Mini DV Camcorder Features
Digital Still Camera Features
2.5" Color LCD Viewscreen:
When the LCD viewscreen is out, it can be rotated up to 270 degrees, 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 outwards.
USB Terminal: By using the USB
cable and software provided, you can process and organize still images on your
PC. The camcorder functions as a memory card reader/writer.
IEEE 1394 DV Terminal: The ZR70MC
is equipped with a 4-pin DV IN/OUT terminal that conforms to IEEE 1394
standards. It takes just a single digital cable to transfer or copy your videos
in pure digital form to your DV compatible computer or another Canon DV
camcorder. Once you've transferred video images to your computer, you can edit
your movies or send your movies over the Internet, or post them on your Web
Selectable Button Illumination:
The clear buttons above the LCD panel light up when the camcorder's power is on,
or only when one of the buttons is pressed, making it possible to play back
cassettes when in dark surroundings. You can also change the color in which they
light up to green, orange, blue, yellow, turquoise (greenish blue) or purple.
Self Timer: The self timer is
useful when you want to include yourself in the picture when recording movies or
still photographs. For movies, the camcorder starts to record after a 10-second
countdown period. For stills, the camcorder automatically adjusts the focus 2
seconds before the countdown is complete.
DV Messenger: DV Messenger is
software that operates with Windows Messenger preinstalled on Windows XP. You
can use the following operations with your digital camcorder via the Internet:
- Real-time Video Communication
(Videoconference): you can use the camcorder and your computer for
real-time video and voice communication
- Sending Movies: you can send
video and sound recorded with the camcorder via the Internet
Remote Sensor Mode: To prevent
interference from other Canon wireless controllers being used nearby, there are
2 remote sensor modes and an off setting. The wireless controller and the
camcorder have to be set to the same mode in order to be compatible.
Direct Print: With
Canon's Direct Print capability, you can make high-quality color prints directly
from the ZR70MC without having to use a computer. Simply connect a single cable
from the ZR70MC to an optional Canon Photo Printer.
Exif Print (Exif 2.2):
The Canon ZR70MC 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.
internal backup allows the camcorder to remember the date and time and other
settings when main power source is removed.
The WA-30.5 wide attachment gives you a wide perspective for indoor shots or
panoramic views (0.6x).
Shoe: Simply slide on an accessory, and the shoe transmits power directly
from the ZR70MC. You can attach Canon's DM-50 Directional Stereo Microphone, the
world's first stereo shotgun mic with high sensitivity and super-directional
pick up. Or, you can attach the optional VL-3 Video Light, which can either stay
on continuously or turn on/off automatically in response to changes in the
brightness of the shooting situation.
My Camera Function:
The start-up image and sound, shutter sound, start/stop sound, and the
self-timer sound can be customized with the My Camera function.
Image Stabilizer: A high
quality 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.
Built-in Speaker: The camcorder
has a built-in speaker so you can review the sound track alongside the picture
when you're using the LCD screen to play back a tape. The built-in speaker is
Using Headphones: You can also
use the headphones to monitor the sound track. You can adjust the headphone
volume separately from the built-in speaker. The levels you adjust for the
built-in speaker and headphones are memorized separately. The camcorder
remembers your levels even if you turn the camcorder off and back on again. The
speaker turns off when you use headphones.
Recording Mode: You can choose
from the following recording modes: SP (standard play) or LP (long play), which
extends tape usage by 1.5. You can't add sound (audio dubbing) or images (AV
insert) to a tape that has been recorded in a mode other than SP mode. If you
plan to use either of these functions later, record in SP mode.
Widescreen TV Recording: In
this mode, the images are recorded in 16:9 format for playback on widescreen
Audio Recording: The camcorder
can record sound on a tape in two audio modes - 16-bit and 12- bit. The 16-bit
mode produces the higher sound quality (slightly superior to CD) while the
12-bit mode records on two channels (stereo 1), leaving 2 channels free (stereo
2) for you to add new sound at a later date.
Audio Dubbing: You can add
sound to the original sound on a pre-recorded tape from audio products (AUDIO
IN) or with the internal or external microphone (MIC. IN). The original sound
will not be erased.
Audio Mix: When you play back a
tape that was recorded in 12-bit mode, you can set the audio output to play
stereo 1 (the original sound), stereo 2 (any new sound, dubbed to the tape after
recording), or mix the balance between the two.
AV Insert Editing:
You can insert new scenes from your VCR or other camcorder onto your prerecorded
tape using the camcorder's analog line-in or DV in terminals. Original video and
audio will be replaced with the new video and audio.
Recording Programs: You
can select from the following recording programs:
Easy Recording: camcorder
will take care of focus, exposure and other adjustments, leaving you free to
point and shoot
Auto: same as
the Easy Recording program, except that you now have the option of using any
of the camcorder's manual functions
for recording high-speed sports scenes in brightly lit conditions. Normal
playback will be slightly jerky, but you will get clear images that can be
analyzed frame by frame during slow or paused playback.
this program outdoors to make subjects stand out from a softened foreground
designed for recording spot lit scenes, such as on a stage
Sand & Snow:
use this program in places where the background is so bright that the
subject appears underexposed in the display
allows you to record in dimly lit places
automatically adjusts the shutter speed according to the brightness of the
subject even in dark places (night time, etc.) to shoot subjects brightly in
use this program to shoot in very dark places. The Super Night LED lights
up, allowing you to shoot subjects in the center of the display brightly in
Low Light Plus
(Camera Mode): in Card Camera mode, use this mode to record in dark
places. The Super Night LED lights up, allowing you to shoot subjects in the
center of the display brightly in color.
When the camcorder is in record pause mode, you can use record search to play
the tape forwards or backwards to find the point where you want to start or
resume recording. By using record search, you can ensure a smooth, noise-free
join between the new scene and the old one.
When the camcorder is in record pause mode, you can use record review to play
back the last few seconds of your recording and then return automatically to
record pause mode. 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
can select one of the following faders:
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
When you start recording, the image appears from the corners until it fills
the whole screen. When you end a scene, the image is wiped off from the
Jump: When you
start recording, a small image appears from the left, jumps into the center
and enlarges until it fills the whole screen. When you end a scene, the
image shrinks, jumps from the center to the left and disappears.
Flip: When you
start recording, the image flips into the screen. When you end a scene, the
image flips out of the screen.
you start recording, the image appears in 16 pieces and the pieces move
around until the puzzle is solved. When you end a scene, the image divides
into 16 pieces and the pieces move around and disappear.
you start recording, the image appears in zigzag from the top of the screen.
When you end a scene, black stripes appear in zigzag from the bottom of the
screen until they cover the whole image.
Beam: When you
start recording, the screen turns yellow, forms a beam and the full image
appears. When you end a scene, a yellow beam appears in the middle of the
screen and expands until it covers the whole image.
Tide: When you
start recording, the image appears from both sides like tides. When you end
a scene, the image disappears from both sides like tides.
Effects: You can
select from the following 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
becomes a ball
becomes a cube and rotates
ends of the image sway in waves
image becomes a rhombus through a masking frame that changes the colors
creates a symmetrical image as if there were a mirror in the middle of the
Card Mix: Enhance the
appearance of your recordings by combining still images from the memory card
with camcorder recordings. You may select from prerecorded cartoon-like frames,
or create personal frames and titles that can be layered over movies or still
images. In addition, you can combine your recordings with animations from the
Note: You cannot combine
movies recorded onto the memory card with the camcorder recordings.
Adjusting AE Shift:
By controlling the level of the automatic exposure (AE) function, you can
lighten or darken the image slightly. This allows you to compensate for backlit,
overexposed scenes. You can adjust the level from -2 to +2, in 0.25 intervals
(excluding -1.75 and +1.75).
White Balance: The
camcorder's auto white balance system compensates for a wide range of lighting
conditions. The white balance can be set manually or by using one of the two
preset modes, Indoor Mode or Outdoor Mode.
This feature divides your display image into 4, 9 or 16 smaller images with the
Image Capture feature. With this feature, the camcorder captures the current
scene being shot or replayed.
Wind Screen: The camcorder has
an automatic wind screen to prevent wind noise from interfering with the sound
Converter: Connecting the camcorder to your VCR or 8 mm video camera allows
conversion of recorded analog video and audio signals to digital signals in an
instant. The digital signals can be output to the other equipment with a DV
Recording Still Pictures to a Mini
DV Cassette: You can record still pictures like a photograph. The camcorder
records the picture and sound to tape for approximately 6 seconds. You can take
a still picture at any time during regular video recording, or you can put the
camcorder into record pause mode first, then take a still picture.
Memory Card: The
camcorder can take, store and manage still images on 2 types of memory cards: SD
Memory Card (supplied with the camcorder) or MultiMediaCard (commercially
Recording Still Images
to a Memory Card: You can record still images onto a memory card. In
addition to the still images you record directly onto the memory card, you can
record images from a tape in the camcorder, or from equipment connected to the
DV and AV terminals. When
recording to a memory card, you can select a still image size of 640 x 480 or
1024 x 768. In addition, you can select an image quality of Normal, Fine, or
Utilizing Memory Card
Still Images on a PC: You can download still images from a memory card to a
PC connected to the camcorder via the USB interface. By using the software
provided, you can organize, store and print out still images. When printing
still images, you can add titles and frames to them.
Recording Panoramic Images (Stitch
Assist): You can merge separate images into one large panoramic scene using
the supplied software on a PC.
Shutter Speed: You can set the
shutter speed manually to take stable shots of quickly moving subjects. When
recording to a Mini DV tape, you can select one of the following shutter speeds:
AUTO, 1/60, 1/100, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, or 1/2000. When recording to a memory
card, you can select one of the following shutter speeds: AUTO, 1/60, 1/100, or
Motion JPEG: The ZR70MC lets
you record short movie clips in Motion JPEG format onto the inserted memory
card. Motion-JPEG mode produces compressed AVI files that are smaller and easier
to run and send by email than conventional video files. You can record a
10-second clip at 320 x 240 or a 30-second clip at 160 x 120.
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 (six images at once).
Card Jump Function: You can
jump from the current image to the desired image of an adjacent image number
without displaying the images one by one.
Computer Model: IBM
OS: Windows 98
(First or Second Edition); Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me), Windows
2000, or Windows XP. Proper operation is not guaranteed on an OS that has
been upgraded from a previous version.
150 MHz or better (Windows XP: Pentium 300 MHz or better)
only preinstalled Windows 98/Windows Me/Windows 2000/Windows XP systems with
built-in USB ports
Free Hard Disk
EX: 120 MB or more (Including PhotoRecord printing program)
40 MB or more
TWAIN Driver: 25 MB or more
WIA Driver: 25 MB or more
OS: Mac OS 9.0-9.2,
Mac OS X (10.1/10.2)
only systems equipped with genuine Apple-brand built-in USB interfaces
Free Hard Disk
DV Messenger System
Computer Model: IBM
Windows XP Home Edition or Professional. Proper operation is not guaranteed
on an OS that has been upgraded from a previous version.
500 MHz or better (800 MHz or better recommended)
RAM: 128 MB or
more (256 MB or more recommended)
Free Hard Disk
Windows Messenger Version 4.5 or higher, sound function, and Internet
Estimated Capacity of
an 8 MB Memory Card and File Size per Image:
Size per Image
Size per Image
Battery Playback Time:
time (using the LCD screen)
Battery Charging Time:
Video Head Warranty:
The video head has a 90-day parts and labor warranty while the rest of the
camcorder has a 1-year parts and labor warranty.