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The Canon Optura 40 is a consumer MiniDV camcorder that gives you the functionality of a camcorder, digital camera and webcam in the palm of your hand.  It gives the style and performance of a professional level camcorder without the professional price. The DIGIC DV signal processing circuit uses two seperate color techniques to maximize video quality on a TV and still image quality for print or computer display eliminating the need to juggle cameras. There is a 14x Optical Zoom and 280x Digital Zoom which is backed by a 2.2 megapixel CCD image sensor for vivid video quality and high-resolution photos. Other features include an image stabilizer, night mode for low light shooting, panoramic Stitch Assist, SD card slot and an advanced accessory shoe for additional accessories such as a flash or microphone. The Optura 40 comes with with a NB-2LH Battery Pack, Compact Power Adapter, Shoulder Strap, Stereo Video Cable, Wireless Controller, 8MB SD Memory Card, USB Cable, Digital Video Solutions Disk for Windows and Mac, and the Pinnacle Studio 9SE and Pinnacle Instant Photo Album software package.

  • Power Supply (rated): 7.4 V DC
  • Power Consumption (While recording AF="ON"): 3.4 W (using viewfinder)
  • Power Consumption: 4.2 W (using LCD screen)
  • Television System: EIA standard (525 lines, 60 fields) NTSC color signal
  • Video Recording system: 2 rotary heads, helical scanning system DV system (Consumer digital VCR SD system)
  • Digital Component Recording
  • Audio Recording system: PCM digital sound:16-bit (48 kHz/2 ch.) 12-bit (32 kHz/4 ch.)
  • Image Sensor: 1/3.4-inch CCD, approx. 2,200,000 pixels Effective pixels: tape approx. 1,230,000 pixels, card approx. 2,000,000 pixels
  • Tape Format: Videocassettes bearing the MiniDV mark
  • Tape Speed: SP: 3/4 ips (18.81 mm/sec.) LP: 1/2 ips (12.56 mm/sec.)
  • Maximum Recording Time (with an 80-min. cassette): SP: 80 min. LP: 120 min.
  • Fast Forward/Rewind time: 2 min. 20 sec. (with a 60-min. cassette)
  • Lens: Optura 40: f=4.8-67.2, f/1.8-3.0, 14x power zoom; Optura 30: f=4.8-57.6, f/1.8-3.0, 12x power zoom
  • Focusing System: TTL autofocus, manual focusing possible
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 3.3 ft (1 m); 0.39 in. (1 cm) on maximum wide angle
  • Frame Rate: 1/2,000 sec. (1/250 in Card Camera mode)
  • Minimum Illumination: 1.1 lx (using the Night mode)
  • Recommended Illumination: More than 100 lx
  • Filter Diameter: 34 mm
  • Viewfinder: 0.33-inch TFT color, approx. 113,000 pixels
  • LCD Screen: 2.5-inch TFT color, approx. 123,000 pixels
  • Microphone: Stereo electret condenser microphone
  • DV Terminal: Special 4-pin connector (based on IEEE 1394)
  • Video Terminal: 1 Vp-p/75 ohms unbalanced
  • S-video Terminal: 1 Vp-p (Y signal), 0.286 Vp-p (C signal)
  • Audio Terminal: Input level: -10 dBV/40 kohms or more, Output level: -10 dBV (47 kohm load)/3 kohms or less
  • Operating Temperature range: 32 - 104° F (0 - 40° C)
  • Dimensions: 3.0 x 3.2 x 5.3 in. (77 x 82 x 134 mm)
  • Weight (not including lens and battery pack): Approx. 1.3 lb. (585g) (camcorder body only)
Memory Card
  • Recording Media: MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card
  • Image Format: Still image: JPEG (compression: Superfine/Fine/Normal) Movie: AVI (image data: Motion JPEG; audio data: WAVE (monaural))
  • File Format: Design rule for Camera File system (DCF), Exif 2.2 compliant, Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant (only images marked for printing or transfer)
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