Canon Legria HF20 reviews: Flash storage HD camcorder

7 customer reviews

This camcorder is a good all rounder.

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8.6 out of 10 based on 7 reviews.
Canon Legria HF20: Horizontally held, 15x optical zoom camcorder using SDHC card. See full product description

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Robert, Warwickshire Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Covenient size, very easy to use and excellent image quality.
Bad points:
At the price, it should include aa carrying bag.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 24 Dec 2009

Confirmed purchaser Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
High quality, light, easy to use
Bad points:
A camera case would have been nice; as not supplied I will carry it round in an old Sony case!
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 21 Jul 2009

Jason, Ashford

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Small lightweight and compact, easy to use, good battery life & display of remaining charge time, sharp and clear outside picture quality.
Bad points:
Far too many settings and features makes this more complicated than it needs to be for the casual user, time and patience is required to try out all the settings and choose which is right for you, ie 25fps, 50i, cinema mode (which didn't look any different to me) plus what sort of flourescent light you might be filming under, face recognition and loads more tech stuff - is all that really necessary?
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 7.0
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 16 Jul 2009

Ryan, Mullingar Westmeath

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excellent picture qaulity
Bad points:
None of any real note
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 15 Sep 2009

Confirmed purchaser Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Very compact
Bad points:
Does not work with iMovie9.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 05 Oct 2009

Product Features

Resolution quality HD
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 15
Media format Flash
Connections USB
Type of memory card SD
Type of memory card SDHC
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 300
Type of image stabiliser Optical
Widescreen recording No
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 32
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/2000
Weight (g) 340
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Maximum aperture telephoto 3.2
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 39.5
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 592.5
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2009-04-08

Also known as: Legria HF20, Canon HF20

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Manufacturer's Description

The stylish and compact LEGRIA HF20 can store over 12 hours of HD movies to internal memory. Perfect for carrying everywhere, features like Pre REC and Video Snapshot make moviemaking fun and easy.


  • 32GB Dual Flash Memory
  • Canon HD Camera System
  • Instant AF, Super Range OIS, Face Detection
  • Compact & stylish
  • Video Snapshot
  • Pre REC; Quick Start
  • x.v.Colour; 25p Cinema Mode
  • 3.3MP photos; Dual Shot
  • Superior audio
  • Supplied software
  • Start Freecording in Full HD.

Dual Flash Memory
Dual Flash Memory offers 32GB internal memory – enough for over 12 hours of Full HD movies – and recording to removable SDHC cards for extra capacity.

Canon HD Camera System
The Canon HD Camera System combines a 3.3MP Full HD CMOS sensor, a 15x optical zoom Canon HD Video Lens and the DIGIC DV III processor to deliver superb Full HD movies. On the highest quality setting, movies are captured at 24Mbps.

Great videos are easy
Shooting HD is easy. Instant AF achieves pin-sharp focus quickly, while a Super Range OIS prevents camera shake from ruining shots. Powered by DIGIC DV III, Face Detection Technology optimises shooting settings for perfect people shots – up to 35 faces in a frame.

The LEGRIA HF20 is compact and light – at only 340g, it’s perfect for taking anywhere.

Easy movie montages
Video Snapshot mode makes it incredibly easy to create movies for sharing. Each time the Record button is pressed, a 4 second clip is captured. Simply add your clips to a playlist, select a soundtrack, and you’re instantly ready to watch your movie on a TV – no need for editing. Five rights-free tracks are pre-loaded onto the camcorder: you can also add your own music using the Music Transfer Utility.

Ready to go
With Quick Start and Pre REC you’re always ready. From Standby, opening the LCD screen powers up the camcorder in around a second. Pre REC continuously stores 3 seconds of footage while the camcorder is on: once you press Record, you also capture the preceding 3 seconds of action.

Creative options
The LEGRIA HF20 supports the expanded colour space of x.v.Color. When movies are played back on a compatible HD TV, colours look deep and rich. 25p Cinema Mode gives your movies the traditional look of film and offers improved low-light shooting.

Photo options
Shoot high resolution 3.3MP photos. Or, in Dual Shot mode, capture 2MP stills at any time during video recording without changing modes – controls are set to automatic to make it easy. Photo Burst grabs 25 stills from a second of recorded footage.

Sounding good
Record superior audio via a microphone input and monitor levels via the headphone jack. Manual audio control offers even more options.

PIXELA™ software comes supplied – perfect for editing and sharing your movies. Alternatively, easily burn a DVD using the DW-100 DVD Burner (available separately).

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