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Canon HG20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 417 reviews of Canon HG20. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviews about the design and portability are generally positive. The price and image quality also get good feedback, whereas many are critical about the viewfinder and reliability. Opinions are divided on the battery.

usability, image quality, price, portability, design

reliability, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon HG20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Canon HG20


alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Canon HG20 from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Comments about the size and durability are generally positive. The image quality and portability also get good comments. There are some less positive comments about the battery and design. There are some mixed views about the price.

usability, portability, image quality, durability, size

design, battery

75% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Canon HG20


alaTest has collected and analyzed 294 user reviews of Canon HG20 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the size and portability. The price and image quality also get good views, whereas there are some mixed opinions about the battery. There are some less positive reviews about the viewfinder and reliability.

usability, image quality, price, portability, size

reliability, viewfinder

94% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2019


Expert review by : James Morris (

Canon HG20


With the option to record AVCHD video at 24Mbits/sec, Canon's HG20 puts in a great performance. Updated with video review.

Yet again, Canon has proven that it currently bestrides the camcorder market like a colossus. The HG20 is another strong contender. We wish it had a lens ring like the latest flagship models from Panasonic, and a regular-sized accessory shoe. But the...

Nov, 2008

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Canon - HG20


Canon's current crop of camcorders has been gathering a clutch of plaudits, with its flash memory-based HF10 and HF100 leading the way, the DVD-based HR10 and the MiniDV-centred HV30 catering impressively for other storage formats. The ...

In virtually every way the HG20 is a significant improvement on its predecessor, the HG10, with larger storage capacity, higher zoom capability and superior quality HD recording at 24Mbps. It's worth noting too that online prices have appeared up to...

Nov, 2008

Expert review by : Colin Barrett (

Canon HG20


One of a trio of new AVCHD-format high-definition models to have been announced by Canon since the summer, the HG20 looks to be yet another excellent offering from the company

We're seeing some fabulous new AVCHD products coming from Canon, and the HG20 is no exception. Good design, all the connections you'll need and excellent functionality ensure a bright future for this high-performing hybrid HD camcorder. If you must...

Oct, 2008


Expert review by : Chris Jager (

Canon HG20


If camcorders were types of wine, the Canon range would be an exceptionally fine vintage preferred by foppish aristocrats and worldly connoisseurs. Ti...

Unsurpassed image sharpness, 60GB hard drive, lots of manual control

Slightly oversized, questionable build quality

The HG20 is an excellent high-def HDD camcorder that easily matches anything else on the market. Although the build quality could be better, its video performance more than makes up for any shortcomings. Highly recommended.

Oct, 2008

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman and Lori Grunin (

Canon Vixia HG2x review: Canon Vixia HG2x


The Canon Vixia HG20 is an excellent HD camcorder that's reasonably easy to operate out of the box and looks good, too. It's almost identical to the company's Vixia HF11 , but rather than recording mainly to internal flash memory, it records to a hard...

Excellent video quality; 60GB hard drive; attractive, understated design.

Wind filter not as dependable as previous Canon models; manual focus pretty useless.

Like its cousin, the flash-based HF11, Canon's Vixia HG20 delivers excellent HD video quality and performance albeit in a slightly larger, heavier package. However, you do get more storage space and a lower price.

Sep, 2008

Expert review by : Review Crew (

Canon Vixia HG20 Camcorder Review


The Canon Vixia HG20 is an excellent HD camcorder that's reasonably easy to operate out of the box and looks good, too. It's almost identical to the company's Vixia HF11, ...

May, 2010

Expert review by : Derek Fung (

Canon HG20


Canon's rapid ascent up the high-def, hard-disk camcorder totem pole continues with the HG20 and HG21 twins. Both share optical image stabilisation, 12x optical zoom and a CMOS sensor. The HG20 comes with a smaller 60GB hard-disk and misses out on a...

Nov, 2008

Expert review by : David Kender (

Canon Vixia HG20 Camcorder Review


The Canon Vixia HG20 ($949 MSRP) is a worthy follow-up to last year's HG10. With a slight body redesign, a new paint job, and some improvements under the hood (including a 60GB internal hard drive), Canon is once again a leader in whatever camcorder...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by : Jayesh Limaye (

Canon VIXIA HG20


As high definition content is fast gaining popularity, we review this new HD camcorder from Canon.

Compact, Stylish, Excellent build, Ergonomic, Swivel LCD, 60 GB hard drive + SD HC, Crisp image quality, Smooth and silent optical zoom, Good battery life, Remote control, Optical image stabilization

Awkwardly placed USB port, Not very light, No carry pouch, No optical viewfinder

Jan, 2009

Expert review by : theninjapeanuts (

HD Camcorders on a Budget: Vixia HG20


In this series, I'll review HD camcorders under $600, for those of us with a small budget and a need for quality. Here's my review of the Vixia HG20.

Jan, 2009

Product Specifications

Continuing Canon's industry-leading reputation for technology and product quality, Canon's high definition camcorders deliver the optical excellence, advanced image processing and superb performance found in Canon's photographic and broadcast television lenses. With Canon Exclusives, Canon bring more advanced features to Canon's camcorders, enabling you to more easily take your video to a higher level than ever possible before. Among Canon's products is the Canon VIXIA HG20 Hard Disk Drive Camcorder. It combines the ease of recording video directly onto an internal Hard Disk Drive with the advanced AVCHD (Advanced Video Codec High Definition) format. Its Hard Disk Drive allows you to record up to 22 hours and 55 minutes of crisp, high definition video (LP Mode). It also is a dual system camcorder, with the capability of also recording video and still images to an SDHC card as well. The VIXIA HG20 boasts 1920 x 1080 Full HD, and has a CODEC capable of recording 24Mbps - the highest AVCHD bitrate - through Canon's own Full HD CMOS Image Sensor and advanced DIGIC DV II image processor. Other exclusives are a Genuine Canon 12x HD video lens, SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization and Instant AutoFocus and a host of other advanced features including an HDMI connector. Enhanced and simplified controls give you more choices and easier operation. Remarkable image reproduction and advanced features are yours in this compact AVCHD Format Hard Disk Drive camcorder which easily goes along with you, wherever you are, to capture those unforgettable moments in life- in true HD.


Audio Dubbing: No
Audio system:Dolby Digital
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-807
Video recording time:23

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080p
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture


3D: No
3D compatibility: No
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Minimum illumination:0.2
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
Progressive Scan: Yes

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction:Built-in
Type:Built-in flash


Colour of product:Black
Product colour:Black

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disc drive

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in Display: Yes
Display diagonal:6.858 / 6.86
Display resolution (numeric):211000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Night mode / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset


Built-in Flash: Yes
Built-in light: No


Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual
Macro focusing range:0.1
Normal focusing range:1


Model:HG20/HG20 Value-up Kit
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):2.76
Effective megapixels (movie):2.07
Optical sensor resolution:3.31
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 3.2
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:3.3 / 3.31

Lens System

Digital Zoom:12 / 200
Filter Size:3.7
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):42.9 - 514.8
Focal length range (f-f):4.8 - 57 / 4.8 - 57.6
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.0
Max Focal Length:57mm
Min Focal Length:4.8mm
Optical Zoom:12
Optical Zoom:12 / 200
Type:Zoom lens

Operational conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2.76Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.07Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.31Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3.2"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):7.9 mm ( 1/3.2" ) / 7.9 mm ( 1/3.2 )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical (SuperRange)

Other features

Art: Yes
Audio output:1 / Y
Auto exposure: Yes
Auto Focus: Yes
Interface:USB 2.0
Lens focal range:f/1.8-3.0 mm
Manual exposure: Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):3.8
Special features:DIGIC DV II
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video Out:1 / Y

Packaging Content

Bundled software:PIXELA ImageMixer 3 SE / Pixela ImageMixer 3SE

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite Video Out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
DV port: No
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/2000 / 1/2000 - 1/2

Still image

Still image resolution(s):640 x 480,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080,2048 x 1536


Camcorder media type:Memory card, HDD
Camcorder tape type: No
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC
Disc types supported: No
Internal storage capacity:60

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:AVCHD
Digital Zoom:200
Media Type:Flash card / Hard disc drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Type: None
Viewfinder Type: No

Weight & Dimensions

Height :7.7

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Manual, Shade, Tungsten / Auto, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent H, Shade