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Canon HG20 - £469 @ Argos (Possibly store specific - see note) £469.49

£469.49 @ Argos
Before I start, this is NOT simply a cheap-as-chips HD camcorder. If you just want something with HD scribbled on the side for £200, this is not for you. However, if you're after a genuinely high q… Read More
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7y, 2m agoFound 7 years, 2 months ago
Before I start, this is NOT simply a cheap-as-chips HD camcorder. If you just want something with HD scribbled on the side for £200, this is not for you.

However, if you're after a genuinely high quality camera capable of keeping up with most semi-pro kits, this might just be for you.

So, why this and not a Sony in Comet for the same price?

1) Like the HV20, 30 and 40 that Canon also produce, this is a budget short-film maker's dream. The image quality is superb, it's got an external mic input, and comes with Canon's brilliant 25p video mode.

2) It gets fantastic reviews. Here's one from TrustedReviews that gives it 10/10 for image quality: http://www.trustedreviews.com/camcorders/review/2008/11/06/Canon-HG20/p1

3) It's not in production anymore, and so is particularly tricky to find outside of fleabay. Play.com currently have it via one of their marketplace sellers for £599.

4) This has a larger sensor than the Sony, and a slightly better zoom.


Anyway, as I say it's not going to be to everyone's requirements. But for those who are after a camcorder that's genuinely capable as a film-making tool and can't stretch to over £500, it's a superb offer.

NOTE: It's a good idea to ask to see the camera before you pay (via customer services). I reserved and paid for one at Leeds Crown Point, and then discovered an HG10 had appeared from the back as 'a substitute'. So I rejected it and popped down the road to White Rose where I was given an HG20. Just bear that in mind - I might have just been unlucky the first time, but still.

Anyway, think that's everything. I have one in my possession so feel free to ask questions :)
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7y, 2m agoFound 7 years, 2 months ago
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#1
How does this fair in low light. I alresdy have a standard canon fs100 and it very noisy when the light isn't that great.
#2
From Trusted Reviews:

Low light performance was the biggest revelation with Canon's 2008 AVCHD models, however, and the HG20 continues that tradition. Even in quite poor illumination, the HG20 will still pick up quite realistic colour, even if there is a fair amount of noise evident. The image remains sharp, too, which makes this grain bearable. Performance in low light improves even further if you engage 25PF mode, because this allows the shutter to drop to 1/25th without any negative effects on resolution. The result is a brighter image, and there will be few lighting conditions you will encounter where the HG20 fails to pick up usable video. However, the higher data rate isn't so obviously beneficial in lower light.


:)
#3
They had them for £400 at the end of the year in some stores - http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/566388/canon-hg20-full-hd-camcorder-possib
#4
True enough, but 3 months later I still think this is a pretty good price. Particularly as there's a number of places selling it for nearer £600.
#5
Jondot
True enough, but 3 months later I still think this is a pretty good price. Particularly as there's a number of places selling it for nearer £600.

You can buy it new on eBay for £420 delivered - Item number: 320494510511
#6
Yes. But perhaps some people (myself included) would rather hand over £400+ to a UK-wide high street store than to an individual who managed to mis-spell 'delivary'. Even there's a premium for it :)

And I think you'll find that listing is for the NTSC version, which tend to be naturally cheaper anyway.
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Jondot
Yes. But perhaps some people (myself included) would rather hand over £400+ to a UK-wide high street store than to an individual who managed to mis-spell '[SIZE="2"]delivary[/SIZE]'. Even there's a premium for it :)

LOL. I tend to choose sellers on their feedback rather than their spelling but I know what you mean. :)

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