Playback, Editing and Print
Inputs and Outputs Notes
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
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
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
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.
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,
Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:
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
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
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.
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
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.
Editing and Print Functions
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
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
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.
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.
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,
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.
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
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)