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alaScore 86

29 reviews

Oct, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 29 reviews of Canon LEGRIA HF S20. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the image quality and battery. The durability and usability also get good comments. There are some mixed reviews about the price.

portability, usability, durability, battery, image quality

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 86/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 user reviews of Canon LEGRIA HF S20 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the image quality and battery. The durability and usability are also mentioned favorably, but views are divided on the price.

portability, usability, durability, battery, image quality

77% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon LEGRIA HF S20 High Definition Digital Camcorder - Black (10 X Optical Zoom, 3.5 Inch Touch-screen LCD)Canon LEGRIA HF S20 High Definition Digital Camcorder - Black (10 X Optical Zoom, 3.5 Inch Touch-screen LCD)

Oct, 2016

Product Specifications

Get stunning images and superb low-light performance via the Canon HD Camera System: the LEGRIA HF S20 combines an 8.0-megapixel Full HD CMOS sensor, a Canon HD video lens, and the DIGIC DV III processor. A high-resolution 3.5" touch-screen LCD offers a 100% view for shooting HD movies. A unique, gesture-based LCD interface gives you fingertip access to shooting and playback functions, including touch tracking, touch focus and touch exposure modes. For easier sharing of your movies, the LEGRIA HF S20 lets you convert AVCHD (MPEG4) files to smaller, standard definition MPEG2 files, ready for burning to DVD or uploading to the web.


Audio Dubbing: No
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):1.4 / 5
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-808
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-808
Video recording time:1.4

Camcorder Features

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


Minimum illumination:0.3
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
Photo effects:black&white, Neutral, Sepia, Skin tones, Vivid / black&white, Sepia / Neutral, Sepia, Skin tones, Vivid

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash


Colour of product:Black

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:8.89

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


Built-in Flash: Yes

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:32GB


Closest focusing distance:0.0100


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

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):6010000
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.6
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:8 / 8.59

Lens System

Digital Zoom:200
Filter Size:5.8
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):43.5 - 435
Focal length range (f-f):6.4 - 64
Image stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer type:Optical
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"
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:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical

Other features

Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 3
Audio output:1
Auto Focus: Yes
Cable Type:USB
Flash memory:4096 / 8192
Interface:HDMI / USB / HDMI / USB 2.0
Lens system:6.4 - 64
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Power requirements:100-240V
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video Out:1

Packaging Content

Handheld remote control: No

Ports & interfaces

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


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

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:3264 x 2448
Still image resolution(s):640 x 480,1920 x 1080,3264 x 1840


Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC
Flash memory:32
Internal storage capacity:32
Maximum memory card size:32

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:AVCHD
Digital Zoom:200
Face Detection:Built-in / Yes
Faders:Black & white fader / Sepia fader / Wipe fader
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Custom Effect / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Skin Detail / Soft / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Type: None

Weight & Dimensions

Height :7.4

White balance

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