Canon VIXIA HF G20 Full HD Camcorder, 2.37 Megapixel, 32GB Internal Flash Memory, 10x HD Video Lens, Dual SD Card Slots, Dynamic SuperRange Optical Stabilization

SKU: CAHFG20 MFR: 8063B002
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About the Canon HF G20

True video enthusiasts and advanced amateurs will find their inspirational match in the new VIXIA HF G20. Designed to rival pro-level camcorders in image quality, it's equipped with a Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens with 8-bladed iris for stunning quality video and soft, beautiful background blur. The camcorder's Canon HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor provides extraordinary flexibility with extended dynamic range, enhanced gradation, and significantly more light capture for 20% improved low-light performance?.

You'll record up to 12 hours of crisp HD video to a 32GB internal flash drive or simultaneously to 2 memory card slots (SDHC and fast, high-capacity SDXC). For extra assurance Relay Recording automatically switches recording to the SD memory cards when the internal drive is full so you never miss a moment - the second card takes over automatically when the first becomes full.

Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization keeps your video smooth and blur-free, even at the long end of the zoom, and Intelligent IS ensures effortless stabilization no matter what the shooting situation. The VIXIA HF G20 can deliver simultaneous output to both the Electronic Viewfinder with pro-style large eye cap, and the bright 3.5-inch Touch Panel LCD.

For easy, high-quality shooting, Smart AUTO automatically recognizes and selects proper settings for 38 different scenes, and the camcorder's rich array of manual functions and Professional Shooting Assist Functions bring a new level of control to your video. Your creativity is further supported with newly customizable Cinema-Look Filters to alter the mood and intensity of your video, and Touch Decoration options to add an element of fun and excitement.

The VIXIA HF G20 features a Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens which offers a 35mm equivalent of 30.4-304mm. It delivers unsurpassed image quality, the versatility of a wide angle of view and smooth and professional-looking background images thanks to a sophisticated 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 stunning resolution, superb low-light performance, and a wide dynamic range.

Canon's DIGIC DV III Image Processor provides stunningly realistic color and sophisticated noise reduction for exceptional 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.

You will also find that exceptionally 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.

And 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 feet (from 3.3 feet) giving you the opportunity to shoot spectacular close-ups with the dramatic look of shallow depth-of-field. Tele Macro is one of 38 scenes available in Smart Auto Mode.

The Canon HF G20 is commonly used for Documentaries, HD shooting, Home movies, Low light, Travel, Weddings and more.The Canon HF G20 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast among others.The Canon HF G20 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon HF G20: Easy to use, Good in low light, Great picture quality, Image stabilization, Large clear LCD and Zoom range/performance.

Canon HF G20 Includes

  • Canon VIXIA HF G20 Camcorder
  • Lens Hood (with Lens Barrier)
  • Battery Pack BP-808
  • Compact Power Adapter CA-570
  • Wireless Controller WL-D89
  • Stylus Pen
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-300PCU
  • Stereo Video Cable STV-250N
  • Mini-HDMI Cable HTC-100/S
  • Bundled CD-ROMs: PIXELA Video Browser / Photo Applications / Audio Disc
  • Canon 1 Year Warranty

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Zoom range/performance (10) , Easy to use (8) , Image stabilization (8) , Large clear LCD (8) , Good in low light (7) , Great picture quality (7) , Great sound (3)
Best Uses:
Travel (7) , Home movies (6) , Low light (5) , Documentaries (4) , HD shooting (4) , Weddings (4) , Movies/short films (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (4) , Casual user (2) , Pro videographer (2) , Parent (1) , Semi-pro (1) , Tech savvy (1)

Canon HF G20 Features

  • Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens (35mm equivalent: 30.4mm - 304mm) with 8-Blade Iris delivers exceptional image quality with smooth backgrounds for professional-looking results.
  • Canon HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor is a professional-level 1/3-inch native 1920 x 1080 image sensor which delivers outstanding video resolution, improved low-light performance, and a wide dynamic range.
  • Record up to 12 hours of crisp high-definition video to a 32GB internal flash drive or directly to 2 memory card slots (SDHC/SDXC compatible); Relay Recording automatically switches video recording to the memory card when the internal drive becomes full.
  • Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization corrects a full range of motion and Intelligent IS automatically chooses from four different modes to optimize image stabilization for the shooting condition.
  • 3.5-inch Touch Panel LCD offers fast and easy control right at your fingertips plus an Electronic Viewfinder.
  • Smart AUTO makes shooting great videos easy by intelligently selecting the best settings from 38 predefined situations, including Auto Tele Macro that provides spectacular close-ups and the dramatic look of a video shot with shallow depth-of-field.
  • Professional Shooting Assist Functions, normally only available to professional videographers, allow you to obtain an exceptional level of control.
  • Cinema-Look Filter offers nine different built-in filters to create video with a variety of professional cinematic looks and Touch Decoration allows you to superimpose and record a variety of fun and exciting images for a creative flair.
  • Audio Scene Select enables easy operation and setup for outstanding audio that complements the pristine image quality.

Canon HF G20 Specifications

Standard High Definition
Television System NTSC
Video Recording System AVCHD/MPEG-4
Image Sensor 1/3-inch HD CMOS Pro, RGB Primary Color Filter
Total Pixels Approx. 2.37 Megapixels
Effective Pixels Video:
Approx. 2.07 Megapixels (1920 x 1080)

Approx. 2.07 Megapixels (1920 x 1080)
Max Record Time 32GB AVCHD LP (1440 x 1080):
12 hrs. 15 min.

SP (1440 x 1080):
9 hrs. 35 min.

XP+ (1440x1080):
5 hrs. 45 min.

FXP (1920 x 1080):
4 hrs. 10 min.

MXP (1920 x 1080):
2 hrs. 55 min.

When recording has continued for 12 hours, it will automatically stop and then start.
Lens Zoom Ratio 10x Optical / 40x Digital /200x Digital (Movie mode only)
Lens Focal Length 4.25-42.5mm (35mm equivalent: 30.4-304mm)
Lens Zoom Speed Variable, Constant: Fast, Normal, Slow (16 steps in each mode)
Max. F/Stop: f/1.8-2.8
Focusing System Instant AF, Medium AF, Face Priority AF, TTL
Manual Exposure Available
Programmed AE Smart Auto, P, Tv, Av, M (Manual exposure), SCN (Portrait, Sports, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Night Scene, Low Light, Spotlight, Fireworks
Max Shutter Speed Movie: 1/2000 sec.
Minimum Focusing Distance 20mm (wide end) /60cm (across the entire zooming range)
White Balance Auto, Set 1, Set 2, Custom (2,000K to 15,000K in 100K increments), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Manual
Frame Rate NTSC AVCHD: 60i/PF30
MP4: 24P/30P
Minimum Illumination NTSC Auto mode: 1.2 lux (with auto slow shutter selected - shutter speed 1/30 sec.)
Low Light mode: 0.1 lux (shutter speed 1/2 sec.)
Image Stabilization Dynamic SuperRange Optical System (Lens shift)
Standard SuperRange Optical System (Lens shift)
Powered IS
Intelligent IS
Image Stabilization Mode Dynamic IS (default)
Powered IS
Macro IS
Tripod Mode

IS Modes other than Intelligent IS; Dynamic IS and Powered IS settings can be selected:
Standard IS
IS Off
Filter Diameter 58mm
Viewfinder 0.24-inch, color widescreen viewfinder
(Approx. 260,000 dots; approx. 100% field of view)
LCD Screen 3.5-inch Touch Panel Widescreen Color LCD (Approx. 922,000 dots)
Recording Media Built-in 32 GB memory and 2 additional SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slots

Use of Class 4 or above (4, 6 or 10) memory cards is recommended for recording MXP or FXP (1920 x 1080 pixel recording) movies.
USB Terminal mini-B: Hi-Speed USB supported
Video Terminal Component (output); Composite (output)
Audio AVCHD Satisfied: Dolby Digital 2 Channel (AC3); 5.1 Channel (with optional Canon SM-V1 5.1-Channel Surround Microphone)
Accessory Shoe Mini Advanced Accessory Shoe
Supplied Video Editing Software PIXELA Video Browser / Network Utility Disc
Canon ImageBrowser EX Disc
HDMI Terminal Available; mini connector (output only)
Microphone Terminal Microphone Terminal
AV Mini Terminal/Headphone Terminal 3.5mm 4 pole mini-jack (video/audio output only)
Operating Temperature Range 23° to 113°F (-5° to 45°C) 60% relative humidity
32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C) 85% relative humidity (performance)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.0 x 3.1 x 6.3" (77 x 78 x 161mm) Not including lens hood and grip belt
Weight Approx. 1.3 lb.(575g) including lens hood and grip belt
Approx. 1.4 lb. (620g) Including Battery BP-808, memory card (x1), lens hood and grip belt
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