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New Canon HDV camera with HDMI, 24p

updated 04:35 pm EST, Wed January 31, 2007

Canon HV20 HDV camera

Canon on Wednesday unveiled the HV20, its second HDV camera for the mainstream. The companion to the earlier HV10 brings features normally reserved for professional cameras, according to the camera designer. Electronista reports that the HV20 adds HDMI output, allowing it to display a native 1080i widescreen image with audio on an HDTV through a single cable. Sensitivity has also been increased on the 3-megapixel sensor for low-light shooting, jumping from 5 to 3 lux even with a short 1/30 second shutter speed.

Equally improved over the HV10 is a special 24p recording mode. Rather than shoot at the full 30 frames per second of TV, the HV20 can optionally shoot at 24 frames per second with progressive scan, avoiding the pulldown frame rate conversion needed for most handheld cameras. An optional CINE mode will also reflect the colors and tones expected in professional film, Canon claims. The camera's 10X optical zoom and instant auto-focus are continued from the earlier model. An American launch of the HV20 is set for April at a price of $1,099.

by MacNN Staff





  1. msuper69

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Available in March, 2008

    According to Canon's website.

  1. Gary Palter

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Typo somewhere

    The press release from Canon says available in April while the web page says March 2008. I would hope the typo is on the web page. After all, why announce a camera 15 months before its available?

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Maybe they are...

    pulling a "microsoft". Preannounce a product to be released in the distant future that people want in order to prevent them from buying the competition now. Or it could just be a mistake on their web site.

  1. misterdna

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Gotta be a Mistake

    Everything I've read (and all common sense) tells me this baby will be out in mid-April 2007.

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