Complete creative control for HD enthusiasts.
Benefit from professional-level control over your Full HD movies with the LEGRIA HF S20. Versatile 32GB Dual Flash Memory records for over 12 hours – shoot for longer using dual memory card slots.
Get stunning images and superb low-light performance via the Canon HD Camera System: the LEGRIA HF S20 combines an 8.0MP Full HD CMOS sensor, a Canon HD Video Lens, and the DIGIC DV III processor.
A high-resolution 8.8cm (3.5”) touch-screen LCD offers a 100% view for shooting HD movies. A unique, gesture-based LCD interface gives you fingertip access to shooting and playback functions, including Touch Tracking, Touch Focus and Touch Exposure modes.
32GB Dual Flash Memory combines large built-in capacity – enough for over 12 hours of HD movies – with dual SDHC slots for the option of recording to removable SDHC memory cards. Relay Recording automatically detects when one storage medium is full, and switches to the other.
For easier sharing of your movies, the LEGRIA HF S20 lets you convert AVCHD (MPEG4) files to smaller, standard definition MPEG2 files, ready for burning to DVD or uploading to the web.
A Custom Key lets you activate one of five variables that can be assigned to the manual Control Dial, including focus, exposure, and audio level. A remote control jack input enables the use of optional external remote controls.
Capture and monitor superior audio with a microphone input connection and headphone jack. A configurable Mic Attenuator compensates for sudden volume changes, ensuring that audio is always recorded at the optimum level.
An Optical Image Stabilizer with a new Dynamic mode lets you record steadier footage, even when you’re moving. Powered IS keeps footage super-steady when shooting at the telephoto end of the zoom range.
In Pre REC mode, the camcorder starts recording three seconds before the Record button is pressed. These seconds are added to the beginning of each clip, so you can still capture that crucial moment even if you pressed the Record button too late. Instant AF achieves highly accurate focus at speed.
DIGIC DV III supports x.v.Color – for deeper, richer hues during playback on compatible HDTVs. 25p Cinema Mode matches the look of traditional film, and provides enhanced low-light shooting performance.
With a mini Advanced Accessory Shoe, optional accessories – such as a video light – can be used. The 58mm lens thread is compatible with professional filters.
|Recording Medium||Dual Flash Memory (32Gb internal + 2x SDHC card slot) with Relay Recording (internal memory to card; card to card)|
|Max Recording Time||Variable total, depending on memory card size¹ |
Internal memory: 12hrs 15mins², ³
32Gb SDHC card: 12hrs 15mins²
|Type||1/2.6 type CMOS|
|Total pixels||8.59 megapixel|
|Effective Pixels: Movie||6.01 megapixels|
|Effective Pixels: Still||8.02 megapixels (4:3 mode)|
|Filter||RGB Primary Colour Filter|
|Digital Zoom||200x / 40x (selectable)|
|Digital Tele-Converter||YES (1.7x)|
|35mm Equivalent Focal Length||MOVIE: Approx 43.5-435 mm |
STILL: Approx 39.9-399 mm (4:3)
|Maximum Aperture||f1.8 to f3.0|
|Minimum Focusing Distance||10mm|
|Image Stabilizer||Dynamic Optical Image Stabilizer; |
Powered Optical Image Stabilizer mode
|Wide Attachment||YES (optional WD-H58)|
|Image Processor||DIGIC DV III|
|Face Detection Technology||YES|
|Screen Size||8.8cm (3.5") widescreen Multiangle Vivid LCD|
|Manual Adjustment||Brightness, backlight|
|Temporary Underscan||N/A (100% coverage as standard)|
|Minimum Lux.||Approx. 0.3 lux (Low Light Mode)|
|Auto Gain Control Limit Adjustment||YES|
|Auto/Manual||YES / YES|
|Control||AUTO: Face Priority AF/Instant AF/TV AF |
MANUAL: Touch panel, control dial
|Manual Focus Assist||YES (Magnification, Face Assist, Colour Peaking)|
|Smart AUTO||YES (31 scene)|
|Program AE||14 |
AUTO, P, Av, Tv, CINE, Portrait, Sports, Snow, Beach,
Sunset, Night, Low Light, Spotlight, Fireworks
|Set/Preset||YES (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H)|
|Fade||Auto Fade , Wipe|
|Effect||Black & White, Sepia|
|Image Effects||Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Soft, Skin Detail, Custom|
|Custom Functions||Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness, Colour Depth|
|Custom Key||YES (plus Control Dial)|
|Capture Image Size||3264 x 2456, 3264 x 1840, 1920 x 1440, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 480|
|Continuous Shooting Mode||YES (Normal and High-speed)|
|Auto Exposure Bracketing||YES|
|Simultaneous Photo Recording||YES|
|Selecting AF Frame Function||YES|
|Self Timer||10 sec |
2 sec with wireless remote
|LP Mode||5 recording quality modes.¹ |
MXP: 1920x1080, 24Mbps;²
FXP: 1920x1080, 17Mbps;²
XP+: 1440x1080, 12Mbps;
SP: 1440x1080, 7Mbps;
LP: 1440x1080, 5Mbps
|Extended Recording Mode (ELP Mode)||-|
|Progressive Shooting Mode||YES (25p)|
|CINE Image Mode||YES|
|Colour Bars and Test Tone||YES|
|Date||YES (date select, calendar, timeline, Face Timeline, Face Jump, 3D Flip)|
|Multi Media Card||NO|
|Secure Digital Card||SD / SDHC|
|Internal Data Transfer||MOVIE: Yes (internal memory to card, card to card) |
STILLS: Yes (internal memory to card, card to card)
|System||Dolby Digital 2ch (AC-3 2ch); |
5.1ch surround sound (via Optional SM-V1 microphone)
|Manual Rec. Level Control||YES|
|USB||YES (USB 2.0 Hi Speed)|
|AV||YES (out only)|
|Component||YES (out only)|
|HDMI™||YES (HDMI™ Mini Connector: v1.3, CEC supported, out only)|
|Quick Start||YES (using LCD screen)|
|Accessory Shoe||YES (mini Advanced Accessory Shoe)|
|Built-in Video Light||YES (white LED)|
|DV Network Solution Disk||NO|
|Application Software||YES (PIXELA ImageMixer™ 3 SE, Music Transfer utility)|
|Easy Web Upload||YES|
|Intelligent Battery System||YES|
|Battery Included In The Kit||BP-808|
|Max Recording Time (included battery)||1hr 40mins|
|Long Life Battery||BP-827|
|Longer Recording Time*||5hr 10mins|
|W x H x D||75 x 74 x 140mm|
|Max Recording Time||¹ Class 4 or higher SDHC card required for 1920x1080 recording, Class 2 or higher SDHC card recommended for other recording modes, Memory card not supplied
² LP recording mode
³ Recording for more than 12 hours continuously is not possible
|LP Mode||¹ Variable bit rate used in all recording modes
² Class 4 or higher SDHC card required for 1920x1080 recording, Class 2 or higher SDHC card recommended for other recording modes, Memory card not supplied