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Store up to 22 hours of great-looking 1920×1080 Full HD movies on the camcorder’s 60Gb HDD . Easily c... See full description.
  • HD
  • 1920x1080 pixels

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product description

Store up to 22 hours of great-looking 1920×1080 Full HD movies on the camcorder’s 60Gb HDD. Easily connect to an HD TV, upload footage to the web, or burn movies to DVD or Blu-ray disc.

  • 22 hrs of HD (60Gb HDD)
  • Dual Recording: HDD and SDHC memory card
  • 1920×1080 Full HD (24Mbps)
  • Canon HD Camera System
  • Instant AF
  • Super Range OIS
  • Creative options
  • Microphone input and manual audio control
  • Flexible system
  • Software with Blu-ray disc support

Your Full HD adventure starts here.

Shoot up to 22 hours
Your adventure starts with the HG20… Store up to 22 hours of Full HD movies to a 60Gb Hard Disk Drive (HDD) – perfect for every adventure, long or short.

Dual Recording
With Canon’s Dual Recording system, choose how you record. When there’s no spare media to hand, store movies on the HDD. Alternatively shoot to SDHC memory cards: cards are great for sharing and are also an easy way to add extra capacity.

1920×1080 Full HD
The HG20 records 1920×1080 Full HD video – perfect for displaying on a Full HD TV. Five recording quality settings are available: at the highest setting HD movies are captured at 24 Mbps – the maximum possible data rate, for maximum possible image quality.

Canon HD Camera System
The Canon HD Camera System is the unique combination of a Canon HD Video Lens with 12x optical zoom, a 3.3 MP Canon Full HD CMOS sensor, and the powerful DIGIC DV II processor. All of these components are made exclusively by Canon and optimised to work perfectly together – for superb HD quality.

Instant AF
Designed for HD shooting, Instant AF is the easiest way to achieve highly accurate auto focus at speed. When focusing manually, Focus Assist tools (Magnifying and Peaking) are available.

Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer
Effective for both low and high frequency vibrations, Super Range OIS compensates for almost every kind of movement: from slow vibrations associated with breathing to the rapid shaking of a car journey.

A range of creative features is available, including 25p Cinema Mode, for a filmic look, and 11 Program AE modes.

Superior audio
Attach an external microphone via the input connection to gain greater control over sound recording. Manual audio controls – microphone attenuation control, audio level meters and audio level control – are available to help achieve perfect audio quality.

Attach a range of accessories to the HG20’s mini Advanced Accessory Shoe. Once recording has finished, play back video on your HD TV via HDMI or component output. Since the HDMI connection has CEC support, the camcorder’s playback functions can be controlled using an external remote.

Manage, edit, share
Supplied PIXELA ImageMixer™ 3 SE software makes it easy to manage, edit and share HD movies. You can convert them to different file formats and even choose to burn a Blu-ray disc: a Dual Layer Blu-ray disc has 50GB capacity.

product specification
Resolution quality HD
Resolution (Pixels) 1920x1080 pixels
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 12x optical zoom
Media format Hard disk drive storage
Connections USB
Type of memory card SDHC card
Type of memory card SD card
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 200x digital zoom
Type of image stabiliser Optical image stabiliser
Widescreen recording Yes
Hard disk capacity 60GB Storage
Shortest shutter speed 1/2000 min. shutter speed
Weight (g) 465g
Screen size 2.7"
Maximum aperture telephoto 3
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length 42.9 Millimetres
Highest focal length 514.8 Millimetres
Type of chip CMOS chip
Release date 1 Oct 2008