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Canon XA20 Camcorder

3.09MP 1/2.84 765g Apr 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
20x Zoom Wide Angle Canon HD Video LensCapture more than ever thanks to the XA20's stunning new 26.8mm wide angle lens. A 20x zoom gets you closer to the action, while Dynamic Optical Image... More
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Canon XA20 Camcorder
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Canon XA20 Camcorder Review

23 Reasons For

Excellent Brand

We checked 1,422 owner and expert reviews for Canon video cameras and found that on average Canon has excellent ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Canon has excellent ratings specifically for its small total megapixels video cameras.

Good Quality Lens

One Canon XA20 reviewer who reviewed the product thought it had a good image stabiliser. Mavignier rated this camcorder 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “Stabiliser is excellent and the zoom reaches far with only one stop of light difference”.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Fairly Large Maximum Memory Card Size

At 128 gigabytes, the Canon XA20 has a quite large maximum memory card size compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the XA20. The average maximum memory card size of comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 67GB, and the maximum memory card sizes range from 8GB to 130GB.

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Fairly Large Display Diagonal

Comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the XA20 have display diagonals of between 1.4" and 4.3", and the average display diagonal is 2.9". With a display diagonal of 3.5 inches, the Canon XA20 has a quite large display diagonal compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

Other 3.5" screen size video cameras currently available which you might also want to look at include the Canon XA10[plb_1476816_price] which has better reviews.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Canon XA20 is Full HD. Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec are not Full HD.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The Canon XA20 has an HDMI. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as the XA20 also have an HDMI.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other camcorders with an HDMI currently available including the Canon XA10[plb_1476816_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other video cameras that were released around the same time as the XA20, the Canon XA20 has an image stabilizer.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with an image stabilizer and we think the Canon XA10[plb_1476816_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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1/2.84" Optical Sensor Size

The Canon XA20 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/2.84". That's 38% more optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/3.91". The worst optical sensor size of all similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the XA20 is 2/3" and the best is 1/1.3".

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DIGIC DV IV Image Processor

The Canon XA20 has a better image processor than most small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This video camera has a DIGIC DV IV image processor, whereas most video cameras that were released more than two years ago have a DIGIC DV II image processor.

This camcorder's image processor (DIGIC DV IV) is actually the best image processor amongst all video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the XA20.

Amongst similar types of camcorder the worst image processor is DIGIC DV II.

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Two Memory Slotss

The Canon XA20 has more memory slotss than most of the video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the XA20. Most of the comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago only have one memory slots, however this Canon camcorder has two memory slotss.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Canon XA20 supports a better memory card type than most video cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This Canon camcorder supports an SDXC compatible memory cards, whereas most small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to it support an SD compatible memory cards. This camcorder also 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 in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all small total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

Amongst comparable types of video camera the worst supported memory card type is MicroSD (Transflash).

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

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Very High Display Resolution (numeric)

At 1,230,000 pixel, the Canon XA20 has a very high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the XA20. Across all the comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the XA20 the display resolution (numeric)s range from 1.2 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 330,000 pixels.

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Lithium Battery Technology

This video camera has a Lithium battery technology, which is typical of many video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Has Eight Scene Modess

The number of scene modes found on the Canon XA20 is more than most camcorders that came out more than two years ago. This Canon camcorder has an Spotlight scene modes, which is the most commonly found scene modes found on small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the XA20. The scene modess "Beach", "Fireworks", "Night", "Portrait", "Snow", "Sports" and "Sunset" are also found on this camcorder.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Canon XA20 has a built-in display, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the XA20.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with a built-in display and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon XA10[plb_1476816_price] is also worth considering.

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1080p Supported Video Modes

This video camera has a 1080p|720p supported video modes, which is typical of many video cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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Fairly Big Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

The bitrate at maximum video resolutions of similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the XA20 range from 2.5 Mbit/s to 50 Mbit/s. The Canon XA20 has a fairly big bitrate at maximum video resolution (28 megabits per second) compared to most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to the XA20.

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Fairly High Effective Megapixels (movie)

The effective megapixels (movie)s of similar spec camcorders that came out more than two years ago range from 0.41MP to 1,300,000MP. The Canon XA20 has a very high effective megapixels (movie) (2.91 megapixels) compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the XA20.

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Fairly High Effective Megapixels (image)

The lowest effective megapixels (image) of small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years is 1.1MP and the highest is 10MP. The Canon XA20 has a fairly high effective megapixels (image) (2.91 megapixels) compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years range from 10mm to 44mm. The Canon XA20 has one of the shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s (only 26.8 millimeters) amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age.

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Has Seven White Balances

The Canon XA20 has a greater number of white balance modes than most small total megapixels video cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This camcorder has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on video cameras of a comparable age and type to the XA20. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Fluorescent H", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon camcorder.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

With a minimum illumination of only 0.1 lux, the Canon XA20 has one of the smaller minimum illuminations amongst similar spec camcorders of this age. Camcorders of this type and age have minimum illuminations of between 0.1lx and 7lx, and the average minimum illumination is 1.9lx.

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14 Reasons Against

User Reviews Are Poor

Owners have rated this video camera on average 60%. It seems that owners really don't rate this camcorder very highly.

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Canon XA20 does not have an interchangeable lens, although this is within the context that most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as the XA20 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Only Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The Canon XA20 has a greater number of audio formats than most video cameras of a similar age and type to it. The most commonly supported audio formats supported is AAC++, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this camcorder. The audio formats supporteds AAC are also supported by this Canon video camera.

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Only 2136 X 1362 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the Canon XA20 is 2136 x 1362 pixels. That's 3% less maximum image resolution than a 2304 x 1296 pixels video camera, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution. The maximum image resolution of all similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the XA20 ranges from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 6592 x 3712 pixels (best).

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Canon XA20 does not have a night mode, although it is worth noting that most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the XA20 also do not have a night mode.

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Heavy

At 765 grams, the Canon XA20 is quite heavy compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years. Across all the similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the XA20 the weights range from 57g to 3.9kg.

Alternative camcorders with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Canon XA10[plb_1476816_price] (775g) which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

The Canon XA20 is not 3D. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years are also not 3D.

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Not Waterproof

The Canon XA20 is not waterproof. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the XA20 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most video cameras of a similar type and age to the XA20 do not have a built-in projector. The Canon XA20 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Number

At only 2.8, the Canon XA20 has a quite low maximum aperture number compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec. The lowest maximum aperture number of video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the XA20 is 1.8 and the highest is 11.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the XA20 is 22mm, the longest is 2,700mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 1,200mm. The Canon XA20 has one of the shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s (only 576 millimeters) amongst camcorders of this age.

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Very Small Viewfinder Screen Size

Small total megapixels video cameras that were launched more than two years ago have viewfinder screen sizes of between 0.24" and 0.52". At only 0.24 inches, the Canon XA20 has a fairly small viewfinder screen size compared to most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Big Closest Focusing Distance

The average closest focusing distance of video cameras of a similar age and spec to the XA20 is 0.15m, and the closest focusing distances range from 0.01m to 1m. The Canon XA20 has a fairly big closest focusing distance (0.6 meters) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

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Pricey

The cheapeast camcorders of a comparable type and age that we found costs £31 and the most expensive costs £3,087. We think that this Canon video camera looks expensive for a camcorder of a comparable age and type.

5 Other reasons to consider the Canon XA20

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Canon released the XA20.

Average Digital Zoom

At 400 times zoom factor, the Canon XA20 has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 20 times zoom factor, the Canon XA20 has a relatively average optical zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Average Video Recording Time

With a video recording time of 10.1 hours, the Canon XA20 has a relatively standard video recording time compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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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
Image Stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Aperture Number
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Maximum Aperture Number
Filter Size
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
Light Exposure Modes
Light Exposure Correction
Light Metering
White Balance
White Balance
Shutter
Shutter Speed (video)
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour of Product
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
HD-Ready
Analog Signal Format System
Pre-Record
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
PCM Digital Audio
Audio System
Microphone Connectivity
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
S-Video Out
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
XLR in
USB Connector Type
Mini-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Headphone Connectivity
Networking
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Standards
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Battery Technology
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Handheld Remote Control
Warranty Card
Lens Hood

Expert Reviews

6 August 2013

Wer auf XLR-Anschlüsse angewiesen ist, bekommt mit der XA20 ein solides Arbeitstier mit einem extrem vielseitigen Objektiv in einem interessanten Preissegment geboten, das jedoch keine...

User Reviews

(10)
Reviewed 25 January 2014 by WorldofYPod

This product has a serious problem with it's hardware which results in it being unable to cope with camera flashes going off. Search YouTube for "Canon XA20 Problem" and you'll see examples of... Read more…

Reviewed 26 January 2015 by Madalin Neacsu

Excellent camera for Weddings and News with the new Firmware update. Had some issues with it's previous Firmware but now is working fantastic!!

Reviewed 6 April 2014 by Mavignier

I am using it together with a Canon 5D MK3 and its quite easy to edit both together. Stabiliser is excellent and the zoom reaches far with only one stop of light difference. 5 configurable buttons... Read more…

Reviewed 26 January 2015 by Madalin Neacsu "DJ MAGOON"

Excellent camera for Weddings and News with the new Firmware update. Had some issues with it's previous Firmware but now is working fantastic!!!

Reviewed 26 January 2015 by Madalin Neacsu

Excellent camera for Weddings and News with the new Firmware update. Had some issues with it's previous Firmware but now is working fantastic!!

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