HD Camcorders




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Marketed March 2007

The iVIS HV20 succeeds the HV10, released in September 2006 as Canon’s first home-use HD video camcorder, realizing high-quality HD recording thanks to its highly acclaimed proprietary full HD CMOS sensor, which boasts enhanced sensitivity. Along with exceptional processing capabilities enabling high-speed reading of images in full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels), the HV20 delivers outstanding imaging performance in low-light environments, capturing high-quality color images in light conditions down to 3 lux*.

The camcorder’s 10x optical zoom lens, which incorporates optical image stabilization technology, combined with Canon’s proprietary DIGIC DV II high-speed imaging engine make possible the outstanding detail and rich color reproduction required for HD images. Moreover, the HV20 is equipped with an HDMI output terminal, enabling direct transfer of beautiful, clear HD images to an HD television without the need for changing to an analog signal.

Additionally, Canon’s iVIS HV20 digital video camcorder is equipped with a variety of features ideally suited to digital HD recording, including Instant AF (auto focus), which utilizes external sensors to realize improved speed and accuracy, and a Cinema Effect Mode, which, by using the same 24p (24 frames per second progressive)** frame rate as movie film, allows users to enjoy making and watching videos that have the look and feel of film.

* In Auto Mode with Slow Shutter On and shutter speed of 1/30 second
** 60i recording to tape

Digital Video
Power Supply (rated) Supplied CA-570 Compact Power Adapter
Supplied BP-2L13 Battery Pack
Image Sensor 1/2.7″ CMOS Sensor, RGB Primary Color Filter
Total Pixels Approx. 2,960,000
Effective Pixels Movies: HDV/DV (WIDE): approx. 2,070,000
DV (NORMAL): approx. 1,550,000
Still Images: 16:9 still images: approx. 2,070,000
4:3 still images: approx. 2,760,000
Maximum Recording Time (with an 80-min. cassette) SP: 80 min.
  • Zoom Ratio: 10x Optical/200x Digital
  • Focal Length: f=6.1-61mm
  • Zoom Speed: Variable/3 Fixed Zoom Speeds
  • Max. F/Stop: f/1.8-3.0mm (when tapes are used)
  • Filter Size: 43mm
Focusing System Manual Focus Assist Functions: Magnifying, Peaking
Manual Exposure Yes
Programmed AE Auto, Program, Av, Tv, CINE, Portrait, Sports, Night, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Spotlight, Fireworks
Supported Playback Modes 1080/60i, 1080/24P, 1080/30F, 1080/24F
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 1/500 (card)
Auto Date/Time Yes
Record Search/Review Yes
Minimum Focusing Distance 10 mm (wide)/1m (tele)
White Balance Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H
Image Stabilization SuperRange Optical (lens shift)
AF System Instant AF, Through the Lens/Manual Focusing Possible
Viewfinder Widescreen 0.27″ Color Viewfinder/(Approx 123,000 pixels)
LCD Screen 2.7″ Widescreen LCD (Approx. 211,000 pixels)
Recording Media High Definition miniDV (recommended) (63min.) or miniDV cassette
Audio DV: 16 bit (2ch) 48 kHz
12 bit (4ch) 32 kHz
4ch synchronous recording not possible
HDV: MPEG1 Audio Layer II (2 ch)
(4-channel playback of tapes containing 4-channel recordings possible)
HDMI Terminal Type A (19 pins) 480i/ 480p/1080i Format Supported
Microphone Terminal 3.5 mm Stereo Mini-jack
AV Mini Terminal/Headphone Terminal 3.5mm 4 Pole Mini-jack
Dimensions WxHxD 3.5 x 3.2 x 5.4 in
Weight (not including lens and battery pack) 1.2 lbs
Memory Card
Number of Recording Pixels 4:3 mode: Approx. 2.76 Megapixels (1920 x 1440)
16:9 mode: Approx. 2.07 Megapixels (1920 x 1080)