Lake Success, N.Y. — Canon announced its first consumer-level HD camcorder today, hoping that its small form factor and styling will lure consumers to embrace the new format.
The HV10 HDV records at 1,080i resolution to DV tape. Canon claims it is currently the smallest and lightest HDV camcorder on the market at 0.9 pounds and sizing in at 2 inches wide by 4 inches tall. It will ship in September for an estimated price of $1,299.
The new high-definition camcorder borrows many features from Canon’s higher-end line of HD camcorders, including HD optics with super range optical image stabilization, Canon’s DIGIC DV II image processor, the company’s 1,920 by 1,080 video CMOS sensor, and the recently introduced Instant AF auto-focus technology.
The HV10 features a 10x optical zoom HD video lens with a 200x digital zoom and smooth zoom control. According to Canon, the HV10 is its first consumer camera to offer its super-range optical image stabilization. It also incorporates the new instant AF system, which the company claims improves the speed and accuracy of focusing in regular and low light environments.
The camcorder will offer a 2.7-inch widescreen LCD, level shot control to assist in framing, a built-in video light, and offer letterboxing for viewing 16:9 footage on standard-definition TVs.
On the still image side, the HV10 can snap 3-megapixel images to MiniSD cards or 2-megapixel images to tape while simultaneously recording video. It sports 11 shooting modes, including continuous shooting to capture five full-resolution still images per second, a built-in flash, histogram display and PictBridge compatibility.