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alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 reviews of Canon LEGRIA HF20. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the battery and size. The image quality and portability are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the zoom and price.

usability, portability, image quality, size, battery

price, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon LEGRIA HF20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Derek Fung (

Canon Legria HF20


Good quality videos and photos. Quick autofocus. Logical menu and settings layout.

Image stabilisation system no longer top of the class. Noisy at night.

As far as mid-range camcorders go, there's not much to fault the Canon Legria HF20 for; the image quality is good, the autofocus speedy and feature list fairly full.

Oct, 2010

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Canon Legria HF20 & waterproof housing


A Full HD (1920x1080) camcorder aimed at those who want the best movie quality. Images are recorded to a 32GB internal memory, though you can also choose to capture to SD/SDHC cards, if you prefer. Enthusiast touches include an optical image...

The video quality will, on occasion, take your breath away but the combined cost (with the housing) makes this a pricey offering, and sometimes an awkward one to shoot with. Canon Legria HF20 & waterproof housing is tagged with canon legria HF20 and...

Nov, 2009

Consumer review (

Canon Legria HF20


Covenient size, very easy to use and excellent image quality.

At the price, it should include aa carrying bag.

Feb, 2010

Consumer review (

Canon Legria HF20


Very compact

Does not work with iMovie9.

Nov, 2009

Consumer review (

Canon Legria HF20


Excellent picture qaulity

None of any real note

Oct, 2009

Consumer review (

Canon Legria HF20


High quality, light, easy to use

A camera case would have been nice; as not supplied I will carry it round in an old Sony case!

Aug, 2009

Consumer review (

Canon Legria HF20


Small lightweight and compact, easy to use, good battery life & display of remaining charge time, sharp and clear outside picture quality.

Far too many settings and features makes this more complicated than it needs to be for the casual user, time and patience is required to try out all the settings and choose which is right for you, ie 25fps, 50i, cinema mode (which didn't look any...

Aug, 2009

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Canon Legria HF20


Light with good image quality.

Hard to keep steady at maximum zoom.

Jul, 2009

Product Specifications


Audio system:Dolby Digital 2.0
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes


Battery life (max):1.75
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-809


3D compatibility: No
Camcorder Type:Handheld camcorder
Image processor:DIGIC DV III
Minimum illumination:0.4
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
Self-timer delay:10


Color of product:Black
Product color:Black


Built-in display: Yes
Display Diagonal:2.7
Display resolution (numeric):211000


Built-in flash: Yes
Built-in light: Yes


Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (image):3.31
Effective megapixels (movie):2.99
Optical sensor size:1 / 4
Sensor Type:CCD / CMOS
Total megapixels:3.89

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.56 - 23.3
Digital Zoom:300
Filter size:1.46
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.56 - 23.3
Focal length range (f-f):0.161 - 2.42
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Interchangeable Lens: No
Optical Zoom:15

Other Features

Art: Yes
Auto focus: Yes
Flash memory:32768
Interface:USB 2.0, HDMI
Manual focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Video out:1

Packaging Content

Bundled software:PIXELA ImageMixer 3 SE

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite video out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
DV port: No
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1 - 1/2000 / 1/2 - 1/2000

Still Image

Maximum image resolution:2304 x 1296
Still image resolution(s):2304 x 1296\n2100 x 1575\n1600 x 1200\n640 x 480 / 640 x 480,1600 x 1200,2304 x 1296


Camcorder media type:Memory card, NAND
Camcorder tape type: No
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC
Disc types supported: No
Internal storage capacity:32


HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Video Resolutions:1440 x 1080

Weight & Dimensions


White Balance

White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Shade, Tungsten