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Canon Optura Xi Camcorder ... only $1,367.10
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Canon Optura Xi Camcorder

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Type: Electronics/Camcorders
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Canon Optura Xi Digital Camcorder

FEATURES- Optura Xi Digital Camcorder

A first-class ticket to image excellence awaits you with Canon's Optura Xi 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 Xi 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 Xi in a class by itself. Offering a comprehensive set of both video and photographic features, the Optura Xi provides you with all the tools you need to create an imaging masterpiece. Includes Camcorder, Lens Hood, BP-512 Battery, CA-570 Compact Power Adapter, WL-D81 Wireless Controller, SS-600 Shoulder Strap, S-150 S-video Cable, STV-250N Stereo Video Cable, USB Cable, SDC-8M SD Memory card, Digital Video Solution Disk, DV Messenger Software.

* 2.0 Megapixel CCD
To deliver superior video and photo quality, the Optura Xi uses a powerful 2.0 Megapixel CCD. Combined with Genuine Canon Optics and Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer, the camcorder captures images with outstanding clarity.

* RGB Primary Color Filter
In addition to achieving higher resolution, the Optura Xi'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 3CCD camcorders. As a result, the Optura Xi achieves more accurate color 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 a sunset or snow scene.

* Genuine Canon Optics: 11X Optical Zoom/220X Digital Zoom Canon Genuine Optics are unparalleled in the industry. The same Canon experience and expertise that goes into precision lenses for 35 mm and broadcast TV cameras goes into every camcorder lens we manufacture. At Canon, we never compromise. The result is a lens with superb definition and exceptional contrast. The powerful 11X optical zoom lets you capture your subject with razor- sharp detail even from a distance. The powerful 220X digital zoom takes you even closer, revealing details too small to see with the naked eye. The 11X optical zoom gives you the same range of focal lengths as a 43.7-489 mm lens on a 35 mm still camera. Add an optional Wide Converter WD-H46 (Item Code: 9032A001) and you get the same wide view you'd get with a 30.6 mm lens on a 35 mm still camera. Add the Tele Converter TL-H46 (Item Code: 9033A001) and you have the same magnification power of a 733.5 mm telephoto lens on a 35 mm still camera. And that's not the end of the Optura Xi's optical versatility. When capturing digital photos to the memory card, the lens becomes a 9X zoom, the equivalent of a 42.4 - 383 mm lens on a 35 mm photo camera.

* Optical Image Stabilizer
In the Optura Xi, Canon utilizes the finest method of image stabilization available: optical. Canon's lens design includes a dedicated optical element which shifts up and down and side to side based on motion, so your video always looks smooth, steady, and natural. Whether you are shooting handheld at telephoto or from a moving vehicle, Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer effectively handles unwanted vibration. And since it's optical, there is no loss of image quality -- inevitable with electronic image stabilizers. Optical Image Stabilization is even effective in photo mode, allowing your digital photos to be as crisp as possible.

* Color Viewfinder and 3.5" LCD Screen
The Optura Xi offers you the best of both worlds: a crisp color viewfinder and a flexible and a color LCD viewscreen. The extra-large 3.5" viewscreen always makes you feel like part of the action. Tilt the screen for high or low-angle shots. You can even turn it 180 degrees so you can record and see yourself at the same time. And, once you've finished recording, the big, bright screens offer you a clear view of the results.

* DIGIC DV
DIGIC DV is a system for achieving superior video and photographic quality 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.

* Advanced Photo Features
To fully complement the camcorder's superior video quality, it offers features to expand your photographic horizons.

- Simultaneous Photo Recording
How many times have you wanted to capture video and photos at the same time? In the past, this meant choosing one over the other -- but not anymore. With the Optura Xi's Simultaneous Photo Record feature, you can record high quality video to a Mini DV tape and e-mail ready (640 x 480) digital photos to a memory card at the same time! It's perfect for birthday parties, soccer games, or any time when you don't want to miss a moment.

- Selectable AF Frames
Sometimes the subject we want to focus on is not in the center of the frame. With the Optura Xi's Selectable AF Frames, you can choose one of three different Auto Focus points to automatically put the subject you want into sharp focus. Taking off-center subjects can add more impact and a new dimension to your photographs.

- Auto Exposure Bracketing
With the Optura Xi's Auto Exposure Bracketing feature, one click of the Photo button automatically captures three different exposures of the same image: one "normal" exposure, one underexposed (-0.5 darker), and one overexposed (+0.5 lighter). This ensures that you will always get the shot you want.

- Continuous Shooting Function
With the Optura Xi, you can capture a rapid succession of photos just like the motor drive on a camera. All it takes is a single press of a button, and your camera records 30 VGA (640 x 480) frames at a rate of 3 frames per second, or 10 SXGA (1280 X 960) frames at 2 frames per second. The Continuous Shooting Function is perfect for capturing fast moving action, allowing you to follow the action like a professional sports photographer.

- Pop-Up Flash
The Optura Xi has a pop-up flash for use in digital still picture- taking. This makes it easier to shoot the correct exposure even when in a dark environment. The Optura Xi will fire one flash (a pre-flash) to check the exposure and then fire a second time to make the correct exposure. The flash has four modes: auto, on, off, and red-eye reduction.

- Stitch Assist
When you can't fit everything you want into a single shot, use the camcorder's Stitch Assist feature to easily create a single breathtaking panorama image. Stitch Assist displays the previous photo on the right half of the LCD screen and a live image on the left. Just line things up and shoot. Repeat this process as many times as you like. You don't have to match things perfectly, because the included Canon PhotoStitch software lines up and pieces the individual images together into a seamless, magnificent photographic vista.

* Direct Print
Turn your images into prints in seconds -- without a computer! A single USB cable connects the printer to the camcorder and all printing options can be controlled from the LCD Screen. Options include: selecting the print quantity, cropping, and whether you would like bordered or borderless prints. You may choose from a range of paper sizes, and print with or without borders. The Optura Xi is compatible with all Canon CP- series Card Photo Printers and Bubble Jet Direct Printers. It also complies with the new PictBridge standard, allowing it to connect to any PictBridge compliant printer.

* Shooting Modes
The Optura Xi allows you to record both video and digital photos to tape. You can also save 2.0 Megapixel High Resolution Photos and MPEG-4 movies to a MultiMediaCard or SD Memory Card.

* Manual Controls
For those who want greater control over picture and audio, the Optura Xi offers manual settings.

* MultiMediaCard/SD Memory Card Capability
For the storage of digital photos and MPEG-4 movie clips, you can use either MultiMediaCards or SD Memory cards. An 8MB SD Memory card is provided with the Optura Xi camcorder. Thanks to Canon's ultra-fast memory card access time, you can capture your next image without a long wait. The memory card also comes with sample images that you can use when recording video. Use these images and the Card Mix Effects to add another dimension to your video memories with picture frames, backgrounds and animations.

* VIC
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.

* Programmed Auto Exposure
The Optura Xi offers the versatility to meet every exposure challenge and ease of use when you'd like to let the camera make all the choices. Amazingly sophisticated circuitry delivers proper exposure automatically under almost any lighting condition. But you also can easily adjust the exposure in any one of several creative ways to meet your specific need. Selecting a different exposure mode lets you control how you want the video to look.

* Progressive Photo
The Optura Xi camcorder offers Progressive Photo. A mechanical shutter used in combination with an interlace scan CCD produces still images with very little blurring. With an interlace scan CCD, a picture of a moving object will be blurred because of the 1/60th of a second lag between the reading of the odd and even fields that go into making one video frame. With Progressive Photo, this blurring has all but been removed because the time lag has been eliminated by the mechanical shutter.

* Exif Print
You get the best possible prints with the Optura Xi it supports Exif Print (2.2), the worldwide standard for enhanced communication between digital cameras and printers. With Exif Print, vital camcorder settings and scene data are captured with each with digital photo you take. This information is then used in printing to ensure realistic and reliable color reproduction. Poor lighting and mistakes can also be corrected, allowing photos to be even better than originals.

* Zebra Pattern
The Optura Xi's viewfinder and monitor can be set to show areas of overexposure in the scene -- using a series of diagonal zebra stripes. If you wish, you can adjust either the shutter speed or aperture to eliminate the overexposure.

* Digital Video Format and IEEE 1394
Canon's Optura Xi camcorder adheres to an international MiniDV standard. Using MiniDV cassettes, audio and video are recorded digitally. The MiniDV format delivers more than 500 lines of horizontal resolution. In terms of picture quality, this is about 25% better than the best analog formats. It features a DV terminal, also known as a FireWire terminal, which conforms to the IEEE 1394 standard. Using this terminal, you can transfer digital video and audio to and from a computer equipped with a DV terminal, another DV camcorder, or a DV VCR. The digital data transfer occurs without any degradation to the image or audio. This means you can edit movies on your computer and maintain the same high level of picture and audio quality -- when you transfer the edited movie back to DV tape using the DV terminal. And with supplied Canon DV Messenger software, the camcorder can be used for Internet Video Chat with family and friends across the country or around the world.

* Firewire/IEEE 1394/DV Terminal (input/output)
Connect your Optura Xi camcorder to your DV-compatible computer and discover a world of digital multimedia possibilities. Effortlessly transfer your digital movies to your computer's hard drive, edit your scenes, then use it to create movies that everyone will want to sit through. You can also create high-impact websites, video e-mail, or interactive CDs and DVDs.

* USB Terminal
Transfer digital photos and MPEG-4 movie clips from your SD Memory Card or MultiMediaCard to your computer quickly and easily. Simply use the supplied USB cable and software and let the creativity begin. The software that comes with the Optura Xi lets you edit and manage your images with ease. ZoomBrowser EX for Windows and ImageBrowser for Macintosh let you download, browse, archive, and retouch your photos. Resize images. Attach them to e-mail. Arrange them for printing. Add text. Everything you need is at your fingertips.

* DV Messenger2 Software
With supplied Canon DV Messenger2 software, you can use your Canon camcorder for Internet Video Chat with Microsoft Windows XP's Messenger through USB or IEEE 1394. 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 Xi's Network Mode, you can access your camcorder at home from a remote location (perfect for monitoring while you are away). You have the ability to power up or power down the camcorder, as well as capture images. Network mode also makes it possible to switch the camcorder's mode (CAMERA to VCR, TAPE to CARD) through the computer, instead of manually switching it on the camcorder.

* Video and Audio Inputs and Outputs
In addition to providing digital video input and output, the Optura Xi features analog video and audio inputs and outputs: Composite and S-video.

* PCM Digital Stereo Sound
The Optura Xi can record sound in two audio modes:
- 16-bit (48 kHz, 2 channels) for the highest sound quality, slightly better than CD quality, and equivalent to DAT tape;

- 12-bit (32 kHz, 2 from 4 channels) for recording on two channels (stereo 1), leaving two channels (stereo 2) open for post production audio recording (narration, music, etc.).

* 16:9 Widescreen Mode
You can record high-resolution video in the 16:9 format for playback on widescreen TVs. Unlike systems which simply record a vertically stretched picture, the Optura Xi uses the full width of the CCD, retaining image quality and providing a larger horizontal angle of view at the wide end. Optical Image Stabilization can be used in this mode.

* Advanced Accessory Shoe
The Advanced Accessory Shoe makes adding accessories to the Optura Xi fast and easy. Simply slide Canon's VFL-1 Video Flash Light (Item Code: 8834A001), DM-50 Directional Stereo Microphone (Item Code: 3176A002), or VL-3 Video Light (Item Code: 3175A002) into the accessory shoe. The camcorder automatically provides power and the necessary connections. No external power or cables are required.

* Digital Effects, Faders and Special Effects
For that creative touch, a more appealing look, or greater imaging variety, you can switch on one of several digital effects: negative picture, art, black & white picture, sepia, mosaic.

* My Camera Function
You give your videos your own personal touch. Why not personalize your camcorder, too? With My Camera Function, choose your favorite start-up image from your own digital photos, or from the selection that comes with your camcorder's software CD. You can even customize your camcorder's operation sounds.

* Additional Features
The Optura Xi has a number of additional features for ease of use and creative control.

- Photo Search
This feature allows you to search for images recorded in Photo Mode. Search forwards or backwards through the images one at a time, or +/- 10 from the current position.

- Time Code
The Optura Xi records a time code signal along with the video signal. This time code accurately identifies every point on the DV tape by hour, minute, second and frame. This is valuable when editing on a personal computer or professional video editing system.

- Data Code
The DV standard calls for the automatic recording of date and time, shutter speed, exposure settings and other key camera data on the tape as you shoot. The Optura Xi does not permanently superimpose this data over your video. Instead, the data remains hidden until you select it for display during playback or editing. You can turn the display on or off at will and you can decide which data you want to display.

- Zoom Playback
Want to take a closer look at your image? The Optura Xi allows you to zoom up to 5X during tape or card playback.

- Remote Control
The full-function wireless remote control of the Optura Xi will work at distances up to 16 feet (4.9 m). The remote can start and stop recordings, zoom the lens, handle all playback (VCR) functions, handle audio and video dubbing functions, and more.

Specs

Add'l Return Info: Past Exch.-Call Canon-800-423-2366

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 (48 kHz/2 ch.) 12-bit (32 kHz/4 channel)

Image sensor : 1/3.4" CCD (charge coupled device) approx. 2,200,000 pixels
(approx. 1,230,000 effective pixels-tape) (approx. 2,000,000 effective pixels-card)

Tape format : Videocassettes bearing the MiniDV mark

Tape speed : SP- 3/4 ips (18.81 mm/sec.) LP- 1/2 ips (12.56 mm/sec.)

Maximum recording time : SP- 80 min. (with an 80-min. cassette) LP- 120 min. (with an 80-min. cassette)

Fast forward/rewind time : 2 min. 20 sec. (with a 60-min. cassette)

Lens : 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) (Tape) F1.8-2.8, 9x power zoom, f=5.2 - 47 mm (Card)

Focusing system : TTL autofocus, manual focusing possible

Minimum focusing distance: Tele- 3.3 ft. (1 m) Wide- 0.79 in. (2 cm)/Card- 2.4 in (6 cm)

Maximum shutter speed : 1/2,000 sec. (1/500 when using memory card)

Minimum illumination : 1.3 lx using the Night Mode during tape recording.

Recommended illumination : More than 100 lux

Filter diameter : 46mm

Viewfinder : 0.33", color LCD (approx. 113,000 pixels)

LCD screen : 3.5 in. measured diagonally (246,000 pixels approx.)

Microphone : Stereo electret condenser microphone

DV terminal : Special 4-pin connector (based on IEEE 1394)

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/40 kohm, unbalanced Output level: -10 dBV, less than 3 kohms, unbalanced

MEMORY CARD-
Recording media : MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card

Image format : Design rule for Camera File system (DCF)

Print order format : Digital Print Order Format (DPOP)

OPTIONS - 3083A002 SC-1000 Soft Carrying Case
3174A002 BP-522 Lithium Ion Battery Pack
6760A002 BP-512 Lithium Ion Battery Pack

POWER- 7.4 V DC (Battery), 8.4 V DC (DC IN) Consumption: 4.5 W (using viewfinder), 5.7 W (using LCD screen).

SIZE - 3.2" x 3.5" x 7.9"
WT.- 1.6 lbs.

     

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