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: Great picture quality, some pro features such as full manual IRIS control, Zebra, custom white balance, etc. I bought this camera primarily to capture VIDEO and it does the job versus buying $3,000 HDV decks as they both output the same quality (VCR mode)plus you don't want to wear out the video heads your Sony HVR-Z7u and other expensive cameras by using them to capture video. Not to mention the hour meter readings!
Pros: Capturing Video to PCMac, Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Simple Controls, Versatile
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: For the adventurer out there, this is a convenient addition to your gear. It performed on the summit of K2, and was recently used on Nanga Parbat. It is small enough to hide under your jacket for warmth. Just remember to take extra batteries.
Summary: I have a background in still photography and used an ENG camera about 25 years ago for a college class. This is my first HDV camcorder, and I really like it for the most part.I did have some trouble getting started. I purchased the kit, a very good idea for the price, I think. But the SD card didn't seem to fit the camera and I had trouble finding the lens adapter for the wide-angle lens. [...] the SD card actually had two sizes, including the one I needed.
Pros: Comfortable to Operate, Great Features, Simple Controls, Versatile
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.