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Canon XA20 Camcorder

3.09MP 1/2 765g Jun 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
User reviews are poor
Not strong and durable
Not compact
12 Reviews

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Reviews

Canon Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

We checked 1,806 owner and expert reviews (including 388 verified purchases) for Canon video cameras and found that on average Canon has good reviews compared to other manufacturers. 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.

User Reviews Are Poor

People who bought this camcorder rated this camcorder 64 out of 100 on average. This means that users really don't rate this video camera very highly.


Networking

Features Wi-Fi

The Canon XA20 features wi-Fi, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to this video camera.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

This video camera has been on the market since April 2017.


Focusing

Quite Big Closest Focusing Distance

Small total megapixels camcorders that were launched more than two years ago have closest focusing distances of between 0.0005m and 20m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.78m. The Canon XA20 has a fairly big closest focusing distance (0.6 meters) compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as this camcorder.

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Viewfinder

Very Small Viewfinder Screen Size

The smallest viewfinder screen size of video cameras of a comparable age and type to this video camera is 0.24", the largest is 2.8", and the average viewfinder screen size is 0.64". The Canon XA20 has one of the smaller viewfinder screen sizes (only 0.24 inches) amongst video cameras of this age.

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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 71% less maximum image resolution than the most common maximum image resolution of 3680 x 2760 pixels. Across all camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this camcorder the worst maximum image resolution is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 6784 x 3816 pixels.

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Audio

Unacceptable Noise Level

One owner considered that it was noisy. Hornet mentioned three years ago “Sound is really clear and loud (although it sounds slightly crackled when it's on maximum volume” but even so they still scored this camcorder the highest possible rating of 5 stars.


Camera

Very Small Minimum Illumination

The minimum illuminations of small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago range from 0.05lx to 7lx, and the average minimum illumination is 1.8lx. With a minimum illumination of only 0.1 lux, the Canon XA20 has one of the smaller minimum illuminations amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age.

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Image Sensor

Fairly High Effective Megapixels (movie)

The effective megapixels (movie) of the Canon XA20 of 2.91 megapixels is one of the highest amongst video cameras that have been available for more than two years. The effective megapixels (movie) of camcorders of this spec and age range from 0.41MP to 4.5MP.

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Fairly High Effective Megapixels (image)

With an effective megapixels (image) of 2.91 megapixels, the Canon XA20 has one of the higher effective megapixels (image) amongst video cameras of this age. The lowest effective megapixels (image) of video cameras of this type and age is 1.1MP, the highest is 10MP, and the average effective megapixels (image) is 2.4MP.

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Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/2.84" optical sensor size, which is typical of many comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an XLR in

The Canon XA20 has an XLR in, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camcorder.

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Has a Microphone in

The Canon XA20 has a microphone in. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type 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 video cameras of this type and age.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Canon XA20 has a headphone outputs, as do most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

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Does Not Support HDMI

The Canon XA20 does not support HDMI, unlike most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to this camcorder.

There are a number of alternative camcorders which also support HDMI that you might want to look at including the Canon Vixia HF M40, the Panasonic HC-V250 ($480.99), or the JVC GZ-E100 which also has a higher rating.

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Good Quality Lens

One owner who reviewed it considered that it had a good zoom. Mavignier scored this camcorder the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said on Amazon “Stabiliser is excellent and the zoom reaches far with only one stop of light difference”.

Does Not Have a Good Screen

Two people who reviewed it agreed that it did not have a good screen. Amazon.co.uk mentioned “On a screen this size it is fine for TV”. Three years ago Hornet wrote “Picture quality is really impressive as the screen is not dark like some other monitors sold out there” but even so they still scored it a maximum of 5 stars.


Packaging Content

Has a Handheld Remote Control

The Canon XA20 has a handheld remote control, which is unusual. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago 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 came out more than two years ago also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Canon XA20 has a batteries included, as do most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as this video camera.

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Weight & Dimensions

Heavy and Bulky

Three customers agreed that this camcorder was heavy and bulky. Three years ago Amazon.co.uk said “As everyone points out, you must purchase the annual and expensive subscription to access important camera functionality, Powerline adapters are bulky, Unrealiable” but they still rated it a maximum of 5 stars. Amazon.co.uk also wrote “It absolutely does not stay in place during heavy moping” in their review.

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Not Compact

Three customers agreed that this camcorder was heavy and bulky. Three years ago Amazon.co.uk said “As everyone points out, you must purchase the annual and expensive subscription to access important camera functionality, Powerline adapters are bulky, Unrealiable” but they still rated it a maximum of 5 stars. Amazon.co.uk also wrote “It absolutely does not stay in place during heavy moping” in their review.

One customer considered that it was not compact. Amazon.co.uk wrote in their review of this camcorder “I wish the handle twisted 90 degrees for compact storage (but show me one mop that does that”.

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Heavy

The lightest video camera of this type and age is 57g weight and the heaviest is 3.9kg. With a weight of 765 grams, the Canon XA20 is one of the heavier video cameras of this type and age amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age.

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Features

Good Features

Two owners who purchased it considered that it had good features. Amazon.co.uk scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said “Excellent Computer, very fast and lots of features” in their Canon XA20 review. Amazon.co.uk also mentioned “Nice features” in their review.


Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Canon XA20 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

There are a number of alternative video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might also want to consider including the Vixia HF M40, or the Vixia HF R40 both from Canon or the Sharp HC-V130 which has better reviews.

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Fairly High Maximum Aperture Number

The Canon XA20 has a quite high maximum aperture number (8) compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to this video camera. The average maximum aperture number of similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 4.6, and the maximum aperture numbers range from 1.8 to 22.

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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 camcorders of a comparable spec and age to this camcorder.

Other 400x (digital) video cameras currently available which you might also want to consider include the Canon Legria HF G30 which has better reviews.

Camcorders with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth looking at include the Vixia HF R400 (1,060x and higher rated), or the Vixia HF R40 (1,060x and higher rated) both from Canon or the Panasonic HDC-TM900 (700x and higher rated).

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Average Optical Zoom

At 20 times zoom factor, the Canon XA20 has a fairly standard optical zoom compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

Other 20x (optical) camcorders currently available that you might also want to look at include the Legria HF G30, or the XM2 both from Canon which has better reviews.

Camcorders with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth considering include the HDR-PJ230/B ($191.90) (27x and higher rated), or the HDR-PJ270 ($317.99) (27x and higher rated) both from Sony or the Panasonic AG-AC160 ($3,495) (22x and higher rated).

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Canon XA20 is Full HD. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to this camcorder also are Full HD.

Other Full HD video cameras currently available which you might want to consider include the Vixia HF M40, or the Vixia HF R500 both from Canon or the Panasonic HC-V110 ($220.39) which has better reviews.

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HD-Ready

The Canon XA20 is HD-Ready. Most of the other camcorders that have been available for more than two years also are HD-Ready.

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Features Pre-Record Function

The Canon XA20 features pre-record function, as do most of the other video cameras that were released around the same time as this camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 640 x 360|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many video cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

The smallest display diagonal of camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 1.4", the largest is 4.3", and the average display diagonal is 2.9". The Canon XA20 has one of the larger display diagonals (3.5 inches) amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 3.5" screen size camcorders currently available including the Sony HXR-NX3 ($3,157.99), the Canon XF105 ($8,499), or the Panasonic HDC-TM900 which has better reviews.

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Very High Display Resolution (numeric)

The display resolutions (numeric) of small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camcorder range from 23,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 360,000 pixels. With a display resolution (numeric) of 1,230,000 pixel, the Canon XA20's display resolution (numeric) is one of the highest amongst small total megapixels camcorders that were released around the same time as this video camera.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Canon XA20 has a vari-angle LCD display. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this video camera also have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Canon XA20 has a touchscreen. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were launched more than two years ago also have a touchscreen.

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Storage

Very Large Maximum Memory Card Size

The average maximum memory card size of video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this video camera is 64GB, and the maximum memory card sizes range from 8GB to 130GB. The Canon XA20 has one of the largest maximum memory card sizes (128 gigabytes) amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age.

There are a number of other 128GB maximum memory card size video cameras currently available which you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Canon XF105 ($8,499), the JVC GZ-E105BEU, or the Zoom Q4 ($199).

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Two Memory Slots

Most similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to this video camera have between one and two memory slots, including the Canon XA20 which has two memory slots.

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Design

Easy to Damage or Scratch

One owner who bought this camcorder considered that it was easy to damage or scratch. Amazon.co.uk said in their review of this camcorder “One the little camera holders was broke out the package the camera isn't worth having”.

Good Looking

One customer said in their reviews that the Canon XA20 was good looking. Amazon.co.uk mentioned “It does everything FAST Gorgeous graphics that keep up regardless”.

One owner who purchased the product considered that it was smooth. Amazon.co.uk wrote in their review of this camcorder “I bought this computer specifically to run MS Flight Simulator, which until now, I have not been able to run wide open with such smooth results”.

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Good Quality

Six owners wrote in their reviews that it was good quality. Amazon.co.uk wrote in their review of this camcorder “720p picture quality is very good” and rated the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Amazon.co.uk also said “Audio quality is ok” in their review. Amazon.co.uk also wrote “All parts and accessories are good, seems to operate ok, downloads only to PC, quality good for its size” in their review.

Easy to Use

Five owners wrote in their reviews that it was easy to use. Amazon.co.uk mentioned “Fantastically portable, small, easy to use” and gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Amazon.co.uk 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. Amazon.co.uk also said “Fairly granularconcise and advanced control” in their review.

Three customers concluded that the product was easy to setup. Amazon.co.uk wrote “Ultra fast desktop, easy to setup and handle”. Hornet mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “Got this for gaming and occasional movie watching on my desk and I must say that I am really impressed! It is quite easy to set up and not complicated” and scored this camcorder a maximum of 5 stars.

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Not Strong and Durable

Three people who reviewed this camcorder concluded that it was not strong and durable. Amazon.co.uk said “Which is why I liked it because Wireless is tough too” in their review of this camcorder. Amazon.co.uk also mentioned “Apps crash, unable to delete some apps, not very durable, only bluetooth 2 so if you ever want to use it with modern bluetooth devices it may not be compatible (I” in their review. Amazon.co.uk also wrote “The heavy duty mop pad curls under the mop, along the front, during use” in their review.

One owner who bought this camcorder considered that it was easy to damage or scratch. Amazon.co.uk said in their review of this camcorder “One the little camera holders was broke out the package the camera isn't worth having”.

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Battery

Average Video Recording Time

The Canon XA20 has a pretty typical video recording time (10.1 hours) compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

If this small total megapixels camcorder video recording time is too short for you then you might also want to consider the XF105 ($8,499) (10.4h and higher rated), or the Vixia HF G20 (12.4h and higher rated) both from Canon or the JVC GZ-R310 (11.5h and higher rated).

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 8453b002, brand 8453b002, canon xa20e
Barcodes 00013803217568, 00616932797064, 00628804153106, 04960999977607, 04960999977706, 08714574605722, 08714574605739, 08714574605746, 08714574605777

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