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Canon HV10 3.1MP High-Definition MiniDV Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom

Canon HV10 3.1MP High-Definition MiniDV Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom
Canon HV10 3.1MP High-Definition MiniDV Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom


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Canon HV10 3.1MP High-Definition MiniDV Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom


Canon HV10 3.1MP High-Definition MiniDV Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom

The stylish Canon HV10 gives you the ultimate in HD video and digital photo quality – in the world’s smallest HDV camcorder*. Its 10x optical zoom lens and 2.96 Megapixel CMOS image sensor ensure meticulous detail and superior color reproduction. And, with its HD and Standard Definition recording modes, you can make the move to HD without making your SD equipment obsolete. The HV10 is easy to use and delivers the high level of performance you’ve come to expect from Canon. It’s the premium quality camcorder that sophisticated and discerning videographers have been waiting for. The HV10 is the HD camcorder to go along with everything else in your HD world. It captures true 1080 High Definition resolution video in 16:9 format, using MiniDV cassette tapes. The HV10′s true 16:9 widescreen HD image is made for your new HD widescreen TV. High Definition and widescreen are the future. Be sure you invest in that future with Canon’s HV10. At the same time, the HV10 gives you the flexibility to r

  • HDV camcorder with 1/2.7-inch CMOS image sensor
  • High-definition 10x optical zoom lens; super-range optical image stabilizer
  • Advanced photo features: up to 3-megapixel stills, histogram display, built-in flash, and more
  • 2.7-inch color widescreen LCD; color viewfinder
  • Easy one-hand operation; ultra-compact and lightweight

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  1. 170 of 172 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Awesome, Pocketable HD Camcorder!! The future of HiDef!!, May 11, 2007
    By 
    D. Chien “silverace” (CA United States) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Canon HV10 3.1MP High-Definition MiniDV Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Electronics)

    Overview:

    Running on the HDV MPEG-2 standard, the Canon HV10 allows many users of miniDV camcorders to continue using and playing their miniDV tapes they’ve recorded and have, while providing them with the added option of recording in either HD or regular mode onto MiniDV tapes. The HV10 has a slim, pocketable body, so it’s very easy to take with you on long trips without feeling like you have a huge rock tied behind you to slow you down.

    Minuses:

    * No external light/mic jacks – buy the HV20 if you want these.

    * No HDMI output – buy the HV20 if you want this.

    * Can’t change tapes if the camcorder is on a tripod – bottom load, again – buy the HV20 if you want this. But keep in mind that bottom load reduces the amount of dropout causing dust from falling into the tape transport bay (a good thing).

    * Viewfinder is decent, but not the highest resolution viewfinder around – but I almost always use the LCD panel so it’s not a big concern.

    * No manual focus/aperture rings around the lens. You can adjust manual focus using the rear menu dial, but it’s not the same as a ‘professional’ camcorder like the $5000+ Canon H1 series. (then again, almost no consumer level camcorder for <$1000 has this feature….)

    * Low light, below 1 light bulb of 60w in a bedroom, will result in vertical lines appearing in the video if you do not use slow-shutter mode (which is on by default). Buy the HV20 if you want better super-low-light video. Otherwise, I’m not concerned because I don’t film travel videos outside in such dark places – do you? I find myself filming in nicely lit places indoors and out, so video quality is great.

    Pluses:

    * Small, light, compact. The lightest, most compact HDV camcorder available today. I’ve tried the Panasonic, Sony, Canon, etc. and this is the lightest you can get today. It’s also the only one that fits into my jacket pocket without a problem, and I can go all day long on trips using this camcorder without feeling like my arm has fallen off – it’s light enough that fatigue doesn’t settle in.

    * 2MP 16:9 / 3MP 4:3 still photo mode

    I love how I can push the photo snap button anytime I’m filming, and get a nice 2MP photo at the same time w/o interrupting my filming! It’s so nice and my 4×6″ prints come out looking saturated, colorful, and nice w/o much adjustment, if any. They really pop with color, and I’m very happy with the photo mode on this camcorder.

    (I’m the type that looks at the individual pixels on prints, worry about the little things on digicams, but honestly, for what it is — a camcorder camera photo — I’m happy and satisfied with what I’m getting. Just keep in mind, you are not going to get the same as a 10+MP dSLR off any camcorder! For 4×6″ prints, you will get a nice print.)

    You can also capture still frames off the video as it’s playing back, and make photos from these as well!

    1GB MiniSD card will let you go for days on a trip and let you take 600+ photos w/o a problem. It’s so wonderful how I can just keep taking snapshot after snapshot w/o worrying about running out of space!

    * MiniDV tape.

    Yes, there are camcorders with hard drives, flash drives, etc. but in the end, where are you going to archive HiDef videos? Right now, nobody knows if it’s going to be HD DVD or BluRay that’ll win out, so realistically, there is no ‘standard’ optical format that you can archive HiDef videos that’ll stick around for a long time.

    HD camcorders are good for those that have long filming times and will convert to DVDs later on the PC -but if you run out of room on a trip, without a PC, you’re dead in the water; flash drives are great for sports, extreme activities and locations (think super cold, super hot) – but again, are limited by the small sizes of the cards (consumer camcorder-wise. Pro-level P2 Panasonics at $5000+ can go longer, but expensive..)

    Tapes last a long time – most of us have VHS tapes from 10-20+ years ago that we can pop into the VCR and play today. miniDV tapes will last a long time in proper storage, and are the most ideal format for long-term archival storage of HiDef videos until some form of HiDef optical standard is decided upon.

    Additionally, everyone has MiniDV tapes in all of the major travel spots – so when you’re out of tape, you can easily buy more tapes!

    * MPEG-2 HDV format.

    Look around people. You see Sony/Panasonic pushing their AVCHD MPEG-4 format. Great, so what’s the difference?

    HDV uses the MPEG-2 format, same as on DVDs.

    It records 1440x1080i format onto tapes, and uses the 1.33 aspect ratio on playback to fill a 1920×1080 HiDef monitor screen. (stretches it out slightly horizontally to fill the screen).

    AVCHD uses MPEG-4 format, which is newer…

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  2. 159 of 167 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Perfect Travel & Casual Use Video Camera, October 7, 2006
    By 
    P. Vu (San Diego, CA USA) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Canon HV10 3.1MP High-Definition MiniDV Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Electronics)

    Positives:

    Works fast — power off-on time, record start, autofocus are all very fast. Great white balance in daylight/well-lit situations — better than the Sony FX1 and HC3. Excellent resolution and contrast. Unbelievably small size makes traveling easy — you will end up taking the video camera everywhere with you instead of leaving it behind. Allows Contrast, Sharpness, Brightness, and Color Saturation picture adjustments to suit your style of video that is not available on the Sony HC3 (closest competing model that I compared with). Great automatic mode that will decrease the shutter speed to 1/30th of a second in order to improve low light video (great feature because it saves the user from having to go into semi-manual mode in order to get decent low-light footage). The Super Optical Stabilization works better than in most cameras, considering the small size/vertical orientation of the camcorder. Built-in light definitely improves picture quality when filming casual footage of friends/family — without it, you would not see anything.

    Negatives:

    Slightly difficult to hold for those with large hands. Buttons are too small. Very Low light video is not just grainy and noisy, but has vertical bands in it also. Colors may appear more muted than on a 3CCD camcorder if the subject is not well-lit. White balance in low-light is poor, video quality improves significantly if manual white balance is used in those situations.

    I also own a Sony HDR-FX1 HDV Video Camera and used that as a reasonable basis of comparison.

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  3. 74 of 76 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent product with Canon Image quality, November 19, 2006
    By 
    Max J. Pucher (Zug Switzerland) –
    This review is from: Canon HV10 3.1MP High-Definition MiniDV Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Electronics)

    My place looks like a video store … ;-)

    I own several Sony HDV camcorders including the HC1 and the FX1 which are both excellent products. For photography I have however switched some time ago to Canon because of the color quality and use a EOS1 and Rebel XTI. When the HV10 came out I decided to give Canon a swirl on HD video. I was not disappointed. Canon has the edge (potentially a subtle one) on color reality on Sony. The resolution of the HV10 is actually higher.

    I prefer the HV10 in terms of picture quality to the Sony HC1. Both cant match the FX1 in low light conditions because of the 3 CCDs. The HV10 is substantially smaller and easier to use. If the use of a wide-angle converter also produces the annoying darkened corners as on the HC1 I will still have to see. I recommend the use of the larger battery pack as the cute small one does not last one hour. Sony is much better there and always was.

    PC editing hints for HD:

    Dont forget that HD needs a dual-core processor for editing and enormous disk space. Get a few external USB 2.0 disks rather than storing to DVDs. Rather than big disks with extra power supplies I only use several USB bus powered disks. Reading from the one and editing to another disk gives you better performance.

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