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The Elura 50 sports a 10X optical zoom lens combined with a 400X 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.
Don't miss a shot -- even if you're shooting hand-held, at full telephoto, or while you're on the move. Canon's superb Image Stabilization system compensates for camcorder shake instantly, making your videos look steady and natural. Unlike other brands, Canon's Image Stabilization is effective even while panning and zooming.
DIGIC DV is a system for achieving superior video and photographic quality images. Canon's expertise in imaging and electronics is flawlessly blended together, resulting in outstanding performance. It offers substantial benefits in color reproduction.<br/> <br/> DIGIC DV makes it possible to achieve accurate color for both video and digital photos. Since video and photos have different color requirements, DIGIC DV utilizes two different color techniques to maximize video quality on a TV and still image quality for print or computer display.
Weighing a mere 13.4 ounces, the Elura 50 is slim enough to fit in your pocket, making it perfect for traveling. Don't let its size fool you; the Elura 50 features Canon exclusive imaging technology to capture exceptional superb quality video and photos.
You can save both video and digital still images to the Elura 50's cassette. You can also save high resolution photos, as well as Motion JPEGs, to a MultiMediaCard or SD Memory Card. &#160; Video Mode<br/> Video Mode delivers smooth, full-motion video for playback on your TV. You can also transfer the video onto your computer to view, edit, post on the Internet, or send to friends. &#160; XGA High Resolution Photos<br/> In addition to high quality video, the Elura 50 captures outstanding digital photos. All it takes is a single press of the photo button to shoot crisp XGA (1024 x 768-pixel) images on the camcorder's Memory Card. &#160; Digital Photo Mode<br/> <br/> <br/> You can make your Elura 50 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). &#160; Motion JPEG<br/> It's easy to record Motion JPEG video clips that are perfect for sending to friends and family via e-mail, or for posting on the Web. Using Elura 50's memory card, you can record up to 10 seconds at 320 x 240 pixels or up to 30 seconds at 160 x 120 pixels.
<br/> Turn your images into prints in seconds -- without a computer! A single cable connects the Elura 50 camcorder with Canon Card Photo Printers CP-10 (Item Code: 6854A024) and select Canon Bubble Jet Printers. All printing options can be controlled directly from the camcorder's LCD Screen. Options include: selecting the print quantity, cropping, and whether you would like bordered or borderless prints.<br/>
For the storage of digital photos and Motion JPEG Movie clips, you can use either MultiMediaCards or SD Memory cards. An 8MB SD memory card is provided with the Elura 50.<br/> <br/> Thanks to Canon's ultra-fast memory card access time, you can capture your next image without waiting a long time.<br/> <br/> The memory card also comes with sample images that you can use when recording video. Use these images and the Card Mix Effects to add another dimension to your video memories with picture frames, backgrounds, and animations.<br/> <br/> <br/>
The Elura 50 offers the versatility to meet all exposure challenges and ease of use when you'd like 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. <br/> 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 50 -- except for those functions you would like to control manually -- including focus, exposure, and white balance. <br/> Sports<br/> <br/> <br/> In Sports Mode, the camcorder automatically selects high shutter speeds to help freeze the action. The camera's sophisticated electronics takes care of ensuring proper exposure with automatic adjustment of the aperture. Capture the swing of a golf club, baseball bat or tennis racket -- crystal clear -- when using Sports Mode. <br/> Portrait<br/> <br/> <br/> When making videos of people, you may find yourself having to shoot against a "busy" background (trees, bushes, buildings, etc.). Portrait mode automatically selects larger lens aperture settings which throws the background out of focus -- putting the accent back on your subject. <br/> Spotlight<br/> <br/> <br/> When confronted by a large expanse of darkness and a small area of brightness, some exposure systems will automatically try to overcome the darkness. This makes the bright area overexposed. Now imagine a singer spotlighted on a stage. What is your camcorder going to do? With Canon's Spotlight Mode, the answer is simple: deliver a properly-exposed singer. The camera automatically exposes for the subject in the center of the frame -- in the spotlight -- leaving the larger, dark area as it should be: dark. This prevents the subject from showing up overexposed or blooming against a dark background. <br/> Sand and Snow<br/> <br/> <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/> <br/> <br/> By selecting the Low Light Mode when you are in a dark environment, the Elura 50 shifts to a very slow shutter speed to deliver adequate exposure to record the scene. <br/> Color Night Mode<br/> <br/> <br/> Just because it's night doesn't mean you have to put your camera to bed. The Elura 50's Color Night Shooting mode lets you keep recording -- even under the most challenging of lighting conditions. This means your camera picks the right sensitivity and shutter speed needed to maintain a bright image -- without sacrificing color. As the light dims, your images remain brilliant. If the lighting conditions change, the camcorder automatically compensates so you continue shooting without skipping a beat. <br/> Super Night Mode and Low Light Plus Mode<br/> <br/> <br/> With the Elura 50, you can keep shooting long after the sun goes down. With Super Night Shooting (in Camera mode) and Low Light Plus (in Card mode), an assist lamp lights your subject and lets you continue even under low light conditions. The assist lamp also helps supplement existing light when you need it and can be used with the Red Eye reduction lamp when shooting digital photos. No matter what the lighting conditions, the Elura 50 shines.<br/>
The Canon Elura 50 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 and 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 1394 protocol commonly known as FireWire&#174;. <br/> DV Format Technology and Advantages<br/> <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/> 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 has 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.
To capture high quality video, the Elura 50 uses a 680,000-pixel CCD. This also allows the Elura 50 be used as a digital still camera to take high resolution photos.
The Elura 50 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.
The Elura 50 camcorder offers Progressive Photo. A mechanical shutter used in combination with an interlace scan CCD produces still images with very little blurring. With an interlace scan CCD, a picture of a moving object will be blurred because of the 1/60th of a second lag between the reading of the odd and even fields that go into making one video frame. With Progressive Photo, this blurring has all but been removed because the time lag has been eliminated by the mechanical shutter.
Using a dial on the camera body, you can manually control the camcorder's settings.<br/> Manual Focus<br/> Using a dial on the camera body, you can manually focus the lens.<br/> Manual Exposure<br/> For fine exposure control, you have access to +/-7 steps of exposure compensation.<br/> Manual and Automatic Shutter Speeds<br/> There are 8 shutter speeds (from 1/60 sec. to 1/2000 sec.) available in all auto exposure modes. They may also be selected manually. Slow shutter speeds are available in Night and Low Light modes.<br/> Preset/Auto/Manual White Balance<br/> The Elura 50 is designed to determine white balance automatically. You also can use standard preset values for indoors (3200&deg; K) and outdoors (5600&deg; 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.
With Canon's DV Messenger software, your camcorder is your window to the world. Conduct an Internet Video Chat with family and friends by using the Elura 50 camcorder with Microsoft Windows Messenger. Share video and digital photos. Zoom and focus your camcorder, as well as the camcorder of the person you're chatting with. Preview thumbnails and transfer photos. Watch and control the video playback of either camcorder. With your Elura 50 camcorder and computer, you're in complete control.
Show your creativity by using the special effects and digital faders available with your Elura 50. These digital effects and faders can add visual appeal and greater imaging variety. Digital Effects<br/> The Elura 50 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 or sepia.<br/> Colors<br/> Surrounds your images with color.<br/> Art<br/> Adds a paint-like effect, called solarization, to the image.<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/> Sepia<br/> The sepia effect gives a brown shade to your video to recreate the look of faded photos.<br/> Mosaic<br/> Blurs the image by enlarging the size of some of the pixels.<br/> Mirror<br/> Double your subject. In addition to the regular image, this creates a reversed, mirror-image of your subject -- like standing next to a mirror.<br/> Ball<br/> The camera image takes on the appearance of a round ball in the middle of the frame.<br/> <br/> Cube<br/> Your subject is placed inside a six-sided cube.<br/> <br/> Wave<br/> Gives your video the look of a fun-house mirror with wavy sides. Digital Faders<br/> The Elura 50 gives you several picture fade options to start or end scenes, with a fade to or from black: Fade Trigger, Vertical Wipe, Window, Flip, Tide, Puzzle, Beam, Zigzag, and Jump.<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/> Vertical 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/> Window<br/> <br/> Flip<br/> The image turns upside down.<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> Tide<br/> Introduces a sideways motion to the image.<br/> <br/> Puzzle<br/> The image breaks up into pieces and the pieces move around the screen.<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> Beam<br/> A horizontal bar (beam) splits the screen.<br/> <br/> Zigzag<br/> The image appears in zigzag from the top of the screen. White stripes appear in zigzag from the bottom of the screen until they cover the whole image.<br/> <br/> Jump <br/> Special Effects<br/> <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 50 can be combined with the image being recorded. Supplied images include a picture frame.<br/> <br/> <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.
The Elura 50 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.).
The Elura 50 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.
Embracing the industry's latest and most sophisticated technology, Canon camcorders feature an exclusive connection circuit called VIC.<br/> <br/> VIC is a virtual powerhouse. Traditionally, multiple chips were needed to perform the camcorder's input and output functions. VIC, however, manages it all with one single chip. The result is seamless connectivity whether you are connecting to a computer, TV, or VCR.
In addition to providing digital video input and output, the Elura 50 features two types of analog audio and video inputs and outputs: Composite and S-video. Video Inputs and Outputs<br/> The Elura 50 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/> <br/> <br/> <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 50 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. <br/> Audio Inputs<br/> The analog audio inputs of the Elura 50 let you perform dubbing or insert editing from conventional audio sources such as CDs, cassettes, microphones or the soundtracks of other videocassettes.<br/> <br/> Mic Input In addition to using the built-in microphone on the Elura 50, you have the option of plugging in an external microphone.<br/> <br/> Audio Dub<br/> You can add stereo sound from another audio source or through the internal or external microphone.<br/> <br/> <br/> AV Insert<br/> The Elura 50 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/> Audio Outputs<br/> Audio (and video) on a MiniDV cassette can be output to another camcorder or VCR.<br/> <br/> Audio Out<br/> Audio output is accomplished via the same ports used for input. Video outputs include composite and S-video.<br/> <br/> Headphone Terminal (Adjustable level)<br/> The headphone jack on the Elura 50 has a volume adjustment for monitoring sound during shooting, performing sound checks, or listening to the sound through stereo headphones during playback.
The Elura 50 has a number of additional features for ease of use and creative control. <br/> 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. <br/> <br/> 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 50 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. <br/> 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 50 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. <br/> Remote Control<br/> The full-function wireless remote control of the Elura 50 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/> LANC<br/> The LANC terminal on the Elura 50 permits easy connection of compatible edit controllers.


Power Supply (rated)

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

Power Consumption

3.1 W (using viewfinder); 4.1 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 system); Digital component recording

Audio Recording system

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

Image Sensor

1/6 CCD (charge coupled device); approx. 680,000 pixels; (approx. 630,000 effective pixels)

Tape Format

Videocassettes bearing the MiniDV mark

Tape Speed

Sp: 3/4 ips (18.81mm/sec); LP: 1/2 ips (12.56mm/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 -25.0 mmm

Focusing System

TTL autofocus, manual focusing possible

Focusing System

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

Minimum Illumination

2.4 lux using the Night Mode 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 ohms unbalanced

Output Levels

-10 dBV, less than 3 kohm, unbalanced

S-video Terminal

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

Input Levels

-10 dBV/47 kohm, unbalanced

Operating Temperature range

32-104° F (0-40° C)


2.0 x 4.4 x 3.5 in. (50 x 111x 89mm)

Weight (not including lens and battery pack)

13.4 oz (380g)

Memory Card

Recording Media

MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card

Image Format

Design rule for Camera File System (DCF)

Print Order format

Digital Print Order Format (DPOP)

The Canon Elura 50 Kit - Item Code: 8713A001

The Canon Elura 50 Kit - Item Code: 8713A001 Elura 50 NB-2L Battery Pack CB-2LT Battery Charger CA-PS700 Compact Power Adapter WL-D77 Wireless Controller S-150 S-video Cable STV-250N Stereo Video Cable USB Cable SDC-8M SD Memory Card Digital Video Solution Disk DV Messenger Software

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