Mini DV Camcorder Features
Digital Still Camera Features
The Canon HV10 camcorder
captures true 1080i High Definition resolution video in 16:9 format, using MiniDV
cassette tapes. The HV10's true 16:9 widescreen HD image is made for your new HD
widescreen TV. At the same time, the HV10 gives you the flexibility to record in
SD (standard definition) mode, too. That means you can enjoy the ultimate in HD
video and photo quality, and still shoot SD video for viewing on your non-HD
As of August 2006, The HV10
is the world's smallest HDV camcorder. It weighs in at less than a pound and has a
slim design. Along with its compact size, the HV10 is designed for easy one-hand
operation, with all of its controls within easy reach.
2.7" Widescreen LCD
Screen: The HV10 features a 2.7" TFT, color widescreen LCD screen (210,100
pixels) to make it easy to compose and review your shots. The bright screen lets
you see exactly what your camcorder is recording, and what your widescreen TV
will display later. You can rotate the LCD screen 90-degrees downward and
180-degrees toward the lens allowing the subject to monitor the LCD screen. The
LCD screen also features a backlight that you can set to either normal or
camcorder features a 0.27" TFT color viewfinder (123,000 pixels).
High Definition Video
Lens: The HV10 comes with a High Definition video lens with a 10x Optical
Digital Zoom: You
can set the digital zoom for either 40x or 200x.
Electronic Lens Cover:
The built-in electronic lens cover means you never have to go looking for
your lens cover again. Turn your camcorder on and the lens cover automatically
opens; turn it off, and the cover closes.
HD CMOS Sensor (1920 x 1080) Image Sensor: The 1/2.7"-inch CMOS sensor
(2,960,000 pixels) reproduces high-resolution images at 1920 x 1080 resolution
with full HD information in video images. The HV10's CMOS's high color
resolution and advanced color reproduction gives brilliant results. It is also
unique in featuring Canon's proprietary noise reduction technologies for 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
RGB Primary Color
Filter: The HV10 uses an RGB Primary Color Filter that separates light into
red, green and blue color components. This results in vibrant images with deep,
rich, accurate color and natural-looking tones.
Digic DV II:
Designed specifically for HD, DIGIC DV II
ensures optimal image quality. It also ensures optimal image quality for still
images, even though video and still images have different color requirements.
The DIGIC DV ll image processing produces video with improved color
reproduction; especially in skin tones, and dark and light scenes. It also uses
a hybrid noise reduction system that employs two types of noise reduction for
high definition images that are crystal clear. Plus, DIGIC DV ll features
improved continuous shooting of digital photographs with the HV10. You can shoot
five (3 Megapixel) still images per second, and enjoy faster processing of your
images to your memory card (1.4x normal card; 2.5x Hi Speed card). It also helps
lower power consumption for longer battery life.
Image Stabilization: The HV10's stabilization design corrects camcorder
shake instantly.Canon's Super-Range OIS corrects for a wide range of
camcorder motion: the fast vibration you'd experience while recording from a
moving car; the medium-speed motion of hand-held recording; and the slower
motion of body sway. In
addition, optical stabilization keeps your shot steady without a loss in image
quality. You can also use it for taking sharper, clearer digital photographs
with your HV10.
Instant AF (Auto Focus): The Instant AF
feature uses an external sensor, in combination with the HV10's autofocus
system, to help significantly decrease the time it takes to find focus, even in
low light conditions. This system achieves focus instantaneously, reducing focus
"hunting." The benefits of Instant AF are especially seen in high brightness,
and night shooting situations. With Instant AF, it's possible to capture fast,
accurate focusing, even when following a moving subject.
Auto Mode: In Auto Mode
The camcorder adjusts the focus, exposure and other settings automatically,
allowing you to just point and shoot.
Exposure Modes: The
camcorder features the following exposure modes.
- Program AE:
the camcorder automatically adjust the aperture and shutter speed to obtain
the optimal exposure for the subject
AE: the camcorder automatically sets the appropriate aperture value
while you set the shutter speed
- Aperture Priority
AE: the camcorder automatically sets the appropriate shutter speed while
you set the aperture value
Special Scene Recording
Modes: The HV10 features the following Preset Scene Recording Modes to match
camcorder uses a large aperture, achieving a focus on the subject while
blurring other distracting details
- Sports: use
this mode to record sports scenes or fast moving events
- Night: use
this mode to record in low-light conditions
- Snow: use this
mode to record in bright ski resorts, it prevents the subject from being
- Beach: use
this mode to record on a sunny beach, it prevent the subject from being
- Sunset: use
this mode to record sunsets in vibrant colors
- Spotlight: use
this mode to record spotlight scenes
- Fireworks: use
this mode to record fireworks
Variable Zoom Speed
Control: The HV10 allows you to select one of 3 pre-set zoom speeds for
smooth, steady, professional looking zooms or you can choose the variable speed
option that depends on how you operate the zoom. Press gently for a low zoom or
press harder for faster zooms.
Level Markers: The
Level Marker feature allows you to easily keep your camera level for more
professional looking video. Simply 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
Grid Markers: The HV10'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.
Bright Ultra Video Light: The HV10 uses an
ultra bright video light to allow you to shoot subjects in color in low light up
to 4.9 feet away.
Control: The wireless remote control lets you operate your HV10 from a
distance, so you won't be left out of the picture. It is also very useful for
playback of your video and helpful when you have the camcorder stationed on a
Magnify Playback: During playback, movies and
still images can be magnified up to 5 times. You can also select the area of the
screen to be magnified.
On Screen Display: When this function is
set to "On" the camcorder's on-screen displays will appear also on the screen of
a connected TV or monitor.
The HV10 records in 1080i or in a standard DV mode onto a miniDV tape.
The HV10 allows you to choose between recording in HDV or DV standards. You can
choose from the following standards.
- HDV: high
definition video at 1080i specification with 16:9 aspect ratio
- DV Wide: standard definition digital video with 16:9 aspect ratio
standard definition digital video with 4:3 aspect ratio
DV Record Modes:
In the DV mode you can choose between two recording modes.
- (SP) Standard
Play: for best recording quality in DV mode
- (LP) Long Play:
recording in LP mode extends the available recording time on the tape
The camcorder allows you to select between two DV audio modes.
records sound at the highest quality
used to dub audio or add a music track later with an external device
Wind Screen: The
camcorder automatically reduces the background sound of wind when recording
outdoors when Wind Screen is turned "On".
You can choose for the camera to automatically playback either HDV or DV
recorded material or you can choose for it to only play back one or the other.
The camera uses the following special playback modes - Fast Playback, Reverse
Playback, Fran Reverse, Frame Advance, Slow Playback, and Double Speed Playback.
During these playback modes there is no sound.
You select between a 4:3 aspect ratio or a 16:9 aspect ratio for
the video out based on your television's aspect ration.
Terminal: The camera comes supplied with a Component video cable that is
used to view video from the HV10 on to your TV. You can select the output of the
Component Out Terminal to display either 1080i or 480i depending on what
standard you recorded in and the capability of your TV.
Audio Out: You can
select the audio track to use during the playback of a tape with audio dubbed
over the recording. You can choose from the following.
- Stereo1: original sound only
dubbed audio only
mixed audio with the original sound and dubbed audio at the same level
Faders: You can
select one of the following faders:
- Fade Trigger: When you
start recording, the scene gradually fades in from a black screen. When you
stop recording, it gradually fades out.
- Wipe: When you start
recording, the picture begins as a thin vertical line in the center of the
screen which gradually expands sideways until it fills the whole of the
screen. When you end a scene, the image is wiped from both sides of the
Image Effects: You can select from
the following effects:
- Black and White: makes the
image black and white
- Sepia: makes a monochrome
image with a brownish tint
- Art: adds a paint-like
effect, called solarization, to the image
White Balance: The
camcorder's auto white balance system compensates for a wide range of lighting
conditions. The white balance can also be set manually or by using one of the
six preset modes: Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent or Fluorescent
Analog to Digital
Converter: The analog to digital convert
lets you share and
record video you have stored on analog videotapes. Simply feed the analog signal
from your TV, VCR or analog camcorder to your HV10 to convert the signal to
digital for recording on DV tape. Or use your HV10 as a signal converter by
connecting it between an analog device and another digital device.
You can edit and share
video with the HV10 through your PC. Once you're connected to your computer, DV
streaming and ultra-fast transfer of movies is simple. The HV10 uses the
Firewire IEEE 1394 protocol connection so there's no loss of picture or audio
quality in the process.
Digital Still Camera
Still Image Recording:
The HDV camcorder
is also a high performance digital camera capable of capturing stunning 3.1
Megapixel photos in 4:3 aspect ratio to a miniSD card (2.07 Megapixels at 16:9).
Memory Card Compatible: The HV10 allows you to store digital photos and
movie clips on an optional miniSD Memory Card. The miniSD Card offers the
benefit of high-capacity storage in a very small size.
Still Capture from Tape:
The HV10 even lets you
capture a still image from an already recorded movie. While playing the movie in
your camcorder, simply press the photo button to capture a 2.07 Megapixel still
frame on a miniSD card from your miniDV tape.
Simultaneous Photo Recording: The HV10 can record HD video and capture a 2
Megapixel photo to a memory card simultaneously.
Display: The HV10 comes with a Histogram Display. The display allows you to
see the brightness information of your still images, so you can adjust your
exposures as you shoot.
Functions: You can use the assist functions to make sure you adjust the
focus and exposure correctly. You can choose from the following assist
a striped pattern will appear over areas of the picture that are overexposed
Peaking: the silhouettes of objects in the picture will be emphasized in
order to allow you to focus manually more easily
Intelligent Auto Focus: Auto Intelligent Auto Focus ensures sharp images and
gives creative flexibility. Even when your subject isn't in the center of the
frame, the HV10's Ai-AF will automatically select from 9 metering frames on the
screen to help bring images into sharp focus.
Focusing Modes: You can select from the following AF (autofocus) frame selection modes:
Auto: depending on shooting conditions, an AF frame is
automatically selected from the 9 frames and focused
Center Point: of 9 AF frames, the center one is selected to focus
9 AiAF Frames
Selection: focuses the area within the AF frame selected from the 9
This function is used when you wish to focus on faraway subjects such as
mountains or fireworks.
Focus Assist: The
focus assist function will magnify the center of the picture and emphasize the
outlines of the objects on screen (peaking) to make it easier for you to focus
Auto Exposure Modes: The HV10 lets you choose
from a range of exposure modes. Auto mode automatically sets the exposure,
letting you concentrate on your subject. AV (aperture priority) mode lets you
control depth of field by letting you choose the aperture. TV (shutter priority)
mode lets you select the shutter speed for sharp, action shots. In P (program)
mode, the camcorder adjusts camera settings automatically.
Mode: This feature allows you to choose between Single or Continuous
Shooting and Exposure Bracketing. You can catch every instant of a moving object
with continuous shooting or use the exposure bracketing to record the same
picture in 3 levels of exposure in order to choose the picture you like best.
You can choose from the following options.
Single: records a single still image
Continuous Shooting: records 3 images per second (2.1 images per second
Hi-Speed Continuous Shooting: records 5 images per second
Exposure Bracketing: records a still image in 3 different exposures
(dark, normal, light in 1/2 EV steps), allowing you to choose the shot you
Note: The maximum number of shots in Continuous Shooting mode is 60
Flash Modes: You
can use the built-in flash for recording still images in dark places. You can
choose from the following modes:
fires automatically according to the brightness of the subject
Auto: flash fires automatically according to the brightness of the
subject and the assist lamp lights up to reduce the red-eye effect
flash always fires
Flash Off: flash does not fire
Image Effects: The
HV10 allows you to record with the following saturation and contrast color
emphasizes the contrast and color saturation to record in crisp colors
down the contrast and color saturation to record in neutral hues
records subjects with softened outlines
Soft Skin Detail:
softens the details in the skin tone area for a more complimentary
you to adjust the brightness, contrast, color depth, and sharpness of the image
Light Metering Modes:
The camcorder measure the light reflected from the subject in order to
calculate the optimal exposure settings. You can select from the following metering modes:
Metering: used for standard conditions. The area within the frame is
divided into several zones and light is measured based on subject position,
brightness, direct light, and backlighting.
Averaging: averages the exposure from the entire frame but places more
weight on the subject at the center
measures the area within the spot AE point frame
Self-Timer: This feature allows the camcorder to start recording after a
10-second or 2-second countdown.
Review: You can select the time to display a still
image after it has been recorded to Off, 2 seconds, 4 seconds, 6 seconds, 8
seconds or 10 seconds.
Playback Modes: You can view your still images as a Slideshow or in an
Image Jump: You can jump ahead to a specific image without having to
browse all images on by one.
Sill Images: You can protect sill images from accidental erasure.
USB 2.0 Connection:
The camcorder features a USB 2.0 full speed terminal for fast transfer of
Share Button: Print & Share allows you to 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 HV10 without going through a computer. Print & Share also makes it easy to transfer your
still images to your computer. Simply connect your HV10 and your computer, press
the Print & Share button and your photos are downloaded to your computer.
Capability: PictBridge is a standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant
camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of
Exif Print (Exif 2.2): The Canon
HV10 conforms to "Exif Print",
a worldwide standard. Vital camera settings (such as: exposure mode, white
balance, exposure time) and scene data are recorded to the image file when it is
captured. Printers compatible with "Exif Print" are able to use this information
to produce high quality photographs, exactly the way they were intended at the
time of capture. This intelligent communication process also allows the printer
to correct for poor lighting or mistakes, resulting in photos which can be even
better than the originals.
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format)
Settings: On the memory card, you can select which image or images you want
to print and how many copies you want. This is convenient for printing images
all at once on a Canon Direct Print function compliant printer or printing at
participating photo labs. You can set print orders for up to 998 still images.
The supplied Digital Video Solutions Disk (Version 23.0) contains the
Software System Requirements:
Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me)
Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4)
Windows XP Home Edition or Professional (Service Pack 1 or 2)
Note: Proper operation is not guaranteed on an OS that has
been upgraded from a previous version.
Mac OS X
Computers that come with
above OS preinstalled and have built-in USB ports
MHz or better
98/Windows Me: 128 MB or more
Windows 2000/Windows XP: 256 MB or more
256 MB or more
preinstalled operating systems with built-in USB ports
USB; only systems equipped
with genuine Apple-brand built-in USB interfaces
Free Hard Disk Space
1024 x 768
pixels/High-Color (16-bit) or better
1024 x 768
pixels/32,000 colors or better
Number of still images
that can be recorded on a memory card:
Number of Images
32MB SD Card
LW 1920 x 1080
L 2048 x 1535
M 1440 x 1080
S 640 x 480
Recording, and Playback Times: with supplied BP-310 battery