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Canon HV20

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Overall 7
7.0

Canon HV20 HDV Camcorder

maximum pc
18 December 2007
  • Summary: While colors weren’t as saturated as those produced by other cameras, they were more realistic, and the camera’s silky yet sharp-looking video had fewer of the compression artifacts we saw with AVCHD. In bright light, its images were the most crisp and vivid of the bunch. In low light, there were a few artifacts, and other cameras were superior in this area. If only it had the convenience of flash-drive storage and better ergonomics, this would be the camcorder to beat.
  • Pros: buttah-smooth video, crisp and vivid in bright light.
  • Cons: Cheap-feeling plastic, stuck with miniDV tapes.
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Overall 7
7.0

High Definition Labor of Love

Wired
23 August 2007
  • Excerpt: When it comes to HD cameras, call us hopeless romantics. We’d love to find a shooter capable of taking beautiful footage but without the bulk of a professional cam. Canon’s new HV20 got close, but eventually it just broke our hearts. Here’s why: We took the cam to Bay to Breakers (a 7.46-mile foot race across San Francisco that often features more binge drinking and nudity than actual running). Our movie from the event?
  • Pros: Super clear, super clean, super colorful 1080i video quality. Tapes eject quickly and cleanly. 10x zoom and rapid auto focus. Compact size and light weight (1.3 pounds!) make transporting the cam second nature. Top mounted mic cancels out ambient noise like a pro.
  • Cons: Holy design flaw! The electronic lens cover sputtered and failed to open right out of the box; we had to prop it open with our fingers. Poor menu configuration – especially with playback functions. Image stabilization has its limits: 10x zoom requires a tripod if you don’t want it to look like you are experiencing an earthquake.
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Overall 9
8.5

Canon HV20 Review

Digitaltrends
4 June 2007
  • Excerpt: The Canon HV20 is the company’s second HDV model, following on the heels of the HV10 . Note: the HR10 , the company’s first AVCHD camcorder using mini DVDs, will be introduced in August for $1,199 USD.
  • Pros: Excellent HDV video, OIS, nice form factor
  • Cons: Bulky tape-based format; editing software is not included
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Overall 8
8.3
Performance 8
8.3

Canon HV20

PC Authority
15 July 2008
  • Summary: Canon grabs the crown for the most fully featured HDV camcorder for under $1500
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Overall 8
7.7

Canon HV20

CNET
22 October 2007
  • Summary: Canon's HV20 camcorder is a great choice for HD-happy amateurs, but its low-light performance could have been better.
  • Pros: Excellent video quality, Good feature set, HDMI output, Accessory shoe
  • Cons: Can't change white balance while shooting, Night mode doesn't help poor low-light performance
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Overall 7
7.0

Canon HV20 review Review

CNET
5 June 2007
  • Summary: Canon's HV20 camcorder is a great choice for HD-happy amateurs, but its low-light performance could have been better
  • Pros: Excellent video quality, Handy features, HDMI output, Accessory shoe
  • Cons: Can't change white balance while shooting, Night mode doesn't help poor low-light performance
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Overall 8
8.0
Features 8
8.0
Ease of use 10
10
Performance 10
10

Canon HV-20 HDV Camcorder

GadgetSpeak
13 May 2007
  • Summary: Canon 's new HDV camcorder . Presented with all the "hype" of a film star. Is it an "Oscar" or a "Razzer"?
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Overall 8
8.0
Features 8
8.0
Ease of use 10
10
Performance 10
10

Canon HV-20 HDV Camcorder

GadgetSpeak
13 May 2007
  • Summary: Canon 's new HDV camcorder . Presented with all the "hype" of a film star. Is it an "Oscar" or a "Razzer"?
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Overall 8
8.0

Canon HV20 camcorder review

Pocket Lint
8 May 2007
  • Pros: Video quality, options, 10x optical zoom
  • Cons: Size, limited cables in the box
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Overall 9
8.5
Ease of use 8
8.0
Video quality 9
8.5
Build quality 9
8.5

Canon HV20

PhotoReview
1 May 2007
  • Summary: An attractive high-definition camcorder for family video shooters who also want to produce snapshot photos.Canon is targeting video shooters who own High Definition TV sets with its new HV20 camcorder, which will also appeal to many digital photographers. This compact camcorder shares many of the features of the DC51 model we reviewed in Issue 32 and even has the same sized sensor.
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