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The Canon Elura 40MC is a digital video camcorder using the standard MiniDV cassette. It produces the highest quality video possible from non-broadcast equipment. The MiniDV format standard delivers more than 500 lines of horizontal resolution. This is about a 25% improvement in picture quality over the best analog formats. On top of that, because it records both video and audio as digital data, this information can be transferred -- without any loss of picture or audio quality -- to a computer for editing, then transferred back to DV tape, without a reduction in either picture or audio quality. All of this is through the use of the IEEE&#160;1394 protocol commonly known as FireWire&#174;. &#160; DV Format Technology and Advantages<br/> The DV format is based on a robust videotape formulation, a sophisticated and computer-based data capture system, the ability to allow the high speed transfer of data from camcorder to tape, and a standard data structuring system. The MiniDV format makes professional quality video affordable.<br/> <br/> Digital video delivers better picture quality, sharper images and better color reproduction than analog. Digital recordings are almost immune to signal problems, and deliver the highest quality picture and audio. This is a major advantage over analog. Digital is the language of computers, which easily store and transfer data without distortion. It is exactly the same with digital video. Digital copies of digital videos are indistinguishable from the original, which makes editing and image manipulation so much easier and with higher quality than that delivered by analog video technology.<br/> <br/> The digital videotape formulation is designed to last longer and even withstand repeated use without failure, which virtually eliminates dropouts while delivering higher output and less noise.<br/> <br/> <br/> Digital video has approximately twice the horizontal resolution of a standard VHS videocassette recorder. The resolution of a DV standard image is about 25% better than that from an S-VHS or Hi-8 camcorder or deck. While resolution is dependent on a product's components and circuitry, standard VHS and 8mm video are capable of delivering about 250 lines of horizontal resolution with S-VHS and Hi-8 at about 400-420 lines. The DV format is capable of delivering more than 500 lines of horizontal resolution, with actual performance depending on the individual camcorder model. Another way to look at it is that an NTSC digital video signal contains three times the data of its analog counterpart; a PAL digital video signal contains six times the data of its analog counterpart.<br/> <br/> Color resolution (or rendition) can be a problem for analog video, producing color blur and color noise. Digital video does not have this problem, delivering a far more life-like video image on the screen. What you will see is much sharper subject edges and clearer color reproduction.<br/> <br/> The MiniDV standard ensures that audio quality matches that of an audio CD or digital audio tape (DAT). The audio portion of the digital video signal is recorded digitally. The digital video standard includes Pulse Code Modulation (PCM) audio recording, delivering more than the normal, natural range of sound audible to humans without both distortion and noise.<br/> <br/> All digital video equipment also have the analog video outputs (either S-video and/or composite video) found on current analog equipment so you can play a digital video on a regular TV, or transfer a digital video onto an analog VCR. If you record using a digital video camcorder, you can then copy the video onto VHS or Super-VHS tapes, 8mm or Hi-8 tapes, or any of the broadcast formats such as 3/4-inch or Betacam if they have the appropriate input connectors.<br/>
The Elura 40MC uses a 680,000-pixel CCD to capture high quality video images, XGA High Resolution Photos, and Motion JPEG movies. There is no need to carry both video and photo cameras with the Elura 40MC.<br/>
Canon's image stabilization system corrects camera shake: for example, hand-held shots, at full telephoto, and shots taken from a moving car are smoother and steadier.
&#160; The Elura 40MC sports a 10X optical zoom lens combined with a 200X digital zoom. This zoom range will more than take care of all your picture-taking needs, whether it's wide-angle shots of all the family at the reunion, or close-up sports action at full telephoto. Combine this zoom with the high-resolution capability of DV and you have high quality video at your fingertips.<br/>
You can save both video and digital still images to the Elura 40MC's tape cassette, and high resolution still images as well as Motion JPEG to its MultiMediaCard or SD Memory Card. Video Mode<br/> Video Mode delivers smooth full-motion video for playback on your TV. You also can transfer the video onto your computer to view, edit, post on the Internet, or send to friends. Its advanced circuitry ensures that color, light, and motion of the scene are recorded with exceptional accuracy and superior color rendition.<br/> Digital Photo Mode<br/> You can make your Elura 40MC a still camera by switching to Photo Mode. Just press the photo button to capture more than 700 still pictures on a single videocassette (in SP mode). XGA High Resolution Photos<br/> Using advanced dual image processing the Elura 40MC captures beautiful, high-definition photos. Just press the photo button to capture up to 40 stunning XGA (1024 x 768 pixel) images onto the included 8MB SD Memory card. Motion JPEG Designed to help you make web videos, Motion-JPEG mode produces compressed AVI files that are smaller and easier to run and send by email than conventional video files. Record a 10 second clip at 320 X 240 or a 30 second clip at 160 X 120.<br/>
For the storage of digital still images and Motion JPEG movies. You can use either MultiMediaCards or SD Memory Cards with the Elura 40MC. An 8Mb SD Memory Card comes with the camcorder, storing up to 39 XGA High Resolution Photos or 86 digital photos, or Motion JPEG movies.<br/>
<br/> <br/> The Elura 40MC offers both a color viewfinder and a 2-inch fold-out color LCD screen. For those who prefer a larger screen for composing videos, the fold-out screen makes it easy. Because it twists and can be flipped, you can shoot your video from any angle without having to look in the viewfinder. The screen also is great for sharing video with others just after you've captured a scene.<br/>
With Canon's Direct Print capability, you can make high quality color prints directly from the Elura 40MC without having to use a computer. Simply connect a single cable from the Elura 40MC to the optional Canon CP-10 Card Photo Printer (Item Code: 6854A024) and you have a portable printing lab. The CP-10 makes credit-card sized (300 dpi X 300 dpi) color prints in less than a minute. You can even specify the quantity and style (bordered or borderless) directly from the Elura 40MC's menu. For added fun and flexibility, the CP-10 prints full-size labels or 8 mini-labels.<br/>
The Canon Elura 40MC conforms to "Exif Print", a worldwide standard Canon has committed to implement. Vital camera settings (such as: exposure mode, white balance, exposure time) and scene data are recorded to the image file when it is captured. Printers compatible with "Exif Print" are able to use this information to produce high quality photographs, exactly the way they were intended at the time of capture. This intelligent communication process also allows the printer to correct for poor lighting or mistakes, resulting in photos which can be even better than the originals. "Exif Print" guarantees realistic and reliable color reproduction.
The Elura 40MC offers the versatility to meet all exposure challenges, and ease of use when you're happy to let the camera make all the choices. Amazingly sophisticated circuitry delivers proper exposure automatically under almost any lighting condition. But you also can easily adjust the exposure system in any one of several creative ways to meet specific needs. Selecting a different exposure mode lets you control how you want the video to look. Easy Recording<br/> For those who just want to point and shoot, choose the Easy Recording mode. All camera functions are handled automatically (focus, exposure, etc.). You simply adjust the camera's zoom controls.<br/> Auto<br/> Auto Mode gives control of camera settings to the Elura 40MC -- except for those functions you would like to control manually when you want to -- including focus, exposure, and white balance. Sports<br/> Use the Sports Mode to make crystal clear video of sports action (the swing of a golf club) or accentuate the motion of a racing car by blurring its motion. Sports Mode also will let you shoot under very low lighting conditions. The Elura 40MC will automatically select the aperture for a proper exposure.<br/> Portrait<br/> The ability to adjust the lens opening (aperture) gives you the creative ability to adjust depth of focus. With larger openings decreasing the amount of the background that's in focus (perfect for portraits), and smaller openings increasing the focus area, you can select one of several apertures. The Elura 40MC will automatically select the shutter speed to match the chosen aperture, giving you the proper exposure. Spotlight<br/> Nothing can confound an exposure system like a singer spotlighted on a dark stage. Spotlight Mode comes to the rescue. The camera will automatically adjust exposure for the center of the frame (the brighter singer) rather than the darkness of the stage. This will prevent the person from showing up overexposed or blooming against a dark background. The result is a perfect exposure.<br/> Sand and Snow<br/> Want to record a scene of skiers on a bright, snow-covered mountain, or beach volleyball players on bright sand? Then select the Sand & Snow Mode. This will adjust the exposure so the subject will not appear underexposed (dark) against the bright background.<br/> Low Light<br/> When in a dark environment, by selecting the Low Light Mode, the Elura 40MC shifts to a very slow shutter speed to deliver adequate exposure to record the scene.<br/> Night<br/> The Elura 40MC's Color Night Mode allows it to perform exceptionally in even the most challenging lighting conditions. In situations normally too dark for recording, the camcorder selects the ideal shutter speed and sensitivity combination to brighten up the scene, without sacrificing color. Since the Elura 40MC makes these changes automatically, you do not have to switch modes when conditions improve. The camcorder's exposure system makes all the decisions, allowing you to keep shooting without skipping a beat.
For those who want total control of all aspects of the exposure system, Elura 40MC offers Manual Mode. You can select the shutter speed and aperture settings for full creative control.<br/> <br/> Manual Focus<br/> Using a dial on the camera body, you can manually focus the lens.<br/> <br/> Manual Exposure<br/> For fine exposure control, you have access to +/-11 steps of exposure compensation.<br/> <br/> Manual and Automatic Shutter Speeds<br/> There are 6 shutter speeds (from 1/60 sec. to 1/2000 sec.) available in all auto exposure modes. In Low Light Mode, a seventh, very slow shutter speed (1/15 sec.) is used.<br/> <br/> Presets and Manual White Balance<br/> The Elura 40MC is designed to automatically determine white balance. You can also use standard preset values for indoors (3200&#176; K) and outdoors (5600&#176; K) or you can manually set the white balance. Manually setting the white balance is useful when shooting: subjects with one dominant color such as the sky; close-ups; rapidly changing lighting conditions; and places lit by certain types of fluorescent or mercury vapor lights.<br/>
Show your creativity by using the special effects and digital faders available with your Elura 40MC. These digital effects and faders can add visual appeal and greater imaging variety. Digital Effects<br/> The Elura 40MC gives you the opportunity to play with what you've made. For that creative touch, a more appealing look, or greater imaging variety, you can switch on one of several digital effects, including art, black & white picture, sepia, mosaic, ball, cube, wave, color mask or mirror.<br/> <br/> Art<br/> Adds a paint-like effect, called solarization, to the image.<br/> <br/> Black & White<br/> Looking for that "1940s" movie look, or an "art-house" feel to your video? Then use the black & white digital effect for classy black and white reproduction of the scene.<br/> <br/> Sepia<br/> The sepia effect gives a brown shade to your video, to recreate the look of faded photos.<br/> <br/> Mosaic<br/> Blurs the image by enlarging the size of some of the pixels. Digital Faders<br/> The Elura 40MC gives you three picture fade options to start or end scenes, with a fade to or from black: Fade Trigger, Wipe, corner, jump, flip, puzzle, zigzag and tide.<br/> <br/> Fade Trigger<br/> When you start recording, the scene gradually fades in from a black screen. When you stop recording, it gradually fades out.<br/> <br/> Wipe<br/> When you start recording, the picture begins as a thin vertical line in the center of the screen, gradually expanding sideways until it fills the entire screen. When you end a scene, the image is wiped from both sides of the screen.<br/> Special Effects<br/> Two additional special effects can be added during recording: Card Mix and Multi-image Screen.<br/> <br/> Card Mix<br/> Sample images provided on the MultiMediaCard that comes with the Elura 40MC can be combined with the image being recorded. Supplied images include a picture frame.<br/> <br/> Multi-image Screen<br/> Divides your display screen into four, nine, or sixteen pictures with the Digital Photo Mode. You can choose the speed at which the images are captured: Manual, Slow, Moderate, or Fast.<br/>
The Elura 40MC can record sound in two audio modes:<br/> <br/> 16-bit (48 kHz, 2 channels) for the highest sound quality, slightly better than CD quality, and equivalent to DAT tape;<br/> <br/> 12-bit (32 kHz, 2 from 4 channels) for recording on two channels (stereo 1), leaving two channels (stereo 2) open for post production audio recording (narration, music, etc.).<br/>
The Elura 40MC is designed for the transfer of digital video and audio to and from either a PC or another IEEE 1394 terminal-equipped camcorder or professional DV VCR. The DV terminal allows high quality transfer with virtually no deterioration in quality of images. You can edit and process images by connecting the camera to a PC with the IEEE 1394 terminal. As well, you can add new sound to original sound or replace original sound and images on a previously-recorded tape.<br/>
As well as delivering both digital video output and input with audio, the Elura 40MC is designed to handle two types of analog audio and video input and output: using audio/video cables (composite) or S-video.<br/> Audio Inputs<br/> The analog audio inputs of the Elura 40MC let you perform dubbing or insert editing from conventional audio sources such as CDs, cassettes, microphones or the soundtracks of other videocassettes.<br/> Mic Input on body<br/> In addition to using the built-in microphone on the Elura 40MC, you have the option of plugging in an external microphone.<br/> Audio Dub<br/> You can add stereo sound from another audio source or through the internal or external microphone.<br/> AV Insert<br/> The Elura 40MC offers the option of adding new video from a VCR or another camcorder to a tape recorded in SP mode. Input can be digital or analog video and analog audio.<br/> It's also possible to send an analog video signal from your TV, VCR or camcorder into the Elura 40MC and record it onto DV. (Great for making copies or preserving precious originals.) Audio Outputs<br/> Audio (and video) on a MiniDV cassette can be output to another camcorder or VCR.<br/> Audio Out<br/> Audio output is accomplished via the same ports used for input. Video outputs include composite and S-video.<br/> Headphone Terminal (Adjustable level)<br/> The headphone jack on the Elura 40MC has a volume adjustment for monitoring sound during shooting, performing sound checks, or listening to the sound through stereo headphones during playback.<br/> Video Inputs and Outputs<br/> The Elura 40MC is designed to handle two types of analog video input and output: using audio/video cables (composite) or by using an S-video cable.<br/> Composite / S-Video input and output with Analog to Digital Converter<br/> By using audio/video cables (composite) or S-Video, it's possible to send an analog video signal from your TV, VCR or a camcorder into the Elura 40MC and record it onto DV. Similarly, you can output an analog signal via composite or S-Video cables to an analog device such as a TV or VCR.
The Elura 40MC has a number of additional features for ease of use and creative control. Tally Lamp<br/> The tally lamp is a flashing red light on the front of the camera. The tally lamp activates when the camera is recording, letting your subject know that the camera is recording. The tally lamp also tells you when the camera is in range of the remote control and is responding to the remote. Photo Search<br/> This searches for images recorded in Photo Mode. You can search forwards or backwards through the images one at a time, or +/-10 from the current position.<br/> Time Code<br/> The Elura 40MC records a time code signal along with the video signal. This time code accurately identifies every point on the DV tape by hour, minute, second and frame. This will prove immensely beneficial if you are editing your footage on your personal computer or a professional video editing system. Data Code<br/> The DV standard calls for the automatic recording of date and time, shutter speed, exposure settings and other key camera data on the tape as you shoot. The Elura 40MC does not permanently superimpose this data over your video. Instead, the data remains hidden until you select it for display during playback or editing. You can turn the display on or off at will and you can decide which data you want to display. Remote Control The full-function wireless remote control of the Elura 40MC will work at distances up to 16 feet (4.9m). The remote can start and stop recordings, zoom the lens, handle all playback (VCR) functions, handle audio and video dubbing functions, and more.<br/> <br/> &#160; LANC The LANC terminal on the Elura 40MC permits easy connection of compatible edit controllers.<br/> <br/> &#160;


Power Supply (rated)

7.4 V DC (Battery); 7.2 DC (DC IN)

Power Consumption

3.4 W (using viewfinder), 4.4 W (using LCD screen)

Television System

EIA standard (525 lines, 60 fields) NTSC color signal

Video Recording system

2 rotary heads, helical scanning system DV system (consumer digital VCR SD/SDL system); Digital component recording

Audio Recording system

PCM digital sound, 16 bit (48 kHz/2 ch, 12bit (32 kHz/4 ch); 2x SP and 3x SP: 12-bit only (32 kHz/2ch.)

Image Sensor

1/6 Progressive Scan CCD (charge coupled device) 680,000 pixels (630,000 effective pixels)

Tape Format

Videocassettes bearing the MiniDV mark

Tape Speed

SP: 3/4 ips (18.81 mm/sec.); LP 1/2 ips (12.56 mm/sec)

Maximum Recording Time (with an 80-min. cassette)

SP: 80 min; LP: 120 min

Fast Forward/Rewind Time

2 min 20 sec (with a 60 min cassette)


f/1.8 - 2.3, 10X power zoom, 2.5-25.0mm (7x power zoom, 3.5 -25 mm in CARD CAMERA mode)

Focusing System

TTL autofocus, manual focusing possible

Focusing System

3 ft. 3 3/8 in. (1m); 3/8 in (1cm) on maximum wide angle

Minimum Illumination

2.4 lux using the Low-Light program

Recommended Illumination

More than 100 lux


0.5 in. color LCD; (approx. 113,000 pixels)

LCD Screen

2.0 in measured diagonally (approx. 130,000 pixels)


Stereo electret condenser microphone

DV Terminal

Special 4-pin connector (based on IEEE 1394)

Video Terminal

1 Vp-p/75 ohm unbalanced

S-video Terminal

1 Vp-p (Y signal) 0.286 Vp-p (C signal)

Audio Terminal

Input level: -10 dBV/at least 40 kohm, unbalanced; Output level: -10 dBV (47 kohm load)/ less than 3 kohm, unbalanced

Operating Temperature range

32-104° F (0° - 40° C)


2 x 4 3/8 x 3 1/2 in. (50 x 111 x 89mm )


13 3/8 oz (390g)

Memory Card

Recording Media

SD Memory card, MultiMediaCard

Image Format

Design rule for Camera File system (DCF), Exit 2.2 complaint

Print Order format

Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) complaint (only images marked for printing)

File Format

Still Image: JPEG (compression mode: Superfine/Fine/Standard); Movie Motion JPEG

The Canon Elura 40MC Kit - Item Code: 7801A001

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