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Canon HV10

High-definition Mini DV digital camcorder

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Capture beautiful high-definition movies and crisp digital photos with Canon's slim, sophisticated HV10. This cam records widescreen, 1080-line video on standard mini DV tapes — perfect for folks with a high-def TV. Your home videos will come alive with color and clarity.

Capture beautiful high-definition movies and crisp digital photos with Canon's slim, sophisticated HV10. This cam records widescreen, 1080-line video on standard mini DV tapes — perfect for folks with a high-def TV. Your home videos will come alive with color and clarity.

Vivid, detailed video
The HV10 features a 2.96-megapixel image sensor and an enhanced high-definition video lens for superbly detailed images. A 10X optical zoom lets you get great-looking close-ups of faraway subjects. The advanced RGB primary color filter processes reds, greens and blues separately for deep, rich, accurate colors. This cam also records in standard digital mode for videos that look great on just about any TV. The included rechargeable battery gives you up to 70 minutes of recording time per charge, and you can add a spare battery to extend your recording time.

Improved auto focus and image stabilization
Canon added special features to make it easy to capture high-quality video, too. Instant Auto Focus allows your shots to snap into focus seconds faster than with other camcorders. This means you won't waste precious moments waiting for auto focus to adjust as you zoom in on your child in the school play or on the soccer field. And optical image stabilization lets the camcorder correct the effects of an unsteady hand without degrading the quality of your recordings.

Flexible digital photo options
This cam also records 2.76-megapixel digital stills to an optional mini Secure Digital® card. Specialized processing handles your digital stills differently than videos and allows more accurate color reproduction. Continuous shooting mode lets you take five still images per second. You can even shoot 2-megapixel photos while simultaneously recording high-definition video — snap a photo for your scrapbook while filming your little star on stage or your little athlete on the field.

Product Highlights:

  • records and plays back both high-definition (1080i resolution) and standard-definition video on Mini DV tapes
  • 2.96-megapixel CMOS image sensor
    • effective video megapixels: 1.55 in standard mode, 2.07 in high-def
    • effective photo megapixels: 2.76 in 4:3 mode, 2.07 in 16:9
  • High Definition video lens with 10X optical zoom (digital zoom to 200X)
  • RGB primary color filter for accurate color reproduction
  • advanced DIGIC DV II image processor with hybrid noise reduction system
  • 2-11/16" widescreen LCD
  • color viewfinder
  • 16:9 widescreen video mode
  • digital photo mode
  • top JPEG photo resolution: 1920 x 1440 (4:3), 1920 x 1080 (16:9 wide mode)
  • Simultaneous Photo Recording captures 2-megapixel stills while recording video
  • records digital photos to optional mini Secure Digital® cards
  • PCM stereo digital audio (12-bit or 16-bit)
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • omni-selector joystick control
  • Instant Auto Focus and manual focus
  • Night mode for low-light shooting in color
  • Ultra Video Light brightens dark shots
  • built-in photo flash
  • digital effects and scene transitions
  • built-in electronic lens cover
  • A/V input/output (stereo mini/composite video adapter included)
  • HD-capable component video output for connection to an HDTV (adapter included)
  • IEEE 1394 digital audio/video jack
  • USB interface
  • direct photo printing with PictBridge-capable printers
  • Exif Print (2.2) compatibility for digital photos
  • 2-1/4"W x 4-1/8"H x 4-3/16"D
  • weight: 16.9 oz with battery
  • warranty: 1 year (90 days video head part)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • AC adapter/charger
  • rechargeable lithium ion battery (BP-208DG)
  • audio/video cable
  • component video adapter cable
  • USB cable
  • wireless remote
  • software CD-ROM (Windows®)

What's in the Box:

  • HDV Mini-DV digital camcorder with attached hand strap
  • BP-310 Li-Ion battery (7.4V/850mAh) with plastic battery cover
  • CA-570 Power adapter (100V-240V-50/60Hz) with attached 5' cord with proprietary end for camcorder
  • 5' AC power cord
  • WL-D87 Wireless remote control w/ CR2025 battery
  • 59" Composite stereo Audio/Video cable with 3.5mm mini-jack plug on other end
  • 58" Component video cable with proprietary camcorder connector on other end
  • 47" USB cable with USB mini-connector on one end and standard size USB connector on other end
  • Digital Video Solution Disk
  • Instruction Manual (English/French/Spanish)
  • Limited Warranty card
  • Installation guide for Digital Video software
  • "Genuine Canon Accessories" sheet
  • "About Dirty Video Heads and HDV Standard Recordings" sheet
  • "Stop" software reminder sheet

Hands-on research

Features and Specs

LCD Screen Size (inches) 2.7
Viewfinder Color
Total Pixel Count 2,960,000
Effective Pixel Count for Video 2,070,000
High-Definition Yes
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Manual Focusing Yes
Filter Diameter 37
Optical Zoom 10 x
Digital Zoom 200 x
Night Imaging Night Mode
Image Stabilization Optical
Built-in Video Light Yes
Built-in Memory ---
Max Recording Time w/ Included Battery 90
Digital Still Camera Features
Effective Pixel Count for Stills ---
Built-in Photo Flash Yes
Still Image Aspect Ratios 4:3, 16:9
Inputs and Outputs
USB Port 2.0 Highspeed
HDMI Output ---
Mic Input built-in mic
Weight With Battery (ounces) 16.9
Width (inches) 2-1/4
Height (inches) 4-1/8
Depth (inches) 4-3/16
Parts Warranty 1 Year/90 Days Vid Head
Labor Warranty 1 Year/90 Days Vid Head
Image Sensor Warranty ---

Product Research

General Features
Mini DV Camcorder Features
Digital Still Camera Features
Software Requirements

General Features

HDV 1080i: 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 equipment

Compact Size: 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 bright.

Viewfinder: The 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 zoom.

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.

True 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 aberrations.

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.

Super-Range Optical 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 ModeThe 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
  • Shutter-Priority 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 special conditions.

  • Portrait: 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 underexposed
  • Beach: use this mode to record on a sunny beach, it prevent the subject from being underexposed
  • 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 is level.

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.

Wireless Remote 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 tri-pod.

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.

Mini DV Camcorder Features

Recording Format: The HV10 records in 1080i or in a standard DV mode onto a miniDV tape.

Record Standard: 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
  • DV Normal: 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 1.5 times

DV Audio: The camcorder allows you to select between two DV audio modes.

  • 16bit: records sound at the highest quality
  • 12bit: 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".

Playback Standards: 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.

Playback Modes: 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.

TV Type: 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.

Component Out 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
  • Stereo2: dubbed audio only
  • Mix/Fixed: 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 screen.

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 H.

Analog to Digital Converter: The analog to digital convertlets 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.

Video Streaming: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 Features

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).

MiniSD 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.

Histogram 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.

Assist Functions: You can use the assist functions to make sure you adjust the focus and exposure correctly. You can choose from the following assist functions.

  • Zebra: a striped pattern will appear over areas of the picture that are overexposed (too bright)

  • Peaking: the silhouettes of objects in the picture will be emphasized in order to allow you to focus manually more easily

Auto 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 frames

Infinity Focus: 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 manually

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.

The Drive 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 with flash)

  • Hi-Speed Continuous Shooting: records 5 images per second

  • Auto 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 like best

Note: The maximum number of shots in Continuous Shooting mode is 60 images.

Flash Modes: You can use the built-in flash for recording still images in dark places. You can choose from the following modes:

  • Auto: flash fires automatically according to the brightness of the subject

  • Red-eye Reduction, Auto: flash fires automatically according to the brightness of the subject and the assist lamp lights up to reduce the red-eye effect

  • Flash On: flash always fires

  • Flash Off: flash does not fire

Image Effects: The HV10 allows you to record with the following saturation and contrast color effects:

  • Vivid: emphasizes the contrast and color saturation to record in crisp colors

  • Neutral: tones down the contrast and color saturation to record in neutral hues

  • Low Sharpening: records subjects with softened outlines

  • Soft Skin Detail:softens the details in the skin tone area for a more complimentary appearance

  • Custom: allows 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:

  • Evaluative 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.

  • Center-Weighted Averaging: averages the exposure from the entire frame but places more weight on the subject at the center

  • Spot: 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 Index Screen.

Image Jump: You can jump ahead to a specific image without having to browse all images on by one.

Protect 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 photos.

Print and 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.

PictBridge Printing 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 brand.

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.

Software Requirements

Supplied Software: The supplied Digital Video Solutions Disk (Version 23.0) contains the following programs:

  • For Windows Operating Systems:

    • ZoomBrowser EX:

      • viewing downloaded images

      • categorizing, organizing, and searching large volumes of images

      • editing still images

      • editing movies

      • changing the data for still images and save them as new files

      • viewing images in a slide show

      • adding sound to an image

    • CameraWindow:

      • downloading images from a memory card to your computer

      • viewing images recorded on a memory card

      • applying DPOF (Digital Print Order Form) settings

      • uploading My Camera settings to the camcorder

    • USB Drivers: (Users of Windows XP do not need to install a USB driver)

      • Canon DV TWAIN Driver: the driver software for Windows 98 and Windows 2000 that is required for downloading images from a memory card to a computer.

      • Canon DV WIA Driver: the driver software for Windows Me that is required for downloading images from a memory card to a computer.

    For Macintosh Operating Systems:

    • ImageBrowser:

      • viewing downloaded images

      • categorizing, organizing, and searching large volumes of images

      • editing still images

      • editing movies

      • changing the data for still images and save them as new files

      • attaching still images to e-mail

      • viewing still images in a slide show

      • adding sound to an image

      • printing still images with a background, frame, title, and comments

      • printing indexes

    • CameraWindow:

      • downloading images from a memory card to a computer

      • viewing images recorded on a memory card

      • applying DPOF (Digital Print Order Form) settings

      • uploading My Camera settings to the camcorder

Digital Video Software System Requirements:

Operating System

Windows 98 (Second Edition)
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 (Version 10.2/10.3/10.4

Computer ModelComputers that come with above OS preinstalled and have built-in USB ports

Pentium 500 MHz or better

PowerPC G3/G4/G5

Windows 98/Windows Me: 128 MB or more
Windows 2000/Windows XP: 256 MB or more

256 MB or more

USB; only preinstalled operating systems with built-in USB ports

USB; only systems equipped with genuine Apple-brand built-in USB interfaces
Free Hard Disk Space
  • Canon Utilities:

    • ZoomBrowser EX: 200 MB or more

  • Canon DV TWAIN Driver: 25 MB or more

  • Canon DV WIA Driver: 25 MB or more

Canon Utilities:

  • ImageBrowser: 200 MB or more



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:

Image SizeImage QualityNumber of Images
32MB SD Card 128MB
SD Card
SD card
LW 1920 x 1080Super Fine 2090350
Fine 30135525
L 2048 x 1535Super Fine 1060235
Fine 2085350
M 1440 x 1080Super Fine 25120470
Fine 40180700
S 640 x 480Super Fine  1406002320
Fine 2058653355

Battery Charging, Recording, and Playback Times: with supplied BP-310 battery

HDV Standard:

ModeMaximum TimeTypical Time
Viewfinder Recording75 minutes45 minutes
LCD (normal) Recording75 minutes45 minutes
LCD (bright) Recording70 minutes45 minutes
Playback85 minutes85 minutes
Charging Time150 minutes150 minutes

DV Standard:

ModeMaximum TimesTypical Times
Viewfinder Recording90 minutes55 minutes
LCD (normal) Recording85 minutes50 minutes
LCD (bright) Recording80 minutes50 minutes
Playback95 minutes95 minutes
Charging Time150 minutes150 minutes

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