Combo Still/Video Meal

Combo Still/Video Meal

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Each year it seems we move closer and closer to the perfect combo still/video camera and the new Canon DC50 is as close as we’ve come to date. The DC50 DVD Camcorder incorporates a 5.39 megapixel CCD Image Sensor with an RGB Primary Color Filter that provides high-quality video along with 5-megapixel photos. With a Canon 10x optical/200x digital zoom lens, the DC50 DVD Camcorder carries serious weight as a video unit featuring a smooth zoom control and the ability to select one of three steady zoom speeds that maintain their constancy regardless of how

hard the user presses on the zoom button. A photo button located on the DC50 allows users to snap those aforementioned 5-megapixel stills with ease, capturing them on an SD card.

“Canon continues our commitment to translate the best technology for imaging professionals whether their specialty is broadcast video or still photos into a user-friendly form that consumers can easily enjoy,” says Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager of the Consumer Imaging Group at Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The DC50 DVD Camcorder delivers on that promise many times over, with its potent mix of the latest technology and optical excellence.”

Additional still image features include red-eye reduction, 9-point AiAF autofocus and several shooting modes. The combo still/video market is getting very interesting as pressure from the cameraphone market has turned up the heat on many of the imaging companies. Look for a complete review of the DC50 in an upcoming issue of Picture Business. Expect an MSRP of $799.

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