Summary: So 100's of reviews of this thing exist. Why pitch in 2 more cents if they're not of any value, right? You're looking at this camera, and it's great. It's the second generation of a 4 generation consumer-level legendary line-up. It's an HDV (High Definition Video) MiniDV camera. Please don't scoff at this as a relic of 6 years ago. Here's why. I am the AV director for my church, and as of recent we have desired to STREAM VIDEO out of the church to the masses.
Awesome, if you need a bit more than just a compact camcoder.
3 March 2013
Summary: Oh, I just love it! At first I dreamed about this camcoder. Because I knew it has semi-professional features and quality. That's, probably, still the only one in that position. Then I bought it. And I liked it. If there's enough of light, the picture quality is awwwessssome! Then I bought another one... Well, now I have FOUR of them (and a DSLR). I'm filming live concerts with multiple cameras, and it's important to have several same camcoders.
One step below pro equipment... with Pro quality that compares equally.
24 January 2013
Summary: This is a really Great piece of less than Pro equipment. The image quality in HD is very impressive and the availability of aftermarket accessories geared towards this specific model makes it a "film makers" right hand tool. I use this for Product Demonstrations, music videos, and short films, and with a DOF adapter will be using it for greater productions that demand this type of HD Widescreen technology. Even now having it for months...
Summary: The camera is built for a smaller hand than I, so it takes some getting use to as far as getting a "feel" for all the buttons. The quality of the video is very good. Wish it had a bit more optical zoom, but is good for family get together's, and travel, but forget the football games. what is the best part of all is the quality of the still photos that this little camera produces.
Summary: I bought my first Canon HV20 because a user said that he could mix tapes from it with his best professional work and not see any real difference. It is reasonably light and compact, and I have liked the fact that it uses tape because that prevents losing any whole files due to corruption of data. That camera failed after three years, for an unknown reason, but I repaired it and also bought an HV30, to stay in the same type of tapes and functioning.
Excerpt: From afar, the right side of the HV20 has a familiar horizontal design akin to the Sony HC7, albeit with a fresh coat of silver paint. These camcorders have similar tape hatch designs. Only on the HV20, you'll find the microphone jack, AV/headphone jack, and component terminal hiding behind a rubberized port cover toward the lens end of the camcorder.
Excerpt: I purchased this camera in 2005 and Still using it. This camcorder records in Mini DV. So it's not compressed. You can rip the Video in Full HD from the Camcorder by using the Firware Port. The Camera features Cine Mode 24 which enables the Cinema Style Recording in 24P. The Navigation is very user friendly. Light Weight. It also takes Photos in 3MP Resolution. I loved the Internal Mic. Though the it doesn't filters the noise, It's very clear enough.
Excerpt: I've had this camera for a few weeks now and I'm really enjoying it. The video I've taken with it seems to rival the quality from PBS HD, but of course I'm not a professional videographer. It sure has GREAT video quality! And I may not be no tech geek or anything but this camcorder is such an ease to use!The size is surprisingly small. Not all huge and bulky. I don't think they will be able to make this thing any smaller in future versions.
Avoid if you can hear the tape motor because the mic records it.
9 September 2012
Excerpt: This was my first entry into the camcorder world. After doing a lot of research to find the camcorder with the best image (hi-def) that I could afford I was please with all of the features based on my research. Use of the camcorder was easy. The focus was fast and accurate and the zoom was easy to use.
Excerpt: We purchased this camera before our trip overseas. I didn't have time to read anything about it, we just put it together and tried it out. It was so easy to use! You can record in Standard Def or High Def. It's nice and compact. I highly recommend the camera case. We were in monsoon season and had the camera with us during a massive downpour. We opened the case up and there was no water whatsoever. The microphone does fine. We are thrilled with the HV20!