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Canon HV20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 535 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. Reviewers really like the size and image quality. The portability and price are also appreciated, but there are some mixed reviews about the durability.

usability, price, portability, image quality, 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. Comments about the memory and image quality are overall positive. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably. The design and durability get negative reviews.

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)

Sep, 2016

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. People are impressed by the size and image quality. The portability and price also get good feedback. There are some mixed opinions about the durability, while many are less positive 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

Sep, 2016

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

Jun, 2007

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

Canon HV20 camcorder - Pocket-lint

 

With the world going high-definition, is only fair to expect any footage you shoot should be too. The HV20 is Canon's second HD camcorder aimed at consumers

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.

May, 2007

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...

Aug, 2007

Expert review by: Alan Stafford (pcadvisor.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.

Jun, 2007

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

Canon HV20 review

 

Canon's second HD camcorder sticks with the old-school DV tape but brings film-like 24P movie shooting to the masses

Ugly but impressive. If you’re looking for glory at Cannes, this is the camcorder for you

Jun, 2007

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

Stuff magazine

 

Canon's second HD camcorder sticks with the old-school DV tape but brings film-like 24P movie shooting to the masses

Ugly but impressive. If you're looking for glory at Cannes, this is the camcorder for you

Jun, 2007

Expert review by: (gadgetheaven.co.uk)

Canon HV20 Camcorder Review

 

Combining advanced optical technologies and innovative features with ease-of-use, High Definition Video is made simple thanks to the Canon HV20.

Digital printing is a piece of cake thanks to PictBridge. Attach you camcorder to a supported printer, press direct print, and high quality photographic prints are yours.

May, 2012

Expert review by: (camuser.co.uk)

Canon HV20

 

The unstoppable popularity of high definition has ushered in of a wave of affordable HD camcorders for home users and Canon's HV20 is no exception. In an effort to grab some of this lucrative market, Canon released the HV20.

Improved graphics card, Takes RAM up to 4GB, Santa Rosa chipset, Longer battery life, Competitive pricing, Crisp picture, Clear sound, Wide range of features, Very stylish design, Solid build quality, Lightweight, Strong performer, Robust build, Fair...

No antiglare screen option, High price, Flat virtual surround, Processor not up to scratch, Poor connectivity, Not the most attractive to look at, Audio quality can be hampered by upwards-facing mic

If you're looking for great value high definition without sacrificing functionality, the HV20 is a great place to start. Comprehensive connectivity coupled with fantastic user-friendliness and superb playback quality make it the leader in its class.

Feb, 2008

Recommended!

Expert review by: James Morris (alphr.com)

Canon HV20

 

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 consumer HDV market to itself, but Canon has now joined in, with the HV20 representing...

Canon grabs the crown for the most fully featured HDV camcorder for under a grand.

Nov, 2007

Best Buy!

Expert review by: Alan Stafford and Neil Bennett (digitalartsonline.co.uk)

HV20

 

The HV20 records 1920-x-1080-pixel interlaced (1080i) HDV video (or standard DV) footage to MiniDV tapes. It offers a 24p mode to simulate the look of film...

High capture quality for a sub-£1,000 camcorder. Wide range of accessories.

Few manual controls. No pro audio inputs.

If you're looking for an HDV camera to complement your XL A1 or H1, or for Web or motion-graphics projects, the 510g HV20 is the best sub-£1,000 model on the market

Aug, 2007

Product Specifications

The name Canon has always meant photographic and broadcast television cameras with optical excellence, advanced image processing, superb performance, and the latest in technological advancements. Canon's High Definition video camcorders are no exception. The stylish Canon HV20 gives you the ultimate in HD video and digital photo quality with advanced features for the knowledgeable and demanding videographer. Its 10x optical zoom lens, 2.96 Megapixel CMOS image sensor and Canon's advanced DIGIC DV II image processor ensures meticulous detail and superior color reproduction. 24p Cinema Mode brings "film-look" options to the HV20 owner - as never before in this class. And, with its HD and Standard Definition recording modes, you can make the move to HD without making your SD equipment obsolete. The HV20 is easy to use and delivers the high level of performance you've come to expect from Canon. It's the premium quality High Definition camcorder that sophisticated and discerning videographers have been waiting for.

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

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 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