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updated 2011.11.13 - dead links pruned.

HDV records high-definition video on DV tapes:

The JVC JY-HD10U and GR-HD1 720p/30 (720 scanline, 30 frames per second) camcorders were the first HDV products available, shipping in late 2003. They used single CCDs and, sadly, performed no better than low-end JVC DV cameras of that era did, so they never really took off. JVC later developed very capable 3-chip HDV camcorders.

Sony's first 1080i HDV camcorders started shipping in late 2004, roughly nine years and one month after the DV revolution was started by the DCR-VX1000. These machines had decent camera sections and very acceptable lenses, and served as the VX1000s of the HDV era. I got one of the first HDR-FX1 cameras shipped and the information here is based, for the most part, on that camera (which I reviewed for DV Magazine).

Canon offered a selection of HDV camcorders, too. Panasonic never did, preferring to offer DVCPROHD (and later, AVC-Intra) at the high end, and AVCHD at the low end.

As of 2011, HDV camcorders are still available in the prosumer/broadcast marketplace, though they're nearly impossible to find in the consumer market. Active development in both pro and consumer markets has moved on to AVCHD (h.264) camcorders recording on solid-state media; AVCHD image quality is substantially better than HDV quality at a comparably bitrate.



HDV format: specifications and licensing

HDV - info, discussions, fora

As always, take what you read on discussion lists with a grain of salt. I think the people I list below are informed and careful folks, but that isn't always true for the posters on their fora, even some of the "experts". Your informational mileage may vary...

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