Canon USA Inc., Lake Success, N.Y., has announced its newest digital video camcorder targeted at the consumer market. The ZR10, which includes FireWire/IEEE 1394, is expected to begin shipping in April. The new model comes equipped with a 10x optical and 200x digital zoom, image stabilization and a 2.5" LCD view screen and a color viewfinder. The focal length of the optical zoom is 4.2-42mm f/1.9, which is the 35mm photo lens equivalent of 40.3mm to 403mm. The whole unit weighs 1.5 lbs. and measures 2" x 3" x 5".
The ZR10 can also function as a still camera able to store up to 700 photos on a single digital videocastte. It records each image, along with narration or ambient sound, for about six seconds.
According to Canon, the camcorder uses an enhanced power scheme, allowing for more than five hours of recording (with an option batery pack) with the LCD viewfinder on. The optional battery pack can charge 70 minutes worth of power in 15 minutes. Other features include:
The ZR10 is expected to ship for $999. For more information, visit Canon at http://www.canondv.com.
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