I mentioned the other day that Canon has finally jumped into the HDV space, but maybe the XL H1 and XH G1 were just the hop and the skip, because today the company introduced the iVIS HV10, an HDV camcorder geared for consumers. Engadget has the details:
Recording onto standard miniDV cassettes using the HDV format, the Optura-like HV10 features a 1/2.7-inch CMOS able to capture 2,048 x 1,536 stills, 10x optical zoom, a 2.7-inch LCD display, and miniSD slot for storing photos. Compared to Sony’s HDR-HC3 this device certainly holds its own, as its optical image stabilization trumps the Sony’s electronic version, and its maximum video capture resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 is higher than the competition’s 1,440 x 1,080 — though the HC3 sports an HDMI output, while the HV10 does not. Best of all, its 150,000 Yen ($1,300) pricetag will set you back about $400 less than the HC3 when this model (in either black or silver) debuts next month in Japan; the US release, however, is still up in the air.