Video Camcorder Features
Digital Still Camera Features
Inputs And Outputs
2.7" Widescreen LCD Screen: The FS300 features a 2.7" TFT, color widescreen LCD screen (123,000
pixels) to make it easy to compose and review your shots. The bright screen lets
you see exactly what your camcorder is recording, and what your widescreen TV
will display later. You can rotate the LCD screen 90-degrees downward and
180-degrees toward the lens allowing the subject to monitor the LCD screen. The
LCD screen also features an adjustable brightness control. The LCD Screen's frame contains zoom, playback and menu controls
for added convenience.
Note: This camcorder does not feature a separate viewfinder.
SD/SDHC Memory Card Recording: The Canon
FS300 camcorder captures video and still-images onto an SD or SDHC Memory card (not included).
Flash memory offers quick response time for recording and playback. By recording
onto flash memory, the camcorder's power consumption rate is reduced,
allowing the battery to last longer. In addition, by using flash memory,
the camcorder is more shock resistant and is less likely to lose data because
there are no moving parts. A Class 2 or higher SD card (64MB-2 GB) or SDHC
card (4 GB to 32 GB) is recommended. Movie recordings require cards with 128 MB of memory or
Image Sensor: The FS300 features a 1/6" (3mm) CCD imager
with 680,000 gross pixels for excellent detail and
clarity when recording video and exceptional digital still photography performance. The zoom setting
effects the effective pixel count in 16:9 and 4:3 mode:
- 16:9 Movie Mode:
- Advanced Zoom: 360,000 (telephoto) and 450,000
- Optical Zoom: 360,000 pixels
- 4:3 Movie Mode:
- Optical Zoom: 340,000 pixels
- Still Images (4:3): 450,000 pixels
DIGIC DV II: DIGIC DV II ensures optimal video image quality. It also ensures optimal image quality for still images, even though video and still images have different color
requirements. The DIGIC DV II image processing 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 high definition images that are crystal clear. Plus, DIGIC DV II features faster processing of your
images to your memory card, and helps
lower power consumption for longer battery life.
Genuine Canon Video Lens: The FS300 comes with a Genuine
Canon video lens with a 37x Optical zoom and 2000x total digital zoom. The
camcorder offer three types of zoom:
- 37x Optical Zoom: The zoom range is limited to the
optical magnification ratio of the lens which is 37x.
- 41x 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.
41x Advanced Zoom is used for 16:9 aspect ratio images.
- 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.
Electronic Image Stabilizer: 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.
16:9 High Resolution: This Canon FS300 uses the entire width
of its image sensor to record video in true 16:9 format. By capturing more
pixels, you get better image quality. If you generally play your camcorder
footage on a widescreen TV, use the WideScreen mode to record video in the 16:9
aspect ratio. When playing widescreen footage with the camcorder output set for a
4:3 screen, black bars will appear on the top and bottom of the
Focus Modes: The Canon FS300 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 FS300's 9 Point AiAF will bring it into sharp
- Infinity Focus: Use this function when you wish to
focus on far away subject such as mountains or fireworks.
Mode: The Canon FS300 allows you to select from the following exposure modes:
- Manual Exposure Adjustment: At times, backlit subjects
may appear too dark (underexposed) or subjects under very strong lights may
appear too bright or glaring (overexposed). To correct this, you can
manually adjust the exposure from neutral (±0) to +11 or -11.
- Easy Recording: The camcorder will adjust focus, exposure
and other settings, leaving you free to point and shoot
- Program AE:
The camcorder automatically adjust the aperture and shutter speed to obtain
the optimal exposure for the subject
AE: The camcorder automatically sets the appropriate aperture value
while you set the shutter speed:
- Video Mode: 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/100, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000,
- Photo Mode: 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/100, 1/250, and
- Special Scene Recording
Modes: The FS300 features the following Preset Scene Recording Modes to match
camcorder uses a large aperture, achieving a focus on the subject while
blurring other distracting details
- Sports: use
this mode to record sports scenes or fast moving events
this mode to record in low-light conditions
mode to record in bright ski resorts, it prevents the subject from being
- Beach: use
this mode to record on a sunny beach, it prevent the subject from being
- Sunset: use
this mode to record sunsets in vibrant colors
this mode to record spotlight scenes
- Fireworks: use
this mode to record fireworks
Backlight Correction: With this feature turned on, you can have the
camcorder automatically correct for the backlight with the press of a single
button when shooting subject with a strong light source behind them.
Shutter: In this mode, the camcorder automatically uses slow shutter speeds
to obtain brighter recordings in places with insufficient lighting.
White Balance: The camcorder's auto white balance system
compensates for a wide range of lighting conditions. Additionally the white
balance can be set manually or using one of the two preset modes, Daylight
(recording outdoors on a bright day) or Tungsten (recording under tungsten and
tungsten type 3-wavelength fluorescent lighting).
Image Effects: The
FS300 allows you to record with the following saturation and contrast color
- Vivid: emphasizes the contrast and color saturation to record in crisp colors
- Neutral: tones
down the contrast and color saturation to record in neutral hues
- Soft Skin Detail: softens the details in the skin tone area for a more complimentary
Mini Video Light: You can
turn on the camcorder's built-in mini video light to shoot video or take photos
in dark places.
Self-Timer: This feature allows the camcorder to start recording after a
Level And Grid Markers: Capturing level, well-composed shots
is simple with the FS300. 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.
Menu Languages: You can set the menu language to English,
German, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, Chinese, or Japanese.
Video Camcorder Features
Compatible Media: The FS300 captures MPEG-2 video with 2ch
Dolby Digital audio onto an SD or SDHC memory card (sold separately). The camcorder supports SD cards up to 2GB
and SDHC memory cards up to 32GB. A 128MB or larger SD card is required for
recording video content.
Recording Modes: The camcorder offers three video recording modes.
Changing the recording mode will change the recording time available on the
memory card. Select the XP mode for better movie quality, SP mode for
standard quality, and LP mode for longer recording times. You can capture the
following video recording times using these modes:
|1 GB SD card
|2 GB SD card
||1 hr 15 min
|4GB SDHC card
||1 hr 20 min
||2 hrs35 min
Note: When recording exceeds 4GB, it will
be divided and saved as scenes smaller than 4GB.
Faders: You can
select one of the following faders:
- Fade Trigger: When you
start recording, the scene gradually fades in from a black screen. When you
stop recording, it gradually fades out.
- Wipe: When you start
recording, the picture begins as a thin vertical line in the center of the
screen which gradually expands sideways until it fills the whole of the
screen. When you end a scene, the image is wiped from both sides of the
Wind Screen: The
camcorder automatically reduces the background sound of wind when recording
outdoors when Wind Screen is turned "On".
Built-in Speaker: The camcorder has a built-in speaker so
you can review the soundtrack alongside the picture when you're using the LCD
screen to playback a recording. The built-in speaker is monaural.
Playback Functions: The camera uses the following
special playback modes - Fast Playback, Reverse Playback, Frame-by-Frame Playback,
Slow Playback and Scene Skip.
During these playback modes there is no sound.
Date Search: You
can locate video on the inserted SD memory card by searching changes in the date and time.
Video Snapshot: You can record a series of short scenes
(approximately 4 seconds) and combine them with music to feature your videos in
a new way. You can also add to the playlist just the scenes you want to watch
and change their order. The music files are found on one of the included CD-ROM
Movie Timeline: You can display a timeline of the scene and select
where to begin the playback. This is very convenient when you want to play back
a long scene from a specific point.
Playlists: You can create a playlist to play back only the scenes you
prefer and in the order of your choice. Moving or deleting scenes in the
playlist will not affect the original recordings.
Digital Still Camera Features
Still Image Recording:
The flash memory camcorder is also a high
performance digital camera capable of capturing stunning 4:3 JPEG still
images on an SD/SDHC Memory Card (sold separately). You can record in the following still image sizes - Large (L):
1024 x 768, or Small (S): 640 x 480. There are three Photo Quality (compression) settings for each image size: Super Fine, Fine, and Normal. The number of
still images that can be recorded on a memory card are as follows:
Number of Images
128MB SD Card
1GB SD Card
1024 x 768
640 x 480
maximum number of remaining still images displayed on the screen is
Automatic Focus Priority: When the focus priority is
activated, the camcorder records a still image only after the focus has been
adjusted automatically. You select from the following Auto-Focus Priority 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: a single focusing frame appears in the center
of the screen and the focus is automatically fixed on it; this is convenient
for making sure the focus is exactly where you want it
- Off: select this option if you wish to record a still
image as soon as you press Record without Auto-Focus
Digital Effects: You can select from
the following effects:
- Black and White: makes the
image black and white
- Sepia: makes a monochrome
image with a brownish tint
Display: The FS300 comes with a Histogram Display. The display allows you to
see the brightness information of your still images, so you can adjust your
exposures as you shoot.
Review: You can select the time to display a still
image after it has been recorded to Off, 2 seconds, 4 seconds, 6 seconds, 8
seconds or 10 seconds.
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 showing six images at
Magnify Playback: During playback
still images can be magnified up to 5 times. You can also select the area of the
screen to be magnified.
Image Jump: You can jump ahead to a
specific image without having to browse all images one by one. You can jump
ahead 10 or 100 images.
Still Images: You can protect still images from accidental erasure.
Share Button: Print & Share allows you to simply connect your camcorder
directly to select Canon printers or any PictBridge-compatible printer with the
supplied USB cable. Then, with a simple touch of the Print & Share button, print
directly from your FS300 without going through a computer. Print & Share also makes it easy to transfer your
still images to your computer. Simply connect your FS300 and your computer, press
the Print & Share button and your photos are downloaded to your computer.
Capability: PictBridge is a standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant
camera directly to a PictBridge-compliant printer and make prints, regardless of
Exif Print (Exif 2.2): The Canon
FS300 conforms to "Exif Print",
a worldwide standard. Vital camera settings (such as: exposure mode, white
balance, exposure time) and scene data are recorded to the image file when it is
captured. Printers compatible with "Exif Print" are able to use this information
to produce high quality photographs, exactly the way they were intended at the
time of capture. This intelligent communication process also allows the printer
to correct for poor lighting or mistakes, resulting in photos which can be even
better than the originals.
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format)
Settings: On the memory card, you can select which image or images you want
to print and how many copies you want. This is convenient for printing images
all at once on a Canon Direct Print function compliant printer or printing at
participating photo labs. You can set print orders for up to 998 still images.
Li-ion Battery Pack: The Canon FS300 comes supplied
with a rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack (BP-808). The camcorder also comes
supplied with an AC power adapter and charger (CA-570 S). The battery recording and playback times are as follows:
|Maximum Recording Time
|Typical Recording Time
Note: The supplied BP-808 battery pack requires 140 minutes
to fully charge the battery in the camcorder using the supplied charger.
Auto Power Off: After 5 minutes without any operation when
powered by the battery, the camcorder automatically powers off. Approximately 30
seconds before the camcorder automatically turns itself off, a warning message
appears in the display.
Quick Start: When you press the Quick Start button on the
side of the camcorder, the camcorder powers up and gets ready to record within
approximately 1 second. The Quick Start function helps prevent you from missing
out on fleeting opportunities to take a video or picture.
Inputs And Outputs
AV Output: The camcorder features an AV
output to playback audio and video on your television using the supplied
composite video/stereo audio RCA cable. You can select between a 4:3 aspect ratio
or a 16:9 aspect ratio for the video out based on your television's aspect
USB 2.0 Connection: The camcorder features a USB 2.0 High Speed terminal for fast transfer of
SD Card Slot: The FS300 records still images and
video onto SD and SDHC memory cards.
Included Software: The Canon FS300
camcorder comes supplied with three CD-ROM application discs: PIXELA Application Discs 1 and 2, and the Instruction Manual/Music Data disc.
PIXELA Application Disc Ver.1.5 (2 Discs):
- Disc One:
- ImageMixer 3 SE Transfer Utility: Software for saving and transferring movies
- Music Transfer Utility: Software for transferring music for Video Snapshot playback to the camcorder
- Disc Two:
- ImageMixer 3 SE Video Tools: Software for saving, managing, editing, and playing back movies
Instruction Manual/Music Data Disc: This CD-ROM contains the full-version Instruction Manual of the camcorder and music data for Video Snapshot and Slideshow playback.
Compatible Windows Systems:
- Microsoft Windows XP (Home Edition or
Professional, 32-bit), Service Pack 2 or 3
- Microsoft Windows Vista (Home Basic,
Home Premium, Ultimate, Business, or Enterprise Edition, 32- or 64-bit),
Service Pack 1 or 2
- Microsoft Windows 7 (Home Premium,
Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise Edition, 32- or 64-bit)
Windows System Requirements:
||Windows XP SP2
||Windows XP: Intel Pentium 4 1.49 GHz, Intel Celeron 1.7 GHz
Windows Vista / Windows 7: Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz, Intel Celeron
||Windows XP: 512 MB
Windows Vista / Windows 7 (32-bit): 1 GB
Windows 7 (64-bit): 2 GB
|Available Hard Disk Space
||For Disc 1: 30 MB
For Disc 1 & 2: 130 MB
Disc Authoring At least 3 times the amount of data to be
written on the disc
Transferring Music: At least the same amount on the C: drive as the
music files to be transferred
||1024 x 768 resolution, 16-bit color (High Color)
||Sound card compatible with DirectSound
||Preinstalled USB 2.0 (Hi-speed USB) port
For the software on Disc 2: Internet connection (during
installation), system that can run DirectX 9.0c, preinstalled DVD
drive with writing capabilities, logged on as Administrator