Canon HV20 High Definition Camcorder, Absolute gem of a Camcorder.

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I have only had the camera for 24hrs but is enough time to know that its something special. I did my homework before buying and saw some of the fantastic clips on the web filmed with this camera. I know a lot of the new camcorders record on memory card etc but hdv still gives the best quality. The canon records a fantastic pictures and colurs are vivid and bright. It is easy to use both for recording and playback on your hd set. The only downside is that there is no hdmi cable included.

Does what it says on the tin. I jsut sold my sony hdr fx1 because it was too big. I banked the money and bought this canon with the proceeds. Its buidl quality isn’t amazing but the quality of the pics really is awesome. The still preformance is good too. Highly recommended over the sony similar model which is 200 pounds more.

Canon HV20 High Definition Camcorder (10X Optical Zoom, 2.7″ Widescreen Colour LCD)

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Great quality video from the hv 20. After doing a lot of research in 2007 i decided to buy the hv 20 i was going to get 1 about 5 months before i did but i was still not sure so really looked into what was out there and even after the 5months of looking around nothing came out that could touch the picture quality at the price of the canon. I work with a lot of video cameras in my job and this little camera has really impressed me. 1 st off remeber this is not being sold as semi pro camrea its just a general consumer camera that is producing some of the best quality pictures i have seen when even compared to pro and semi pro units that can cost thousands of pounds. I have been using it in some real low light conditions for filming danceing in low light enviroments (clubs) and have been impressed with the quality of the capture. I found with setting the camera to hdv (pf25) and the sports aperture setting has produced some of the best results in low light. The 25 frame emulation mode will capture your videos that gives them a look as if they have been captured on a film camera somthing similar to what a lot of tv drama is shot emulating the look of a super 16mm camera. Its not that the video looks like it has been shot on film it has the ablity to give the camera to record footage with a different feel that is really hard to explain but it certainly has the feel as if it has been shot on a much more expensive unit than the hv 20. The quality of the built in 3 meg still camera is nat amazing but i have found it a great tool that if used right can capture some good quality pictures that you can use in your videos when it comes to editing those family movies. The camera also has a built in flash which is very limited but is better than no flash i guess.

Absolute gem of a camcorder. . I brought this camcorder 2 weeks ago for a great price. When i first comapred the build quality, you notice the difference, the sony is strong and feels good in your hand. The hv20 is a different beast, feels light and in some sense cheap. Considering a £400 price difference i can’t complain. Anyway, the real icing on the cake is the performance. Here, i tested in low light conditions and bright light. I must say in bright light the hv20 was amazing the colour, saturation and clarity was in abundance. In low light it didn’t fair well. , until(wait for it) i switched to 24p(24 frames full progressive). I mean i can use this in low light situations with no probs. Even my sony hc7 couldn’t touch the hv20 in this department.

Canon hv20 high definition camcorder. ****brilliant**** i purchased this for my husband’s 70th birthday. He did all the ‘leg work’ (on the internet) and decided on this one. It must be exceptional as he is not known for holding back on criticism – i have not heard a single complaint after several months of frequent use. Its always a risk buying without seeing a product first. Well done canon and well done amazon for a good product at a competitive price.

Canon HV20 High Definition Camcorder (10X Optical Zoom, 2.7″ Widescreen Colour LCD) : There are now hd cams available that will record to internal harddisks, but i much prefer this canon with its tape recording. I find tape to be far easier to store, especially at hd quality, i didn’t want to be buying a new harddisk every 6 months to store the footage. The main disadvantage with tapes of course, is having to rewind and search for scenes. On the subject of tapes, for anyone new to hdv camcorders, you can actually use plain old mini-dv tapes in this camcorder to record hdv footage, you still get 60 minutes a tape because the footage is now in mpeg2 rather than dv encoding. Actually the camcorder reports 61 minutes when a new mini-dv tape is inserted. The video light is a bit gimicky. It works ok, but it’s only really just a single led lamp, so is very weak and only work up to about 6 feet at the most, even then the angle of light is quite narrow, so the frame is light in the middle, dark on the edges. The photo flash is also just ok, but better than nothing. When taking pictures in dedicated photo mode you have 4:3 format; when in video mode, it’s basically a still capture of the video frame, so is wide-screen.

This review is from : Canon HV20 High Definition Camcorder (10X Optical Zoom, 2.7″ Widescreen Colour LCD)

Good camera for making short films. Excellent value for money not often you get an hd camera with mic input socket for under 200. I was impressed to find i also got a higher volatage battery with it when checking the manual. But i think with using hd it cancels it out got 1 hour n half out of it anyway. But zoom is’nt to shaky sound really good when using an external sing star mic can u believe it?. Lots of stuff you can buy to go with it aswell. Still waiting for the catch not tried uploading it yet. I use sony vegas 10 so we shall see.
Good camera for making short films. Excellent value for money not often you get an hd camera with mic input socket for under 200. I was impressed to find i also got a higher volatage battery with it when checking the manual. But i think with using hd it cancels it out got 1 hour n half out of it anyway. But zoom is’nt to shaky sound really good when using an external sing star mic can u believe it?. Lots of stuff you can buy to go with it aswell. Still waiting for the catch not tried uploading it yet. I use sony vegas 10 so we shall see.
I bought this camcorder after reading all the excellent reviews, not just on the amazon site. Initially i was looking for a camcorder with an analogue input to enable me to convert my old analogue camcorder tapes to digital. All my old footage was shot with a sony analogue camcorder, valuable footage of my grandchildren from birth, all now in their teens. I wanted to be able to edit the footage and put it on dvd to hand to the family, and i’ve done it, thanks to the hv20 and an excellent video editing program. New footage shot with the canon is faultless. I have no complaints whatsoever with this camcorder and would recommend it to anybody.
I bought this camcorder after reading all the excellent reviews, not just on the amazon site. Initially i was looking for a camcorder with an analogue input to enable me to convert my old analogue camcorder tapes to digital. All my old footage was shot with a sony analogue camcorder, valuable footage of my grandchildren from birth, all now in their teens. I wanted to be able to edit the footage and put it on dvd to hand to the family, and i’ve done it, thanks to the hv20 and an excellent video editing program. New footage shot with the canon is faultless. I have no complaints whatsoever with this camcorder and would recommend it to anybody.
This camcorder is well worth the money, if like me, you are looking for good quality dv for editing and putting it on standard dvd then look no further. The sound recording is a bit ‘ify’ but then so is all small camcorder sound. Get a decent external mic to go with it and you’ve got a wow. I saw one review which says the hv20 has no earphone socket, this is not true as it has a combo line out/headphones socket which you can select from the menu. Anyway it has hdmi or firewire, so why would you want line out?i tried the hdmi on an hdtv and it was brilliant but i think high def. Editing is some way off yet for most people, it is for me. I’m happy with the true widescreen dv capture and sound from my external mic and i hope to get lots of good footage to edit from it.
This camcorder is well worth the money, if like me, you are looking for good quality dv for editing and putting it on standard dvd then look no further. The sound recording is a bit ‘ify’ but then so is all small camcorder sound. Get a decent external mic to go with it and you’ve got a wow. I saw one review which says the hv20 has no earphone socket, this is not true as it has a combo line out/headphones socket which you can select from the menu. Anyway it has hdmi or firewire, so why would you want line out?i tried the hdmi on an hdtv and it was brilliant but i think high def. Editing is some way off yet for most people, it is for me. I’m happy with the true widescreen dv capture and sound from my external mic and i hope to get lots of good footage to edit from it.
I bought this as a cheap way into hd for use on a 55″ full hd tv after using a great trv20 sony dv model for several years. The picture quality, particularly on cine mode, is stunning. The detail even on a giant screen is outstanding. This size screen shows up the slightest picture problem on blu ray let alone sky hd. 1st impressions not brilliant as it feels slightly flimsy and lightweight compared to the sony but that wears off quickly. The control positioning obviously suits my hands. The memory card i bought separately but at £9 for 2 gig is hardly a problem and the picture quality of stills, especially in widescreen is very good. I use ordinary dv tapes, which at £1 each for 25, is very cheap bulk storage for work. This is important because you can’t load edited hdv back to the camera tape.
I bought this as a cheap way into hd for use on a 55″ full hd tv after using a great trv20 sony dv model for several years. The picture quality, particularly on cine mode, is stunning. The detail even on a giant screen is outstanding. This size screen shows up the slightest picture problem on blu ray let alone sky hd. 1st impressions not brilliant as it feels slightly flimsy and lightweight compared to the sony but that wears off quickly. The control positioning obviously suits my hands. The memory card i bought separately but at £9 for 2 gig is hardly a problem and the picture quality of stills, especially in widescreen is very good. I use ordinary dv tapes, which at £1 each for 25, is very cheap bulk storage for work. This is important because you can’t load edited hdv back to the camera tape.

This review is from : Canon HV20 High Definition Camcorder (10X Optical Zoom, 2.7″ Widescreen Colour LCD)

Good picture, but ergonomics not so hot. I bought this after reading the warm reviews and seeing a friend’s footage. And no complaints there — in the right conditions results are superb. However, the hv20 has controls all over, making adjustments in the field hit-and-miss to say the least, and the image stabiliser doesn’t seem to do muchgeneral advice (as for all hdv) is use a solid tripod or monopod where possible, and use higher shutter speeds for pans.

This review is from : Canon HV20 High Definition Camcorder (10X Optical Zoom, 2.7″ Widescreen Colour LCD)

Good picture, but ergonomics not so hot. I bought this after reading the warm reviews and seeing a friend’s footage. And no complaints there — in the right conditions results are superb. However, the hv20 has controls all over, making adjustments in the field hit-and-miss to say the least, and the image stabiliser doesn’t seem to do muchgeneral advice (as for all hdv) is use a solid tripod or monopod where possible, and use higher shutter speeds for pans.
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