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Optura 50

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<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> In the Optura 50, Canon utilizes the finest method of image stabilization available: optical. Canon's lens design includes a dedicated optical element which shifts up and down and side to side based on motion, so your video always looks smooth, steady, and natural. Whether you are shooting handheld at telephoto or from a moving vehicle, Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer effectively handles unwanted vibration. And since it's optical, there is no loss of image quality&#160;-- inevitable with electronic image stabilizers.<br/> <br/> Optical Image Stabilization is even effective in photo mode, allowing your digital photos to be as crisp as possible. <br/>
<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> One of the reasons the Optura 50 delivers stunningly vivid and sharp video and still (1632 X 1224) images is the 2.2 Megapixel CCD -- one of the DV Photo Plus technologies that ensure outstanding results. In the Optura 50, this performance is 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 professional-quality images with natural-looking tones and vivid hues.<br/> <br/> Together, the 2.2 Megapixel CCD and RGB color filter deliver uncompromisingly brilliant results. <br/>
<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> Give your audiences a cinematic experience that will sweep them away. The Optura 50 features high resolution, 16:9 true Widescreen Mode, a feature typically found on more expensive camera systems. Some camcorders achieve widescreen by simply eliminating part of the image at the top and bottom of the standard 4:3 image, thereby wasting a portion of the CCD's resolution and image-gathering capability. In comparison, the Optura 50's true widescreen capability "squeezes" a 16:9 image into the full CCD. When this image is "unsqueezed" and displayed on your widescreen TV, you get a 16:9 image without losing any of the resolving power of the camcorder's Megapixel CCD.<br/> <br/> And, widescreen video is easy with the Optura 50 because your camcorder's LCD screen shows you exactly what you're shooting by displaying a letterbox image. <br/>
<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> You have them both from the same camera -- without compromising the quality of your video or digital photography. That's because Canon's exclusive DIGIC DV signal processing circuit processes video and still images differently. The two signals have different color requirements and DIGIC DV technology processes the two signals accordingly, giving you uncompromised results. That means video images that are maximized for viewing on TV, and digital photographs that look brilliant on computer displays or as prints. DIGIC DV is just one of Canon's DV Photo Plus technologies that help to unleash the performance potential of the Optura 50.
<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> Get the help you need for the perfect video or photo. The Optura 50 gives you settings that automatically result in the best exposure settings for different conditions. Shooting Modes include 6 new Scene Modes: Foliage, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Sunset and Spotlight. Each adjusts your camcorder's settings to compensate for different lighting conditions and different subjects.<br/> <br/> And, when you want to be in control of depth of field, the Optura 50 gives you an AV (Aperture Priority) setting so you can select the aperture of the lens. And, TV (Shutter Priority) lets you select a faster shutter speed so you get sharp, crisp images of fast-moving action.<br/> <br/> Low light levels won't stop you either. With the Optura's Night Mode, the sensitivity of the camera's CCD is automatically boosted and the shutter speed is lowered to give you better performance in dim conditions.
Not only does the Optura's DIGIC DV technology help you take great photos from your camcorder, a wide array of advanced photo controls ensure beautiful results.<br/> <br/> <br/> Controls include:<br/> <br/> Auto Exposure Bracketing gives you 3 shots automatically: one normal, one over-exposed, and one under-exposed.<br/> 3 Metering Modes for the advanced photographer shooting under a variety of lighting conditions: Evaluative, Center-weighted Average, Spot.<br/> 4 Image Settings to match your subject: Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Soft Skin Detail.<br/> Built-in Flash for low light and interior photography.<br/> Continuous Shooting Mode for sports, action, or kids just having fun: 3fps (1632 x 1224), 5fps (1280 x 960).<br/> Photo Review Button so you know if you got the shot or not.<br/> <br/>
<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> Because of Genuine 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 Optura 50 is no exception. The Optura 50 comes with a 10X optical zoom which, along with the camcorder's 200X digital zoom, gives you an impressive zoom range found on more expensive cameras. That means you always have the perfect lens, whether you're on vacation and recording a breathtaking landscape, capturing a group shot at your daughter's wedding, or shooting close-ups at your child's birthday party. Genuine Canon Optics is one of the DV Photo Plus technologies that unleash the digital potential of your camcorder and ensures outstanding results.
Share, one of the powerful Canon DV Photo Plus technologies, makes it simple to download and print your images. With the touch of a single button, you can print digital photographs from your Optura camcorder, directly to a Canon CP-series Photo Printer or Canon Bubble Jet Direct printer (or any Pictbridge compatible printer). Simply connect your Optura camcorder to your printer using the supplied USB cable (USB 2.0 Full Speed). Wait for the button to light up, press it, and you've got a print to share with family and friends.

With Print & Share, your Optura has all the controls you need for reviewing and rotating images, cropping, or selecting borderless prints. And, because your Optura tags each photo with Exif 2.2 information, poor lighting and other mistakes are corrected in the printer automatically.

You can also share your photos by quickly and easily downloading them to your computer -- with the same touch of a button -- for archiving and e-mailing. Your Optura also supports Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP). That means your computer can access your camcorder as if it were an external card reader -- without installing additional software. (Minimum system requirements: Windows XP, or Mac OS X, version 10.1) With the Optura 50, it's easy to share the memories.
Show and share your memories that much faster by storing your digital photographs on the MultiMediaCard connected to your camera's built-in memory card slot. Then, transfer the images to your computer for archiving, editing and printing. In the same card slot, you can also use an SD (Secure Digital) Memory Card.<br/> <br/> <br/> You can also record Motion JPEG movie clips to your memory cards, transfer them to your computer, and e-mail or stream them over the web. When using an SD Memory Card, you can record for the full length of the card. That's a 60 minute movie with a 512MB card. (With MultiMediaCards, movie clips are limited to 10 seconds in 320 X 240 resolution, and 30 seconds in 160 X 120.)<br/> <br/>

Optura 50 Kit Contents

Optura 50 Kit Contents Optura 50 Body Battery Pack NB-2LH Compact Power Adapter CA-570 Stereo Video Cable STV-250N Wireless Controller WL-D85 MultiMediaCard MMC-16 USB Cable IFC-300PCU Shoulder Strap SS-900 Digital Video Solution Disk for Windows & Macintosh


Power Supply (rated)

7.4 V DC

Power Consumption (While recording AF=ON)

3.5 W (using viewfinder), 3.6 W (using LCD screen in normal brightness)

Television System

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

Video Recording system

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

Audio Recording system

PCM digital sound: 16 bit (48 kHz/2 ch); 12 bit (32 kHz/4 ch)

Image Sensor

1/3.4-inch CCD, approx. 2,200,000 pixels
Effective pixels: tape approx. 1,230,000 pixels
card approx. 2,000,000 pixels

Total Pixels

Still image: 1632 x 1224, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480 pixels
Movie: 320 x 240, 160 x 120 pixels, 15 frames/sec.

Tape Format

Videocassettes bearing the MiniDV mark.

Tape Speed

SP: 0.74 ips (18.81 mm/s), LP: 0.49 ips (12.56 mm/s)

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

SP: 80 min., LP: 120 min.

Maximum recording Time

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

Fast Forward/Rewind Time

Approx. 2 min. 20 sec. (with a 60 min. cassette)


f=4.6-46 mm, f/1.8-2.8, 10x power zoom
35mm equivalent:
Tape: 4:3 recording: 47.8-478 mm
16:9 recording: 40.9-409 mm
Card: 37.6-376 mm

Focusing System

3.3 ft. (1 m); 0.39 in. (1 cm) on maximum wide angle

Minimum Illumination

1.1 lx (using the Night mode)

Recommended Illumination

More than 100 lx

Filter Diameter

34 mm


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


Stereo electret condenser microphone

Image Format

Still image: JPEG (compression: Super Fine, Fine, Normal)
Movie: Video data: Motion JPEG, audio data: WAVE (monaural)

File Format

Design rule for Camera File system (DCF), Exif 2.2* compliant, DPOF compliant

DV Terminal

Special 4-pin connector (IEEE 1394 compliant)

Video Terminal

1 Vp-p/75 ohms unbalanced

S-video Terminal

1 Vp-p/75 ohms (Y signal), 0.286 Vp-p/75 ohms (C signal)

Audio Terminal

Audio output: -10 dBV (47 kohm load)/3 kohms or less
Audio input: -10 dBV/40 kohms or more

Microphone Terminal

3.5 mm stereo mini-jack
-57 dBV (with 600 ohm mic)/5 kohms or more
-37 dBV (with 600 ohm mic)/5 kohms or more (MIC ATT ON)

Operating Temperature range

32 - 104 ° F (0 - 40 °C)


2.8 x 3.2 x 5.2 in. (70 x 82 x 133 mm) excluding protrusions

Weight (not including lens and battery pack)

1.2 lb. (530 g)

Memory Card

Recording Media

MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card

* This camcorder supports Exif 2.2 (also called Exif Print). Exif Print is a standard for enhancing the communication between camcorders and printers. By connecting to an Exif Print-compliant printer, the camcorder's image data at the time of shooting is used and optimized, yielding extremely high quality prints.

Compatible Supplies & Accessories

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