As far as camera go, this one isn’t bad. One of the first things you might notice is that it does away with the old tape system. What does this mean for you? It simply means that you won’t have to wait for moving parts when the camera starts up. The days of waiting for the humming and clicking to stop are long gone, instead you have a 32 Gig memory card that will more than happily serve all of your needs. There is also an internal flash memory device that can capture video, so you don’t have to rely on the flash memory. You’ll be able to capture video with the camera, and then move it to the memory card which can then be moved to your computer.
The internal card is 32 GB, and can capture up to twelve hours of video. As was said before you can also use removable cards, so now instead of having tons of video tapes laying around you can have a lot of SD cards, which take up much less room than a standard video tape. Granted that is a little bit expensive, but it’s the way technology is moving.
You will also find that this camera supports HDMI connectivity to your television. There is a downside to this as well as an upside. The downside is that HDMI is available solely on HDTV’s, meaning that you will actually have to own one in order to get this camera to connect to your television. The upside is that HDMI is high definition and it will deliver the greatest possible picture to your television. HDMI is also just one cable, so you won’t have to mess with three different cables to get your input working. The biggest problem though, is that not everyone can afford an HDTV, but it is assumed that anyone with this camera would have purchased a high definition television at this point.
There is of course another disadvantage associated with having a camera that records at 1920 x 1080, and it is that the resolution is high definition. There are many computers out there that cannot handle a high definition recording, and they will stutter during playback.
Focus is very important, especially when you are recording in HD. Do you remember the days of trying to focus the camera manually with that wheel? How you always sat there moving it left and right while the picture in front of you blurred, then slightly cleared to a point where you thought you had it and then it blurred again? With the VIXIA HF20 you don’t have to worry about that, because the camera uses an external sensor to handle the focusing automatically. You will find that it happens quite instantaneously, and you won’t have to worry about it anymore.
In addition to having a state of the art auto focusing feature, the camera is also able to compensate for exposure. This means that you also won’t need to worry about adjusting the light, as it will take the environmental factors into account and adjust to make the best picture while preserving things such as shadows and lighting.
The camera features the quick start option. This means that you will never have to worry about missing a vital moment, as the camera starts up almost instantly from sleep or standby mode. Just pick the camera up and snap a picture, you’re not going to miss it!
Low light conditions are no longer a problem as this camera permits you to take a picture in any lighting, and it even features a flash so you can take a picture, or take video whenever you feel like it. Remember, some of the greatest moments happen in low light, and you’re going to want to be able to capture them for your memories.
We live in a fantastic age where anything is possible. If you think about it, capturing our memories and saving them for later would have been utterly impossible not long ago, so it’s amazing to think of how far we have come.
So if you have a television or computer that can handle the high quality images produced by this camera, then by all means, you should get one.