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Canon LEGRIA HV20 Handheld camcorder 2.96MP CMOS Full HD Silver

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Hand-held camcorders allow you to record your own video and make photoshots. You can always have such cameras with you to record the important moments of your life and share them with friends or family. You can even make your own movie!
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Long product name Canon LEGRIA HV20 Handheld camcorder 2.96MP CMOS Full HD Silver :
The short editorial description of Canon LEGRIA HV20 Handheld camcorder 2.96MP CMOS Full HD Silver

1920x1080 True HD CMOS (2.96 MP), DIGIC DV II, 10x optical zoom lens

Canon LEGRIA HV20 Handheld camcorder 2.96MP CMOS Full HD Silver:
The official marketing text of Canon LEGRIA HV20 Handheld camcorder 2.96MP CMOS Full HD Silver as supplied by the manufacturer
1920x1080 True HD CMOS
Canon CMOS is integral to EOS, the professionals’ D-SLR camera system of choice. This expertise has been transferred to video with a 2.96 Megapixel Canon HD CMOS sensor, capturing true 1920x1080 resolution. Record superb HDV1080i movies to MiniDV tape.

Instant AF
Focusing errors are more noticeable with HD resolution. Instant AF is a hybrid AF system that achieves precise auto focus at accelerated speed.

Precision 10x optical zoom lensM
The 10x optical zoom lens, engineered for HD quality, incorporates Canon’s Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS): an advanced stabilisation system that is better able to compensate for camera shake across the frequency range.

The DIGIC DV II processor is optimised for HD. Advanced noise reduction technology helps deliver superb images with vivid colours.

Cinema-style 25P shooting
Recording 1080/50i movies, the HV20 is Canon’s first HD camcorder designed for home moviemaking that also features switchable frame rates for videos with a truly cinematic touch. True 25P progressive shooting is possible using the HDV PF25 mode; dedicated CINE image mode also helps to reproduce the look and feel of film.

Advanced photography
The HV20 offers advanced digital photography features. Storing photos to MiniSD card, a one-push histogram display lets you monitor brightness levels to ensure correct exposure. With DIGIC DV II, a 2.07 Megapixel photo can be taken while a video is being recorded.

Using the HV20’s HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) connection, it’s easy to transfer movies to a compatible HD-Ready TV with no loss in quality. Alternatively, connect the camcorder to a compatible computer to transfer footage for editing.

Built-in LED video light and flash
The HV20 has a built-in LED video light - continue recording even in poorly lit conditions. A dedicated flash for stills is also provided.

Analogue-to-digital conversion
Via AV input, home movies can be transferred to digital tape for safekeeping.

Mic input, Advanced Accessory Shoe and PictBridge
Capture superior quality audio with a mic input connection and manual audio controls. With an Advanced Accessory shoe, a range of peripherals can be easily attached to the camcorder. PictBridge allows you to print a photograph in a matter of seconds using the camcorder’s Direct Print button.
Short summary description Canon LEGRIA HV20 Handheld camcorder 2.96MP CMOS Full HD Silver:
This short summary of the Canon LEGRIA HV20 Handheld camcorder 2.96MP CMOS Full HD Silver data-sheet is auto-generated and uses the product title and the first six key specs.
Canon LEGRIA HV20, 2.96 MP, CMOS, 1/2.7", 10x, 200x, 0.24 - 2.4" (6.1 - 61 mm)
Long summary description Canon LEGRIA HV20 Handheld camcorder 2.96MP CMOS Full HD Silver :

Canon HV20, LEGRIA. Total megapixels: 2.96 MP, Sensor type: CMOS, Optical sensor size: 1/2.7". Optical zoom: 10x, Digital zoom: 200x, Focal length range (f-f): 0.24 - 2.4" (6.1 - 61 mm). Camcorder media type: Memory card, Compatible memory cards: MiniSD, Camcorder tape type: HDV. Focus adjustment: Auto/Manual. White balance: Auto, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Daylight, Tungsten

This is an auto-generated long summary of Canon LEGRIA HV20 Handheld camcorder 2.96MP CMOS Full HD Silver based on the first three specs of the first five spec groups.
Image sensor
Total megapixels *
A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 × 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 × 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).
2.96 MP
Sensor type *
A sensor is a convertor than measures a physical quality (light, temperature etc.) and displays this electronically on a device.
Optical sensor size
Optical sensors are electronic detectors that convert light, or a change in light, into an electronic signal. They are used in many industrial and consumer applications e.g. lamps that turn on automatically in response to darkness. Optical sensors come in many sizes.
Lens system
Optical zoom *
Indicates the optical zoom capacity, which is the number of times that the picture can be enlarged with the optics of the camera.
Digital zoom *
Indicates the digital zoom capacity, the number of times that the picture is enlarged thanks to digital technology.
Image stabilizer *
This camera function compensates for slight shaking movements caused by an unstable position and ensures smooth footage even in suboptimal conditions.
Focal length range (f-f)
Measure of how strongly the system converges or diverges light. For an optical system in air, it is the distance over which initially collimated rays are brought to a focus. A system with a shorter focal length has greater optical power than one with a long focal length; that is, it bends the rays more strongly, bringing them to a focus in a shorter distance.For an optical system in air, the effective focal length (f and f′) gives the distance from the front and rear principal planes (H and H′) to the corresponding focal points (F and F′).
0.24 - 2.4" (6.1 - 61 mm)
Focal length (35mm film equivalent)
1.72 - 17.2" (43.6 - 436 mm)
Filter size
A filter is a screen, plate, or layer of a substance which absorbs light or other radiation or selectively absorbs some of its components e.g. a UV filter to reduce UV light. Filters come in various sizes.
1.69" (4.3 cm)
Camcorder media type *
The type of media onto which the camcorder records, such as VHS tape or DVD-Rs.
Memory card
Compatible memory cards *
Types of memory cards which can be used with this product.
Disc types supported *
The types of disc which can be used with this device.
Camcorder tape type *
The type of tape used to record images from a camcorder, e.g. VHS, Video8.
Memory slots
Number and type of memory expansion slots, including connector and memory module descriptions.
Focus adjustment
White balance
White balance
Technique in photography and image processing, which involves a global adjustment of the intensities of the colors (typically red, green, and blue primary colors). An important goal of this adjustment is to render specific colors – particularly neutral colors including white – correctly.
Auto, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Daylight, Tungsten
Built-in flash *
The product has an internal flash. A flash produces a brief very bright light, used for taking photographs in poor light.
Built-in light *
There is a light which is inside/on the outside of the product.
Camera shutter speed
Determines the length of time the shutter lets light pass through the lens to the CCD. Shutter speed and aperture together determine exposure.
Display diagonal *
Size of the display for this product, measured diagonally, usually in inches.
Built-in display *
A display which is part of the product, so you do not need to attach another display.
The description of display that can includes display type, resolution, size etc.
Display resolution
The number of distinct pixels in each dimension that can be displayed. It is usually quoted as width × height, with the units in pixels: for example, "1024 × 768" means the width is 1024 pixels and the height is 768 pixels. The higher the number of pixels, the sharper the image.
Viewfinder type *
A viewfinder is the window in the camera through which a photographer views the picture. Used for choosing, composing, and often focusing the image. There are two types: optical and digital. In an optical viewfinder, the photographer looks through a transparent window to frame and focus the image. The photographer is seeing the real image, through the window of the viewfinder. With a digital viewfinde, there is an LCD display built into a camera that gives a digital view of where the camera is pointing. It's used to compose and focus the image.
123000 pixels
Viewfinder screen size
Camcorder type *
There are various types of camcorder (personal video camera) e.g. handheld camcorder, shouldercam.
Handheld camcorder
Self-timer delay
Duration of self-timer, that's a camera device that gives a delay between pressing the shutter release and the shutter's firing. It is most commonly used to let photographers to take a photo of themselves (often with the family), hence the name.
2,10 s
Minimum illumination
Also known as light sensitivity, this is the smallest amount of light needed for the camera to produce an image of useable quality.
0.2 lx
Color of product *
The colour e.g. red, blue, green, black, white.
HD type *
Type of supported High Definition (e.g. Full HD, 4K Ultra HD).
Full HD
Maximum video resolution *
This is the maximum resolution of video images. Resolution is a measure of the degree of detail visible.
1920 x 1080 pixels
Still image
Maximum image resolution *
Resolution is the amount of detail held by an image. The higher the resolution, the better (sharper) the image. The maximum image resolution produces the best image.
2048 x 1536 pixels
Still image resolution(s)
List of image resolutions that supported by device.
1920 x 1080, 2048 x 1536, 1440 x 1080, 848 x 480, 640 x 480
PCM digital audio
12-bit/32 kHz, 16-bit/48 kHz
Built-in microphone
Microphone that is found inside the product.
Ports & interfaces
PictBridge *
PictBridge is an industry standard introduced in 2003 from the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) for direct printing. It allows images to be printed directly from digital cameras to a printer, without having to connect the camera to a computer using common connectivity like USB or Bluetooth.
Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out *
The number of sockets (ports) for RF (radio frequency) connections out of the product.
HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a compact audio/video interface for transferring uncompressed video data and compressed/uncompressed digital audio data from a HDMI-compliant device ("the source device") to a compatible computer monitor, video projector, digital television, or digital audio device. HDMI is a digital replacement for existing analog video standards.
S-Video out *
The port (socket) where the output for the S-Video is connected.
USB 2.0 ports quantity *
USB 2.0 ports have a data transmission speed of 480 Mbps, and are backwards compatible with USB 1.1 ports. You can connect all kinds of peripheral devices to them.
Headphone outputs *
Number of sockets /ports where headphones are connected.
DV port
Allows to send digital video from the computer to the camcorder and record back onto tape.
DC-in jack
The socket/plug where the DC electricity supply connects to the device.
Headphone connectivity
How headphones connect to a device e.g. wirelessly or via a cable and connector.
3.5 mm
Battery technology *
The type of battery in the device, e.g. nickel–cadmium (NiCd).
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery type
Description of battery supplied with the product, such battery form factor (e.g. AA/AAA).
Weight & dimensions
Width *
The measurement or extent of something from side to side.
3.46" (88 mm)
Depth *
The distance from the front to the back of something.
5.43" (138 mm)
Height *
The measurement of the product from head to foot or from base to top.
3.15" (80 mm)
Weight *
Weight of the product without packaging (net weight). If possible, the net weight is given including standard accessories and supplies. Please note that sometimes the manufacturer leaves out the weight of accessories and/or supplies.
18.9 oz (535 g)
Other features
Lens system
Type of lens in this product, expressed as its characteristics including lens, zoom capability, focal length, 35 mm equivalent focal length, and aperture range.
Lens focal range
A cylindrical piece of glass or plastic that receives and focuses light to form an image. Most cameras list an f-number and focal length for each lens. \nF-Number: Indicates the size of the lens opening (aperture). \nFocal Length: The distance between the image sensor and the optical center of the lens. \nLens Adapter: Allows photographers to use special lens attachments (Macro, Zoom, Filters, etc.) on certain cameras.
10 mm
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The HV20 is packed with manual controls youll be dying to get your fingers on. Canon’s HV20 is the best consumer HD camcorder we’ve tested yet. There’s so much to like about this camera, starting with its colorful 1080i image, which is...
Good Amazing image. Works with external mics. Smallish form-factor. Footage works with all video editors. Great value for price.
Bad Tape will soon be obsolete.
Bottom line Ready to take the dive into HD video? You won’t go wrong with the HV20...
The Canon HV20 has many great features. It takes great footage, but there are some issues that could hinder it for higher-end consumers. The Good QualitiesCanon, one of the leaders of both cameras and camcorders, recently released the Canon HV20. HV20...
Bottom line The Canon HV20 has many great features. It takes great footage, but there are some issues that could hinder it for higher-end consumers. The Good QualitiesCanon, one of the leaders of both cameras and camcorders, recently released the Canon HV20. HV20...
Basic operation is pretty straightforward, too. But if you’re an enthusiast, the HV20 could just be the camcorder you’ve been waiting for. Manual controls, microphone input, histogram and an accessory adapter simply swe...
Canon’s latest top-range camcorder didn’t so much fall from the ugly tree as hit every perfectly-pixellated branch on the way down. And, in this hard-drive age, it even has the temerity to merely record onto old-school Mini DV tape. Yet the HV...
Good Captures in 24P. Stunning image quality. Good manual controls...
Bad Feels cheap. Ugly design...
Bottom line Ugly but impressive. If you’re looking for glory at Cannes, this is the camcorder for you...
With the onslaught of varying video formats, it's no wonder that choosing one is difficult. Now with HDV coming into the consumer space, you can have high-def video recording in the palm of your hand. HDV as a format was developed to fit high-def...
Good Full HD performance for consumers...
Bad Tape based high-def video...
Canon was somewhat late in bringing out a consumer HDV camcorder. Its HV10 only arrived towards the tail end of 2006 when Sony had already been through a couple of generations and is now turning its attention more to AVCHD. Although Canon will be joining...
Bottom line 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 model...
From high definition DVD’s to next-gen game consoles, high-definition has become a big deal for consumers. Now you can create your own high-definition movies at home with the Canon HV20. I used the HV20 for over two months and it is a great camera...
The Canon HV20 is the company’s second HDV model, following on the heels of the HV10. Note: the HR10, the company’s first AVCHD camcorder using mini DVDs, will be introduced in August for $1,199 USD. The HDV format uses MPEG2 compression at a...
Good Much improved ergonomics Gorgeous 1080i video OIS, 2.7-inch widescreen LCD HDMI out...
Bad Menu system could be more intuitive Uses bulky tapes No editing software...
Bottom line It seems Canon took the complaints about the HV10 to heart and solved most of them—including the shape and lack of an HDMI out. They still need to beef up the editing component of the CD ROM, however. Video performance of this new HDV camcorder is t...
With inbuilt image stabilisation paired with a horizontal body design, the HV20 gives a professional feel to the finished product as well as resulting in more stable images. Its compact size is an added bonus as, although still solid feeling, the HV20...
Good Great image quality at a great price...
Bad Awkward zoom placement...
If you are looking to upgrade your clunky, old fashioned tape camcorder to one that is more technologically advanced and can fit in your pocket, then you may want to check out the Canon Vixia HV20. The HV20 is the big brother of Canon's HV10 and is the...
Bottom line In conclusion, the Canon Vixia HV20 provides HD quality in a user friendly package. With a 10x zoom and an included HDMI port this camcorder is great for the casual user or the aspiring videographer of the family. Unless you have an aversion to using t...
There has always been a divide between consumer equipment and professional gear, but Canon has produced a rather tempting prosumer camcorder that provides quality HD images at a surprisingly low price point. Weighing slightly more than a pound withou...
Good Good image, excellent autofocus, light, good image stabilizer, price.
Bad Almost too small and light, and missing many "professional" controls. Low light is not its strong suit.
Bottom line For its price point, nothing can beat the HV20. Chuck Gloman is an awarding-winning producer/director of photography with more than 800 commercials to his credit, and is director of the TV/Film Department as well as an associate professor at DeSales Un...
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...
Good buttahsmooth video, crisp and vivid in bright light.
Bad Cheapfeeling plastic, stuck with miniDV tapes.
When Canon released its HV10 HD video camera on the heels of the first consumer HD video camera that Sony marketed, well, maybe it was just a bit too fast. There were a couple of things missing, such as an HDMI output and external microphone input. At...
Another impressive feature that really makes this camera stand out in such a big way is the focus. In both manual and auto focus modes, the HV20 scores high marks in our testing. In manual control, you are able to use a dial ring on the left side near...
Good Great Image Quality 24P Mode Good value...
Bad Cheap construction Handling...
Bottom line Here it is! The king of castle. The Canon HV20 ($1099 MSRP). This camcorder packs in a beautiful image, superb ease of use, and a hearty cluster of manual controls. If you can look beyond its imperfect design and awkward handling, you will be treated t...
We had high hopes for the Canon HV20, just as we did for the Sony HDR-HC7, and at first glance they look like they are cut from the same cloth. These camcorders are nearly identical in size and shape, they both produce a beautiful image, and bring a...
Canons HV20 is a breakthrough video camera: it hits a trifecta of high quality, reasonable price, and small size that will make it a winner in the consumer market. The video quality is excellent, and while it lacks an exposure control to help with tho...
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