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Canon Adds Second HD Camcorder

Lake Success, N.Y. — Canon will ship its second-generation consumer HD camcorder in April, the company said today.

The HV20, for an estimated $1,099, will join the existing HV10 on the market but will boast several enhancements including a new horizontal design, an accessory shoe for adding video lights and microphones, a 24P mode for recording feature film style video and an HDMI output.

Also new to the HV20 are microphone and headphone jacks with a manual level control for audio recording.

Like the HV10, the new model records 1,080i video to DV tape.

It features a 2.7-inch widescreen LCD and 10x optical zoom lens with Canon’s Super Range Optical Image Stabilization, which can be used in both video and still capture modes, and smooth zoom control to regulate the speed with which the lens is extended. It uses the DIGIC II processor and a 2.96-megapixel CMOS image sensor with on-chip noise-reduction technology and an RGB primary color filter.

The HV20 also employs Canon’s recently developed “Instant AF” focusing system, which uses an external sensor to augment the internal autofocus system for a quicker and more accurate focus, Canon said.

To complement the new 24P recording mode, Canon migrated its CINE tonal and color adjustment settings down from its higher-end video cameras. The CINE mode can be used in conjunction with 24P recording or independently.

When shooting stills, the HV20 records 3.1 megapixel images to a miniSD card or 2-megapixel images while simultaneously shooting video. Simultaneous still photo images can be saved to the card or DV tape. It features 11 still image shooting modes, a built-in flash, and is PictBridge enabled.