Affordable, sleek and easy-to-operate, the Canon DC420 gives you the convenience of DVD technology, along with their exclusive Canon 48x Advanced Zoom - a feature only possible with our industry-leading optical technology. It also boasts our advanced DIGIC DV II Image Processor, a 1.07 Megapixel CCD, SD card image storage capability, Quick Start, now linked with the LCD panel, and Joystick Control. Canon have also made the DC420 compatible with lens-mounted Canon optical accessories to further enhance your creative choices. Add to that the long recording time available thanks to its high capacity battery and low power consumption and you'll see that the DC420 makes it simpler than ever to capture and share all the unforgettable moments of your life.
DVD-R/-RW/-R DL Format
The DC420 digital camcorder lets you record directly to DVDs, and shoot and share video through a variety of options. Only 3" (8cm) in diameter, the DC420's DVD-R/-RW discs are compatible with most DVD players and can store up to 30 minutes of video in standard mode and 60 minutes of video in long play mode. They also record to DVD-R DL (dual layer) discs that can store up to 108 minutes of video.
When using the DC420's DVD technology, there's no worry about mistakenly taping over a once-in-a-lifetime piece of footage. Just shoot and the DC420 makes sure you record onto a blank part of the DVD.
You can also review your footage quickly and easily without spending lots of time in rewind or fast-forward searching. With the DC420's Visual Index, you can review your footage at a glance and play the selection you want. You can even select shots and arrange them in a playlist. It's like editing your video right in your camcorder!
Just one more reason why you'll love recording direct to DVD with your DC420 is that the finalization process for these DVDs is quick and easy. You'll find it's great for almost immediate playback in your home theater.
Canon Exclusive: 48x Advanced Zoom
Canon is known throughout the world for optical excellence. Every Canon broadcast TV lens, 35mm film camera, digital camera and camcorder share this brilliant optical quality. And now, to take better advantage of that quality, Canon offers the Canon Exclusive feature Advanced Zoom.
The Canon 48x Advanced Zoom on the DC420 is just the kind of exclusive Canon feature you've come to expect from the leader in imaging and optics. Advanced Zoom extends the power of your zoom and is the longest zoom Canon has ever offered. In both wide angle and telephoto positions, there is virtually no loss in image quality throughout the range. How is this accomplished? With a Genuine Canon lens which remains in constant motion through the entire extended zoom range aided by our proprietary DIGIC DV II image processor.
The DC420 offers you more flexibility to get just the shot you need no matter how close or far away your subject is, by giving you the choice of Canon 48x Advanced Zoom in default mode or you can select a 37x Optical Zoom or a 2000x Digital Zoom . Also, with our unique super spectra coating, which reduces flare and ghosting, the image you capture will be cleaner than ever.
1.07 Megapixel CCD Image Sensor
The DC420 comes with a 1.07 Megapixel CCD image sensor that includes a filter for color correction. You'll find that video and photos shot with the DC420 will have a sharpness and clarity that more closely matches what your eyes capture in real life. From the drama of a brilliant sunset to the happiness of the face of a child at her birthday party, the DC420 faithfully records your memories just as you experience them.
Canon Exclusive: DIGIC DV II
DIGIC DV IICanon's exclusive DIGIC DV II Image Processor is the product of our legendary prowess in signal processing technology. Because video and still images have different color requirements, DIGIC DV II digital signal processing ensures the best image quality for both by specifically optimizing the settings for video and stills. Thanks to DIGIC DV II image processing, the DC420 produces video with improved color reproduction - especially in skin tones, and dark and light scenes. It also uses a hybrid noise reduction system that employs two types of noise reduction - for images that are crystal clear.
Never miss a quickly unfolding shot again. Now, Quick Start is linked to the LCD display panel. Shooting is possible the moment the LCD is opened. By keeping the LCD screen closed between shots, Quick Start allows you to save battery power so you get a longer battery life. You'll also help extend your battery life compared with leaving the camcorder in regular recording mode.
Widescreen HR Recording
The DC420 captures and records true 16:9 High Resolution Widescreen for picture perfect video. How does Canon do it? Through Canon's image processing system, which uses the entire width of the image sensor, capturing true 16:9 widescreen so no one and nothing is left unseen. What difference does it make? It's simple. The more pixels captured, the better your final image quality is.
The DC420 also lets you show your great Widescreen HR video on a standard television in letterbox format.
Thanks to Canon's superior electronic expertise, the DC420's image stabilization system corrects camcorder shake instantly. The built-in, high-quality image stabilizer allows you to shoot professional-looking, rock-steady video - whether you're recording sporting events, your child's birthday party, or a long focal length shot without a tripod. Your life never sits still, and the DC420 will help you capture it all.
2.7" Widescreen LCD
We've told you that the DC420 records true HR Widescreen Video. But, the widescreen story doesn't end there. Even the 2.7" LCD monitor of your DC420 displays the image in widescreen color. The 2.7" widescreen viewfinder also lets you see exactly what you're recording at all times. From side to side and top to bottom, what you see will be what you get. No need to guess what your final image will look like when you're shooting.
Level and Grid Markers
Level, well-composed shots are simple with the Level and Grid Marker features. Line up the horizon or other horizontal lines with the Level Marker in the viewfinder for level landscapes. Or, use the Grid Marker to help compose the perfect shot. Both markers can be set to white or grey for enhanced visibility, no matter what the background.
Smooth Zoom Control
Smooth Zoom Control allows you to choose between three fixed-zoom speeds to ensure smooth, steady zooms automatically.
Soft LCD Video Light
LCD Video LightFor the best quality shooting, even in low light conditions, the DC420 has a built-in Soft Video Light to help you put light on your subject in difficult conditions.
Compact Size and Convenience
All of the convenience of recording onto DVDs is found in the DC420's slim, lightweight, gracefully designed body. It's compact - only 2.6" wide x 3.5" high x 4.8" deep (not including grip belt) - and weighs just under a pound, making it easy to take the DC420 with you wherever you go.
JoystickAdding to the ease of using the DC420 is Canon's Joystick Control. The Joystick makes using your camcorder easier than ever, by allowing you to access many functions from one convenient place. The Joystick lets you control Play, Stop, Fast Forward, and Rewind functions during playback. It also controls exposure lock and exposure compensation during recording.
The DC420's easy-to-read menu system makes it a breeze to operate. For the ultimate in stress-free shooting, there's the Easy Mode. In this setting, your DC420 automatically chooses the focus, exposure and any additional available parameters to ensure that whatever you're recording comes out looking great. Simply select Easy Mode, point and shoot - there's nothing else to worry about.
Built-in Lens Cover
You'll never have to go searching for your lens cover with the DC420's built-in lens cover. There's also no chance that your lens cap will be dangling from your camcorder and interfering with your shot or getting in your way.
Stunning Digital Photography
Now, you can leave your digital still camera at home because with Canon's advanced technology, you get the best of both video and photography in the DC420. For easy storage of your digital photos, the DC420 includes an SDHC Memory Card slot. It also has a wealth of photo features usually only found on advanced digital still cameras.
The DC420 helps you make accurate exposures with its histogram display. Special Scene Modes also ensure accurate exposures under a wide variety of difficult lighting conditions. Modes include: Portrait, Sports, Night, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Spotlight, or Fireworks. Plus, Auto Exposure Bracketing automatically shoots three frames: normal exposure, -0.5 EV and +0.5 EV.
Progressive Photo ensures images with sharp detail; while Image Effects let you adjust the image depending on your subject. Effects include: Vivid, Neutral and Soft Skin Detail.
You also get 9-point AiAF (Auto Intelligent Autofocus) for sharp focus even if your subject isn't in the center of your shot.
To match the brilliance of its video image quality, the DC420 records audio with Dolby Digital Stereo*. This ensures a complete movie theater experience in the comfort of your living room as you share vivid memories with your friends and families.
Share Your Videos
Of course, with the convenience of DVDs, it's easy to share your video with friends or family simply by letting them view your finalized discs in their DVD players. You can also watch the video you've just shot by connecting your DC420 to your TV and viewing your unfinalized DVD (your DC420 comes with a Composite output terminal).
Share Your Photographs
With the DC420, you can share digital photos via email by transferring images directly to your PC using the USB 2.0 Hi-Speed terminal. You can also print directly from your camcorder to any PictBridge-compatible printer, or store your digital photos on an SDHC Memory Card.
Compatible Canon Lens Converters and Filters
To widen the scope of your creative ideas and to solve tricky shooting situations, the DC420 is compatible with a family of optional Canon Optical Accessories. The Canon Wide Converter WD-H30.5 lens can give you more of the panorama you're trying to capture, while the Canon Tele Converter TL-H30.5 lens will help if your bleacher seats are just a bit too far back from the action on the field. And if there's a bit too much reflection from the bright sun on that white sand beach, perhaps the Canon Filter Set FS-30.5U might be the right lens covering to help.