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Canon XA20 Camcorder

3.09MP 1/2.84 765g Apr 2013
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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 Has Excellent Reviews for Its Camcorders

Canon is one of the best video camera manufacturers according to average reviews from experts and owners, and Canon also has excellent ratings for its small sensor size camcorders.

Good Quality Lens

One customer wrote in their reviews that the Canon XA20 had a good image stabiliser. Mavignier mentioned on Amazon “Stabiliser is excellent and the zoom reaches far with only one stop of light difference” in their review of this camcorder and rated this camcorder 5 stars.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Quite Large Maximum Memory Card Size

The average maximum memory card size of small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago is 67GB. The Canon XA20 has a quite large maximum memory card size (128 gigabytes) compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the XA20.

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Fairly Large Screen Size

The screen sizes of camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the XA20 range from 1.4" to 4.3". At 3.5 inches, the Canon XA20 has a quite large screen size compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the XA20.

We compared this video camera to all the other 3.5" screen size video cameras and we think the Canon Legria HF G30 ($1,189.00) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Canon XA20 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the XA20.

Alternative camcorders with an HDMI port currently available that you might want to consider include the Canon Legria HF G30 ($1,189.00) which has better reviews.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Canon XA20 is Full HD, as are most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the XA20.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative Full HD camcorders currently available including the Canon Legria HF G30 ($1,189.00) which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the XA20, the Canon XA20 has an image stabiliser.

There are a number of alternative video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available that you might also want to look at including the Canon Legria HF G30 ($1,189.00) which has better reviews.

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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 1% more optical sensor size than a 1/2.88" video camera, which is the most common optical sensor size. The best optical sensor size of all camcorders of this age and type is 1/1.3" and the worst is 2/3".

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DIGIC DV IV Image Processor

The Canon XA20 has a better image processor than most video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This video camera has a DIGIC DV IV image processor, whereas most small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago have a DIGIC DV II image processor.

A DIGIC DV IV image processor is in fact the best image processor across all video cameras of a comparable age and type to the XA20.

Across comparable types of video camera the worst image processor is DIGIC DV II.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Canon XA20 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it. In addition, this Canon camcorder 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 in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the XA20.

Amongst similar 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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Two Memory Card Slots

The Canon XA20 is a two memory card slot camcorder. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the XA20 only have one memory card slot.

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Very High Display Resolution

Small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago have display resolutions of between 1.2 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels. The display resolution of the Canon XA20 of 1,230,000 pixel is one of the highest amongst small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the XA20.

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium battery, which is the most commonly found battery on camcorders of this spec and age.

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Has Eight Scene Modes

The Canon XA20 has a greater number of scene modes than most small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it. This video camera has an Spotlight scene mode, which is the most frequently found scene mode found on video cameras of this type and age. The scene modes "Beach", "Fireworks", "Night", "Portrait", "Snow", "Sports" and "Sunset" are also found on this Canon video camera.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the XA20, the Canon XA20 has a built-in display.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with a built-in display and we think the Canon Legria HF G30 ($1,189.00) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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1080p Video Mode

This video camera has a 1080p|720p video mode, which is typical of many camcorders of this age and spec.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The Canon XA20 has a greater number of white balance modes than most small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the XA20. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Fluorescent H", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon video camera.

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2136 X 1362 Pixels Video Resolution

The Canon XA20 supports a higher video resolution than most similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Canon video camera supports a 2136 x 1362 pixels video resolution, whereas most camcorders that were released more than two years ago support a 320 x 240 pixels video resolution. Across all video cameras of a similar age and type to the XA20 the worst video resolution is 320 x 176 pixels and the best is 4096 x 2160 pixels.

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± 3EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

The Canon XA20 has a ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction which is better than the ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction found on most video cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

A ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction is in fact the best light exposure correction amongst all video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

A ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction is the worst light exposure correction amongst similar types of video camera.

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Quite Big Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

The smallest bitrate at maximum video resolution of video cameras of a similar age and type to the XA20 is 2.5 Mbit/s, the biggest is 200 Mbit/s, and the average bitrate at maximum video resolution is 30 Mbit/s. The Canon XA20 has one of the bigger bitrates at maximum video resolution (28 megabits per second) amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age.

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Very High Movie Megapixel Count

Small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the XA20 have movie megapixel counts of between 0.41MP and 3MP. With a movie megapixel count of 2.91 megapixels, the Canon XA20 has a very high movie megapixel count compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite High Megapixel Count

Across all the similar spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years the megapixel counts range from 1.1MP to 10MP. The Canon XA20 has one of the higher megapixel counts (2.91 megapixels) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

The Canon XA20 has a fairly short minimum focal length (only 26.8 millimeters) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years. Video cameras of a comparable age and type to the XA20 have minimum focal lengths of between 10mm and 44mm, and the average minimum focal length is 33mm.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

At only 0.1 lux, the Canon XA20 has a fairly small minimum illumination compared to most of the other camcorders that were launched around the same time as the XA20. The average minimum illumination of video cameras that were released around the same time as the XA20 is 2.1lx, and the minimum illumination range from 0.1lx to 7lx.

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13 Reasons Against

Poor User Reviews

The average user rating of this Canon video camera is 60% based on 16 user reviews. That puts this Canon camcorder in the bottom 7% of all the camcorders of a comparable type and age.

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 camcorders of a similar age and spec to the XA20 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other camcorders that have been around for more than two years, the Canon XA20 does not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Canon XA20 does not have a built-in projector, although this is within the context that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the XA20 also do not have a built-in projector.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago are not 3D compatible. The Canon XA20 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Only 2136 X 1362 Pixels Maximum 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 video camera, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution. The worst maximum image resolution of all comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the XA20 is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 6592 x 3712 pixels.

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Heavy

At 765 grams, the Canon XA20 is quite heavy compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the XA20. Across all the small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the XA20 the weights range from 57g to 3.9kg.

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Not Waterproof

The Canon XA20 is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the XA20 are also not waterproof.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Value

With a maximum aperture value of only 2.8, the Canon XA20 has one of the lower maximum aperture values amongst comparable spec camcorders of this age. Across all the similar spec camcorders that came out around the same time as the XA20 the maximum aperture values range from 1.8 to 22, and the average maximum aperture value is 4.9.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length

Small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the XA20 have maximum focal lengths of between 22mm and 2,700mm, and the average maximum focal length is 1,100mm. With a maximum focal length of only 576 millimeters, the Canon XA20 has one of the shorter maximum focal lengths amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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Only Hybrid Image Stabiliser

The Canon XA20 has a Hybrid image stabiliser which is better than the Optical image stabiliser found on most camcorders of this age and spec. Hybrid image stabilisation combines optical and digital image stabilisation. Across all small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago the image stabiliser type ranges from Digital (worst) to Optical (best).

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Very Small Viewfinder Screen Size

At only 0.24 inches, the Canon XA20 has a quite small viewfinder screen size compared to most of the other video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the XA20. Small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago have viewfinder screen sizes of between 0.24" and 0.52".

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Quite Big Closest Focusing Distance

The average closest focusing distance of small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the XA20 is 0.16m, 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 small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the XA20.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Canon XA20

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this Canon camcorder was released.

Average Digital Zoom

The Canon XA20 has a fairly typical digital zoom (400 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 400x (digital) camcorders and we think the Canon Legria HF G30 ($1,189.00) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Canon XA20 has a relatively standard optical zoom (20 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

Alternative 20x (optical) camcorders currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF G30 ($1,189.00).

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Average Video Recording Time

At 10.1 hours, the Canon XA20 has a fairly standard video recording time compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the XA20.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a similar time to it.

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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
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Card Slot
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
Exposure Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Metering Type
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
PCM Digital Audio
Audio System
Microphone Connection
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
S-Video Out Port
Mini HDMI Port
USB Connector Type
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Socket
Networking
WiFi Type
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Battery
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Operating Relative Humidity Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included

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

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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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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon xa20, canon xa20e, canon 8453b002, canon 6363b001, canon 3573b001, canon 2384b001
Barcodes 00013803086737, 00013803110494, 00013803148596, 00013803217568, 00616932797064, 00628804153106, 00989898608867, 00989898610297, 00989898685516, 00989898688821, 00989898688937, 04960999977607, 04960999977706, 08714574605722, 08714574605739, 08714574605746, 08714574605777

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