Canon HV20

Canon HV20

The HV20 is packed with manual controls you'll be dying to get your fingers on.

 

Canon’s HV20 is the best consumer HD camcorder we’ve tested yet. There’s so much to like about this camera, starting with its colorful 1080i image, which is made up of a whopping 1,920 by 1,080 pixels. Other HD camcorders may technically offer the same high number of pixels, but we prefer the HV20’s sharp picture quality.

 

The HV20 has a lightning-quick autofocus system that lets the camera refocus almost instantly as you pan from one subject to another. The fantastic optical image stabilization takes the natural shake out of handheld shots, especially when you’re using the 10x optical zoom. Almost every camcorder offers image stabilization, but the Canon has the steadiest of any we’ve tried.

 

The HV20 packs plenty of other handy features, too. It has connections for a microphone and headphones so you can plug in a better mic and monitor the recorded audio. You can use the accessory shoe to mount an onboard mic or camera light. The HV20 has many manual controls and a few special shooting modes that give your footage a more cinematic, filmlike look (including the ability to capture 24 progressive frames per second).

 

Our only beef with the HV20 is that it records its footage to old-fashioned, 60-minute MiniDV tapes, which are a pain to rewind and fast-forward when you’re looking for a shot. We would have preferred capturing to a hard drive, memory card, or even just DVD media.

 

The bottom line. Ready to take the dive into HD video? You won’t go wrong with the HV20.

 

COMPANY: Canon
CONTACT: www.canon.com
PRICE: $1,099

REQUIREMENTS: FireWire 400, MiniDV tapes
Amazing image. Works with external mics. Smallish form-factor. Footage works with all video editors. Great value for price.
Tape will soon be obsolete.

 

 

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ammarvvip

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Vetteboy

Just because you can do something different doesn't mean you should. Flash media, Hard Drives, and DVDs are all shorter term data storage solutions. Tape is the best way to keep your memories long term right now. Particularly with High Def you need a way to to store it that is superior to standard DVD format. I'm stockpiling my home videos on tape until I can put them on blu-ray disc for a reasonable price. And even then I'll always have the tapes as a backup.

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Anonymous

Lets get real here, Mac people still tend to be professionals so can we please stop dumbing down these reviews so much? MINI DV TAPE is the INDUSTRY STANDARD BEST WAY TO CAPTURE ARCHIVE AND IMPORT FROM. Also it insures highest quality from the start regardless of what kind of digital format you export it to. This is NOT A Negative, its a perk.
Seriously how did you get your job?

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Steve

Tape is the best way to "store" your video... Sometimes I don't want to put my video into my computer right-away.... I've used the P2 camera and it's a pain in the butt to have to download to a computer all the time!
I want the option of recording to tape...

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UltraCrow

I love this camcorder so much, that I actually bought two of them for my public access show when they were on sale at my local BestBuy; I recommend this camcorder for any armature moviemaker. From my experience, this camcorder actually converted my regular MiniDV tapes into HDV while I filmed, so that makes buying the higher priced HDV tapes less of a hassle, I don’t know if this a feature on the camcorder or not, but still. I love this camcorder, best money I spent.

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PRS986

I totally disagree with tapes being obsolete soon. They are still the easiest, efficient, and SAFEST way to store and archive your media. And not to mention supported by EVERY single NLE (non linear editor. i.e. iMovie, Final Cut etc...) out there! Where as there are so many hoops you have to jump through to get media from a hard drive camcorder! Let's not even start with DVD camcorders! If you look at any prosumer and pro camera, most, if not all, use tape media. Tape is going to be here for a long time.........

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Anonymous

Tape is dead in any form or shape. And it should have happened years ago. It's like some music producers and artists still whining about tape being better than digital recording. Wake up, it's 2007 not 1967.

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Anonymous

You apparently have a lot to learn. Tape is archival. DVD has a shelf life of 15 to 20 years, if you're lucky. Please refrain in the future from commenting on things about which you have extremely limited knowledge. Thanks.

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romy

we are in a transient phase. i still prefer to use tapes. change is a difficult thing for sure. Beside as stated earlier the quality of video from the tape is still superior to the DVD and it is also easier to edit. Nevertheless the trend is towards moving to other formats as HDD and other cards.
I am getting my HV20 mane, cant wait to have it in my hands. Has been using a pana GS500.

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