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Canon Vixia HF G20
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Canon Vixia HF G20 Camcorder

camcorderinfo.com Editor's Choice reviewed.com Editor's Choice
2.37MP 1/3 620g Apr 2013
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True video enthusiasts and advanced amateurs will find their inspirational match in the new VIXIA HF G20. Designed to rival pro-level camcorders in image quality, it's equipped with a Genuine... More
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20 Reasons For

Two Industry Awards

This camcorder was given an "Editor's Choice" award by both Camcorderinfo.com and Reviewed.com, both of which thought that this video camera was outstanding.

Expert Reviews Are Excellent

The average expert rating of this video camera is 98 out of 100 based on two expert reviews from sites including camcorderinfo.com and reviewed.com. This means that experts think this Canon video camera is one of the very best camcorders of a similar type and age.

Excellent Owner Reviews

Vixia HF G20 owners on average rated this video camera as fantastic.

Canon Has Excellent Video Camera Reviews

Based on 1,357 expert and owner reviews, Canon has excellent ratings for its video cameras. Canon also has excellent ratings specifically for its small sensor size camcorders compared to other brands.

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Good Technical Features

One person said in their reviews that it had good features. Camcorderinfo.com said three years ago “The top-quality sensor tuned specifically for HD video along with a host of great features and manual controls made the G10 one of our top-scoring camcorders” and scored this camcorder 5 stars.

Good Support

One person who bought this camcorder considered that it had good technical guidance.

Good Product Quality

One customer who bought it mentioned that it was good quality. Videomaker.com wrote “Excellent video quality” in their review of the Canon Vixia HF G20.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras of this spec and age.

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Quite Large Screen Size

With a screen size of 3.5 inches, the Canon Vixia HF G20 has a fairly large screen size compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age. The smallest screen size of video cameras of this type and age is 1.4" and the largest is 4.3".

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Full HD

Full HD

The Canon Vixia HF G20 is Full HD. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years also are Full HD.

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Vixia HF G20 is 1/3". That's 94% more optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/5.8". 4.80 x 3.60mm.

A 1/3" optical sensor size is actually the best optical sensor size amongst all video cameras of a similar spec and age to the Vixia HF G20.

Amongst similar types of camcorder the worst optical sensor size is 1/8".

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Two Memory Card Slots

The Vixia HF G20 has more memory card slots than most of the video cameras of this spec and age. This video camera is a two memory card slot video camera compared to most of the camcorders that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF G20 which only have one memory card slot.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Canon Vixia HF G20 supports a better memory card type than most video cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This camcorder supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as it support an SD memory card. In addition, this Canon video camera supports an SDHC memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

This camcorder's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

The worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of camcorder is MicroSD (Transflash).

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Has One Exposure Mode

The number of exposure modes found on the Vixia HF G20 is more than most camcorders that have been around for more than two years. The most commonly found exposure mode is Auto, but this exposure mode is not found on this camcorder. The exposure modes Manual are also found on this video camera.

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Has Six Scene Modes

The number of scene modes found on the Vixia HF G20 is more than most video cameras of this spec and age. This video camera has an Spotlight scene mode, which is the most commonly found scene mode found on camcorders of this spec and age. The scene modes "Beach", "Fireworks", "Night", "Portrait" and "Sunset" are also found on this Canon video camera.

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Quite High Display Resolution

The display resolutions of similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Vixia HF G20 range from 23,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 360,000 pixels. At 922,000 pixels, the Vixia HF G20 has a quite high display resolution compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

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Fairly Big Maximum Fash Memory Capacity

The maximum fash memory capacities of camcorders of a comparable age and type to the Vixia HF G20 range from 4GB to 120GB. With a maximum fash memory capacity of 32 gigabytes, the Vixia HF G20 has one of the bigger maximum fash memory capacities amongst similar spec camcorders of this age.

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Quite Long Video Recording Time

The average video recording time of video cameras of this age and type is 12h, and the video recording times range from 1h to 95h. With a video recording time of 12.4 hours, the Vixia HF G20 has one of the longer video recording times amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other video cameras of this type and age, the Canon Vixia HF G20 has a built-in display.

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Quite Small Minimum Illumination

When compared to other comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the Vixia HF G20, the minimum illumination of the Vixia HF G20 of only 0.1 lux is one of the smallest. Video cameras that were released more than two years ago have minimum illumination of between 0.1lx and 7lx.

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11 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years have an image stabiliser, however the Vixia HF G20 does not have an image stabiliser.

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Does Not Have an HDMI Port

The Vixia HF G20 does not have an HDMI port, unlike most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Vixia HF G20 which have an HDMI port.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The Vixia HF G20 has a quite small optical zoom (only 10 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec. The average optical zoom of small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Vixia HF G20 is 31x.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Canon Vixia HF G20 does not have an interchangeable lens, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Vixia HF G20 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Heavy

The Vixia HF G20 is one of the heavier camcorders of this age and spec (620 grams) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. The weights of video cameras of a similar age and type to the Vixia HF G20 range from 57g to 3.9kg, and the average weight is 500g.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Vixia HF G20 does not have a night mode, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the Vixia HF G20 also do not have a night mode.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Vixia HF G20 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most camcorders of a similar age and spec to the Vixia HF G20 do not have a built-in projector. The Vixia HF G20 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Not Waterproof

The Canon Vixia HF G20 is not waterproof. Most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago are also not waterproof.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Value

The lowest maximum aperture value of small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years is 1.8 and the highest is 22. The Vixia HF G20 has one of the lower maximum aperture values (only 2.8) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of only 2.07 megapixels, the Vixia HF G20 has a fairly low megapixel count compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years. The average megapixel count of comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 2.5MP.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Canon Vixia HF G20

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Canon released the Vixia HF G20.

Average Digital Zoom

The Vixia HF G20 has a relatively standard digital zoom (200 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Vixia HF G20.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many camcorders of this type and age.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Interchangeable Lens
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Maximum Fash Memory Capacity
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Normal Focusing Range
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
Exposure Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Shutter Type
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder Resolution
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Microphone Connection
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Component Video Out Port
S-Video Out Port
Mini HDMI Port
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Socket
Battery
Video Recording Time
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width

2 Awards

camcorderinfo.com Editor's Choice reviewed.com Editor's Choice

Expert Reviews

(3)
10 June 2013

For quality images with loads of manual features including focus and exposure assists check out Canon's VIXIA HF G20.Contributing Editor Mark Holder is a video producer and trainer...

Excellent video quality
Focus assist
Magnification, peaking, edge monitor
Exposure assist
Zebras, waveform monitor
Unable to change batteries while attached to tripod
No 60p recording
4 March 2013

An evolutionary, not revolutionary, upgrade to Canon's HD darling. Those expecting a huge improvement over the HF G10 will be disappointed. The HF G20 builds on its predecessor's strengths and...

Camcorderinfo.com

3 March 2013

Those expecting a huge improvement over the HF G10 will be disappointed. The HF G20 builds on its predecessor's strengths and makes subtle, small improvements. Unless you're dead-set on shooting...

Reviewed.com

User Reviews

(229)
Reviewed 9 June 2013 by Redjacksmd
Redjacksmd would recommend the Canon Vixia / Legria HF G20 (Verified Purchase)

I bought the Canon Vixia HFG20 because my Nikon D5100 doesn't focus fast or good enough for me. I like taking videos as well as stills. I chose this camera mainly because of the viewfinder eye... Read more…

Reviewed 15 September 2013 by Discgolferace
Discgolferace would recommend the Canon Vixia / Legria HF G20 (Verified Purchase)

This camera has been amazing, I never thought my videos could look so good. I use it for disc golf videos, the quick zoom and clearness of a disc flying through the air at a high speed is better... Read more…

Reviewed 21 June 2013 by Privateye
Privateye would recommend the Canon Vixia / Legria HF G20 (Verified Purchase)

I purchased this camera to use in surveillance efforts as a private investigator. It has ample storage with the built in hard drive and two SD card slots which hold up to 32 gig cards. It has a... Read more…

Reviewed 9 May 2013 by Rtgilbreath
Rtgilbreath would recommend the Canon Vixia / Legria HF G20

I had some requirements for buying a camcorder. It had to look bigger than an average camcorder to get respect, but small enough to fit on my motorcycle. It had to give great video and audio in... Read more…

Reviewed 24 January 2014 by OneCameraEnthusiast
OneCameraEnthusiast would recommend the Canon Vixia / Legria HF G20 (Verified Purchase)

This camcorder is not for the casual user who likes to upload videos to Facebook or any other social media due to its large file size. This camcorder is for those who want to achieve high quality... Read more…

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