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Canon Legria HF20 - Canon Legria HF20

By James Morris

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Our Score:

7

Canon's Image Effects provide even more detailed manipulation of how the camcorder records its video - much more than any other manufacturer. There are presets for boosting or reducing saturation and sharpening, a soft skin mode, plus a custom option with independent settings for brightness, contrast, colour saturation and sharpness. Further sweetening the deal, progressive scanning is available via 25pf mode, which encodes full frames into a 50i signal for the widest format compatibility. You can also shoot in x.v.Color, which widens the range of each 8-bit colour channel to its full extent, for deeper hues.

You also get the same amount of on-board Flash memory. The 32GB integrated will be enough for two and a half hours of footage at the top data rate. This records Full HD AVCHD with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution at 24Mbits/sec, the most currently available from this format, although there are alternatives ranging down to 5Mbits/sec, allowing 12 hours of footage. If this isn't enough, an SDHC slot is also provided for further expansion.

Despite its more budget orientation, the HF20 still also provides mini-jacks for attaching headphones and an external microphone. However, Canon is sticking with its proprietary 'S' Advanced Shoe rather than the standard formats, so only Canon peripherals will be compatible. The tripod mount has at last been moved from the unbalanced location of 2008 models near the front, to a more sensible place in the middle, although it is still on one edge of the body.

Ken Dublin

April 18, 2009, 8:56 pm

Thanks James for telling it like it is!


First review that's answered all my questions...HF11 here I come!!

James Morris

April 19, 2009, 2:08 am

Glad to be of service!

Derek

April 20, 2009, 10:05 pm

I'm been considering camcorders at around 𧽂 and narrowed my search to ...


Panasonic HDC-SD200


Canon HF10


With low light performance being important your Canon HF20 review makes it clear the Canon HF200 is not an option.


Buying 16GB Class 6 memory for the HDC-SD200 at 㿅 I don't see as an issue.


Which camera would you recommend?

James Morris

April 21, 2009, 7:31 pm

@Derek Have you considered the Canon HF100? You can still pick that model up for a very keen price. The Panasonic HDC-SD200 should beat it (just) in low light, but it's also more expensive.

Charlie0166

April 27, 2009, 8:42 pm

Hi James, and thanks for the really helpful reviews. I have been sitting on the fence for a while now, but need to get on with making a purchase. I must confess to finding the naming hierachy confusing so don't always end up comparing like for like, but got to the point of choosing the HF11, working on a budget of 𧾦. Is there anything else I should consider (particularly Sony as I can get a friends and family discount that amounts to around 20%)


Many thanks

James Morris

April 28, 2009, 4:58 am

Well, if you can get 20% off Sony, hold off until Saturday. I finally have something to show you! It might change your mind.

Charlie0166

May 1, 2009, 8:53 pm

OOOOhhhhh - do tell. It's nearly saturday.......

James Morris

May 2, 2009, 9:14 pm

It's Saturday now!

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