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Canon Vixia HF G20
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Canon Vixia HF G20 Camcorder

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2.37MP 1/3 620g Apr 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
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

The reviewers at two expert review sites both said that this video camera was terrific and gave it their highest award. Camcorderinfo.com and Reviewed.com both gave this Canon camcorder an "Editor's Choice" award.

Expert Reviews Are Excellent

This Canon camcorder has an average expert rating of 98% based on two expert reviews from sites including camcorderinfo.com and reviewed.com. The video camera expert review sites think this Canon video camera is one of the very best video cameras of this age and type.

Excellent User Reviews

Based on 234 user reviews this small total megapixels video camera has a fantastic average user rating.

Canon Has Excellent Camcorder Reviews

We calculated the average ratings for all Canon video cameras and also specifically for Canon small total megapixels video cameras and found that in both cases Canon had excellent ratings.

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Good Technical Features

One Canon Vixia HF G20 reviewer who purchased it reckoned that it had good features. Camcorderinfo.com mentioned in their review “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 the Canon Vixia HF G20 5 stars.

Good Support

One person considered that the Canon Vixia HF G20 had good technical guidance.

Good Product Quality

One customer who reviewed the product considered that it was good quality. Videomaker.com wrote four years ago “Excellent video quality” .

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on comparable spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as it.

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Fairly Large Display Diagonal

The Vixia HF G20 has one of the larger display diagonals (3.5 inches) amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age. Across all the small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Vixia HF G20 the display diagonals range from 1.4" to 4.3", and the average display diagonal is 2.9".

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Full HD

Full HD

The Vixia HF G20 is Full HD, which is unusual. Most of the other camcorders of this age and type are not Full HD.

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Canon 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.

This video camera's optical sensor size (1/3") is actually the best optical sensor size across all camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the Vixia HF G20.

An 1/8" optical sensor size is the worst optical sensor size across comparable types of video camera.

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Two Memory Slotss

Most of the other camcorders that came out more than two years ago only have one memory slots, however the Vixia HF G20 has two memory slotss.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

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

An SDXC compatible memory cards is actually the best supported memory card type across all camcorders that came out around the same time as the Vixia HF G20.

A MicroSD (Transflash) compatible memory cards is the worst supported memory card type across similar types of video camera.

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

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Has One Light Exposure Modes

The Canon Vixia HF G20 has a greater number of exposure modes than most comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to it. The most frequently found light exposure modes is Auto, but this light exposure modes is not found on this Canon camcorder. The light exposure modess Manual are also found on this video camera.

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Has Six Scene Modess

The Canon Vixia HF G20 has a greater number of scene modes than most small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This video camera has an Spotlight scene modes, which is the most commonly found scene modes found on video cameras of this age and type. The scene modess "Beach", "Fireworks", "Night", "Portrait" and "Sunset" are also found on this camcorder.

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Very High Display Resolution (numeric)

The lowest display resolution (numeric) of video cameras of a similar type and age to the Vixia HF G20 is 1.2 pixels, the highest is 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 330,000 pixels. When compared to other camcorders of this spec and age that we have assessed the display resolution (numeric) of, the Vixia HF G20's display resolution (numeric) of 922,000 pixels is one of the highest.

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Fairly Big Flash Memory

With a flash memory of 32 gigabytes, the Vixia HF G20 has a fairly big flash memory compared to most of the other camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. The flash memorys of camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Vixia HF G20 range from 4GB to 120GB.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Vixia HF G20 has a built-in display, as do most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

Alternative camcorders which also have a built-in display that you might also want to look at include the 800[pl_2494042_price], or the Legria HF G30[pl_1564050_price] both from Canon.

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Fairly Long Video Recording Time

At 12.4 hours, the Vixia HF G20 has a fairly long video recording time compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age. Camcorders of a comparable type and age to the Vixia HF G20 have video recording times of between 1h and 95h, and the average video recording time is 12h.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

Across all the small total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as the Vixia HF G20 the minimum illuminations range from 0.1lx to 7lx. The Vixia HF G20 has a fairly small minimum illumination (only 0.1 lux) compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as the Vixia HF G20.

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12 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Canon Vixia HF G20 does not have an image stabilizer, unlike most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to the Vixia HF G20.

There are a number of other video cameras which also have an image stabilizer that you might also want to consider including the 800[pl_2494042_price], or the Legria HF G30[pl_1564050_price] both from Canon.

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Does Not Have an HDMI

The Vixia HF G20 does not have an HDMI. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the Vixia HF G20 do have an HDMI.

We think you might also be interested in other camcorders which also have an HDMI including the Legria HF G30[pl_1564050_price], or the XA10[pl_1476816_price] both from Canon.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

At only 10 times zoom factor, the Canon Vixia HF G20 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to the Vixia HF G20. Small total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as the Vixia HF G20 have optical zooms of between 10x and 78x.

Camcorders with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth looking at include the Canon 800[plb_2494042_price] (35x).

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Canon Vixia HF G20 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the Vixia HF G20 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of video cameras of this spec and age is 1.5x, the biggest is 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 800x. With a digital zoom of only 200 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF G20 has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

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Heavy

The weights of small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years range from 57g to 3.9kg, and the average weight is 480g. With a weight of 620 grams, the Vixia HF G20 is quite heavy compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

If you would consider a camcorder with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Legria HF G30[pl_1564050_price] (900g), or the XA10[pl_1476816_price] (775g) both from Canon.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most video cameras of this age and type do not have a night mode. The Vixia HF G20 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Not 3D

The Vixia HF G20 is not 3D. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Vixia HF G20 are also not 3D.

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Not Waterproof

The Vixia HF G20 is not waterproof, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the Vixia HF G20 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Vixia HF G20 does not have a built-in projector, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras that have been around for more than two years also do not have a built-in projector.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Number

The average maximum aperture number of comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the Vixia HF G20 is 4.5. With a maximum aperture number of only 2.8, the Vixia HF G20 has one of the lower maximum aperture numbers amongst camcorders of this age.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

The lowest effective megapixels (movie) of similar spec camcorders that came out more than two years ago is 0.41MP, the highest is 1,300,000MP, and the average effective megapixels (movie) is 19,000MP. At only 2.07 megapixels, the Canon Vixia HF G20 has a quite low effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Vixia HF G20.

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2 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.

CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on video cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Interchangeable Lens
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Aperture Number
Filter Size
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Flash Memory
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Normal Focusing Range
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
Light Exposure Modes
White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Camera Shutter Type
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour of Product
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Microphone Connectivity
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
S-Video Out
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
Mini-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Headphone Connectivity
Battery
Video Recording Time
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width

2 Awards

reviewed.com Editor's Choice camcorderinfo.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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Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 8063b002, canon 8063b007
Barcodes 00013803206432, 00138032064322

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