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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. People really like the size and image quality. The portability and price also get good views. Reviews are divided on 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. Reviewers are impressed by the memory and image quality. The price and portability also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts 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)

Dec, 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. Reviewers really like the size and image quality. The portability and price also get good comments, but there are some mixed views about the durability. The memory and reliability get less positive comments.

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

Dec, 2016

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

Nov, 2007

Expert review by: Philip Ryan (cnet.com.au)

Canon HV20

 

Canon's HV20 camcorder is a great choice for HD-happy amateurs, but its low-light performance could have been better.

Excellent video quality ; Good feature set ; HDMI output ; Accessory shoe

Can't change white balance while shooting ; Night mode doesn't help poor low-light performance

Despite our handful of gripes, the HV20 will likely be a big seller for Canon. We wouldn't be surprised if it's among the top-selling non budget camcorders this year. The HV20's stunning high-definition video and comfortable operation make it a great...

Oct, 2007

Expert review by: PC Authority (pcauthority.com.au)

Canon HV20

 

Canon grabs the crown for the most fully featured HDV camcorder for under $1500

Feb, 2008

Expert review by: (photoreview.com.au)

Canon HV20

 

An attractive high-definition camcorder for family video shooters who also want to produce snapshot photos.Canon is targeting video shooters who own High Definition TV sets with its new HV20 camcorder, which will also appeal to many digital...

An attractive high-definition camcorder for family video shooters who also want to produce snapshot photos.Canon is targeting video shooters who own High Definition TV sets with its new HV20 camcorder, which will also appeal to many digital...

May, 2007

Consumer review by: VideoStar (cnet.com.au)

Canon HV20

 

This is a little gem. Like other users have said it doesn't compare to high end or semi-pro cameras but for consumer grade it is fab. Also, for those getting into indie film making this should be your first port of call. On its own the camera is ace,...

HD Picture Quality ; Sturdy Construction ; 25p Mode [Film Look ; Canon Reliability ; Works great with a 35mm adapter ; Headphone Input ; External Mic Input ; HDMI output

Way too many buttons ; Average Low Light Performance

Nov, 2008

Consumer review by: cjl (cnet.com.au)

Canon HV20

 

Fantastic camera, I wouldn't hesitate recommending this camera

easy to use ; great video quality ; excellent build quality

doesn't come with software to transfer video to PC - only still images

Mar, 2008

Consumer review by: guyguy2003 (cnet.com.au)

Canon HV20

 

Low light performance is GREAT if you switch to 25P. No, its not up there with 5000$ cameras, but it is still much much better than most cancorders I have seen. And you are recycling your reviews - you already reviewed this camera when it came out -...

Great video

Price is almost twice that of the US. why are camcorders in Australia get such a high price tag

Oct, 2007

Consumer review by: paulio (cnet.com.au)

Canon HV20

 

Exellent features and image quality. Overall very happy.

Image quality ; Ease of use / Menus ; Headphone / mic jacks / hotshoe

Internal mic effected by tape motor noise. But fixed with external mic ; No HDMI cable included

Oct, 2007

Consumer review by: kadzbiz (productreview.com.au)

Good

 

I loved this camera so much I bought two. I made a couple of documentaries with these cameras and have done plenty of professional work. You can add an external mike easily enough, and various adapters and even a focus ring that will take away the...

Great picture quality. On board light. Plenty available accessories. Good online forum available. Quick start up.

Low light ability. Carrying spare MiniDV tapes around. Picks up mechanism sound. PAL version costly compared to NTSC version. On board light too yellow and narrow.

Mar, 2010

Consumer review by: ek888 (productreview.com.au)

Excellent

 

I love the picture on this camera, it's the definitely the best ive seen on a camera anywhere near this price, and even beats out much more expensive competitors. A major downside for filmakers however is the difficult to use manual focus wheel and...

Amazing Picture Quality for price. Easy to use. Better lowlight filming than some of the competitors. Fantastic 25p setting makes the average shoot look like a professional film. Takes great still images. Has HDMI output to view HD footage straight on...

Pretty useless manual focus. Microphone very poor for trying to catch clear speech. No slow-mo option.

Apr, 2009
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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

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