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Canon 32GB VIXIA HF G20 Full HD Camcorder

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Product Highlights
  • Capture Full HD 1920 x 1080p Video
  • Canon 2.37 Megapixel HD CMOS Pro Sensor
  • 32GB Memory & Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC Slots
  • Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens
  • 3.5" Widescreen Touch Panel LCD
  • 0.24" Color Electronic Viewfinder
  • Dynamic SuperRange Optical Stabilization
  • Professional Shooting Assist Functions
  • Intelligent IS & Cinema-Look Filters
  • Audio Scene Select & Story Creator

The Canon 32GB VIXIA HF G20 Full HD Camcorder shoots 1920 x 1080 Full HD video at 60i, in native 24p and 30p. With the 24p frame rate option you can give your footage a cinematic look. Using Cinema-Looks Filters you can boost that film look with multiple built-in adjustable filters. The HF G20 features a Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens with an 8-Blade iris for more professional-looking video and stills. It has a 30.4 - 304mm (35mm equivalent) focal length. The camcorder is also equipped with a Canon HD CMOS Pro image sensor that supports improved low-light performance and a wide dynamic range.

The HF G20 has 32GB of built-in memory that supports up to 12 hours of HD video. It also features two SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slots that you can use for Relay Recording, which automatically switches video recording to the memory card when the internal drive becomes full. The camera features Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization as well. Other features of the HF G20 include a 3.5" touch panel LCD, a 0.24" color viewfinder, a 58mm filter diameter and Smart AUTO function.

The HF G20 has a number of professional shooting functions as well. These include custom key and dial, composition aids and advanced control like manual exposure, aperture priority and shutter priority. It also supports Audio Scene Select and a highly adjustable internal microphone. For more professional audio, the HF G20 has headphone and microphone jacks. It has HDMI and USB connectivity as well. Plus, the Mini Advanced Accessory Shoe supports attachment of a variety of shooting aids including lights and microphones.

Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens with 8-Blade Iris
The VIXIA HF G20 features a Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens with a 30.4-304mm (35mm equivalent) focal length. It delivers a versatile wide angle of view and professional-looking background images thanks to an 8-blade iris. The professional touch of a dedicated manual focus ring allows accurate and precise control. Combined with Canon's Exclusive HD CMOS Pro image sensor, it captures video with Full HD resolution, superb low-light performance and a wide dynamic range.
DIGIC DV III Image Processor
Canon's DIGIC DV III Image Processor provides realistic color and sophisticated noise reduction for better low-light performance. It is also the high-speed engine that powers a variety of Canon technologies including Smart Auto, Touch & Track, Genuine Canon Face Detection and Cinema-Look Filters.
24Mbps Recording
You will also find that lifelike tone and detail are captured thanks to 24Mbps recording, which offers the highest bit rate in AVCHD. The VIXIA HF G20 not only captures images in Full HD, but records and outputs at 1920 x 1080 as well, so you get Full HD from lens to screen.
Canon HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor
The Canon HD CMOS Pro image sensor is a professional-level 1/3" native 1920 x 1080 image sensor which delivers Full HD video resolution, improved low-light performance and a wide dynamic range. Plus, unlike image sensors found in competitive consumer camcorders, the HD CMOS Pro image sensor uses fewer pixels, which are significantly larger and more sensitive, resulting in optimized video performance.
HD Video Resolution (800 Vertical & 900 Horizontal TV Lines)
Since the effective number of pixels of HD CMOS Pro is equal to 1920 x 1080, resizing is eliminated, allowing Full HD video to be captured and recorded with professional precision.
Better Low-Light Performance (1.2 lux)
Because each individual pixel is larger and more sensitive, each one is capable of capturing more light, allowing high quality video to be achieved even in dimly lit conditions. The sensitivity of the HD CMOS Pro image sensor is approximately 20% better than the HD CMOS Pro image sensor found in the 2011 VIXIA HF G10 camcorder.
Wide Dynamic Range
A larger pixel area also allows more light to be stored, resulting in 280% improvement in dynamic range (versus Canon's 2010 VIXIA HF S-series camcorders) for exceptional reproduction of both highlights and shadows. Skin tones are captured in a finer gradation, and stable gamma and Auto Exposure control is also achieved resulting in a more lifelike images.
Internal 32GB Memory & Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slots
Record up to 12 hours of crisp high-definition video to the 32GB internal flash drive or directly to two SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slots. Relay Recording automatically switches video recording to the memory card when the internal drive becomes full. Plus, when the first memory card becomes full, the second automatically takes over, so there's no need to worry about running out of recording time during an important event. With SDXC memory card compatibility, you'll have up to 256GB of additional storage capacity and faster data transfer speeds.
Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization
The VIXIA HF G20 features Canon's Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer, which provides continuous adjustment throughout the entire zoom range to correct a broad range of motion. Extra compensation is applied at wide-angle focal lengths to eliminate the unwanted shaking that is common when walking. The system corrects camera shake instantly, so even when you're shooting handheld video at the long end of the zoom, the image is steady and smooth.
Intelligent IS
Intelligent IS makes it easier to shoot clear, sharply focused video, even in situations that typically cause camera shake. The Intelligent IS system analyzes the shooting situation for you, and then automatically switches to the image stabilization method best able to produce sharp, steady video. Four IS systems cover the gamut of shooting situations. Dynamic IS corrects minor movement and the shaking caused by walking while shooting. Macro IS delivers perfectly steady close-up shots. Powered IS comes into play when you're using the camcorder's powerful zoom. It helps correct camera shake that can occur in telephoto shots. There's even a Tripod Mode that stops IS when the camcorder is stationary.
3.5" Touch Panel LCD Screen (922,000 dots)
This large, 922,000 dot screen provides approximately 100% coverage of your shooting scene. It delivers bright color combined with touch panel control for faster and easier menu navigation. You'll also have Touch & Track, which allows you to get precise focus and exposure on any subject - whether it's people, pets or vehicles. Just select your choice right on the touch panel LCD. The additional Touch Decoration feature allows you to decorate your video with interesting effects as well.
0.24" Color Electronic Viewfinder ( 260,000 dots)
For your convenience, the VIXIA HF G20 is also equipped with a 0.24", 260,000 dot color viewfinder which provides approximately 100% coverage, for use when shooting in very bright outdoor light conditions that may make it difficult to see the LCD display.
Smart AUTO & Auto Tele Macro
Smart AUTO takes care of all the details so you can focus on shooting. The system recognizes 38 shooting situations based on numerous factors, and then automatically chooses the optimal settings for the situation. With Tele Macro, the VIXIA HF G20 automatically zooms the lens to the telephoto end and sets the minimum object distance to approximately 1.3' (from 3.3') giving you the opportunity to shoot spectacular close-ups with the dramatic look of shallow depth-of-field.
Cinema-Look Filters
This feature offers a choice of seven varied built-in adjustable filters, which give the look of a variety of cinematic styles by compensating for the color, gamma and other aspects of the image's quality. The looks can be previewed in the LCD display while shooting, and also applied post-capture for additional convenience and versatility. Choose from Cinema Standard, Dream, Old Movies, Vivid, Cool, Nostalgic, Dramatic Black-and-White, Memory or Sepia. The brightness of each filter can be adjusted low, medium or high, for even greater control. When Cinema Standard is selected, color depth, softening, and contrast can also be adjusted.
Touch Decoration
You'll also be able to use the touch panel for Touch Decoration. This feature lets you superimpose select decorations onto the images on your LCD and then records the images, complete with the additions. You may add animation effects, handwritten and stamp messages or insert a still image to give your video a truly individual look.
Increased Audio Adjustability
The VIXIA HF G20 camcorder's microphone has updated elements that increase clarity at medium and low frequencies, so even faint sounds are recorded clearly. Three microphone positions let you adjust recording to suit the position of the zoom or your subjects: front for monaural recording; regular for normal stereo effect; and rear for a wider, more enhanced stereo effect. Frequency response characteristics can be adjusted for the scene with several options. You can balance all frequencies for normal recording, emphasize low frequencies for impactful live music recording, attenuate low frequencies to reduce ambient noise, emphasize mid frequencies to focus on voices, or emphasize low and high frequencies to record live music with balanced lows and highs.
Audio Scene Select
Audio Scene Select offers five modes that automatically optimize settings based on the recording situation, making it easier to record realistic, immersive audio in a range of situations.
Pro-Style Lens Hood & Eye Cup
The VIXIA HF G20 camcorder includes a large lens hood that shuts out unwanted flare from external light sources, and incorporates a lens barrier that eliminates the need for a lens cap. The hood can be attached even when using a Canon filter. The large, comfortable eye cup is the same as that used on Canon's XA 10 professional model, and is designed to improve visibility by blocking out extra light.
100% View Ratio
The VIXIA HF G20 is designed with a 100% view ratio, which affords optimum visibility so you'll get exactly the shot you want.
Versatile Display Features
Videographers with exacting needs will appreciate the VIXIA HF G20's range of functions designed to assist in pinpoint focus adjustment and exposure control. Color peaking, zebra pattern, waveform/edge monitor, SMPTE color bars and an audio test tone are all available.
Pre-Rec
The Pre-Record feature places your VIXIA HF G20 camcorder in a stand-by "pre-roll" mode. With this feature the camcorder continuously records three seconds of video to memory before you even press the record button. When you start recording, the additional video is recorded too. This makes it easier to capture the exact moment you want without missing anything.
Quick Start
The Quick Start function gets you up and shooting whenever a great scene happens. Simply open the LCD panel and the camcorder powers on.
Native 24p Progressive Mode
The VIXIA HF G20 features the Native 24p Progressive Mode, which allows 24 frames per second to be captured and recorded (instead of the standard 60i) - a must for serious filmmaking work.
Story Creator
Story Creator assists you in the process of creating an organized and sophisticated video. Choose one of five different themes - Travel, Kids and Pets, Party, Ceremony or Blog - and the camcorder provides a list of suggested scenes to shoot. After capturing your video, Story Creator helps you categorize and rate your scenes, making it easy to review, select and play back your favorites.
Video SnapShot
Video Snapshot lets you record a series of short video clips - or you can select your favorite clips while in Playback Mode - and blend in your favorite background music to create a personal movie. Video Snapshot on the VIXIA HF G20 allows selectable recording time (2, 4, or 8 seconds). Additionally, audio from an external source such as an MP3 player can be played along with the Snapshot movie, and playback can be controlled from that source.
Instant AF
Canon's Instant AF focusing system uses an external sensor, in combination with Canon's autofocus system, to help significantly decrease the time it takes to find focus - even in low-light conditions. This system achieves focus instantaneously, reducing focus "hunting." This is feature really helps in high brightness or night shooting situations. In addition, with Instant AF it's possible to capture fast, accurate focusing even when following a moving subject. Medium AF is also available. It is softer and smoother than Instant AF, but still faster than manual focusing. The camcorder has a Face Priority AF option as well.
Accessories Get the Most from Your Camcorder
Canon offers a wide range of accessories that inspire your creativity and productivity alike. Canon's optional WM-V1 Wireless Microphone allows you to record high-quality audio without wires from up to 164' away (50m), making it ideal for ceremonies and recitals. For the ultimate home theater experience, the optional 5.1-channel Surround Sound Microphone SM-V1 uses five distinct pickup sensors to capture sound from all directions, making your home movies sound more lifelike. The optional Canon WD-H58W Wide Converter is optically matched for the VIXIA HF G20's HD lens. It provides a magnification factor of 0.8x, increasing wide-angle capability to approximately 24mm (35mm equivalent).

Professional Shooting Assist Functions

Shooting with Pro Features
To provide an exceptional level of control over the components of the video you shoot with the VIXIA HF G20, you will find a range of shooting assist functions normally only available to professional videographers.
Custom Key & Dial
A Custom Key and Dial feature allows you to assign functions to an easily accessible key and adjust the settings with a control dial. They include:

Tv/Av: Use the dial to adjust shutter speed (Tv mode) or aperture (Av mode), as needed. In this mode the key has no effect.

Manual exposure: When manual control is selected, the dial can adjust aperture, shutter speed, or gain. Select items to adjust, such as aperture or other settings, with the key.

Exposure Lock can be set on or off as can the AGC Limit.

Focus & Exposure Aids
The VIXIA HF G20 also features Focus Assist. It includes enlargement, which helps in capturing your subject in focus. It works by providing a 2x magnification of your subject, which is automatically cancelled when you start recording. Also included is color peaking, which shows your subject's focused areas in actual colors. With Canon's Edge Monitor Focus Assist system, a green monitor is shown at the bottom of the LCD Display. The green waveform shows overall focus of the image, and the height rises to indicate the area in focus. Through this dynamic focus feedback, you can intuitively tune focus in a scene and quickly change the zone of focus. There is also a waveform monitor built right into the camera, which shows a detailed view of overall image brightness. And, enhanced zebra pattern (70% or 100%) indicates 'blown out' or high brightness areas to help you set the proper exposure.
Level & Grid Marker Composition Aids
With the Level Marker feature, it's easy to keep your camcorder level for more professional looking shooting. Line up any horizontal lines in your shot - such as the horizon - to the marker and you can be sure your camcorder is level. The Grid Marker helps you compose your shot accurately, by referencing a grid in your viewfinder. Depending on the background color of your shot, you can choose between two different colors for better viewing contrast.
Advanced Control
The VIXIA HF G20 features full manual exposure, as well as aperture priority (Av), and shutter priority (Tv) modes.

Either color bars or color bars and test tone can be selected and recorded using a menu. The color bars comply with the SMPTE standard. -12dB, -18dB or -20dB can be selected as the test tone.

The white balance control has six available presets settable through a variety of day and artificial light conditions (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent H, Fluorescent), as well as two manual white balance settings. Color temperature may also be manually set from 2000K to 15,000K in 100K increments for more precise adjustment.

Gain may be manually set from 0dB to 24dB in 1dB increments. Additionally, Auto Gain Control Limit allows you to set the maximum gain limit for the image sensor's sensitivity. With this function, brightness and noise can be balanced as required, and image quality can be maximized in low-light situations.

The zoom speed, as controlled by the rocker and handle controls, is selectable, with a choice of variable or 16 fixed speeds, with fast/normal/slow settings for greater control while zooming in various situations.

Camera
Sensor 2.37 Megapixel 1/3"  CMOS
Color Filter RGB
Pixel Gross 2,370,000
Effective Pixels 2,070,000 
Optics
Focal Length 4.25 - 42.5 mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length 30.4 - 304 
Maximum Aperture f/ 1.8 - f/ 2.8
Focusing Distance 0.8" / 2.0 cm
Zoom Optical: 10x
Digital: 40x
Digital: 200x
Filter Size 58 mm
Recording
System NTSC
Recording Media Internal Flash Memory 32 GB Video/Image
SD/SDHC/SDXC  
SD/SDHC/SDXC  
Recording Time Internal Flash Memory 32 GB
AVCHD LP (1440 x 1080, 5 Mbps): 12.3 hours
AVCHD SP (1440 x 1080, 7 Mbps): 9.6 hours
AVCHD XP+ (1440 x 1080, 12 Mbps): 5.8 hours
AVCHD FXP (1920 x 1080, 17 Mbps): 4.2 hours
AVCHD MXP (1920 x 1080, 24 Mbps): 2.9 hours
Video Format High Definition
AVCHD
1920 x 1080i / 60 fps
1920 x 1080p / 30 fps
1920 x 1080p / 24 fps
High Definition
AVCHD
1440 x 1080p
Still Image Resolution JPEG: 2.07 Megapixel, 1920 x 1080
Channels 2.0-Channel Stereo
Audio Format Dolby Digital AC3
Display
Display Type Viewfinder/LCD
Touchscreen Yes
Screen Size 3.5"
Exposure Control
Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec
Features
Image Stabilization Optical & Digital
Lux 1.2 (NTSC Auto Mode with auto slow 1/30 sec shutter speed selected)
.1 (Low Light Mode with 1/2 sec shutter speed)
Built-in Mic Yes
Built-in Speaker Yes
Built-in Light/Flash Light - No
Flash - No
Accessory Shoe Mini Hot
Tripod Mount 1/4"
Input/Output Connectors
Inputs 1x LANC Terminal for Remote
Outputs 1x HDMI C (Mini) (output only)
1x USB Mini-B (Hi-Speed USB supported)
1x Composite Video (out)
1x Component Video (out)
1x A/V Mini Terminal / Headphone Terminal (4 pole mini-jack)
Microphone Input Yes
Headphone Jack Yes
General
System Requirements Not Specified By Manufacturer
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Charging Method AC Adapter
Power Adapter Not Specified By Manufacturer
Operating Temperature 23 - 113°F (-5 - 45°C) 60% Relative Humidity
32 - 104°F (0 - 40°C) 85% Relative Humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.0 x 3.1 x 6.3" / 7.6 x 7.9 x 16.0 cm not including lens hood and grip belt
Weight 1.27 lb / 575 g including lens hood and grip belt
1.36 lb / 620 g including battery BP-808, one memory card, lens hood and grip belt
Canon 32GB VIXIA HF G20 Full HD Camcorder
  • BP-808 Lithium-Ion Battery
  • CA-570 Compact AC Power Adapter
  • WL-D89 Wireless Controller
  • 6' HDMI Male to Mini HDMI Male Cable (Ver. 1.3)
  • Lens Hood (with Lens Barrier)
  • Stylus Pen
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-300PCU
  • Stereo Video Cable STV-250N
  • Bundled CD-ROMs (PIXELA Video Browser & Photo Applications / Audio Disc)
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    Canon32GB VIXIA HF G20 Full HD Camcorder
     
    4.5

    (based on 60 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (34)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (21)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (46)
    • Great picture quality (45)
    • Large clear LCD (37)
    • Zoom range/performance (36)
    • Good in low light (34)

    Cons

    • Poor sound (6)
    • Limited zoom (5)
    • Complicated to operate (3)

    Best Uses

    • Home movies (34)
    • Travel (29)
    • Low light (27)
    • HD shooting (26)
    • Weddings (22)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (19), Casual user (12), Semi-pro (12), Pro videographer (10)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (50)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great upgrade from HF S11

    The two main features I didn't get when I purchased the VIXIA HF S11 were native 24p and compatibility with the 5.1 channel microphone.

    Along with those two features, the HF G20...Read complete review

    The two main features I didn't get when I purchased the VIXIA HF S11 were native 24p and compatibility with the 5.1 channel microphone.

    Along with those two features, the HF G20 delivers many additional upgrades. First and foremost is low-light performance; really seeing a nice improvement. The HF S11 did well when in Night Scene mode, but can't compare to the HF G 20.

    The HF S11 lacked a viewfinder which I actually liked (not a huge fan). But, there are cases where having one would be good. For me though, it will remain virtually unused.

    Having dual SD card slots was key this time around. Really like the simultaneous record option; creating an instant backup.

    Cannot put my finger on it, but the plastic around the LCD screen seems a bit cheaper in feel as compared to the HF S11. Seems sturdy enough though.

    Wish the touch-screen was a bit more sensitive (I'm used to the sensitivity on iOS devices). Still, a nice improvement over using physical buttons to navigate the menus.

    Attaching the SM-V1 5.1 microphone is seamless; sound settings automatically switch.

    Using a 3rd-party "re-wrapping" utility, I can now easily bring in footage directly from the SD card into Final Cut. I really don't miss the transcoding stage nor messing with telecine.

    Final note on 24p... It's not for everyone, but it was of huge importance to me. My entire pipeline is now 24p-savvy (acquisition with the HF G 20, editing in Final Cut, burning to Blu-ray with playback on a player that outputs native 24p and display on a plasma monitor running at 72 Hz)

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not what it's cracked up to be

    I heard great things about this camera but there are so many problems that I wonder what all of the fuss is about.The audio no matter which setting, constantly changes so the person speaking...Read complete review

    I heard great things about this camera but there are so many problems that I wonder what all of the fuss is about.The audio no matter which setting, constantly changes so the person speaking suddenly sounds tinny like underwater, especially triggered outside in the wind or if the mic senses another sound. The audio pick up varies on and off and keeps changing audio settings ruining shots.Or, the audio will pick up EVERY sound in the room. It is NOT directional at all despite the setting for "speaking." Also, it is impossible to shoot in automatic mode and have it record in 24P which is why I bought the camera in the first place.Having to use the touch screen is cumbersone especially documentary recording on the fly. The camera will stop recording if the internal memory is full and will not, despite having a SD card in the slot roll over, UNLESS you activate a menue setting each and every time you shoot. Seems the settings are lost each time you turn off the camera. Additionally I have to use the USB as there is no Firewire connections on this camera. Most of the shots were OK but the image below was on automatic and shot with daylight. Terrible quality. Anyone have any idea about this?

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    5.0

    Awesome live stream camera

    By Tariq

    from cleveland

    Comments about Canon 32GB VIXIA HF G20 Full HD Camcorder:

    Awesome camera for YouTube live stream using vidiu. The picture is top-notch, cinema mode rocks. Easy to use.

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    5.0

    Nice looking camcorder!

    By Mountaineer Mike

    from Bremerton, WA

    About Me Video Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • That Bigwide Angle Lens
    • Zoom range/performance

    Cons

    • none yet

    Best Uses

    • Home Movies
    • Indoor Concerts Etc
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Outdoor events
    • Travel

    Comments about Canon 32GB VIXIA HF G20 Full HD Camcorder:

    Just tested it at home and so far it's working great. I also purchased the BP-828 battery which fits perfectly and is physically 3 times larger. I'm sure that with the monitor always on while recording that the little battery that comes with it won't last long enough. It'll work great for the backup, though. The DM-100 microphone fits great and picks up minute sounds from across the room.

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    5.0

    Great Value

    By Sports Info Joe

    from Tri-Cities, TN-VA

    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Great Zoom

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • HD Shooting
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Canon 32GB VIXIA HF G20 Full HD Camcorder:

      This camera has been the perfect solution for the needs of a small college video streaming production. The picture is top-notch/ESPN clear. The camera is super easy to use and has all the outputs that you could ask for.

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      5.0

      I would buy this again

      By Video class man

      from Florence Or

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Documentaries
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Canon 32GB VIXIA HF G20 Full HD Camcorder:

        Very good picture for what I need it for. We use this in a video classroom where we need something simple to use.

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        5.0

        Great for starters

        By dustiryder

        from Texas

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Great Sound
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Zoom range/performance

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon 32GB VIXIA HF G20 Full HD Camcorder:

            Students love it.

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            4.0

            I would buy another one if given chance

            By dance

            from Wash dc

            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries

              Comments about Canon 32GB VIXIA HF G20 Full HD Camcorder:

              The camera is quite nice, small but has a good quality

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              5.0

              Happy with G20

              By Monk

              from Gardena

              About Me Video Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Great Sound
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Zoom range/performance

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • HD Shooting
                • Home Movies
                • Travel

                Comments about Canon 32GB VIXIA HF G20 Full HD Camcorder:

                High School Football and Girls Softball.
                Great Zooming in and out.

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                4.0

                I would buy this product again.

                By anleeboy

                from san leandro

                About Me Video Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Zoom range/performance

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Canon 32GB VIXIA HF G20 Full HD Camcorder:

                  found this camcorder operated very good in low light and have a good quality.

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                  4.0

                  Excellent Camera

                  By WaterBoy

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Zoom range/performance

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Documentaries
                    • HD Shooting
                    • Home Movies
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Canon 32GB VIXIA HF G20 Full HD Camcorder:

                    I really like this camera. It is easy to use and delivers excellent quality video. I don't like the proprietary hot shoe which means you have to buy an after market adapter - I don't know why Canon would choose to do this.

                    The zoom is smooth and the stabilizer is excellent. I do a lot of Run and Gun type shooting and found this camera a much better solution than a DSLR for this type of shooting.

                    The auto focus is quick and doesn't hunt too much. The manual focus ring is within easy reach.

                    Everything is pretty much in focus so if you're looking for a shallow depth of field then you'll have to go with a DSLR.

                    If you want good audio then you are going to have to buy a decent shotgun microphone. That being said the onboard mics are reasonable.

                    You will need to buy extra batteries and there are off brand ones that work just fine.

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                    4.0

                    pretty good for the money

                    By Aaron

                    from Seattle, WA

                    About Me Video Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Value for money
                    • Zoom range/performance

                    Cons

                    • Complicated To Operate

                    Best Uses

                    • HD Shooting
                    • Indoors/Low Light

                    Comments about Canon 32GB VIXIA HF G20 Full HD Camcorder:

                    We use three of these cameras to record/stream live artist performances via YouTube.

                    The picture quality is very acceptable, but the biggest downfall is that the sensor is not a progressive scan sensor and it is pretty conviluted as to how to make the picture quality less interlaced. Canon advertises that the recording may be done in 24p and 30p but that does not necessarily mean that the HDMI signal out is 24 or 30p.

                    There is a setting to force 30p output but the bottom line, is that it is still capturing at 60i. If this process was simplified like you get on an inexpensive camcorder, it would get another star.

                    The touch screen is the worst touch screen I have ever used. I did find out though, that a cheap stylus that you would use for a tablet or smart phone works amazingly well, but fingers on this screen will absolutely drive you nuts.

                    B&H has a great value for this camera and would highly recommend giving them business!

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                    5.0

                    Great Camcorder and easy to use

                    By Edgar

                    from Woonsocket RI

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Movies
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Seminars
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Canon 32GB VIXIA HF G20 Full HD Camcorder:

                      This camcorder was easy to use and with minimal experience I have been able to record clear and great videos. I use it in different venues thus it size makes it very easy to carry around. In my owns words from a non-pro, Great camcorder, I love it.

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                      5.0

                      I use this for all my clients.

                      By Justin Lee

                      from Denver, CO

                      About Me Video Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Zoom range/performance

                      Cons

                      • Poor Sound

                      Best Uses

                      • Documentaries
                      • HD Shooting
                      • Home Movies
                      • Movies/Short Films
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Canon 32GB VIXIA HF G20 Full HD Camcorder:

                      I use this for all my clients. It produces professional quality video with almost no learning curve. Way less complicated then most DLSR's with the same results. The filters are awesome as well to get a more cinematic feel without messing with it in post.

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                      2.0

                      Not what it's cracked up to be

                      By Lawrence

                      from Boston

                      About Me Pro Videographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Large Clear LCD

                      Cons

                      • Poor Sound

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Canon 32GB VIXIA HF G20 Full HD Camcorder:

                        I heard great things about this camera but there are so many problems that I wonder what all of the fuss is about.The audio no matter which setting, constantly changes so the person speaking suddenly sounds tinny like underwater, especially triggered outside in the wind or if the mic senses another sound. The audio pick up varies on and off and keeps changing audio settings ruining shots.Or, the audio will pick up EVERY sound in the room. It is NOT directional at all despite the setting for "speaking." Also, it is impossible to shoot in automatic mode and have it record in 24P which is why I bought the camera in the first place.Having to use the touch screen is cumbersone especially documentary recording on the fly. The camera will stop recording if the internal memory is full and will not, despite having a SD card in the slot roll over, UNLESS you activate a menue setting each and every time you shoot. Seems the settings are lost each time you turn off the camera. Additionally I have to use the USB as there is no Firewire connections on this camera. Most of the shots were OK but the image below was on automatic and shot with daylight. Terrible quality. Anyone have any idea about this?

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                        4.0

                        Sharp camera, sharp picture!

                        By Victoria the Marketer

                        from Berea, KY

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                        • Poor Sound

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Canon 32GB VIXIA HF G20 Full HD Camcorder:

                        I'm new to video, but I think this camera will be a wonderful introduction to film. Even on a first test run, I was super impressed with the high quality and very little knowledge from me. The instruction manual is thorough. High recommended!

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                        4.0

                        Great Start-Up Camcorder

                        By Mike

                        from Natchez, Mississippi

                        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Picture Quality

                        Cons

                        • Functionality

                        Best Uses

                        • Documentaries
                        • Home Movies
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Canon 32GB VIXIA HF G20 Full HD Camcorder:

                        I am breaking into videography, and want to eventually produce shorts and also do documentaries. I am a photographer with a DSLR camera, so I am also learning to shoot quality video using my existing equipment. The Vixia G20 is a great way to begin, and in my opinion supplements what I am doing and learning with my DSLR. Both have advantages and disadvantages. This camera's has great features, including an HDMI out, quality images in high def, is simple to use (auto focuses), and does well in relatively low light. It doesn't have the functionality of a higher end camcorder or a huge sensor, but as I said is a great way to begin.

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                        5.0

                        A user friendly quality camcorder

                        By Joy the PNG videographer to be

                        from Duncanville, TX

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                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Picture Quality

                        Cons

                        • Mini-shoe Needs Adapter

                        Best Uses

                        • Documentaries
                        • Home Movies

                        Comments about Canon 32GB VIXIA HF G20 Full HD Camcorder:

                        I will be taking the camcorder overseas to do culture documentation. I was looking for something that produces good quality video, but not too difficult to use since I am not a professional photograher. In my practice videos I have been glad to find it was easy to get started videoing, and then gradually learn details about the equipment.The handbook is quite useful. I did make the mistake of buying a Rode mic that was supposed to fit this model. It has a mini-shoe, so I eventually ended up buying a mini-shoe adapter with a smaller mic which will work fine.

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                        5.0

                        Great Camera

                        By railfanbs

                        from Newville, PA

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                        • Complicated To Operate

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Movies/Short Films
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Canon 32GB VIXIA HF G20 Full HD Camcorder:

                        I have had the camera about three weeks and I am just starting to find out how versatile the camera is. It will meet my needs for a long time. I photograph trains and the camera is great. Easy to zoom, great reacting to changing lighting conditions

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                        5.0

                        Great camcorder

                        By Eric

                        from California

                        Comments about Canon 32GB VIXIA HF G20 Full HD Camcorder:

                        This camcorder has great picture quality. Along with that, it also has a lot of manual settings. I would recommend it for those who are beginning to intermediate film makers.

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                        5.0

                        Canon vixia hf g20

                        By Bbj

                        from San francisco

                        Comments about Canon 32GB VIXIA HF G20 Full HD Camcorder:

                        Really enjoy the camcorder. With a few small feature missing that available on professional cameras it works very well in all of the modes. Have a lot of fun in manual mode. Do not use the story mode - prefer the post production, the same for other effects. Turned off digital zoom- low quality pic. An outstanding price from bh for this camera.

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                        3.0

                        nice quality.... but with limitations

                        By monkeyhead

                        from brooklyn, NY

                        About Me Pro Videographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Picture Quality

                        Cons

                        • Complicated To Operate
                        • Poor Sound

                        Best Uses

                        • Documentaries
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Movies/Short Films

                        Comments about Canon 32GB VIXIA HF G20 Full HD Camcorder:

                        I bought it to shoot a documentary film. I wanted a smaller camera than my primary one, for certain situations and its mobility.
                        Good quality imge, and having a mic input is very important, so I can add a shotgun mic.

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