Capture Razor-Sharp 3.1 Megapixel Photos- Advanced Photo Features
With the VIXIA HG20 you'll be able to shoot 3.1 megapixel still photos with the razor-sharpness you would expect from this sophisticated camcorder. The VIXIA HG20 has many advanced photo features which make it a camcorder that rivals state-of-the-art digital cameras. You get the best in both video and photos.
The same Canon CMOS image sensor that ensures sharp, vivid HD video also gives you brilliant digital photographs. Like the CMOS image sensors in Canon's EOS Series digital SLR cameras, the VIXIA HG20's image sensor results in outstanding digital photographs. It gives an impressive resolution of 1920 x 1440 for sharp, crisp still images.
HDD Still Photo Grab from Video
Another Canon exclusive feature on the VIXIA HG20 is the capability to capture still frame images from video recorded onto the hard disk drive. None of Canon's competitors allow you to review your already shot footage to select just the right still to save and share.* It's just one more way the VIXIA HG20 gives you more flexibility to meet your creative desires.
* As of August 8, 2008
DIGIC DV II Image Processor
DIGIC DV II features improved continuous shooting of digital photographs with the VIXIA HG20. You can shoot five (3.1 megapixel) still images per second, and enjoy faster processing of your images to your memory card (1.4x normal card; 2.5x Hi Speed card).
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 HG20's 9-Point AiAF will automatically select from nine metering frames on the screen to help bring images into sharp focus.
Since it is critical to achieve very sharp focus when shooting in high definition, the VIXIA HG20 camcorder features Canon's revolutionary and exclusive Instant AF focusing system. It offers a dramatic improvement in auto focus speed and accuracy (compared to traditional auto focus systems). The Instant AF feature uses an external sensor, in combination with Canon's auto focus system, to help significantly decrease the time it takes to find focus, even in low light conditions. This new system achieves focus instantaneously, reducing focus "hunting." The benefits of Instant AF are especially seen in high brightness and night shooting situations. It's even possible to capture fast, accurate focusing, even when following a moving subject.
And because a properly focused subject is more critical than ever with HD, the VIXIA HG20 also features Focus Assist. This helps in capturing your subject in razor sharp focus. It works by providing a 2x magnification of your subject as well as a "peaking" function. Peaking gives you a visible outline of where the correct focus on your subject is located. It's a feature normally found in professional broadcast-quality cameras. (When you start recording, this assistance is automatically cancelled.)
Like any good digital still camera, the VIXIA HG20 lets you choose from a range of exposure modes. Auto mode automatically sets the exposure, letting you concentrate on your subject. AV (aperture priority) mode lets you control depth of field by letting you choose the aperture. TV (shutter priority) mode lets you select the shutter speed for sharp, action shots. In P (program) mode, the camcorder adjusts camera settings automatically.
Program AE Mode
Your life happens everywhere, so the VIXIA HG20 gives you settings that automatically result in the best exposure settings for different conditions and different subjects.
Portrait mode ensures shallow depth of field for a pleasing background to your shots of friends and family. Sports mode stops the action with faster shutter speeds. Night mode is designed to give you great shots after the sun goes down. Snow and Beach modes compensate for bright surroundings and give you the proper exposure on your subject. Sunset mode results in vibrant, well-exposed colors for one of the toughest subjects to capture properly. Use Spotlight mode when your child is on stage and in the spotlight - literally - and you want to make sure the exposure is right for them. And Fireworks mode records brilliant images of another tough subject: the holiday fireworks display.
Simultaneous Photo Recording
With the VIXIA HG20, you can record HD video and capture a 2 Megapixel photo to a memory card - simultaneously. Simply press the photo button and you've got an email-ready digital photo to share with friends and family.
For the advanced digital photographer, the VIXIA HG20 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.
Level and Grid Markers
With the Level Marker feature, it's easy to keep your camera level for more professional-looking photographs. Line up any horizontal lines in your shot - such as the horizon - to the marker and you can be sure your camcorder is level.
The VIXIA HG20's Grid Marker feature lets you compose your shot accurately, according to the grid in your viewfinder. You can even choose from two different colors for the grid. This ensures that you see the grid, no matter what the background color of your shot is.
Your VIXIA HG20's built-in flash lets you capture superb photos indoors and in low light conditions.
Share Your Photos
Your VIXIA HG20 comes with features that make it simple to share your still photos.
Print/Share turns your VIXIA HG20 into a photo lab in the palm of your hand. Simply connect your camcorder directly to select Canon printers or any PictBridge-compatible printer with the supplied USB cable, then, with a simple touch of the Print/Share button, print directly from your VIXIA HG20 without going through a computer.
Print/Share also makes it easy to transfer your still images to your computer. Simply connect your VIXIA HG20 with your computer, press the Print/Share button and your photos are downloaded to your computer.
The VIXIA HG20 makes it easy to store digital photos on an optional SD Memory Card.