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3CCD Camera System - Superior color, detail and gradation
Most professional broadcasting cameras use the 3CCD system. In a 1CCD system, all of the incoming light information is processed by the same CCD. The more advanced 3CCD system uses three distinct CCDs for processing, so there is absolutely no light loss. You can see the results in beautifully rendered images with vivid color, fine detail, and rich gradation.
O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) - Suppresses hand shake in both motion and still pictures
Panasonic's O.I.S. minimises the hand-shake that can be such a problem with handheld shots. Because Panasonic's system is optical, there is no image quality degradation. When you're shooting a still picture, the MEGA O.I.S. system automatically activates, doubling* the corrective power.
With O.I.S. and MEGA O.I.S., the camcorder is equipped for clear, beautiful shooting of both motion and still pictures.
Leica Dicomar Lens - Superior Leica certified image quality
AG of Germany is the manufacturer of fine cameras and lenses favored by photographers everywhere. The Leica Dicomar lens featured in the camcorder was developed specifically for digital video cameras, these lens systems are made using a multi-coating process that prevents light reflection and glare, which can make colors bleed and images appear washed out. It also prevents rings of light, or "ghosts"
Advanced Pure Color Engine - Special high-performance imaging engine
The Advanced Pure Color Engine is a special image processing circuit for 3CCD camera systems. It processes the R, G and B signals from the three CCDs individually, so it gives both motion and still pictures exceptional quality.
Still Picture Recording - Take breathtaking still pictures
Both motion and still pictures are superb. Photos are so vivid and real, you can enjoy them as high-quality prints or as breathtaking images on a large-screen TV.
10x Optocal Zoom - Pull distant subjects right up close
Distant subjects can be enlarged so they appear to be right up close. This allows dynamic shots of both motion and still pictures.
Tele-Macro - Sharp focusing even up close
Using the zoom at full magnification, you can shoot macro close-ups while maintaining a distance of 60 cm from your subject. This makes it much easier to capture extreme close-ups without your body or camera casting a shadow on the subject and while keeping the background in soft focus.
Simultaneous Motion Video & 1.2* Megapixel Still Picture Recording - Take beautiful stills without switching cameras
Now you can have it both ways. When you're shooting motion pictures and you see a great scene, you can snap off a 1.2-megapixel still picture while continuing to record the motion pictures. You don't even have to change recording modes. The motion pictures are recorded onto tape, the still is recorded onto the SD Memory Card. This two-in-one capability means you can catch sudden photo opportunities without interrupting a great motion picture scene.
*Camera will shoot 3.2 Megapixel stills in standard mode
High-Picture-Quality Wide 2.7" LCD - Shoot wide, view wide
This model offers the High-Picture-Quality Wide Mode, which produces images that make for beautiful, dramatic viewing on a wide-screen TV. The image is processed on 16:9 area of the CCD. Because the image decoded has the same proportions as your wide-screen TV, there is virtually no picture quality degradation. You get beautiful images and all the excitement and dynamism on either a wide 16:9 screen TV or a conventional 4:3 TV.
This model also features a wide 2.7-inch LCD, making it easier to frame shots when you're shooting in 16:9 mode.
You can enjoy shooting wide, and viewing wide.
Power LCD - Easy to see, even outdoors
Simply press the Power LCD button and the LCD becomes brighter, making it easier to see outdoors or in other bright locations. Also, a new scanning technology allows the LCD to show diagonal lines more sharply.
One -Touch Navigation & Joystick Control - Easy Operation
The joystick makes the camera much easier to use, letting you control all basic operations with one hand. As you shoot, just watch the image in the monitor and follow the instruction guide. You can handle a number of operations quickly and easily, without even taking your eye off the subject.
Help Mode - Find out what each icon means
Not sure what a certain icon means? Just switch on the Help mode and select the icon. It's explained for you on the LCD monitor. This makes it easier to learn the icons, and you spend less time reading the operating manual.
Instant ON/OFF - Power ON/OFF linked to LCD and EVF operation
Instant On / Off reduces the time required for operating the camera. When you open the LCD, the power turns on. Shut it and the power turns off. Pull out the viewfinder and the power turns on. Put it back and the power turns off.
Quick Start - Never miss those sudden shooting opportunities
This Quick Start mode*1 helps shoot videos on the spur of the moment. This mode lets you shoot those not-to-be-missed scenes just 1.5 sec from the time the power is turned on.
Anti Ground Shooting - Prevent unintended shooting
The O.I.S. linear motor system can detect when the camera is in an unusual shooting position - such as when you've inadvertently left it on in recording mode. In these cases, the camera automatically stops recording, saving both battery power and tape.
*Set to OFF when shipped from the factory. To turn Anti Ground Shooting ON, the setting must be made on the menu screen.
MagicPix - Capture crisp, vivid images-even in dim light
MagicPix gives you smoothly flowing pictures even in dark places, where it's normally difficult to capture good shots.
Included Editing Software - Edit Images easily on a PC
- USB 2.0 (HS Mode) and Video Class Compatibilty* - Stream DV data via USB
USB 2.0 compatibility lets you upload DV data to a PC at high-speed over a single USB cable. Video Class compatibility allows real-time transfer of DV motion picture data over the same USB cable.
*Video Class is a standard format that allows the real-time transfer of motion picture data over a USB cable.
- MotionDV STUDIO 5.6 LE / Sweet Movie Life 1.0E (DV Editing Software) - Edit your recordings just the way you want
MotionDV STUDIO 5.6 LE DV editing software is just the tool you need to make polished, smartly finished productions. It lets you load images into your PC for easy editing, add special effects, and dub in a soundtrack - all from a single, easy-to-understand screen. With SweetMovieLife 1.0E software, which is for beginners of non-linear editing, you can also add title and background music and edit images easily. Both types of DV editing software let you make home movies with quality so high, you'll enjoy them again and again.
Web Camera Function - Real-time visual communication
With the camera connected via USB cable to a PC, start up Windows Messenger and the camera instantly turns into a web camera. Ideal for teleconferencing over the Internet, or for surveillance camera use.
|Power Supply ||DC7.9 V / 7.2 V|
|Power Consumption ||3.6 W (EVF) / 3.9 W (LCD) |
|Weight (w/o Battery) ||0.99 lbs |
|Dimensions (W x H x D) ||3.091 x 2.859 x 5.355 inch |
|Media ||miniDV / SD / SDHC Memory Card |
|Image Sensor ||1/6" CCD x 3 (800 k x 3 pixels, Total / 630 k x 3 [4:3], 540 k x 3 [16:9] (Motion Picture) / 710 k x 3 [4:3], |
540 k x 3 [16:9] (Still Picture) Effective)
|F Value ||F1.8 (WIDE) / F2.8 (TELE)|
|Optical Zoom ||10x Variable Speed Zoom|
|Focal Length ||3.0mm - 30.0mm |
|Filter Diameter ||37 mm|
|35mm Film Camera Equivalent ||46.1 - 461 mm [4:3] / 47.1 - 471mm [16:9] (Motion Picture) |
43.4 - 434 mm [4:3] / 47.0 - 470 mm [16:9] (Still Picture)
|Lens Brand ||Leica Dicomar|
|Minimum Illumination ||1 Lux (MagicPixImages)|
|Focus ||AF / Manual |
|White Balance ||Auto / Indoor / Outdoor / White Set (with IR Sensor)|
|High-Speed Shutter ||Tape Mode: 1/50-1/8000sec. Card Mode: 1/25 -1/2000 sec.|
|Iris ||Auto / Manual|
|Scene Mode ||Sports / Portrait / Low Light / Spot Light / Surf & Snow|
|Backlight Compensation ||Yes|
|EVF ||0.33" Color (113k pixels)|
|Monitor ||2.7" Wide LCD (123k pixels) |
|Microphone ||Stereo Zoom Mic, Wind Noise Reduction|
|Date recording ||Auto Date (in Data Code)|
|Fade Color ||Black / White|
|Rec. Review ||Yes|
|Image Stabilizer ||O.I.S.|
|Digital Zoom ||10x - 700x|
|LED Video Light ||-|
|LCD Panel Light ||-|
|WEB Camera Function ||Motion JPEG 320 x 240 approx. 6 fps|
|Card Slot ||SD / SDHC|
|Still Pictures ||JPEG picture size : 2048 x 1512 [4:3] 3.1MEGA / 2048 x 1152 [16:9] 2.4MEGA / 1600 x 1200 [4:3] 2.0MEGA / 1280 x 960 [4:3] 1.0 MEGA / 640 x 480 [4:3] 0.3MEGA / 640 x 360 [16:9] 0.2MEGA|
|DPOF ||Max 999 stills|
|Consecutive Photoshot ||-|
|Format ||DVC - SD|
|Recording Mode ||SP / LP|
|Playback Mode ||SP / LP|
|Variable Speed Search ||Max. 20x Speed|
|Audio Recording System ||PCM 12bit 4ch / 16bit 2ch|
|Audio Dubbing ||Yes (only inner mic)|
|Counter ||Time Code|
|S-Video ||Out (Multi)|
|AV ||Out (Multi)|
|Microphone (stereo mini) ||-|
|USB ||2.0 Hi-Speed (miniB)|
|DV Input / Output (IEEE1394) ||In / Out|
|Accessory Shoe ||Cold|
|AC Adaptor ||Yes|
|Battery Pack ||Lithium - Ion|
|Shoulder Strap ||-|
|AV Cable ||AV / S Multi|
|IR Remote ||Yes|
|Lens Cap ||Yes |
|Memory Card ||- |
|PC Cable ||USB |
|CD-ROM ||Quick Movie Magic 1.0E / MotionDV STUDIO 5.6E LE for DV |