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Canon HV20

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Overall 7
7.0

Canon HV20

CNET
1 week ago
  • Summary: Canon's HV20 camcorder is a great choice for HD-happy amateurs, but its low-light performance could have been better.
  • Pros: The Canon HV20 high-definition camcorder has excellent video quality, nice features, HDMI output, and an accessory shoe.
  • Cons: Can't change white balance while shooting; night mode doesn't help poor low-light performance.
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Canon HV20

PC Magazine
15 July 2008
Overall 9
9.0

Canon HV20 Review

ConnectReviews
19 February 2008
  • Excerpt: From high definition DVD’s to next-gen game consoles, high-definition has become a big deal for consumers.
  • Pros: Stunning HD video quality., Small and compact body., Conveniently located controls., Large 2.7-inch LCD., 24p Cinema Mode., HDMI output., Accessory shoe.
  • Cons: Night mode makes low-light conditions worse.
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Canon HV20 HDV Camcorder Review

Videomaker
3 February 2008
  • Summary: The Mini Canon
  • Pros: 24P, Easy menu navigation, Good color reproduction and image detail
  • Cons: Hand strap is awkward, Manual focus dial is small
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Overall 7
7.0

Canon HV20 HDV Camcorder

maximum pc
18 December 2007
  • 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.
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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. Read on for the full review!
  • 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.
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Overall 9
8.5

Canon HV20 Review

Digitaltrends
4 June 2007
  • 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
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Expert Review

Easy Camcorder
10 May 2007
  • 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
  • Cons: - Cheap construction, - Handling
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Overall 8
8.0

Canon HV20 HD camcorder

PC Advisor
8 March 2008
  • Summary: Compared to Panasonic's sleek HDC-SD1, the Canon HV20 HD camcorder looks a bit ungainly, mostly because it has a large MiniDV tape mechanism grafted onto one side.
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Overall 8
8.3
Performance 8
8.3

Canon HV20

PC Authority
5 February 2008
  • Summary: Canon grabs the crown for the most fully featured HDV camcorder for under $1500
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