Still pictures with the HV20/30

So many times I speak about the HV20/30’s video abilities, but its still imaging capabilities are possibly even better. The HV series are better digicams than any consumer snapshot digicam. You see, HV’s lens is a ‘faster’ one and of higher grade/sharper than the one used in most digicams, it has a huge aperture compared to most digicams’, plus its 10x zoom is equivalent to 16mm film in terms of background blur. In other words, the HV’s still imaging capabilities are somewhere in between a DSLR and a snapshot camera. The only thing missing is resolution (3.1 MP). The new Canon HF-S10/S100 camcorders ($1100) are over 8 MP, so if you are into a single device that does both photo+video well, these might be the models for you.

Here are some good HV20/30 pics. Click in to go and see their higher resolution version.

Click the link below to view more cool pics!


Steve Lewis wrote on April 5th, 2009 at 9:57 PM PST:

Where do you get the 3.2 MP number? Wouldn’t it be 1440×1080 which is 1.56 MP?


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Eugenia wrote on April 5th, 2009 at 10:08 PM PST:

That’s the video size when scaled down, not the actual sensor size and the still picture size. The still picture size on the HV20/30 is ~3.2 MP: 2048×1536

JrezIN wrote on April 6th, 2009 at 12:30 PM PST:

Is this sharpen effect a common thing with the HV20/30 (like the second picture, where the effect is very clear), or is it a post-processing action?

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Eugenia wrote on April 6th, 2009 at 12:39 PM PST:

Post processing.

Brad wrote on April 6th, 2009 at 5:32 PM PST:

I couldn’t agree more! I just discovered this feature on my HV30. Here are a few examples from my Flickr account.

And a video on vimeo with pictures only using the high speed continuous shot mode.

Omar wrote on April 10th, 2009 at 1:00 AM PST:

Interesting. My Canon HF100 didn’t take very good stills…at least, I never liked them compared to my DSLR. But if the HFS100/10 can do much better I am seriously thinking about buying one of those.
I am so tired of carrying around my DSLR and my camcorder to every birthday party lol

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Eugenia wrote on April 10th, 2009 at 1:01 PM PST:

The HF series have smaller lens/aperture and sensor, so the look of the pictures is not as good as HV20/30’s. Why do you think I still keep hyping the HV series over the HF ones? Only the brand new HF-S series is better (in some aspects only) than the HV series.

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