Canon Exclusive: True HD CMOS Sensor (1920 x 1080)
The HV20 is one of the first Canon camcorders to feature a Canon designed and manufactured CMOS image sensor. The CMOS image sensors in Canon's EOS Series Digital SLR cameras result in outstanding digital photographs. In the HV20, the CMOS sensor reproduces high-resolution images at 1920 x 1080 resolution with full HD information in video images.
Compared to a CCD, the HV20's CMOS's high color resolution and advanced color reproduction gives brilliant results. It is also unique in featuring Canon's proprietary noise reduction technologies for crisp, sharp images. Low noise technology also means that even in dimly lit scenes, the signal from each pixel is as pure as possible, with minimal noise or other aberrations. It's the ideal sensor for HD.
The HV20 uses an RGB Primary Color Filter with Bayer Pattern that separates light into red, green and blue color components. This results in vibrant images with deep, rich, accurate color and natural-looking tones similar to what you'd obtain from 3CCD camcorders. In addition, the Bayer pattern that delivers sharp, high definition image without creating false colors. As an added benefit, the CMOS sensor provides outstanding image capture in low light conditions.