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Compromise is a thing of the past. Now you can hold a seamlessly integrated camcorder, digital camera and webcam in the palm of your hand. Canon's Optura 30 Digital Camcorder deliver the ultimate in picture quality with the unbeatable style and performance of a professional level camcorder... without the professional level price. It's all thanks to DV Photo Plus, Canon's one-of-a-kind system for achieving premium image quality. Experience the freedom of shooting, editing, printing and sharing stunning photos and videos with an Optura 30 camcorder. Take incredible video and photos wherever life takes you. Jam-packed full of features normally reserved for higher-end professional cameras, the Optura 30 camcorder gives you the versatility and power to capture life's one-of-a-kind moments, and to then share those moments with family and friends with the press of a button. Every Optura 30 Kit comes complete with an NB-2LH Battery Pack, Compact Power Adapter, Shoulder Strap, Stereo Video Cable, Wireless Controller, 8MB SD Memory Card, USB Cable, Digital Video Solutions Disk for Windows and Mac, and the Pinnacle Studio 9SE and Pinnacle Instant Photo Album software package. To enhance your Optura even further, consider some of the above Canon accessories that are available.
Enjoy stunning, life-like videos and photos with your Canon Megapixel camcorder thanks to DV Photo Plus. A combination of four advanced Canon technologies, DV Photo Plus gives superior clarity and brilliant color to every shot you take.
Genuine Canon Optics<br/>
When it comes to preserving those special once-in-a-lifetime moments, you can trust Canon's superior optics to catch every nuance. Our camcorder lenses feature the same distinguished quality found in lenses for 35mm cameras and broadcast TV cameras. That's why professionals and consumers alike have trusted the name Canon to capture all of life's most vivid moments.<br/>
Canon's Megapixel CCD
True color and the finest detail are found in every shot processed by Canon's Megapixel CCD. The CCD works like film- when light hits it, it registers an image; advanced processing then converts the pixels into digital data creating your video or stills. So whether you are right next to your subject or 500 feet away, you get crisp images with life-like detail that you can view on your computer or TV, or even make a print for your whole family.
Canon's exclusive DIGIC DV<br/>
Enjoying the best of both video and photo worlds with a single camcorder is now possible thanks to our exclusive DIGIC DV signal processing circuit. Since video and digital 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. Experience the freedom of DIGIC DV and leave the camera juggling behind.
Print and Share<br/>
Transferring images and printing photos couldn't be easier! A variety of Canon digital camcorders feature a Print and Share Button, which allows you to print photos or transfer images onto your computer with a simple touch of a button. You can also bypass your computer altogether by simply connecting the camcorder to select Canon printers or any PictBridge compatible printer. Choose printing options, such as borderless prints, right from your camcorder and even crop or rotate your photo. It's like having your very own photo lab at home.
Unlike camcorders which only record a vertically stretched picture, the Optura 30 features a High-Resolution 16:9 Mode that records video in true 16:9 ("letterbox") format for playback on wide-screen TVs. When shooting in the 16:9 Mode, the entire width of the 2.2 Megapixel CCD image sensor is used to capture your footage. The result is wide-screen quality videos that are certain to impress even the biggest "big screen" fan.
Part of Canon's DV Photo Plus advantage, the Optura 30 can connect directly to any Canon CP-series Photo Printer or Canon Bubble Jet Direct Printer... without the need of a computer! Simply use the supplied USB cable to connect your camcorder with the printer and, in an instant, the Optura's Print & Share button will light up blue letting you know that you can begin printing simply by pressing it once.<br/>
For added control, the Horizontal & Vertical Trimming Function, Photo Review Function and other still image features allow you to make your edits directly in the camcorder, resulting in the perfect print every time. You can also connect directly to other PictBridge compatible printers, and because the camcorder tags each photo you take with information based on Exif 2.2 Print standards, poor lighting and mistakes can be corrected automatically by the printer.<br/>
Print & Share is one of the ways Canon's DV Photo Plus brings you quality images. Our experience is the key to delivering your memories just the way you remember them.
Whether shooting up-close or from a distance, the Optura 30 camcorders delivers video and photos with exceptional definition and contrast, making every shot you take a potential award-winner. Featuring Genuine Canon Optics, the Optura 30 combines a powerful 12x Optical Zoom with a 240x Digital Zoom, while the Optura 40 expands on this range with a 14x Optical Zoom and 280x Digital Zoom. Both models allow you to cover all the angles, be it wide or telephoto, ensuring that you always get the shot you want.
Backed by a 2.2 Megapixel CCD image sensor, the Optura 30 camcorder enables you to capture crisp, vivid video and high-resolution photos. You can be confident the Megapixel sensor will capture all the details... even the ones you may not see!
The secret behind the Optura 30 camcorder's incredible video and photos is Canon's DIGIC DV technology. Since videos and photos have different color requirements, DIGIC DV uses special color optimization techniques when processing an image for output to a TV or printer. The result is accurate, life-like color reproduction in all your videos and photos.
Simultaneous Photo Recording
For the true multitasker, the Optura 30 camcorder also allows you to capture e-mail-ready photos (640x480 pixels) onto the memory card while simultaneously recording video to DV tape. No more fumbling with two different digital cameras!
The VIC Chip
Dubbed "The Virtual Powerhouse", Canon's VIC processor effortlessly handles all of the camcorder's input and output functions, giving you seamless connectivity whether connected to a TV, computer or VCR.
Now you can relive those precious moments with all their true vibrant colors. While traditional camcorders process color with a standard CMYG filter (resulting in duller colors), the Optura 30 uses Canon's RGB Primary Color Filter, which separates light passing through the lens into their true red, green and blue color components. The result is professional-quality images that deliver natural-looking tones and superior color rendition.
Life rarely sits still for a shot, that's why the Optura 30 features Canon's advanced Image Stabilization system. Now you can keep images smooth and steady, even at full telephoto and while panning or zooming. The large 2.5" LCD and Color Viewfinder further helps to compose sensational shots from any angle.<br/>
Thanks to the Optura's improved Motion JPEG feature, you can shoot video ready for streaming over the Internet or for e-mailing. The Motion JPEG Mode records your footage onto the Secure Digital memory card at 15 frames/second, giving you up to 60 minutes of recording time on a 512MB card. You can then quickly and easily transfer your movies to your computer using the USB cable.
The Optura 30 camcorder is perfect for those digital video and photo enthusiasts who prefer to get hands-on with their shots... from the Manual Focusing Ring that allows you to fine-tune the focus (just like a traditional camera does), to the Auto-Exposure Bracketing feature that takes three photos with every press of the shutter (one under-exposed, one normal, and one over-exposed). For still shots where your subject is not in the center of the frame, you can also choose from three Auto Focus Frames to keep them in sharp focus. Still enjoy a little guidance now and then? The Optura also features Pre-programmed AutoExposure settings, perfect for fast-action, portrait and landscape shots.<br/>
You wouldn't feel like a true professional without a Continuous Shooting function. Take a rapid succession of photos of your fast-moving subject in the blink of an eye. The high-speed mode can capture up to 10 consecutive shots at 3 frame/second and store them automatically on the SD/Multimedia Card, making sure you won't miss a beat.
Manual Audio Control (Optura 40 only)<br/>
Typically found only on professional-level camcorders, the Optura 40 allows you to manually adjust the audio level of your videos for recording. An audio level meter is located in the viewfinder and LCD, making it easy to dial in professional-quality results.
The Optura line of camcorders gives you the power to edit your still images in a variety of exciting ways. The Stitch Assist feature allows you to capture and create breathtaking 360-degree panoramas, while the Skin Detail Mode helps you take complimentary close-ups of people by softening details and reducing skin imperfections.
Now you can connect and transfer photos from your camcorder to a computer without the need for "drivers" or other software. The Optura's Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) makes it the perfect traveling companion; simply plug your camcorder into any computer running Windows XP or Mac OS X via the camcorder's USB 2.0 Terminal and a USB cable.
IEEE 1394 DV Terminal<br/>
The Optura 30 and Optura 40 also feature an IEEE 1394 DV Terminal (Firewire, iLink) that allows you to maintain your high video and audio quality during duplication or editing, in addition to an Analog Line-in/Out with Analog/Digital Converter that allows you to easily transform your analog memories into digital in real-time.
For portable storage versatility, the Optura can accommodate either a Secure Digital (SD) memory card or a MultiMediaCard. Store up to 512 MB worth of photos with resolutions up to 1280 x 960.<br/>
Exclusive to Canon, the Optura camcorders feature a Network Mode that enables you to remotely control your camcorder through the DV Messenger2 software application. Control the focus and zoom of your camcorder from a computer while streaming the video via its IEEE 1394 terminal.<br/>
Included in your Optura Kit are Pinnacle Studio 9SE and Pinnacle Instant Photo Album, two powerful editing programs that can help turn your videos and photos into lasting memories.
Pinnacle Studio 9SE<br/>
Pinnacle Studio gives you every tool you need to easily capture video to your computer, edit footage, add titles, music, narration and special effects and then output the finished movie back to videotape, DVD or the web.
Pinnacle Instant Album<br/>
Pinnacle Instant Album can help you quickly organize your digital photos and video clips into interactive, high-resolution slideshows that can then be burned onto CD and DVD or watched on your TV. Instant PhotoAlbum quickly turns your photos into exciting productions that you can share and enjoy with friends and family for years to come.
Microphone and headphone terminals, remote control, personalized start-up screen, built-in Neutral Density Filter, End Search function for finding the end of the last recorded scene, Photo Search and Date Search capabilities, Selectable Display Languages, an Advanced Accessory Shoe for quick addition and removal of external flashes and microphones... you name it, the Optura 30  has it. Not to mention an extensive list of optional accessories capable of enhancing your video, and photo-taking, even further.
Compatible Supplies & Accessories
Canon offers a wide range of compatible supplies and accessories that can enhance your user experience with you Optura 30 that you can purchase direct. Scroll down to easily select items to add to your shopping cart for a faster, easier checkout. Visit the Canon Online Store
Connects mono audio and video to TV/VCR (RCA to RCA).
AV Cable C-250
Connects mono audio and video to TV/VCR (RCA to Miniplug).
BP-2L14 Battery Pack
Lithium-Ion batteries, unlike Nickel-Cadmium batteries, have no "memory effect" which can reduce the usable power of the battery over time.
Battery Pack NB-2LH
Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (720mAh).
Car Battery Charger CBC-NB2
Use the CBC-NB2 car battery adapter to charge NB-2L or BP-2F12 batteries while you're on the road simply by plugging it into your car's cigarette lighter socket so they're always ready to go whenever you and your camera are.
DVM-CL Digital Video Head Cleaning Cassette
This is used to clean the video head for a digital video camcorder.
DVM-E60 Digital Videocassette
This tape allows the recording of 60-minutes of video in SP mode and 90-minutes in LP mode.
DVM-E80 Digital Videocassette
This tape allows the recording of 80-minutes of video in SP mode and 120-minutes in LP mode.
Directional Stereo Microphone DM-50
Get near-professional quality sound for your movies with this shotgun stereo mic. Select from pure shotgun or shotgun + surrounding sound modes. Since the mic is powered by the camcorder's power source, you remain cable free. Wind shields are included.
Film Adapter FP-100
Transfers 35mm film and slides to video, relays images to an AV-compatible PC, or displays images on TV.
Filter Set FS-34U
Filter Set FS-34U consists of two filters: an ND filter and an MC protector.
The Canon IFC-400PCU USB Interface Cable enables you to transfer your camera pictures to a computer fast. The cable connects to your camera and to the USB port on your PC or MAC Computer. Comes standard with the EOS 1Ds Mark III, 1D Mark IV, 1D Mark III, 1Ds Mark II, 1D Mark II N, 1D Mark II, 5D Mark II, 7D, 5D, 50D, 40D, 30D, 20D, 10D, Digital Rebel XTi, Digital Rebel XT and Digital Rebel. Please see Compatibility tab for compatible models.
Mixing Microphone MM-100
Mixes live sound and mono music
Optura/Elura Accessory Kit w/ BP-2L14 and Pinnacle software
The Optura / Elura Accessory kit includes soft carrying case SC-A60, Battery Pack BP-2L14, Pinnacle software and a Digital Video Cassette DVM-60.
Professional Video Bag SC-A1000
The Canon Professional Video Bag provides ample storage and protection for your camcorder and accessories. This case can be conveniently carried by hand or via the comfortable shoulder strap, providing convenient hands-free protection.
Used to connect the camcorder to a TV or VCR with S-Video analog connection.
SC-1000 Soft Carrying Case
The SC-1000 Soft Carrying Case is the sporty way to organize and protect your gear when your camcorder isn't being used.
SC-2000 Soft Carrying Case
Protect your camcorder with the professional-quality SC-2000 Soft Carrying Case, featuring secure compartments for filters and extra battery packs.
Once you finish recording, keep your camcorder and all your accessories in this professional-looking, genuine leather soft carrying case.
SC-A50 Genuine Leather Carrying Case
When you are finished shooting with your camcorder, keep it in its own case along with all of your accessories. The SC-A50 Soft Carrying Case, the professional-looking option, is made with genuine leather.
SC-A60 Genuine Leather Carrying Case
Once you finish recording, keep your camcorder and all your accessories in this professional-looking soft carrying case.
This small but rugged case can conveniently be carried by hand or via the comfortable shoulder strap, with each option providing added security and the shoulder strap method providing convenient hands-free transportation.
Soft Case SC-A80
Fits most Canon Consumer Camcorders with large front-zippered pockets, two carrying straps with overlapping grip and a removable shoulder strap.
Increases the focal length by 1.5x. Image resolution may be lower at the telephoto side.
VL-10Li Video Light
The VL-10Li is a 10-watt video light for both indoor and outdoor use. It accepts a Lithium-Ion battery pack for power and is attached to the camera's accessory shoe.
VL-20 Video Light
The VL-20 is a 20-watt video light for both indoor and outdoor use. It accepts a Lithium-Ion battery pack for power and is attached to the camera's accessory shoe.
VL-3 Video Light
The VL-3 Video Light connects to the Advanced Accessory Shoe and is powered directly by the camcorder.
Video Flash Light VFL-1
To be used with advanced accessory shoe combination video light & flash unit