09
Jan
08

Canon improves HV20- Now: “Vixia” & HV30!

hv30.gif It’s Canon’s new Vixia line.
This is the HV30. Look familliar?

It looks a whole lot like the HV20 we’ve already grown to love. But with a slightly higher price, manual exposure, and a black case.

How does it compare, feature by feature with the HV20?

Lets go through the rundown and find out.

Little has changed cosmetically, or overall, and that’s a good thing.

Here’s a comparison of the HV20 and the HV30 and Canon’s specifications for each camcorder (cleaned up to make it easy to compare)

Vixia HV30hv30.gifImage Sensor
1/2.7″ CMOS Sensor,
RGB Primary Color Filter  Total Pixels
Approx. 2.96 Megapixels Effective Pixels
HD/DV (16:9) mode:
Approx 2.07 Megapixels
(1920 x 1080)DV (4:3) mode:
Approx 2.76 Megapixels
(1440 x 1080)

Record Time (80-min. tape)
SP: 80 minutes, HDV, DV.
LP: 120 minutes DV

Lens
Zoom Ratio:10x Optical
Focal Length:f=6.1-61mm
Zoom Speed:Variable/
– 3 Fixed Zoom Speeds

Max. F/Stop: f/1.8-3.0mm
– (when tapes are used)
Filter Size:43mm

Focusing System
Instant AF,
Through the Lens
– Manual Focusing Possible

Manual Exposure
Yes

Programmed AE
Auto,
Program,
Av,
Tv,
CINE,
Portrait,
Sports,
Night,
Snow,
Beach,
Sunset,
Spotlight,
Fireworks

Supported Playback Modes
1080/60i,
1080/24p,
1080/30F,
1080/24F,
1080/30p

Max Shutter Speed
1/2000
1/500 (card)

Auto Date/Time
Yes

Minimum Focusing Distance
10 mm (wide)/1m (tele)

White Balance
Daylight,
Shade,
Cloudy,
Tungsten,
Fluorescent,
Fluorescent H

Image Stabilization
SuperRange Optical
– (lens shift)

Viewfinder
Wide 0.27″ Color Viewfinder
(Approx 123,000 pixels)

LCD Screen
2.7″ Widescreen LCD
(Approx. 211,000 pixels)

Recording Media
MiniDV cassette

Audio
DV: 16 bit (2ch) 48 kHz
12 bit (4ch) 32 kHz
4ch recording not possible

HDV: MPEG1 Audio Layer II (2ch)
4ch audio playback possible

HDMI Terminal
Type A (19 pins)
480i/480p/1080I Supported

Microphone Terminal
3.5 mm Stereo Mini-jack

AV/Headphone Terminal
3.5 mm 4 pole Mini-jack

Dimensions
(WxHxD) 3.5 x 3.2 x 5.4 in
– 88 x 82 x 138mm

Weight (less battery pack)
1.2 lbs. (535g)

HV20 – now Vixia HV20hv20.gif
Image Sensor
1/2.7″ CMOS Sensor,
RGB Primary Color Filter  Total Pixels
Approx. 2,960,000  Effective Pixels
HDV/DV (WIDE):
approx. 2,070,000
— DV (NORMAL):
approx. 1,550,000
— Record Time (80-min. tape)
SP: 80 min.
Lens
Zoom Ratio: 10x Optical
Focal Length: f=6.1-61mm
Zoom Speed: Variable/
– 3 Fixed Zoom Speeds

Max. F/Stop: f/1.8-3.0mm
– (when tapes are used)
Filter Size: 43mm

Focusing System
Instant AF,
Through the Lens
– Manual Focusing Possible

Manual Exposure
Yes

Programmed AE
Auto,
Program,
Av,
Tv,
CINE,
Portrait,
Sports,
Night,
Snow,
Beach,
Sunset,
Spotlight,
Fireworks

Supported Playback Modes
1080/60i,
1080/24P,
1080/30F,
1080/24F


Max Shutter Speed

1/2000
1/500 (card)

Auto Date/Time
Yes

Minimum Focusing Distance
10 mm (wide)/1m (tele)

White Balance
Daylight,
Shade,
Cloudy,
Tungsten,
Fluorescent,
Fluorescent H

Image Stabilization
SuperRange Optical
– (lens shift)

Viewfinder
Widescreen 0.27″ Color Viewfinder
– Approx 123,000 pixels

LCD Screen
2.7″ Widescreen LCD
– Approx. 211,000 pixels

Recording Media
MiniDV cassette

Audio
DV: 16 bit (2ch) 48 kHz
12 bit (4ch) 32 kHz
4ch recording not possible

HDV: MPEG1 Audio Layer II (2ch)
4ch audio playback possible

HDMI Terminal
Type A (19 pins)
480i/ 480p/1080i Supported

Microphone Terminal
3.5 mm Stereo Mini-jack

AV Headphone Terminal
3.5mm 4 Pole Mini-jack

Dimensions
WxHxD 3.5 x 3.2 x 5.4 in

Weight (less battery pack)
1.2 lbs

So, As you can see, there is little difference between the two camcorders.

A slight chip difference enables more formats, not just 1080 30p playback, but also shooting DV and DV LP, both of which were not listed for the HV20. Lets hope that the HV30 also enables more downconverting options when playing back HD footage to SD systems- letterbox, squeeze or edge crop, like Sony’s HDV camcorders offer.

vzrock.gifOne sorely needed feature was not added- no Lanc control. So remotely administering camera features is still a job for the infrared remote, which simply pales in comparison to using a nice, variable speed Varizoom when the camera is on a tripod, Steadicam, crane, or whatever. It’s simply a shame that the camcorder underwent an upgrade, color change, yet the one feature keeping from use for numerous readers was not addressed.

The price has also jumped a few hundred dollars. Whether the slight improvements to the HV20 warrant the additional price will soon be tested.

Here’s looking forward to some pretty new HD images.

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