LCD and Viewfinder
Canon SX420 IS has a Fixed Type 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 230k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
SX420 IS doesn't have a viewfinder and no option for external viewfinder. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a DSLR-Like camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ80 (Lumix DMC-FZ82) (Compare) or Pentax X-5 (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Canon SX420 IS can shoot continuously at max speed of 0.5 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/4000 sec.
Unfortunately SX420 IS doesn't have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Canon SX420 IS features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system.
Canon SX420 IS also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Canon SX420 IS, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1280 x 720 at 25p fps and save in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats. 1280 x 720 is a low video resolution by todays standards. If video quality is important for you, we recommend you to look at cameras with Full HD, even better 4K / Ultra-HD resolution .
SX420 IS has a built-in Mono microphone and a Mono speaker.
Canon SX420 IS doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a DSLR-Like camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 or in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
Canon SX420 IS features built-in wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity ( 802.11b/g/n with NFC) which lets you transfer your photos directly to compatible devices without any physical connection. With its NFC feature, SX420 IS can communicate with devices such as smartphones which are also equipped with this technology by simply touching each other.
Canon SX420 IS has a USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port to connect your camera to other devices.
Battery Canon SX420 IS is powered by battery which provides a shooting life of 195 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of DSLR-Like type cameras is 354 shots, Canon SX420 IS has a short battery life for its class so we strongly recommend SX420 IS owners to buy some extra batteries.
Battery Life Comparison in Small Sensor Superzoom Cameras
Fujifilm HS35EXR with its 600shots is the model with longest battery life among Small Sensor Superzoom cameras. Check the comparison of Canon SX420 IS vs Fujifilm HS35EXR or take a look at Longest Battery Life Compact cameras list.
Canon SX420 IS Features Compared to Main Competitors