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Canon is known worldwide for its optics, with Canon lenses used on most broadcast TV cameras, and its photographic lenses the choice of many of the world's top-ranked photographers.<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> 10x Optical Zoom with 200x Digital Zoom<br/> The Optura 200MC incorporates a bright zoom lens, specifically designed to handle the demands placed on it by the camcorder's high-resolution image sensor for both video and still picture applications. The zoom uses a special glass originally used in Canon digital still cameras, guaranteeing high picture quality.<br/> <br/> The 10x optical zoom lens (4.2 - 42 mm) is the 35 mm focal length equivalent of 48 - 480 mm. Add an optional WD-34 Wide-converter to increase the field of view to the equivalent of 34 mm for indoor shots or panoramic views, or add the TL-34 Tele-converter to extend your telephoto viewing to the equivalent of 816 mm.<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> The digital zoom kicks in at the end of the optical zoom range, and is capable of extending to a maximum of 200x. This is the equivalent of a 9600 mm lens on a 35 mm photo camera. The digital zoom on the Optura 200MC provides sharper detail than others thanks to Canon's superior lens quality. You'll reveal details too distant to be seen with the eye alone.<br/> <br/> When capturing digital still images, the lens becomes a 10x zoom, the equivalent of a 45 -- 450 mm lens on a 35 mm photo camera.<br/> <br/> Six-Blade Iris<br/> Canon has borrowed the six-blade iris from its 3-CCD camcorder models. These leading-edge models use this iris for professional exposure control. The Optura 200MC uses the same iris system to create stunning video and still photos.<br/> <br/> <br/>
Canon is well-known for the superb optical stabilization system it uses on its camcorders, a system that corrects camera shake instantly so even hand-held shots at full telephoto, are smooth and steady. And since it is optical, there is no loss of image quality -- inevitable with electronic image stabilizers. It perfectly complements the high picture quality of the DV format.<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> The shift-type optical image stabilizer used in the Optura 200MC solves the problem of blurring which cannot be handled by electronic image stabilizers in other camcorders. Unlike many other dual digital camcorder/camera models, it works on both video and photo modes.<br/> <br/> Canon has developed an even smaller optical image stabilizer system for the 200MC, helping to reduce the overall dimensions of the camera, without any reduction in stabilization function.
The Optura 200MC will print still images directly to a Canon CP-10 (Item Code: 6854A024) or CP-100 (Item Code: 7735A001) card photo printer, or to a Canon Bubble Jet printer, without the need to connect the camcorder to a computer.
You can save both video and digital still images to the Optura 200MC's tape cassette, and high resolution still images as well as Motion JPEG to its MultiMediaCard or SD Memory Card. <br/> 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/> <br/> <br/> You can make your Optura 200MC 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). <br/> High Resolution Photos<br/> The Optura 200MC's megapixel CCD means the camera offers megapixel digital photo capture. The Optura 200MC uses a 1.33 megapixel CCD to capture high-resolution photos for saving on the removable storage card. Aiding the capture of high-quality digital photos is a lens with digital still camera-based elements. The picture size in this mode is 1280 x 960 pixels. <br/> Motion-JPEG<br/> 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/>
<br/> <br/> <br/> The Optura 200MC offers both a color viewfinder and a 2.5" color flip-out LCD screen with 200,000 pixels.<br/> <br/> The Optura 200MC also offers a tilting viewfinder. Not only does this make for more flexible shooting, but having a viewfinder is a benefit when shooting in the daytime when it may get too bright to see the LCD display clearly. Note, though, that the Optura 200MC's LCD screen is designed to deliver clear images even under bright sunlight.
<br/> <br/> The Optura 200MC offers both 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 and computer programs analyze the light coming through the lens to deliver proper exposure automatically under almost any lighting condition. You also can easily adjust the exposure system in any one of several creative ways to meet specific needs. Selecting one of seven exposure modes, 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.), with the exception of the camera's zoom controls. <br/> Auto<br/> Auto mode gives control of camera settings to the Optura 200MC, except for those functions you would like to control manually, including focus, exposure, and white balance. <br/> Sports<br/> <br/> <br/> Need to make a crystal clear video of the swing of a golf club and golf ball in flight? Want to accentuate the motion of a racing car by blurring its motion? Or shoot under very low lighting conditions? The Optura 200MC will automatically select the aperture for a proper exposure. If you have selected a shutter speed that is either too high or too low for the light conditions, a warning will flash in the viewfinder. <br/> Portrait<br/> <br/> <br/> For pictures of people, you want to be able to remove background distractions, which detract from your subject. Switch to Portrait mode, which adjusts the lens opening (aperture) for creative control of depth of focus. Larger openings decrease the amount of the background that's in focus -- perfect for portraits. The 200MC will automatically select the shutter speed to match the chosen aperture, giving you the proper exposure. If you have selected an aperture that is too large for the lighting conditions, a warning will flash in the viewfinder. <br/> Spotlight<br/> <br/> Nothing can confound an exposure system like a performer spotlighted on a dark stage. The Optura 200MC comes to the rescue with Spotlight mode. The camera will automatically adjust exposure for the center of the frame (the brighter performer) 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/> Surfing/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 and Snow mode on the Optura 200MC. This will adjust the exposure so the subject will not appear underexposed (dark) against the bright background. <br/> Low Light<br/> <br/> <br/> When in a dark environment, select the Low Light mode to shift the Optura&#160;200MC to a very slow shutter speed for delivering adequate exposure to record the scene. <br/> &#160; Color Night Mode <br/> <br/> The Optura 200MC'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 Optura 200MC 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. <br/> Super Night Mode<br/> Thanks to the Optura 200MC's Super Night Mode, you never have to be afraid of the dark again. Simply, switch to Super Night Mode and the Optura 200MC's emits a bright, LED light, perfect for adding supplemental light when you need it the most. The light can also be used with the camera's Red-Eye reduction lamp to provide you with even greater assistance when shooting digital photos.
<br/> For the storage of digital still images, you can use either MultiMediaCards or SD memory cards in the Optura 200MC. An 8 MB MultiMediaCard comes with the Optura 200MC, storing up to 17 fine quality still pictures or 32 standard quality images. <br/> With the 200MC, Canon has significantly improved the memory card access speed; images are captured faster, so there's almost no waiting until you can capture the next image. <br/> Also, now you can capture movies to the memory card in motion-JPEG, specifically for Internet applications. There's no need for an image capture card in your computer, or the software to handle it. <br/> <br/> <br/>
The Canon Optura 200MC is a digital video camcorder, using the standard MiniDV cassette and producing 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 1394 protocol commonly known as FireWire&#174;. <br/> DV Format Technology and Advantages<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> This 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/> Better picture quality than analog, sharper images and better color reproduction: that's what digital video is all about! Digital recordings are almost immune to signal problems, and result in 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 tape 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 Hi8 camcorder or deck. While resolution is dependent on a product's components and circuitry, standard VHS and 8 mm video are capable of delivering about 250 lines of horizontal resolution with S-VHS and Hi8 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 lifelike video image on the screen. What you will see is much sharper subject edges and clearer color reproduction.<br/> <br/> The MiniDV standard also 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/> Also, all digital video equipment 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 Hi8 tapes, or any of the broadcast formats such as 3/4-inch or Betacam if they have the appropriate input connectors.
<br/> <br/> <br/> The Optura 200MC has a built-in, pop-up flash for use in digital still picture-taking. This makes it easier to shoot the correct exposure even when in a dark environment. The Optura 200MC will fire one flash (a pre-flash) to check the exposure, then fire a second time to make the correct exposure. The flash has four modes: auto, on, off, and red-eye reduction.<br/>
The Optura 200MC 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.
Want to capture a quick series of digital still images? Then turn on the continuous shooting function of the 200MC. There are two options: in SXGA mode, the 200MC will capture up to 30 images at two images per second, while in VGA mode, it will capture up to 10 images at a rate of three images per second. On top of that, the 200MC's built-in flash will keep pace with your picture-taking.
For those who want total control of all aspects of the exposure system, the Optura 200MC offers Manual mode. You can select the shutter speed, aperture and gain settings for full creative control. &#160; Manual Focus<br/> Using the focusing ring on the lens, you can manually focus the picture. <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 1/8000 sec.) available in all auto exposure modes. In Low Light Mode, a ninth, very slow shutter speed (1/15 sec.) is used. When manual shutter speed selection is used, 8 shutter speeds are available -- 1/60 sec. to 1/8000 sec. <br/> Presets and Manual White Balance<br/> The Optura 200MC is designed to automatically determine white balance. You also can use standard preset values for indoors (3200&#186; K) and outdoors (5600&#186; 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/> <br/> Show your creativity by using the special effects and digital faders available with your Optura 200MC. A wide selection of digital effects and faders will add visual appeal and greater imaging variety. <br/> Digital Effects<br/> For that creative touch, a more appealing look, or greater imaging variety, you can switch on one of several digital effects: negative picture, art, black & white picture, sepia, mosaic.<br/> <br/> Colors<br/> Surrounds your images with color.<br/> <br/> Art<br/> Adds a paint-like effect, called solarization, to the image.<br/> <br/> <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/> <br/> <br/> Sepia<br/> The sepia effect gives a brown shade to your video, to recreate the look of faded photos.<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> Mosaic<br/> Blurs the image by enlarging the size of some of the pixels.<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> Mirror<br/> Double your subject. As well as the regular image, this also creates a reversed, mirror-image of your subject -- like standing next to a mirror.<br/> <br/> Ball<br/> The camera image takes on the appearance of a round ball in the middle of the frame.<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> Cube<br/> Your subject is placed inside a six-sided cube.<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> Wave<br/> Gives your video the look of a fun-house mirror, with wavy sides. <br/> Digital Faders<br/> The Optura 200MC gives you several picture fade options to start or end scenes, with a fade to or from black: Fade Trigger, Vertical Wipe, Vertical Stripe, Horizontal Stripe, Checker, Window, Flip, Tide, Puzzle, Beam, Zigzag, and Jump.<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/> 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/> <br/> <br/> <br/> Vertical Stripe<br/> <br/> Horizontal Stripe<br/> <br/> Checker<br/> <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/> <br/> Jump <br/> Special Effects<br/> <br/> Expand your video possibilities by using a MultiMediaCard or SD memory card and the Card Mix effect. Add backgrounds or graphics to your video. Record and display several consecutive images in one frame by using the Multi-image screen.<br/> <br/> Card Mix<br/> Produce effects not possible with just a cassette using one of the sample images provided on the supplied MultiMediaCard, such as picture frame or crashing waves, and combine them with the currently recording image.<br/> <br/> Multi-Image Screen<br/> Divide your display screen into four, nine or sixteen with this Image Capture Function. Choose the speed at which the images are captured: Slow, Moderate, or Fast.<br/> <br/> <br/>
The Optura 200MC 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/> <br/>
<br/> <br/> <br/> The Optura 200MC 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.<br/>
As well as delivering both digital video output and input with audio, the Optura 200MC 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 Optura 200MC's analog audio inputs 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 on Body<br/> In addition to using the Optura 200MC's built-in microphone, 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 Optura 200MC 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/> <br/> It is also possible to send an analog video signal from your TV, VCR or camcorder into the Optura 200MC and record it onto DV. (Great for making copies or preserving precious originals.) <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 Optura 200MC's headphone jack 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/> <br/> <br/> <br/> As well as delivering both digital video output and input, the Optura 200MC is designed to handle two types of analog video input and output: using audio/video cables (composite) or S-video.<br/> <br/> Composite/S-Video Input and Output<br/> 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 Optura 200MC and record it onto DV. Similarly, you can output an analog signal via either the composite or S-video cables to an analog device such as a TV or VCR.
The Optura 200MC has a number of additional features for ease of use and creative control. <br/> Multi-Angle Hand Grip Pick up the Optura 200MC and you will immediately notice the rotary hand grip. Your fingers easily wrap around the camera body, with fingers placed for easy camera control operation. The grip's lining is soft to the touch, yet enhances weather resistance. The grip itself rotates for ease of handling under all shooting conditions. <br/> Tally Lamp The tally lamp, a flashing red light on the front of the Optura 200MC that activates when the camera is recording, is designed to let 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/> Photo Search 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 The Optura 200MC 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 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 Optura 200MC does not permanently superimpose this data over your video. Instead, it 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 The Optura 200MC's full-function wireless remote control will work at distances up to 16 feet (4.9 m). The remote can start and stop recordings, zoom the lens, handle all playback (VCR) functions, handle audio and video dubbing functions, and more. &#160; LANC The LANC terminal on the Optura 200MC permits easy connection of compatible edit controllers.

The Canon Optura 200MC Kit - Item Code: 7932A001

The Canon Optura 200MC Kit - Item Code: 7932A001 Optura 200MC BP-512 Battery Pack CA-560 Compact Power Adapter WL-D78 Wireless Controller S-150 S-video Cable STV-250N Stereo Video Cable SDC-8M MultiMediaCard Software/USB Cable


Power Supply (rated)

7.4 V DC (Battery); 9.5 V DC (DC IN)

Power Consumption (While recording AF=ON)

3.9 w (using viewfinder), 4.8 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); 12 bit (32 khz/4 ch.)

Image Sensor

1/4 CCD (charged coupled device) approx. 1.33 million pixels; (approx. 1.23 million pixels for still images recorded onto memory card and 690,00 pixels for movies and still images recorded onto tape.)

Total Pixels

1280x 960 pixels, 640 x 480 pixels, movie: 320 x 240 pixels (approx. 10 sec.); 160 x 120 pixels (approx 30 sec.) The figures in brackets represent the maximum length, marked for printing.

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 casette)


f/1.8- 2.1, 10x power zoom, 4.1-41.0mm (39.5-395mm in CARD CAMERA mode)

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

0.5 lux using the Night program during tape recording

Recommended Illumination

more than 100 lux

Filter Diameter



0.5 in. color LCD (approx. 113,00 pixels)

LCD Screen

2.5 in. measured diagonally (approx 200,00 pixels)


Stereo electret condenser microphone


Built-in, Auto pop-up flash

Recording Media

MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card

Image Format

Design rule for Camera Format System (DCF), Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant (only images), marked for printing

File Format

JPEG (compression mode: Fine/Standard)

Estimated MultiMediaCard MMC-8M Capacities (approx.)

1280 x 960: 6 Superfine images, Fine 10 images, Standard 18 images, 640 x 480, Superfine 34 images, Fine 50 images, Standard 84 images

DV Terminal

Special 4 pin connector (Based on IEEE 1394)

Video Terminal

1 Vp-p/75 ohms unbalanced

Output Levels

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

Audio Terminal

Input level: -10 dBV/40 kohm, unbalanced; Output level: -10 Dbv, less than 3 kohm, unbalanced

Operating Temperature range

32- 104° F (0- 40° C)


2 3/8 x 4 5/8 x 4 5/8 in. (60 x 119 x 118mm)


1lb 2 3/4 oz. (530g)

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