Canon HV20 Hi-def 1080i mini-dv camcorder £349.99 @ Jacobs Digital - HotUKDeals
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"Canon True HD CMOS, with HDMI from the HV20 HD camcorder superb quality, complete convenience.

Canon CMOS is integral to EOS, the professionals D-SLR camera system of choice. This expertise has been transferred to video with a 2.96 Megapixel Canon HD CMOS sensor, capturing true 1920x1080 resolution. Record superb HDV1080i movies to MiniDV tape.

Focusing errors are more noticeable with HD resolution. Instant AF is a hybrid AF system that achieves precise auto focus at accelerated speed.

The 10x optical zoom lens, engineered for HD quality, incorporates Canons Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS): an advanced stabilisation system that is better able to compensate for camera shake across the frequency range.

The DIGIC DV II processor is optimised for HD. Advanced noise reduction technology helps deliver superb images with vivid colours.

Recording 1080/50i movies, the HV20 is Canons first HD camcorder designed for home moviemaking that also features switchable frame rates for videos with a truly cinematic touch. True 25P progressive shooting is possible using the HDV PF25 mode; dedicated CINE image mode also helps to reproduce the look and feel of film.

The HV20 offers advanced digital photography features. Storing photos to MiniSD card, a one-push histogram display lets you monitor brightness levels to ensure correct exposure. With DIGIC DV II, a 2.07 Megapixel photo can be taken while a video is being recorded.

Using the HV20s HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) connection, its easy to transfer movies to a compatible HD-Ready TV with no loss in quality. Alternatively, connect the camcorder to a compatible computer to transfer footage for editing.

The HV20 has a built-in LED video light - continue recording even in poorly lit conditions. A dedicated flash for stills is also provided.

Via AV input, home movies can be transferred to digital tape for safekeeping.

Capture superior quality audio with a mic input connection and manual audio controls. With an Advanced Accessory shoe, a range of peripherals can be easily attached to the camcorder. PictBridge allows you to print a photograph in a matter of seconds using the camcorders Direct Print button. "
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#2
Tape .... moving parts?!
#3
I have this camera.... its VERY GOOOOOD. I paid about £800 when it first came out. Taking still images or slowing down footage is so good (in good lighting). This is a bargain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oops sorry Yes it takes mini dv tapes, standard tape records the standard 60 minutes.

This is a still image off the camera.... the old woman isnt me. This just shows you how good the camera is.

http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/6217/bigeyesfm1.jpg
#4
mullerman
Tape .... moving parts?!


Yep, but you get moving parts on DVD and HDD camcorders as well.
Mini-DV gives very high quality for HD.
#5
Is the image a still or a frame please?
#6
Its one of the frames that make up the 25 fps obviously stopped at the right moment lol
#7


Not really - its a marketplace seller and way overpriced. Perrsonally i would recommend the HF100 instead anyway for around £100 more (but not from Jacobs).

That said it is an excellent camcorder at a reasonable price if you dont mind buying slightly outdated technology. Review here : http://www.camcorderinfo.com/content/The-Great-HD-Shoot-Out---Canon-HV20-Sony-HDR-HC7-Panasonic-HDC-SD1-JVC-GZ-HD7.htm and http://www.camcorderinfo.com/content/Canon-HV20-Camcorder-Review.htm
#8
great deal for mini dv hd camcorder never seem this camcorder anywere near this price bargain
#9
apduk
Its one of the frames that make up the 25 fps obviously stopped at the right moment lol


If that's a frame then that's a cracking camera
#10
I have one and at this price I'd buy another to keep as a spare.
#11
Thought that old woman was Dame Edna Everedge for a miniute !

Image quality looks good .
#12
omisnad
Not really - its a marketplace seller and way overpriced. Perrsonally i would recommend the HF100 instead anyway for around £100 more (but not from Jacobs).

That said it is an excellent camcorder at a reasonable price if you dont mind buying slightly outdated technology. Review here : http://www.camcorderinfo.com/content/The-Great-HD-Shoot-Out---Canon-HV20-Sony-HDR-HC7-Panasonic-HDC-SD1-JVC-GZ-HD7.htm and http://www.camcorderinfo.com/content/Canon-HV20-Camcorder-Review.htm

The Canon HV20 produces better video than the HF100 (check reviews on the same site), so unless you really don't like tapes, I wouldn't.

Anyway, you don't need a very fast PC to edit video on the HV20.
#13
Awesome camera - I have it
Red hot.

Plus tapes are cheap and the best way to archive footage - 13gb per tape!
#14
movies to view made w this cam http://www.vimeo.com/channels/search:hv20
#15
Hello guys

Looks like you get 3% quidco as well!:thumbsup:
#16
Great deal for a great camera, would be tempted to get a second as a backup at this price if i had the cash !. When a piece of tech has has a whole community (websites/forums) behind it, it must be worth at least checking out. Yes using tapes can be a drag, but you forget about that when you see how good the results are.

Heres a video i made with mine, make sure you click the watch in HD link, and note that youtube reduces the quality, the original footage looks far better !

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1MJlNGA6Gg
#17
aweome price for a legend of a camcorder

this vid demonstrates what can be achieved.

http://www.vimeo.com/431500
#18
perfectmark
The Canon HV20 produces better video than the HF100 (check reviews on the same site), so unless you really don't like tapes, I wouldn't.

Anyway, you don't need a very fast PC to edit video on the HV20.


Yes I have to agree with your there although the difference in video quality is minimal. Also ATM it is difficult to edit AVCHD files, although thats mainly due to software support as much as requirements which should improve in a year or two. Plus alot of the technology in the HF10/100 is a step up from the HV20 which is the predecessor to the HF10 (eg 12X zoom compared to 10X). Performance comparsions taken from website between this and the HF10 :

'Outside of the lab, we found several interesting results. Shooting in 60i mode outside on a cloudy day, we saw very little difference between the HV20, last year’s Camcorder of the Year, and the HF10. This includes color, motion, sharpness, and compression artifacting. No one could be more surprised than us, the very people warning others off of AVCHD for the last two years. We shot identical scenes with the HV20 in one hand and the HF10 in the other. Looking very, very closely, we could see some instances when the HV20 looked sharper during panning. There was more ghosting along high contrast areas on the HF10, as well. These differences were so slight that the most consumers will not see a difference.

Amazingly, in the particular low light shot below, the HF10 looks better than the HV20, despite the smaller imager. The sharpness is improved, and there is visible noise. This actually contradicts the hard numbers testing we ran in Low Light testing (further down the page), which indicates higher noise. This may only mean that the HV20’s noise is more discolored (the tiny red, green, and blue pixels), while the HF10 produced a more monochromatic noise in greater amounts.

In indoor shooting, with moderate light, again we saw very little difference. The sensitivity in low light is reduced with the smaller imager, but the sharpness looks great.
In summary, the HF10 is best AVCHD performer we’ve seen yet, and may finally be the model to crest the summit established by HDV.'

.............

Its just that i prefer using SD cards and the non linear format you get with them rather than using tapes. I had dozens of blank miniDV tapes from my old camcorder but i would sooner take a slight hit in quality for the convience. Especially if you have a PS3, cause you can just plug the SD card into it and play directly or save onto PS3s HDD. To me it like going from DVD back to VHS in that respect.

But, yes for £350 you cant go wrong.
#19
Bought the Panasonic HDC-SD9EB from Costco today and just saw this deal now. I haven't used my new camcorder yet, so was wondering whether I should buy this one and return the Panasonic or should I stick with the panasonic? confusion confusion :((
banned#20
Good review on cnet.co.uk, top resolution and easy to dump videos on to laptop using a dv cable
#21
Here's a short I put together with the HV20 a while back:

http://www.vimeo.com/902338
#22
This is a great piece of equipment. The capability of filming 25 true progressive frames per second makes it really desirable. Highly recommended.
#23
jamdorj
Bought the Panasonic HDC-SD9EB from Costco today and just saw this deal now. I haven't used my new camcorder yet, so was wondering whether I should buy this one and return the Panasonic or should I stick with the panasonic? confusion confusion :((


Although again its from the review for the HF10. SInce the HV20 is older technology and uses MiniDV as opposed to SD cards. But it at least gives you some idea. I did alot of research into camcorders a few weeks ago before deciding on the Canon.It seems that Canon are the top brand for camcorders closely followed by Sony with Panasonic quite a distant 3rd. The comparasion part says:

'The HDC-SD9 ($799 MSRP) is a good camcorder in many respects, but the Canon HF10 is better. The SD9 claims the “World’s Smallest Full HD Camcorder” title, and that's the largest appeal. The HDC-SD9’s three 1/6-inch CCDs hurt its low light performance significantly while the HF10 does quite well. The HDC-SD9’s petite body hampers handling—the joystick is crammed in the LCD cavity, essential ports are stuffed in the battery chamber, and the microphone is mounted on top. The HF10’s LCD-mounted joystick and revamped hand strap blow the HDC-SD9’s cramped design out of the water. Plus, no Mic jack, Headphone jack, or accessory shoe on the HDC-SD9? Come on! The HDC-SD9 is equipped with classic Panasonic manual controls, including gain, but the HF10 has multiple frame rates, Image Effects, and better manual focus tools. In this case, it’s okay to splurge on the Canon HF10.`

Panasonic review : http://www.camcorderinfo.com/content/Panasonic-HDC-SD9-Camcorder-Review-34650.htm

Dont know how much you paid for the Panny, but unless its <£300 then i would consider changing for the Canon HV20
#24
omisnad
Although again its from the review for the HF10. SInce the HV20 is older technology and uses MiniDV as opposed to SD cards. But it at least gives you some idea. I did alot of research into camcorders a few weeks ago before deciding on the Canon.It seems that Canon are the top brand for camcorders closely followed by Sony with Panasonic quite a distant 3rd. The comparasion part says:

'The HDC-SD9 ($799 MSRP) is a good camcorder in many respects, but the Canon HF10 is better. The SD9 claims the “World’s Smallest Full HD Camcorder” title, and that's the largest appeal. The HDC-SD9’s three 1/6-inch CCDs hurt its low light performance significantly while the HF10 does quite well. The HDC-SD9’s petite body hampers handling—the joystick is crammed in the LCD cavity, essential ports are stuffed in the battery chamber, and the microphone is mounted on top. The HF10’s LCD-mounted joystick and revamped hand strap blow the HDC-SD9’s cramped design out of the water. Plus, no Mic jack, Headphone jack, or accessory shoe on the HDC-SD9? Come on! The HDC-SD9 is equipped with classic Panasonic manual controls, including gain, but the HF10 has multiple frame rates, Image Effects, and better manual focus tools. In this case, it’s okay to splurge on the Canon HF10.`

Panasonic review : http://www.camcorderinfo.com/content/Panasonic-HDC-SD9-Camcorder-Review-34650.htm

Dont know how much you paid for the Panny, but unless its <£300 then i would consider changing for the Canon HV20


Thanks for the info..... I guess you are right in the sense that everything does look and feels crammed, and the fact that it hasn't got a mic or a headphone jack is a bit disappointing, but for an ameteur like me I think Panasonic will do fine. It's way cheaper than the Canon HF10, I paid £299.99 at Costco with 2 years free warranty and a 4GB SD card included with the pack and it does record in full 1080P whereas HV20 doesn't from what I gather. Plus it's way more convinient with not having to carry a thick bag full of mini DVs if I take it anywhere. So after weighing up all the issues, I think I'll stick with my Panasonic for the time being...hopefully it's the right decision:oops:
#25
guv
Hehe... I was thinking about buying that one! Offer on for another week isnt it?


Yup...... ends 1st of Feb, better hurry up before they run out of it :p
#26
jamdorj
I think I'll stick with my Panasonic for the time being...hopefully it's the right decision:oops:


From what you say about what you want and dont want from a camcorder, and at the price then yes i would say its the right decision for you. :thumbsup:

Besides in a few years time you should be able to pick up the new Canon HF S100 for <£500 ... that really does look the dogs b****cks :p

http://www.canon.co.uk/press_centre/press_releases/camcorders/LEGRIA_HFS10_HFS100_Press_Release.asp
#27
Great reviews but looks a bit bulky compared to sd camcorders.
#28
I remember agonising over this after I bought my Sony HC7 HD camera. I really like the progressive mode on the HV20 and could really use it. Even now, I'm thinking about this camera to replace my Sony. But, it is true about SDHC memory being a nice upgrade. I may wait for the HF to come down. Choices, choices..!
#29
just lost out

Out of Stock
#30
Absolutely gutted - I've been after this camera for such a long time. Just walked past a jacobs now and saw the offer, but of course a week too late.:cry:

edit: If any of you folks did buy one as a backup and have decided that you might prefer the cash instead - do message me! :)
#31
model has been discontinued hence the discounted price,
been trying to get one for days to no avail, going to have to
get my deposit back doh.

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