Price When Reviewed: 799
Pros: Vivid colour capture. Good set of manual controls. Convenient controls
Cons: Poor low-light performance. No external microphone port.
Canon’s HV10 is the company’s first palm-sized high-definition camcorder. It makes a strong debut producing impressive video and it’s easy to use, though it does suffer from a somewhat bulky design.
The HV10 records high-definition video to MiniDV tapes using the HDV format, which stores high-def video in the same space that standard-def video occupies. In our testing, video quality was excellent: we saw bright, vivid colour and plenty of detail without noise in video shot in daylight. Overall the video was a little more appealing than that shot by the Sony HC3. Colours looked more natural, and because the HV10’s video showed less contrast, it has a more filmic quality.