Canon VIXIA HF G20 Review

Canon VIXIA HF G20 Review

Overview

The Canon VIXIA HF G20 is lightweight, sleek and compact compared to its professional counterpart, the XA10. The VICIA HF G20 also includes a flip-out 3.5 inch touchscreen but it also includes physical buttons. The G20 comes with up to 12 hours of HD recording to 32GB of built-in flash memory and two additional SD card slots for extra storage.  This camera also includes nine filters (Sepia, Memory and Dramatic Black & White, Cinema Standard, Vivid, Cool, Dream, Nostalgic).  In addition to the nine filters this camera also offers amazing zooming abilities with its built-in zoom lens. One of the most notated features of this camera would be the Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization. This comes in handy while trying to take an action shot and the stability of the image is difficult to capture. While this is the upgraded version of the G10 the G20 does not include a ton of new features but the low-light performance was improved in the G20. This helps your shot looks life-like and crisp. With this camera you can choose the auto setting and the camera changes your settings based on your surroundings and what the camera can read from your shot. You can also choose any setting you would like by switching to manual and scrolling through the different menus.

Canon VIXIA HF G20 YouTube Performance Review

In regards to the performance on the low-light sensitivity and the crisp detail on the shot no other consumer camera would compare. The Sharpness of the shot will amaze in this consumer hand-held camera. The Canon VIXIA HF G20 also out performs many of its competitor’s products in terms of battery life.  While using the G20 you are obtaining professional looking shots while using a consumer hand-held camera for a fraction of the cost you would pay if buying from the professional line up. As a consumer that takes extended videos it was nice to not struggle to hold the camera up for long period of time since it was so light-weight and easily controlled with one hand.  The G20 is also measuring up for individuals wanting to control every aspect of their shoot with the manual options and accommodates the amateur shooters with its automatic setting. This camera puts you in complete control of your shot rather you want it to adjust for you, enter every setting yourself or even take it into cinema mode. Cinema mode is where you can adjust to your nine filters and even adjust the color depth and adding a softening filter.  This is a great camera to invest in if you are just picking up shooting high quality videos to years of experience.

Overall Canon VIXIA HF G20 Review

Overall the Canon VIXIA HF G20 is a great camera to give you the control of semi-professional functions on a budget. The many functions it provides allows you to shoot videos just as you imagine and provides comfort with its design in the process. While it may not be leaps and bounds ahead of the G10 and still is lacking the 60p recording the G20 will give a liberating experience to the individuals stuck behind the normal cameras that have such limitations on the options of shooting. The G20 is ideal for anyone wanting to shoot videos at any experience level and for the price you just cannot beat the crisp and life-like videos it provides.

PROS
  • Realistic and life-like videos
  • Long battery life
  • Light-weight
  • Lots of storage space
CONS
  • Not a ton of improvements from the G10 to the G20
  • No 60p recording
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Overall I feel that this is a excellent camera especially considering the price and that it is hand-held.  The quality of the video is simply unbelievable.

 

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