Additional Features Pro-style Lens Hood and Eye Cup
The VIXIA HF G20 camcorder comes standard with a large lens hood that shuts out unwanted flare from external light sources, and incorporates a lens barrier that eliminates the need for a lens cap. The hood can be attached even when using a Canon filter. The large, comfortable eye cup is the same as that used on Canon's XA 10 professional model, and is designed to improve visibility by blocking out extra light.
100% View Ratio
The VIXIA HF G20 is designed with a 100% view ratio excellent visibility that ensures you'll get exactly the shot you want.
Versatile Display Features
Videographers with exacting needs will appreciate the VIXIA HF G20's range of functions designed to assist in pinpoint focus adjustment and exposure control. Color peaking, zebra pattern, waveform/edge monitor, SMPTE color bars and an audio test tone are all available.
The Pre-Record feature places your VIXIA HF G20 camcorder in a stand-by "pre-roll" mode. With this feature the camcorder continuously records three seconds of video to memory before you even press the record button. When you start recording, the additional video is recorded too. It will be easier than ever to capture the moment when the bat hits the ball at the start of that home run.
The Quick Start function on the VIXIA HF G20 gets you up and shooting whenever a great scene happens. Simply open the LCD panel and the camcorder powers on.
Native 24p Progressive Mode
The VIXIA HF G20 features the Native 24p Progressive Mode, generally found only on Canon's professional camcorders. The mode allows 24 frames per second to be captured and recorded (instead of the standard 60i) a must for serious filmmaking work.
Story Creator assists you in the process of creating an organized and sophisticated video. Choose one of five different themes Travel, Kids & Pets, Party, Ceremony, and Blog and the camcorder provides a list of suggested scenes to shoot. After capturing your video, Story Creator helps you categorize and rate your scenes, making it easy to review, select and play back your favorites.
Video Snapshot allows you to capture the highlights of a once-in-a-lifetime trip or a family milestone with the same ease as taking photos. Simply record a series of short video clips or select your favorite clips while in Playback Mode and blend in your favorite background music to create an exciting movie that will grab everyone's attention. Video Snapshot on the VIXIA HF G20 allows selectable recording time (2, 4, or 8 seconds). Additionally, audio from an external source such as an MP3 player can be played along with the Snapshot movie, and playback can be controlled from that source.
A critical objective when shooting in high definition is achieving the sharpest focus possible. The VIXIA HF G20 camcorder features Canon's Instant AF focusing system, which offers a dramatic improvement in autofocus speed and accuracy, compared to traditional autofocus systems. The Instant AF feature uses an external sensor, in combination with Canon's autofocus system, to help significantly decrease the time it takes to find focus, even in low-light conditions. This system achieves focus instantaneously, reducing focus "hunting." This is especially beneficial in high brightness or night shooting situations. In addition, with Instant AF it's possible to capture fast, accurate focusing even when following a moving subject.
For those situations in which the super quick action of Instant AF might not be desirable, you also have the option of Medium AF, which is softer and smoother than Instant AF, but faster than would be possible with manual focusing. Accessories Get the Most from Your Camcorder
Canon helps you get more out of your camcorder with a wide range of accessories that inspire your creativity and productivity alike. Canon's optional WM-V1 Wireless Microphone allows you to record high-quality audio without wires from up to 164 feet away (50m), making it ideal for ceremonies and recitals. For the ultimate home theater experience, the optional 5.1-channel Surround Sound Microphone SM-V1 captures audio quality that matches the stunning realism of your HD video. Five distinct pickup sensors capture sound from all directions, making your home movies look and sound more lifelike than ever before. The optional Canon WD-H58W Wide Converter is optically matched for the VIXIA HF G20's HD lens. It provides a magnification factor of 0.8x, increasing wide-angle capability to approximately 24mm (35mm equivalent).
Best choice for indie filmmakers
This is the Canon Legria HF G25, as known in Europe, and it's an amazing camcorder. I used it to make a feature film and I can only say good things about it. Its image quality is outstanding and it's full of pro features without being that difficult to use. I think this is the best camcorder for indie filmmakers in a budget, you can really get pro results with it. In low light this camcorder really shines, its low light (and bright light too) footage is wonderful! I'm just writing another new project to be shot with this little marvel. Wanna make indie films? buy this one! (with a large battery pack), you won't regret it!
April 30, 2014
I'm very happy with this camcorder, here in Europe it is called Canon Legria HF G25. I've just completed editing an horror indie feature film shot with this little (and great) camcorder. My film was shot in seven days with no lighting but the sun, with this I mean this camcorder is perfect when you have no crew, as I was. The camcorder job was done all by myself and this is a camcorder LOADED with pro features that allows an easy use to get professional results. Its low light performance is simply amazing, it even seemed I had some lights when in fact I did not. This is truly a remarkable device, the kind of camcorder I want by my side in hard pressed shootings. Bravo Canon!!!
April 1, 2014
Excellent Overall Quality
Great camcorder with excellent video quality. Would like to see a better software to make downloading simpler. Hand adjustment for features on shooting are somewhat a problem for me. But all in all, the finished video is its best feature.
November 23, 2013
Excellent Camera at an Excellent Price
This is my 5th Canon camcorder and I love it! This almost pro camera is packed with nearly all the pro features I have used on other pro cameras, at a fantastic price. The image quality and ease of use is wonderful. This camera is perfect for anyone wanting a more professional look to their video.
The use of the touch screen for focus, tracking, and exposure is awesome!
This camera could be improved in three ways:
Make the touch menu easer to navigate.
Make the touch screen more sensitive.
Give it a standard hot shoe.
Overall, Canon did a great job giving modest improvements to the excellent G10 and then giving it a price that says "Wow!"
Thank you Canon!
September 20, 2013