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Canon Vixia HF20 32 GB Camcorder - Black

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Canon HF20 32GB High Def Camcorder 8GB Card TelePhoto Lens Bag AV HDMI Mic Input
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Product description
Expanded Product Features
Expanded Product Features
  • Dual flash memory: internal flash drive and SDHC card slot
    What makes the VIXIA HF20 stand out in the category of flash memory camcorders is its dual memory capability. You can capture video on both the camcorder's internal flash memory as well as directly to an SDHC memory card. Video recorded to the internal flash drive can also be copied onto a memory card which can then be inserted into your computer or HDTV's card reader slot for immediate viewing. You can also use higher capacity memory cards to further increase the video storage of your VIXIA HF20.
  • Ultra-sleek, compact and lightweight design
    Making the technology and features of the VIXIA HF20 even more impressive is its compact size and lightweight design. Measuring only 2.8" wide, 2.4" high and 4.9" deep, and weighing in at only 12.0 ounces, it combines considerable video storage capacity and advanced features in a small, convenient to carry body. You will find more places than ever to use your VIXIA HF20 because it's so easy to have with you more of the time.
  • Genuine Canon 15x HD video lens
    For over 70 years Canon has been producing exceptional photographic lenses that are synonymous with unsurpassed optical performance. Because of genuine Canon optics, every Canon broadcast lens, 35mm film camera, digital camera and camcorder assures brilliant optical quality - and the VIXIA HF20 is no exception. The VIXIA HF20 comes with an outstanding high definition video lens - a genuine Canon 15x HD video lens. It’s the lens you need to record long shots of your child on the soccer field, wide shots of beautiful landscapes, and everything in-between. And because it comes with four zoom speeds, three pre-set and one variable, you always get smooth, steady, professional-looking zoom shots. Super Spectra Coating technology results in images with minimal flare and ghosting. Plus, the lens' aspheric design reduces aberration and increases resolution, ensuring crisp, sharp video - enhancing the HD image quality. Additionally, a gradation neutral density (ND) system gives you better exposures in bright shooting situations.
  • 1920 x 1080 full HD recording
    The Canon VIXIA HF20 not only captures images in Full HD, but records and outputs at 1920 x 1080 as well, so you get Full HD from lens to screen. Your memories are preserved in stunning clarity, and ready for playback on your HDTV. With the advanced codec in the VIXIA HF20, you can also record at the highest AVCHD bitrate of 24Mbps.
  • 24Mbps recording
    The 24Mbps recording capability of the VIXIA HF20 gives you the highest quality AVCHD video possible. You'll see enhanced detail, finer gradations of tones and improved reproduction of moving subjects. Video shot by the VIXIA HF20 of fast-moving sporting events, multi-color butterflies on a variegated leaf or the shading of a brilliant sunset will be remarkable.
  • Advanced auto exposure system
    The VIXIA HF20 has an Advanced AE System designed to provide the most accurate exposure settings in a wide variety of lighting conditions. This enhanced auto exposure, together with genuine Canon face detection and DIGIC DV III, captures an expanded dynamic range, optimizing brightness to avoid overexposure, while still preserving precious shadow detail.
    Built-in 3.3 megapixel digital camera
    The VIXIA HF20 is not only a superb camcorder, but also a terrific 3.3 megapixel digital camera delivering high quality still photos. With many advanced photo features, rivaling other state-of-the-art digital cameras, and recording to an SDHC memory card, you get the best in both video and photos. An example? The VIXIA HF20 boasts Simultaneous Photo Shooting, allowing you to capture crisp 3.0 Megapixel photos and video at the same time.

Product Identifiers
BrandCanon
ModelHF20
UPC0013803109696, 013803109696, 705105044811, 705105044910

Key Features
Recording SystemNTSC
Optical Zoom15x
Digital Zoom300x
Storage TypeRemovable (Card/Disc/Tape)
Media FormatFlash Media, Flash card
Resolution3.9 MP
Screen Size2.7"
Weight11.5 Oz.

Optical Sensor
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor Size1/4"
Optical Sensor Qty1

Lens System
Lens TypeZoom lens
Focal Length Range4.1mm - 61.5mm
Focus AdjustmentAutomatic
Lens Filter Size37 mm
Lens System FeaturesBuilt-in lens shield

Exposure
Max Shutter Speed1/2000 sec
Min Illumination0.4 lux
Exposure ModesAperture-Priority, Automatic, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority

Camera Flash
Flash TypeBuilt-in flash

Memory / Storage
Integrated Memory size32 GB
Recording SpeedLP, SP, XP+
Supported Flash MemorySD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card
Video Recording Length175 Minutes

Viewfinder
Viewfinder TypeNone

Dimensions
Depth4.88 in.
Height2.44 in.
Width2.76 in.

Display
Display TypeLCD
Display RotationRotating
Screen DetailsLCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.7" - color
Display Size2.7"

Microphone
Microphone TypeMicrophone - built-in - stereo
Microphone Operation ModeStereo

Connections
Connector Types1 x HDMI, 1 x USB, 1 x component video output, 1 x composite video/audio output, 1 x microphone
HDMI OutputYes
Expansion Slot1 x SD Memory Card

Battery
Battery Form FactorManufacturer specific
Battery ManufacturerCanon BP-809

Resolution
Effective Still Resolution3.3 MP
Effective Video Resolution3.0 MP

File Format
Digital Video FormatAVCHD, MPEG-4
Still Image FormatJPEG

Other Features
Additional Features24p Cinema Mode, Direct Print, Dolby Digital AC-3 (2 channel) Recording, Histogram Display, PictBridge Support, RGB Primary Color Filter, Still Shot Capability, Takes Photos While Movie Recording, USB 2.0 Compatibility, face detection, progressive scanning
Face DetectionYes
High Definition Video Support1080p
Widescreen Video CaptureYes

Miscellaneous
Color Black
Night ModeYes
Shooting ModesDigital Photo Mode

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Reviews & Research

CNET Editors' reviewExcellent

  • THE GOOD

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

  • THE BAD

    Relatively expensive.

  • THE BOTTOM LINE

    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 all-black body is a bit classier-looking.

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Customer Reviews

Average review score based on 14 user reviews

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    Created: 12/29/09

    perfect camcorder with professional advantages

    pros: best picture quality with image stabilisation and low light capable and 15 x zoom.

    cons: file format is avchd : compressed form that reduce image details. cmos sensor density is low that reduce picture quality comparing to other prof quality camera.

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    Created: 08/15/10

    Canaon Vixia HF 20 Complex HD Video Camera

    I wanted an HD video camera to record my son's soccer matches and to use when I travel. I have a Blu Ray player and a DVD burner on my computer but no Blu Ray burner, so the idea of playing AVCHD DVDs on my Blu Ray player was appealing.

    It took a good deal of effort to figure out how to author those AVCHD DVDs and I found that a little bit frustrating. I first started writing software over 40 years ago, so I consider my self an expert. It took me two days to figure this out. In an effort to help others, I'm including the simplest procedure that enabled me to create an AVCDH DVD on my older Windows XP Pro machine with a DVD writer that would play on my Sony BDP-S560 Blu Ray player.

    The procedure below requires downloading two software packages. I make no claims as to whether or not these are virus free or safe to use. I use them with no adverse effects, but each user should make their own decision based on their own judgment and risk tolerance. If you are a complete novice to computing then you probably will need help with the process below. For example, I don't go through the step by step process of how to download and install software or how to copy files from one location to another. The instructions need to be followed carefully and exactly.

    To Transfer Video from the Canon Vixia Camcorder to an AVCHD DVD
    for playback on a Blu-Ray player.

    Software Required:
    1. multiAVCHD
    2. ImgBurn

    Steps to transfer the video and create an AVCHD DVD

    1. Plug the camcorder into the computer
    a. Plug the camcorder into its power supply
    b. Turn on the camcorder
    c. Set the camcorder to playback mode
    d. Plug the camcorder into the computer using the USB cable

    2. Copy the AVCHD folder from the camcorder to the computer

    3. Start the multiAVCHD program
    a. Click the "AVCHD/BDMV/DVD folders" button
    b. Select the AVCHD item that was copied from the camcorder
    i. The Title Properties window will open
    - Click "No" when it asks if you want to create a slide show
    - Wait for multiAVCHD to process the video clips
    - A named list will appear; click on it
    - Change the default title from AVCHD to something else
    - Click the "OK" button in the Title Properties window
    c. Set the destination path in the lower left panel
    d. Click the Start button
    i. The Destination and Playback type window will open
    A. Use the pull-down menu in the top section to select Canon Vixia
    B. Select the AVCHD Relaxed button
    - wait for the encoding to complete

    4. Start the ImgBurn program
    a. Select Write files/folders to disc
    b. Make sure that the "Verify" box is NOT checked
    c. Make sure that the "Auto" box is checked
    d. Select the folder icon and navigate to the location where
    multiAVCHD saved the proceessed AVCHD folder per the destination path
    e. Insert a blank DVD into the DVD drive
    i. The folder to disk icon will light up when the DVD is ready
    f. Click the folder to disk icon to burn the DVD

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    Created: 01/10/10

    Very good camcorder, resolution, ease of use, features

    I bought this new camcorder from eBay. I am so happy and satisfied. Everything is good about it. It is small size so i can carry it in my pocket..yes really. Resolution is crystal clear, Very easy to use, i can connect it with TV, laptop which is what i wanted. Also it has lot of modes. Also it is not costly like sony.

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    Created: 03/13/11

    Great camera

    Great Camera/camcorder combo, takes brilliant HD pictures and the same quality with videos. Love everything about it! Highly recommended

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    Feature ratings

    • Picture and sound quality
    • Ease of use
    • Battery life
    • Value for money
    Created: 06/08/12

    Absoulity the Best!!

    Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

    I am a professional camera man. I could not believe I could get this camera for such a low price. I received it prompley and it works like a dream. Canon is the best period. I recommend this to any body wanting the best quality of HD video. Thank you Jeff

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