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alaTest has collected and analyzed 65 reviews of Canon LEGRIA HF S20. 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. Comments about the size and price are generally positive. The image quality and portability also get good feedback. The viewfinder and reliability get negative views, and reviews are divided on the battery.

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reliability, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon LEGRIA HF S20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 47 user reviews of Canon LEGRIA HF S20 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Views about the size and price are generally positive. The image quality and portability are also appreciated. Views are divided on the battery, while some have doubts about the reliability.

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

This summary is based on the products: Canon VIXIA HF S20 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder - 2010 MODELCanon VIXIA HF S20 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder - 2010 MODEL

Dec, 2018


Expert review by : Nikc Miller (

Canon Vixia HF S20


Being a video motion graphics artist first and a video editor second, it's fair to say that my role in the film world as a "shooter" is somewhat limited. However, there are times when I need to pick up a camera to get a project moving, or sometimes...

The Canon Vixia HF S20 holds versatility at a premium. It's simple and comfortable enough for a Soccer Dad to shoot his kid's games without even thinking of buying a tripod, yet it's sophisticated enough to compose high-quality film shots that rival...

Apr, 2010

Consumer review (

Dont Settle for Less


get two class 10 chips and the heavy duty battery and you are golden for all events

Quality movies, easy download to PC from Camera , direct or by migrating from one of the chips. The Movies and Photos with that "big megapixel" lens are simply great underall conditions. That Touch Screen is fantastic

Once you get used to using the lcd screen as the Viewfinder it's all easy

Mar, 2011

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Great camcorder


Great camcorder. Very easy to use/learn. Worked great at Christmas time

Low battery life, but I knew that before purchasing. That seems to be typically with an HD camcorder of this quality

Feb, 2011

Consumer review (

Great Camera


I bought this camera to capture all the moments of our new baby while it was on sale. I've always been happy with my Canon camera's and this one is definitely worth the extra cost above others. After purchasing the BP-819 battery, the camera is almost...

Image quality is amazing on MXP. Screen is huge and the touchscreen works well compared to a lot of touch screens I've used on cheaper cameras. Facial recognition is also a plus and it's extremely easy to use for even a novice. The camera allows...

The battery that comes with the camera is far too small. Had to buy the BP-819 with wall charger. Software isn't the greatest, but will definitely allow you to do get your videos to your PC without hassle. Advanced users will definitely want something...

Dec, 2010

Product Specifications

Canon's VIXIA HF S20 dual flash memory camcorder, with an internal flash drive and two SD memory card slots, offers Canon's most sophisticated feature set to date - blurring the line between consumer and professional. Canon's superlative proprietary imaging technologies help deliver video and 8.0-megapixel photos with incredible detail and lifelike color. Touch & Track allows you to achieve sharp focus and precise exposure for any subject, simply by touching the generous 3.5" high resolution (922,000 dot) touch panel LCD. Native 24p mode perfectly matches the frame rate of film. And 5.1-channel surround sound ensures your audio complements the stunning realism of your video.


Audio dubbing: No
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
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-808

Camcorder Features

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


Minimum illumination:0.3

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash


Color of product:Black

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:3.5

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Snow / Beach / Sunset / Sports mode / Low light / Fireworks / Night mode / Portrait mode / Spotlight

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:32GB


Model:HF S20
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon VIXIA

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):6010000
Optical sensor size:1/2.6
Scan technology:CMOS
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total megapixels:8

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.71 - 17.1
Digital Zoom:200
Filter size:2.28
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.71 - 17.1
Focal length range (f-f):0.252 - 2.52
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.0
Max Focal Length:64mm
Min Focal Length:6.4mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:8.02Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:6.01Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:8.59Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.6 / 1/2.6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):9.8 mm ( 1/2.6 ) / 9.8 mm ( 1/2.6" )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Dynamic SuperRange)

Other Features

Audio Output:1
Auto focus: Yes
Interface:HDMI / USB
Manual focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Video out:1

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DV port: No
Microphone in: Yes
S-Video in: No
S-Video out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Camera shutter speed:1/2000

Still Image

Still image resolution(s):640 x 480, 1920 x 1080, 3264 x 1840


Flash memory:32

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Sepia fader / Black & white fader / Wipe fader
Digital Video Format:AVCHD
Digital Zoom:200
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Skin Detail / Custom Effect / Vivid / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Soft
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Type: None

Weight & Dimensions