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Canon HG20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 417 reviews of Canon HG20. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and portability. The price and image quality also get good views. Some have doubts about the viewfinder and reliability, and views are divided on the battery.

usability, image quality, price, portability, design

reliability, viewfinder

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.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Canon HG20


alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Canon HG20 from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the size and durability. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the battery and design. Reviews are divided on the price.

usability, portability, image quality, durability, size

design, battery

75% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Canon HG20


alaTest has collected and analyzed 294 user reviews of Canon HG20 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviews about the size and portability are on the whole positive. The price and image quality also get good feedback. The viewfinder and reliability get critical opinions. There are some mixed views about the battery.

usability, image quality, price, portability, size

reliability, viewfinder

94% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2019

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman and Lori Grunin (

Canon Vixia HG2x review: Canon Vixia HG2x


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.

Sep, 2008

Expert review by : Review Crew (

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, ...

May, 2010

Expert review by : David Kender (

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...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by : theninjapeanuts (

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.

Jan, 2009

Expert review by : Jeremy Stamas (

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...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by : David Kender (

Canon HG20


Canon Vixia HG20 Camcorder Review

Sep, 2008

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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...


Expert review by : Chris Jager (

Canon HG20


If camcorders were types of wine, the Canon range would be an exceptionally fine vintage preferred by foppish aristocrats and worldly connoisseurs. Ti...

Unsurpassed image sharpness, 60GB hard drive, lots of manual control

Slightly oversized, questionable build quality

The HG20 is an excellent high-def HDD camcorder that easily matches anything else on the market. Although the build quality could be better, its video performance more than makes up for any shortcomings. Highly recommended.

Oct, 2008


Expert review by : James Morris (

Canon HG20


With the option to record AVCHD video at 24Mbits/sec, Canon's HG20 puts in a great performance. Updated with video review.

Yet again, Canon has proven that it currently bestrides the camcorder market like a colossus. The HG20 is another strong contender. We wish it had a lens ring like the latest flagship models from Panasonic, and a regular-sized accessory shoe. But the...

Nov, 2008

Expert review by : Derek Fung (

Canon HG20


Canon's rapid ascent up the high-def, hard-disk camcorder totem pole continues with the HG20 and HG21 twins. Both share optical image stabilisation, 12x optical zoom and a CMOS sensor. The HG20 comes with a smaller 60GB hard-disk and misses out on a...

Nov, 2008

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 dubbing: No
Audio system:Dolby Digital
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-807
Video recording time:23

Camcorder Features

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


3D compatibility: No
Camcorder Type:Handheld camcorder
Minimum illumination:0.2
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
Progressive Scan: Yes

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash


Color of product:Black
Product color:Black

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight



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

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


Built-in flash: Yes
Built-in light: No


Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual
Macro focusing range:0.1
Normal focusing range:1


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon VIXIA

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (image):2.76
Effective megapixels (movie):2.07
Optical sensor resolution:3.31
Optical sensor size:1 / 3.2
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total megapixels:3.3 / 3.31

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.69 - 20.3
Digital Zoom:12 / 200
Filter size:1.457 / 1.46
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.69 - 20.3
Focal length range (f-f):0.189 - 2.24 / 0.189 - 2.268 / 0.189 - 2.27
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.0
Max Focal Length:57mm
Min Focal Length:4.8mm
Optical Zoom:12
Optical Zoom:12 / 200
Type:Zoom lens

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40

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)

Other Features

Art: Yes
Audio Output:1 / Y
Auto exposure: Yes
Auto focus: Yes
Interface:USB 2.0
Lens focal range:f/1.8-3.0 mm
Manual exposure: Yes
Manual focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):3.8
Special Features:DIGIC DV II
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video out:1 / Y

Packaging Content

Bundled software:PIXELA ImageMixer 3 SE / Pixela ImageMixer 3SE

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 in: No
S-Video out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


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

Still Image

Still image resolution(s):640 x 480,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080,2048 x 1536


Camcorder media type:Memory card, HDD
Camcorder tape type: No
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC
Disc types supported: No
Internal storage capacity:60

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080

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


Camera viewfinder: No
Viewfinder Type: None
Viewfinder type:Not available

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:5.43 / 5.433
Height:3.03 / 3.031
Weight:16.4 / 16.402

White Balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Manual, Shade, Tungsten / Auto, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent H, Shade