Canon to launch its first DVD camcorders

Canon is updating its camcorder lineup with four models; two of these are the company's first DVD camcorders.

Canon is launching four camcorders for the international market in the coming months, and the lineup includes its first models that record to DVD.

The company's first two DVD camcorders are the DC 20 and the DC 10. The DC 20 has a 2.2-megapixel CCD (charge-coupled device) sensor while the DC 10 comes with a 1.3-megapixel CCD. They both have 10X optical zooms, take still pictures, and can record to a miniSD memory card, the company said. Like other DVD camcorders, the models record to 80-millimeter discs.

DVD camcorders have been in shops for years and the company recognizes that it has been late to the market, according to Richard Berger, a Tokyo-based spokesman for Canon.

But the company hasn't been satisfied with the image quality of DVD camcorder models on the market and designers thought many of the early models a bit bulky, so Canon wanted to wait until it got the quality and size issues sorted out, he said.

The company thinks it has got things right with the DC 20 and DC 10 though. The models are 48 mm by 86 mm by 122 mm and weigh 465 grams with battery pack installed and DVD and memory card inserted. While they won't be quite the slimmest DVD camcorders on the market, they are a good enough start, Berger said.

Both will be in shops in Europe in late October; the DC 20 for around Euro 1,000 (AUD$1,600) and the DC 10 for Euro 900 ($1,445). The company hasn't announced pricing and availability for Australia.

Canon is also updating its DV camcorder lineup with the IXY DV M5 and the IXY DV S1 models, it said.

The M5 has a 4.3-megapixel CCD sensor and a 10X optical zoom. It is 51 mm by 101 mm by 102 mm and weighs 475 grams with the battery pack inserted, lens cap on, and a 30 minute MiniDV tape and a memory card inserted, according to the company.

It will be called the Optura 600 for the U.S. market and will go on sale for US$1099 in September. The same month it will be sold in Europe as the MVX4i E for Euro 1,300 (AUD$2,085), according to Berger.

The IXY DV S1 has a 2.2-megapixel CCD and a 10X optical zoom. It is 54 mm by 73 mm by 105 mm and weighs 435 grams with the battery pack and a 30 minute MiniDV tape and a memory card inserted, the company said.

The model will also be called the S1 in the U.S. and go on sale for US$799 in September. The European version will be called the MVX1Si, but price and sales plans have yet to be announced, Berger said.

All four models come with a 2.5-inch LCD (liquid crystal display) monitor with a backlight button, which brightens the image for better viewing on sunny days, according to the company.

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