SX-series CCD cameras: SX10 IS (10.0MP), SX20 IS (12.1MP)
SX-series CMOS cameras: SX1 IS (10.0MP)
Shared features: 28-560mm (20x) USM, vari-angle LCD, PASM modes, stereo mics
CCD cameras have 2.5" LCD, SX1 has 2.8" LCD
SX10 IS shoots VGA, SX20 IS, shoots 720p, SX1 IS shoots 1080p (40x usable zoom during video)
SX10 IS & SX1 IS use "AUTO", SX20 IS uses "Smart AUTO" (not really a difference)
I have the SX10 IS. A nice camera, excellent pictures in bright sunlight, but deteriorates in low light.
I currently have a Panasonic TZ4 and an Olympus SP570. In the past I had a Panazonic FZ5 but sold it to get the TZ3 because I wanted something smaller. Well my TZ3 had a defect and Panasonic replaced it with the TZ4. I never really felt the love for the TZ camera. I know it gets great reviews but only got good pictures outdoors and indoor pictures had black backgrounds with bright faces (I realize it was probably user error). I found the SP570 on clearance a few months ago and bought it on a whim but I cannot get used to the zoom ring. So I love the long zoom cameras and 10X is a minimum but now that I have had the 20X of the Olympus it will be hard for me to go much lower than that. I would like to find a camera to replace these two so I dont have to carry two cameras around at a time. I am a mom that shoots lots of kid pictures, sporting events indoor and outdoor and would like something easy to use. Honestly I will not be doing much if any manual settings. I know there are limitations to a long zoom p/s on auto mode but can someone give me some opinions on what is the best available option for what I am looking for.