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Canon Vixia HF G20 Camcorder

2.37MP 1/3 620g Apr 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Two industry awards
Nice design
Poor connectivity
232 Reviews + 2 Awards
reviewed.com Editor's Choice camcorderinfo.com Editor's Choice

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Reviews

Two Industry Awards

This camcorder received an "Editor's Choice" award from both websites Camcorderinfo.com and Reviewed.com, both of which wrote that this Canon camcorder was terrific.

Excellent Expert Reviews

Two experts from sites including reviewed.com and camcorderinfo.com have rated this video camera on average 98 out of 100. This puts this small total megapixels camcorder in the top 1% of all the small total megapixels camcorders that came out more than two years ago when ranked by average expert review score.

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

Based on 234 owner reviews this video camera has a fantastic average owner rating. 148 reviewers (93% of all reviewers) gave this camcorder either 4 or 5 stars and 98% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Canon Has Good Camcorder Reviews

We checked 1,806 expert and user reviews (including 388 verified purchases) for Canon video cameras and found that on average Canon has good reviews compared to other brands. We also found that Canon has good reviews specifically for its small total megapixels camcorders. 96% of those that bought a Canon video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Camera

Very Small Minimum Illumination

The Vixia HF G20 has a fairly small minimum illumination (only 0.1 lux) compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera. The minimum illuminations of video cameras of a similar age and type to this camcorder range from 0.05lx to 7lx.

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Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Light

Like most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this video camera, the Vixia HF G20 does not have a built-in light.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Vixia HF G20 does not have a built-in flash. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camcorder also do not have a built-in flash.

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Lens System

Very Small Optical Zoom

At only 10 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF G20 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec. Small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago have optical zooms of between 10x and 78x.

If you would prefer a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Canon 800 (35x).

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Number

Across all the camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder the maximum aperture numbers range from 1.8 to 22. At only 2.8, the Canon Vixia HF G20 has a fairly low maximum aperture number compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 200 times zoom factor, the Canon Vixia HF G20 has a relatively average digital zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this video camera.

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Image Sensor

Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/3" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on small total megapixels camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

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Smart TV

Poor Connectivity

One owner who reviewed it reckoned that it did not have gps.


Power

Good Battery Life

Ten customers wrote in their reviews that this camcorder had a good battery life. Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Good battery life and storage” but even so they gave the product a score of 1 stars. Genef42 scored this camcorder 7 stars and mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Bought larger batteries for it along with 2 32gb SD cards so I have plenty of memory and plenty of battery power now”. Four years ago Bill mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Also a larger battery would be preferred” in his review of this camcorder.


Support

Good Technical Guidance

Nine customers reckoned that the product had good technical guidance. Eric mentioned in his review of the Canon Vixia HF G20 three years ago “It also has a lot of manual settings”. Bbj wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “Have a lot of fun in manual mode”. Victoria the Marketer said “The instruction manual is thorough”.


Good Screen

Ten people concluded that the product had a good screen. Three years ago Bhphotovideo.com said “Easy tu record good screen” in their Canon Vixia HF G20 review. Four years ago Rix Video wrote in their review of the Canon Vixia HF G20 “The plastic around the LCD screen seems a bit cheaper in feel as compared to the HF S11”. Mr. Incense mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “I am bummed that one needs $3,000 and up to take video that looks crisp on a large screen”.

Five customers who purchased it concluded that it had a good viewfinder. Three years ago Bhphotovideo.com wrote in their review of this camcorder “Also like the instant on feature when viewfinder is opened”. Buck the Hunter gave the product a rating of 7 stars and he said in his review of this camcorder on Bhphotovideo.com four years ago “The reasons I choose this camcorder were; separate viewfinder (on bright, sunny days I find this feature a must) the camcorder is larger”. Rix Video said in their review of this camcorder “The HF S11 lacked a viewfinder which I actually liked (not a huge fan”.

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Good Zoom

Sixteen people considered that this camcorder had a good zoom. Bestbuy.com said three years ago “Zoom rangeperformance” in their review of this camcorder. Bestbuy.com also said “200x dig zoom and good low light quality” in their review. Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Digital Zoom” in their review of this camcorder but in spite of that they gave the Canon Vixia HF G20 a rating of 18.8 out of 100.

Ten owners who reviewed this camcorder considered that it had a good autofocus. Four years ago Videomaker.com said in their review of this camcorder “Focus assist”. Bestbuy.com said in their review of this camcorder “No in and out focusing or picture jumpiness”. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Takes great in focus”.

Six people who reviewed this camcorder agreed that it had a good lens. Bestbuy.com mentioned in their Canon Vixia HF G20 review “That Bigwide Angle Lens”. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Lens size and light entry” in their review of this camcorder. Tim gave it a score of 5 stars and he mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “The lens hood works nicely” in his review of the Canon Vixia HF G20.

Two people considered that the product had a good image stabiliser. Bestbuy.com mentioned “Good Image Stabilization”. Four years ago Topbunk gave it a score of 6 stars and mentioned in their review of this camcorder “The image stabilizer is unbelievably good”.

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Battery

Fairly Long Video Recording Time

The Canon Vixia HF G20 has one of the longer video recording times (12.4 hours) amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age. Across all the camcorders of a similar spec and age to this camcorder the video recording times range from 1h to 95h, and the average video recording time is 18h.

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Design

Easy to Use

Seventy-six customers mentioned in their reviews that the Canon Vixia HF G20 was easy to use. Bestbuy.com mentioned in their review of the Canon Vixia HF G20 “Fairly easy to use” . Bestbuy.com also said “Easy to use for even teens” in their review. Bestbuy.com also wrote “Somewhat easy to use in auto mode” in their review.

Six owners who reviewed it mentioned that it was easy to use the menus. John Coryat scored the product 9 stars and he wrote on Bhphotovideo.com four years ago “The mic is very good and there are simple settings to adjust how the mic "sees" the audio”. Two years ago Mcduff mentioned in their Canon Vixia HF G20 review “Very nice image quality, menu control are pretty stright forward if you take the time of going through the menu”. Dporchas said in their review of this camcorder on Bestbuy.com four years ago “The touch LCD makes it fairly easy to navigate menus”.

Two customers who reviewed this camcorder reckoned that it was easy to setup. Three years ago Bhphotovideo.com said “Easy to set up”.

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Nice Design

Seventeen customers who reviewed it agreed that it was good looking. Forest Jones mentioned in his Canon Vixia HF G20 review “Beautiful picture”. Kelsey mentioned in her review of this camcorder “Still looks pretty good considering”. Jeffry the Director mentioned in his Canon Vixia HF G20 review “It transitions from low light to high intense light beautifully and the end product if very cinematic”.

Four owners said in their reviews that it was smooth. Curtis Lin wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “The machine is small yet steady, giving a smooth handle when panning”. Waterboy said in their review of this camcorder “The zoom is smooth and the stabilizer is excellent” and rated it 7 stars. Davis mentioned in his Canon Vixia HF G20 review on Bestbuy.com “It takes smooth crisp images/ video”.

One owner who reviewed it thought it was well designed. Mr. Incense wrote on Bhphotovideo.com three years ago “I basically like this camera, though the mini-shoe is a design debacle, despite its good intentions, as one needs an awkward adaptor to use most aftermarket mics”.

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Good Quality

Eighty people agreed that it was good quality. Bestbuy.com said “Excellent video quality” . Bestbuy.com also wrote “Picture quality is very good” in their review. Bestbuy.com also said “Video quality is amazing” in their review.

Robust

Ten customers who reviewed this camcorder concluded that it was well made. Vinnie gave it a score of 7 stars and she mentioned in her review of this camcorder on Bhphotovideo.com “I liked the built in hard drive, as well the 2 memory card slots”. Larry the Blogger mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “I would like to have had it built in” in his Canon Vixia HF G20 review. Four years ago Retiredmusicpro said “Assume the products are very similar in build with improvements” in their Canon Vixia HF G20 review.

Two people concluded that it was strong and durable. Rix Video mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com four years ago “Seems sturdy enough though” in their review of the Canon Vixia HF G20 and scored it 7 stars. Two years ago Hher06 wrote in their review of this camcorder “I love it that its small and durable” and rated it 8 stars.

One customer who reviewed it considered that it was reliable. Rtgilbreath said in their Canon Vixia HF G20 review on Bestbuy.com “It had to be dependable and easy to operate”.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Vixia HF G20 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this video camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has a Microphone in

The Canon Vixia HF G20 has a microphone in, as do most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Canon Vixia HF G20 has a headphone outputs, as do most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder.

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Does Not Support HDMI

The Vixia HF G20 does not support HDMI, unlike most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

It is worth also looking at other video cameras which also support HDMI including the Canon Legria HF G30 which also has a higher rating.

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Storage

Two Memory Slots

The Vixia HF G20 is a two memory slots camcorder.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Canon Vixia HF G20 is Full HD, as are most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative Full HD camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF G30.

If you want a video camera that is Full HD then you might also want to consider the Transcend DrivePro 200 ($99.99).

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Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3.5 inches, the Vixia HF G20 has one of the larger display diagonals amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age. Across all the small total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as this camcorder the display diagonals range from 1.4" to 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 Canon Legria HF G30 which has better reviews.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

The lowest display resolution (numeric) of video cameras of this spec and age is 23,000 pixels, the highest is 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 360,000 pixels. The Canon Vixia HF G20 has a fairly high display resolution (numeric) (922,000 pixels) compared to most of the other camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this camcorder.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Vixia HF G20 has a touchscreen. Most of the other camcorders that were launched around the same time as this camcorder also have a touchscreen.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Eight customers who reviewed the product agreed that it was lightweight. Drphil wrote “Esay to use Menus, Lightweight Professional style camera with small camera features”. Bill wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “It's smaller size, lightweight” in his review of the Canon Vixia HF G20. Four years ago Annivar wrote in their review of the Canon Vixia HF G20 on Bhphotovideo.com “It is lightweight and easy to operate making it an ideal camera for non-production experienced users”.

Four customers concluded that this camcorder was easy to carry around. Edgar wrote in his review of this camcorder “I use it in different venues thus it size makes it very easy to carry around”. Em scored it 8 stars and wrote three years ago “It's also very compact, so it's easy to carry around and capture candid, everyday moments”. Another Video Guy wrote “The camera is very light and easy to use”.

Three customers wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was compact. Kevin mentioned in his Canon Vixia HF G20 review on Bhphotovideo.com “It is compact and easy to use”. Swirley said on Bestbuy.com “I love this camera! It's very compact easy to use” in their review of this camcorder. Four years ago Poteve said “Great features and benefits in such a small compact camcorder”.

Two customers concluded that it was heavy and bulky. Txjr mentioned in their review of the Canon Vixia HF G20 on Bestbuy.com “Only negative is that it is heavier and bulkier than the old camera.” and gave this camcorder a score of 7 stars.

One customer who bought it reckoned that it was a good size. Peteyn wrote in their Canon Vixia HF G20 review “The LCD screen is a good size.”.

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Heavy

At 620 grams, the Canon Vixia HF G20 is quite heavy compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to this video camera. The weights of small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this video camera range from 57g to 3.9kg.

Camcorders with a heavier weight that might be worth considering include the Canon Legria HF G30 (900g) which is also higher rated.

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Features

Good Features

Twenty-eight people who reviewed it reckoned that it had good features. Bestbuy.com wrote “Included features” in their review of this camcorder. Expert website Camcorderinfo.com said “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” in their review of the Canon Vixia HF G20. Knight wrote in their review of the Canon Vixia HF G20 on Walmart.com “The camcorder job was done all by myself and this is a camcorder LOADED with pro features that allows an easy use to get professional results” and rated it 6 stars.


Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

This small total megapixels camcorder has been on the market since April 2017.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 8063b007, canon 8063b002
Barcodes 00013803206432, 00138032064322

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