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Canon HV20 Camcorder 2.96MP Silver

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Hand-held camcorders allow you to record your own video and make photoshots. You can always have such cameras with you to record the important moments of your life and share them with friends or family. You can even make your own movie!
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Long product name Canon HV20 Camcorder 2.96MP Silver :
The short editorial description of Canon HV20 Camcorder 2.96MP Silver

HV20 Camcorder
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Canon HV20 Camcorder 2.96MP Silver:
The official marketing text of Canon HV20 Camcorder 2.96MP Silver as supplied by the manufacturer
1920x1080 True HD CMOS
Canon CMOS is integral to EOS, the professionals’ D-SLR camera system of choice. This expertise has been transferred to video with a 2.96 Megapixel Canon HD CMOS sensor, capturing true 1920x1080 resolution. Record superb HDV1080i movies to MiniDV tape.

Instant AF
Focusing errors are more noticeable with HD resolution. Instant AF is a hybrid AF system that achieves precise auto focus at accelerated speed.

Precision 10x optical zoom lensM
The 10x optical zoom lens, engineered for HD quality, incorporates Canon’s Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS): an advanced stabilisation system that is better able to compensate for camera shake across the frequency range.

DIGIC DV II for HD
The DIGIC DV II processor is optimised for HD. Advanced noise reduction technology helps deliver superb images with vivid colours.

Cinema-style 25P shooting
Recording 1080/50i movies, the HV20 is Canon’s first HD camcorder designed for home moviemaking that also features switchable frame rates for videos with a truly cinematic touch. True 25P progressive shooting is possible using the HDV PF25 mode; dedicated CINE image mode also helps to reproduce the look and feel of film.

Advanced photography
The HV20 offers advanced digital photography features. Storing photos to MiniSD card, a one-push histogram display lets you monitor brightness levels to ensure correct exposure. With DIGIC DV II, a 2.07 Megapixel photo can be taken while a video is being recorded.

HDMI
Using the HV20’s HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) connection, it’s easy to transfer movies to a compatible HD-Ready TV with no loss in quality. Alternatively, connect the camcorder to a compatible computer to transfer footage for editing.

Built-in LED video light and flash
The HV20 has a built-in LED video light - continue recording even in poorly lit conditions. A dedicated flash for stills is also provided.

Analogue-to-digital conversion
Via AV input, home movies can be transferred to digital tape for safekeeping.

Mic input, Advanced Accessory Shoe and PictBridge
Capture superior quality audio with a mic input connection and manual audio controls. With an Advanced Accessory shoe, a range of peripherals can be easily attached to the camcorder. PictBridge allows you to print a photograph in a matter of seconds using the camcorder’s Direct Print button.
Short summary description Canon HV20 Camcorder 2.96MP Silver:
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Canon HV20 Camcorder, 2.96 MP, 25.4 / 2.7 mm (1 / 2.7"), 10x, 200x, 6.1 - 61 mm, 43.6 - 436 mm
Long summary description Canon HV20 Camcorder 2.96MP Silver :

Canon HV20 Camcorder. Total megapixels: 2.96 MP, Optical sensor size: 25.4 / 2.7 mm (1 / 2.7"). Optical zoom: 10x, Digital zoom: 200x, Focal length range (f-f): 6.1 - 61 mm. Compatible memory cards: miniSD, Camcorder tape type: HDV. Camera shutter speed: 1/2000. Display diagonal: 6.86 cm (2.7"), Display: LCD

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Image sensor
Total megapixels *
A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 × 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 × 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).
2.96 MP
Optical sensor size
Optical sensors are electronic detectors that convert light, or a change in light, into an electronic signal. They are used in many industrial and consumer applications e.g. lamps that turn on automatically in response to darkness. Optical sensors come in many sizes.
25.4 / 2.7 mm (1 / 2.7")
Lens system
Optical zoom *
Indicates the optical zoom capacity, which is the number of times that the picture can be enlarged with the optics of the camera.
10x
Digital zoom *
Indicates the digital zoom capacity, the number of times that the picture is enlarged thanks to digital technology.
200x
Focal length range (f-f)
Measure of how strongly the system converges or diverges light. For an optical system in air, it is the distance over which initially collimated rays are brought to a focus. A system with a shorter focal length has greater optical power than one with a long focal length; that is, it bends the rays more strongly, bringing them to a focus in a shorter distance.For an optical system in air, the effective focal length (f and f′) gives the distance from the front and rear principal planes (H and H′) to the corresponding focal points (F and F′).
6.1 - 61 mm
Focal length (35mm film equivalent)
43.6 - 436 mm
Filter size
A filter is a screen, plate, or layer of a substance which absorbs light or other radiation or selectively absorbs some of its components e.g. a UV filter to reduce UV light. Filters come in various sizes.
4.3 cm
Storage
Compatible memory cards *
Types of memory cards which can be used with this product.
miniSD
Camcorder tape type *
The type of tape used to record images from a camcorder, e.g. VHS, Video8.
HDV
Shutter
Camera shutter speed
Determines the length of time the shutter lets light pass through the lens to the CCD. Shutter speed and aperture together determine exposure.
1/2000
Display
Display diagonal *
Size of the display for this product, measured diagonally, usually in inches.
6.86 cm (2.7")
Display
The description of display that can includes display type, resolution, size etc.
LCD
Display resolution
The number of distinct pixels in each dimension that can be displayed. It is usually quoted as width × height, with the units in pixels: for example, "1024 × 768" means the width is 1024 pixels and the height is 768 pixels. The higher the number of pixels, the sharper the image.
211000
Viewfinder
Viewfinder resolution
123000 pixels
Viewfinder screen size
0.27"
Camera
Minimum illumination
Also known as light sensitivity, this is the smallest amount of light needed for the camera to produce an image of useable quality.
0.2 lx
Design
Colour of product *
The colour e.g. red, blue, green, black, white.
Silver
Ports & interfaces
PictBridge *
PictBridge is an industry standard introduced in 2003 from the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) for direct printing. It allows images to be printed directly from digital cameras to a printer, without having to connect the camera to a computer using common connectivity like USB or Bluetooth.
Yes
S-Video out *
The port (socket) where the output for the S-Video is connected.
No
USB 2.0 ports quantity *
Number of USB 2.0 ports (connecting interfaces) in the device. USB 2.0 was released in April 2000 (now called "Hi-Speed"), adding higher maximum signaling rate of 480 Mbit/s (effective throughput up to 35 MB/s or 280 Mbit/s), USB 2.0 ports are usually black.
1
DV port
Allows to send digital video from the computer to the camcorder and record back onto tape.
Yes
S-Video in
No
Battery
Battery technology *
The type of battery in the device, e.g. nickel–cadmium (NiCd).
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery type
Description of battery supplied with the product, such battery form factor (e.g. AA/AAA).
BP-2L13
Weight & dimensions
Width *
The measurement or extent of something from side to side.
88 mm
Depth *
The distance from the front to the back of something.
138 mm
Height *
The measurement of the product from head to foot or from base to top.
80 mm
Weight *
Weight of the product without packaging (net weight). If possible, the net weight is given including standard accessories and supplies. Please note that sometimes the manufacturer leaves out the weight of accessories and/or supplies.
535 g
Other features
Lens system
Type of lens in this product, expressed as its characteristics including lens, zoom capability, focal length, 35 mm equivalent focal length, and aperture range.
IS
Lens focal range
A cylindrical piece of glass or plastic that receives and focuses light to form an image. Most cameras list an f-number and focal length for each lens. \nF-Number: Indicates the size of the lens opening (aperture). \nFocal Length: The distance between the image sensor and the optical center of the lens. \nLens Adapter: Allows photographers to use special lens attachments (Macro, Zoom, Filters, etc.) on certain cameras.
10 mm
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Reviews
Updated:
2011-08-10
Testseek has collected 45 expert reviews for Canon HV20 Camcorder and the average expert rating is 84 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.
84%
Source Review comments Score
expertreviews.co.uk
Updated:
2011-08-10
Canons HV20 is the first consumer HD camcorder to provide a progressive scan option. This means it captures complete frames, just like a traditional film camera, rather than interlacing, which splits frames into a series of fields, each consisting...
100%
techradar.com
Updated:
2011-08-10
Ease of use: 4/5. Lovely ergonomic design with well-placed buttons and superb manual control. Fixed viewfinder a bit of a pain though.Features: 4/5. Lots of great features and excellent connectivity. Full inputs and outputs plus 25P a definite advantag...
Good Good lens, Strong audio, Easy to handle, Impressive performance...
Bad Bulky, No lens rings...
Bottom line Ease of use: 4/5. Lovely ergonomic design with well-placed buttons and superb manual control. Fixed viewfinder a bit of a pain though.Features: 4/5. Lots of great features and excellent connectivity. Full inputs and outputs plus 25P a definite advantag...
100%
stuff.tv
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2014-03-31
Canon’s latest top-range camcorder didn’t so much fall from the ugly tree as hit every perfectly-pixellated branch on the way down. And, in this hard-drive age, it even has the temerity to merely record onto old-school Mini DV tape. Yet the HV...
Good Captures in 24P. Stunning image quality. Good manual controls...
Bad Feels cheap. Ugly design...
Bottom line Ugly but impressive. If you’re looking for glory at Cannes, this is the camcorder for you...
100%
digitalartsonline.co.uk
Updated:
2011-08-10
Compared to Panasonic’s sleek HDC-SD1, the Canon HV20 looks a bit ungainly with its large MiniDV tape mechanism grafted onto one side. The HV20 records 1920-x-1080-pixel interlaced (1080i) HDV video (or standard DV) footage to MiniDV tapes. It offer...
90%
gadgetspeak.com
Updated:
2011-08-10
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88%
photoreview.com.au
Updated:
2011-11-04
Canon is targeting video shooters who own High Definition TV sets with its new HV20 camcorder, which will also appeal to many digital photographers. This compact camcorder shares many of the features of the DC51 model we reviewed in Issue 32 and even h...
85%
pcpro.co.uk
Updated:
2011-08-10
Canon grabs the crown for the most fully featured HDV camcorder for under a grand. Although HD broadcasting is slow in coming to the UK, HD camcorders are arriving thick and fast, and prices are dropping. Sony had the first few generations of the cons...
83%
pcauthority.com.au
Updated:
2011-11-04
Although HD broadcasting is slow in coming to Australia, HD camcorders are arriving thick and fast, and prices are dropping. Sony had the first few generations of the consumer HDV market to itself, but Canon has now joined in, with the HV20 representin...
83%
pcadvisor.co.uk
Updated:
2011-08-10
Compared to Panasonics sleek HDC-SD1, the Canon HV20 HD camcorder looks a bit ungainly, mostly because it has a large MiniDV tape mechanism grafted on to one side. The Canon HV20 records 1,920x1,080-pixel HDV-formatted high-definition footage or st...
Bottom line Since the HDV format demands less computing power than the AVCHD format does, we would steer clear of AVCHD models unless we had an extremely powerful PC. And the Canon HV20 is one of the better HDV models on the market, at a pretty good price to boot...
80%
expertreviews.co.uk
Updated:
2011-08-10
Sales of high-definition camcorders are increasing rapidly and provide the clearest evidence yet that older, established formats such as MiniDV are approaching obsolescence. Its no surprise when you consider HD-ready TV sets are sweeping aside their a...
80%
pocket-lint.com
Updated:
2011-08-10
Your TVs HD so why not your camcorder? Canon hopes this model will fix that...
Good Video quality, options, 10x optical zoom...
Bad Size, limited cables in the box...
Bottom line When it comes to video performance the Canon HV20 is very impressive. As we start to live in a HD world this is on the very cutting edge...
80%
apcmag.com
Updated:
2014-03-31
With inbuilt image stabilisation paired with a horizontal body design, the HV20 gives a professional feel to the finished product as well as resulting in more stable images. Its compact size is an added bonus as, although still solid feeling, the HV20...
Good Great image quality at a great price...
Bad Awkward zoom placement...
80%
goodgearguide.com.au
Updated:
2011-11-04
Compared to Panasonics sleek HDC-SD1, the Canon HV20 HD camcorder looks a bit ungainly, mostly because of the large tape mechanism grafted on to one side. It records 1920 x 1080-pixel HDV-formatted high definition footage to Mini DV tapes, whereas the...
Good Excellent cinematic mode, plenty of different modes, great picture quality.
Bad Finicky interface, a little bulky for our tastes. The Final Word The Canon HV20 offers an affordable introduction to high-definition video. While not particularly outstanding, it performs solidly in every area and will satisfy the majority of users.
Bottom line The Canon HV20 offers an affordable introduction to high-definition video. While not particularly outstanding, it performs solidly in every area and will satisfy the majority of users.
70%
T3.com
Updated:
2011-08-10
Its hard to imagine a retro market for something as new as High Definition, but Canon is chasing it nonetheless. The HV20 shoots in 1080i and records on to ye olde MiniDV tapes.Build quality is plasticky and the 2.7-inch display lacks sparkle, altho...
Good 10x zoom, Crisp GD footage, Good at night...
Bad Plasticky build, Small display...
Bottom line Reliable rather than racy, but the tortuous PC editing will put most punters off...
60%
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