Canon's new HV10 camcorder captures 1080 HDV video for under $1,500
By Frank Moldstad
The age of Hi Def home movies for the average person has arrived. Barely a week after announcing a pair of new professional HD camcorders [see story here], Canon dropped the other shoe by unveiling the HV10, a palm-sized camcorder that shoots true 1080 HDV video.
“This is the smallest, lightest and least expensive high-definition camera on the market,” says Jon Sagud, video consultant for Canon’s Consumer Imaging Group Video Division. “In its performance category, let’s say under-$2,000 high-definition cameras, it's the only camera to employ a true-to-spec 1920x1080 high-definition image.”
The HV10 carries a suggested retail price of $1,499, but those who are more economy-minded can opt instead for Canon’s other new offering, the DC22 (MSRP $799), a DVD-based camera that records directly to three-inch DVD-R/-RW discs. It, too, is able to capture 16x9 images, although not at the full 1920x1080 resolution of the HV10