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Canon Vixia HF G20
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Canon Vixia HF G20 Camcorder

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reviewed.com Editor's Choice camcorderinfo.com Editor's Choice
2.37MP 1/3 620g Apr 2013
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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 decided that this Canon camcorder was outstanding.

Expert Reviews Are Excellent

On average, based on two expert reviews from sites including camcorderinfo.com and reviewed.com this camcorder has an overall expert rating of 98 out of 100. This puts this video camera in the top 1% of all the camcorders of this type and age when ranked by average expert review score.

User Reviews Are Excellent

On average, people who bought this Canon camcorder rated it as outstanding.

Canon Has Excellent Reviews for Its Video Cameras

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

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Good Technical Features

One person who reviewed it said that it had good features. Expert website Camcorderinfo.com wrote in their Canon Vixia HF G20 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 product 5 stars.

Good Support

One Canon Vixia HF G20 reviewer wrote that the Canon Vixia HF G20 had good technical guidance.

Good Product Quality

One customer concluded that the product was good quality. Videomaker.com wrote “Excellent video quality” in their review.

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 are a comparable age to it.

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Quite Large Screen Size

With a screen size of 3.5 inches, the Canon Vixia HF G20 has a quite large screen size compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and type. The smallest screen size of camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 1.4", the largest is 4.3", and the average screen size is 2.9".

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other video cameras of this age and type, the Vixia HF G20 is Full HD.

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

The Vixia HF G20 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/3". That's 94% more optical sensor size than a 1/5.8" camcorder, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size. 4.80 x 3.60mm.

A 1/3" optical sensor size is in fact the best optical sensor size amongst all small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

The worst optical sensor size across comparable types of camcorder 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. Most of the small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF G20 only have one memory card slot, however this Canon camcorder has two memory card slots.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Canon Vixia HF G20 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to it. Most small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it support an SD memory card. This Canon video camera also 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 video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type across all similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Vixia HF G20.

A MicroSD (Transflash) memory card 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 Exposure Mode

The number of exposure modes found on the Vixia HF G20 is more than most video cameras of a comparable age and type to it. The most frequently found exposure mode is Auto, but this exposure mode is not found on this camcorder. The exposure modes Manual are also found on this Canon video camera.

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Has Six Scene Modes

The number of scene modes found on the Canon Vixia HF G20 is more than most comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago. This video camera has an Spotlight scene mode, which is the most frequently found scene mode found on video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Vixia HF G20. The scene modes "Beach", "Fireworks", "Night", "Portrait" and "Sunset" are also found on this Canon video camera.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

The average display resolution of small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF G20 is 360,000 pixels. The Vixia HF G20 has one of the higher display resolutions (922,000 pixels) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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Fairly Big Maximum Fash Memory Capacity

Small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years have maximum fash memory capacities of between 4GB and 120GB. At 32 gigabytes, the Vixia HF G20 has a quite big maximum fash memory capacity compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Vixia HF G20.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Vixia HF G20 has a built-in display. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the Vixia HF G20 also have a built-in display.

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Fairly Long Video Recording Time

The Vixia HF G20 has one of the longer video recording times (12.4 hours) amongst comparable spec camcorders of this age. Across all the camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the Vixia HF G20 the video recording times range from 1h to 95h, and the average video recording time is 12h.

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Quite Small Minimum Illumination

At only 0.1 lux, the Vixia HF G20 has a very small minimum illumination compared to most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years. The smallest minimum illumination of video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 0.1lx and the biggest is 7lx.

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11 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Vixia HF G20 does not have an image stabiliser. Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec do have an image stabiliser.

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Does Not Have an HDMI Port

The Canon Vixia HF G20 does not have an HDMI port, unlike most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF G20 which have an HDMI port.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

At only 10 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF G20 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years. Across all the camcorders that came out around the same time as the Vixia HF G20 the optical zooms range from 10x to 78x.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most camcorders of a comparable age and type to the Vixia HF G20 do not have an interchangeable lens. The Vixia HF G20 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Heavy

Across all the similar spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Vixia HF G20 the weights range from 57g to 3.9kg. With a weight of 620 grams, the Canon Vixia HF G20 is quite heavy compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the Vixia HF G20.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF G20 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 Compatible

The Canon Vixia HF G20 is not 3D compatible, although keep in mind that most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Vixia HF G20 are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most video cameras of a similar age and type 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 Vixia HF G20 is not waterproof, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years are also not waterproof.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Value

The maximum aperture values of small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the Vixia HF G20 range from 1.8 to 22. The Canon Vixia HF G20 has a fairly low maximum aperture value (only 2.8) compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Vixia HF G20.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of only 2.07 megapixels, the Canon Vixia HF G20 has a fairly low megapixel count compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago. The lowest megapixel count of camcorders of a similar spec and age to the Vixia HF G20 is 1.1MP, the highest is 10MP, and the average megapixel count is 2.4MP.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Canon Vixia HF G20

Released Over Three Years Ago

This video camera has been on the market for over three years.

Average Digital Zoom

At 200 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF G20 has a relatively average digital zoom compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched 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 the most commonly found sensor type on small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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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
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc 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
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder Resolution
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio System
Microphone Connection
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI 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

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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