Originally Posted by D.G.
Well, yes and no. Both the HV10 and HV20 have the same CMOS sensor. It is a true progressive sensor. If you plug the HV20 using HDMI into a 1080p TV and use the TV to monitor what the camera is seeing you will see a true 1080p image. If you record some shots, the 1080p at 24 frames a second is captured to tape if you shoot in 24p mode. It is "wrapped" so to speak, within a 60i recording. To "unwrap" the 1080p you would have to do a 3:2 pulldown and extract it. For this you would need the correct software on your computer, or if connected to a TV the TV would need to be able do 3:2 pulldown in real time. Unfortunately Canon did not build these features into the HV10 so the best you can get is 1080i from the sensor.
that's interesting. i had decided not to upgrade from the hv10 to the hv20 based on some other differences that didn't seem to matter that much to me, such as the 24p mode and that i liked the small size and form factor of the hv10.
but i didn't realize you could get 1080p out of the hv20. not sure if that would have swayed my decision or not.
but that's only 1080p via the hdmi port for display, right? not firewire or the tape? you can't get 1080p into imovie for editing, is that correct? or to burn to a dvd unless you go through that pc pci card i've read about here?
are you saying the 1080i limitation on the hv10 is due to the component output? i think my 1080p lcd tv upconverts all incoming signals to 1080p, i wonder if you could see the difference if you had an hv10 and an hv20 both plugged into the monitor and were able to switch inputs for comparison.
thanks for the info,