|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
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
* 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
* 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
- 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
- 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.
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
* 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
* 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
* 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
- 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.