Canon has unveiled a high-definition camcorder that it says is the world's smallest and lightest such device - offering HDV at the size of a handheld consumer DV camcorder for the first time.

The HV10 is based on the HDV tape format that uses conventional MiniDV tape for storage of high-definition video. Unlike previous HDV camcorders from competitors, the HV10 looks much more like a traditional compact consumer camcorder.

 border=0 />The camera measures 56-x-104-x-106mm and weighs 500 grams including battery and tape. That compares favorably with Sony

It records the 1080i version of HDV, managing full 1,920 pixels by 1,080 pixels resolution. It has a 10x optical zoom lens and optical image stabilization.

The HV10 will ship in UK in late September. Prices haven't been announced, but it will cost around ¥150,000 (£700) in Japan.