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Canon HV10

alaTest has collected and analyzed 231 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the usability and size. The value for money and image quality are also appreciated, whereas the features and reliability get less positive opinions.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon HV10 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon HV10


Remember the first time you used high-speed broadband? Or the first time you fired up a 3D-accelerated game? You'll experience that same excitement the first time you plug Canon's miniature HV10 HDV camcorder in to your 60-inch HDTV. Instead of the...

1941 Incredibly small; one of the lowest priced HDV cams available

The Thin Red Line A bit too small, quirky mic placement

It would be better if we didn’t have these kvetches, but we think the HV10’s pluses far outweigh its minuses.

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Canon HV10


The stylish Canon HV10 gives you the ultimate in HD video and digital photo quality - in the world's smallest HDV camcorder. Its 10x optical zoom lens and 2.96 Megapixel CMOS image sensor ensure meticulous detail and superior color reproduction. And,...

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Canon HV10 Camcorder Review - PCWorld


Impressive video and photo quality

Poor microphone placement


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Canon HV10


Impressive video quality ; Superior still images ; Flexible controls

No microphone or headphone jacks ; Microphone is on the back of the camcorder ; Quirky ergonomics ; Poor battery life


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Canon HV10


It's no secret that high-definition TVs are selling like crazy—especially with sub-$1,000 42-inch plasmas hitting the scene. What's much less known is the fact you can make your high-definition home videos with many new camcorders being introduced,...

Good high-definition video

Poor ergonomics; no video editing software

If you want to save holiday memories, definitely think high-def

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Canon HV10 HDV reviewed


So you've already read the big bad New York Times review of Canon's latest consumer HD digicam, the HV10 HDV. And let's face it, you were left wanting to know more about some of the more arcane details of the HV10, weren't you? Fortunately, the ...

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Canon HV10 Camcorder Review


The Canon HV10 is an interesting model. It's Canon's first consumer high defintion camcorder and as a result it's attracted quite a lot of buzz. And it's no coincidence that Canon has priced it almost exactly the same as Sony's lowest priced HD...

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Canon HV10 HD in the palm of your hand


I love technological advances as much as the next guy, but 1080i HD in the palm of my hand? This I had to check out for myself. I had been using my trusty old Sony Handycam for years now for on the spot shooting. It has always done well for me but...

With the price of the HV10 down, is now the time to jump in?

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Canon HV10 camcorder


The HV10 is capable of shooting superb video and still images, but its microphone placement and lack of a microphone jack—among other flaws—are difficult to accept.

Impressive video quality; superior still images; flexible controls

Quirky ergonomics; microphone is on the back of the camcorder; poor battery life; no microphone or headphone jacks

The first problem that you’ll likely notice is that the HV10's microphone is located on the back of the camcorder, right above its viewfinder. This is an unconventional location for a microphone, and in our testing the audio we recorded sounded as...

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Camcorder Review: Canon HV10 HDV


Canon has finally put the power of HD into the hands of all consumers with the HV10. Weighing in at just 15.5 ounces, the world's smallest HD camera can literally fit into the palm of your hand. Its sleek design is perfect for beginners, point and...

Great image quality Compact and portable Sleek and sexy

Slightly awkward design Poor low light and still photo image quality

The Canon HV10 is a very small, portable camera that captures a great image with high detail and color balance.

Product Specifications

The name Canon has always meant photographic and broadcast television cameras with optical excellence, advanced image processing, superb performance, and the latest in technological advancements. Canon's High Definition video camcorder is no exception. The stylish Canon HV10 gives you the ultimate in HD video and digital photo quality - in the world's smallest HDV camcorder. Its 10x optical zoom lens and 2.96 Megapixel CMOS image sensor ensure meticulous detail and superior color reproduction. And, with its HD and Standard Definition recording modes, you can make the move to HD without making your SD equipment obsolete. The HV10 is easy to use and delivers the high level of performance you've come to expect from Canon. It's the premium quality camcorder that sophisticated and discerning videographers have been waiting for.

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Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-310

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Night mode / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.0
Max Focal Length:61mm
Min Focal Length:6.1mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2.76Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.07Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.96Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):9.4 mm ( 1/2.7 ) / 9.4 mm ( 1/2.7" )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Wipe fader
Digital Zoom:200
Media Type:Mini DV/Mini DV (HDV)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD