DVD Camcorder Features
Digital Still Camera Features
2.7" Color LCD 16:9 Viewscreen: This unit features a 2.7" color TFT LCD
16:9 viewscreen with approximately 112,000
When the LCD screen is out, it can be rotated up to 270° (180° forward and 90°
backward), allowing you to choose the best angle. You can also push the panel
flat against the camcorder until it is flush with the side with the screen
facing out. The LCD screen will present a mirror image when you have the
LCD screen fully rotated 180° forward or you
can choose the screen to display normally. You can adjust
the brightness of the LCD screen as well as set the backlight to Normal or
Bright. The LCD Viewscreen's frame features display and menu controls. In
addition, the DC420's LCD Video Light feature allows you to use the LCD screen to
give a soft, even light to a nearby subject (8"-2') when you're shooting in
Color 16:9 Viewfinder: The camcorder has a 0.27" TFT color widescreen viewfinder with approximately 123,000 pixels. The
viewfinder features a dioptric adjustment lever. The
viewfinder turns on when the LCD monitor is closed.
DIGIC DV II:
DIGIC DV II is the next
generation of Canon's exclusive DIGIC DV signal processing technology. Even
though video and still images have different color requirements, DIGIC DV II
digital signal processing ensures optimal image quality for both video and still
images. Thanks to DIGIC DV II image processing, the DC420 produces video with
improved color reproduction; especially in skin tones, and dark and light
scenes. It also uses a hybrid noise reduction system that employs two types of
noise reduction for images that are crystal clear.
Image Sensor: The DC420 features a 1/6" (3mm) CCD imager with 1,070,000 gross pixels. The number of effective pixels are as follows:
- 16:9 Movie Mode:
- Advanced Zoom: 410,000 pixels (telephoto) and
710,000 pixels (wide-angle)
- Optical Zoom: 550,000 pixels
- 4:3 Movie Mode:
- Advanced Zoom: 310,000 pixels (telephoto) and 690,000 pixels (wide-angle)
- Optical Zoom: 690,000 pixels
- Still Images (16:9): 600,000 pixels
- Still Images (4:3): 800,000 pixels
Optics: The DC420
features an f/2.0-5.2 Canon Video lens with 10 elements in 8 groups (1
double-sided aspheric element) and
a 37x power optical zoom.
The lens features
high-quality glass with a unique, super spectra coating developed exclusively by
Canon to reduce flare and ghosting for a clean image. Combined with the DC420's
powerful 2,000x digital zoom, the lens gives an impressive range of focal lengths.
Zoom Modes: The camcorder offer three types of zoom -
Optical, Advanced and Digital zoom.
- 37x Optical Zoom: The zoom range is limited to the
optical magnification ratio of the lens which is 37x.
- 48x Advanced Zoom: In addition to the optical zoom
range, the camcorder processes the image digitally to obtain a larger zoom
range without any deterioration in image quality.
- 2000x Digital Zoom: When this option is selected, the
camcorder will switch to digital zoom. With digital zoom the image is
processed digitally so image quality will deteriorated the more you zoom in.
Note: The zoom speed can be set to variable or one of
three fixed speeds. In the variable position, the zoom speed depends on how
far you push the lever. The purpose of the three fixed zoom speeds is a
smoother zoom transition, at your choice of speeds.
A high quality electronic image stabilization system corrects camera
shake instantly, giving you smooth, stable pictures. It enables you to record
shake-free images, even on long telephoto shots without a tripod.
Focus Modes: The Canon DC420 features a Manual, Auto and
Infinity Focus modes.
- Manual Focus: With manual focus, you can manually
adjust the focus of the camcorder using the touch panel. Manual focusing
also allows you to control the focus in difficult situations where either
the environment or the subject does not allow the camcorder's auto focus to
perform optimally, such as when shooting through a window or in a crowded
- Auto Focus: Auto Intelligent Auto Focus ensures sharp
images and gives creative flexibility. Even when your subject isn't in the
center of the frame, the DC420's TTL Auto Focus will bring it into sharp
- Infinity Focus: Use this function when you wish to
focus on faraway subject such as mountains or fireworks.
Exposure Modes: The camcorder features the following Auto, Manual and
Scene exposure modes.
- Auto: In the Auto mode the camcorder
adjust the focus, exposure and other settings automatically, allowing you to
just point and shoot.
- Program Modes: The Program mode gives
you more flexibility over the Auto mode.
- Program AE: The camcorder
automatically adjusts the shutter speed and exposure according to the
brightness of the subject. In Program AE, you can point and shoot as in Auto
Mode, however, you have the option of changing some settings.
- Shutter Priority AE Mode: You can select a shutter speed and the camcorder automatically sets a
matching aperture setting. In camcorder mode you can select one of the following shutter speeds:
1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/100, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000 or 1/2000. In still
picture mode you can select one of the following shutter speeds: 1/2, 1/4,
1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/100, 1/250, or 1/500.
- Scene Modes: The Scene modes record
programs to match special conditions.
- Portrait: Large aperture, achieving a focus on the subject while blurring other
- Snow: For recording in
bright snow scenes to prevent the subject from being underexposed
- Spotlight: For
recording spot lit scenes
- Sports: Uses a
fast shutter speed to record sports scenes
- Beach: For recording
on a sunny beach to prevent the subject from being underexposed
- Fireworks: For
recording fireworks (tripod recommended)
- Night: Record in dimly lit places
- Sunset: Record sunsets with vibrant
- Manual Exposure:
You can manually adjust the exposure in steps when a subject is underexposed or
Auto Slow Shutter: The
camcorder automatically uses slow shutter speed to obtain brighter recordings in
place with insufficient lighting. Minimum illumination for the DC420 is 6.5 lux with Auto Slow Shutter on. Recommended illumination is more than 100 lux.
White Balance: The
camcorder's auto white balance system compensates for a wide range of lighting
conditions. The white balance can also be set manually or by using one of two preset modes; Daylight
Image Effects: The
DC420 allows you to record with the following saturation and contrast color
Vivid: Emphasizes the contrast and color saturation
down the contrast and color saturation
Soft Skin Detail:
Softens the details in the skin tone area
Digital Effects: You can
select from the following digital effects:
Art: Adds a
paint-like effect, called solarization, to the image
Black and White: Makes the image black and white
Sepia: Makes a
monochrome image with a brownish tint
the image by enlarging the size of some pixels
Fade Trigger: begins or ends a scene with
a fade from or to a black screen
Wipe: begins or ends a scene with a wipe
of the scene from or to a black screen
Level and Grid Markers:
Level and well-composed shots are simple with the Level
and Grid Marker features. Line up the horizon or other horizontal lines with the
Level Marker in the viewfinder for level landscapes. Or, use the Grid Marker to
help compose the perfect shot. Both markers can be
set to white or gray for enhanced visibility, no matter what the background.
Self Timer: The self timer is
useful when you want to include yourself in the picture when recording movies or
still photographs. The camcorder starts to record after a 10-second countdown
Languages: The camcorder features 21 selectable display languages that
include: English, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Simplified
Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Turkish,
Ukrainian, Arabic, Persian, Thai, Greek, Czech, Hungarian and Malay.
Built-In Lens Cover: The camcorder
features a manual built-in lens cover to protect the camcorder's lens when not
DVD Camcorder Features
mini-DVD Format Video Recording: The DC420
camcorder records movies to single layer and dual layer 8cm DVD-R
discs and single layer 8cm DVD-RW discs. The DVD
recording format delivers digital video and sound quality comparable to that of
Mini DV. Playback of the DVD media is simple and convenient. After finalizing
the disc in the camcorder, the disc will playback in most DVD players and
computers with DVD drives. The camcorder records in
high-quality DVD-Video and DVD-VR formats (DVD-Video is MPEG-2; DVD-VR is a
modification that works only with DVD-RWs and permits functions like playlists and editing). Still images cannot be stored on mini-DVD.
You can choose from the following recording modes/times using a standard 1.4 GB
blank disc: XP (20 minutes), SP (30 minutes) or LP
(60 minutes). Using a dual-layer DVD-R disc will increase the time lengths to:
XP (36 minutes), SP (54 minutes), LP (108 minutes).
||DVD-R, DVD-RW Disc
(1.4 GB single sided)
||DVD-R DL Disc (2.6
GB single sided dual-layered)
Widescreen HR Recording: The Canon DC420 use the entire width of the image sensor to
capture your video in true 16:9 format. Because more pixels are captured, you
get better image quality. The camcorders 0.27" viewfinder or 2.7" LCD screen lets you see exactly what you're
recording and makes it easy to view your 4:3 or 16:9 video recordings during
Dolby Digital Stereo:
To match the brilliance of its video image quality, the DC420 records audio with
Dolby Digital Stereo. That ensures a complete movie theater experience in the
comfort of your living room when viewing back your movies.
Wind Screen: The
camcorder has an automatic wind screen to prevent wind noise from interfering
with the sound track. This feature can be turned off.
Built-In Speaker: The
camcorder plays the sound from your recorded video with a built-in monaural
speaker. The sound will be muted when you close the LCD panel or connect the
stereo video cable to the AV terminal.
Record Review: When the camcorder is in record pause mode you can use record review to play
back the last scene, then return to record pause. You can quickly make sure that a scene has recorded properly
and then go on to shoot the next scene, without producing any noise in the
picture. No sound is output during this function.
Playback Modes: In addition to normal playback, the camcorder offers fast and slow playback modes in forward or reverse. The camcorder features a 5x to 15x fast forward/reverse speed and a 1/4x to 1/8x
slow forward/reverse speed.
Disc Title: Before finalizing
your disc, you
can give each disc a title up to 20 characters. The disc title will be displayed
on the index screen when playing the finalized disc in most DVD players.
Finalizing: In order to play
back your recordings on DVD players or computers with DVD-ROM drives, you need
to finalize the disc. Once a mini DVD-R is finalized, you cannot record on the
disc again. You can however un-finalize a mini DVD-RW, allowing you to use it
again for recording.
Playlist: Playlists can be
created on DVD-RW discs recorded by the camcorder in DVD-VR mode. By creating a
Playlist, you can rearrange your recorded scenes without changing the original
recording on the disc.
Divide a Scene: You can divide a scene into multiple scenes, allowing more flexibility using a playlist. Dividing a scene in a playlist does not change the original recording.
(compatible with DVD-RWs recorded in VR mode only)
Delete Scenes: You can delete scenes you don't want to keep. Deleting a scene in a playlist
does not change the original recording. (compatible with DVD-RWs recorded in VR
Protect Your Disc:
You can protect the whole disc to prevent the accidental erasure of important
movie and image recordings.
Still Camera Features
Digital Still Camera Format: The Canon DC420 miniDVD
digital camcorder allows you to record digital photos in JPEG format with an
aspect ratio of 16:9 or 4:3 on a Secure Digital (SD) Memory Card or a MultiMediaCard. In addition, the DC420 is SDHC compatible, which allows you to use cards with a
capacity of up to 32GB. When recording still images to a memory card, you can
select a still image size of 640 x 480 (Small), 1152 x 864 (Large), or 1152 x 648 (Large Wide). Additionally, you can
select an image quality of Normal, Fine, or Superfine.
images on Memory Card
Auto Focus Priority: When the auto focus priority is activated, the camcorder records a still image only
after the focus has been adjust automatically. You can select from the following
auto focus modes.
AiAF: Depending on
the shooting conditions, one or more AF frames out of the nine frames
available are automatically selected and the focus is fixed on them.
Center: The focus is
automatically fixed to the center AF frame. This is convenient for
making sure the focus is exactly where you want it. In this mode, a
single focusing frame appears in the center of the screen.
Off: Select this
option if you wish to record a still image as soon as you press the
Histogram Display: When
viewing still images you can display the histogram and the icons of all the
functions used at the time of the recording. Use the histogram as a
reference to verify the correct exposure of the still image. The area to the
right of the histogram represents highlights and the left side represents
shadows. A still image whose histogram skews to the right is relatively
bright, while one whose histogram peaks to the left is relatively dark.
Viewing Still Images: There are
3 ways to view still images: Single image, Slide show (one after the other
automatically in order of recording), or Index screen.
Magnifying the Image: When
viewing a still image, you can magnify it up to 5x the original size. You can
then re-center the frame and magnify any part of the image.
Image Jump: You can
jump from the current image to another recorded image without displaying the images one by one.
This feature allows you to skip 10 or 100 still images at a time.
Protecting Photos: You can protect still images recorded on an
optional memory card form accidental erasure.
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) Compliant: You can print images on
the camcorder's memory card by inserting it into the memory card slot a printer
compatible with DPOF. You can mark in advance the still images you want to print
and set the desired number of copies as a print order.
Lithium-Ion Battery Pack: The Canon DC420 Mini
DV camcorder features an NB-2LH rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery pack (7.4 volts/720 mAh). The
camcorder can be powered with the battery pack or using the supplied compact
power adapter. The battery pack is charged in approximately 135 minutes when mounted to the camcorder and the
power adapter is plugged into the camcorder and an AC wall outlet. The supplied NP-2LH battery
features the following recording and playback times:
||Recording Time (minutes)
* Typical recording times are measured with repeated operations such as start/stop, zooming, and power on/off.
Optional Battery: The optional BP-2L14 Lithium-Ion battery (280BP2L14) gives you extra recording and playback life. The BP-2L14 charges in the camcorder in 240 minutes. The 7.4
volts/1450 mAh battery has the following recording and playback times:
||Recording Time (minutes)
Backup: The camcorder has a
built-in rechargeable lithium battery to retain date/time and other settings.
This battery is recharged while the camcorder is in use. If the camcorder is
not used for about 3 months, the battery will become
totally discharged. In such case, the battery can be recharged by connecting the
camcorder to the AC power adapter.
Power Save: In order to save power when
the camcorder is powered by the battery pack it will automatically shut off if
left without any operation for five minutes.
With the Quick Start feature, you
simply push the Quick Start button to put the camcorder in stand-by mode. Then,
with the camcorder in stand-by mode, you can simply push it again and the
camcorder begins to record in less than a second. With Quick Start, it's easy to
capture the spontaneous and surprising moments. It also saves battery power so
you get more recording between charges.
Inputs and Outputs
AV Out: This camcorder features a
3.5mmAudio/Video connection for use with the supplied A/V connecting cable for
displaying the camcorder's contents on your television. You can change the
aspect ratio of the camcorder's video output from 16:9 or 4:3 according to the
screen aspect ratio of the TV you will view your video or images on. You
can choose to view the camcorder's on-screen displays on your TV or
monitor when you have the camcorder connected to your TV or monitor. The
supplied A/V cable has a 3.5 miniplug on one end and male stereo RCA audio and
RCA composite video connections on the other end.
USB: The DC420 is equipped with a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed terminal for fast and easy transfer of full quality digital video to a computer. With the USB terminal, you can also process and
organize still images on your PC, or bypass your PC and print directly to a compatible Canon printer or to a PictBridge-compatible printer of any brand.
Memory Card Slot: The camcorder can take, store and manage
still images on 2 types of memory cards: SD Memory Card (including new
high-capacity SDHC cards), or MultiMediaCard. A memory card is not included with