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Canon MVX20i

alaTest has collected and analyzed 24 reviews of Canon MVX20i. 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. Views about the zoom and size are overall positive. The price and image quality also get good comments. Views are divided on the portability, while many are critical about the viewfinder and durability.

usability, image quality, price, size, zoom

durability, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon MVX20i is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by: Colin Barrett (

Canon MVX25i and MVX20i DV Camcorder Reviews


Another top-loader! Great features without being over-burdened with stuff that people will never use. Image quality is excellent and better-than-expected performance in low light situations. Great handling, too. 14x Optical Zoom is welcome.

Lack of manual control over audio input or exposure. LCD screen could be bigger, and resolution of Viewfinder could be better.

Excellent image quality, acceptably low tape transport noise and a whole host of good features make this a great all-rounder for upgraders and new camcorder users alike. Top marks.

Consumer review by: rassaf (



Well, were do I start. I just simply say that it is a piece of s**t. We bought ours around Christmas 2004 and didn't get to use it that much. When it broke the Cannon people told us that it's not worth fixing.

None that another cheaper brand can't offer

Costs to much to fix.

Aug, 2009

Consumer review by: pgreatba (



Great camera, easy to use for the main functions, some of the more advanced functions not so easy. Very light and nice to hold. Good bundled software for viewing and movie editing. Wide screen recording is a bonus on this price level camera. Very good...

Small, light, fast startup, great quality images, doubles as a digital still camera, 16:9 widescreen aspect, great value bundled software, image stabilizer makes steady shooting natural. Lots of good things about this camera.

lens flare when pointed into a strong light source, such as a window or sky, digital effects not straight forward to use, no titling capabilities.

Aug, 2005

Product Specifications

The atmosphere; the feelings, movement and sounds that describe a special time and place. These are what your camcorder helps you remember. But for those evocative photos capturing the detail of a moment, nothing compares to a still image. The MVX20i provides the best of both formats. This 2.2 Megapixel digital powerhouse is both a superb quality camcorder and a fully featured digital still camera, with a host of advanced features normally reserved for single-purpose devices. With 2.2 Megapixels, the MVX20i has more than enough capacity to generate high clarity video footage. The sensor also paves the way for digital stills, which can be printed up to 15x21cm at photo quality. To recreate 'emotional' colors our humans love and respond to - bluer skies, greener grass, redder apples - Canon has combined all key processing and memory requirements onto the purpose built DIGIC DV chip. Two discrete processing paths separate the algorithms required to optimize video and stills quality during simultaneous video/still capture. An RGB primary color filter does away with image-degrading signal conversion for truer, more natural colors. Drawing on 60 years of precision optics heritage, Canon has developed a 12x optical zoom lens, assuring crisp, clear and clean images from one frame corner to the other. Immediate, no-fuss, PC-free direct printing to any PictBridge compatible printer is easy with the simple Print/Share button. Image Stabilization keeps the action steady without a tripod. Night Mode lets you continue recording in full color in low light conditions. A flash provides digital stills shooting to a distance of up to 2m. To allow auto-focusing on non-centered subjects, the frame is split into three individually selectable auto-focus regions. A manual Focus Ring further expands creative control. Motion-JPEG files record direct to SD or MMC memory cards for easy Internet sharing. Depending on memory card capacity, up to 60 minutes of QVGA or QQVGA formats can be recorded straight to card or copied to card from DV tape. DV and USB terminals allow high quality dubbing, connection to a PC's IEEE1394 port for editing and retouching, direct printing and easy high-speed file transfer of still images and video files from the camcorder's memory card.


Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:li-ion

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


Minimum illumination:0.9

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction:Built-in
Type:Built-in flash

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.35

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:Low light / Night mode / Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Stitch assist

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:8MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon MV

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 3.4
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:2.2

Lens System

Digital Zoom:2.2
Focal length range (f-f):4.8 - 57.6
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.0
Max Focal Length:57.6mm
Min Focal Length:4.8mm
Optical Zoom:12
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.77Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.23Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3.4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):7.5 mm ( 1/3.4" ) / 7.5 mm ( 1/3.4 )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic

Other features

I/O ports:USB2.0 Full Speed
Lens system:4.8 - 57.6mm, 12x/240x, 10mm, 34mm
Media types supported:Multi Media Card, Secure Digital Card
Resolution:1632 x 1224


Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/2000

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:240
Faders:Beam / Black fader / Corner wipe / Fade trigger / Flip / Jump / Puzzle / Tide / Wipe fader / Zigzag
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Art / Ball / Black & White / Colour Mask / Cube / Mirror / Mosaic / Sepia / Wave
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Height :13.4