Canon HV20 reviews: MiniDV storage Full HD camcorder

7 customer reviews

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8.6 out of 10 based on 7 reviews.
Canon HV20: Horizontally held, 10x optical zoom camcorder using miniSD card. See full product description
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Confirmed purchaser

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Great picture quality. Ability to use external microphone.
Bad points:
Controls small and not easy to use.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 31 Jul 2007

Lee, West Yorks

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Image Quality
Bad points:
Had to have mine repaired after just 2 months, firewire port faulty.
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 20 Aug 2007

Lee, Yorkshire

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excellent PQ
Bad points:
My firewire port had to be replaces after just 2 months.. build quality iffy
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 5.0
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Confirmed purchase: 20 Aug 2007

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excellent picture quality and ease of use
Bad points:
Image quality isn't all that great in low light (though this may be because I used the wrong setting)
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 16 Jun 2007

Confirmed purchaser

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Shooting 25p is great.
Bad points:
Menu joysticks a bit fiddly, manual exposure ditto
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 6.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 6.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 09 Apr 2008

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Product Features

Resolution quality Full HD
Resolution (Pixels) 2048x1536
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 10
Media format MiniDV
Connections USB
Type of memory card miniSD
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 200
Type of image stabiliser Optical
Widescreen recording Yes
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/2000
Weight (g) 535
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Maximum aperture telephoto 3
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 43.6
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 436
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2007-04-23

Also known as: HV20

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Manufacturer's Description

HDV1080i recording with a 1920×1080 Canon True HD CMOS sensor, Instant AF, DIGIC DV II and full connectivity: easily connect to an HD-ready TV set via HDMI to watch your movies in full quality.

  • 1920×1080 True HD CMOS (2.96MP)
  • Instant AF
  • 10x optical zoom lens and Super Range OIS
  • HDV1080i with 25P shooting mode
  • Advanced digital photography
  • HDMI
  • LED video light and flash
  • AV input
  • Mic input, Advanced Accessory Shoe, PictBridge

Canon True HD CMOS, with HDMI – superb quality, complete convenience.

1920×1080 True HD CMOS
Canon CMOS is integral to EOS, the professionals’ D-SLR camera system of choice. This expertise has been transferred to video with a 2.96 Megapixel Canon HD CMOS sensor, capturing true 1920×1080 resolution. Record superb HDV1080i movies to MiniDV tape.

Instant AF
Focusing errors are more noticeable with HD resolution. Instant AF is a hybrid AF system that achieves precise auto focus at accelerated speed.

Precision 10x optical zoom lens
The 10x optical zoom lens, engineered for HD quality, incorporates Canon’s Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS): an advanced stabilisation system that is better able to compensate for camera shake across the frequency range.

The DIGIC DV II processor is optimised for HD. Advanced noise reduction technology helps deliver superb images with vivid colours.

Cinema-style 25P shooting
Recording 1080/50i movies, the HV20 is Canon’s first HD camcorder designed for home moviemaking that also features switchable frame rates for videos with a truly cinematic touch. True 25P progressive shooting is possible using the HDV PF25 mode; dedicated CINE image mode also helps to reproduce the look and feel of film.

Advanced photography
The HV20 offers advanced digital photography features. Storing photos to MiniSD card, a one-push histogram display lets you monitor brightness levels to ensure correct exposure. With DIGIC DV II, a 2.07 Megapixel photo can be taken while a video is being recorded.

Using the HV20’s HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) connection, it’s easy to transfer movies to a compatible HD-Ready TV with no loss in quality. Alternatively, connect the camcorder to a compatible computer to transfer footage for editing.

Built-in LED video light and flash
The HV20 has a built-in LED video light – continue recording even in poorly lit conditions. A dedicated flash for stills is also provided.

Analogue-to-digital conversion
Via AV input, home movies can be transferred to digital tape for safekeeping.

Mic input, Advanced Accessory Shoe and PictBridge
Capture superior quality audio with a mic input connection and manual audio controls. With an Advanced Accessory shoe, a range of peripherals can be easily attached to the camcorder. PictBridge allows you to print a photograph in a matter of seconds using the camcorder’s Direct Print button.

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