Summary: I wanted an HD video camera to record my son's soccer matches and to use when I travel. I have a Blu Ray player and a DVD burner on my computer but no Blu Ray burner, so the idea of playing AVCHD DVDs on my Blu Ray player was appealing. It took a good deal of effort to figure out how to author those AVCHD DVDs and I found that a little bit frustrating. I first started writing software over 40 years ago, so I consider my self an expert.
Excerpt: You can see it in direct sun-light, which is good, but the colours and exposure often looks very different from what you get on your computer. It takes some practicing to know what is good and what isn’t properly exposed. The HF20 doesn’t offer quick charging, so if you want to make sure that you have enough recording time you want extra batteries. Or you can get Canons super batteries with that doubles or quadruples the recording time.
Pros: Good picture for its class. Has some semi-professional features. The stereo mic is good.
Cons: The internal mic pics up button presses, which are sometimes necessary. Hard to change functions on the fly because you need to navigate to them through a menu. The video codec can be a pain to edit with.