Just when we thought we'd have to wait another month before getting the full details on the new HV20, Canon took us by surprise this morning lifting the veil off its latest HD camcorder. The new HV20 is capable of recording 1080 high-def video in 16:9 format. It doesn't have a built-in hard drive like some of its competitors, but instead saves footage to MiniDV tapes. Like its older sibling (the HV10), the HV20 has a 10x optical zoom and built-in image stabilization. For stills, the HV20 can now take...

3.1-megapixel shots (it saves them to miniSD cards). Finally when you're done shooting you can hook up the HV20 to your HDTV via its HDMI output. Pricing is expected at around $1,099, though we're a little disappointed Canon chose MiniDV over a HDD.

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