Canon offers new Optura camcorders

Canon U.S.A. Inc. on Thursday introduced two new mini-DV camcorders — the Optura 600 and the Optura S1. Compatible with Mac OS X and Windows XP, the cameras will ship in September for $1,099 and $799 respectively.

The Optura 600 also doubles as a 4.3 megapixel digital camera, combining a 4.3 megapixel Charged Coupling Device (CCD) with Canon’s DIGIC DV image processor. The system includes nine-point auto focus, continuous shooting mode, image effects and built-in flash with red-eye reduction. It can also output directly to Canon PIXMA, Selphy and CP series photo printers or PictBridge-enabled printers without going through a computer first.

The Optura 600 stores still images on an SD memory card and interfaces with a Mac or PC using USB 2.0. It can capture video in 16:9 “widescreen” mode, and includes a 10x optical zoom lens. The Optura 600 also features manual audio control, built-in mic and headphone terminals, and a built-in “video light.”

The Optura S1 also does double-duty as a digital still camera, touting a 2.2 megapixel CCD image sensor wtih RGB color filter. Like the Optura 600, the S1 features nine-point auto focus, continuous shooting mode, image effects, built-in photo flash and more. Digital still images are stored on a mini-SD card, and the S1 features a built-in lens cover.

Canon’s Web site had not been updated with information about the new camcorders as MacCentral posted this article.

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