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The HV20 is the latest Canon camcorder to feature the Canon designed and manufactured CMOS image sensor. Similar to the CMOS image sensors which help produce the superb high resolution still images in Canon's highly regarded EOS Series Digital SLR cameras, the CMOS sensor in the HV20 captures high-resolution images at 1920 x 1080 resolution with full HD information in video.

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The HV20 CMOS's high resolution and advanced color reproduction gives brilliant results. Compared to a CCD, the CMOS sensor delivers:

  • faster read times -- for faster still image capture
  • higher technological versatility
  • lower power consumption -- for longer battery life
  • no vertical smears -- for a clearer image

HV20 - 3 lux Minimum Subject Luminance

It is also unique in featuring Canon's proprietary On Chip Noise Reduction Technology -- the industry's best NR technology -- resulting in 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.

HV20 - 2.07 Megapixels

RGB Primary Color Filter

The HV20 uses an RGB Primary Color Filter with Bayer Placement Pattern 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. In addition, the Bayer Placement Pattern results in reduced spurious color and higher color resolution.

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