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Canon VIXIA HF S20 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder - HF S20

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32GB Internal Flash Drive/ Two Removable SD Memory Card Slots/ 10x HD Video Lens/ 1/2.6" 8.59 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor/ DIGIC DV III Image Processor/ Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer With Powered IS/ Instant Autofocus/ 3.5" High Resolution Touch Panel LCD/ Smart Auto/ Black Finish
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Canon VIXIA HF S20 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder - HFS20

Canon's VIXIA HF S20 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder, with a 32GB internal flash drive and two SD memory card slots, offers Canon's most sophisticated feature set to date - blurring the line between consumer and professional. Canon's superlative proprietary imaging technologies help deliver video and 8.0 megapixel photos with incredible detail and lifelike color. Touch & Track allows you to achieve sharp focus and precise exposure for any subject, simply by touching the generous 3.5" High Resolution (922,000 dot) Touch Panel LCD. Native 24p Mode perfectly matches the frame rate of film. And 5.1-Channel Surround Sound ensures your audio complements the stunning realism of your video.

Features:

  • Record high definition video to a 32GB internal flash drive or directly to two removable SD memory cards
  • Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens
  • Canon 1/2.6" 8.59 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor
  • Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor
  • Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer with Powered IS
  • Instant Autofocus
  • 3.5" High Resolution Touch Panel LCD
  • Smart Auto

Package Content:

  • VIXIA HF S20 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder
  • Wireless Controller WL-D89
  • Stereo Video Cable STV-250N
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • Compact Power Adapter CA-570
  • Battery Pack BP-808
  • Component Cable CTC-100/S
  • Pixela ImageMixer 3SE Video Editing Software
  • Music CD
  • Digital Video Solution Disc

Specifications:

  • Standard Definition or High Definition: High Definition
  • Television System: NTSC
  • Video Recording system: MPEG4-AVC / H.264
  • Image Sensor: 1/2.6-inch CMOS, RGB Primary Color Filter
  • Total Pixels: Approx. 8.59 Megapixels
  • Effective Pixels
    • Video: Approx. 6.01 Megapixels (3264 x 1840)
    • Photo: 16:9 Approx. 6.01 Megapixels (3264 x 1840); 4:3 Approx. 8.02 Megapixels (3264 x 2456)
  • Maximum recording time
    • 32GB SDHC memory card: Recording time based on internal flash memory only. Greater capacity is possible when SD memory cards are also used (2 card slots).
    • LP (5Mbps) 12 hours 15 minutes
    • SP (7Mbps) 9 hours 35 minutes
    • XP+ (12Mbps) 5 hours 45 minutes
    • FXP (17Mbps) 4 hours 10 minutes - llows 1920 x 1080 Full HD Recording
    • MXP (24Mbps) 2 hours 55 minutes - Allows 1920 x 1080 Full HD Recording
  • Lens
    • Zoom Ratio 10x Optical/200x Digital
    • Focal Length f-6.4-64mm (35mm equivalent 43.5-435mm)
    • Zoom Speed Variable / 3 Fixed Zoom Speeds
    • Max. F/Stop f/1.8-3.0
  • Focusing System: Instant AF, Face Priority AF, TTL (through the lens)
  • Manual Exposure: Yes
  • Programmed AE: Smart Auto, P, Av, Tv, Cine*, Portrait, Sports, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Night Scene, Low Light, Spotlight, Fireworks
  • Max Shutter Speed: Movie: 1/2000; Photo: 1/500
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 10mm (wide) / 1m (tele)
  • White Balance: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Manual
  • Frame Rate: 60i, Native 24p (records at 24p), 24p Progressive (records at 60i), 30p Progressive (records at 60i)
  • Minimum Illumination: 0.3 lx (Low Light mode)
  • Image Stabilization: Dynamic SuperRange Optical (lens shift) / Standard SuperRange Optical (lens shift) / Powered IS
  • Filter Diameter: 58mm
  • LCD Screen: 3.5-inch High Resolution Touch Panel Widescreen Color LCD (Approx. 922,000 dots)
  • Flash: Built-in
  • Recording Media: Internal flash drive (32GB) or SD memory cards (2 slots) **
  • USB Terminal: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • Video Terminal: component (output), composite (output)
  • Audio: Dolby Digital 2 channel (AC-3), 5.1-channel (with optional Canon SM-V1 5.1-Channel Surround Microphone)
  • Accessory Shoe: mini Advanced
  • Supplied Video Editing Software: Pixela ImageMixer 3SE
  • HDMI Terminal: HDMI Mini Connector (output), CEC and x.v.Color supported
  • Microphone Terminal: 3.5 mm stereo mini-jack
  • AV Mini Terminal/Headphone Terminal: 3.5 mm 4 pole mini-jack (video/audio output only)
  • Remote Control Terminal: Yes (compatible with LANC protocol)

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Depth: 5.5"
  • Width: 3"
  • Height: 2.9"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 0.06 lbs
  • Shipping: 1 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturers Warranty(authorized online retailer): 1 Year Parts and Labor
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Storage TypeFlash Memory
LCD Screen Size (inches)3.5"
ViewfinderNo
Total Pixel Count8590000
Effective Pixel Count6010000
Manual FocusingNo
Optical Zoom10x
Digital Zoom200x
Night ModeYes
Image StabilizationYes
White BalanceAuto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Manual
Built In Video LightYes
Mic InputYes
Max Recording Time With BatteryLP (5Mbps) 12 hours 15 minutes, SP (7Mbps) 9 hours 35 minutes, XP+ (12Mbps) 5 hours 45 minutes, FXP (17Mbps) 4 hours 10 minutes - Allows 1920 x 1080 Full HD Recording, MXP (24Mbps) 2 hours 55 minutes - Allows 1920 x 1080 Full HD Recording
Digtial Still CameraYes
Effective Pixel Count for Still6,010,000/8,020,000
Still Image FormatsJPEG
Computer ConnectivityYes
Included Removeable MemoryYes
Weight With Battery (pounds)0.06 lbs
Width (inches)3"
Height (inches)2.9"
Depth (inches)5.5"
Parts Warranty1 Year
Labor Warranty1 Year
  

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Canon VIXIA HF S20 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder
 
4.6

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Excellent image quality (8)
  • Accurate, vivid colors (7)
  • Compact design (7)
  • Great sound/audio (6)

Cons

  • Short battery life (4)
  • Difficult computer connectivity (3)

Best Uses

  • HD shooting (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The Perfect Upgrade

I purchased my Canon Vixia HF S20 almost one month ago. I wanted to give myself enough time to get familiar with the camera before writing a review. This camera replaced my Digital 8...Read complete review

I purchased my Canon Vixia HF S20 almost one month ago. I wanted to give myself enough time to get familiar with the camera before writing a review. This camera replaced my Digital 8 and all I can say is wow! The camera is much more compact, provides far more user options, and the HD quality is simply amazing and the microphone input jack is a bonus that you won't find on most AVCHD cameras. The first thing I noticed was the touch screen menu. Admittedly it was a bit intimidating initially. However, after navigating it several times it became second nature. I really love the support of manually adjusting white balance, focus, microphone volume, aperture, and other options. If manually adjusting options is not for you the camera supports a fully automatic mode. The ability to track subjects is something that I use regularly. You simply tap the subject on the touch screen and the camera will keep it in focus, even if it's moving. Ergonomically, the HF S20 fits nicely in the palm of your hand and all controls are easily accessible. In low light situations you can enable a built in pop-up LED spotlight or if you're taking a photo the built in flash will automatically fire, unless you manually disable it. My video editing software recognized the Canon and imported the AVCHD video with ease. While editing I realized that the audio stream is not recorded in 5.1. Not satisfied with the audio quality I purchased a Wireless Lavaliere Microphone Package. To my disappointment the camera still only recorded stereo audio. After reading the fine print I learned that you must purchase an optional shotgun microphone to record in 5.1. I also discovered that the cold shoe mount of my wireless microphone will not fit the hot shoe on the camera. I'm currently in the process of purchasing a mini hot shoe adapter to resolve this issue. Another thing to be on the lookout for is a rattling lens cover. For some reason when the lens cover is closed it rattles a bit, nothing major but enough to make you search a bit to discover the source. One more thing, be sure to purchase an extra battery. Spend a little extra and purchase the BP-819. Overall I am happy customer. This camera is sleek, sexy, and offers everything I need to record high quality videos, even if the audio is in stereo.

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Difficult to use.

I have been able to download pictures without a problems. The pictures are wonderful. Down loading movies is a problem. There has not been adequate support.

I have been able to download pictures without a problems. The pictures are wonderful. Down loading movies is a problem. There has not been adequate support.

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great camera, Lousy Manual

By Butch

from Los Angeles Ca.

Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S20 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder:

I am 71yrs old with poor reading abilities, and therefore am having very little luck setting up this camera,As an example,I am under the impression this camera will record on a simm card, but i can only get it to record still captures! How about providing a SIMPLE quick guide to help us NON-TECHNICAL users!

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

You Will Be Pleased!

By Sorcese

from Fairfield County Connecticut

Pros

  • Accurate, Vivid Colors
  • Compact design
  • Durable
  • Easy Computer Connectivity
  • Ergonomic/comfortable to hold
  • Excellent Image Quality
  • Good battery life
  • good low-light performance
  • Good Software Compatibility
  • Great sound/audio

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S20 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder:

      OK... this is a great camcorder. The quality of the video rivals that of tape camcorders however it's much easier to use. Downloading video from the flash memory is easy and makes you want to shoot more video. I first purchased an M30 however I didn't like the small size and the video quality was good but not great. I like the larger size of the HF S20 which seems to make it more stable to handle (less shake). The larger size also allows for a larger image processor and thus the better quality video. It still fits in the pocket of my cargo shorts so carrying is easy. The two SD memory slots are very cool and the clarity of the viewing screen is incredible at almost one million pixels. You can access some of the features directly from the touch screen and while some folks say it's difficult to use... I would tell you it's great. If you like shooting video even a little bit... go buy this camera.

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      5.0

      Great Camera!

      By JonS

      from Iowa

      Pros

      • Accurate, Vivid Colors
      • Compact design
      • Easy Computer Connectivity
      • Easy to use
      • Easy TV Connectivity
      • Excellent Image Quality
      • Great sound/audio

      Cons

      • poor low-light performance
      • Short battery life
      • Uncomfortable to hold

      Best Uses

        Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S20 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder:

        I did a lot of research before buying this camera and then, when I finally made the decision to buy it, every store was sold out. I ended up getting a local store to sell me their display model. I'm so glad they did. This has been one of the best cameras I have ever purchased. I am really amazed with how well the still photos turn out and the video quality is with out question the best I have ever seen. The mic input is a great feature for recording from a mixer with multiple mics. I have used the Zoom h4n for audio which is a great fit. The built in stereo mics of the HF S20 are also very good and pic up sound better than I expected. My only complaints are the mini advanced shoe and the operation of the manual focus. Both of these hold back the camera from its full potential. Being able to use a flash transmitter and to use the flash for photos during video record would be great! It could also come with a separate battery charger.

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        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Camera

        By nyjimmy

        from Tucson, AZ

        Pros

        • Accurate, Vivid Colors
        • Compact design
        • Durable
        • Easy Computer Connectivity
        • Easy to use
        • Easy TV Connectivity
        • Ergonomic/comfortable to hold
        • Excellent Image Quality
        • Good Software Compatibility
        • Great sound/audio

        Cons

        • Short battery life

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S20 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder:

          Excellent images, still and video. Camera is easy to use and the images are top notch. I would buy this one again!!

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          (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing PQ; excellent features

          By tomcran

          from FL

          Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S20 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder:

          I've owned this camera for 5 months now and have used it often. I've owned 2 other Canaon HD camcorders (HF 21 and HF M31) and this is best by far. There are enough settings that if you are having trouble getting a good picture you can easily fix the problem through setting adjustments. For example, I was taking a lot of video of autumnal, brownish outdoors scenes in near-sunset light in Cinemode and they would end up with an unnatural, way too brownish overall look. I was frustrated and thought maybe something was wrong with Cinemode. But I found that by keeping Cinemode and setting the white balance to "Daylight" these scenes were turning out great - much more natural colors, and the brownishness was gone. Now I rarely use Cinemode, alone. I use it with "Daylight" for nearly any outdoors sunlight scene and am hugely impressed with the true colors and PQ. I only recently started using the 24f setting and am amazed at that, under certain circumstances. For example, if filming a mossy tree, with the moss gently swaying in the breeze -- that looks incredible! in 24p. (I also find that edited films done in 24f are more compatible with Blu-Ray players, after you burn them to BD discs. I have two BD players and one has never played my edited films very well. But if filmed in 24f, it plays them perfectly.) But panning becomes more difficult (but can still be done, if careful) and fast-action scenes such as sports scenes don't turn out that great in 24f, but that's nota camera problem -- that's just the way 24f is. The battery life is short, but I have two bigger batteries and also a separate battery charger and I have eliminated that as an issue. Mayn complain about the software, but I find it works fine for my purposes (downloading to computer from camera, editing -- merging, splitting, reducing volume, overdubbing, and burning the files to a Blu-Ray disc (BD-R or BD-RE) which always plays perfectly. I am hugely impressed with this camera and it has enough settings that no "problem" is insurmountable.I keep learning new things to improve performance.

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          (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          It's All That

          By CWTay

          from So Cal

          Pros

          • Ease of Use
          • Picture Quality
          • Touch Screen

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S20 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder:

              I have the Canon FS10 and wanted to go HD. Sticking with Canon I expected to get a nice cam. What I didn't expect was picture WOW!! Ease of use WOW!, The product quality WOW! I didn't get the S21 didn't need the WOW! but I got WOW with the S20. WOW am I happy.

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              (15 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Difficult to use.

              By Yummy

              from Savanah, GA

              Pros

              • add a pro

              Cons

              • add a con

              Best Uses

                Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S20 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder:

                I have been able to download pictures without a problems. The pictures are wonderful. Down loading movies is a problem. There has not been adequate support.

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                (17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Nice!

                By JohnnyBoy

                from Dallas

                Pros

                • Light and easy
                • Professional

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S20 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder:

                    Bought one, loved it so much bought another one. I shoot event video, and these babies are wonderful. Even for the price of two, it is still less expensive than one of the monster pro cams. My clients love the work they see, even in SD! Yes, there's a lot of noise out there about video with DSLR's. I have the 7D and shoot video on it and yes, it is beautiful. But when everything is boiled down to the end product, the S20's are favorably comparable, IMHO. For most of the still work I do, the built in cam works great for what it is. No, it's not a DSLR. You can also shoot at 24p and make nice frame grabs, send them into your editor and come out with some really peachy stuff. Personally, I hope my clients never find out how easy it is to make great video with this product.

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                    (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    MY FIRST VIDEO CAMERA

                    By DW IN OHIO

                    from DAYTON, OHIO

                    Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S20 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder:

                    ALTHOUGH THIS IS MY FIRST VIDEO CAMERA, IT IS BY NO MEANS MY FIRST CANON PRODUCT. I BOUGHT IT ON PAST EXPERIENCE WITH THE MANUFACTURER. I HAD A CRASH-COURSE LEARNING THE PRODUCT. I HAD 2 DAYS TO LEARN THE MOST I COULD BEFORE I GOT TO DRIVE MY NEW CAR ON THE INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY. NOT TO BE A COMEDIAN, BUT THIS IS THE BEST VIDEO CAMERA I'VE EVER OWNED! EVERYTHING WORKED EXTREMELY WELL! THAT WAS 2 WEEKS AGO. NOW IT'S EVEN BETTER! IT'S ALL I HOPED IT WOULD BE! I'M GONNA TAKE IT (AND MY NEW CAR) TO THE GRAND CANYON SOON. I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THE RESULTS THAT I KNOW WILL BE FANTASTIC! AS MANY TIMES PRIOR, CANON HAS LIVED UP TO MY EXPECTATIONS! I LOVE THIS CAMERA!

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                    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great camcorder

                    By StevieB

                    from Boston, MA

                    Pros

                    • amazing hd video and photo

                    Cons

                    • Somewhat expensive

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S20 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder:

                      I purchased this great HD camcorder in May 2010. I used it around my home, then took it on my Southeast Asia travels. Besides the ease of use, clear colorful HD video and high pixel camera, it took my many plane, bus, car, taxi, motorcycle, and walking trips. I bought two fast 16 GB SD cards, but only used one. The life of the battery was about 3-4 hours of intermittent use. I had no trouble uploading the video to my Apple MacBook. I used iMovie to edit the video and iPhoto to edit the photos. I am a young professional photographer and I was very pleased with the photos from this camcorder. Lastly, this Canon camcorder is so light that I was able to take it everywhere and for all day events! Thanks, Canon

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