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Canon HV20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 520 reviews of Canon HV20. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Views about the size and image quality are on the whole positive. The portability and price also get good feedback, whereas opinions about the viewfinder and durability are different.

usability, price, portability, image quality, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon HV20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Canon HV20

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 52 user reviews of Canon HV20 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Comments about the memory and image quality are generally positive. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas the design and durability get less positive reviews.

usability, portability, price, image quality, memory

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100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Jun, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon HV20

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 195 user reviews of Canon HV20 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the size and image quality. The portability and price also get good feedback. There are some negative views about the memory, while there are mixed opinions on the reliability and durability.

usability, price, portability, image quality, size

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89% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Jun, 2019

Recommended!

Expert review by : Rob Tucker (trustedreviews.com)

Canon HV20 - HDV Camcorder

 

After a slow start with HDV, Canon is back on form with this prosumer offering.

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...

Aug, 2007

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Canon HV20 review

 

Canon's second HD camcorder sticks with the old-school DV tape but brings film-like 24P movie shooting to the masses

Ugly but impressive. If you’re looking for glory at Cannes, this is the camcorder for you

Jun, 2007

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Stuff magazine

 

Canon's second HD camcorder sticks with the old-school DV tape but brings film-like 24P movie shooting to the masses

Ugly but impressive. If you're looking for glory at Cannes, this is the camcorder for you

Jun, 2007

Expert review by : Stuart Miles (pocket-lint.com)

Canon HV20 camcorder

 

With the world going high-definition, is only fair to expect any footage you shoot should be too. When it comes to video performance the Canon HV20 is very impressive. As we start to live in a HD world this is on the very cutting edge.

Video quality, options, 10x optical zoom

Size, limited cables in the box

When it comes to video performance the Canon HV20 is very impressive. As we start to live in a HD world this is on the very cutting edge.

May, 2007

Expert review by : tech.co.uk staff (techradar.com)

Canon HV20 review

 

Compact, well connected and a great performer

Great picture quality across the board ; Excellent value for money

Can suffer from wind noise ; Fixed viewfinder

Easy to use and with great high-def functionality, the HV20 is a superb example of a modern HD camcorder

Jun, 2007

Expert review by : Alan Stafford (techadvisor.co.uk)

Canon HV20 HD camcorder

 

Compared to Panasonic's sleek HDC-SD1, the Canon HV20 HD camcorder looks a bit ungainly, mostly because it has a large MiniDV tape mechanism grafted on to one side.

Since the HDV format demands less computing power than the AVCHD format does, we would steer clear of AVCHD models unless we had an extremely powerful PC. And the Canon HV20 is one of the better HDV models on the market, at a pretty good price to boot.

Jun, 2007

Expert review by (gadgetheaven.co.uk)

Canon HV20 Camcorder Review

 

Combining advanced optical technologies and innovative features with ease-of-use, High Definition Video is made simple thanks to the Canon HV20.

Digital printing is a piece of cake thanks to PictBridge. Attach you camcorder to a supported printer, press direct print, and high quality photographic prints are yours.

May, 2012

Expert review by (camuser.co.uk)

Canon HV20

 

The unstoppable popularity of high definition has ushered in of a wave of affordable HD camcorders for home users and Canon's HV20 is no exception. In an effort to grab some of this lucrative market, Canon released the HV20.

Improved graphics card, Takes RAM up to 4GB, Santa Rosa chipset, Longer battery life, Competitive pricing, Crisp picture, Clear sound, Wide range of features, Very stylish design, Solid build quality, Lightweight, Strong performer, Robust build, Fair...

No antiglare screen option, High price, Flat virtual surround, Processor not up to scratch, Poor connectivity, Not the most attractive to look at, Audio quality can be hampered by upwards-facing mic

If you're looking for great value high definition without sacrificing functionality, the HV20 is a great place to start. Comprehensive connectivity coupled with fantastic user-friendliness and superb playback quality make it the leader in its class.

Feb, 2008

Best Buy!

Expert review by : Alan Stafford and Neil Bennett (digitalartsonline.co.uk)

HV20

 

The HV20 records 1920-x-1080-pixel interlaced (1080i) HDV video (or standard DV) footage to MiniDV tapes. It offers a 24p mode to simulate the look of film...

High capture quality for a sub-£1,000 camcorder. Wide range of accessories.

Few manual controls. No pro audio inputs.

If you're looking for an HDV camera to complement your XL A1 or H1, or for Web or motion-graphics projects, the 510g HV20 is the best sub-£1,000 model on the market

Aug, 2007

Expert review by : Terfyn (gadgetspeak.com)

Canon HV-20 HDV Camcorder

 

Canon's new HDV camcorder. Presented with all the "hype" of a film star. Is it an "Oscar" or a "Razzer"?

The great day dawned and the parcel delivered. The had arrived. The first shock was its size - it is very small. This feeling of inadequacy was soon dispelled as the camera had a good solid feel and sat well in the hand.

May, 2007

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