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Canon Vixia HG20 60 GB Camcorder - Black

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Canon HG20 High Definition Camcorder + Sony Telephoto Lens Attachment + Remote
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Canon HG20 High Definition Camcorder + Sony Telephoto Lens Attachment + Remote
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Product description
Product Identifiers
BrandCanon
ModelHG20
UPC0013803096828, 0660685010819, 660685010819

Key Features
Recording SystemNTSC
Optical Zoom12x
Digital Zoom200x
Storage TypeInternal (HDD/SSD)
Media FormatBlu-Ray Disc, DVD
Resolution3.3 MP
Screen Size2.7"
Weight16 Oz.

Optical Sensor
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor Size1/3.2"
Optical Sensor Qty1

Lens System
Lens TypeZoom lens
Focal Length Range4.8mm - 57mm
Focus AdjustmentAutomatic, Manual
Lens Filter Size37 mm
Lens System FeaturesBuilt-in lens shield
Auto Focus typeTTL contrast detection

Exposure
Max Shutter Speed1/2000 sec
Min Illumination0.2 lux
Min Shutter Speed1/2 sec
Exposure ModesAperture-Priority, Automatic, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority

Camera Flash
Flash TypeBuilt-in flash
Flash ModesAuto Mode, Red-eye Reduction

Memory / Storage
Integrated Memory size60 GB
Recording SpeedLP, SP, XP+
Supported Flash MemorySD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card
Digital Storage MediaHDD
Video Recording Length5.5 Hours

Viewfinder
Viewfinder TypeNone

Dimensions
Depth5.43 in.
Height3.03 in.
Width3.15 in.

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

Microphone
Microphone TypeMicrophone - built-in - electret condenser - 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 headphones, 1 x microphone
HDMI OutputYes
Expansion Slot1 x SD Memory Card

Battery
Battery Form FactorManufacturer specific
Battery ManufacturerCanon BP-807

Environmental Parameters
Max Operating Temperature40 °C
Min Operating Temperature0 °C

Resolution
Effective Still Resolution2.8 MP
Effective Video Resolution2.1 MP

File Format
Digital Video FormatAVCHD
Still Image FormatJPEG

Other Features
Additional Features24p Cinema Mode, Backlight Compensation, 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, accessories hot shoe, progressive scanning
High Definition Video Support1080p
Widescreen Video CaptureYes

Miscellaneous
Color Black
Night ModeYes
Shooting ModesDigital Photo Mode

eBay Product ID: EPID100039308

Reviews & Research

CNET Editors' reviewExcellent

  • THE GOOD

    Excellent video quality; 60GB hard drive; attractive, understated design.

  • THE BAD

    Wind filter not as dependable as previous Canon models; manual focus pretty useless.

  • THE BOTTOM LINE

    Like its cousin, the flash-based HF11, Canon's Vixia HG20 delivers excellent HD video quality and performance albeit in a slightly larger, heavier package. However, you do get more storage space and a lower price.

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Customer Reviews

Average review score based on 19 user reviews

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Created: 07/02/10

Fantastic for the prosumer level.

This camera is great! Its focus can be tack-sharp, and the HD videos it produces can be luscious. The manual focus can be hard to use, but this is my only complaint.

Possible cons: The zoom does not work as quickly as on a professional camcorder; the colors often become bleached in bright light; the preamp is noisy; and the low-light performance is quite poor. However, all of these can easily be explained by its prosumer-level price tag. For its cost, this camcorder is fantastic.

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Created: 08/04/11

Great video only when using external SD card, artifacs with internal hd.

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

I bought this camera to replace a broken Canon HF200. The HG20 goes for much lower than the HF200, has similar specs plus a 60 GB internal hd. It's a bit bulkier than the hf200, but I actually found that to be a plus as the HG20's shape allows me to hold it more easily. As mentioned below, the internal hd is not dependable for high bitrate recordings. The camera only works well for video recording only using an external SD card. Do not depend on the internal hard drive for high bit-rate recordings! I tested the camera at 24mbs, 1080i and recorded on the internal hd. The video had severe artifacts occurring with periodic regularity, suggesting buffering errors, even with my attempt to capture the video with little motion of jitter. Using a class 4 8gb card, I was able to capture great 24mbs 1080i video with no such artifacts. Having had a canon hf200, I can say the video quality appears to be the same. Based on my use, my conclusion is that the camera can inherently capture great 24mbs video, just not on the internal hd, which seems to be too slow, or has buffering errors. It might be able to record on the internal hd at lower than 24mbs without any errors, but no tests have been run.

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Created: 04/05/12

Amazing video quality in low light conditions!

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

I had a JVC GZ-HD320BU and i wasn't happy with it because of the video quality in low light. Not happy at all... Then i bought the Canon Vixia HG20 cause i read about the good video quality in low light conditions. At first i thought the HG20 has a video light like my old JVC. Even on Amazon, they say it has... Wrong! The led on the front of the HG20 is ONLY a flash for still pictures. But the video quality of the HG20 is SO GOOD in low light conditions that it has NO NEED for a led light. I was amazed. It takes very good videos even at night, on the street or in my backyard. It's perfect for me.

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Created: 09/04/09

Canon VIXIA HG20 high definition camcorder

I Did a long and detailed study on what I wanted in a video camcorder especially from unbiased sources on the internet. Being that this was my first camcorder and having no experienced with these types of equipment, I took my time in looking up products reviews and pros and cons of the different features and options available on the market. I finally decided what I wanted in a camcorder and the Canon HG20 was what I selected for it's features, product reputation and price. Knowing the Canon product line to be reliable and with very good optics played a large part in my decission to purchase this Canon VIXIA HG20 Camcorder. There is an "easy" and regular record mode feature. I found the regular record mode complex to operate with all the different setups required and having to learn and remember how to access the feature you are trying to use. Definitely not recommended as a first time owner.

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Created: 07/06/13

Canon is the better quality camera than most brands.

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

I bought this product to upgrade from my current camera. I liked the picture quality the best, sound quality was just as good. It was compatible with my software and easy to use. Canon is the better quality camera than most brands.

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