Canon today announces the release of the 2.2 Megapixel, 10x optical zoom MVX30i and MVX35i: the latest in Canon's range of digital camcorders.
Interestingly full digital camera functionality is built into both camcorders. This includes an RGB primary colour filter, built in flash, capacity to simultaneously record stills straight to memory during filming, and Canon's own DIGIC DV processor. DIGIC DV has separate processing paths for both video and digital capture, allowing for true 256 gradation JPEG digital stills, rather than the crude approximation of video 'screen saves' found in many competing brands. DIGIC DV also allows a maximum still frame rate in continuous shooting mode of approximately 60 VGA frames at up to 5 fps; more than three times the industry standard (13 at 2 fps).
A built in LED mini video light on the MVX35i is four times as powerful as standard LED lights found on previous models. The resulting Super Night Mode allows full colour shooting in zero light conditions. A ring light adaptor diffuses the light to avoid harsh shadows during close ups. A new Skin Mode reproduces warmer, more attractive and healthier looking skin tones than previously achievable and a new audio integrated circuit provides for full digital quality sound, a wind cut function and adjustable audio levels.
Both cameras feature a Print/Share button for fast and easy direct printing without the need for a PC. As soon as direct connection is made with any PictBridge or Direct Print compatible photo printer, a light on the button illuminates to indicate 'ready' status.
The MVX35i is capable of recording high quality MPEG4 direct to SD card for easy computer upload. Both models feature high resolution 16:9 mode and real time streaming is available via both IEEE1394 Firewire™ and USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connections (MVX35i only). The cameras feature a generous 2.5" LCD (MVX30i - 123K, MVX35i - 211K pixels)
Both camcorders output digital stills of sufficient resolution to be printed as film quality 15 x 21cm enlargements. Slow shutter speeds of up to ½ second are possible for low light conditions and slow sync is possible for crisp night scenes. Continuous shooting is possible up to 5 fps. While in direct print mode, a Vertical Trimming function is available to crop Landscape format digital stills into correctly proportioned Portrait format photos. A photo review function allows users to check the last captured images simply by keeping the shutter button pressed. Automatic Exposure Bracketing takes three shots over a range of exposures in rapid succession after the release is pressed and simultaneous still image capture to memory card is possible while recording video to tape.
The MVX30i and MVX35i camcorders will be available from mid August 2004.