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VIXIA HF G20 32 GB Flash Memory HD Camcorder (10x Opt, 40x Dig, 3.5" LCD)

IntelliRating: 5 stars
Pros: Great video output and low light capability, Above-average sound quality, Easy to carry, Dual card slots
Cons: Complicated menu system, Poor battery life

Review: The Canon VIXIA HF G20 carries some notable upgrades over its predecessor, the G10, and has lots of options for manual and automatic shooting, likely to appeal to both professionals and amateurs. It's a good starting point if you want to take professional videos and easily move between bright and dark environments. Video quality is what you'd expect from a high-quality camcorder. Its Canon 10x HD Video Lens with 8-Blade Iris works in conjunction with a 1/3-inch HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor to provide sharp and clear images. Auto Tele Macro also allows for a more creative shot. When recording videos and photos, you can either save it to the camera’s 32GB internal memory or use dual SD memory cards. Users would notice a true improvement when it comes to the Canon VIXIA HF G20’s low-light capability and audio quality. There should be no problem when shooting on a sunny day or even in low-light areas. A .24-inch, color widescreen viewfinder and a 3.5-inch touchscreen display improve usability in any situation. The built-in multi-position microphone picks up white noise but sound output is above average. Investing in an external microphone would be totally worth it for higher audio quality. With regards to ease of operation, it could be further improved. The Canon VIXIA HF G20 has a full array of controls but the menu system is a bit complex in our opinion. Since the manual is not that helpful when it comes to providing information about menu items and their functions, exploring the camera’s incredible capabilities may take a while. If you intend to shoot for several hours, having an extra battery pack seems like a good idea too. When shooting at the highest resolution, users can squeeze in up to 2 hours and 55 minutes worth of recording, while for low resolution videos, you can easily record up to 12 hours and 15 minutes. Small and lightweight, the Canon VIXIA HF G20 is perfect for everyday use. It also comes with a built-in lens hood that cuts down unwanted glare, and a lens cap which aims to protect the camcorder from the elements.

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