As well as half a dozen new still cameras, Canon has also announced the same number of new consumer video cameras.
The flagship of the new range is the HV20, a HDV1080i high-definition model featuring Canon’s high performance 2.96 Megapixel 1920x1080 True HD CMOS sensor. It is the first consumer HDV1080i camcorder to offer the option of genuine, cinema-like progressive recording, and also the first Canon camcorder with an HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) connection. With Canon optics and the HD-optimised DIGIC DV II processor, as well as the Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) and Canon’s Instant AF system, the HV20 promises professional-quality results with an easy-to-use interface. The DIGIC DV II system also provides simultaneous video and 2.07 Megapixel photo capture to a MiniSD memory card. Although by law recommended prices cannot be given for video cameras, the HV20 will be available from April 2007.
Also at the top of it’s particular tree is the new DC50, which will be the world’s most powerful DVD camcorder. It features a 5.39 Megapixel CCD with RGB Primary Colour Filter, recording directly to DVD (-R/-RW/-R DL), a high power 10x optical zoom lens with advanced Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer, DIGIC DV II image processor as well as support for Dual Layer media and low power consumption for longer recording times. It will be available early in March 2007.
Two more new direct-to-DVD camcorders are the DC230 and DC201, both widescreen-ready entry-level models. The DC230 has a 35x optical zoom lens (1000x digital zoom), while the DC201 has a 30x optical zoom lens (800x digital zoom), but both have video recording direct to DVD (-R/-RW/-R DL) with support for dual-layer disks.
They also both feature DIGIC DV II image processing and a range of user-friendly features includes a Quick Start button and an intuitive menu system, easily navigated using a Joystick controller. The DC230 also features still image recording with one megapixel resolution. The DC201 will be available from mid March 2007, while you’ll have to wait until April for the DC230.
For those who prefer to record on MiniDV tape, Canon is launching the MD160 and MD101. The MD160 boasts a 35x optical zoom lens – currently the highest magnification factor offered by any consumer model – while the MD101 features a 30x optical zoom lens.
They also offer high quality digital still capture, including compatibility with SD and SDHC memory cards, with the DIGIC DV processor on the MD160. Both models should be appearing in the shops any time now.