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- Expanded Product FeaturesThe Canon HV20 Camcorder provides meticulous detail and superior color reproduction in HD. The HD CMOS sensor and the DIGIC DV II image processors are at the heart of what makes this piece of tech appealing to those who crave advanced features. One example: a zoom lens that will come in tight at 10x amplification. The HV20 also provides high performance audio capabilities with an auto stabilization feature. Best of all, this is compatible with many of the SD models out there, so there's no need to go out and scrap the old equipment. With a known name like Canon, this camera deserves a place in the serious videographer's camera bag.
- Family LineCanon VIXIA
- Recording SystemNTSC
- Optical Zoom10x
- Digital Zoom200X
- Storage TypeRemovable (Card/Disc/Tape)
- Media FormatMini DV (HDV)
- Resolution3.0 MP
- Screen Size2.7"
- Weight19.2 Oz.
- Sensor TypeCMOS
- Sensor Size1/2.7"
- Optical Sensor Qty1
- Lens TypeZoom lens
- Focal Length Range6.1mm - 61mm
- Focus AdjustmentAutomatic,Manual
- Lens Filter Size43 mm
- Lens System FeaturesBuilt-in lens shield
- Auto Focus typeTTL contrast detection
- Max Shutter Speed1/2000 sec
- Min Illumination0.2 lux
- Min Shutter Speed1/2 sec
- Exposure ModesAperture-Priority,Automatic,Program,Shutter-Priority
- Flash TypeBuilt-in flash
Memory / Storage
- Recording SpeedSP
- Supported Flash MemoryminiSD Card
- Viewfinder TypeLCD
- Viewfinder Diagonal Size0.27"
- Depth5.4 in.
- Height3.2 in.
- Width3.5 in.
- Display TypeLCD
- Display RotationRotating
- Screen DetailsLCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.7" - color
- Display Size2.7"
- Microphone TypeMicrophone - built-in
- Microphone Operation ModeStereo
- Connector Types1 x DC power input,1 x HDMI,1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK),1 x USB,1 x component video output,1 x composite video/audio (input/output),1 x headphones,1 x microphone
- HDMI OutputYes
- Expansion Slot1 x miniSD
- Battery Form FactorManufacturer specific
- Battery ManufacturerCanon BP-2L13
- Effective Still Resolution2.8 MP
- Effective Video Resolution2.1 MP
- Still Image FormatJPEG
- Additional Features24p Cinema Mode,Auto Power Save,Brightness Control,Color Viewfinder,Direct Print,Histogram Display,Still Shot Capability
- High Definition Video Support1080i
- Widescreen Video CaptureYes
- Night ModeYes
- Shooting ModesDigital Photo Mode
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- jacobus11Nov 02, 2015by
BEST PROSUMER HD CAMERA TO MAKE A FILM WITH
Loaded with features , the price is really affordable now. A great HD camera to get started with. Instantly shoot another tape - way cheaper than digital media cards - tapes work like a permanent back-up. Way steadier and smoother shots than Go-pro. If you are trying to make a quality film with Hollywood type shots - this is the one (HV 20 HV30 HV40 ) Proven tape technology - just make sure your computer has a firewire input. I have made over 20 documentaries with this camera.
Verified purchase: Yes
- filmman3Feb 24, 2017by
One of the best at this price
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: Pre-owned
- ja-rojer-9drq2y...Apr 01, 2015by
Best home video camera just below professional quality.
The camera looks new. By that I mean no defects, wear, or scratches. I haven't had the time to shot any videos, but I did playback an old tape and it worked flawless. Having had one of these cameras when they first came out I was familiar with the operation. My old camera died, but it was my fault. I needed this exact camera to rescue my collection of old videos; now I have one and I'm ready to fire up adobe premier and get back to editing.
- red_razor23Apr 26, 2013by
EXCELLENT Firewire Streaming Capable Camera!
So 100's of reviews of this thing exist. Why pitch in 2 more cents if they're not of any value, right? You're looking at this camera, and it's great. It's the second generation of a 4 generation consumer-level legendary line-up. It's an HDV (High Definition Video) MiniDV camera. Please don't scoff at this as a relic of 6 years ago. Here's why. I am the AV director for my church, and as of recent we have desired to STREAM VIDEO out of the church to the masses. Oh, but do that with quality. The quality of "High Def" please, whatever that means. SO start looking around at a camera with passable firewire throughput 1080 video, and on a church budget of less than $200. Bingo: the HV20. I'll leave the rave qualities to the reading that can be found in other reviews. The REAL bottom line is that this camera is CURRENT: 1080p 24fps with a few decent controls for those interested in manual settings (me), acceptable 10x optical zoom (but can be mated with other fixed converter lenses like we have in the Vivitar Series 1 line, employing a 58mm x.43 and x2.2 lens (we have two cameras). Life is compromise. HD video ISN'T HD once you compress it into the streamed video world. Does that mean is doesn't look good, or doesn't work well? NO! It means that any fault this camera has is totally enveloped into the fudge-factor of streaming quality bandwidth. I.E. Joe Q. Public just won't know for the worse. Read full review
- wbel8136Dec 03, 2012by
My favorite type of video camera so far
I bought my first Canon HV20 because a user said that he could mix tapes from it with his best professional work and not see any real difference. It is reasonably light and compact, and I have liked the fact that it uses tape because that prevents losing any whole files due to corruption of data. That camera failed after three years, for an unknown reason, but I repaired it and also bought an HV30, to stay in the same type of tapes and functioning. Both models work almost identically, so there is no issue in switching back and forth. I sometimes use the HV20 in a scuba housing, and it is important to me that it has a rear viewfinder, since there is no room in that tube to open the side screen. The image quality is like being there, so much better than with older video and film, and the batteries last through one or sometimes two hour-long tapes, depending on the shooting situation. I sometimes call it "a camera that doesn't need light," because it has really good low light capability, compared to other cameras in my experience, although it does acquire noticeable image "noise" in low light. It is getting harder to find computers that download firewire, but so far that option is available to me, so I am satisfied. Read full review
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