Canon cradles baby HD camcorder

Small-handed Stuffers with hi-def TVs will have nodded their tiny heads in approval at the emergence of mini HD camcorders from Sony and Sanyo, and no

Small-handed Stuffers with hi-def TVs will have nodded their tiny heads in approval at the emergence of mini HD camcorders from Sony and Sanyo, and now Canon has joined the fray with this miniDV-eating debut.

The HV10 claims to be the ‘world’s smallest’ 1080i camcorder and, having consulted the Stuff ruler, we can confirm that the 500g, 56x104x106mm newbie is indeed slighter than the 560g Sony HDR-HC3. Sanyo’s HD1 weighs 210g but can only capture 720p hi-def.

So, what has Canon crammed into its tiny package? Well, aside from using the HDV format to capture 1920x1080 videos, the HV10 can snap 3MP stills, has a 10x optical zoom, and is the first camcorder to feature a CMOS sensor, which is a feature of Canon’s DSLR digicams and apparently consumes less power.

Delve deeper into its techno-guts and you’ll find a DIGIC DV II image processor, which first featured in Canon's monolithic XL H1 model, and an anti-shake Instant AF system to help reduce your focusing errors.

Not everyone wants to buy libraries of miniDV tapes, so the HV10 can switch to standard-def recording, although it’ll whine incessantly that you’re wasting its powers and force you to go back to hi-def.

Essentials

Canon HV10

Price: £TBA ($1300 in US)

On sale: late September

Contact: Canon

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