Since Canon is acknowledged as a world leading maker of digital cameras, it’s not surprising that the VIXIA HF S20, in addition to being a brilliant camcorder, is also a superb 8.0 megapixel digital camera. Once again, Canon delivers features and technology that advance convenience and capability. The VIXIA HF S20’s Dual Shot makes it easier than ever to capture both video and photos. You’ll even be able to shoot 6.0 megapixel photos while shooting video at the same time with Simultaneous Photo Recording.
Auto Intelligent Auto Focus "AiAF" ensures sharp images and gives creative flexibility. Even when your subject isn't in the center of the frame, the VIXIA HF S20's 9-Point AiAF will automatically select from 9 metering frames on the screen to help bring images into sharp focus.
You can also choose from a range of exposure modes including Auto AV (aperture priority), TV (shutter priority), and P (program).
For optimal exposure, the VIXIA HF S20 offers selectable metering patterns: Evaluative, Center-Weighted Average, and Spot. The AE Bracketing feature of the VIXIA HF S20 automatically takes three versions of the shot with 'dark,' 'normal' and 'light' settings in ½ exposure steps so you may choose the one that best suits you.
The VIXIA HF S20 can capture a rapid succession of photos, just like the motor drive on a digital camera. Shoot up to 3 frames per second in the Continuous Mode, or a blazing 5 frames per second in the High Speed Continuous Mode.
For the advanced digital photographer, the VIXIA HF S20 comes with a Histogram Display – a feature found in Canon's line of digital SLR cameras. The display allows you to see the brightness information of your still images, so you can adjust your exposures as you shoot.
With the Level Marker feature, it's easy to keep your camera level for more professional-looking photographs. The VIXIA HF S20's Grid Marker feature lets you compose your shot accurately, according to the grid in your viewfinder. Choose from two different colors for the grid to ensure that you see the grid, no matter what the background color of your shot is.
The versatile VIXIA HF S20 even lets you capture a still image from an already recorded movie. While playing the movie in your camcorder, simply press the photo button to capture a 1920 x 1080 photo onto an SD card or to internal memory. Additionally, the VIXIA HF S20 allows you to capture 30 photos from one second of video.
Your VIXIA HF S20's built-in flash lets you capture superb photos indoors and in low light conditions. The VIXIA HF S20 also features red-eye reduction.
Print/Share allows you to connect your camcorder directly to select Canon printers or any PictBridge-compatible printer with the supplied USB cable and with a touch of the Print/Share button, print directly from your VIXIA HF S20. Print/Share also makes it easy to transfer your photos to your computer.
You can also easily burn DVDs of your photos taken with your VIXIA HF S20 as it is compatible with Canon's DW-100 DVD Burner. A one-cable connection is all it takes to send the files across and, with the click of a few buttons, your photos are ready to share with all.