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CANON HF20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 120 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the color and design. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas the reliability and viewfinder get critical opinions.

usability, portability, image quality, design, color

value for money, battery, connectivity, viewfinder, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the CANON HF20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon Vixia HF20

 

Canon's acquitted itself quite well with a nearly identical trio of flash-based AVCHD camcorders, the HF10/HF11/HF100, and follow-up models HF20 and HF200 manage to improve upon their legacy. The only difference between the two models is color and...

Broad manual feature set unusual in a camcorder its size; excellent video quality; attractive, functional design

Relatively expensive

While it's more expensive than its sub-$600 competitors, the Canon Vixia HF20 and Vixia HF200 deliver a more extensive feature set for the extra money. The HF200, which lacks internal memory, is probably a better buy than the HF20, though the HF20's...

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Canon Vixia HF20 Camcorder Review

 

The new Canon HF20 comes from a highly-praised, award-winning pedigree. It is being marketed as a less expensive alternative to our 2008 camcorder of the year, the Canon HF11. For an MSRP of $899 ($300 less than the HF11), you get an HD camcorder...

Since it is $300 cheaper than last year's Canon HF11, we didn't expect the HF20 to put up the kind of numbers we saw from its award-winning sibling. What did shock us, however, was how steep of a downgrade the HF20 really is. Sure, it's smaller and...

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Canon Vixia HF20 Camcorder Review

 

If you are looking at buying a camcorder to cherish sweet memories for a longer period of time, it is important that you make an intelligent decision, lest you would realize that somewhere down the lane you have chosen the wrong machine.The new Cannon...

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Canon HF20

 

The HF20 ($899 MSRP) is a new high definition camcorder from Canon that can record either to its 32 GB of internal flash memory or removable SD/SDHC memory cards. The HF20 also comes with high hopes from consumers. It's more expensive predecessor, the...

Canon didn't change too much with design on the HF20, so it looks very similar to past models. The hand strap is large and comfortable, but due to some awkward construction on the camcorder's right side, it can be a bit difficult to get a good grip on...

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Canon HF20

 

Stuffed with features, with major ups and downs in performance

Decent color accuracy; Fantastic sharpness

Poor low light performance; Consistently high noise levels

Since it is $300 cheaper than last year’s Canon HF11, we didn’t expect the HF20 to put up the kind of numbers we saw from its award-winning sibling. What did shock us, however, was how steep of a downgrade the HF20 really is. Sure, it’s smaller and...

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"Decent camera."

 

Good luck transferring your videos to a Mac. I'm a seasoned Mac user and I'm still trying to transfer my videos to my machine. I've tried about everything and it's still not working. This is NOT AT ALL what I expected. Canon, please take some actions...

Nice color and sound. Easy to record with.

MAJOR PROBLEMS FOR MAC USERS.

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Decent camera.

 

Good luck transferring your videos to a Mac. I'm a seasoned Mac user and I'm still trying to transfer my videos to my machine. I've tried about everything and it's still not working. This is NOT AT ALL what I expected. Canon, please take some actions...

Nice color and sound. Easy to record with

MAJOR PROBLEMS FOR MAC USERS

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"surprising feature set, intuitive menus, fine video"

 

get this for great home movies. i shot a year of high school football with a cheaper mini casset recorder and it was time consuming and i didn't realize at the time, very grainy. with the sony hf20, it's literally exponentially better quality and...

it is so easy to use, even in low light, has a hdmi port for those of you with newer flat scteen tvs and a removable media (sdhc) slot. the high def or even max def settings are outstanding, startup time is quick, built in light is nice.

very little, ...wireless connectivity?, the remote control seems to be wimpy, only works in front of the camera, and at short distances, the still camera could have higher res.

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surprising feature set, intuitive menus, fine video

 

get this for great home movies. i shot a year of high school football with a cheaper mini casset recorder and it was time consuming and i didn't realize at the time, very grainy. with the sony hf20, it's literally exponentially better quality and...

it is so easy to use, even in low light, has a hdmi port for those of you with newer flat scteen tvs and a removable media (sdhc) slot. the high def or even max def settings are outstanding, startup time is quick, built in light is nice

very little, ...wireless connectivity?, the remote control seems to be wimpy, only works in front of the camera, and at short distances, the still camera could have higher res

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Great Review..Touch screen Review is Wrong from editor!

 

A great HD Camcorder I DONT REGRET AT ALL....buy and extra battery cannon 819 and wall charger (Amazon) definitely buy extra memory cards..I've accumulated 100 GB's of video in one month's time. You Get What you pay for ! ;-)))))))))) The Touch Screen...

Easy to use. Great video. takes great Pictures. Full 1080P recording. Touch Screen.Auto Mode

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Product Specifications

Canon has a well-known and highly-regarded reputation for optical excellence, advanced image processing, superb performance and technological innovation, built on Canon's legendary photographic and broadcast television lenses. Based on that experience, Canons brings some advanced in high definition camcorders. The Canon VIXIA HF20 dual flash memory camcorder is one such example. The VIXIA HF20 delivers brilliant video and photos through a Canon exclusive 3.89 megapixel CMOS image sensor and the advanced version of Canon's advanced image processor, DIGIC DV III. It is ultra lightweight - Canon's smallest and lightest HD camcorder, and brings the ease and convenience of flash memory. This technology, the same used in advanced laptop computers, MP3 players, PDAs and cell phones, allows the VIXIA HF20 to record to both its large internal memory for over 12 hours of crisp, high definition video as well as to a removable SDHC card. You have extended available recording space and more flexibility in file transfer and playback. What's more, the VIXIA HF20 allows you to record at up to 24Mbps, the highest bit rate in AVCHD format, for the highest quality image. The VIXIA HF20's Canon exclusive features - such as the genuine Canon 15x HD video lens, genuine Canon face detection, super range optical image stabilization and a host of control and creative options - makes Canon's flash memory camcorder unmistakably Canon.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-809

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080p
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.9in
Height:2.4in
Weight:12oz
Width:2.8in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Night mode / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:32GB

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:HF20
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon VIXIA

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.2
Max Focal Length:61.5mm
Min Focal Length:4.1mm
Optical Zoom:15
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:3.31Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.99Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.89Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (SuperRange)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Video Format:AVCHD / MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:300
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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