Still works great, HDV format positives and negatives
D. H Mark, Amazon
18 March 2013
Summary: I have had this product almost 6 years. Very comfortable with it. I need to use manual exposure settings a lot, and gotten used to doing it on and off, over and under exposed during the shooting itself.
Canon HV20: groundbreaking HD cam in 2007, but a little dated now
John M, New York, Amazon
2 April 2010
Summary: I bought my Canon HV20 from Amazon three years ago (2007), but I am only now posting a review. In 2007, the HV20 was revolutionary because it was the first serious affordable HDV camcorder you could get for just under $1,000.
Summary: After 2 years with my HV20, I'm splurging on a new SDHC flash drive camera, because of all the HV20 motor noise, which ruins my video sound recordings. I love Canon & my HD video camcorder, and I bought all accessories from Day 1 including the DM-100 directional microphone.
Summary: I've had 3 camcorders. My first was a Ricoh 8mm and I loved it for years. My second was a Sony PC110 mini DV, which is a wonderful camera but I recently upgraded my television to a 46" widescreen Sony LCD and found the picture from the camcorder somewhat lacking.
Summary: I am going to give it a 4 star rating because even though the image quality surpassed my expectations, you still need to buy an external microphone which defeats the portability of the camera. Here is a quick review: Pros: 1) The image is as sharp as they say it is if not better.
Summary: I purchased this camcorder almost 6 months ago, for both personal and professional uses. I made my decision because of the overwhelmingly positive professional reviews. You cannot go wrong with either a Canon HV20 or a Sony HC7, they have very similar characteristics.
Summary: I really like Canon products. This Video Camera makes Super Great home videos of the family. And with the huge price drop since I purchased mine 1yr ago just about everyone can afford this one now. Just make sure you get the High Definition MiniDV Tapes to use in yours.
Pros: Super Great Video .... especially when you play back on a HD TV. Battery Life is Good. Small, Light & Easy to use. I looked at several HD Camcorders before buying this one .. And with the huge price drop from 1yr ago it now really is a Great Bargain !!!
Summary: Terrific camera with fantastic features. It was easy to learn and so easy to use. The video quality is great and I use it everywhere. I especially like that it is light and easy to hold. I have been using it nonstop for the past few months and have already got a lifetime of memories.