Lake Success (NY) - Canon today announced a new consumer camcorder that records home videos in 1080i resolution. The HV20D also integrates the functionality of a 3-megapixel digital camera and comes with features such as image stabilization and an accelerated autofocus system.
The HV20 HD camcorder joins the already shipping HV10 model and offers a similar functionality for a lower price. According to Canon, the new model will be shipping in April for about $1100, while the HV10 is currently selling for around $1300.
The HV20 records video in 1920x1080 interlaced (1080i) resolution on high definition miniDV media. It uses a 2.96 megapixel CMOS image sensor that is also used in the HV10 model and allows both camcorders to shot digitals till images with a 3 megapixel resolution. Digital images are stored on miniSD flash cards.
Leaving out the fact that the HV10 comes in a vertical and the HV20 in a horizontal form factor, and the HV10 uses 37 mm filters while the HV20 integrates a 43 mm interface, both cameras are very similar in functionality. In fact, the HV20 appears to be the more functional device, despite its lower price, thanks to features such as a 24p cinematic recording mode ND a new accelerated autofocus. According to Canon, the device also comes with an image stabilization feature.
The only disadvantage of the new model is its weight of 1.2 lbs; the HV10 weighs only 0.97 lbs, according to Canon.
The company said that the HV20 will ship with a power adapter, a wireless remote control, a new "and energy efficient" battery pack, a stereo video cable, a USB cable and a component video cable.