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alaTest has collected and analyzed 66 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. People are impressed by the size and price. The image quality and portability also get good reviews, but there are some mixed opinions about the battery. Many are critical about the viewfinder and reliability.

usability, portability, image quality, price, size

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 83/100 = 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 Opinions about the size and durability are overall positive. The image quality and portability are also appreciated. There are mixed comments on the price and battery, while many are negative 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

Oct, 2016


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

Expert review by: (

Canon VIXIA HF S20


Overall, the Canon VIXIA HF S20 doesn't offer anything we haven't seen in other HDV camcorders. We did like the LUX rating but there were a few features that we felt were missing from this product that would have made it better. The limited memory of...

The camcorder has one of the lowest LUX ratings we've seen at 0.3, so you can film using only bright moonlight

The Canon VIXIA HF S20 only has 32GB of memory, which means you only get a few hours of HD recording time

This is a product with strong HD recording capabilities, but it doesn't have the high-end features to complement HD video capture.

Consumer review by: Tony (

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

Consumer review by: N/A (

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 by: BetterOff (

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


Audio Dubbing:N
Built-In Microphone:Y
Built-in speaker(s):Y


Minimum illumination:0.3


Colour of product:Black


Display diagonal:88.9

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):6010000
Optical sensor size:1/0.102
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:200
Filter Size:58
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):43.5 - 435
Focal length range (f-f):6.4 - 64
Image stabilizer:Y
Optical Zoom:10

Other features

Audio output:1
Auto Focus:Y
Interface:HDMI / USB
Manual Focus:Y
Night mode:Y
Video Out:1

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DV port:N
Microphone in:Y
S-Video In:N
S-Video Out:N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/2000

Still image

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


Flash memory:32


Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080

Weight & Dimensions

Height :74