Canon Legria FS20 reviews: Flash storage SD camcorder

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Canon Legria FS20: Horizontally held, 37x optical zoom camcorder using SDHC card. See full product description

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Confirmed purchaser Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Very compact and light so can take it everywhere, but some functions can be awkward if you have large fingers
Bad points:
Sound quality good but not great.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 17 Nov 2009

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
good for all the family to use. light weight small handy
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 15 Dec 2009

Confirmed purchaser Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
General good value
Bad points:
Not so esy to use. this requires some exerience due to the multiple functio of buttons
I need to xercise more and also to assemble the diferent scenes
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 8.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 05 Dec 2009

Product Features

Resolution quality SD
Resolution (Pixels) 720x576
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 37
Media format Flash
Connections USB
Type of memory card SDHC
Type of memory card SD
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 2000
Type of image stabiliser Electronic
Widescreen recording Yes
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 8
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/2000
Weight (g) 225
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Maximum aperture telephoto 5.2
Maximum aperture wide 2
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 41.7
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 877
Type of chip CCD
Release date 2009-03-10

Also known as: Legria FS20

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Manufacturer's Description

Small enough to carry anywhere, the LEGRIA FS20 lets you shoot more than 5 hours of video to 8GB of built-in flash memory. Alternatively, record straight to memory card – just perfect for sharing.


  • 8GB Dual Flash Memory
  • Incredibly compact design
  • Video Snapshot
  • 45x Canon Advanced Zoom
  • Megapixel CCD
  • Pre REC
  • Intelligent battery system and high speed charging
  • Microphone and headphone jacks
  • Dual Shot
  • PIXELA software
  • Whenever, wherever. Great movies in the palm of your hand.

Dual Flash Memory
With 8GB Dual Flash Memory, the LEGRIA FS20 offers you two ways to record. Store over 5 hours of movies to internal memory, or shoot straight to SD or SDHC memory cards for easy sharing.

Compact and light
Take your camcorder anywhere. Weighing just 230g, LEGRIA FS20 won’t ever slow you down.

Video Snapshot
Video Snapshot mode makes it incredibly easy to create movies for sharing with friends and family. Every time the Record button is pressed, a short 4 second clip is captured. Simply add your clips to a playlist, select a soundtrack, and you’re instantly ready to play your movie on a TV – with no need for editing on a PC. 4 seconds is the average length of one ‘cut’ in a TV show, helping to give your final movie an expert feel. Five rights-free tracks are pre-loaded onto the camcorder but you can also add your own music using the supplied Music Transfer Utility software.

45x Advanced Zoom
Combining the power of the DIGIC DV II processor and the quality of a genuine Canon Video Lens, the LEGRIA FS20 offers the extended reach of a 45x Advanced Zoom.

Megapixel CCD
Thanks to its Megapixel CCD, the LEGRIA FS20 delivers superior quality video images and digital photographs.

Pre REC function
In Pre REC mode, the camcorder starts recording three seconds before you even press the Record button. 3 seconds of footage are continuously stored and automatically added to the beginning of your clip from whenever you start videoing – never miss that crucial moment again.

Quick Charge
After a long day’s shooting, it only takes 20 minutes to recharge the camcorder’s battery sufficiently for a further hour’s recording.

Microphone and headphone jacks
A microphone input and headphone jack give you the ability to record better audio and closely monitor it during recording.

Dual Shot
Dual Shot sets all controls to automatic, leaving you free to frame your shots. You can shoot high quality photos during video recording, without the bother of switching between settings on the Control Dial.

PIXELA software
Supplied PIXELA™ software provides an easy way to edit and share your movies – burn a DVD, convert a movie for upload to the web, or transfer it to your personal media player. To burn a DVD at the touch of a button, opt for the DW-100 DVD Burner (available to buy separately).

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