Canon expands HD camcorder range to two models

By Matthew Henry

MELBOURNE: Canon has launched its second high definition digital camcorder, the HV20, at the PMA show in Melbourne and has also announced that its original HV10 HD camcorder will soon be bundled with a tripod and bag.

Canon’s compact HV20 (RRP $1,999) high definition camcorder is the first in the brand’s consumer range to feature a CMOS sensor with full 1920×1080 progressive scan native resolution.

“The picture quality is just amazing – you don’t even need to see it side-by-side with standard definition video to realise how much better the video looks,” Canon marketing manager, Stuart Poignand, told at the PMA Show.

The HV20 uses the HDV format, recording onto Mini DV tapes for the most cost effective storage solution.

Other features include the ability to take 3.1 megapixel still shots, which can be captured onto the SD card without interrupting video recording, the DiG!C DV II image processor, nighe mode LCD, HDMI output, Super Range OIS and a 10x optical zoom Canon HD video lens.

Canon’s HV10 (RRP $1,799) high definition camcorder will continue in the range but as of June will be bundled with a Joby Gorilla Pod wrap-around tripod and a Crumpler camera bag for the same price as the camcorder.

“Crumpler has a great reputation in bags and backpacks and they will appeal to our target audience of adventure seekers. The Gorilla Pod tripod is also a great product and because of its flexible legs it can be wrapped around a pole, fence or whatever is available so you can get a stable shot anywhere,” said Canon Poignand.

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