Summary: So 100's of reviews of this thing exist. Why pitch in 2 more cents if they're not of any value, right? You're looking at this camera, and it's great. It's the second generation of a 4 generation consumer-level legendary line-up. It's an HDV (High Definition Video) MiniDV camera. Please don't scoff at this as a relic of 6 years ago. Here's why. I am the AV director for my church, and as of recent we have desired to STREAM VIDEO out of the church to the masses.
Awesome, if you need a bit more than just a compact camcoder.
3 March 2013
Summary: Oh, I just love it! At first I dreamed about this camcoder. Because I knew it has semi-professional features and quality. That's, probably, still the only one in that position. Then I bought it. And I liked it. If there's enough of light, the picture quality is awwwessssome! Then I bought another one... Well, now I have FOUR of them (and a DSLR). I'm filming live concerts with multiple cameras, and it's important to have several same camcoders.
One step below pro equipment... with Pro quality that compares equally.
24 January 2013
Summary: This is a really Great piece of less than Pro equipment. The image quality in HD is very impressive and the availability of aftermarket accessories geared towards this specific model makes it a "film makers" right hand tool. I use this for Product Demonstrations, music videos, and short films, and with a DOF adapter will be using it for greater productions that demand this type of HD Widescreen technology. Even now having it for months...
Summary: The camera is built for a smaller hand than I, so it takes some getting use to as far as getting a "feel" for all the buttons. The quality of the video is very good. Wish it had a bit more optical zoom, but is good for family get together's, and travel, but forget the football games. what is the best part of all is the quality of the still photos that this little camera produces.
Summary: I bought my first Canon HV20 because a user said that he could mix tapes from it with his best professional work and not see any real difference. It is reasonably light and compact, and I have liked the fact that it uses tape because that prevents losing any whole files due to corruption of data. That camera failed after three years, for an unknown reason, but I repaired it and also bought an HV30, to stay in the same type of tapes and functioning.
Excerpt: We purchased this camera before our trip overseas. I didn't have time to read anything about it, we just put it together and tried it out. It was so easy to use! You can record in Standard Def or High Def. It's nice and compact. I highly recommend the camera case. We were in monsoon season and had the camera with us during a massive downpour. We opened the case up and there was no water whatsoever. The microphone does fine. We are thrilled with the HV20!
It might not be the latest model, but it still a good buy
7 March 2012
Summary: I picked this up mostly because of the the price. These cameras are a cult favorite and for good reason. Canon incorporated many features found in high end cameras (mic level control and monitoring, manual picture control) into the HV20. Even today, Canon still sells this camera's replacement, the HV40, due to demand. Yes, this camera uses tapes, but unlike AVC-HD flash-based camcorders, it uses MPEG-2 video that most computers can easily edit.
Summary: We have had this camcorder for a couple months. We bought it for video and still pics. It does both with very high quality. It's not that difficult to use, but I must admit it has way more features than we'll ever use.
Summary: When I first saw the box, I thought, "great, another 'handycam' where all that matters to people is size". But i was VERY WRONG. This camera is amazing for the price and puts out an incredible image with nearly no experience necessary. Sound is the same as any "handycam" style camcorder, but I use an external shotgun mic, so it doesn't affect me. Excellent Buy!
Pros: Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Simple Controls, Versatile