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Canon Vixia HF20 photos

A discussion of the design of the Canon HF20 and HF200 camcorders.

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Nicely compact

The HF20 and HF200 camcorders are compact without being too small; all the controls are decent sized and easy to manipulate. Nor are they missing any critical features because of their size, except perhaps a viewfinder. The two differ by built-in memory--the HF20 has 32GB and the HF200 has none--and color: the HF200 is two-tone graphite and black, and the HF20 sports basic black.
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Let there be light

The HF20/200 has a small LED video light. The stereo microphone sits beneath the lens.
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Feel the power

Despite being smaller than the HF S10/S100, the HF20/HF200's power switch protrudes more, making it easier to feel and manipulate. And despite the camcorder's small size, it still includes an accessory shoe.
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Video Snap

One of Canon's new features for 2009, Video Snap, lets you take 4-second clips. Again, despite the small size it has a pretty good feature set, including a microphone input and headphone jack.
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All controls on the bezel

With the exception of the Video Snap mode button and the movie/still mode dial, all of the shooting, setup, and navigation controls live on the LCD bezel.

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