Summary: This is an incredible little performer of a camcorder. I have my share of camcorders, Canon hi8 ES4000, Canon Optura Pi, Sony PD 150 (VX2000 pro version) Canon XH A1 and the Canon HV20. What sets the HV20 apart from other camcorders is that its image quality is as good as any sub $10,000 camcorder with adaquate light. I've used my HV20 beside my XH A1 and cut the footage together! It's that good. With the various settings, it is easy to get fabulous video every time.
Summary: I did a lot of researching on HDV cameras. I looked high and low for a camera that could do the pro features on a not-pro budget. For most people who want a great HD camcorder for home movies, i would recommend it without hesitation. For serious film students who want the look of 24p (film style) read on... There is a small catch that people need to be aware of if they need the raw 24 progressive frames. The HV20 DOES capture 24p, but in what is known as 1080pA.
Summary: You can't beat the HD picture quality from the HV20 based on actual user reviews and comparisons with all of the latest models. While this is a single CMOS sensor, it is a true 1920 x 1080 HD sensor of the same quality found in the award winning Canon Digital SLR cameras. Don't be fooled by a 3CCD camcorder that uses smaller sensor sizes and must use "pixel shifting". I had already hooked up the HV20 to my 720p projector, and it did look great even at my typical 120".
Summary: I've had 3 camcorders. My first was a Ricoh 8mm and I loved it for years. My second was a Sony PC110 mini DV, which is a wonderful camera but I recently upgraded my television to a 46" widescreen Sony LCD and found the picture from the camcorder somewhat lacking. I've had 3 Canon Digital Elphs and recently got a Canon Digital Rebel XTi SLR camera and I really enjoy the results from them all. So, I thought that I'd try the Canon HV20 and I'm extremely impressed with it!
Summary: I have a sony FX1 since 2 years and then I had bought a sony HC1 which I had to return due to unacceptable video noise in low light conditions. When you have used sony FX1 you know how the low light videos are supposed to look, so I had something good to compare the hv20 to. I got this hv20 camera and I have played with it checking its potential outdoor and indoors.
Summary: The HV-20 is Canon's "flagship" camcorder, and received [...] "2007 Camcorder of the Year" award. It has the best low-light image quality in it's class (in 24p mode, using 1/48th second shutter speed), and CCI says that it has the overall best image quality of all comparable models. What I like about the HV-20: 1. High definition 1440x1080i video image, using MPEG-2 compression.
Summary: I purchased this camcorder almost 6 months ago, for both personal and professional uses. I made my decision because of the overwhelmingly positive professional reviews. You cannot go wrong with either a Canon HV20 or a Sony HC7, they have very similar characteristics. One thing that the Canon has is the true 24p mode which is important for indy filmmakers and also improves low light performance indoors and out.
Summary: I wanted to do more with the camera before I wrote the review, but I haven't had time to do any video editing on the computer. All I know is that for my use, which is point and shoot video and playback on my HD TV, this camera works great. The picture quality is everything I expected and on 52 inches at high definition, I feel as if I were reliving the moment.