The DC22 DVD camcorder accepts three-inch DVD-R/-RW discs, which can store up to 60 minutes of video and are compatible with many home DVD players, both old and new.
Verbatim, a data storage manufacturer worked with Canon to create higher-capacity, higher-performance dual layer (DL) recordable media. Verbatim's new media combines with Canon's new DC22 DVD Camcorder to enable consumers to capture more special moments on DVD that can be played immediately from the comfort of their living room. The media has an additional layer that allows the camcorder to almost double the recording time without replacing or flipping the DVD. The three-inch DL discs offer extended recording times of 36 minutes in XP mode; 54 minutes in SP mode and 108 minutes in LP mode.
Canon chose the DVD-R/-RW format to ensure high compatibility with a range of DVD players and drives. With DVD products, consumers can easily locate scenes without having to rewind or fast forward, create playlists of favorite scenes and are even able to do some quick editing - right in the camcorder.
The DC22 model includes high resolution widescreen 16:9 recording, which allow users to enjoy a full-screen image on their widescreen TV. High resolution widescreen recording not only delivers a wider picture, the method, in contrast to some other systems, uses a wider area of the CCD image sensor to strike more pixels and deliver higher resolution for superior widescreen image quality.
The camcorder includes a 2.7-inch widescreen display panel making it easy to compose shots in cinema-style.
For rich colors, the DC22 DVD camcorder uses a RGB Primary Color Filter that separates light into red, green and blue color components resulting in vibrant image with natural looking tones. With the introduction of the DC22 DVD Camcorder, consumers can now take beautiful 2.0 megapixel still images as well as video. In addition, a variety of advanced photo features, including Image Effects, Auto Exposure Bracketing, Continuous Shooting Modes, Special Scene Modes, Built-in Flash and Red-Eye Reduction are commonly found in PowerShot cameras can be used to enhance photo taking fun.
Now consumers can shoot rock-steady video without a tripod - even at maximum telephoto with Canon's IS system. The camcorder includes a Smooth Zoom Control feature, which provides a choice of three fixed zoom speeds. It also includes Level Shot Control, which are indicator markers that allow users to center and level their picture. The camcorder also includes a built-in electronic lens cover that automatically opens in record mode and closes when switched to playback or turned off.
The Canon DC22 DVD camcorder will be available at the end of August 2006 for an estimated selling price of $699. Mini DVD-R DL discs in blister and jewel case three-packs will be available in the U.S. through leading retailers, Internet resellers and distributors in September.