Ease of use: 4/5. Lovely ergonomic design with well-placed buttons and superb manual control. Fixed viewfinder a bit of a pain though.
Features: 4/5. Lots of great features and excellent connectivity. Full inputs and outputs plus 25P a definite advantage.
Picture performance: 5/5. Superb quality in a wide range of situations. Slight grain in lower light but no more than can be expected.
Sound performance: 4/5. Upward-facing stereo mic gathers all-round audio surprisingly well, but slightly susceptible to light wind noise.
Value for money: 5/5. Overall, the HV represents superb value for money especially when considering the abundance of features and functions.
If you're looking for great value high definition without sacrificing functionality, the HV20 is a great place to start. Its comprehensive connectivity coupled with fantastic user-friendliness and superb playback quality make it the leader in its class.