Canon's HV20 full high definition camcorder
Canon has unveiled the successor to their HV10 1080i high definition camcorder in the shape of the HV20.
Features include a 10x optical zoom lens with three preset zoom speeds for smooth operation, 2.96 megapixel CMOS image sensor, DIGIC DV II image processor, full 1080p capture, and 24p Cinema mode.
The camera will record onto MiniDV cassettes in both high definition and standard definition modes, with HD being true 1080p 16:9 widescreen format.
Compared to a CCD, the HV20’s CMOS’s high colour resolution and advanced colour reproduction claims brilliant results. It’s also unique in featuring Canon’s proprietary noise reduction technologies for crisp, sharp images. Low noise technology also means that even in dimly lit scenes, the signal from each pixel is as pure as possible, with minimal noise or other aberrations.
DIGIC DV II technology gives optimal image quality for both moving and still images, and is designed specifically for high definition content.
It also features Canon’s Optimal Image Stabilisation (OIS) technology that corrects for a wide range of unwanted motion / camera shake, and includes Super-Range OIS for use when shooting at long range. The camcorder also features optical stabilisation which offers clearer pictures with no loss of quality.
Other features include Instant Auto-focus, an Ultra Video light for night filming, and an HDMI terminal for easy connection to other HD gear.
The Canon HV20 will be available from early April, price to be confirmed.
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Attention: Does *not* record 1080p at 24fps.
Can capture 1080p and playback 1080p but records at 1080i. This means you cannot get truly de-interlaced 1080p frames.