Canon VIXIA HV20 2.96MP CMOS HDV Camcorder

Canon VIXIA HV20 HDV Camcorder, 1/2.7" 2.96MP CMOS Sensor, 1920 x 1080 Resolution, 24p Frame Rate, with 10x Optical Zoom, Optical Image Stabilizer, HDMI, Hot Shoe and HC miniSD Card Slot

Canon VIXIA HV20 HDV Camcorder, 1/2.7" 2.96MP CMOS Sensor, 1920 x 1080 Resolution, 24p Frame Rate, with 10x Optical Zoom, Optical Image Stabilizer, HDMI, Hot Shoe and HC miniSD Card Slot

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Canon HV-20 Overview

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The Canon VIXIA HV20 HDV Camcorder brings the power of professional level HD recording to the consumer at a price that won't break the bank. The VIXIA HV20 captures images in genuine HD resolution of 1920 x 1080, so you are shooting in real HDTV, all on a mini HDV tape. One of the biggest features this camera brings to the consumer camcorder market is the ability to capture in 24p, the same frame rate used in movie film.

Canon improves upon the standard CCD camcorders by using a 1/2.7" CMOS sensor to generate images. The 2.96MP CMOS sensor tends to process faster than a CCD for richer color and sharper detail. When you add a Canon Optics HD lens, 10x optical zoom and a DV II processor you get ultra-sharp color and incredible detail even from a distance. In order to ensure you get the highest possible video quality and picture Canon added an HDMI output and hot shoe terminal to the HV20.

As impressive as the HV20 is as a camcorder, it gets even better as a 3.1 megapixel digital still camera. Store images on tiny HC Mini-SD memory cards with the Mini-SD card slot. The optical image stabilizer and advanced AF auto focus make it easy to get crisp clean video and photos. Choosing and using the enhanced features such as Smooth Zoom Zebra Pattern and Level Shot Control, are easy thanks to the 2.7" LCD screen.

Canon fit everything you can ask from a camcorder in the HV20, all in a body that fits comfortably in your pocket. Now if they could only develop a "remove 10 pounds feature"...

1/2.7" 2.96MP True HD CMOS Sensor (1920 x 1080)
Canon improves upon the standard CCD camcorders by using a CMOS sensor to generate images. The 2.9MP CMOS Sensor tends to process faster than a CCD for richer color and sharper detail.
24p Cinema Mode
You can change the camcorder's frame rate to 24p, which is the same frame rate as professional movie film.
The HV20 also offers Playback of 60i, 30F, 24F and 24p video.
HD 1920 x 1080
The HV20 captures true 1080 High Definition resolution video in 16:9 format, using MiniDV cassette tapes.
HDMI Output
Many consumer products are adopting High Definition Media Interface (HDMI) connections for transmitting uncompressed digital HD video and audio signals. Canon has upped the ante by incorporating this into the already extensive array of video output choices on the HV20. Simply hook the camera up to your HDTV via this interface and view all your footage the way it was meant to be seen: purely digital!
DIGIC DV ll Processor
Thanks to DIGIC DV II image processing, the HV20 produces video with improved color reproduction ideal for skin tones, and dark and light scenes. It also uses a noise reduction system that uses two types of noise reduction, for HD images that are crystal clear.
Instant AF (Auto Focus)
The Instant AF feature uses an external sensor, together with Canon's auto-focus system, to help significantly decrease the time it takes to find the focus, even in low light conditions. This system achieves focus instantaneously, eliminating the struggle needed to find the correct focus.
Hot Shoe
Plug an accessory (microphone, light, etc.) into the HV20's advanced accessory shoe and the camcorder will immediately provide it with power.
Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS)
While a digital image stabilizer compensates for shaking by adjusting the picture frame by frame, an Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) avoids the shaking before the image is captured. OIS uses a a floating lens element that is moved relative to the rest of the lens, to maintain a balanced picture
Variable Zoom Speed Control
How often have you watched a home video and gotten motion sickness when the zoom goes from 0 to 60 in 1/10 seconds? The Variable Zoom Speed Control maintains the speed of your zoom so that everything looks smooth and professional.
Level and Grid Markers
Not sure if your shot of the sunset over the New York skyline is actually level? The Level marker places a horizontal line across your screen so you can make sure your shooting at the perfect angle.
In the Box
Canon VIXIA HV20 HDV Camcorder, 1/2.7" 2.96MP CMOS Sensor, 1920 x 1080 Resolution, 24p Frame Rate, with 10x Optical Zoom, Optical Image Stabilizer, HDMI, Hot Shoe and HC miniSD Card Slot
  • BP-2L13 Battery Pack (with Terminal Cover)
  • CA-570 Compact Power Adapter
  • STV-250 N Stereo Video Cable
  • WL-D87 Wireless Controller
  • IFC-300PCU USB Cable
  • CTC-100 S Component Cable
  • Digital Video Solution Disk for Windows and Macintosh
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Canon HV-20 Specs

    Sensor 1/2.7" CMOS Sensor 2.96MP
    Lens f = 6.1 - 61mm, f/1.8 - 3.0
    Zoom Optical: 10x
    Digital: 200x
    Filter Size 43mm
    Image Stabilization Yes, Optical Image Stabilizer
    Lux Night mode: 0.2 lux
    Auto mode: 3 lux
    Recommended illumination: more than 100 lux
    System NTSC
    Format HDV
    Audio DV:
    16 bit (2ch) 48 kHz
    12 bit (4ch) 32 kHz
    (4ch synchronous recording not possible)

    MPEG1 Audio Layer II (2 ch)
    (4-channel playback of tapes containing 4-channel recordings possible)
    Time Code Yes
    Date & Time Yes
    A/V Dubbing Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Viewfinder 0.27" Widescreen TFT Color (123,000 pixels)
    LCD Monitor 2.7" Widescreen TFT Color (211,000 pixels)
    Manual Controls Focus, Exposure
    Built-in Light Yes
    Built-in Mic Yes
    Built-in Speaker Yes
    Accessory Shoe Yes, Hot Shoe
    Titler Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Digital Effects Yes
    Fade Resistance Yes
    Tape Loading Side
    Digital Still Mode
    Resolution 4:3 mode: Approx. 2.76 Megapixels (1920 x 1440)
    16:9 mode: Approx. 2.07 Megapixels (1920 x 1080)
    Card Slot Mini-SD HC
    Built-in Flash Yes
    Input/Output Connectors
    Line In Recording No
    Inputs A/V Minijack
    IEEE1394 Standard
    Outputs A/V Minijack
    IEEE1394 Standard
    Component Video
    Edit Protocol No
    Microphone Input Yes
    Headphone Jack Yes
    Power Requirements Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Power Consumption Viewfinder: 4.8W
    LCD Screen: 5W
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.5 x 3.2 x 5.4" (8.9 x 8.1 x 13.7cm)
    Weight 1.2 lbs (544.3g)

    Canon HV-20 Reviews

    VIXIA HV20 2.96MP CMOS HDV Camcorder is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 40.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small in size, Large in Stamina My wife and I had planned a European cruise and we needed a small sized camera that could pack easily, and walk all day with. I started looking at the mid size Sony's thinking anything smaller wouldn't capture the high resolution HDV video I was wanting. A fellow videographer pointed me towards the HV20 and what a find! The video is beautiful when hooked up to a HDTV using the HDMI cable. You will be blown away by what this little camera is capable of. If you are looking for a ton of professional manual controls and shoot in low light areas this may not be for you but if you're mobile and have good light the HV20 is the perfect solution.
    Date published: 2008-05-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good camera Great picture quality, some pro features such as full manual IRIS control, Zebra, custom white balance, etc. I bought this camera primarily to capture VIDEO and it does the job versus buying $3,000 HDV decks as they both output the same quality (VCR mode)plus you don't want to wear out the video heads your Sony HVR-Z7u and other expensive cameras by using them to capture video. Not to mention the hour meter readings! The only cons I find is 1: That the battery doesn't last, even the biggest battery for this power hungry lille cam. I have 6 full size batts. 2- You cannot custom white balance while recording. Only on stand by, then you record.
    Date published: 2009-03-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Camcorder The image quality of this camcorder simply can't be beat in the world of consumer camcorders. 24p is nice option for a different look and also for lower light recording. It's too bad that the HV20 doesn't include flags to remove pull down for 24p in post but it's not a deal breaker by any means. The menus are simple and easy to navigate while still offering a lot of advanced features. The overall construction feels a bit cheap, but in the 8 months I've owned it so far I've come to realize it's quite durable. I can't recommend this camcorder enough given its price, features, and outstanding image quality
    Date published: 2008-06-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Buy Get this camera. The HDV is great. Get an external mic for it and run with it from there. It is a great little camera. My main purpose was for travel and a back-up for special events. I have used it on a hiking trip and the shots were amazing. I also used it for a choir performance. The low light shots are grainy, but with the right lighting it is great. The battery release is in the wrong spot for use with a tripod. Also, no LANC or focus ring. Maybe that is asking too much from a little consumer camera that is less than a grand. Great cam get it if you have the money and feel confident in the purchase.
    Date published: 2008-05-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from canon hv20 ... Came with great info on how to operate the actual camera.Really is very easy to take wonderfull fotage with. Has a good amount of control to vary for different conditions. I was surprised with how great the sound quility was also. What i did find difficult was getting video off camera off camera to edit on pc. I did eventually find some helpful tips on canons website that explained that not all computers will allow transfer of HD video and to try downgrading to standard def. This worked and was a relief but it took a lot of time to find this out.Will eventualy
    Date published: 2008-04-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beats 24p DV Anyday! I just sold my DVX100B for this camera and i am glad i did! The images far surpass anything i have seen and shot myself with 24frame DV cameras. Anyone who wants to transisition into high def and wants true 24p but does not have the money for an HVX, get this. You will wondering why you ever shot without it! Problems Encountered: Low-Light that's all, this camera is a gem Previous Equivalent Items Owned: Panasonic DVX100, Canon Xl2(rented), HVX200(rented) Items I Recommend: Manfrotto tripod and wide angle adapter
    Date published: 2007-05-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small Size - Huge Results 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!
    Date published: 2008-12-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from loving it i just went from working for a professional production company to freelance. i actually wanted to buy a larger camera which are often too (head) heavy for a woman and most of my work is hand held. after long searching and testing..i finally found hv20. i love how small and light it is and the imagery is absolutely stunning. it still offers me loads of control over shutter, focus, etc. i am glad it doesnt have the touchscreen function like most small cam have. the mic could do with a bit of improving but otherwise it is great value for the money!!! thxxx
    Date published: 2008-04-22
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