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Canon DM-DC20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 95 reviews of Canon DM-DC20. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the design and price. The image quality and portability also get good opinions. Some have doubts about the zoom. Views are divided on the reliability.

usability, portability, image quality, price, design


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon DM-DC20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Canon DM-DC20 from The average user rating for this product is 2.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the image quality.

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0% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Canon DM-DC20


alaTest has collected and analyzed 49 user reviews of Canon DM-DC20 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the design and image quality. The portability and price also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed views about the reliability.

usability, price, portability, image quality, design

76% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2019

Expert review by : James Morris (

Canon DC20


The pretenders to DV's crown are lining up for battle. One of the first to enter the fray was recordable DVD, with Sony currently the most enthusiastic backer. But Canon has finally joined the ranks with a new DVD camcorder range, currently consisting...

The DC20 is easy to use and capable of above-average video quality, but you're paying for the privilege of recording straight to disc. There's a clear benefit to being able to stick media straight in your DVD player to watch or into your PC for...

Mar, 2006

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Great Camera with an annoying gotcha


Here's the gotcha. As far as I've been able to tell, you can't import video from this camera on to your PC without buying additional software. The Canon software only works for still images. You have to use the bundled Roxio My DVD LE to do anything...

Excellent video and sound quality in all lighting situations! You can set this camera up to record in 16x9 aspect ratio for the newer TVs that are being sold. The ability to record to DVD is very nice, in addition, this camera can also hold a miniSD...

The DVD Media only holds 30 min of footage which I was aware of when buying. The camera seems to overheat if left plugged in for an extended period of time. I accidentally left the camera plugged in over night (8 - 10 hours) causing an issue with a...

Jul, 2006

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Canon DC 20


Canon DC20 DC20 using the battery built-in lens cover and inside design, the appearance of a slim fashion, compact and lightweight. It uses a new storage medium, directly to the images recorded on 8cm DVD-R/RW disc, you can use an ordinary home DVD...

y to use

Price high

Mar, 2009

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The best DVD camcorder


Ejecting a DVD from the Canon DC20 and popping it straight into your domestic DVD player. Although DVD camcorders have some way to go before they threaten the versatility of MiniDV, for the casual user with little or no interest in editing, they're...

Image quality


Dec, 2008

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Canon DC 20 review


Description: The Canon DC20 is a 3" DVD-R and 3" DVD-RW-based, ultra-compact camcorder.Compared to other ultra-compact camcorders on the market, it is midpriced at around $520.This unit weighs 0.9 pounds and has a 2 megapixel effective sensor...

2 megapixel effective sensor resolution

only a 10x optical zoom

Nov, 2008

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Too many pauses


I recently bought a DC20 digital camcorder and am very impressed with the video performance. The picture is sharp, and the colours...

Dec, 2005

Product Specifications

The super-stylish, ultra-slim 2.2 Megapixel DC20 shoots superb digital stills and impressive video direct-to-DVD, with a mini video light and stills flash to keep you shooting well into the night. At just 47mm wide, the DC20 is delightfully slim. The casing's solid construction adds durability to a surprisingly lightweight body. Key controls are easy to locate and operate. Shoot straight-to-DVD without the need to rewind or fast-forward tape. Thumbnails of each scene let you see at a glance which footage to share or quickly delete. Create playlists and group together favorite scenes and digital stills. Play back on your home cinema after finalizing the disc in-camera. A 1/3, 9" 2.2 Megapixel CCD sensor captures great quality video and provides enough resolution for detailed photo prints of your digital stills. The DC20's RGB Primary Color Filter eliminates signal conversion to ensure rich and true color reproduction. True split path DIGIC DV processing then renders stills and video according to each format's specific requirements for uncompromised quality. The DC20 has a digital still camera built in. Special Scene Modes and a flash deliver great photos in tricky lighting conditions. 9-point AiAF auto focus keeps even off-center subjects clear and sharp. Auto exposure bracketing helps ensure perfect exposures. Capture the pace of action events with Continuous Shooting mode. Put an end to storage worries by writing up to 8, 000 images to a single DVD. Connect direct to any PictBridge compatible photo printer and push the Print/Share button for quality photo prints without a computer. True 16: 9 Widescreen Mode means images will naturally fill a widescreen TV without cropping or stretching. Canon's precision all-glass 10x zoom lens produces sharp, crystal clear results free of ghosting and smear. A built-in lens cap protects against dust and scratches. Super Night Mode and a Mini Video Light let you record natural colors in low light conditions. USB 2.0 Hi-Speed provides a direct connection to computers for fast transfer of video and still images. You can even use the DC20 as an external DVD burner for making duplicates of home movies.


Audio system:Dolby Digital
Built-in Microphone: No

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-208
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-208
Run Time (Up To):80min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash


Color of product:Silver
Product color:Silver

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:2.5
Display Resolution:123000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
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 / Stitch assist / Sunset / Super night mode/Beach / Fireworks / Night mode / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset / Super night mode


Color of product:Black, Silver
Filter size:1.06


Built-in flash: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon DC/Canon LA

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):2
Optical sensor resolution:2200000
Optical sensor size:1 / 3.9
Sensor Type:CCD
Total megapixels:2.2

Lens System

Digital Zoom:200
Filter size:1.06
Focal length range (f-f):1.6 - 16
Lens Aperture:F/1.8/F/1.8-2.8
Max Focal Length:40.5mm
Min Focal Length:4.05mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
System Type:Lens accessories
Type:Lens adapter/Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.2Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.2Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3.9"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.5 mm ( 1/3.9 ) / 6.5 mm ( 1/3.9" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Other Features

Art: Yes
Auto focus: Yes
Expansion Slots:MiniSD
I/O ports:S-video/AV\n / S-video/AV\nUSB
Interface:USB 2.0
Lens system:N/A
Manual focus: Yes
Mirror: Yes
Resolution:1632 x 1224
Shooting programs:Auto, P, Av, Tv, SCN
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes

Packaging Content

Bundled software:MyDVD

Ports & interfaces

DV port: No
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video in: Yes
S-Video out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Camera shutter speed:1/2-1/2000


Compatible memory cards:MiniSD

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Beam / Black fader / Corner wipe / Flip / Jump / Puzzle / Tide / Wipe fader / Zigzag
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:200
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Ball / Black & White / Color Mask / Cube / Mirror / Mosaic / Sepia / Wave
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder screen size:0.33
Viewfinder Type:LCD

Weight & Dimensions