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<br/> <br/> <br/> Canon is known world-wide for its lenses. The zoom technology found in the lens of a ZR70MC camcorder is the same as Canon uses in its broadcast TV lenses, found in the majority of broadcast cameras.<br/> <br/> 22x Optical Zoom<br/> The ZR70MC is fitted with an 22x optical zoom lens, a high performance lens from Canon. The 22x zoom range will more than take care of all your picture-taking needs, whether they are wide-angle shots of all the family at the reunion or close-up sports action at full telephoto. Add in the high-resolution capability of DV and you have high quality video at your fingertips.<br/> <br/> 440x Digital Zoom<br/> The ZR70MC's 440x digital zoom significantly expands the telephoto magnification of the subject, bringing it even closer than you might have thought possible.<br/> <br/> WA-30.5 Wide-Attachment (Included)<br/> The supplied WA-30.5 Wide Attachment decreases the camcorder's focal length by a factor of 0.6X, providing you with an exceptionally wide perspective. It's perfect for shooting breathtaking panorama landscapes or indoor shots.<br/> &#160;
Canon's image stabilization system corrects camera shake -- caused by an unsteady hand, for example. This image stabilization system makes for smoother and steadier video even with hand-held shots, at full telephoto, and with shots taken from a moving car.<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. <br/> XGA High Resolution Photos<br/> In addition to high quality video, the ZR70MC also 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. <br/> Photo Mode<br/> <br/> <br/> You also can make your ZR70MC a still camera by switching to Photo Mode. Just press the photo button to capture more than 1,000 still pictures, each with 6 seconds of sound, on a single 80 minute videocassette. <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 ZR70MC offers both a 0.33"color viewfinder and a 2.5-inch fold-out color LCD screen. For those who prefer the larger screen for composing their videos, the fold-out screen makes it easy. It twists and can be flipped so you can shoot your video from any angle without having to look in the viewfinder. The screen also is great for playback and review of your video immediately after you've captured a scene.<br/>
Canon technology allows you to capture perfect video and the perfect photo. Since video and printed photos have different needs why should they be processed the same? The ZR70MC uses two different processing techniques to maximize quality for display on a TV or for printing.
The ZR70MC offers the versatility to meet every exposure challenge, as well as ease of use when you're happy to let the camera make all the choices.&#160; Amazingly sophisticated circuitry delivers proper exposure in any one of several creative ways to meet your specific need.&#160; Selecting a different exposure mode lets you control how you want the video to look. &#160; Easy Recording Easy Recording is designed for the times when all you want to do is point and shoot. The camera's sophisticated control system automatically handles proper exposure and focus, simply leaving you to zoom. This means you don't have to worry about anything except being there to capture the moment on video. This also is handy when you want to get into the video; just pass the camera over to someone else and be assured they'll get great video (they can't change the settings). If a family member has never handled a camcorder before, you can assure them everything is under control. <br/> Auto<br/> Auto Mode gives control of camera settings to the camcorder, except for those functions you would like to control manually, including focus, exposure, and white balance. This is Easy Recording with options. So if you want to let things run automatically, no problem. But if something should arise, you can easily make adjustments. For example, you suddenly see a child peering through a picket fence; the autofocusing system may have a bit of difficulty but you can easily adjust the focus for a perfect picture. &#160; 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/> <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/> <br/> Low Light<br/> <br/> <br/> Low Light Mode is Canon's way of letting you continue to record even when light levels begin to fall. Low Light Mode selects lower shutter speeds to deliver proper exposure. For example, when the backyard barbecue continues into the twilight hours, there's no need to put the camcorder away. Just switch to Low Light Mode. The same applies indoors. Some exposure systems have problems with rooms that aren't well illuminated. Low Light Mode to the rescue. All that's required is a little more care in holding the camera steady. <br/> Color Night Mode<br/> We've all seen TV news programs and reality shows featuring the green tint of night vision images, with images shot in the dark. Canon's Color Night Mode does away with the green tint, letting you see and shoot color video without turning the lights on. In Color Night Mode, the camcorder automatically selects the ideal shutter speed and sensitivity combination to brighten up the scene, without sacrificing color, in situations normally too dark for recording. On top of that, if you are shooting in Color Night Mode and it suddenly gets brighter, the camcorder automatically compensates so you continue shooting without skipping a beat. <br/> Super Night Mode and Low Light Plus Mode<br/> <br/> <br/> Even when the light has faded, you can keep on shooting with the ZR70MC's Super Night Mode (in Camera Mode) and Low Light Plus (in Card Mode). An assist lamp lights up to illuminate the subject allowing you to capture the action without turning the lights on.<br/>
<br/> Print directly from your camcorder to select Canon Bubble Jet Printers. A single USB cable connects the printer to the camcorder and all printing options can be controlled from ZR70MC's LCD Screen. Options include: selecting the print quantity, cropping, and whether you would like bordered or borderless prints.<br/>
<br/> <br/> For the storage of digital still images, you can use either MultiMediaCards or SD memory cards in the ZR70MC. An 8MB SD Memory Card comes with the camcorder, storing XGA (1024 X 768 pixels) or VGA (640 X 480) quality photos. These images can be transferred to your computer using the camcorder's USB interface or a card reader.<br/> <br/> <br/>
Canon's ZR70MC camcorder adheres to an international MiniDV standard. Using MiniDV cassettes, audio and video are recorded digitally. The MiniDV format delivers more than 500 lines of horizontal resolution. In terms of picture quality, this is about 25% better than the best analog formats. It features a DV terminal, also known as a FireWire terminal, which conforms to the IEEE 1394 standard. Using this terminal, you can transfer digital video and audio to and from a computer equipped with a DV terminal, another DV camcorder, or a DV VCR. The digital data transfer occurs without any degradation to the image or audio. This means you can edit movies on your computer and maintain the same high level of picture and audio quality when you transfer the edited movie back to DV tape using the DV terminal. <br/> IEEE 1394 Input and Output Terminal<br/> The ZR70MC 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/>
The ZR70MC features a high-performance 1/6" 680,000-pixel CCD to capture high quality video and digital photos. There is no need to carry both video and photo cameras with the ZR70MC.
The ZR70MC supports Exif Print (2.2), a worldwide standard that enhances communication between digital cameras and printers. At the time of shooting, vital camcorder settings and scene data are recorded with the image, resulting in realistic color reproduction. Poor lighting or mistakes can also be corrected, allowing photos to be even better than the originals.
For those who want total control of all aspects of the exposure system, the ZR70MC offers manual settings. You can select the shutter speed and aperture settings for full creative control.<br/> <br/> Manual Focus<br/> Manually focus the camcorder's lens by using a dial on the camera body.<br/> <br/> AE Shift<br/> For fine control over how dark or light you want a scene to look, use the Auto Exposure Shift setting to adjust the auto exposure level.<br/> <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/> <br/> Preset/Auto/Manual White Balance<br/> The ZR70MC 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.
Digital Effects<br/> The ZR70MC 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: colors, art, black & white, sepia, mosaic, mirror, ball, cube or wave.<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/> 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.<br/> <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/> <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/> <br/> Digital Faders<br/> The ZR70MC 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/> <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/> 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/> <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 ZR70MC 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 ZR70MC 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 ZR70MC has a number of additional features for ease of use and creative control. <br/> Advanced Accessory Shoe <br/> <br/> <br/> The Advanced Accessory Shoe makes adding accessories to the ZR70MC fast and easy. Simply slide Canon's optional DM-50 Directional Stereo Microphone (Item Code: 3176A002), or VL-3 Video Light (Item Code: 3175A002) into the accessory shoe. The camcorder automatically provides power and the necessary connections. No external power or cables are required. <br/> Video and Audio Inputs and Outputs<br/> In addition to providing digital video input and output, the ZR70MC features two types of analog audio and video inputs and outputs: Composite and S-video. <br/> Video Inputs and Outputs<br/> The ZR70MC 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/> 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 ZR70MC 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 ZR70MC 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<br/> In addition to using the built-in microphone on the ZR70MC, 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/> AV Insert<br/> The ZR70MC 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. <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/> <br/> USB Connection<br/> The ZR70MC has a USB connection, for high speed transferring of digital photos to a computer. &#160; My Camera Function<br/> <br/> <br/> The My Camera function is designed to let you customize a number of features on your Canon camcorder to make it distinctively your own. The features are the start-up image and sound, shutter sound, start/stop sound, and the self-timer sound. The changes are made through an easy-to-use menu sequence. Sounds are selected from those provided by Canon. The start-up image can be the one supplied with the camera or you can create one by using a still image you have captured on the camcorder's memory card or one you have downloaded. Should you decide to change any of these features later on, it's as easy as going back to the menu to alter them. <br/> 6-Color Light-up Buttons <br/> <br/> <br/> To make your ZR70MC easier to use in lower light levels, the VCR playback controls can be illuminated in any one of six colors: turquoise, blue, green, yellow, violet, and orange. You may choose the color and change it as often as you want. &#160; Photo Search<br/> This feature allows you to search for images recorded in Photo Mode. Search forwards or backwards through the images one at a time, or +/-10 from the current position. <br/> Time Code<br/> The ZR70MC 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 is valuable when editing on a personal computer or professional video editing system.<br/> &#160; 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 ZR70MC 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 ZR70MC 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/>


Power Supply (rated)

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

Power Consumption (While recording AF=ON)

2.9 W ( using viewfinder), 3.8 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 system) Digital component recording

Audio Recording system

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

Image Sensor

1/6 CCD (charge coupled device); approx. 680,000 pixels. ( approx 340,000 effective pixels-tape); (approx 447,000 effective pixels card)

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/1.6 - 3.6, 22 x power zoom, 2.8 -61.6 mm

Focusing System

TTL autofocus, manual focusing possible

Focusing System

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

Minimum Illumination

1.6 Lux using the Night program during tape recording

Recommended Illumination

More than 100 Lux

Filter Diameter

30.5 mm


0.33in, color LCD (approx. 113,000 pixels)

LCD Screen

2.5 in measured diagonally (approx. 112,00 pixels)


Stereo electret condenser microphone

DV Terminal

Special 4-pin connector (based on IEEE 1394)

Video Terminal

1 Vp-p/75 ohms unbalanced

S-video Terminal

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 kohms, unbalanced

Operating Temperature range

32 - 104° F (0- 40° C )


4.1 x 2.3 x 5.8 in. (103 x 58 x 147mm)

Weight (not including lens and battery pack)

1.2 lbs (525g )

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 ZR70MC Kit - Item Code: 8427A001

The Canon ZR70MC Kit - Item Code: 8427A001 BP-512 Battery CA-570 Compact Power Adapter SS-800 Shoulder Strap WL-D79 Wireless Controller STV-250N Stereo Video Cable USB Cable WA-30.5 Wide Attachment SDC-8M SD Memory card Digital Video Solution Disk DV Messenger Software

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