets you change the image brightness, color, and tone of the photo. Specific scene modes are available when shooting in the following conditions: Portrait, Low Light, or Fireworks.

    Special Effects: Special effects can be added to your photos when you choose the following shooting modes: Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, and Monochrome (B&W, Sepia, Blue).

    Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:

    • Evaluative Light Metering: used for standard conditions. The area within the frame is divided into several zones and light is measured based on subject position, brightness, direct light and backlighting.
    • Center-Weighted Averaging: averages the exposure from the entire image, but places more weight on the subject at the center
    • Spot: meters the area within the spot AE point at the center of the LCD monitor or viewfinder.

    Exposure Compensation: If you are shooting against a bright background or strong backlight, you may need to correct the exposure so that the subject doesn't come out too dark. You can set the adjustments from -2 to +2 in 1/3-step increments.

    Locking the Exposure Setting (AE Lock): You can set the exposure and focus separately. This is effective when the contrast is too strong between the subject and background, or when a subject is backlit. Flash Exposure Lock (FE Lock), just as with the AE lock, lets you lock the exposure for shooting with the flash.

    White Balance: You can choose from the following white balance settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, and Custom.

    Flash Modes: The PowerShot SX420 IS has a built-in pop-up flash. You can select Auto (flash fires in low light), Slow-synchro, On (flash always fires), or Off (flash doesn't fire). The built-in flash has a range of 1.6' to 16' in Wide Angle and 4.6' to 8.9' in Telephoto. In the menu, you can turn on the Red-Eye Reduction lamp for the flash, or apply Red-Eye Correction to the images that have been taken.

    ISO Speed: The ISO speed can be set Automatically (ISO Auto), or manually to ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, or 1600. Lowering the ISO speed results in sharper images but there's a greater chance of subject or image blurring in certain shooting conditions. Raising the ISO speed results in a faster shutter speed, reducing blurred images. The images, however, will appear more coarse.

    My Colors: You can choose the look and feel of the photos you take by using My Colors to add the following effects to the image you are currently recording or have already recorded: Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B/W, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, and Custom Color.

    Self-Timer: The SX420 IS utilizes a 10-second, 2-second, and a custom self-timer to allow the photographer to be included in the shot, or to avoid camera shake when using a tripod. The custom self-timer allows you to set the time delay to 1-15, 20, 25, or 30 seconds for up to 10 shots.

    Playback, Editing and Print Functions

    Index Display: This feature allows you to view 6, 12, 36, or 100 images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly. Movies cannot be played in the index playback mode. You can view the index display by rotating the zoom lever toward wide angle while the camera is in playback mode.

    Filtered Playback: When there are many images on the memory card, you can filter and display them by a specified filter. You can also protect or delete all images at once while filtered. Available filters include: People, Shot Date, Favorites, and Still Image/Movie.

    i-Contrast: Images with excessively dark areas, particularly faces or backgrounds, can be detected and automatically to the optimal brightness. Also, photos with insufficient contrast are also automatically corrected, to make subjects stand out better. You can choose from four correction levels, and save the corrected images as separate files.

    Red-Eye Correction: You can correct red eyes in already recorded images. However, red eyes may not be automatically detected in some images such as faces near the screen edge, faces that appear extremely small, larger dark or bright in relation to the overall image and faces turned to the side or at a diagonal and faces with a portion hidden which prevents the Red-Eye Correction from working. You can choose to overwrite the file with the corrected image, or store the image as a new file, retaining the original image.

    PictBridge: Using an optional Mini-B USB 2.0 cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge-compatible printer of any brand. In this way, you can make prints directly from the camera without having to connect to a computer.

    Battery Information

    Power Requirements: The Canon PowerShot SX420 IS powered by the NB-11LH Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. The battery charges in about 2 hours 20 minutes in the included CB-2LF battery charger. For long periods of continuous use, or when connected to a computer, it is recommended that the camera be connected to the optional ACK-DC90 AC adapter kit. A fully-charged battery will last for approximately 195 shots (260 when Eco Mode is on), 50 minutes of movie recording time, 1 hour 30 minutes of continuous shooting, and 5 hours of playback time.

    Date/Time Battery: The camera uses a built-in backup battery for maintaining the date and time data for about three weeks after the battery pack has been removed. By inserting a charged battery or connecting an AC adapter kit, the date/time battery can be charged in approximately 4 hours, even if the camera is not turned on.

    Power Saving Functions: The camera is equipped with the following power saving functions:

    • Eco Mode: The screen will dim approximately 2 seconds after the camera is last operated. Approximately ten seconds after dimming, the screen turns off. You can "wake" the camera at this point by pressing the shutter button halfway to turn on the screen and continue shooting. After about 3 minutes, if no buttons are pressed, the power will turn off.
    • Auto Power Down for Playback Mode and Connection to a Printer: The camera power down approximately 5 minutes after the last control is accessed on the camera.
    Note: The Power Saving Function will not activate during a Slide-Show or while the camera is connected to a computer.

    Inputs and Outputs Notes

    A/V Output/Digital Terminal: The camera has a Mini-B Version 2.0 USB terminal to allow you to connect the camera to a compatible computer or compatible Canon printer via an optional USB cable. This USB 2.0 Hi-Speed-compatible terminal allows you to rapidly download images to your computer or printer. Through the same USB jack, you can connect the camera to a TV or video monitor using the optional AVC-DC400 AV Cable (composite video/monaural audio). You can set the video output to NTSC or PAL.


    Software: The PowerShot SX420 IS comes with no software included in the box. The following software is available for download from the Canon website:

    • CameraWindow: The CameraWindow software allows you to import images from the camera, and change camera settings.
    • Image Transfer Utility: This software lets you configure and receive images with Image Sync.
    • Map Utility: When used with your smartphone, you can embed GPS information into your images. Map Utility lets you display that GPS info on a map.

    Compatible Operating Systems: The software can be used on computers with the following` operating systems:

    • Windows 10
    • Windows 8/8.1
    • Windows 7 (SP1)
    • Mac OS X (v10.9, 10.10)

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    Q & A

    Customer Q&A

    Crutchfield asked  
    Why did you buy this?

    It was a suggestion from Andy . . According to what I was looking for (Best optical zoom & best picture in low light situations) . . I hope it is the right choice. :) [ JOSE  Apr 26, 2017 ]
    Great reviews, Wi-Fi, look, price, and easy to use! [ RAY  Dec 07, 2016 ]
    good deal [ Tom  Nov 29, 2016 ]
    Her favorite color [ Liz  Dec 02, 2018 ]
    baby steps in ongoing photography learning [ Dennes  Sep 29, 2018 ]
    Features and price [ John  May 05, 2018 ]
    I wanted to get my wife a Camera with a huge zoom ability. I purchased a Nikon several years ago but it didn't last. Hoping this Canon does. [ JASON EARL  Dec 21, 2017 ]

    1 question already asked

    Open box usually means the item was previously purchased and then returned. Crutchfield certainly inspects returns to see that they're in new and perfect condition before putting them back on the shelf to be re-sold. If it had been used and refurbished, they would call it refurbished, not open box. [ Marcy  Feb 04, 2018 ]
    No [ Craig  Feb 04, 2018 ]
    I think that it just means that it was returned, not refurbished [ Todd  Feb 04, 2018 ]