With the DC50, you get both a DVD camcorder and digital still camera -- all rolled into one. What's more, the DC50's photo features make it a still camera that rivals other state-of-the-art digital cameras.
The DC50's 5.39 Megapixel CCD lets you take brilliant, sharp 5 Megapixel digital still photographs. Combined with RGB Primary Color filter, your photos will be sharper, clearer and more true to life. With performance rivaling a still camera, that sunset on the beach you shoot will be more dramatic- with every color in the sky faithfully captured. The joy on the face of a child scoring his/her first goal on the soccer field is recorded just as you saw it.
DIGIC DV II
Because Canon's exclusive DIGIC DV II next-generation 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 II technology processes the two signals accordingly. That means digital photos are maximized for viewing on computer monitors and as prints.
The DC50's advanced Histogram Display lets you fine-tune your exposures by viewing the brightness of your still images as you shoot just as in Canon's line of digital SLR cameras.
Joystick Exposure Control
The DC50's Joystick lets you control your exposure under difficult lighting conditions -- you can meter on your subject and lock your exposure, or you can compensate by adjusting your exposure by up to 11 stops.
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 DC50's Ai-AF will bring it into sharp focus.
Auto Exposure Modes
Like any good digital still camera, the DC50 lets you choose from a range of exposure modes. Auto mode automatically sets the exposure, letting you concentrate on your subject. AV (aperture priority) mode lets you control depth of field by letting you choose the aperture. TV (shutter priority) mode lets you select the shutter speed for sharp, action shots. In P (program) mode, the camcorder adjusts camera settings automatically.
The DC50 lets you choose from the following effects to add creative flare to your photos: Vivid, Neutral, Low-Sharpening, Soft Skin Detail and Custom.
Drive mode settings let you shoot in a variety of ways that suit your style and your subject. In addition to single shooting, you get continuous shooting and high-speed continuous shooting, which let you shoot up to 60 continuous frames at high speed. You also get Auto Exposure Bracketing, which automatically takes three different exposures: one at normal exposure, one at -0.5 EV, and one at +0.5 EV. This ensures the right exposure under difficult lighting conditions. (Available in card still image mode only.)
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.
Simultaneous Photo Recording
Capture e-mail ready digital photos to a memory card while you record video.
Built-in Flash with Red-Eye Reduction
Capture photos in low light condition or fill in for shadows on bright sunny days and reduce red-eye for beautiful photos of friends and family.