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.
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. The key word is serious, because the predecessor of the HV20 was the Canon HV10, which offered great performance, but fell short in features necessary for serious videography/movie making work.
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.
Summary: La HV20 esta muy bien, todo lo que se escribe sobre ella es cierto. Tiene una calidad de imagen excelente pero recuerden NO ES PROFESIONAL. Aún asi se le puede sacar provecho con practica. Lo único en contra es que en condiciones de poca luz pierde puntos, ah, y la batería no es la gran cosa. Por lo demás muy bien. Y con algunos accesorios como el lente angular y una bateria con mayor capacidad mucho mejor.
Fantastic Image Quality, But 24P Is Tough To Post-Process
James Pine, Amazon
25 June 2008
Summary: I used to own a Canon GL2 (prosumer SD 3CCD camera with Canon L lens) but got tired of carrying it around to take travel video which I rarely ended up editing. So I sold it and purchased this, looking forward to HD quality and 24P framerates. The HD quality does not disappoint in any way whatsoever. Hook this up to a 1080i/p HDTV via HDMI and the quality of the image will be indistinguishable from what you see on any of the HD channels. I was blown away.
Summary: I used to own a Canon GL2 (prosumer SD 3CCD camera with Canon L lens) but got tired of carrying it around to take travel video which I rarely ended up editing. So I sold it and purchased this, looking forward to HD quality and 24P framerates.
The HD quality does not disappoint in any way whatsoever. Hook this up to a 1080i/p HDTV via HDMI and the quality of the image will be indistinguishable from what you see on any of the HD channels. I was blown away.
Summary: I bought this videocam for my wife on Xmas so she could take HD video of our son to put on .mac so I could see shots of my son while I spend every other six-weeks overseas. The camera did not disappoint! I personally use a Canon XHA1 Prosumer Cam which is a 3-ccd system and much bigger (as well as much more complicated). The surprising discovery with the HV20 is how close it is to the video quality of the XHA1!
Summary: I purchased the Canon HV20 a week before taking a family trip to Ireland. I shot about an hour of video during the trip. I regret not spending more time with the camera. The camera is easy to operate. I did not use the still camera option. I only shot 1920x1080i video. The payback onto my 46" 1080 Samsung LCD is incredible! The image quality and the color are great. I am in the process of downloading the video onto my iMac.
Summary: I have had this camcorder for a few weeks now. It feels to be worth the money, and I am a low income person. My only quibble is that the menu is a little confusing and less than intuitive for me, hence the four stars. But after hooking this camcorder up to a high-def set with HDMI I was astounded. Puts high definition into the hands of consumers. Small size lets it fit into a smaller size container, and because it uses miniDV tapes, its output is easily archived.