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Focus Assist Function: With the image quality of High Definition, a properly focused subject is more critical than ever. The Focus Assist function of the HV20 ensures sharp focus by zooming into your image so you can focus on a close up view of your subject. (This is the equivalent of the manual method used by professional videographers and photographers.) You're also assisted by a Peaking function, which emphasizes image contours.

Level and Grid Markers: With the Level Marker feature, it's easy to keep your camera level for more professional looking video. Press the Level Shot Control button, and a horizontal marker appears in your viewfinder. 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.

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Zebra pattern: The Zebra pattern function of the HV20 indicates blown out or high brightness areas to help you set the proper exposure. Peaking enhances the edges of your subject to aid in focusing. The function can be set to 70%, 100% or Peaking.

Variable Zoom Speed Control: The HV20 ensures smooth professional zooms with 3 zoom presets:

Zoom Presets

Fixed SPEED 1: 16 sec (From Wide to Tele)
Fixed SPEED 2: 8 sec (From Wide to Tele)
Fixed SPEED 3: 4.5 sec (From Wide to Tele)

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Print/Share Button: Print/Share turns your HV20 into a photo lab in the palm of your hand. Simply connect your camcorder directly to select Canon printers or any PictBridge-compatible printer with the supplied USB cable. Then, with a simple touch of the Print/Share button, print directly from your HV20 to your printer without going through a computer.


Print/Share Button

Print/Share also makes it easy to transfer your still images to your computer. Simply connect your HV20 and your computer, press the Print/Share button and your photos are downloaded to your computer.

Program AE

Program AE Mode: Portrait mode ensures shallow depth of field for a flattering and undistracting background to portraits. Sports mode stops the action with faster shutter speeds. Night mode is designed to give you optimal exposures of night scenes. Snow and Beach modes compensate for bright surroundings and give you the proper exposure on your subject. Sunset mode results in vibrant, well-exposed colors in images of sunsets. Use Spotlight mode for bright subjects positioned against a dark background (e.g. a subject standing in a spotlight in a darkened setting). And, Fireworks mode records brilliant images of fireworks display.

Built-In Ultra Video Light: The HV20's video light lets you shoot subjects in color in low light up to 4.9 feet away.

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