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Canon HG20 High Definition HDD Camcorder - Silver (12 x Optical Zoom, Multiangle Vivid LCD)

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  • Up to 22 hrs of HD movies stored to 60Gb Hard Disk Drive (HDD)
  • Dual Memory: record to HDD or removable memory card
  • 1920x1080 Full HD recording at superior quality (24Mbps)
  • Canon HD Camera System: 3.3MP Full HD CMOS, Canon HD Video Lens (12x optical zoom) and DIGIC DV II
  • Instant AF for precise focusing at speed
  • Steady shots with Super Range OIS
  • Freedom to create - 25p Cinema Mode and 11 Program AE modes
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 13.8 x 7.7 cm ; 467 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: 3086B006AA
  • ASIN: B001DZW4FK
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 7 Aug. 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,515 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

Canon HG21 HD camcorder. Features 22 hrs of HD dual recording 1920 x 1080 full HD super range OIS creative options microphone flexible system and software with Blu-ray disc support.

Manufacturer's Description


Store up to 22 hours of great-looking 1920x1080 Full HD movies on the camcorder’s 60Gb HDD. Easily connect to an HD TV, upload footage to the web, or burn movies to DVD or Blu-ray disc.

HG20 Highlights

Dual Recording

Shoot to HDD or easy-to-share removable memory card (60Gb HDD + SDHC card slot).

Canon Full HD CMOS Sensor

The HG20 features a newly developed Full HD CMOS Image Sensor, designed and manufactured by Canon. Utilising decades of experience in the manufacture of CMOS chips, this sensor captures movies at Full HD resolution and features on-chip noise reduction technology. This low noise technology feature means that even in dimly-lit scenes, the signals from each pixel are as pure as possible, with minimal "noise" or other aberrations.

25p Cinema Mode

25p Cinema Mode enables all aspiring movie makers achieve a professional "film-look" – a feature previously available only on pro-level camcorders. This mode is actually two different features, which can be used independently or together, depending on the user’s preference.

1. The frame rate changes to 25p for cinematic motion effects.
2. The HG20 changes the colour and tonal characteristics to make you feel like you are watching a movie in the theatre.

RGB Primary Colour Filter

Whether you’re shooting video or photos, you will appreciate the HG20'S stunning, high-definition image production. For rich, accurate colour, the HG20 uses an RGB Primary Colour Filter.

Genuine Canon 12x HD Video Lens

The HG20 comes equipped with a 12x HD video lens. An aspherical lens is used to help achieve low aberration and high resolution. The lens also features super spectra coating technology which lowers flare and ghosting. A gradation ND system is used for better exposure in bright shooting situations. This lens design creates true HD image quality.

DIGIC DV II Image Processor

DIGIC DV II is the next generation of Canon's exclusive DIGIC DV signal processing technology designed specifically for HD. Since video and still images have different colour requirements, DIGIC DV II HD digital signal processing ensures optimal image quality for both HD video and still images. Thanks to DIGIC DV II image processing, the HG20 produces video with improved colour reproduction, especially in skin tones, and dark and light scenes. It also uses a hybrid noise reduction system that employs two types of noise reduction for images that are crystal clear.

Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer

The HG20 features Canon’s Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS). Utilizing a hybrid detection method (combining vector and gyro detection method) it corrects camera shake almost instantly for steady shots. And unlike other optical stabilization systems, Canon’s Super Range OIS covers a wide range of movements while preserving image quality. It is even effective while taking photos.

Instant AF (Auto Focus)

Instant AF is Canon’s new and advanced autofocus system required for High Definition. Using a Hybrid Control system, the Instant AF makes it easy to focus on previously difficult subjects. It dramatically decreases the time it takes to achieve proper focus and increases accuracy, especially in low-light and high-brightness situations.

Mini Advanced Accessory Shoe

With an Advanced Accessory shoe, a range of peripherals can be easily attached to the camcorder.

Audio Control

A microphone input connection allows you capture the very best audio using an external microphone – perfect if you can’t get the camcorder close to the action.  A headphone terminal and manual audio control let you monitor and precisely set the volume of the sounds that are recorded.

Pixela ImageMixer 3 SE Software

The HG20 is supplied with video editing software from Pixela.  This software allows you to organise, play back and edit your digital video clips, then convert them to alternative file formats.  It even includes DVD burning features – another easy way to share your footage.

Additional Features

Built-In Electronic Lens Cover
A built-in electronic lens cover automatically opens when the camcorder is turned On and closes when turned Off. There is no dangling lens cover to lose.

Program AE Mode
The HG20 gives you a choice of settings that automatically result in the best exposure for different conditions. Scene modes include: Portrait, Sports, Night, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Spotlight, and Fireworks. Each adjusts your camcorder's settings to compensate for different lighting conditions and different subjects.


Maximum Resolution Acheived with 24Mbps Recording
In addition to Full HD (1920 X 1080) processing from input through to recording, maximum 24Mbps AVCHD-rated bit rate recording is now possible with this model. The highest resolution rates in the industry ensure detailed and beautiful reproduction of images.

Low light performance
The HG20 needs a minimum illumination of just 2.5 lux. This low light level performance is essential when recording in poor lighting conditions, for example in doors, or at dusk.

Scene Dividing Function
It is possible to divide and store video data effortlessly without the use of a PC. Simply divide the footage and delete the unwanted scenes to save space on the HDD. It is also useful for recording with DVD burners (such as the Canon DW100) as only the clips with the bits you want to keep need to be saved.

HDMI terminal
The HDMI terminal transports a High Definition video signal with audio in one cable to your HD television. The new standard in HD connection.

Smooth Zoom Control
With this innovative feature, you can always be sure of smooth, steady, professional looking zoom shots. Simply select one of three pre-set zoom speeds. You can also select variable so you can control the speed manually.

3.1-megapixel photos
Capture stunning 3.1-megapixel photos to SD card. Simultaneous photo shooting lets you capture still images during movie recording or playback. With one push of a button you can "grab" a 2-megapixel still image from your HD video footage.

Built-In Flash
Capture superb images in low light and indoor photography settings.

Histogram Display
Monitor still image quality so you can make adjustments to improve the next shots.

One-Year Parts and Labour Limited Warranty
Canon’s camcorder limited warranty provides protection long after other manufacturers’ warranties expire.


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By D Deacon VINE VOICE on 17 May 2009
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Got mine the other day and apart from a few hiccups which Amazon sorted admirably, it looks like I am to have a great relationship with my HG20. I have a Canon HR10 AVCHD which uses miniDVDs which are a bit of a pain to use. The HG20 has both a 60GB hard drive and can take SDHC cards (16GB SDHC class 6 Transcend cards work well). So lots of storage for your holidays or just being lazy. It has all the functions listed apart from one. The LCD is not the Multiangle Vivid one - my HR10 has this better one. Seems Canon wanted to differentiate the HG20 from its more expensive 'twin', the HG21, and so used a slightly inferior LCD. Really it is the viewable angles which are different. The supplied one, however, is fine except you just have to adjust it a bit more often. Many reviews think the HG20 represents better value than the HG21.

The HG20 is small and feels a bit plastic just like most of Canon's recent crop but that's not a bad thing. It is light, easy to hold and carry. It would fit okay in a coat pocket and not drag.

The LCD pulls out easily and has a positive feel to it - not flimsy. The LCD has a 5-way joystick which is your navigation tool for menus; there are some touch sensitive pads on the bottom of the LCD too. The body has various buttons for display on/off, zoom, snapshots, mode etc. All of these operate fine and are easily accessed.

The battery supplied is a a BP-807 which takes about 2.5 hours for a full charge. The approximate number of minutes of use left is shown on the LCD and is affected by whether you use the HD or SDHC card etc - there's a list of values supplied in the manual. BTW SDHC cards use less power. There are much much cheaper generic batteries available. As ever, be careful if you opt for these.
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This is a great camera in all respects bar one. As a Mac user, I am now having great difficulty getting my footage off the camera. Canon has forced the user over a barrel by forcing you to use their software. And just to annoy us that little bit more, the software WILLL NOT WORK on a Mac. I am now having to look at alternative ways of accessing my footage, which has disappointed me no end. A great, great camera, but this one problem leaves a bitter taste in the mouth after spending so much money. Bad form Canon, very bad form indeed.
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Not obvious from the product description but this camera does NOT come with a viewfinder. That's a bit pathetic for something costing over 600 quid. The HG21 has one but you need to fork out 200 quid more for the privilege. Also, the marketing blurb tells you you can get 22 hours onto the Hard Disk. Great you think until you learn that the entry level battery you get with the camera is barely good for an hour or so and you need to prepare to spend another 100 quid on a second battery. To add insult to injury, there is no camera case in the kit- which is useless. I am not just going to chuck a camera like this into my bag. All said and done, apart from not having a viewfinder, this camera is good. The kit you get with is is just utterly rubbish and you need to budget 100 on a second battery and 20 or so on a case. Also, the ImageMixer programme effectively forces you to send them your camera serial No before it lets you download your videos to PC. Nice that.
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