I finally had the opportunity to use the Canon HV20 in an actual travel setting while bouncing around Stockholm and then Copenhagen (ITKT readers can expect several articles and/or videos on each destination over the next few months.). In this addition, I look at the need for a tripod.
The camera performed well as both tripod mounted and hand-held. However, for pans I will still have to get either a tripod or monopod with a fluid head. An inexpensive tripod (the one I traveled with) just didn’t cut it for a smooth, clean side-to-side pan. Even with ‘image stabilization’ removing the jitters, it was hard to get a smooth pass. Next time I will shell out a few extra bucks for a new tripod.
Written by Devin Galaudet