Why the Canon HV20 is a poor choice for car mounts

The bottom line is that the HV20’s single CMOS imager has a rolling shutter (i.e. it doesn’t read one entire frame at a time - instead it reads the top line first, then the second line, then the third etc etc). This produces nasty artefacts when the camera is vibrated. The resulting images look a little like jelly.

Will the Sony FX1 / Z1 / V1 be suitable for car-mounts?

Bottom line: the FX1 and Z1 should both be fine. There are some reports of bad results when strapping the camera to quad-bikes but the cameras should be fine when used on “normal” cars doing “normal” driving. The jury is still out on the V1 (it has CMOS sensors and hence possibly a bad rolling shutter).

General car-mount advice and discussion

  • http://www.cinematography.net/Pages%20GB/CarShots.htm
  • http://www.cinematography.net/Pages%20GB/CarShockMounts.htm
  • http://www.cinematography.net/Pages%20DW/Car_Mounts_For_DVX100.htm
  • http://www.cinematography.net/Pages%20DW/CarMountingHDCameras.htm
  • http://www.cinematography.net/Car_Mount_Vibration_Issues.htm