Excerpt: If you don’t mind dealing with miniDV tape, the Canon HV20 is a fine choice. However, we prefer having nonlinear random access to shots, rather than rolling through an anachronistic tape to find a shot. We also don’t care for the cheap, plastic feel of this unit or its “advanced accessory shoe” cover that pops off with little provocation.
Pros: buttah-smooth video, crisp and vivid in bright light.
Cons: Cheap-feeling plastic, stuck with miniDV tapes.
Canon's HV20: A High-Definition, Vista-Certified Delight
Digital Home Thoughts
7 August 2007
Summary: Canon's HV20 is a breakthrough video camera: it hits a trifecta of high quality, reasonable price, and small size that will make it a winner in the consumer market. The video quality is excellent, and while it lacks an exposure control to help with those shots that have tricky lighting, for the most part pointing and pressing record will get great-quality video.
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Pros: 1080/60i quality in a small package;, Excellent image quality and colour;, Certified for Windows Vista;, Surprisingly good still photo capture.
Cons: Small, awkwardly-placed zoom control;, No exposure adjustment/override;, Ridiculous that no Firewire cable is included;, Spartan out of box experience.
Conclusion: It seems Canon took the complaints about the HV10 to heart and solved most of them—including the shape and lack of an HDMI out. They still need to beef up the editing component of the CD ROM, however. Video performance of this new HDV camcorder is top notch and I have no problems recommending it. Realize it is tape-based so forget about instant access to scenes like competing formats and there’s always the dreaded possibility of recording over precious memories.
Pros: Excellent HDV video, OIS, nice form factor
Cons: Bulky tape-based format; editing software is not included
Excerpt: Here it is! The king of castle. The Canon HV20 ($1099 MSRP). This camcorder packs in a beautiful image, superb ease of use, and a hearty cluster of manual controls. If you can look beyond its imperfect design and awkward handling, you will be treated to the magical world of 24P video.
Pros: - Great Image Quality, - 24P Mode, - Good value