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Canon Vixia HF R20
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Canon Vixia HF R20 Camcorder

3.28MP 1/4.85 270g CMOS Aug 2011
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The Canon VIXIA HF R20 Flash Memory Camcorder is a perfect choice for those seeking ease of use, high performance function and good value. The VIXIA HF R20 has an 8GB internal flash drive,... More
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17 Reasons For

Canon Camcorders Have Excellent Reviews

Canon is one of the top rated camcorder brands according to average reviews from experts and users, and Canon also has excellent reviews for its small sensor size camcorders.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it had a good screen. Five years ago expert website About.com said in their Canon Vixia HF R20 review “It features a 3-inch touch-screen display, two memory card slots”.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many camcorders of this age and type.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Vixia HF R20 has an HDMI port. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age also have an HDMI port.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Vixia HF R20 is Full HD, as are most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other video cameras that were launched around the same time as the Vixia HF R20, the Vixia HF R20 has an image stabiliser.

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Two Memory Card Slots

The Vixia HF R20 has more memory card slots than most of the video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Vixia HF R20. This Canon video camera is a two memory card slot video camera compared to most of the camcorders of a similar type and age to the Vixia HF R20 which only have one memory card slot.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Vixia HF R20 supports a better memory card type than most small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago. This video camera supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago support an SD memory card. This camcorder 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).

An SDXC memory card is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the Vixia HF R20.

The worst supported memory card type across comparable types of video camera 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 Vixia HF R20 has a greater number of exposure modes than most small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to it. The most frequently found exposure mode is Auto, but this exposure mode is not found on this video camera. The exposure modes Manual are also found on this Canon video camera.

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Has Eight Scene Modes

The number of scene modes found on the Vixia HF R20 is more than most comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Canon camcorder has an Spotlight scene mode, which is the most commonly found scene mode found on small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. The scene modes "Beach", "Fireworks", "Night", "Portrait", "Snow", "Sports" and "Sunset" are also found on this video camera.

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

The average closest focusing distance of camcorders of this spec and age is 0.16m. At only 0.01 meters, the Vixia HF R20 has a fairly small closest focusing distance compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

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1/4.85" Optical Sensor Size

The Canon Vixia HF R20 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/4.85". That's 20% more optical sensor size than a 1/5.8" video camera, which is the most common optical sensor size. The worst optical sensor size of all similar spec video cameras that came out more than two years ago is 1/8" and the best is 1/3".

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The Vixia HF R20 has a greater number of white balance modes than most small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Vixia HF R20. The white balance modes "Daylight", "Manual" and "Tungsten" are also found on this camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many video cameras of this age and type.

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Has Three Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the Vixia HF R20 is more than most similar spec video cameras that were released around the same time as it. This video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago. The cables included "AV" and "HDMI" are also found on this Canon video camera.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

With a minimum illumination of only 0.4 lux, the Vixia HF R20 has one of the smaller minimum illumination amongst camcorders of this age. Camcorders of a comparable type and age to the Vixia HF R20 have minimum illumination of between 0.1lx and 7lx, and the average minimum illumination is 2.2lx.

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9 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

Based on two expert reviews from sites including about.com and parentesis.com this small sensor size camcorder has an average expert rating of 55%. That puts this Canon video camera in the bottom 9% of all the video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

Difficult to Use

One Canon Vixia HF R20 reviewer who bought the Canon Vixia HF R20 thought it did not have a good interface. About.com wrote in their review of the Canon Vixia HF R20 “If you can overlook a cumbersome touch screen interface - a somewhat big if, considering - you'll have an exce” but they rated it 70 out of 100.

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Vixia HF R20 does not have an interchangeable lens, although keep in mind that most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the Vixia HF R20 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Display

Most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the Vixia HF R20 have a built-in display, however the Vixia HF R20 does not have a built-in display.

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Only 1792 X 1344 Still Image Resolution

The Canon Vixia HF R20 supports a maximum still image resolution of 1792 x 1344. That's 71% less still image resolution than the most common still image resolution of 3840 x 2160. Video cameras that are a similar age to the Vixia HF R20 still image resolutions range from 640 x 360 to 6016 x 4016.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Vixia HF R20 does not have a night mode. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the Vixia HF R20 also do not have a night mode.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most video cameras that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF R20 are not 3D compatible. The Canon Vixia HF R20 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Vixia HF R20 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec also do not have a built-in projector.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the Vixia HF R20, the Vixia HF R20 is not waterproof.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Canon Vixia HF R20

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Vixia HF R20 has a relatively average screen size compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Released Over Five Years Ago

This camcorder has been on the market for over five years.

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 400 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF R20 has a pretty typical digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Average Weight

At 270 grams, the Canon Vixia HF R20 has a fairly average weight compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 20 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF R20 has a relatively average optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Average Video Recording Time

At 3 hours, the Canon Vixia HF R20 has a pretty typical video recording time compared to most of the other video cameras that were launched around the same time as the Vixia HF R20.

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Specification

User Ratings
Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Maximum Fash Memory Capacity
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Face Detection
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
Exposure Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Photo Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Camera
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Capture Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Pre-Record
Still Image
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
Composite Video Out Port
USB 2.0 Port
Microphone in Port
Component Video Out Port
PictBridge
Networking
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Quick Start Guide
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Stylus Pen
Other Features
Manual Exposure
Projector
Technical Details
Technical Details

Expert Reviews

(3)
24 August 2011

Late last June, we introduced you to the VIXIA FS400, one of Canon's most affordable camcorders. A simple and straightforward device, it was meant for beginners looking to try their hand at... Read more…

24 May 2011

Excellent ValueIt's remarkable to think that a camera with R20's specs costs only $499, but here we are (an upside the recession, I guess). If you can overlook a cumbersome touch screen interface...

3 December 2011

Si querías una cámara fácil de operar y que además ofrezca buena calidad de imagen a un precio razonable, el modelo Vixia (HF-R20) de Canon te va a funcionar...

La calidad de imagen que ofrece es muy buena y su precio es accesible
Su tamao es bastnte cmodo para llevarla a todas partes
Tiene muy poca capacidad de memoria (apenas 8GB), este problema se puede solucionar agregndole una tarjeta de memoria SD, pero no por eso deja de ser molesto el contar con una limitante en espacio de

User Reviews

(2)
Reviewed 23 August 2011 by Hellennus
Hellennus would recommend the Canon Vixia / Legria HF R20

This thing just blew me away with the quality of video and images. I only wish it had a flash for the camera and that the video format wasn't an oddball. The battery will last over an hour EASY if... Read more…

Reviewed 12 August 2011 by GamerChic
GamerChic would recommend the Canon Vixia / Legria HF R20

This camera makes great videos. Super easy to use. Highly recommend it!

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

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Barcodes 00989898610280, 04960999781327, 05035042050084, 05053973708799, 06947110944029
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