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: 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. 2) Awesome White Balance, never seen anything better. 3) Amazing latitude. 4) Color rendition comparable to more expensive 3CCD cameras.
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.
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.
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 am truly impressed with the quality of video I get with this camera. It's small and easy to use, and at an affordable price. However, the battery that comes with it doesn't have much capacity, even though larger/extra batteries are readily available. The "ho-hum-quality" still-photo feature is a waste to me and seems inconsistent with an HD video camera (if HD is important to someone, so would be hi-res stills that they would probably rely on getting from a second good...
Summary: I've been wanting to switch to High Definition format for some time, but when this camera debuted at $1299, it was a little out of my price range. Now the camera has dropped to $650 plus I got free shipping, what a great deal, so I decided to buy the camera and give it a try. Now I am a huge proponent of MiniDV tape systems over discs and hard drives, but that's another topic.
Summary: This is my 5th camcorder over the years and so far the best. The camcorder by its self was great for the price but need to spend more for a extra battery, mic, and tapes. Which equals out the same as other HD camcorders, so I'm not mad just beaware. The video quality is 5 stars but sound is only 2 stars. I guess that is fine because I like it better then fair video with good audio. I use Sony Vegas 8 with Vista to edit and have no problem yet.
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!