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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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"...
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Canon HV-20 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 21/2.7" 2.96MP True HD CMOS Sensor (1920 x 1080)
  • 324p Cinema Mode
  • 4HD 1920 x 1080
  • 5HDMI Output
  • 6DIGIC DV ll Processor
  • 7Instant AF (Auto Focus)
  • 8Hot Shoe
  • 9Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS)
  • 10Variable Zoom Speed Control
  • 11Level and Grid Markers

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.

Canon HV-20 Specs

Camera
Sensor1/2.7" CMOS Sensor 2.96MP
Lensf = 6.1 - 61mm, f/1.8 - 3.0
ZoomOptical: 10x
Digital: 200x
Filter Size43mm
Image StabilizationYes, Optical Image Stabilizer
LuxNight mode: 0.2 lux
Auto mode: 3 lux
Recommended illumination: more than 100 lux
Recording
SystemNTSC
FormatHDV
AudioDV:
16 bit (2ch) 48 kHz
12 bit (4ch) 32 kHz
(4ch synchronous recording not possible)

HDV:
MPEG1 Audio Layer II (2 ch)
(4-channel playback of tapes containing 4-channel recordings possible)
Time CodeYes
Date & TimeYes
A/V DubbingNot Specified By Manufacturer
Display
Viewfinder0.27" Widescreen TFT Color (123,000 pixels)
LCD Monitor2.7" Widescreen TFT Color (211,000 pixels)
Conveniences
Manual ControlsFocus, Exposure
Built-in LightYes
Built-in MicYes
Built-in SpeakerYes
Accessory ShoeYes, Hot Shoe
TitlerNot Specified By Manufacturer
Digital EffectsYes
Fade ResistanceYes
Tape LoadingSide
Digital Still Mode
Resolution4:3 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 FlashYes
Input/Output Connectors
Line In RecordingNo
InputsA/V Minijack
USB
IEEE1394 Standard
OutputsA/V Minijack
USB
HDMI
IEEE1394 Standard
Component Video
Edit ProtocolNo
Microphone InputYes
Headphone JackYes
General
Power RequirementsNot Specified By Manufacturer
Power ConsumptionViewfinder: 4.8W
LCD Screen: 5W
Dimensions (WxHxD)3.5 x 3.2 x 5.4" (8.9 x 8.1 x 13.7cm)
Weight1.2 lbs (544.3g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.75 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.2 x 8.6 x 8.5"
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