Canon OPTURA XI - Camcorder - 2.2 MP Specifications

Canon OPTURA XI - Camcorder - 2.2 MP Specifications
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A first-class ticket to image excellence awaits you with Canon's OPTURA camcorder. Beneath its silky
exterior lies a true visionary at work, producing video and photos that are nothing short of breathtaking.
Refined, smart, and dynamic, the OPTURA thrills the senses, stimulates the mind, and fills you with
boundless creativity. Color and clarity exceed your wildest expectations. Unrivaled performance, expert
design, and meticulous attention to even the smallest detail puts the OPTURA in a class by itself.
MiniDV is the new preferred format for personal and
broadcast-quality video, highly regarded for its high audio
and image quality. With up to 540 lines of horizontal
resolution and minimum color noise, MiniDV delivers a 20%
clearer picture than analog camcorder formats. All this, in a
handy, super-compact cassette.
High Resolution 2.0 Megapixel CCD
DIGIC DV is a system for achieving superior
video and photographic images. Canon's
expertise in imaging and electronics is
flawlessly blended together, resulting in
outstanding performance. It offers substantial benefits in color
reproduction. DIGIC DV makes it possible to achieve accurate
color for both video and digital photos. Since video and photos
have different color requirements, DIGIC DV utilizes two
different color techniques to maximize video quality on a TV
and still image quality for print or computer display.
The OPTURA features a robust 1/3.4 inch 2.0 megapixel
CCD. Combined with a razor-sharp, megapixel compatible lens
and optical image stabilization, the camcorder creates
outstanding quality video and photos. A photo
is recorded on a memory card at an image size
of 1632 x 1224 pixels.
Embracing the industry's latest and most sophisticated
technology, Canon camcorders feature an exclusive
connection circuit, called VIC. VIC is a virtual powerhouse.
Traditionally, multiple chips were needed to perform the
camcorder's input and output functions. However VIC manages
it all with one single chip. The result is seamless connectivity
whether you are connecting to a computer, TV, or VCR.
RGB Primary Color Filter
In addition to achieving higher resolution, the OPTURA ’s 2.0
Megapixel CCD integrates an RGB Primary Color Filter which
separates light passing through the lens into individual red,
green and blue color components, similar to professional
camcorders. As a result, the OPTURA achieves more
accurate color reproduction with finer gradations than
models using a conventional complementary color
filter. The difference is especially noticeable, for
instance, in skin tones and scenes with a dominant
color such as sunsets, a ski slope or a forest.
Genuine Canon Optics: 11x Optical Zoom
Lens (44-220x Digital Zoom)
Program Auto Exposure
What sets a Canon camcorder apart from all the others? It’s the
only camcorder made by a company renowned for high-quality
professional optics. Our vast expertise in designing and
crafting precision lenses for 35mm and broadcast TV cameras
also goes into every camcorder lens we make. The
OPTURA ’s optical zoom lens delivers superb definition and
contrast, taking full advantage of the DV format. The digital
zoom extends the camcorder’s magnification revealing details
too small to see with the naked eye.
11x Optical
While the Easy Recording mode is fine for most
shooting situations, the camcorder also includes
additional pre-programmed auto exposure modes (Auto,
Shutter-Priority (Tv), Aperture-Priority (Av), Spotlight, Sand &
Snow, Night and Super Night mode), each carefully designed
to give you the best possible image results under special
shooting conditions. The Tv and Av modes permit easy
operation while retaining the creative image controls. In the Tv
mode, you can select a shutter speed from 1/8 to 1/2000* and
the camcorder stets a matching aperture. In the Av mode,
select an aperture from f/1.6 to f/8** and the camcorder
automatically sets a matching shutter speed.
* CARD CAMERA mode: 1/2 to 1/500
** CARD CAMERA mode: f/1.8 to f/8
Tv mode
Sand &
220x Digital
Optical Image Stabilizer
Canon utilizes the finest method of image stabilization
available: optical. Canon's lens design includes a dedicated
optical element that preserves image quality so your videos
always look smooth, steady, and natural..whether shooting
hand-held at full telephoto or from a moving vehicle. The optical
method perfectly compliments the camcorder's outstanding
image quality and offers superior
Stabilizer ON
shake reduction when light levels
are low or while zooming. Image
stabilization is even effective
while shooting digital photos.
Stabilizer OFF
Av mode
Night mode
Super Night mode
Night Mode and Super Night Mode
Even when the light has faded, you can keep on shooting with
the OPTURA ’s Night and Super Night mode. The camcorder
uses the Night mode to select the ideal shutter speed and
sensitivity combination to brighten up the scene, without
sacrificing color. In the Super Night mode, the assist lamp
lights up to illuminate the subject allowing you to capture the
action without turning the lights on.
2.0 Megapixel High Resolution Photos
Selectable Focusing Points
The OPTURA features advanced image processing, for
capturing stunning, 2.0 Megapixel (1632 x
1224 pixels) photos onto the included
memory card. They may be captured at a
variety of different image qualities and
compression sizes (Superfine/Fine/Normal).
Sometimes, the subject we want to photograph is not in the
center of the frame. Choose from one of three focusing points
to automatically put the subject you want into sharp focus.
Digital Photo Mode
For added flexibility, you may take up to 700 still images on a
single MiniDV tape (in SP Mode). The camcorder records the
photos for approximately 6
seconds, as well as recording
the sound for your verbal notes
or narration. You can search
through the recorded tape for
your photos using the supplied
remote control.
MPEG-4 Movie
You can record movies with sound in MPEG-4 format onto a
memory card. Movies in MPEG-4 format can be easily
downloaded to a computer and attached to e-mail messages.
You may choose to record in 352 x 288 pixels or 176 x 144
Simultaneous Photo Recording
While recording video, the OPTURA is able to simultaneously
capture VGA quality (640 x 480 pixels) digital photos onto a
memory card. This is perfect for those who want to capture
e-mail ready photos, without interruption.
Manual Focus Ring
You can easily and precisely adjust the focus with the manual
focus ring.
Continuous Shooting Mode
The OPTURA features a continuous shooting Mode, allowing
you to capture a rapid succession of photos. Shoot up to 30
images at 3 frames per second in VGA (640X480) size. This
function is linked with the built-in flash, so continuous shooting
is possible even in dark locations.
Auto Exposure Bracketing
This feature allows you to record three photos
(normal, underexposed and overexposed)
simply by pressing the PHOTO
button once.
Pictures simulated
DV Messenger2
With DV Messenger2, you can use your Canon
camcorder for Internet Video Chat with Microsoft Windows
Messenger through USB or IEEE1394. Control the zoom and
focus of your camcorder or the person you are chatting with.
Preview thumbnails and transfer photos. Watch and control the
video playback of either camcorder - all from your computer.
When used in conjunction with the OPTURA 's NETWORK
mode, you can access your camcorder at home from a remote
location. NETWORK mode also makes it possible to switch
either camcorder's mode (CAMERA to VCR, TAPE to CARD)
through the computer, instead of manually switching it on the
create high-impact Web sites, video
e-mail, interactive CDs and DVDs, or
a personal video album.
USB Terminal
Allows high-speed transfer of images from your SD Memory
Card or MultiMediaCard to your computer. By using the USB
cable and software provided, you can process and organize
your images on your PC. You can select the USB
connection mode and use the camcorder like a
card reader/writer.
Included Software
The OPTURA Kit includes software for image management
and editing: ZoomBrowser EX (Windows) and ImageBrowser
(Macintosh) which let you easily download, browse, archive,
and retouch your photos. Automatically resize images and
attach them to e-mail, arrange them for printing, and add text.
SD Memory Card and MultiMediaCard
IEEE1394 DV Terminal
An IEEE1394-compliant DV terminal lets you connect
the OPTURA to a DV-compatible computer or
another Canon DV camcorder. Transfer your digital movies to
your computer’s hard disk, edit your scenes, then use them to
The OPTURA expands video possibilities with a built-in slot
for an SD (Secure Digital) Memory Card or MultiMediaCard for
capturing high-resolution digital photos or MPEG-4 movie clips.
Easily transfer images to your PC directly from the camcorder
using USB and IEEE1394. Produce effects not possible with
just a cassette using the Card Mix Effects. Choose one of the
sample images provided on the supplied SD Memory Card
(such as picture frames, backgrounds and animations) and
combine it with the live video recording.
Pop-up Flash
PCM Digital Sound
The pop-up flash automatically rises up and fires according to
the brightness of the surrounding area. Use to illuminate your
subjects when shooting still images of night scenes, indoors or
in other dark places. There are 4 modes: Auto, Red-eye
reduction Auto, Flash on, Flash off.
The OPTURA offer two digital audio modes, 12 and 16-bit.
You can select 16-bit mode for high-quality, CD-equivalent
stereo sound, or 12-bit to record only two of four channels,
leaving two channels free for you to record additional sound
Manual Audio Control
Direct Print Choices
The camcorder offers flexible connectivity with a variety of
printers. Connect your camcorder to a Canon CP-Series Card
Photo Printer (CP-10, CP-100/200/300) or Canon Bubble Jet
Direct Printer, without even connecting a computer. A single
cable connects the printer to your OPTURA and you can
perform trimming and other functions right from the camcorder.
Choose from a range of different paper sizes with options for
borderless or bordered prints. The OPTURA can
also connect to any PictBridge compliant printer.
For complete control, the OPTURA
adjustment. The audio level
can be monitored in the
viewfinder or LCD view
offers manual audio
Advanced Accessory Shoe
Want to add an accessory microphone or video light? Simply
slide Canon’s VFL-1 Video Flash Light, DM-50 Directional
Stereo Microphone or VL-3 Video Light into the accessory shoe;
the camcorder will automatically provide power and
connections. No external power or cables are required.
Exif Print
The OPTURA support Exif Print (2.2), a worldwide standard
that enhances communication between digital cameras and
printers. At the time of shooting, vital camcorder settings and
scene data are recorded with the image, resulting in realistic
and reliable color reproduction. Poor lighting or
mistakes can also be corrected, allowing photos to
be even better than the originals.
By using the StitchAssist Mode, you can create magnificent
panoramas. Shoot your landscape, and transfer them to your
computer. Then simply select and arrange your images in the
correct order, and the supplied PhotoStitch software does the
rest, aligning, overlapping and cropping the separate images
to form one ultra-wide panoramic still image.
Flash ON
Flash OFF
Zebra Pattern
Reveal areas of overexposure, using these
diagonal stripes to guide you when setting
the aperture and shutter speed.
16:9 Widescreen Mode
You can record high-resolution videos in the 16:9 format for
widescreen TVs. The optical image stabilization is also effective
while recording in the 16:9 mode.
*In CAMERA mode only.
Flexible LCD View Screen and Color Viewfinder
Custom Key
The bright 3.5” LCD view screen makes it easy to compose
sensational shots without having to squint into the viewfinder.
You can rotate the screen for high-or low-angle shots, or turn it
around 180° to record yourself. When you’re done shooting, the
screen is perfect for reviewing your scenes.
Customize the camcorder to your shooting preferences or
environment by assigning the following functions to the Custom
•Image stabilizer
•Image stabilizer
•Backlight compensation
•Backlight compensation
•Zebra pattern
•Zebra pattern
•Drive mode
Analog Line-In/Converter
You can send an analog video signal from a TV, VCR or a
camcorder into the OPTURA and record it onto a DV tape, or
convert the analog signal into digital signal, for direct transfer to
digital video devices or computers equipped with a IEEE1394
*The Analog to Digital Converter may not function
depending on the software used.
My Camera Function
Personalize your camcorder by customizing the start-up image
and camcorder operation sounds. With the OPTURA , you can
choose a start-up image from the included software CD or use
your own digital recordings.
Digital Effects
Show your creativity by using the special effects and digital
faders available with the OPTURA . A wide selection of faders
and special effects will add visual
appeal and greater imaging
Add a variety of transitions to your movies with a fade to or
from black. Choose from Fade Trigger, Wipe, Corner,
Jump, Flip, Puzzle,
Zigzag, Beam and Tide.
Special Effects
For a more creative look, you can switch on the following
digital effects during recording or playback: Art, Black &
White, Sepia, Mosaic,
Ball, Cube, Wave,
Color Mask or Mirror.
* In Card mode: Only black
and white is available.
Multi-image Screen
Divide your screen into four, nine or sixteen pictures with the
Image Capture function. You can choose the speed at which
the images are captured: Manual, Slow, Moderate or Fast.
• Lithium Ion Battery
• S-Video Input/Output
• Microphone Terminal
• Remote Control
• Built-in Speaker
• Superb Playback
• AV Insert and Audio
• Self-Timer
• Photo Search/Date
• Time Code/Data Code
• Record Search &
• Confirmation Beep
• Zero Set Memory
• World Clock
• Backlight
Optional Accessories
Lithium Ion Battery Packs
Extra batteries for use with the camcorders.
Maximum Recording Time
Using the
the viewfinder LCD screen
BP-512 (supplied, single-capacity) 110 min.
90 min.
BP-511 (optional, single-capacity) 110 min.
90 min.
BP-522 (optional, double-capacity) 235 min.
185 min.
BP-535 (optional, triple-capacity)
375 min.
290 min.
DM-50 Directional
Stereo Microphone
Video Light
Attaches to the Advanced
Accessory Shoe for cable-free operation.
Picks up shotgun or shotgun + surrounding
sound. Powered by the camcorder’s power
source. Wind shields included.
This 3W light attaches to the Advanced
Accessory Shoe for cable-free operation.
Continuous on and auto on/off settings.
Powered by the camcorder’s power
Gives wide-angle
coverage at 0.7x.
Video Flash Light
Video Light
Battery Pack
Battery Charger
It plugs directly into a
power outlet without a
cable and charges
BP-500 series battery
The battery charger can be
used with the supplied CA-570
Compact Power Adapter or the
optional CB-570 Car Battery
Cable to charge BP-500 series
battery packs.
Attaches to the Advanced
Accessory Shoe for cable-free operation. As a
video light, it can turn on and off automatically.
As a flash, it can fire automatically or act as a
pre-flash to reduce the red-eye effect.
Use the car battery
cable with the CG-570
Battery Charger to charge
battery packs on the move.*
* Cannot be used to power the
camcorder directly.
7.4 V DC (Battery), 8.4 V DC (DC IN)
Using viewfinder: 4.5 W
Using LCD screen: 5.7 W
Television system
EIA standard (525 lines, 60 fields) NTSC
color signal
Video recording system 2 rotary heads, helical scanning system DV
system (Consumer digital VCR SD system)
Digital component recording.
Audio recording system PCM digital sound: 16 bit (48kHz/2ch),
12 bit (32kHz/4ch)
/3.4" CCD (charge coupled device) approx.
Image sensor
2,200,000 pixels (effective pixels: tape:
approx. 1,230,000 pixels, card: approx.
2,000,000 pixels)
Tape format
Videocassettes bearing the (MiniDV) mark
Tape speed
SP: 0.74 ips (18.81 mm/s);
LP: 0.49 ips (12.56 mm/s)
Maximum recording time SP: 80 min., LP: 120 min.
(with an 80 min. cassette)
Fast forward/rewind time 2 min. 20 sec. (with a 60 min. cassette)
F1.6-1.9, 11x power zoom, f=4.2-47 mm
(16:9 mode: F1.6-1.9, 10x power zoom,
f=4.7-47 mm; card: F1.8-2.8, 9x power zoom,
F=5.2-47 mm)
Focusing system
TTL autofocus, manual focusing possible
Minimum focusing
3.3 ft. (1 m), 0.79 in. (2 cm) on maximum
wide angle (card: 2.4 in. (6 cm))
Maximum shutter speed 1/2,000 (1/500 when using a memory card)
Minimum illumination
1.3 lx using the Night mode
More than 100 lx
Filter diameter
46 mm
0.33 inch, color LCD (approx.113,000 pixels)
LCD screen
3.5 in., TFT Color, approx. 246,000 pixels
Stereo electret condenser microphone
Recording media
SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard
Still image: 1632 x 1224 pixels,
of recording pixels
1280 x 960 pixels, 640 x 480 pixels
Movie: 352 x 288 pixels, 176 x 144 pixels
File format
Design rule for Camera File system (DCF),
Exif 2.2 compliant, Digital Print Order Format
(DPOF) compliant (only images marked for
Image format
Still image: JPEG (compression mode:
Movie: MPEG-4
Soft Carrying
Soft Carrying
Estimated SD Memory
1632 x 1224: Superfine 3 images/Fine 5
Card SDC-8M capacities* images/Normal 10 images, 1280 x 960:
Superfine 5 images/Fine 9 images/
Normal 16 images, 640 x 480:
Superfine 34 images/Fine 50 images/
Normal 84 images
*The actual number varies depending on the
images. Sample images recorded on the
supplied SD Memory Card are to be
included in the total number.
Maximum continuous
1632 x 1224: Flash on/off: 10 images
(2 frames/sec.), 1280 x 960: Flash on: 10
images (2 frames/sec.); Flash off: 10 images
(3 frames/sec.), 640 x 480: Flash on: 30
images (2 frames/sec.); Flash off: 30 images
(3 frames/sec.)
USB terminal
mini-B (USB 2.0 compliant)
DV terminal input/output Special 4 pin connector (based on IEEE1394)
Video terminal
1 Vp-p/75 ohms unbalanced
S-video terminal
1 Vp-p (Y signal), 0.286 Vp-p (C signal)
Audio terminal
Input level: -10 dBV/at least 40 kohms,
Output level: -10 dBV (47 kohms load), less
than 3 kohms, unbalanced
MIC terminal
ø3.5mm stereo mini-jack
-37 dBV (MIC ATT ON), -57 dBV(MIC ATT
OFF) (with 600 ohm mic)/5 kohms or more
Operating temperature
32 - 104°F (0 - 40°C)
3.2 x 3.5 x 7.9 in. (80 x 90 x 201 mm)
1.6 lb. (725 g)
System requirements for supplied software:
Digital Video Software
Interface: USB: only preinstalled Windows 98/Windows Me/Windows 2000/
Windows XP systems with built-in USB ports, or only systems equipped
with genuine Apple-brand built-in USB interfaces.
Operating System
Windows 98/
Windows Me/
Windows 2000
Windows XP
Macintosh Mac OS 9.0–9.2
Mac OS X (v10.1/v10.2)
Free hard disk space
ZoomBrowser EX
DV WIA Driver
Macintosh ImageBrowser
150MHz or better
64MB or more
300MHz or better
128MB or more
64MB or more
128MB or more
120MB or more
40MB or more
25MB or more
25MB or more
50MB or more
30MB or more
PUB. DCE-144
Digital Video
DVM-CL Digital
Video Head
Cleaning Cassette
Availability differs from area to area.
This mark identifies genuine Canon video accessories.
When you use Canon video equipment, we recommend Canon-brand
accessories or products bearing the same mark.
DV Network Software
Interface: USB or IEEE1394: only preinstalled Windows XP Home Edition
or Windows XP Professional systems with built-in USB or IEEE1394
Free Hard
Disk Space
500 MHz or better (800 MHz or better recommended)
128 MB or more (256 MB or more recommended)
DV Messenger2
100 MB or more
Canon USB Video Driver
1 MB or more
AV/C Camera Storage Subunit-WIA Driver 1 MB or more
Windows Messenger Version 4.5/4.6/4.7
• To use DV Messenger2, it is required that Windows Messenger 4.5/4.6/
4.7 operates correctly.
• It is required that Windows Messenger operates and the voice or video
conversation can be used with a digital camcorder. Please consult
Microsoft for details.
• If you are using a router, make sure it is an UPnP (Universal Plug and
Play) compatible router. For details, consult your Internet service
provider, telephone carrier, or refer to the manual of the router.
• We recommend using a broadband Internet connection.
• The communication quality and connectivity depend on the congestion
of the Internet line and service.
• This product does not guarantee a certain communication quality.
• Lens Hood
• BP-512 Battery Pack
• CA-570 Compact
Power Adapter
• WL-D81 Wireless Controller
• SS-600 Shoulder Strap
• S-150 S-video Cable
• STV-250N Stereo Video Cable
• SDC-8M SD Memory Card (8 MB)
• IFC-300PCU USB Cable
(For Windows, For Macintosh)
MPEG-4 Visual Consumer Recorded Video Decoders and/or Encoders
Errors and omissions excepted.
Weight and dimensions are approximate.
Subject to change without notice.
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Printed on
100% reused paper.
Includes neutral density (ND 8)
filter and MC protector.
**A 900 series charger is required.
Filter Set
Powerful 10 W illumination.
A BP-900 series battery attaches
directly, so operation is cable-free.**
CB-570 Car
Battery Cable
Increases focal
length by 1.5x.
Use of genuine Canon accessories is recommended: This product is designed to perform optimally when used with genuine Canon
accessories. Canon shall not be liable for any damage to this product and/or accidents such as fire, etc., caused by the malfunction of
non-genuine Canon accessories (e.g., a leakage and/or explosion of a battery pack). Please note that this warranty does not apply to
repairs arising out of the malfunction of non-genuine Canon accessories, although you may request such repairs on a chargeable basis.
Power supply (rated)
Power consumption
Wrist Strap
Warning: Unauthorized recording of copyrighted materials may infringe on the rights of
copyright owners and be contrary to copyright laws.
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