Canon's Exclusive 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.
In addition, the HV20 uses an RGB Primary Color Filter 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.
Thanks to DIGIC DVII image processing, a Canon Exclusive, the HV20 produces video with improved color reproduction -- especially in skin tones, and dark and light scenes. It also uses a hybrid noise reduction system that uses two types of noise reduction, for high definition images that are crystal clear.
Variable Zoom Speed Control
Another sure sign of amateur video is the unsteady zoom shot. But with the HV20's zoom control, you simply select one of three pre-set zoom speeds for smooth, steady, professional looking zooms.
Level and Grid Markers
With the Level Marker feature, it's easy to keep your camera level for more professional looking video. Line up any horizontal lines in your shot -- such as the horizon -- to the marker and you can be sure your camcorder is level.
The HV20's Grid Marker feature lets you compose your shot accurately, according to the grid in your viewfinder. You can even choose from two different colors for the grid. This ensures that you see the grid, no matter what the background color of your shot.
Low Light Performance
Some of the most magical shots are taken at the end of the day or long after the sun has set. You won't miss any of them, thanks to the HV20's bright Ultra Video Light. The light lets you shoot subjects in color in low light up to 4.9 feet away. So, whether it's a shot of a sleeping baby, or a dramatic skyline at night, the HV20 captures all the moments you want to record.