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NEWS FEBRUARY 9, 2001
Canon Beefs Up ZR Camcorder Line
Three new models due in second quarter

by David Nagel
Executive Producer
[email protected]

Canon today announced three new models in its ZR line of digital camcorders targeted toward the prosumer market. In addition to capturing DV footage, two of the new models will also ship with MultiMediaCards for capturing still images at 640 x 480.

The new low-end model, the ZR20, will be available in May and will carry a lust price of $799, down $200 from its predecessor, the ZR10. The other models are the ZR25 MC ($899) and the ZR30 ($999), due in April and March, respectively.

All three models come in similar housings, weighing 19 ounces and measuring 2.25" x 4" x 5.25". The include a 10x optical zoom (4.2 mm to 42 mm, the 35 mm equivalent of 48 mm to 480 mm, at f1.8) and a 200x digital zoom. The also include image stabilization; stereo 16-bit sound (or four-channel, 12-bit sound, with two channels reserved for dubbing); color viewfinder and 2.5" LCD display; extended battery performance; programmed autoexposure; digital effects, including four fade effects, sepia, black and white and mosaic; manual control over focus, exposure, white balance and shutter speed; AV insert and audio dubbing; FireWire support; analog line-in recording; and 16:9 support.

The ZR25 MC and ZR30 MC come with an 8 MB MultiMediaCard. When recording still images, the images are compressed and stored in the JPEG format at 640 x 480.

The ZR25 MC and ZR30 MC feature three shooting modes, including video and still mode, as well as progressive photo mode, which simulates progressive scan recording on an interlace CCD image sensor.

Additionally, the ZR30 includes lighted camera controls and an advanced accessory shoe for Canon's VL-3 video light and DM-50 directional stereo microphone.

For more information, visit http://www.canonusa.com or http://www.canondv.com.

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