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CANON HF20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 111 reviews of CANON HF20. 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. Opinions about the size and price are on the whole positive. The image quality and portability also get good comments. Many are less positive about the viewfinder, while there are some mixed opinions about the reliability.

usability, portability, image quality, price, size

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the CANON HF20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for CANON HF20

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of CANON HF20 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the portability and battery. The memory and size are also mentioned favorably, but views are divided on the usability. Some have doubts about the zoom and price.

size, memory, battery, portability

price, zoom

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon LEGRIA HF20 High Definition Digital Camcorder - Black (15x Optical Zoom, 2.7 Inch Widescreen Colour LCD)Canon LEGRIA HF20 High Definition Digital Camcorder - Black (15x Optical Zoom, 2.7 Inch Widescreen Colour LCD)

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for CANON HF20

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 user reviews of CANON HF20 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the size and price. The image quality and portability are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed comments about the reliability.

usability, portability, image quality, price, size

87% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon VIXIA HF20 HD Dual Flash Memory w/32GB Internal Memory & 15x Optical Zoom - 2009 MODELCanon VIXIA HF20 HD Dual Flash Memory w/32GB Internal Memory & 15x Optical Zoom - 2009 MODEL

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Canon Legria HF20

 

After the marvellous HF S10, how does the Canon Legria HF20 compare? James Morris tells all.

May, 2011

Expert review by: Chris Jager (goodgearguide.com.au)

Canon Legria HF20 digital video camera

 

Full HD flash memory-based camcorder with 32GB of inbuilt memory

Good image quality in optimum lighting, 3.5mm microphone jack, speedy 24Mbps AVCHD bit rate

Poor low light performance (compared to the Canon HF11), slightly cumbersome and uncomfortable design

The Canon Legria HF20 is a decent high-definition camcorder with some interesting features on board. Unfortunately, it is trumped by its HF11 sibling; an identically-priced model that offers a superior low-light performance.

Jun, 2009

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Canon Vixia HF20 review:

 

Canon's acquitted itself quite well with a nearly identical trio of flash-based AVCHD camcorders, the HF10 / HF11 / HF100 , and follow-up models HF20 and HF200 manage to improve upon their legacy. The only difference between the two models is color and...

Broad manual feature set unusual in a camcorder its size; excellent video quality; attractive, functional design.

Relatively expensive.

While it's more expensive than its sub-$600 competitors, the Canon Vixia HF20 and Vixia HF200 deliver a more extensive feature set for the extra money. The HF200, which lacks internal memory, is probably a better buy than the HF20, though the HF20's...

Apr, 2009

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (camcorderinfo.com)

Canon Vixia HF20 Camcorder Review

 

The new Canon HF20 comes from a highly-praised, award-winning pedigree. It is being marketed as a less expensive alternative to our 2008 camcorder of the year, the Canon HF11. For an MSRP of $899 ($300 less than the HF11), you get an HD camcorder...

Since it is $300 cheaper than last year's Canon HF11, we didn't expect the HF20 to put up the kind of numbers we saw from its award-winning sibling. What did shock us, however, was how steep of a downgrade the HF20 really is. Sure, it's smaller and...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: Ricky (etechreviews.net)

Canon Vixia HF20 Camcorder Review

 

If you are looking at buying a camcorder to cherish sweet memories for a longer period of time, it is important that you make an intelligent decision, lest you would realize that somewhere down the lane you have chosen the wrong machine.The new Cannon...

May, 2009

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (washingtonpost.com)

Canon HF20

 

The HF20 ($899 MSRP) is a new high definition camcorder from Canon that can record either to its 32 GB of internal flash memory or removable SD/SDHC memory cards. The HF20 also comes with high hopes from consumers. It's more expensive predecessor, the...

Canon didn't change too much with design on the HF20, so it looks very similar to past models. The hand strap is large and comfortable, but due to some awkward construction on the camcorder's right side, it can be a bit difficult to get a good grip on...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (reviewed.com)

Canon HF20

 

Stuffed with features, with major ups and downs in performance

Decent color accuracy; Fantastic sharpness

Poor low light performance; Consistently high noise levels

Since it is $300 cheaper than last year’s Canon HF11, we didn’t expect the HF20 to put up the kind of numbers we saw from its award-winning sibling. What did shock us, however, was how steep of a downgrade the HF20 really is. Sure, it’s smaller and...

Mar, 2009

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (reevoo.com)

Canon Legria HF20

 

Very compact

Does not work with iMovie9

Oct, 2009

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (reevoo.com)

Canon Legria HF20

 

Light with good image quality

Hard to keep steady at maximum zoom

Jun, 2009

Consumer review by: zebra760 (circuitcity.com)

It's the good one.

 

I really like buying the refurbish product because it's price and quality. I lnow the refurbish products are checked more than 1 time. This camera is the great one also. Although it was quite difficult to find the gate the for the charge, but you can...

May, 2010

Product Specifications

The stylish and compact LEGRIA HF20 can store over 12 hours of HD movies to internal memory. Perfect for carrying everywhere, features like Pre REC and Video Snapshot make moviemaking fun and easy.

Audio

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

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):1.75
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-809
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-809

Camcorder Features

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

Camera

3D: No
3D compatibility:N
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Minimum illumination:0.4
On Screen Display (OSD):Y
Self-timer:10

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Design

Colour of product:Black

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:12.4cm
Height:6.2cm
Weight:340g
Width:7cm

Display

Built-in Display:Y
Display:LCD
Display diagonal:6.86 / 68.6
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

Flash

Built-in Flash:Y / Yes
Built-in light:Y

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:32GB

Focusing

Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:HF20
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon LEGRIA

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):3.31
Effective megapixels (movie):2.99
Optical sensor size:1/0.157 / 25.4 / 4
Sensor Type:CCD / CMOS
Total MegaPixels:3.89

Lens System

Digital Zoom:300
Filter Size:3.7 / 37
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):39.5 - 592.5
Focal length range (f-f):4.1 - 61.5
Image stabilizer:Y
Interchangeable lens:N
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.2
Max Focal Length:61.5mm
Min Focal Length:4.1mm
Optical Zoom:15
Optical Zoom:15
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2.76Megapixel/3.31Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.99Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.89Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4" ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4 )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical (SuperRange)

Other features

Art:Y / Yes
Auto Focus: Yes
Flash memory:32768
Interface:USB 2.0, HDMI
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode:Y
Photo mode: Yes
Sports:Y / Yes
Spotlight:Y / Yes

Packaging Content

Bundled software:PIXELA ImageMixer 3 SE

Ports & interfaces

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

Shutter

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

Storage

Camcorder media type:Memory card, NAND
Camcorder tape type:N
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC
Disc types supported:N
Internal storage capacity:32

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video

Full HD:Y
HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Video Resolutions:1440 x 1080

Video Input

Digital Zoom:300
Face Detection:Built-in / Yes
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Sepia / Skin Detail / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:12.4 / 124
Height :6.2 / 62
Weight:340
Width:7 / 70

White balance

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