Visit our Business Solutions website >>

Canon HG20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 447 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the design and portability. The image quality and value for money also get good feedback. Opinions are divided on the viewfinder, and some have doubts about the reliability and features.

usability, value for money, image quality, portability, design

battery, features, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon HG20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

See all Canon Camcorders

Review analysis

(Based on 447 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

Showing 164 review(s)

Expert Reviews User Reviews
Showing 1 - 10 of 164 Show Reviews: in English | in other languages (17)

Expert review by:

Canon Vixia HG20


The Canon Vixia HG20 is an excellent HD camcorder that's reasonably easy to operate out of the box and looks good, too. It's almost identical to the company's Vixia HF11 , but rather than recording mainly to internal flash memory, it records to a hard...

Excellent video quality; 60GB hard drive; attractive, understated design.

Wind filter not as dependable as previous Canon models; manual focus pretty useless.

Like its cousin, the flash-based HF11, Canon's Vixia HG20 delivers excellent HD video quality and performance albeit in a slightly larger, heavier package. However, you do get more storage space and a lower price.

Expert review by:

Canon Vixia HG20 Camcorder Review


The Canon Vixia HG20 is an excellent HD camcorder that's reasonably easy to operate out of the box and looks good, too. It's almost identical to the company's Vixia HF11, ...

Expert review by:

Canon Vixia HG20 Camcorder Review


The Canon Vixia HG20 ($949 MSRP) is a worthy follow-up to last year's HG10. With a slight body redesign, a new paint job, and some improvements under the hood (including a 60GB internal hard drive), Canon is once again a leader in whatever camcorder...


Expert review by:

HD Camcorders on a Budget: Vixia HG20


In this series, I'll review HD camcorders under $600, for those of us with a small budget and a need for quality. Here's my review of the Vixia HG20.

Expert review by:

Canon HG20


The Canon HG20 ($949 MSRP) is an HD camcorder that records to an internal hard drive, replacing last year's HG10. In addition to a new black paint job to set them apart, the HG20 also has a 60GB hard drive (up from 40GB on the HG10), a few design...

The 60GB internal hard drive on the HG20 is its most prominent feature. It bulks up the camcorder's size (the HG20 is 30% larger than the HF11, which records to solid state memory), but it's capable of holding approximately 330 minutes of footage at...

Expert review by:

Canon HG20


Canon Vixia HG20 Camcorder Review

Expert review by:

Canon VIXIA HG20


The Canon VIXIA HG20 is an excellent compact camcorder capable of recording in five different resolutions including true High Definition 1920 x 1080. It records AVCHD video at a maximum bit rate of 24Mbps and its 60GB hard drive is capable of holding...

Controls for the 2.7-inch LCD are easy to access and use and there is a 5-way joystick to help you maneuver through six screens of menu options. The camera features a variety of output jacks including an HDMI terminal facilitating transfer directly to...

Expert review by:

Canon Vixia HG20 – Plenty of video quality options


Canon Vixia HG20 is a great HD camcorder that is really easy to use and the looks too are pretty good. It has a lot in common with Vixia HF11 also by the same manufacturer but instead of using a internal flash memory, this camcorder is hard drive...

Consumer review by:

"Good Video Test -"


Amazing quality

A little heavy.

Consumer review by:

"Not recommended for DVD"


Would never have bought this if I had known that transfer to DVD was such a pain. Enclosed software ONLY transfers single images.

Great resolution, lots of features, compact, easy to use

It's great if all you want to do is view your movies on the LCD screen or on a TV but almost impossible to transfer to DVD because of video format

Product Specifications

Continuing Canon's industry-leading reputation for technology and product quality, Canon's latest high definition camcorders deliver the optical excellence, advanced image processing and superb performance found in the photographic and broadcast television lenses. With Canon Exclusives, you get more advanced features, enabling to more easily take your video to a higher level than ever possible before. Canon VIXIA HG20 Hard Disk Drive Camcorder combines the ease of recording video directly onto an internal hard disk drive with the advanced AVCHD (Advanced Video Codec High Definition) format. Its 60GB Hard Disk Drive allows you to record up to 22 hours and 55 minutes of crisp, high definition video (LP Mode). It also is a dual system camcorder, with the capability of also recording video and still images to an SDHC card as well. The VIXIA HG20 boasts 1920 x 1080 Full HD, and has a CODEC capable of recording 24Mbps - the highest AVCHD bitrate - through Canon's own Full HD CMOS Image Sensor and advanced DIGIC DV II image processor. Other exclusives are Genuine Canon 12x HD video lens, SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization and Instant AutoFocus and a host of other advanced features including an HDMI Connector. Enhanced and simplified controls give you more choices and easier operation. Remarkable image reproduction and advanced features are yours in this compact AVCHD Format Hard Disk Drive camcorder which easily goes along with you, wherever you are, to capture those unforgettable moments in life- in true HD.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-807

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

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight


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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon VIXIA

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.0
Max Focal Length:57mm
Min Focal Length:4.8mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2.76Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.07Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.3Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3.2"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):7.9 mm ( 1/3.2 ) / 7.9 mm ( 1/3.2" )
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

Digital Video Format:AVCHD
Digital Zoom:200
Media Type:Flash card / Hard disk drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Type: None