Canon Announces Pocket-Sized DV
available with or without MultiMediaCard
has announced a new MiniDV camcorder that it will ship in October. The
new model, the Elura 2MC, is a a pocket-sized hybrid digital video camcorder
with features like still, motion and multimedia image capture.
2MC measures 1 7/8" x 4 1/8" x 3 3/8". It weighs slightly
more than one pound with a battery and tape. It records video and still
images to a MiniDV digital videocassette. It also uses a MultiMediaCard
(something akin to Compact Flash and SmartMedia) to manage, retrieve and
download still images. The Elura 2, a comparable model without the MultiMediaCard,
was also announced today.
2MC includes three shooting modes, FireWire connectivity, 10x optical/40x
digital zoom, image stabilization, a high-resolution rotating view screen
and viewfinder and digital stereo sound. It has a progressive scan CCD
image sensor, RGB primary color filter and a three-element stereo microphone.
shooting modes include normal movie mode for capturing full-motion video
for playback on the television; digital photo mode for capturing VGA-quality
still images (640 x 480) to videotape for six seconds each, including
audio (up to 700 pictures on one cassette); and photo mode, which captures
images to the MultiMediaCard. A progressive scan motor drive allows users
to capture 30 full frames of still images per second.
8 MB MultiMediaCard will permit three types of card-mix special effects:
Card Chroma Key, Card Luminance Key and Camera Chroma Key. Users can select
from prerecorded cartoon-like frames or create personal frames and titles
on a PC that can be layered over video or still images. A prerecorded
image also can be combined with one from the camera.
10x optical zoom includes wide angle to telephoto. At 3.5 mm to 35 mm,
the optical zoom range is the 35 mm film equivalent of 43.9 mm to 439
mm. The pressure sensitive zoom controller makes it possible to change
picture angles quickly. This optical zoom can be digitally magnified up
to 4x by activating the 40x digital zoom.
features of the new camera include:
- Image Stabilizer:
An image stabilization system for correcting camera shake. The image
stabilizer functions in both video and photo shooting modes.
- LCD Viewfinder:
The 2.5", 200,000 pixel color LCD monitor swivels and flips and
tucks away when bright conditions make the eyecup viewfinder the preferred
way to shoot.
- Digital Stereo
Sound: Two digital audio modes include dual-channel, 16-bit mode and
four-channel, 12-bit mode, which records on one of two stereo tracks,
leaving the other stereo track free to dub extra sound at a later time.
- Program Auto Exposure:
The Elura 2MC includes seven programmed modes for auto exposure. These
include: easy recording for overall automatic operation; auto for automatic
operation where one or more individual features may be controlled manually;
sports for recording high-speed action in bright daylight; portrait
for shallow depth of field to emphasize the foreground and minimize
the background; spotlight for recording bright lights and minimizing
overexposure of subjects under strong lighting; sand and snow to minimize
subject underexposure against strong backlight; and low light to brighten
images in environments with insufficient light.
- Manual Controls:
It also offers manual control over focus, exposure, white balance and
- Digital Fades/Effects/Multi-Image:
The Elura 2MC includes a variety of digital fades and special effects,
including fade trigger, wipe, scroll and mosaic (fades); and art, black
and white, sepia and mosaic (effects). The multi-image display feature
divides the screen into a choice of four, nine, or 16 pictures, which
can be displayed at slow, medium or fast speed.
- Analog Line in:
Images previously recorded on analog media can be transferred to DV
- Audio Dubbing/AV
Insert Editing: Scenes from VHS or camcorder videotape can be inserted
into an original recording using the AV insert edit mode. Using the
audio dubbing mode, a second audio track, such as background music or
voice-over, can be added to original sound recorded in the 12-bit audio
- Progressive Scan
CCD: Multiple shooting modes are achieved with a 680,000-pixel progressive
scan CCD. Each light gathering pixel on the CCD is used to produce full
frame video images. The CCD also produces improved quality video prints.
- RGB Primary Color
Filter: The progressive scan CCD integrates an RGB primary color filter
that separates light passing through the lens into individual red, green
and blue color components.
- Three-Element Stereo
Microphone: The newly designed, top-integrated, three-element stereo
microphone system offers improved pickup and sensitivity. The position
of the microphone elements increases sensitivity to subjects in front
of the camera while reducing the possibility of picking up undesirable
sound from behind the camera.
2MC with an 8 MB MultiMediaCard will sell for $1,799, and it will be available
at retailers in September. The Elura 2 will be available in October for
$1,599. For more information, visit Canon's DV Web site at http://www.canondv.com
or their corporate Web site at http://www.canon.com.
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