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Canon HV20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 540 reviews of Canon HV20. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviews about the size and portability are overall positive. The image quality and price are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some mixed opinions about the durability.

usability, price, image quality, portability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon HV20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Canon HV20

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 52 user reviews of Canon HV20 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the memory and image quality. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably, but many are less positive about the design and durability.

usability, portability, price, image quality, memory

durability, design

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon HV20 High Definition Camcorder (10X Optical Zoom, 2.7" Widescreen Colour LCD)Canon HV20 High Definition Camcorder (10X Optical Zoom, 2.7" Widescreen Colour LCD)

2017-12

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon HV20

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 195 user reviews of Canon HV20 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviews about the size and image quality are on the whole positive. The portability and price also get good feedback, but views are divided on the durability. Many are critical about the memory and reliability.

usability, price, portability, image quality, size

reliability, memory

89% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon HV20 3MP High Definition MiniDV Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomCanon HV20 3MP High Definition MiniDV Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

2017-12

Expert review by: Hitesh Raj Bhagat (ld2.ciol.com)

Canon HV 20

 

If you're looking to shoot high-def videos for your big flat panel TV, Canon's HV 20 is what you're looking for

Full HD performance for consumers

Tape based high-def video

2008-03

Expert review by: Charlie White (maximumpc.com)

Canon HV20 HDV Camcorder

 

If you don't mind dealing with miniDV tape, the Canon HV20 is a fine choice. However, we prefer having nonlinear random access to shots, rather than rolling through an anachronistic tape to find a shot. We also don't care for the cheap, plastic feel of...

buttah-smooth video, crisp and vivid in bright light

Cheap-feeling plastic, stuck with miniDV tapes

We especially like the way Canon includes features normally reserved for pros, such as a 24p frame rate that can be combined with the camera’s CineLook setting in order to almost mimic film’s slower frame rate and slightly diffuse look. But the star of...

2007-12

Expert review by: Good Gear Guide.au (goodgearguide.com.au)

Expert Review

 

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.

Excellent cinematic mode, plenty of different modes, great picture quality

Finicky interface, a little bulky for our tastes

2007-11

Expert review by: tech.co.uk staff (techradar.com)

Canon HV20 review

 

Compact, well connected and a great performer

Great picture quality across the board ; Excellent value for money

Can suffer from wind noise ; Fixed viewfinder

Easy to use and with great high-def functionality, the HV20 is a superb example of a modern HD camcorder

2007-06

Expert review by: Stuart Miles (pocket-lint.com)

Canon HV20 camcorder

 

With the world going high-definition, is only fair to expect any footage you shoot should be too. 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.

Video quality, options, 10x optical zoom

Size, limited cables in the box

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.

2007-05

Expert review by: PCMag Staff (pcmag.com)

Canon HV20

 

Preview of the Canon HV20.

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2008-06

Expert review by: Rachel Swaby (wired.com)

Review: Canon HV20

 

When it comes to HD cameras, call us hopeless romantics. We'd love to find a shooter capable of taking beautiful footage but without the bulk...

Super clear, super clean, super colorful 1080i video quality. Tapes eject quickly and cleanly. 10x zoom and rapid auto focus. Compact size and light weight (1.3 pounds!) make transporting the cam second nature. Top mounted mic cancels out ambient noise...

Holy design flaw! The electronic lens cover sputtered and failed to open right out of the box; we had to prop it open with our fingers. Poor menu configuration – especially with playback functions. Image stabilization has its limits: 10x zoom requires...

2007-08

Recommended!

Expert review by: Rob Tucker (trustedreviews.com)

Canon HV20 - HDV Camcorder

 

After a slow start with HDV, Canon is back on form with this prosumer offering.

After a slow start with HDV, Canon is back on the form it had when the market was predominated by DV. Not only does the company now produce the best professional HDV camcorder currently available, the HX-A1, it has the most successfully realised HDV...

2007-08

Expert review by: Alan Stafford (techadvisor.co.uk)

Canon HV20 HD camcorder

 

Compared to Panasonic's 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.

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.

2007-06

Expert review by: Alan Stafford (pcworld.com)

HV20 Mini DV HD DVD Camcorder

 

This high-definition camcorder is a bit heavy and bulky, but it's a good performer with lots of features.

Many features, including accessory shoe, Very good battery life

Some tiny controls, A bit bulky and heavy

Since the HDV format demands less computing power than the AVCHD format does, I would steer clear of AVCHD models unless I had an extremely powerful PC. And the HV20 one of the better HDV models on the market, at a pretty good price to boot

2007-06

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio Dubbing: No
Built-In Microphone: Yes
PCM digital audio:12-bit/32 kHz, 16-bit/48 kHz

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-2L13
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-2L13

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture

Camera

Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Minimum illumination:0.2
Self-timer:10 / 2,10
Self-timer delay:10 / 2,10

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Design

Colour of product:Black / Silver

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:miniSD Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:13.7cm
Height:8.2cm
Weight:0.54kg
Width:8.9cm

Display

Built-in Display: Yes
Display:LCD
Display diagonal:6.86 / 68.6
Display Resolution:211000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Night mode / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset

Flash

Built-in Flash: Yes
Built-in light: Yes

Focusing

Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:HV20
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):1550000
Optical sensor size:1/0.106 / 25.4 / 2.7
Sensor Type:CCD / CMOS
Total MegaPixels:2.96

Lens System

Digital Zoom:200
Filter Size:4.3 / 43
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):43.6 - 436
Focal length range (f-f):6.1 - 61
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.0
Max Focal Length:61mm
Min Focal Length:6.1mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2.76Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.07Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.96Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):9.4 mm ( 1/2.7" ) / 9.4 mm ( 1/2.7 )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical

Other features

Art: Yes
Audio output:Y
Auto Focus: Yes
Lens focal range:10 mm
Lens system:IS
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Resolution:1920 x 1080
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Video Out:Y

Packaging Content

Handheld remote control: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1 / 3
DC-in jack: Yes
DV port:Y / Yes
HDMI: Yes
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
PictBridge:Y / Yes
S-Video In:N / No
S-Video Out:N / No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:0.0005 - 0.5 / 1/2 - 1/2000 / 1/2000

Still image

Maximum image resolution:2048 x 1536
Still image resolution(s):1920 x 1080, 2048 x 1536, 1440 x 1080, 848 x 480, 640 x 480 / 640 x 480,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080,2048 x 1536

Storage

Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type:HDV / Mini-DV
Compatible memory cards:miniSD
Disc types supported: No
Memory slots:1

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video

HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080

Video Input

Digital Zoom:200
Faders:Black fader / Wipe fader
Media Type:Mini DV (HDV)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Sepia / Skin Detail / Soft / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder:123000
Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder resolution:123000
Viewfinder screen size:0.27 / 6.86
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13.8 / 138
Height :8 / 8.8 / 80
Weight:535
Width:8.2 / 8.8 / 88

White balance

White Balance:Auto, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Daylight, Tungsten