Originally Posted by Ken Ross
I've pointed out that the specs on the HV10/HV20 are already the same rez specs as professional megabuck cams, so I'm not sure what you're looking for. As far as Canon responding to almost all of the 'wish list' items from the HV10, I think that's just SUPERB!!! Rarely rarely does a company respond so thoroughly to suggestions as did Canon. In fact Canon went above and beyond by adding 24p recoding....unprecedented in a cam anywhere near this price range....unprecedented. Unlike you I praise them for this, not criticize them.
It is quite remarkable that Canon have responded in this way to what many considered serious deficiencies in the HV-10. I've read reports of the whirring of the tape being very noticeable in the audio recording, and what makes it worse, unavoidable because the HV-10 does not have auxilliary inputs for an external mic. I think that was the killer for me and the main reason I didn't buy the camera.
However, I'm a little concerned that the HV-20 sensor is so small. The 1/2.7" sensor is actually just 6.7x5.4mm in size. That's tiny. It's the same size as in most of those ultra compact P&S still cameras that fit into your shirt pocket, such as the Sony T1 amd Dimage Xg. The Sony T1 is a 5mp camera. The Dimage Xg a 3mp camera, about the same pixel count as the HV-20.
Resolution might be adequate in good lighting. Dynamic range might be adequate in flat lighting. Unfortunately, one can't expect much in poor lighting or high contrast scenes. This is where the much more expensive, professional video cameras with larger sensors, will show their superiority.
Blown highlights and noisy shadows will be the things to look for when critically evaluating the HV-20.