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The first thing I should say is that, yes, the HV-10 is expensive. The second thing is that it's probably worth it.
Even just using the basic camera out of the box, I was astounded by the quality of the recordings. The hi-def video is crystal clear with no detectable blur during playback either through the built-in mini-screen or through the TV, and the audio (recorded through the onboard mic) was clear to the point of being slightly unsettling. It picked up absolutely everything. I had to start actively considering what was making a noise in the room before shooting, just so I didn't get any unwanted rumblings coming through the mic.
It was also surprisingly tough. I was stupid enough to get the damage insurance when I bought mine, so my care with the camera wasn't exactly stellar, but through various bumps, screen-twists and one particularly vicious dog theft the camera remained functional and completed unimpaired throughout.
My only issues with it are that mine didn't come with a firewire cable, meaning I couldn't access the various rapid-video-download features available when connecting it to a computer, but this was - at best - a trivial concern as they're easily bought from most electronics retailers. And the battery life wasn't especially great. I think mine ended up clocking in at around 2hrs between charges; made all the worse if you're making extensive use of the flash for stills shots.
The name Canon has always meant photographic and broadcast television cameras with optical excellence, advanced image processing, superb performance, and the latest in technological advancements. Canon's High Definition video camcorder is no exception.
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.
|Product Description:||Canon HV10 - camcorder - Mini DV (HDV)|
|Product Type:||Camcorder - 1080i - widescreen|
|Media Type:||Mini DV (HDV)|
|Memory Card Slot:||miniSD card|
|Sensor Resolution:||2.96 Mpix|
|Effective Sensor Resolution:||Video: 2.07 Mpix - Photo: 2.76 Mpix|
|Lens System:||10 x zoom lens - 6.1 - 61 mm - f/1.8-3.0|
|Focus Adjustment:||Automatic, manual|
|Min Focus Distance:||1 cm|
|Digital Zoom:||200 x|
|Camera Flash:||Built-in flash|
|Viewfinder:||LCD monitor - 0.27" - colour|
|Display:||LCD display - 2.7"|
|Supported Battery:||1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )|
|AV Interfaces:||Composite video/audio|
|Microsoft Certification:||Certified for Windows Vista|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||5.6 cm x 10.6 cm x 10.4 cm|