Aramis wrote - "The most important: MY VIDEO DOES NOT LOOK LIKE HD. I don't know what I did expect, I guess I wanted sharp and detailed look you get from HD shows, basketball games, talk shows, etc. I just don't get it. It is all pretty soft."
Maybe Aramis has something there. I thought my first HV20 was also a little disappointing in image quality. Viewed it on a Sanyo 50" 720P with HDMI in, then tried RGB component, no diff.
I double checked to make certain it was in HDV mode and not softened by any other settings and found it less sharp than expected. Especially after reading all the glowing reports about fantastic image quality.
Was I expecting too much? Well, I returned the camera not because of image quality but due to a very annoying bad pixel centered in the LCD screen (really thought it should have been rejected by QC before leaving factory.)
Anyway, my second HV20 was a world apart from the first in image quality. And so, too, is my new HV30. Now I know what all the justified hype's about. Image quality from both units are comparable to each other and OUTSTANDING! (I think I like the HV20 zoom button and LCD image better than my HV30, tho.)
Maybe Aramis and I both got "Friday before a major holiday weekend" builds?
Don't know but there was a very distinct difference.