Pros Great steady shots with the quality picture you expect from Canon. No fuzzy picture with panning or a moving subject. Great instant auto focus. True life collors. All the buttons are in great position.
Cons Not really any except I would expect to get a mini HDMI cable with it since there is a port for one, but not worth nocking them a point for it.
Summary I have owned or used over 5 different brands of HD Camcorders over the past few years, most recently was the new Panasonic Hidef HD Camcorder and that thing was pathetic. I had 2 of them b4 I finally I returned it and got my money back. I did have the Canon Vixia HG 30 and loved it. I bought it after the panasonic, and after having a hard drive camera I didn't like going back to a mini dv like the hg 30. That was the only problem with it and when I learned that Canon was coming out with basically the same thing in a hard drive version, I returned it and waited for this one to come out.
It to me is in a class of quality all by itself. The color, clarity ( both still and moving scenes), the instant focus, fit in hand ( I have huge hands ), easy to use buttons. Easy menu to navigate. Great features.
I love to be able to grab it when the kids are doing something cute or funny, and within seconds it is recording. I don't have to worry if I am recording over something like I would in a min dv tape format.
All in all, it's the amazing steady clear shot, that doesn't go out of focus with every little movement, and the great color that is best about this camera.
Pros liked how well it works in indoor lights (even in evening)
Cons - battery life
- extra battery is expansive
Summary This camera is a great deal compared to other similar cameras from Sony or panasonic. On top of everything else, I liked how well it works in indoor lights (even in evening)
Canon should add a second battery for free, I don't think people mind paying maybe extra $25 for that
Pros The picture is simply stunning!
Cons Battery life is bad...and extra batteries are so $$$ that I am trying a "no-name" battery that is about 1/3 the price. So far it works great!
Summary The first time I hooked it up to my HDTV I was blown away at the quality of the picture! Never before has my driveway, backyard, neighbors dog, etc. looked so good! I can't wait to get some real footage of my kids to play around with. It took me awhile to decide between an HD camera vs SD. I finally decided on this because the price was decent plus I fugure it is more "future-proof" than the best SD cam I was looking at. So far I have no worries whatsoever about having bougt this HG-20.
Pros Small and compact enough to fit into coat pockets. Large hard drive allows you plenty of video footage. Video quality is great. The IS works well in the short range. However, longer zooms dictate a tripod for stability.
Cons The camera images on my phone better than the camcorder. The zoom needs to be longer than 10x. The software included is worthless. HD video is CPU intensive. Therefore, you'll need at least 4GB of RAM for video. It's an additional expense.
Summary I thoroughly enjoy the camera. It comes on quickly and you can begin shooting within seconds. I purchased it for family functions and travel. I wish the zoom was greater--only 10x. The camera is so small and lightweight that the hard drive on the side is not a issue. The 60 GB of space along with the SD slot is a great combination.
Pros * Comparable image and color quality
* Battery life is excellent
* Ample space for hours of recording (up to 22 hours max on the hard drive)
* Very intuitive controls--I love the 5-way joystick
Cons * No viewfinder!
* Difficult shots for low-light conditions
* No choice in video or image formats
* The power adapter must be used to have full access when connecting to the computer
Summary The CMOS sensor has its overall limitations, but its comparable speed makes for excellent frame rate recordings as well as higher shutter-speeds for an excellent built-in still capture feature.
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