Canon HV20 Mini DV/HDV Camcorder

The good: The Canon HV20 high-definition camcorder has excellent video quality, nice features, HDMI output, and an accessory shoe.

The bad: Can't change white balance while shooting; night mode doesn't help poor low-light performance.

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


Full specifications for Canon HV20 Mini DV/HDV Camcorder
Manufacturer: Canon USA, Inc.
Part number: 2059B001
General

* Product Type
* Camcorder

* Digital Zoom
* 200 x

* Optical Sensor Size
* 1/2.7 in

* Optical Sensor Type
* CMOS

* Min Illumination
* 0.2 lux

* Special Effects
* Art, Soft, Sepia, Vivid, Neutral, Skin Detail, Black & White, Low Sharpening

* Image Stabilizer
* Optical

* Digital Scene Transition
* Wipe fader, Black fader

* Min Shutter Speed
* 1/2 sec

* Max Shutter Speed
* 1/2000 sec

* Shooting Modes
* Digital photo mode

* Shooting Programs
* Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Spotlight, Night mode, Sports mode, Portrait mode

* White Balance
* Presets, Automatic

* White Balance Presets
* Shade, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light (warm white)

* Exposure Modes
* Program, Automatic, Shutter-priority, Aperture-priority

* Camera Flash
* Built-in flash

* Widescreen Video Capture
* Yes

Main Features

* Camcorder Effective Still Resolution
* 2.76

* Camcorder Interpolated Still Resolution
* 3.1 megapixels

* Color Support
* Color

* Auto Exposure Bracketing
* 3 steps

* Still Image Format
* JPEG

* Remote Control
* Camcorder remote control - Infrared

* TV Tuner
* None

Pro Camcorder Features

* Audio Signal Format
* PCM, MPEG1 Audio Layer II

Memory / Storage

* Floppy Drive
* None

* Image Storage
* JPEG 2048 x 1536, JPEG 1920 x 1080, JPEG 1440 x 1080, JPEG 640 x 480

* Media Type
* Mini DV (HDV)

* Recording Speed
* LP, SP

Lens System

* Type
* Zoom lens - 6.1 mm - 61 mm - F/1.8-3.0

* Focal Length
* 6.1 mm - 61 mm

* Lens Aperture
* F/1.8-3.0

* Optical Zoom
* 10 x

* Lens system type
* Zoom lens

* Min focal length
* 6.1 mm

* Max focal length
* 61 mm

* Auto Focus
* TTL contrast detection

* Filter Size
* 43 mm

* Focus Adjustment
* Manual, Automatic

* Min Focus Range
* 0.4 in

* Zoom Adjustment
* Motorized drive

Additional Features

* DV input
* Yes

* Self Timer
* Yes

* Low Lux / Night Mode
* Yes

* Digital Still Camera Function
* Yes

* Search Modes
* Date search

* Additional Features
* Direct print, 24p Cinema Mode, Auto power save, Contrast control, Histogram display, Sharpness control, Brightness control, PictBridge support, Accessories hot shoe, RGB primary color filter, Display brightness control, Takes photos while movie recording, Analog to digital conversion with pass through

* Built-in Light
* Yes

* Remote control
* Camcorder remote control - Infrared

* Software
* Drivers & Utilities

* Included Accessories
* Battery pack, Compact power adapter, Stereo video cable, Wireless controller, USB cable, Component cable

Viewfinder

* Viewfinder Type
* LCD

* Viewfinder Diagonal Size
* 0.27 in

* Viewfinder Resolution
* 123,000 pixels

* Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders)
* 16:9

Display

* Type
* LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.7 in - Color

Digital Player (Recorder)

* Type
* None

Microphone

* Type
* Microphone - Built-in

Connections

* Connector Type
* 1 x HDMI, 1 x Headphones, 1 x Microphone, 1 x USB, 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK), 1 x Composite video/audio (input/output), 1 x Component video output, 1 x DC power input

* Expansion Slot(s)
* 1 x MiniSD

Audio Input

* Audio input type
* Microphone

* Microphone type
* Built-in

Miscellaneous

* Cables Included
* 1, 1 x USB cable, 1 x A/V cable, Component video cable

Power

* Power Device
* Power adapter - External

* Battery type
* - Lithium ion

Battery

* Supported Battery
* 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( Included )

Manufacturer Warranty

* Service & Support
* 1 year warranty

* Service & Support Details
* Limited warranty - 1 year

Viewfinder / Display

* Display Form Factor
* Rotating

* Display Format
* 211,000 pixels

* Viewfinder Color Support
* Color

Physical Characteristics

* Width
* 3.5 in

* Depth
* 5.4 in

* Height
* 3.2 in

* Weight
* 1.2 lbs

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