Canon V-20 (FR)
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This Canon V-20 is the adaptation for the French market of the original Japanese V-20.

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.

Brand Canon
Type V-20
Year 1985
Region France
Original price
RAM 64kB in slot 3
Media MSX cartridges
Video Texas Instruments TMS9929ANL
Audio PSG (YM2149)
Chipset none (separate IC's)
Keyboard layout AZERTY
Emulation ROM dump needed. See this thread for details.


Canon V-20 (FR)
Canon V-20 (FR) underside
Canon V-20 (FR) PCB
Canon V-20 (FR) left side
Canon V-20 (FR) back
Canon V-20 (FR)] right side
Canon V-20 (FR)] label
Canon V-20 (FR) manuals
Canon V-20 (FR) and (EU) box


The Canon V-20 (FR) is a MSX1 with a Z80 from Zilog. By comparison with the Japanese V-20 and the European V-20 (EU), the RF output has been removed and the composite video output replaced by a RGB output.

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


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