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Canon To Ship New ZR-Series Camcorders

New models add features, lower prices By Dave Nagel
Canon has introduced three new models in its ZR line of DV camcorders. These include the ZR40, ZR 45 MC and ZR50 MC. Canon says each of the models introduces features not found in their predecessors, while also bringing down the price. All of the models are expected to ship this quarter.

All of the new models offer an extended optical and digital zoom. The ZR40 and ZR45 have 18x optical/360x digital zoom lenses. The ZR50 has a 22x optical (f/1.6) optical zoom lens with 440x digital zoom capabilities. Other features common to all three include:

  • All can be used for analog to digital conversion.
  • Full-color night mode.
  • Reduced power consumption.
  • Image stabilization.
  • 2.5-inch flexible viewscreen.
  • Programmed exposure.
  • Special effects.
  • Manual controls.

The ZR45 and ZR50 also offer progressive photo mode, which uses the camera's MultiMedia card to capture a series of stills without interlacing.

The ZR50 has extended recording capabilities and an enhanced accessory shoe, which can transmit power directly to certain accessories.

The ZR40 will be available in March for $699. The ZR45 MC will be available in March for $799. The ZR50 MC will be available this month for $899. For more information, visit http//

Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at [email protected].

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