Canon to launch its first DVD camcorders

Canon Inc. is launching its first camcorder models that record to DVD, the company said Friday.

The company’s first two DVD camcorders are the DC 20 and the DC 10. The DC 20 has a 2.2-megapixel CCD (charge-coupled device) sensor while the DC 10 comes with a 1.3-megapixel CCD. They both have 10X optical zooms, take still pictures, and can record to a miniSD memory card, the company said. Like other DVD camcorders, the models record to 80-millimeter discs.

DVD camcorders have been in shops for years and the company recognizes that it has been late to the market, according to Richard Berger, a Tokyo-based spokesman for Canon.

But the company hasn’t been satisfied with the image quality of DVD camcorder models on the market and designers thought many of the early models a bit bulky, so Canon wanted to wait until it got the quality and size issues sorted out, he said.

The company thinks it has got things right with the DC 20 and DC 10 though. The models are 48 mm by 86 mm by 122 mm and weigh 465 grams with battery pack installed and DVD and memory card inserted. While they won’t be quite the slimmest DVD camcorders on the market, they are a good enough start, Berger said.

Both will be in shops in Europe in late October; the DC 20 for around €1,000 (US$1,208) and the DC 10 for €900. The company hasn’t announced pricing and availability for the U.S.

Both models come with a 2.5-inch LCD (liquid crystal display) monitor with a backlight button, which brightens the image for better viewing on sunny days, according to the company.

Canon on Thursday introduced two new Optura camcorders that record to mini-DV.

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