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Canon HG20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 418 reviews of Canon HG20. 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. Reviewers really like the design and portability. The price and image quality also get good comments. The viewfinder and reliability get critical reviews, while views are divided on the battery.

usability, image quality, price, portability, design

reliability, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon HG20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Canon HG20

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Canon HG20 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the size and durability. The image quality and portability also get good opinions. Some have doubts about the battery and design, and reviews are divided on the price.

usability, portability, image quality, durability, size

design, battery

75% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon HG20 High Definition HDD Camcorder - Silver (12 x Optical Zoom, Multiangle Vivid LCD)Canon HG20 High Definition HDD Camcorder - Silver (12 x Optical Zoom, Multiangle Vivid LCD)

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon HG20

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 294 user reviews of Canon HG20 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People really like the size and portability. The price and image quality also get good reviews. The viewfinder and reliability get less positive views. There are some mixed opinions about the battery.

usability, image quality, price, portability, size

reliability, viewfinder

94% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon VIXIA HG20 AVCHD 60 GB HDD Camcorder with 12x Optical ZoomCanon VIXIA HG20 AVCHD 60 GB HDD Camcorder with 12x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2016

GOOD GEAR GUIDE - EDITOR'S CHOICE

Expert review by: Chris Jager (goodgearguide.com.au)

Canon HG20

 

If camcorders were types of wine, the Canon range would be an exceptionally fine vintage preferred by foppish aristocrats and worldly connoisseurs. Ti...

Unsurpassed image sharpness, 60GB hard drive, lots of manual control

Slightly oversized, questionable build quality

The HG20 is an excellent high-def HDD camcorder that easily matches anything else on the market. Although the build quality could be better, its video performance more than makes up for any shortcomings. Highly recommended.

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: Derek Fung (cnet.com.au)

Canon HG20

 

Canon's rapid ascent up the high-def, hard-disk camcorder totem pole continues with the HG20 and HG21 twins. Both share optical image stabilisation, 12x optical zoom and a CMOS sensor. The HG20 comes with a smaller 60GB hard-disk and misses out on a...

Nov, 2008

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio Dubbing: No
Audio system:Dolby Digital
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-807
Video recording time:23

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080p
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture

Camera

3D: No
3D compatibility: No
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Minimum illumination:0.2
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
Progressive Scan: Yes

Camera Flash

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

Design

Colour of product:Black

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disc drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:13.8cm
Height:7.7cm
Weight:465g
Width:8cm

Display

Built-in Display: Yes
Display:LCD
Display diagonal:6.858 / 6.86
Display resolution (numeric):211000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Night mode / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset

Flash

Built-in Flash: Yes
Built-in light: No

Focusing

Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual
Macro focusing range:0.1
Normal focusing range:1

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:HG20/HG20 Value-up Kit
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):2.76
Effective megapixels (movie):2.07
Optical sensor resolution:3.31
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 3.2
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:3.3 / 3.31

Lens System

Digital Zoom:12 / 200
Filter Size:3.7
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):42.9 - 514.8
Focal length range (f-f):4.8 - 57 / 4.8 - 57.6
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.0
Max Focal Length:57mm
Min Focal Length:4.8mm
Optical Zoom:12
Optical Zoom:12 / 200
Type:Zoom lens

Operational conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2.76Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.07Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.31Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3.2"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):7.9 mm ( 1/3.2" ) / 7.9 mm ( 1/3.2 )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical (SuperRange)

Other features

Art: Yes
Audio output:1 / Y
Auto exposure: Yes
Auto Focus: Yes
Flash:TTL
Interface:USB 2.0
Lens focal range:f/1.8-3.0 mm
Manual exposure: Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):3.8
Special features:DIGIC DV II
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video Out:1 / Y

Packaging Content

Bundled software:PIXELA ImageMixer 3 SE / Pixela ImageMixer 3SE

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite Video Out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
DV port: No
HDMI: Yes
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/2000 / 1/2000 - 1/2

Still image

Still image resolution(s):640 x 480,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080,2048 x 1536

Storage

Camcorder media type:Memory card, HDD
Camcorder tape type: No
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC
Disc types supported: No
Internal storage capacity:60

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video

Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:AVCHD
Digital Zoom:200
Media Type:Flash card / Hard disc drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
Viewfinder Type: No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13.8
Height :7.7
Weight:465
Width:8

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Manual, Shade, Tungsten / Auto, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent H, Shade