The same 2.2 Megapixel CCD that ensures sharp, vivid video also gives you brilliant digital photographs.
Because Canon's exclusive DIGIC DV signal processing circuit processes video and still images differently, you get uncompromising image quality for both. Video and still images have different color requirements and DIGIC DV technology processes the two signals accordingly. That means digital photos are maximized for viewing on computer monitors and as prints. DIGIC DV is just one of Canon's DV Photo Plus technologies that help to unleash the performance potential of the DC20.
9 Point Ai-AF
Auto Intelligent Auto Focus ensures sharp images and gives creative flexibility. Even when your subject isn't in the center of the frame, the DC20's AiAF will bring it into sharp focus.
Auto Exposure Modes
Like any good digital still camera, the DC20 lets you choose from a range of exposure modes. Auto mode automatically sets the exposure, letting you concentrate on your subject. AV (aperture priority) lets you control depth of field by letting you choose the aperture. TV (shutter priority) lets you select the shutter speed for sharp, action shots. In P (program) mode, the camcorder adjusts camera settings automatically.
For advanced photographers -- and videographers -- the DC20 gives you a choice of metering modes. Depending on lighting conditions and your subject, you can choose between: Evaluative, Center-weighted average, and Spot metering.
The DC20 lets you choose from the following effects to add creative flare to your photos: Vivid, Neutral, Low-Sharpening, Soft Skin Detail, and Custom.
Continuous Shooting Mode
With this mode, your DC20 operates like a camera with a motor drive, for rapid fire shooting at 3 frames/second (1632x1224) or 5 frames/second (1280x960). It's perfect for fast-action sports, or even faster kid-action!
Auto Exposure Bracketing
To capture the perfectly exposed shot, even under tricky lighting conditions, Auto Exposure Bracketing lets you automatically capture three photos -- one at normal exposure, one underexposed, and one overexposed.
Special Scene Modes
A wide selection of automatic exposure modes makes it easy to capture great photos -- and video -- under any conditions. Portrait mode ensures shallow depth of field for a pleasing background to your shots of friends and family. Sports mode stops the action with faster shutter speeds. Night mode is designed to give you great shots after the sun goes down. Snow and Beach modes compensate for bright surroundings and give you the proper exposure on your subject. Sunset mode results in vibrant, well-exposed colors for one of the toughest subjects to capture. Use Spotlight mode when your child is on stage and in the spotlight -- literally -- and you want to make sure the exposure is right for them. And, Fireworks mode records brilliant images of another tough subject: the holiday fireworks display.
Photo Review Button
This feature is a quick and easy way to ensure you got your shot.
Simultaneous Photo Recording
Capture e-mail ready digital photos to a memory card while you record video.
Reduce red-eye for beautiful photos of friends and family.
Stitch Assist software lets you create an impressive panoramic image from a series of still images. Simply capture your panoramic scene in more than one image, then download the images into your computer. Stitch Assist aligns and crops the images into a single, ultra-wide panoramic photograph.