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Canon Legria HF20 reviews: Flash storage HD camcorder

The stylish and compact LEGRIA HF20 can store over 12 hours of HD movies to internal memory. Perfect for ... See full description.
  • HD
  • 15x optical zoom

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product 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).

product specification
Resolution quality HD
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 15x optical zoom
Media format Flash storage
Connections USB
Type of memory card SDHC card
Type of memory card SD card
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 300x digital zoom
Type of image stabiliser Optical image stabiliser
Widescreen recording No
Hard disk capacity 32GB Storage
Shortest shutter speed 1/2000 min. shutter speed
Weight (g) 340g
Screen size 2.7"
Maximum aperture telephoto 3.2
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length 39.5 Millimetres
Highest focal length 592.5 Millimetres
Type of chip CMOS chip
Release date 8 Apr 2009