The latest video collector from Canon is the HV10 HD, it stands out for two reasons: the ability to record onto a DV tape and the resolution you can record at, which is 1920×1080 (courtesy of the built-in HD CMOS sensor).
The manufacturer makes that ever-popular claim that this is “the world’s smallest HDV camera,” and it might well be, depending on how you define your terms. Its dimensions are indeed small, at 2.2 x 4.1 x 4.2 inches. That means, of course, that your LCD isn’t all that big, either, at just 2.7 inches.
The zoom is rather impressive, with a 10x optical and a 200x digital and three fixed speeds. Focus is automatic or manual, according to your ability. Everyone will appreciate the optical image stabilization as well. Storage is via miniSD cards. It also shoots stills, at 3.1 megapixels.
The HV10 HD is rather light as well, weighing in at under one pound, if you don’t count the lens or the battery pack (although you really should because you’ll be holding at least one of them whenever you’re shooting).
This camcorder is available now, at prices upwards of US$1,000, depending on where you shop.