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Canon HG20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 399 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. Reviewers really like the design and portability. The price and image quality are also appreciated. Opinions are divided on the battery, and many are less positive about the viewfinder and reliability.

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 (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Canon HG20

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Canon HG20 from Amazon.co.uk. 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 Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the size and durability. The image quality and portability also get good feedback, but the battery and design get critical views. Reviews are divided on the price.

usability, portability, image quality, durability, size

design, battery

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

Dec, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon HG20

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 294 user reviews of Canon HG20 from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com. People really like the size and portability. The price and image quality also get good views. Views are divided on the battery. Many are critical about the viewfinder and reliability.

usability, image quality, price, portability, size

reliability, viewfinder

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

Dec, 2019

Recommended!

Expert review by : James Morris (trustedreviews.com)

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

Expert review by (itreviews.co.uk)

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 (macuser.co.uk)

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

GOOD GEAR GUIDE - EDITOR'S CHOICE

Expert review by : Chris Jager (goodgearguide.com.au)

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 (cnet.com)

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 (reviewboard.com)

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 (cnet.com.au)

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 (camcorderinfo.com)

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 (techtree.com)

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 (brighthub.com)

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

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