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. The keyboard type is AZERTY.

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)
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