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Canon XA20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 98 reviews of Canon XA20. 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 price and zoom. The image quality and portability also get good reviews, whereas there are some negative comments about the battery and memory. There are some mixed opinions about the viewfinder and size.

usability, portability, image quality, zoom, price

durability, memory, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon XA20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Canon XA20

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Canon XA20 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 2.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the portability. The zoom also gets good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the durability and usability.

zoom, portability

usability, durability

43% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon XA20 3MP / 20x bkCanon XA20 3MP / 20x bk

Oct, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon XA20

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 61 user reviews of Canon XA20 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviews about the design and size are on the whole positive. The image quality and portability also get good feedback. Many are less positive about the viewfinder and memory.

usability, portability, image quality, size, design

battery, memory, viewfinder

93% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon XA20 Professional CamcorderCanon XA20 Professional Camcorder

Oct, 2016

Consumer review by: MYNAMESJOHN (bestbuy.com)

Great camera

 

This is a very easy pro camera to use with limited knowledge on shooting video. There are a lot of info videos online to set up shooting in manual.

Feb, 2016

Consumer review by: Aspiring Movie Maker (warehouseexpress.com)

Super Camcorder

 

Nice simple screen menu with lots of that all important manual control. Having said that, going automatic is a pleasure too. Up to now I have been using DSLRs which can be tricky for subjects that move in and out of focus. The autofocus on this...

Great Picture Quality","Lightweight","Simple Controls

Nov, 2015

Consumer review by: Aspiring Movie Maker (warehouseexpress.com)

Super Camcorder

 

Nice simple screen menu with lots of that all important manual control. Having said that, going automatic is a pleasure too. Up to now I have been using DSLRs which can be tricky for subjects that move in and out of focus. The autofocus on this...

Great Picture Quality ; Lightweight ; Simple Controls

Nov, 2015

Consumer review by: 6Pack (bestbuy.com)

Great low-budget camera for the serious filmmaker

 

Nice, compact camcorder for high-quality filming when you don't want to intimidate your subjects as you might with a much bigger camera and setup. The zoom works a whole lot better than I ever would have expected but it's the option to shoot in 24 fps...

Nov, 2015

Consumer review by: Bill (bestbuy.com)

Excellent camera for all levels of users

 

Easy to use with superior results in a matter of minutes. All the tabs and various settings only continue to enhance its productivity.

Aug, 2015

Consumer review by: Nomadographer (bestbuy.com)

Excellent Camera Upgrade

 

Purchased this Canon Model for a weekly filming project to enhance the quality we had on some older Rebel units. Extremely pleased with the HD quality & especially the audio level quality. The dual SD card slots are a huge plus too. Excited to...

Jun, 2015

Consumer review by: Anonymous8642 (bestbuy.com)

Simple to operate.

 

Best run and shoot camcorder available. A must get unit for the the beginning videographer. Easy video footage to work with on my laptop.

Apr, 2015

Consumer review by: R0sebud (bestbuy.com)

Really like

 

Love the features, easy setup for auto mode. Like the three different modes to record video.

Oct, 2014

Consumer review by: outdoorsman (bestbuy.com)

Excellent camera for beginner & profesional

 

I bought this product to record hunts all over the world. So far after my first hunt this camera performance was excellent. Great sound captured small and easy quick set up.

Sep, 2014

Consumer review by: South London Snapper (warehouseexpress.com)

So much less hassle than DSLR !

 

I was using a Nikon D4 previously for video work and my stress levels have dropped dramatically now that I use the camcorder. It is so much easier to use than a DSLR! Admittedly there is a trade off in the image quality which is very slightly softer...

Fast Accurate Autofocus","Great Features","Great Picture Quality","Lightweight","Quiet

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Jul, 2014
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Product Specifications

Audio

Audio formats supported:AAC
Audio system:Dolby Digital
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
PCM digital audio:16-bit/48 kHz

Battery

Battery technology:Lithium / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-820
Battery voltage:7.4
Video recording time:10.1

Camera

3D: No
3D compatibility:N
Camcorder type:Shouldercam
Image processor:DIGIC DV IV
Minimum illumination:0.1

Design

Colour of product:Black

Display

Built-in Display:Y / Yes
Display:OLED
Display diagonal:8.89 / 88.9
Display resolution (numeric):1230000
Touch screen:Y
Touchscreen: Yes
Vari-angle LCD display: Yes

Focusing

Closest focusing distance:0.6
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):2.91
Effective megapixels (movie):2.91
Optical sensor size:1/0.112 / 25.4 / 2.84
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:3.09

Lens System

Digital Zoom:400
Filter Size:5.8 / 58
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):26.8 - 576 / 28.8 - 576
Focal length range (f-f):3.67 - 73.4
Image stabilizer:Y / Yes
Image stabilizer type:HYBRID
Maximum aperture number:2.8 / 8
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):57.6 / 576
Minimum aperture number:1.8
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):2.88 / 26.8
Optical Zoom:20

Light exposure

Light exposure correction:± 3EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Auto, Manual
Light metering:Centre-weighted
Scene modes:Beach, Fireworks, Night, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Spotlight, Sunset

Networking

Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operational conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 60
Operating temperature (T-T):-5 - 45

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC, HDMI / HDMI
Handheld remote control:Y
Lens hood: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack:Y
HDMI:No / Y
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:Y / Yes
Mini HDMI ports quantity:1
Mini-USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
S-Video Out:N / No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connector type:Mini-USB B
XLR in:Y / Yes

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/2000 - 1/6
Shutter speed (video):1/6 - 1/2000

Still image

Maximum image resolution:2136 x 1362

Storage

Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type:N / No
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Disc types supported:N / No
Maximum memory card size:128
Memory slots:2

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC
Bitrate at maximum video resolution:16 / 28
Full HD:Y
HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 2136 x 1362
Pre-record:Y
Supported video modes:1080i / 1080p, 720p
Video formats supported:AVCHD, MP4
Video Resolutions:2136 x 1362 / 640 x 360,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080

Viewfinder

Viewfinder screen size:0.24 / 6.1
Viewfinder Type:Electrical

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:18.2 / 182
Height :8.4 / 84
Weight:765
Width:10.9 / 109

White balance

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