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Canon XA20 Camcorder

3.09MP 1/2 765g Jun 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Very large maximum memory card size
User reviews are poor
Not good in terms of size
12 Reviews

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Reviews

User Reviews Are Poor

Owners have rated this video camera on average 64%. If all the camcorders of this age and type are ranked by average user review score then this camcorder is in the bottom 7%.

Good Brand

Based on 1,849 owner and expert reviews (including 392 verified purchases), Canon has good reviews for its video cameras. Canon also has good reviews specifically within its small total megapixels video cameras range compared to other brands. 96% of those that bought a Canon camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Weight & Dimensions

Not Good in Terms of Size

Two customers who reviewed this camcorder agreed that it was heavy and bulky. Website Amazon.co.uk said in their review of this camcorder “The heavy duty mop pad curls under the mop, along the front, during use” but even so they still gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5. They also wrote “It absolutely does not stay in place during heavy moping” in their review.

Heavy and Bulky

Two customers who reviewed this camcorder agreed that it was heavy and bulky. Website Amazon.co.uk said in their review of this camcorder “The heavy duty mop pad curls under the mop, along the front, during use” but even so they still gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5. They also wrote “It absolutely does not stay in place during heavy moping” in their review.

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Heavy

The weights of camcorders of a similar age and type to this video camera range from 57g to 3.9kg, and the average weight is 450g. With a weight of 765 grams, the Canon XA20 is quite heavy compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camcorder.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

This Canon video camera has been on the market since June 2013.


Features

Good Features

Two customers mentioned in their reviews that it had good features. Website Amazon.co.uk wrote three years ago “Excellent Computer, very fast and lots of features”. They also said “Nice features” in their review.


Storage

Very Large Maximum Memory Card Size

The maximum memory card size of the Canon XA20 of 128 gigabytes is one of the largest amongst small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camcorder. The average maximum memory card size of video cameras of a similar type and age to this video camera is 64GB.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 128GB maximum memory card size camcorders currently available including the Canon XF105 (£1,999), the JVC GZ-E105BEU, or the Zoom Q4 (£199.99) which all of have better reviews.

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Two Memory Slots

The Canon XA20 is a two memory slots camcorder. Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec have between one and two memory slots.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Canon XA20 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including because of their better review scores, the Vixia HF M40, or the Vixia HF R40 both from Canon or the Sharp HC-V130.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 400 times zoom factor, the Canon XA20 has a relatively average digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 400x (digital) camcorders currently available including the Canon Legria HF G30 (£757.34) which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the HC-X909 (700x and higher rated), or the HDC-TM900 (700x and higher rated) both from Panasonic or the Canon Vixia HF R400 (1,060x and higher rated).

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Average Optical Zoom

At 20 times zoom factor, the Canon XA20 has a fairly typical optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that have been available for a similar time to this video camera.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 20x (optical) video cameras currently available including because of their better review scores, the Legria HF G30 (£757.34), or the XM2 both from Canon.

Camcorders with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth considering include the AG-AC160 (£417.60) (22x and higher rated), or the HC-X909 (23x and higher rated) both from Panasonic or the Sony HDR-PJ230/B (27x and higher rated).

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Quite High Maximum Aperture Number

The Canon XA20 has a fairly high maximum aperture number (8) compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to this video camera. The maximum aperture numbers of camcorders that have been around for a similar time to this camcorder range from 1.8 to 22, and the average maximum aperture number is 4.5.

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Display

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

The Canon XA20 has a quite large display diagonal (3.5 inches) compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec. The smallest display diagonal of small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this video camera is 1.4", the largest is 4.3", and the average display diagonal is 2.9".

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 3.5" screen size video cameras currently available including the Legria HF G10, or the XF105 (£1,999) both from Canon or the Sony HXR-NX3 (£3,086.34) which all of have better reviews.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Canon XA20 has a vari-angle LCD display. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age also have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Very High Display Resolution (numeric)

When compared to other video cameras of a similar spec and age to this camcorder that we have checked, the display resolution (numeric) of the Canon XA20 of 1,230,000 pixel is one of the highest. The lowest display resolution (numeric) of video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder is 23,000 pixels and the highest is 1,300,000 pixels.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Canon XA20 has a touchscreen, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to this camcorder.

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Ports & Interfaces

Does Not Support HDMI

The Canon XA20 does not support HDMI. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age do support HDMI.

Alternative video cameras which also support HDMI that you might want to look at include the Canon Vixia HF M40, the Panasonic HC-V110, or the Sony HDR-PJ230/B.

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Has an XLR in

The Canon XA20 has an XLR in. Most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to this camcorder also have an XLR in.

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Has a Microphone in

The Canon XA20 has a microphone in. Most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camcorder also have a microphone in.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The Canon XA20 has a DC-in jack, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Canon XA20 has a headphone outputs, as do most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Canon XA20 is Full HD. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera also are Full HD.

It may also be worth considering one of the other Full HD video cameras currently available including the Vixia HF M40, or the XF200 both from Canon or the Panasonic HC-V110 which all of have better reviews.

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HD-Ready

The Canon XA20 is HD-Ready, as are most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to this camcorder.

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Features Pre-Record Function

The Canon XA20 features pre-record function. Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec also feature pre-record function.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 360|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolutions on small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Image Sensor

Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/2.84" optical sensor size, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Fairly High Effective Megapixels (movie)

Across all the similar spec camcorders that were released around the same time as this video camera the effective megapixels (movie) range from 0.41MP to 4.5MP. At 2.91 megapixels, the Canon XA20 has a very high effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to this camcorder.

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Quite High Effective Megapixels (image)

The effective megapixels (image) of video cameras that were released around the same time as this video camera range from 1.1MP to 16MP. The Canon XA20 has a quite high effective megapixels (image) (2.91 megapixels) compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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3.09 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is a 3.09 megapixels sensor video camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 3.09MP sensor camcorders currently available including the Canon Legria HF G30 (£757.34) which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a video camera with a bigger total megapixels then you might want to look at the Legria HF R56 (£100) (3.2MP and higher rated), or the Legria HF R57 (3.2MP and higher rated) both from Canon or the Aiptek Car Camcorder X5 (£111.35) (3.1MP and higher rated).

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Price

Good Value for Money

Three people who reviewed the Canon XA20 considered that it was good value for money. Three years ago website Amazon.co.uk said “Great price, decent picture” and rated it 5 stars out of 5. They also wrote “Sale price saved 20” in their review. And also mentioned “Low cost”.


Networking

Features Wi-Fi

The Canon XA20 features wi-Fi. Most of the other camcorders that were launched around the same time as this camcorder also feature wi-Fi.

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Packaging Content

Has a Handheld Remote Control

The Canon XA20 has a handheld remote control. Most of the other camcorders that have been around for more than two years do not have a handheld remote control.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The Canon XA20 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as this camcorder also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Canon XA20 has a batteries included. Most of the other video cameras of this age and type also have a batteries included.

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Still Image

Only 2136 X 1362 Pixels Image Resolution

The Canon XA20 has a maximum maximum image resolution of 2136 x 1362 pixels. That's 52% more maximum image resolution than a 1600 x 1200 pixels camcorder, which is the most common maximum image resolution. The worst maximum image resolution of all camcorders of a comparable age and spec to this video camera is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 6784 x 3816 pixels.

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Battery

Average Video Recording Time

The Canon XA20 has a relatively standard video recording time (10.1 hours) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

If you would prefer a video camera with a longer video recording time then you might want to look at the XF105 (£1,999) (10.4h and higher rated), or the Vixia HF G20 (12.4h and higher rated) both from Canon or the JVC GZ-R310 (£267.99) (11.5h and higher rated).

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Camera

Very Small Minimum Illumination

The Canon XA20 has one of the smaller minimum illuminations (only 0.1 lux) amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age. The smallest minimum illumination of small total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as this camcorder is 0.05lx and the biggest is 1,400lx.

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Viewfinder

Very Small Viewfinder Screen Size

With a viewfinder screen size of only 0.24 inches, the Canon XA20 has one of the smaller viewfinder screen sizes amongst video cameras of this age. The smallest viewfinder screen size of video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera is 0.24", the largest is 2.8", and the average viewfinder screen size is 0.72".

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Focusing

Quite Big Closest Focusing Distance

Across all the small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder the closest focusing distances range from 0.0005m to 20m. At 0.6 meters, the Canon XA20 has a fairly big closest focusing distance compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were released around the same time as this video camera.

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Design

Good Quality

Five customers mentioned in their reviews that the product was good quality. Website Amazon.co.uk wrote “Video quality is VERY good” in their Canon XA20 review and rated it 5 stars out of 5. They also mentioned “High quality video capture with good software” in their review. And also wrote “All parts and accessories are good, seems to operate ok, downloads only to PC, quality good for its size”.

Easy to Setup

Two people considered that it was easy to setup. Website Amazon.co.uk mentioned “Ultra fast desktop, easy to setup and handle”.

Two people who reviewed the product reckoned that it was easy to use. Website Amazon.co.uk wrote three years ago “Fantastically portable, small, easy to use” and scored the product 5 stars out of 5. They also mentioned “Solid, easy to fill tank, comes with 2 sets of 2 pads each, does not flood the floors, has a handy scrubbing brush” in their review.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00013803217568, 04960999977607, 04960999977706, 08714574605722, 08714574605739, 08714574605746, 08714574605777

Canon XA20 Review Sources

To prepare this Canon XA20 review we compared this camcorder to 576 other models. For each camcorder that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 138,553 product attributes, 23,579 camcorder reviews and 1,695,800 historical camcorder prices from 164 camcorder retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this camcorder compared to the other models as well as any areas where this camcorder is lacking.

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