Canon V-20 (EU)
This page was last modified 21:42, 17 January 2021 by Mars2000you. Based on work by Rderooy and NYYRIKKI and others.



This Canon V-20 is the adaptation for the European market of the original Japanese V-20. There is also a specific version for France: see V-20 (FR).

For the photography fans, this machine is recommended to be used with an innovative digital Interface Unit DMB between the computer and the Canon T90 Single-lens reflex (SLR) camera. DMB-90 means Data Memory Back 90.

  • Official price for United Kingdom: £280
  • Official price in the Netherlands: ƒ1095 (imported by Holland Systema b.v.)
Brand Canon
Type V-20
Year 1985
Region United Kingdom
Original price FI: 1995 FIM (imported by Canon Oy)
UK: £280
NL: ƒ1095 (imported by Holland Systema b.v.)
RAM 64kB in slot 3
Media MSX cartridges
Video Texas Instruments TMS9929ANL
Audio PSG (YM2149)
Chipset none (separate IC's)
Keyboard layout QWERTY with a "£" key
Emulation ROM dumped and emulated


Canon V-20 (EU)
Canon V-20 (EU) back and left side
Canon V-20 (EU) PCB
Canon V-20 (EU) and (FR) box
Canon V-20 (EU) content of box
Canon V-20 (EU) Dutch manuals
Canon V-20 (EU)
Canon V-20 (EU) label
Canon V-20 (EU) English manuals


The Canon V-20 (EU) is a MSX1 with a Z80 from Zilog.

The top cartridge port corresponds to the slot 2.

Slot Map

Slot 0 Slot 1 Slot 2 Slot 3
Page C000h~FFFFh Cartridge
Slot 1
Slot 2
Page 8000h~BFFFh
Page 4000h~7FFFh Main-ROM
Page 0000h~3FFFh


  • RF output
  • Analog sound output (mono)
  • Composite video output
  • Tape recorder connector
  • Centronics compatible Parallel port for a printer
  • 2 general connectors (joysticks, mouse, paddle controllers, ...)
  • 2 cartridge slots