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Record Direct to DVD
&#160; &#160; <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> The DC20 digital camcorder gives you all the convenience and functionality of DVD technology by letting you record directly to DVDs, plus a variety of options for shooting and sharing. Only 3" (8cm) in diameter, the DC20's DVD -R/-RW discs are compatible with most DVD players and can store up to 30 minutes of video in standard mode and 60 minutes of video in long play mode. That's 120 minutes on a double-sided disc!<br/> <br/> With the DC20's DVD technology, you no longer have to worry about mistakenly taping over a once-in-a-lifetime piece of footage. You simply shoot, and the DC20 ensures that you are recording onto a blank part of the DVD.<br/> <br/> The DC20's DVD functionality also makes it possible for you to review your footage quickly and easily without the bother of rewind or fast-forward searching. With the camcorder's Visual Index, you can review your footage at a glance and play the selection you want. You can even select shots and arrange them into a playlist. It's like editing your video right in your camcorder!<br/> <br/> What's more, the finalization process for these DVDs is quick and easy with the DC20. It's just one more reason why you'll love recording direct to DVD with your DC20. <br/> <br/> <br/>
Roxio MyDVD Software
<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> With your camcorder's Roxio MyDVD Software, you have everything you need to get the most out of the video you shoot. The software supplied with your camcorder enables you to edit your video. This way, you keep just your most precious shots and can let them tell the stories you want to tell. You can then create Chapter &amp; Play menus so you can access and play just the video you want to watch. Then, it lets you burn DVDs so you can share the captured memories with all your friends and family.<br/> <br/> Roxio MyDVD Software also makes it easy to share your video with its One Touch Dubbing feature (available only with Windows XP). With one touch of a button, your video is automatically captured to your PC and dubbed to a DVD. No one has to wait long for their copy.<br/> <br/> Or, if your PC isn't equipped with a DVD drive, the software lets you capture your video to your computer and then burn a DVD using the camcorder itself.<br/> <br/> Finally, Roxio MyDVD Software simplifies your life by letting you read unfinalized DVDs via your USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable.<br/> <br/> It's the software you need to get the most out of your DVD camcorder.<br/> <br/>
Convenience in a Handy Size
&#160; &#160; <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> The DC20 unites the convenience and image quality of DVD with the world's smallest Megapixel camcorder.* Super-thin and compact, it's never been easier to capture your most unforgettable moments- with a camcorder that's less that 2 inches wide. It's simple to carry it with you in a tote bag or coat pocket so your DC20 is never far from where you need it.<br/> <br/> *As of August, 2005 <br/> <br/> <br/>
True Widescreen Video
&#160; &#160; <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> You want your memories to last forever -- that's why you've taken the time to shoot them. And you want to shoot in widescreen mode to get everything you can out of your new widescreen TV or home theater system.<br/> <br/> So why is the way you record widescreen images so important? Because you want an image made for widescreen, not adapted for widescreen. Widescreen is the future -- every HD television is widescreen.<br/> <br/> The story of how we do it may be a bit technical, but the result is clear to see. Canon camcorders use the entire width of the image sensor to capture your precious video in true 16:9 mode. What difference does this make? It's simple. With more pixels captured, you get better image quality. Other camcorders force the wider picture into a smaller space on the sensor -- giving you a less true image, with fewer pixels and lower quality. On a Canon camcorder, the canals of Venice will be as grand as you remembered seeing them.<br/> <br/> In addition, the viewfinder on your DC20 will display the image in a "letterbox" view -- from side to side and top to bottom, what you see will be what you get. No guessing and extra work when looking at an image that's distorted like a fun house mirror.<br/> <br/> To make it even easier, a Widescreen Button lets you switch from standard 4:3 to 16:9 Widescreen Mode at the touch of your finger. The widescreen feature can also be used in both Program Mode and Easy Recording Mode, as well as with the camcorder's advanced image stabilization.<br/> <br/> The DC20 gives you the opportunity to own a camcorder that shoots as wide as your widescreen TV. Why shouldn't your camcorder shoot as wide as your widescreen TV? It should -- and our competitors can't match the widescreen video you'll get from your Canon DC20.<br/> <br/> Remember -- widescreen is the future -- be sure you invest in that future with a Canon camcorder. <br/> <br/>
Optical Performance You Can See
&#160; &#160; <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> Because of Superior Canon Optics, the name Canon is synonymous with unsurpassed optical performance. Brilliant optical quality is part of every Canon broadcast TV camera, 35mm film camera, and camcorder -- and the DC20 is no exception. Superior Canon Optics is just one of the DV Photo Plus technologies that unleash the digital potential of your camcorder and ensure outstanding results.<br/> <br/> The DC20 comes with a 10x optical zoom lens, precisely matched to the camcorder's CCD and featuring a unique, super spectra coating developed exclusively by Canon to reduce flare and ghosting for a clean image. Combined with the camcorder's powerful 200x digital zoom, the lens gives an impressive range of focal lengths. That means you always have the perfect lens, whether you're on vacation and recording a breathtaking landscape, capturing a group shot at a wedding, or shooting close-ups at a child's birthday party.<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> &#160;Wide-Angle and Tele-converter Attachments<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> &#160;Image Stabilization<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> Wide-Angle and Tele-converter Attachments<br/> <br/> <br/> For more creative flexibility, the DC20 can be enhanced with an optional 0.7x wide-angle attachment or an optional 1.5x tele-converter attachment -- giving you an even greater range of focal lengths. The result? More impressive landscapes, wildlife shots, and action close-ups.<br/> <br/> <br/> Image Stabilization<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> The DC20's built-in high-quality image stabilizer allows you to shoot rock-steady video -- whether you're shooting sporting events, fun &amp; games at a child's birthday party, or capturing a shot at a long focal length. It even works while panning and zooming. Thanks to Canon's superior electronic expertise, the DC20's image stabilization system corrects camcorder shake instantly, thereby eliminating one of the telltale signs of amateur video. <br/> <br/>
Brilliant Video
&#160; <br/> <br/> &#160;2.2 Megapixel CCD<br/> <br/> <br/> &#160;DIGIC DV<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> &#160;Low Light Performance<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> 2.2 Megapixel CCD<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> One of the reasons the DC20 delivers stunningly vivid video and still images is its razor-sharp 2.2 Megapixel CCD -- one of the DV Photo Plus technologies that ensure uncompromisingly brilliant results. This performance is then combined with Canon's advanced RGB Primary Color Filter. Other camcorders process color using a standard CMYG filter, resulting in duller colors. Canon's RGB filter separates light into its red, green and blue components resulting in natural-looking tones and vivid hues. Together, these two technologies ensure that Images are captured with outstanding clarity, giving you brilliant image quality to match the camcorder's brilliant DVD functionality.<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> DIGIC DV<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> 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 your video images are maximized for viewing on monitors and for projection. DIGIC DV is another of Canon's DV Photo Plus technologies that help to make the DC20 an exceptional performer.<br/> <br/> <br/> Low Light Performance<br/> <br/> <br/> Some of the most magical shots are taken at the end of the day or long after the sun has set -- and you won't miss any of them, thanks to the DC20's Built-in Video Light. It allows you to keep shooting in low-light conditions, so you never miss a beat.<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/>
Stunning Digital Photography
&#160; A wide-variety of photo features transforms your DC20 into a high-quality digital camera. <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> &#160;2.2 Megapixel CCD<br/> <br/> <br/> &#160;DIGIC DV<br/> <br/> <br/> &#160;9 Point Ai-AF<br/> <br/> <br/> &#160;Auto Exposure Modes<br/> <br/> <br/> &#160;Metering modes<br/> <br/> <br/> &#160;Image Effects<br/> <br/> <br/> &#160;Continuous Shooting Mode<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> &#160;Auto Exposure Bracketing<br/> <br/> <br/> &#160;Special Scene Modes<br/> <br/> <br/> &#160;Photo Review Button<br/> <br/> <br/> &#160;Simultaneous Photo Recording<br/> <br/> <br/> &#160;Red-Eye Reduction<br/> <br/> <br/> &#160;Stitch Assist<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> 2.2 Megapixel CCD<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> The same 2.2 Megapixel CCD that ensures sharp, vivid video also gives you brilliant digital photographs.<br/> <br/> <br/> DIGIC DV<br/> <br/> <br/> 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.<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> 9 Point Ai-AF<br/> <br/> <br/> 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.<br/> <br/> <br/> Auto Exposure Modes<br/> <br/> <br/> 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.<br/> <br/> <br/> Metering modes<br/> <br/> <br/> 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.<br/> <br/> <br/> Image Effects<br/> <br/> <br/> 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.<br/> <br/> <br/> Continuous Shooting Mode<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> 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!<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> Auto Exposure Bracketing<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> 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.<br/> <br/> <br/> Special Scene Modes<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> 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.<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> Photo Review Button<br/> <br/> <br/> This feature is a quick and easy way to ensure you got your shot.<br/> <br/> <br/> Simultaneous Photo Recording<br/> <br/> <br/> Capture e-mail ready digital photos to a memory card while you record video.<br/> <br/> <br/> Red-Eye Reduction<br/> <br/> <br/> Reduce red-eye for beautiful photos of friends and family.<br/> <br/> <br/> Stitch Assist<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> 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. <br/> <br/>
Share Your Video
&#160; The DVD technology of the DC20 not only makes it easy to capture great images, it also makes it easy to share your video with family and friends.<br/> <br/> To begin with, you can simply watch the video you've just shot by connecting your DC20 to your TV and viewing your unfinalized DVD. Or, finalize your DVD, then watch it on your TV by playing it in your DVD player. (Your DC20 comes with both S-Video and Composite output.)<br/> <br/> You can also share your video by connecting your DC20 to your computer with the supplied USB cable. Then, with one touch of the Print &amp; Share button, you can transfer your video footage to your hard drive.<br/> <br/> Once your video is transferred, the supplied My DVD Software lets you edit your footage, create a chapter and play menu, and burn your footage to additional DVDs. Plus, even if your computer doesn't have a DVD drive, you can still make DVDs to share by using your DC20 to create another DVD.<br/> <br/> With your DC20 DVD camcorder, all your friends and family can enjoy the memories you've captured. <br/> <br/>
Share Your Photos
&#160; Your DC20 comes with a variety of features that make it fast and easy to share your still photos.<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> &#160;Print and Share<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> &#160;miniSDTM Memory Card<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> Print and Share<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> Print &amp; Share -- another of the powerful Canon DV Photo Plus technologies -- turns your DC20 into a photo lab in the palm of your hand. Simply connect your camcorder directly to select Canon printers or any PictBridge-compatible printer with the supplied USB cable. Then, with a simple touch of the Print &amp; Share button, you can print directly from your DC20 without going through a computer.<br/> <br/> Print &amp; Share also makes it easy to transfer your still images to your computer. Simply connect your DC20 and your computer, press the Print &amp; Share button, and your photos are downloaded to your computer.<br/> <br/> <br/> miniSDTM Memory Card<br/> <br/> <br/> You can also share your photos, thanks to the camcorder's miniSDTM Memory Card. Popularly used in today's newest cell phones and half the size of a standard SD card, the miniSDTM Card offers the benefit of high-capacity storage in a very small size.<br/> <br/> <br/>
Additional Features
Dolby Digital 2 Channel Audio ensures your audio quality is as good as your image quality.<br/> <br/> Built-in Lens Cover means you never have to go looking for your lens cover again. Plus, you don't have the bother of your lens cap dangling from your camcorder.<br/> <br/> 2.5" LCD Screen with Backlight makes it easy to compose and review your shots. The backlight feature gives you a bright, easy-to-see screen, even in direct sunlight.<br/> <br/> Easy Color Menu System has been newly designed, making it easy for you to operate your DC20.<br/> <br/> USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Speed Terminal for fast transfer of MPEG2 compressed video.<br/> <br/> Remote Control lets you operate your DC20 from a distance, so you won't be left out of the picture.<br/> <br/> Digital Effects/Fades add professional looking touches to your videos.<br/> <br/> Selectable Display Languages gives you the choice of English, as well as additional languages that include: Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Korean.<br/> <br/> 1 Year Parts And Labor Limited Warranty provides protection long after other manufacturers' warranties expire.<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/>

DC20 Kit Contents

DC20 Kit Contents DC20 camcorder body Battery Pack BP-208 Compact Power Adapter CA-570 MTC-100 Multi-AV Cable Wireless Controller WL-D86 DVD-R Disc USB Cable IFC-300PCU My DVD Software Digital Video Solution Disc for Windows & Macintosh


Audio Recording system

Dolby Digital (2 Channels)

Image Sensor

1/3.9-inch CCD, approx. 2,200,000 pixels
Effective pixels (movie): approx. 1,230,000 pixels (4:3)
approx. 1,500,000 pixels (16:9 IS** OFF)
approx. 1,380,000 pixels (16:9 IS** ON)
Effective pixels (still image): approx. 2,000,000 pixels

Tape Format


Maximum recording Time

(single sided: 1.4 GB) XP: 20 min., SP: 30 min., LP: 60 min.
(double sided: 2.8 GB) XP: 40 min., SP. 60 min., LP: 120 min.


f = 4.05 - 40.5mm, f/1.8 - 2.8, 10x power zoom

Minimum Illumination

1.3 lx (using Night Mode)

Recommended Illumination

More than 100 lx

Filter Diameter



0.33-inch TFT Color, approx. 113,000 pixels

LCD Screen

2.5-inch TFT Color, approx. 123,000 pixels


1.9 x 3.4 x 4.8 in. (47 x 86 x 122mm) excluding protrusions

Weight (not including lens and battery pack)

Camcorder Body Only: 14.6 oz (415g)

** IS - Image Stabilization

Compatible Supplies & Accessories

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