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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Summary: This thing rocks, the only negative is the motor noise, but it is only noticeable when you first get it, you hardley even hear it while playing the footage on a TV. Also glad Canon has kept using the same batteries, makes it easy to purchase more and a lot cheaper too.
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.