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CANON HF20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 262 reviews of CANON HF20. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the size and image quality. The price and portability also get good feedback, but opinions about the reliability and battery are mixed. There are some critical comments about the viewfinder and connectivity.

usability, portability, price, image quality, size

connectivity, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the CANON HF20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for CANON HF20

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of CANON HF20 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the memory. The battery is also appreciated. Many are less positive about the price. There are some mixed reviews about the usability.

size, battery, memory

price

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Canon LEGRIA HF20 High Definition Digital Camcorder - Black (15x Optical Zoom, 2.7 Inch Widescreen Colour LCD)

Jul, 2015

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for CANON HF20

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 187 user reviews of CANON HF20 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the size and price. The image quality and portability also get good reviews. There are some mixed views about the reliability.

usability, portability, image quality, price, size

89% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Canon VIXIA HF20 HD Dual Flash Memory w/32GB Internal Memory & 15x Optical Zoom - 2009 MODEL

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (camcorderinfo.com)

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...

Mar, 2009
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Expert review by: Ricky (etechreviews.net)

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...

May, 2009

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (washingtonpost.com)

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...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (reviewed.com)

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...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: Chris Jager (goodgearguide.com.au)

Canon Legria HF20 digital video camera

 

The Canon Legria HF20 is a midrange camcorder that records high-definition video in the AVCHD flash memory format. Falling somewhere below the Canon H...

Good image quality in optimum lighting, 3.5mm microphone jack, speedy 24Mbps AVCHD bit rate

Poor low light performance (compared to the Canon HF11), slightly cumbersome and uncomfortable design

The Canon Legria HF20 is a decent high-definition camcorder with some interesting features on board. Unfortunately, it is trumped by its HF11 sibling; an identically-priced model that offers a superior low-light performance.

Jun, 2009

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Canon Legria HF20

 

After the marvellous HF S10, how does the Canon Legria HF20 compare? James Morris tells all.

May, 2011

Consumer review by: zebra760 (circuitcity.com)

It's the good one.

 

I really like buying the refurbish product because it's price and quality. I lnow the refurbish products are checked more than 1 time. This camera is the great one also. Although it was quite difficult to find the gate the for the charge, but you can...

May, 2010

Consumer review by: drhouse (circuitcity.com)

Great deal, would buy again!

 

Awesome deal. Camera is in new condition, blazing fast start up, very user friendly, but also has the extra options for the more savvy. big LCD screen and long battery life. internal memory is good for 3 hours of recording at the highest setting, which...

May, 2010

Consumer review by: HYPERTECH (circuitcity.com)

Can not go wrong with Canon

 

Used a few times allready and boy, outside shots look great. Inside with Compact flouroesent, just as the reviews I read have said, not as great but not bad either. I used it where I have LED bulbs and it seemed to do a much better indoor shot with...

Apr, 2010

Consumer review by: Hazem (circuitcity.com)

Great HD Video Camera for the Money

 

Features and quality is great. The only problem I had is getting the USB working on my computer. I kept changing USB ports until it worked!!! The quality is amazing. Thank you !!!

Apr, 2010

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