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. The problem was the audio. The built in mic recorded the whine of the tape motor. When the tape was played back it seemed like it was amplifying this sound.
Summary: I bought the Canon HV20 4 months ago. The video quality is great, as many other reviews testify. But I have had major hardware problems. One day my camera would not power up. I called Canon Tech Support and they told me I would need to send it in. This cost me $40 and 4 weeks. Canon's policy is 7-10 business days to ship the unit back, however in my case they "were very busy" and didn't open the box for a week, then took the full 10 days to process and repair my camera,...