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Customer Reviews for XA20

XA20

The XA20 is a compact, "run-and-gun" HD camcorder with an impressive optical performance from a powerful new Genuine Canon 20x HD Video Lens with a new 8-Blade Circular Aperture, capable of focusing down to just 23.6 inches (60cm).
Average Customer Rating:
4.25 out of 5
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3 out of 4(75%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for XA20
Review 1 for XA20
Nickname: Indie docs
Location: St. Paul, MN
Used this product for: more than 1 year
Expertise Level: Professional or Expert
Mostly used for: Business
Canon Customer: 6 to 10 years
Product replacement: Yes

Solid Camera for Videography

Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Date:June 6, 2014
Pros: Good Low-Light Performance, Easy Computer Connectivity, Accurate, Vivid Colors, Compact Design, excellent image quality, durable, easy to use, manual settings easy to use, auto can bail you out of most situations
Cons: none that i find
This is a terrific camera when I purchased it more than a year ago when it first came out. I was on a tight budget, needed something to use right out of the box and adapt as the client work increased and this is a perfect fit.
I do lots of trade show news gathering work, shoot high school basketball, and documentary style video. It is flawless with FCPx and Mavericks OS. I did add a Sennheiser MKE 600 shotgun
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Review 2 for XA20
Nickname: Jiggs
Used this product for: 3 to 6 months
Expertise Level: Advanced Amateur
Canon Customer: 6 to 10 years
Product replacement: No

Good BUT one massive design flaw

Overall Rating
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Features
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Performance
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Price/Value
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Quality
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Satisfaction
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Date:February 17, 2014
Pros: it's a great all round camera except for one flaw
Cons: picture echos when flash goes off
I used to love this camera. I purchased two for filming weddings. However, there's a major, I repeat, MAJOR design flaw in that the picture oscillates in what appears to be some kind of echo when a camera flash goes off in the room. As I film weddings, camera flashes are a common occurrence. It completely destroyed my footage.
How can Canon advertise this camera in the following way:
'The high image quality and recording versatility make the XA20 ideal for independent and documentary filmmaking, as well as event videography and educational institutions.'
(a quote from the Canon website)
Event videography! Really! Did they even try this camera out in such situations before releasing it ?
Nothing less than false advertising.
Such a shame because apart from that it's a fantastic camera. So if you can see past this problem, it's an incredible camcorder.
Let's hope Canon listens to it's loyal customers and does something to address this issue quickly. I've always bought Canon and this if the first time I've felt absolutely cheated.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful.
Review 3 for XA20
Nickname: JRNipper
Location: Clearwater, FL
Used this product for: Less than 1 month
Expertise Level: Professional or Expert
Mostly used for: Business
Canon Customer: more than 20 years
Product replacement: Yes

Absolutely fantastic!!

Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Features
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Performance
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Price/Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Quality
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Satisfaction
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Date:September 13, 2013
Pros: good battery life, Good Low-Light Performance, Easy Computer Connectivity, Great sound/audio, Accurate, Vivid Colors, Compact Design, excellent image quality, durable, Good Software Compatibility, Ergonomic/comfortable to hold, Easy TV Connectivity, easy to use, blt-in a-v test sig gen, variable shutter & iris, manual lens ctrl ops, int. vf for outdoor use, zebra pattern on-off, bal (xlr) audio inputs, under 2.5 lbs w/batt
I haven't had it long, but this camcorder is the best I've ever owned. It truly lives up to the Canon name and quality one would expect from a leader in the industry. If I had to list any concerns it would be that the menu system is a bit difficult for me to recall where things are, but that will smooth out with experience and use of the unit. Overall, I give this product a five star PLUS rating! Way to go Canon!!
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
Review 4 for XA20
Nickname: GC
Location: Houston
Used this product for: 1 to 3 months
Expertise Level: Professional or Expert
Mostly used for: Landscape/Nature
Canon Customer: 6 to 10 years
Product replacement: Yes

Big features in a small package

Overall Rating
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Features
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Performance
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Price/Value
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Quality
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Satisfaction
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Date:August 12, 2013
Pros: Accurate, Vivid Colors, Compact Design, excellent image quality, easy to use, excellent image stabilization, big zoom, overall fast autofocus
Cons: Poor sound/audio, some controls awkwardly located, poor low light autofocus
There are always tradeoffs in buying a smaller camera, but I needed something compact enough to take backpacking and remain unobtrusive wading through a crowd.
With the XA20, I didn't have to give up much to get those things. Of course, it would be lovely to have bigger or multiple sensors, 4:2:2 color, separate focus and zoom rings and manual ND filters. But I know - at least right now - I'm not going to get them at this price in a camera 7 inches long.
What I got is:
- A smooth and sharp, 20x Zoom
- Good low light performance
- Exemplary image stabilization
- 1080/60p recording
- Balanced XLR inputs
- Dual AVCHD/MP4 recording
- An accessible manual focus ring
- And enough customizable buttons that I can untether from the OLED screen for many of the functions I go to most often.
The other cameras I considered either lacked the longer zoom or were considerably larger.
What has most surprised me about the camera is the quality of the image stabilization, even at maximum zoom. The autofocus - which has three "speeds" available - is very smooth and responsive, though predictably a bit less so in low light.
The image quality is excellent, and the colors, though perhaps not as saturated as some similar cameras, seem much more natural.
The dual SD approach is much more convenient than internal memory for my work flow and organization of content. With two 64GB SDXC cards, I'm getting 10+ hours at the highest HD settings and, theoretically, would get a ridiculous 70 hours of recording at MP4/4 Mbps for web content.
I've yet to use the Wi-Fi upload capability but I'm anxious to try it to post directly to the FTP server on my web site.
The camera has great ergonomics; I like the ability to drop the xlr attachment and lens hood to revert to an innocuous consumer profile, which enables me to shoot in places where anything more elaborate would draw unwanted attention.
I'm using a shotgun mic that produces absolutely terrific sound with the XA20. It's a good thing I don't really use the onboard mics because they're mediocre and awkwardly placed behind the lens hood. Overall, an amazing camera in a small package.
60 of 61 people found this review helpful.
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